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Dear Parents and Friends

As I write, today may pupils across the UK will be absent from school and attending nationally organised action against Global Climate Change. As a school we want to recognise the centenary of the Forestry Commission and to raise awareness and appreciation for our woodlands as a positive message in the light of the action happening nationally. We will be discussing how we can help to protect our woodlands and why it is important to do so. What we all gain from a forest throughout the year in terms of well being and mental  health and of course how incredibly lucky we are, here in Dartmoor to have such fantastic landscapes and indeed on our own school site also. It goes without saying that the Global Climate Change agenda is significant, especially to our younger generations and as a school we wanted to recognise this importance but to be as positive as we could on what we could do to appreciate and protect our landscapes.

Change in playground entrance as from Monday 18th March

From Monday we will be using the pedestrian gate past the Pre School entrance to access the playground in the mornings. This was always supposed to be the plan from September however Kier failed to actually build the path so we have had to carry on going down the driveway. These gates will be locked until the buses arrive at the end of the day but the pedestrian gate will be open to take bikes and scooters to the wooden shed  (please walk them down the path from the road entrance) and to provide access to the playground before school.

On Wednesday Tony McCrum, a local gentleman of our Chagford community celebrated his 100th birthday in style. He was driven up and around the Chagford square in a luxury vintage car at 2.30pm, with everyone from the community able to come out and wave flags to mark this amazing gentleman’s special day and incredible life. The children of Chagford C E School came out to the front of the school to add their own special moment to the event and from Tony’s expression I think that he truly enjoyed the celebration.

Stars of the week

Ash Class: There will be a ‘Star of the day’ board in the Foundation Stage classroom

Beech Class: Arthur and Aly for making great in their reading.

Yew Class: Eve for her brilliant efforts in explaining her maths and using methods to prove how she knows too!. Millie for her resilience when things have been tricky this week. You CAN do it and you did!

Oak Class: Will for being a fantastic role model in Oak class.  He is always kind and helpful to both children and adults. Maisie-Jayne for showing a real passion and enjoyment for reading.

Birch Class: Leotie – for increasing confidence on her bike during Bikeability and for helping Bryony feel more confident. Dylan CO (and his Mum) – for remembering all the gear and clothing he needed for Bikeability. ALL THE Y6 – for braving gale force winds, torrential rain and representing our school really well whilst out on their bikes this week.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Beech Class. Silver award to Ash Class and Bronze to Yew Class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 21st March – Tag Rugby at South Zeal Participants will be contacted by email

Thursday 21st March – Oak class trip – details to follow by email

Monday 25th March – West Devon Football Finals – details to follow by email

Wednesday 27th March – Beech and Yew Classes trip to Bude. details to follow by email

Parent SOS

We would like to ask if any of our parents are handymen or women? We need volunteers to put up some items such as clocks and white boards and would appreciate anyone who can donate their time and talent to the school.

For those parent who might not have yet, please:

Remember, download School Gateway to make keeping up-to-date with what’s going on at school effortless. The app is free and saves our school money!



Please come and support your PTFA this Sunday 17th March at the PTFA Car Boot Sale at the school 10am to 12pm.

We will be serving coffee and hot dogs (donated by Andy Martin) and we’ve plenty of sellers. So pop down for a bargain or just a coffee and a natter.

There are still a few spaces if you want to sell – only a fiver a pitch! Please email Claire for more information or to book a table/ space:

If you would like to reserve a space or a table in the hall then it is £5.00 payable on the day.

If you can offer any help to set up the hall, assist with refreshments, help with washing up, taking money from sellers, donations of cakes on the day, running the PTFA table, or clearing up, then please just turn up at 9am or anytime in between. We will be there from 9am and any help would be greatly appreciated!

Look forward to seeing you there,

Claire and the PTFA

Community News

Sat 13th April 2019 10am – 4pm at Proper Job

The UK’s Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and reply entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergency. We can recycle your used postage stamps in to funds to help these vital services. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. You just need to leave no more than a 5mm single thickness border around them, and the perforations should not be damaged. Anyone can help; individuals, businesses and schoolchildren can all collect stamps to support the UK”s Air Ambulance Services.  So remember to keep all the stamps you receive as every stamps really does help!!!
Stamps can be sent to:
Air Ambulance Stamp Appeal
Xchange Master
272 Bath Street
G2 4JR
Freepost envelopes can be requested by emailing: