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Newsletter 12th May 2017

News from the Head teacher

Dear Parents and Friends

The Year 6 pupils have worked really hard this week and completed their SATs tests with a great attitude. They have all looked after each other really well and I am sure that they have all achieved their very best – well done to you all; we are all very proud of your conduct this week. Thanks must also go to the rest of the school who have given consideration to their peers when moving around the school building and respected our requests to be mindful of the noise level at transition times. Everyone has played their part.

Collective Worship

After half term we are going to move our Collective Worship time to 3pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to enable us to come together as a school at the end of the day and hopefully to enable as many parents and friends as possible to join us, around collection time. We will be keeping the Collective Worship at the start of the week at 9:10am and on Tuesdays the teachers will have the opportunity to hold a Collective Worship/reflection time in their own classrooms or across the Key Stage at a time which suits the them. Revd Paul Seaton-Burn and Jon are able to accommodate our changes and will still be joining us on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. This change in times will also allow children’s learning to start straight after the register has been taken. It will therefore be even more important for all children to be in on time every day, in order that they are able to capitalise on their learning. The school day starts at 8:55am NOT 9:00am. Some children are consistently arriving after the bell has been rung and as a consequence are struggling to get settled at the start of their day. Please ensure that your child(ren) are able to calmly settle in the class without the rush of being late; it does create a rather stressful start to not only their day but their peers also. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

We have plenty of sporting opportunities coming up over the next few weeks so please keep an eye out for school communications and requests for consents.

On Sunday 21st May the Fun Community Walk will be happening in and around Chagford to help raise money for the famine relief in East Africa starting at 2pm in the school playground. Please come along if you can. Sponsorship forms are available in the school.

Have a good weekend.


On Tuesday, we took two teams to the Meldon Cup at the Cricket Ground, all players from years 3 and 4. This was a fantastic opportunity for some competitive matches, especially for some as it was their first. All children were brilliant on a long and cold day, both in attitude and ability with some amazing cricket being played. The B team had a very tough group with two groups put together with a no show from Okehampton. Losing their first game by one run did not dampen their spirits and only narrowly lost their second game by 9 runs but came back strong and their last game convincingly to come second in their group. The A team played some fantastic cricket and won their group without much trouble. The afternoon brought the finals, with the A team on for the cup and the B team on for the trophy it was all to play for. The B’s unfortunately lost their next game but kept their heads high and easily won their last with their best cricket of the day. The A team made the final as well, having won, against Whitchurch and with some outstanding bowling, especially from the girls, took home the cup for the 4th year running. Huge congratulations and amazing attitude. Mr Turner


Stars of the Week.

Big Robins: Ooops sorry not available at this time!

Moles:Georgina: for making the most of your skills in maths – exciting progress. Well done! Keep it up! Chloe for being calm, kind and thoughtful in class -well done Chloe! Some great maths too! Well done!

Hedgehog:Lily for being a real team player and supportive friend during our Cricket session on Monday and again during our Gardening time on Wednesday. Kitty for showing a positive attitude in all she does but most importantly this week in her attitude towards her learning and helping others with their understanding during maths.

Otter: Lissy and Amy: Fantastic effort in their homework, going above and beyond and a fantastic learning attitude.
Badger: Leotie for her fantastic contributions during shared writing and her determination to always do her best. Jess for her all round positive attitude and her ability to follow instructions and work independently.

Fox: Natasha for her strong work in maths over the last two weeks; using image and context. Joe M for a good attitude to learning in his trio across the curriculum

Red Deer: All of Year 6!


Attendance

Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Deer Red class. Silver and Bronze awards to Badger and Fox Class. Well done everyone.


News, Events and Activities

All dates are on our calendar and emailed to parents of participating children. If you need any more information please ask the lead teacher or ask at reception.

Tuesday 16th – Dartmoor Cricket Cup at the Chagford Cricket grounds. All supporters are welcome.
Tuesday 16th – Stonelane Garden for Badger class (except for cricketers)
Collective worship this week is Big Robins class.

Monday 22nd – Big Robins and Little Robins trip to Powderham Castle
Monday 22nd – Girls under 11 Cricket at Newton Abbot Cricket Grounds
Tuesday 23rd – Weaver Cross Country Cup at Willey Farm, Okehampton
Wednesday 24th – Badgers Class trip to the woods near Gidley Park Hotel
Thursday 25th – Dartmoor Cup Cricket Finals – more information to come
Friday 26th – Otters Class trip to Escot House

Half Term

We are not running a holiday club during this half term.

We will be putting dates out on Libacura for Summer holiday club in a waiting list and if we have enough uptake then we will run the club. So please sign up if this is a provision useful to you and tell others about it.

Holiday Courses 5 -14 yrs * SUMMER HALF TERM *

Looking for something fun to keep your children busy over the Summer Half Term Holidays?
Our activity days have the answer, offering a range of sports across Devon throughout the year, for children of all abilities aged between 5-14yrs.
All coaching staff will have a level 1 or 2 qualification in Sports Coaching, ensuring your children are well looked after whilst making new friends, learning new skills and enjoying their Half Term break to the max.

Saints Southwest are running Whitsun Soccer Schools from JUST £7.50** for a full course 10am-3pm in Plymouth**, Crediton, Ottery St Mary, Exeter**, Langport, Dartmouth, Taunton**, Truro, Paignton**, Kingsbridge & Newton Abbot**. Ages 7-12 can attend 10am-3pm. Ages 4-6 can attend 1.30pm-3pm.
To BOOK please visit www.saintssouthwest.co.uk or call 01803 206350.

PTFA NEWS

Dear parents, our meeting on Wednesday night was very positive and it was great to see so many faces! There was lots of discussions and thoughts of keeping our PTFA running and fundraising ideas. It has made me feel good to know that there are parents on board and are willing to help and I thank them very much, let’s hope there is another year of the PTFA with more fundraising events and more money for our children at the school to enjoy! With so much money cuts in schools I feel very strongly about keep our PTFA going . From September 2016 to this present time our PTFA has paid for extra monies for trips for each class, math resources , new tablets and a garage for FSU, hot cross buns, costs towards coach expenses and the Northcott Theatre trip and that is just in 7 months. So please, if you can help in anyway I would be so grateful and the more we can do for the school the more our children can enjoy the benefits of having an extra curriculum.  Many thanks Selina. (Chairman PTFA)

On Saturday 27th may 2017 Chagford swimming will open to the public. We are asking for any volunteers who may be free this Saturday and the next Saturday after before the pool opens between 10am and 12pm to come down to the pool to help clean? It’s so important that the swimming is all cleaned by the Grand Opening in 3 weeks time. Children may come as long as their accompanied by an adult.
We are delighted to support the Fun Community Walk for both beginners and advanced walkers to raise money for famine relief in East Africa on 21st May. Sponsorship forms were sent out to all classes and it would be lovely to be able to raise money, have fun and show community pride for a very good cause. For more information and extra forms please see either school reception or Sally’s newsagent.