Dear Parents and Friends
Firstly may I apologise for any strange admin requests that have been coming your way through gateway recently, which may have been slightly unexpected or confusing. As you are aware we are in the process of recruiting to our Administrator role and so I have been covering the front desk for much of the time and as a result things are definitely running slightly differently than usual! Thank you for your continued patience and hopefully we will be better equipped next week with school administrators who will be able to answer your queries much more efficiently than myself!
Despite the rain and Dartmoor mist, we managed to have a great Sports Day on Wednesday down at the Recreation Ground in Chagford and all credit to both the children and adults who entered into the spirit with both energy and enthusiasm to create a wonderful atmosphere. I would like to thank the Recreation Ground for enabling the school to use the facilities and for marking out a super running track especially for the day again. Of course these days do not just happen and so many people were involved to make the day come together. My special thanks go to those ex-governors and friends from the community who came to help us on the finish line with stickers and place cards, Dani and Julia Sanchez who kindly pulled the scoring together throughout the day, Dougie Rowe who gave his time and van to get the sports equipment down to the ground on Tuesday evening and back again on the Wednesday afternoon and to Marie and Shirley who valiantly produced a wonderful buffet for the children and many spectators too. The school staff all came together early from 7.30am on the morning to set up the gazebos kindly borrowed from the Cancer Research Charity Committee in Chagford so I would like to thank them especially for their determination and positive outlook from first thing to make sure that the children all had a great day.
It was lovely to see my Reception Class from 7 years ago complete the Year 6 spectacular with such style; thanks for including me in it so generously too – I enjoyed every moment! I will certainly remember my last sports day at Chagford with fond memories; thanks everyone – it was such fun.
Lost property from sports day
We have a number of items which were left at the end of sports day including a key and a Digi-Cat card. If you think that you have lost either of these and can identify them they are being held at the office. All lost property will be in the reception area of the front entrance so please come and collect. All items will be sent to charity by the end of next week.
Next week our swimming lessons start on Thursday 27th June for all KS2 children so please make sure that you have given consent on the gateway before this date. The children will need appropriate swimwear, a towel, goggles if they are used to using them, a snack for after the swimming and warm clothes to wear; unfortunately we cannot guarantee the sunny weather that we managed last year.
This Thursday Beech and Yew Classes went on their trip to Dartmoor Zoo and despite a later than normal start to the day and an adventurous journey home on the double decker bus in Devon lanes, they had a great time learning more interesting facts to support their learning within school about animals and their habitats.
Celebrate Rufugee Week at the RAMM – 16 to 23 June
On Monday during Collective Worship I spoke about National Refugee Day on Thursday 20th June 2019 and how difficult it must be to settle into a new country. We discussed how we make people feel welcome at Chagford School and whether we were aware of any families who have moved here as a refugee and what had been done to ensure that they felt part of the community. The children spoke of a football match held at Chagford to support refugees and even one of our very youngest pupils could tell us about their Mum giving kitchen equipment to help a refugee family locally. We had a very good discussion however there are still plenty of interesting aspects to this subject and more to see at the RAMM in Exeter over this weekend. Please follow the link below to find out more.
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Ash Class. Silver award to Yew Class and Bronze to Birch Class. Well done everyone.
Stars of the week
Ash Class: There will be a ‘Star of the day’ board in the Foundation Stage classroom
Beech Class: Freddie L – For sharing his excellent knowledge about animals during our trip to Dartmoor Zoo. Grace – For showing great confidence and determination to overcome her fear by stroking a snake.
Yew Class: Elijah – For his fantastic positive role modelling as a representative of Chagford school during Sports day and our trip to Dartmoor Zoo. Belle – For her brilliant efforts in each of her races and in supporting others during Sports day.
Oak Class: Luca – for creating a neat and engaging non-chronological report about cheetahs. Charlie – for listening well in class and completing work to a high standard.
Birch Class: All of the team captains and many others in Birch class for organising young children, being good role models, and helping the adults sort out the equipment between the races.
Dates for the diary
Cricket County Finals – Monday, 24th June 2019 – Newton Abbot Cricket Club
Devon Music Mix Festival – Wednesday, 26th June 2019
KS2 Swimming Lessons – Starting 27th June, 4th, 11th and 18th July 2019
Swimming Gala – Parklands, Okehampton – Friday, 12th July 2019 10.00am – 1.30pm
Summer Fayre – Friday, 12th July 2019 – 3.30pm
Thank you from Libby, Emily, Ebba, Merryn and Gigi to everyone who supported their toy sale last Wednesday 12th June in aid of Pawsome Pensions.
For those parent who might not have yet, please:
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Many thanks to the organisers and the supporters who attended the coffee morning last Saturday. Whilst it was generally a quieter coffee morning, the local community who attended were very generous and over £200 was made for PTFA funds.We would like to say a thank you to Catherine from Blacks who ordered, stored and then delivered ice cream tubs for the children on sports day. This was very gratefully received as logistical to had done this without Catherine’s help would have been impossible!
Raffle tickets for the school summer fayre will be going out in book bags at the start of next week. Please can children return sold books and money to their classes or to reception please.
Claire and the PTFA