News from the Head teacher

Dear Parents and Friends

This week feels like the ‘calm before the storm’ with Christmas Shows about to begin casting and rehearsal of songs from the show already. It is almost impossible to think that we will be celebrating this festive season very soon but the children will certainly not forget! We will be letting you know what parts your children will have by the end of next week so that you can make arrangements for costumes and props. Any offers of help for drawing and painting the backdrop would be really appreciated; I know that there is lots of talented artists out there and we would certainly appreciate the skill input over the next few weeks. If you think that you could help please contact the school office and they will make sure that Miss Rowe or Miss Philpott make contact with you to talk about the task in hand. As we have a fantastic new building and school hall, we will be hosting our Christmas Show here onsite this year. Rehearsing with the children will be much easier based at school and it will be great to actually make the most of what we have in our own facilities. The PTFA will be supporting us in refreshments for each performance as usual and I am sure that we will be in for a magical show from your most talented children. I hope that you will be able to join us on Thursday 20th December for either the afternoon or evening performance. Details to follow and ticket issue.

This week saw the netball and football teams playing against Okehampton Primary School. As usual these are always hard matches and all the children demonstrated our Chagford resilience, even in the face of defeat. Both football teams lost their matches however they will have gained a lot from the experience which Craig will use to strengthen their performance next time, I am sure. The netball teams played really well with the A team drawing 2-2 and the B team losing 3-0. I was particularly pleased with those individual performances of pupils who had never even stepped onto a netball court until Monday night and how they quickly adapted. It is tricky at the moment in Chagford School as we do not have a football field or a netball court to practice on with the demolition of the old school about to start however we are still working on our skills in training each session and these were very evident in the games this week. Well done everyone.

Have a fantastic weekend despite the rain forecast.

Liz Wiseman

Important information:

As part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust all payments must be made in advance.

This includes School Dinners, Schools Out (after school and breakfast club) FSU Nursery fees and trips. Please check your school gateway account and make sure your child’s account is not in any arrears. If you require a school dinner for your child please top up their balance so it is in credit on school gateway. Childcare Voucher may be used for activities outside the school day such as after school club or breakfast clubs but can not be redeemed against activities within the school day or nursery fees.

Reminder – Please read and return the Parents and Carers Digital Devices Acceptable Use E-Safety Policy Paper copies will be sent home tonight, if you have already completed and return it to us, please do not return. Thank you

Stars of the week

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

Beech Class: George W for a consistently good effort in all of your work George and for much improved listening. Very well done! Freddie: for an excellent start to Year 1! You are a great team member and you’re making  good progress in reading, writing and maths. Very well done! Keep it up!

Yew Class: Jess for her excellent efforts in explaining her understanding of both suffixes and multiplication this week. Millie for reflecting on her work and deciding independently to improve her handwriting

Oak Class:Jake for being more inclusive of other different children in his play. Lissy for going above and beyond in her writing.

Birch Class: Harly for fantastic research and sustained writing effort on our Ancient Egyptian topic. Birdie for working really hard in maths this half term.


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

Dates for your diary

Monday 26th November – Early Years open day






Tuesday 27th November – Year 3 Tag Rugby festival – Year 3 will be heading over to Okehampton college to try tag rugby. We leave at 12pm so please bring a packed lunch and a drink. We will return at 3pm in time for the end of the school day. PE kit and footwear will be needed. As this a postponed event from the 8th November we have consent in place for most of the year 3 children. Please log onto your school gateway account if you have not already given consent.

All Fixtures and trips are on your school gateway account. Please log on to give consent for activities, inform us of any medical conditions and make a donation towards the cost of transport or pay for a trip or club.

Community Events

Free to parents and anyone in the community a free First Aid course with Joe Rice.
Tuesday 27th November 1.30 – 3.30pm come and learn some essential, life saving skills! Book with Ayesha in reception

Family Theatre in South Zeal

Rustle (PaddleBoat Theatre Company)
Sunday 18th November, 3pm
The Victory Hall
Imagine that you’re far from home
Playing in the woods all on your own
And all is still calm and clear –
But what’s that rustle that you hear?
PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you to help set up camp so that you can hear the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets. Join in an interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises.
The show is supported by Villages in Action, a Devon charity which brings professional theatre, dance and music to village halls and is suitable for children aged 3-12 and their families. For more information see or search for South Zeal in Action on Facebook.
Tickets are available now by contacting Helen on 07980 837156/01837 840829 or via the website and are on sale in The Store, South Zeal. Some tickets may also be available on the door.  Adults £7.50, Concessions (over 65s and under 16s) £5.00.