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Dear Parents and Friends

Welcome back to the new half term and what a fantastic week of weather we have had to settle us back in. It has been a week when our library changed beyond words with brand new bespoke furniture to create a wonderful space for the children to read and learn, financed by a very generous donation given to the school from a long standing Chagford resident. The staff have worked hard again to move and pack the books ready for the installation and the result was well worth all the effort. Particular thanks must go to Miss Philpott who came in today to make sure all the books were back in use for the children on Monday.

The children have been very excited to see the new library and are raring to go and experience the new space. As a school we are incredibly lucky to have such generous people who live in our community and this space will is a wonderful investment in the future of our children who attend our school.

On Thursday Yew Class held the Collective Worship and taught us all about how to stay safe online. It was a very useful sharing of information and reminded us all on how easy it can be to get yourself into difficulty when online however they could also offer us all plenty of good suggestions on what to do when faced with a situation of concern. Well done Yew Class.

Sad farewell

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Mrs Robinson (Ayesha) will be leaving us on 22nd March to pursue a new career with the Wildlife Trust. We will be extremely sad to see her go as she has added so much to our team over the last 3 years. I know that the entire staff and certainly the pupils will miss her welcoming smile and sense of humour, despite having to spin so many different plates at once and I am sure that many parents will feel the same. Fortunately we have secured a lovely lady, Sara Carmichael to come in and spend some time with Ayesha over these last 3 weeks to familiarise herself with Chagford and its community and will then take over the role temporarily until the end of the academic year. We will do all that we can to ensure that there is a smooth transfer and for parents and pupils everything should carry on as normal.

The response to the parent/community questionnaire will be out on Monday 4th March 2019, so please look out for an email and website alert. We will also be sharing this to the wider community through the church and noticeboards. I hope that you find the response interesting and feel that the governors and I have listened to your views respectfully.

Next week is parent consultations for classes, so if you haven’t already signed up for a time to meet your child’s teacher then call in or phone the office and we will be pleased to help.

Have a great weekend.

Liz Wiseman


Important School information

Changes to the Spring 2 Menu

Menu for Spring 2019. 25th Feb to 11th March PDF

CHANGE to Monday’s menu – Sausage or veggie sausage with new potatoes with vegs and gravy instead of sweet and sour pork

World Book Day
As per usual, we like to do things a little differently at Chagford – the official World Book Day is being held on Thursday 7th March – but due to staff training, we are going to hold our World Book Day on FRIDAY 8THMARCH instead. Once again we invite your child to dress up as a character from one of their favourite books and for adults to join us on the playground (weather permitting) for the parade at approximately 9:15am. The school council will by standing-by, clipboards at the ready, to judge best-dressed children from each class. It’s always a memorable day and it’s hard to think of a better way of celebrating the joy that books bring!

Please can you make sure that you let us know if you change your home time arrangements. We need to know if someone other than yourself is collecting you child after school, just let you class teacher know in the morning or email or call 01647 432412. If your child is going to attend an after school activity or ASC please make sure that you have signed them up on your school gateway account. We use this data to let the class teacher know where to direct children and allows us to keep them safe. If you collect your child from school and they are usually on a bus please let a teacher or reception know, this avoids us sending the buses home late. All clubs must be signed up for on school gateway, due to space some clubs have limited numbers.

Stars of the week

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

Beech Class: Joe T and Freddie – Both for an excellent piece of writing in English; using a range of conjunctions to write factual sentences about animals. Also, both have shown super understanding in their place value work this week in Numeracy.

Yew Class: Max G for his efforts in improving his handwriting and for working hard to learn his lines to our class assembly. Jess for her incredible use of maths vocabulary to explain her understanding of equivalent fractions.

Oak Class: Luca for his work on fractions this week – he was able to identify the errors in the calculations given to him and explain the correct answer. Ottilie for her work on fractions this week – she could confidently convert improper fractions to mixed number and vice versa.

Birch Class: Alena and Evie for being incredibly helpful.


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

Beech Class have raised £43.98 for the RSPCA after selling their moving picture story books. We created our own version of the story ‘Oi Frog’, complete with moving picture elements to each page.

Thank you to everyone in Beech class and Mr Smith for such a great sale.

Lost – Please check you coats, jumpers, cardigans, PE kits, purses and scooters for names. We have had a lot of lost items and although we had a really good look for them in the building cannot locate them. If you could check the items that come home just in case they have been pick up by mistake, we would be grateful.



Clear out your garage and cupboards, as next fundraiser event is car boot / table top sale Saturday 16th March. This will take place in the school car park and school hall and will run from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Reserve your parking space or inside table by contacting me on and cost is only £5.00.  If you wish to have a car parking space then you will need to bring your own table to display your items on.  Should you have just a few items, not enough for a whole table and are happy to donate, then the PTFA will be running their own table and any money made to go towards school funds. Obviously refreshments will also be available.
Other dates for the diary is Children’s Chagword Saturday 9th, Friday 5th April Bingo and Art Auction 26th April, more details to follow”
Claire and PTFA

Community News

Those that have returned ticket forms, you will find your tickets available to pick up from the school reception from Tuesday 5th, thank you. Alternatively, you can buy tickets directly from the Chagword box office (Three Crowns Sat10-2, Tues 2-5, Thurs/Fri 10-2) or Sally’s Newsagents.

A variety of fun events to inspire little minds, ending with a theatre show of an adaptation of the beloved classic ‘Wind in the Willows’ for all the family!


Have you ever thought of lifeguarding?

We are looking for mature lifeguards to join the team at the Pool this summer….you do not need to be an excessively strong swimmer:

We provide RLSS Level 1 training (an intensive two day course over Easter) and pay for the required DBS checks

We ask for a couple of duties a week (or more if you like), but we are very flexible on this and can work around holiday commitments etc. We pay standard national minimum wage. Lifeguarding can mean a little extra into the budget or simply a new and different interest, or both….and its fun !

Please contact Sue through our website, Facebook page or text 07753510277 for an informal chat for more detail J


Primary Enrichment Outreach Programme – Spring 2019I am delighted to share with you the University of Exeter’s new programme of Primary Enrichment events for this Spring (6th – 16th March) for KS2 children. We have a really exciting range of courses on offer this term right across the curriculum from coding using ICT programs, to dance, and even dragon building!We hope you will enjoy browsing through our brochure and website. You can purchase our courses through our online store. A summary of our courses can be found in the table below: Primary Enrichment brochure Spring 19


Trees of Hope ~ Project Launch & Fundraiser

‘Mbira Dreams’ & ‘MpeAsem’ (Zimbabwean & Ghanaian music, dance & song)

Auction of Promises & delicious hot chai

Saturday 2nd March 7.30 – 11pm

The Barefoot Barn, Mill Street, Chagford, TQ13 8AR

£10/£7 concs donation

Bring slippers & a cushion if you’d like to be super comfy Please park in the village and walk down to the venue

Trees of Hope supports local communities in rural Zimbabwe to plant and safeguard trees, and raises awareness of how essential trees are to our safe future in a thriving ecosystem
All proceeds from this evening will go into the Trees of Hope project