Dear Families,


I have been overwhelmed at the maturity and thoughtfulness of the children during our discussions about Remembrance. Older children wrote poems and prayers and produced some stunning artwork. A huge thank you to the children and staff who attended the service at the church on Sunday and represented the school by laying a poppy wreath and reading and showing some of the work we have done in school. If you have not already, do pop in to the office area to see some of the work and our visiting soldier.

On Monday, the children observed the silence in the playground. We listened for the church bells but as it was so windy, we did not hear them so we stood quietly for over three minutes. I was very taken by the sombre and serious atmosphere; the children were respectful and reflective.

We raised £119.88 for the British Legion with the donations for poppies. Thank you.

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

This week we all learnt about the new home recycling bins, which should have been delivered to your homes over the past week.  Alex Mack from Waste Education explained the new system. Do not worry if you are not sure – the children have all been trained to be Super Recycling Heroes, and know to ‘Look at the picture!’ (There is a tune too!) The Mayor of West Devon showed us some great ways to repurpose plastic bottles and cups!

Anti-Bullying Week

This week we have been talking to the children about friendship and bullying in assemblies and in classes. Again, I have been impressed by the children who have thought carefully about this.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Anti Bullying workshop on Tuesday. We are reviewing our policy with South Tawton and North Tawton. Something all parents need to be aware of is the dangers of cyberbullying; we will talk about this again and in more depth in Internet Safety Week. The NSPCC website is very helpful

I have introduced restorative practice and key questions to children and staff as I found this very helpful in my previous school. This can be helpful at home too.

Steel Pans

On Wednesday, Oak and Birch classes told us all about the origin of steel pans, how they are made and where they come for. They showed us how to play, then sang, and played a traditional song called Yellow Bird: What a treat! We were transported to Jamaica (or in my case Brixton Market!) Even the parents were given an opportunity to have a go! Thank you to our wonderful music teacher Lisa Rowe who has taught the children so much in a short space of time. 

Cross Country Runners

Congratulations to our hardy team who ran at Castle Drogo on Thursday! They came back wet and muddy but sporting medals and pride! Birdie and Bertie were first girl and boy for Chagford; all represented the school brilliantly and had a good, challenging run. Well done!

Netball and Football

We also had our Netball and Football Teams competing this week. They are part of a league and have got off to a good start. We look forward to watching their progress. 

Steve Dooley Art Work

You may have spotted some stunning artwork in our school entrance hall by Steve Dooley, a local artist. He will be coming in to tell the children about the paintings and the inspiration for them. A huge thank you to John Searson the Diocesan Director of Education who donated them and put them up for us. 

Author in Yew Class

We are delighted to be welcoming the author, Sue Mongredien to our school on Thursday 21st November. She will be working with Yew class, who have loved listening to her Oliver Moon Series. She is also the author of the popular ‘Captain Cat and The Treasure Map‘, and will talk about the latest escapades of Captain Cat and his unlikely crew in ‘Captain Cat and the Great Pirate Race’.  She will also introduce her new book, ‘The Real Family Christmas’, where we meet Father Christmas, younger brother Harry, the troublesome cousins, Granny Christmas and her grumpy pet penguin. All three books will be discounted to £5.50 each or two for £10.00 and will be signed by Sue.  Monies should be in an envelope with your child’s name. We know that children love to have a book dedicated to them and hope you will support this event to encourage reading. Thank you, Mr Smith.

School Uniform

Today we are wearing our own clothes and raising money for Children in Need. We also have a group of children who have made cakes to sell at break. I will let you know how much we raise in the newsletter next week. Next week, please can we have all children in full school uniform.  A number of children have started wearing non-school uniform trousers and jumpers and PE kits. Please speak to me if there is ever a problem, otherwise we expect all children to be wearing the uniform. Thank you.

Parent Questionnaire

If you have not done so already, please could all parents complete the annual questionnaire? This helps us to know what we are doing well, and what we can improve upon.

Dates for your diary

Friday 29th November – non-uniform day to donate prizes for the Christmas Fayre

Wednesday 4th December 3.30pm – Christmas Fayre

Friday 6th December – late night shopping in Chagford

Sunday 8th December – Christingle at the Church

Thursday 12th December 2.00pm and 6.00pm – our school Christmas performance (we have started learning the songs – it is going to be fabulous!)

Wednesday 18th December 2.00pm – Christmas Service at the Church

Thursday 19th December – Last day of term

Miss Tara Penny