We are well underway with our Global Goals work. This week we had Recycling Workshops led by Don’t Let Devon Go to Waste. Pupils sorted different materials, learnt about what is happening here in Devon to reduce waste, and Oak class made paper!
In their English lessons and topic afternoons, children across the school are reading books about recycling, learning about what is being done to combat climate change and writing about how to look after the planet. We are encouraging them to talk to you about this at home too.
Yew class we lucky to have a visit from the author Sue Mongredien. The children had the opportunity to hear her read a section of her new book ‘The Real Family Christmas’ and even had the chance to purchase a signed copy.
Anti-Bullying Workshop – feedback by some attendees
A dozen or so parents attended Miss Penny’s “Anti-Bullying Workshop” on 12th November. It was reassuring to know that anti-bullying is high on the school’s agenda, and it was extremely useful to understand the school’s restorative approach to bullying. The workshop began by introducing the concepts of different types of behaviour: being rude; being mean; or bullying. The three are quite distinct, and importantly it clarified that bullying is defined as “the repetitive, intentional harming of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power”. This imbalance could be due to an age difference, a height or size difference, or an ethnic difference amongst other things – perhaps you may be able to think of some other reasons of your own. Although the school is actively nurturing positive relationships, which helps, prevent bullying, it can, of course, still happen. The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy is available online, and as a result of the interaction with us, the parents, it will be updated imminently to reflect ideas discussed at the workshop – a real demonstration that the school listens to us. But as parents, we need to be present at these types of workshops to develop the parent/school relationship in order to make our voices heard and to raise concerns that perhaps we might not feel otherwise able to do, other than to each other in the school playground. It was a shame that only a small group of parents was able to attend. As it was during the working day for most, perhaps the timings did not work. But for those that are able to come along to future events, we would really encourage you to attend, even if the subject matter does not seem particularly relevant to you at this moment in time. You never know when you might need to know this stuff!
Mel Holyoak, Jacquie Kempe, Chloe Brooks Warner and Mimi d’Apice
Children in Need
We are still counting how much money was raised for Children in Need – we will let you know next week when we have the final total!
Next Friday (29th November) is another ‘wear your own clothes’ day. Christmas jumpers are encouraged! Instead of money, please could you bring a prize to donate for the Christmas Fair tombola e.g. toiletries, box of chocolates, a stationary gift set. The Fair is the following Wednesday (4th December).
Our local artist and Three Hares Gallery owner Eleanor Ludgate has kindly gifted us a beautiful print of her Chagford Three Hares. We have displayed it so parents and children can see it when they come to the office.
If you have not done so already, please could all parents complete the annual questionnaire? This helps us know what we are doing well, and what we can improve upon.
So far, we have only had 23!
Nativity display at St Michaels
Do visit the church this weekend to see the display of cribs and angels.
I hope you have a lovely weekend
Miss Tara Penny