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Dear Parents and Friends

This week, we as a school welcomed Miss Penny as the new Head of School, Miss Green Year 1/2 teacher and Miss Ovens Year 4/5 teacher for September and all the children had their moving on morning on Wednesday to begin to get to know their new class and teachers. On Wednesday many of you came along to the Wine and Cheese ‘Meet and Greet’ evening to hear from Mrs Underwood and Miss Penny about their vision for Chagford C E Primary School into the future. I understand that this went very well and certainly Miss Penny really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with some of you as parents. Miss Penny and I have spent time together for us to talk more fully about the school, its staff, pupils and school community so that the transition should be as smooth as possible in September. I would like to extend my best wishes to all the new staff who will be joining this wonderful school in September and I am sure that the school will continue to thrive.

Reception Class Collective Worship

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sara Halsey and her team (along with a few others, Mrs Stoner) for creating a fantastic Collective Worship on Thursday. The theme of ‘This is Your Life’ Mrs Wiseman was so emotional for me but amazing all at the same time.Thank you for putting so much time and effort into summing up my time at Chagford School and the journey of my life leading up to my Headship (as embarrassing as that was at times!); it was truly awesome and the tissues were definitely needed. Thank you everyone; as a team of staff I could not have asked for anything more from any of you in supporting the pupils to have such special experiences during their time at primary school.

Year 6 SATs results

On Tuesday the national SATs results for all Year 6 pupils were announced and as a school we were very pleased with how well our pupils had performed. The children had all performed to the best of their abilities and I would like to thank Mr Billinghurst for his hard work throughout the year ensuring that our pupils were well prepared for these tests. Of course this has been a journey for many years for these pupils throughout their time at Chagford so I would also like to recognise the input from the whole staff team in ensuring that they were able to perform so well during these tests. Although we know that the SATs results in themselves do not define our children and there are so many other areas of the curriculum that are crucial to success; these tests are important to the pupils and it is great to see that as a cohort they have achieved very well compared to all other pupils nationally. They should all be very proud of themselves.

The headlines for Chagford C E Primary School are:

Reading –    Chagford School  78% (EXS+)      National 73% at Expected standard or above(EXS+)

Writing –   Chagford School  78% (EXS+)      National 78% at Expected standard or above(EXS+)

Maths –   Chagford School  83% (EXS+)      National 79% at Expected standard or above(EXS+)

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling –  Chagford School  67% (EXS+)    National 78% at Expected standard or above(EXS+)

Combined Reading, Writing and Maths –  Chagford School  72% (EXS+)      National 65% at Expected standard or above(EXS+)

As a school we also had 22% achieve the Greater Depth Standard in Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and 28% in Writing.

As a school we will be looking at our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling in greater detail however it is clear initially that our Grammar and Punctuation teaching and results are good, with work to continue for Spelling across the school next year.

Swimming Gala

Congratulations to the Swimming Team who swam their hardest and did a great job at the Okehampton Swimming Gala. Every swimmer gave their all and represented Chagford brilliantly. They came away with Bronze medals (only beaten by Okehampton Primary) and by far the fastest butterfly length (well done Daisy). They also had the most support, so thank you to the parents who came along too.

Bell Ringing

On Friday morning Mr Billinghurst and I took the Year 6 pupils, not involved in the swimming gala to the church to have an opportunity to try bell ringing under the expert guidance of Jon Bint. It was a great morning as the children were able to go onto the top of the tower to see the whole of Chagford from a birds-eye view, into the Belfry to hear about the bells and how they were rehung and restored and then given the opportunity to ring the bells themselves. Many thanks must go to Jon, Ruth ad Joe Bint who supported the children so well throughout the experience and to Christopher, Tower Captain from Gidleigh for explaining all about the technicalities around the bells themselves. I am sure there will be more to follow on the Birch Class blog.

Class Photos

Sarah Clarke has taken the class photos and they will be on sale from Wednesday to Friday at 8.45 in the office reception. Little Robins, Big Robins and Birch class will be £18. Other classes and the Year 6 group will be £16. Cash only please! If you are unable to come into the school then please send your child in with the order and money and we will make sure that they are able to purchase the photo requested.

Reports

Pupil reports will be with your children on Monday. I apologise for the slight delay on getting these out to you however the emergency suspected gas leak opposite the school on Thursday after school resulted in us not being able to enter the school building until 6pm and so we were delayed in our printing of these reports! Unfortunately we cannot plan for everything!

Summer Fayre

The PTFA organised a super Summer Fayre on Friday after school and the weather was fantastic allowing the entire fayre to be held outside in the school grounds. I am sure that we will soon hear how much was raised for supporting your children next year but in the meantime I would like to sincerely thank Claire Northmore and her PTFA team of helpers, who had obviously put in much effort to make the event a success. The event was varied with dance performances, penalty shoot outs, bouncy castles, stalls, Stone fired pizzas, games from the Year 6 pupils and of course thank you Mr Billinghurst and Mr Smith for entering into the spirit and getting extremely wet for the occasion from sponge throwing!

Liz Wiseman

Headteacher


Stars and attendance of the year

Due to the Summer Fayre this week and preparations in the hall, Stars will be issued next Tuesday 16th July at 2.45pm, along with attendance and Accelerated Reader certificates.


Dates for the diary

Gymnastics Club on Thursday 18th July CANCELLED – please tell the school office about home arrangements on this day after school

Attendance certificates and celebration assembly – Tuesday 16th July 2.45pm

Leavers Service at St Michaels Church – Thursday 18th July 2pm –All welcome

Year 6 Leavers Show  – Friday 19th July 2pm in the school hallYear 6 parents/carers only

FRIDAY 19th JULY LAST DAY OF TERM FOR ALL PUPILS – Happy Hols!