Dear Parents and Friends

Hard to believe that this is the last day of this half term already but it has been an extremely busy time this week. The weather has been wonderful this week and the children have certainly enjoyed being outside as much as possible.

Dartmoor Cup

On Tuesday Mr Hatten, Mrs Dunnage and myself had the pleasure of taking three cricket teams to compete in the Dartmoor Cup competition at the Chagford Recreation Ground. The weather was amazing; a little hot at times but the setting made for a wonderful day of cricket. All the teams played really well and supported each other throughout the competition however without doubt the most competitive and exciting game of the tournament was when the Chagford B and C teams were set to play against each other. I am not sure whether Mr Hatten or Mrs Dunnage was the most competitive but the game was very exciting and tense. The final score was Chagford B 12 runs and Chagford C 13 runs – could not have been closer!

The Chagford A team had a convincing tournament and won all their games finishing 1st and qualifying for the finals of the Dartmoor Cup. Both Chagford B and C teams have qualified for the Plate competition next half term. Well done to you all for playing super cricket and representing the school impeccably.

Beech Class Collective Worship

On Thursday Beech Class led our Collective Worship and shared their extensive knowledge of toys through history, showed their own junk modelling toys, Andy Warhol artwork and retold their own narratives about their own special toys. The children were confident and excited about their learning and demonstrated their punctuation actions to the audience as they retold the entire Traction Man text – fantastic. No excuses for not remembering those capital letters, finger spaces, commas and full stops anymore!


It is with great sadness that I am announcing Miss Philpott’s resignation from her Assistant Head position. Miss Philpott will be leaving Chagford at the end of this academic year after working at the school for 11 years; in which time she has positively influenced the lives of many children through her teaching and will be greatly missed by all who work alongside her at the school. We all wish her every success and happiness for the future.

Two Hills Race

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who is participating in the Two Hills Race on Monday, including many of our pupils, parents and members of staff the best of luck. Hopefully the weather will be comfortable for you and fun will be had by all! Remember it’s the taking part, not the winning! (said by possibly the most competitive person when it comes to sport!) Good Luck. The Chagford Swimming Pool opens this weekend also, so enjoy all that Chagford has to offer this weekend.

Have a lovely half term.

Liz Wiseman


Stars of the week

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

Beech Class:  Arthur – for an excellently designed and thought out Andy Warhol style picture of his toy,  Jack – for choosing to write his own story about another toy during free time.

Yew Class: Lotte – for being a positive role model for all around her both in the classroom and beyond.  Libby – for believing in herself to try new and exciting challenges in maths!

Oak Class:  Lissy, Rosie and Ember – for organising and presenting an important assembly about road safety.

Birch Class: Due to Mr B’s involvement with interviews there are no stars today, these will be announced after half-term.


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

Dates for your diary

Cricket Finals – Wednesday, 5th June 2019

Meldon Cup – Years 3/4 – Tuesday, 11th June 2019 – Okehampton College

Sports Day  – Wednesday, 19th June 2019 at the Chagford Recreation Ground   PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

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


Please be aware that this session will only be until 5.00pm, apologies for this.


Please ensure that your child(ren) have full PE kit at school as we don’t have enough spare kit for them and it isn’t ideal for them to do PE in their school uniform.


Request for donations of spare PE KIT
We would really appreciate if you could donate any old, but in good condition, PE kit to the school.  Our supply has really diminished and we do need some for emergencies!  Many thanks.


MUMPS ADVICE – Please follow link for letter to parents

Devon Mumps Parents_Carers Letter May 2019 FINAL 23.5.19 (002)


For those parent who might not have yet, please:
Remember, download School Gateway to make keeping up-to-date with what’s going on at school effortless. The app is free and saves our school money!



Chagford Two Hills Race – Monday 27th May 2019
The annual Chagford Two Hills Race takes place on bank holiday Monday 27th May at 11.30am at The War Memorial Playing Fields. Now in its 42nd year the race covers a relatively short distance of 3.5 miles, but a very challenging 1076ft of ascent! The race is open to all ages but under 8s must run with an adult. Entry forms are available from Uptown in Chagford Square or email  Entries cost £6 for children and £12 for adults until May 22nd, entries after this date cost £10/£20 and are subject to availability. If you are running please arrive before 10.30 to register.  It is a great day out for all the family with refreshments, bouncy castle, table top sale, music and Frank the Bike Fixer on hand to give your bike a summertime service.  Many thanks,  Kate Webber


Chagford Swimming Pool
Opening day is Saturday, 25th May 2019


Okehampton Argyle U11s
Okehampton Argyle U11s Squad are recruiting more players to join them in the 2019/2020 season.  If your child (boy or girl) is currently in Year 6 going into Year 7 in September 2019, we would love to invite them along to join a successful team which currently plays in the Exeter and District Youth League.  Training is on a Monday evening in Okehampton and we have matches most Saturdays, home and away.  All abilities welcome, you just need football boots / trainers, shin pads and a drink.
For more information contact Pete – 07473 467270 OR Kerry – 07772 654557 /


Vitality London 10000 – Monday, 27th May 2019
To support fellow (Surrey-based) teacher/terminally-ill cancer patient, Deborah James, featured in ‘The Times’ & founder of the award-winning Podcast: ‘You Me & the Big C’, Lindsey Bauer (History teacher at Colyton Grammar School & mum to Ottilie Bauer at Chagford Primary), is running in the Vitality London 10000 around Buckingham Palace on 27th May 2019 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
PLEASE, PLEASE donate via her Justgiving page: and let’s see how much money we can all raise for Cancer Research UK!  Huge thanks!


HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES – please click on links

OCRA May Half Term Activities 2019 page 2

OCRA May Half Term Activities 2019 page 1




Dear School
We’re a non-profit children’s science company based in Devon working in schools as well as running events like the one below at weekends and holidays. The Slime Time half term event is our first event in Okehampton and the details are:June 2nd at the Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR
2 sessions to choose from 12-12.45 or 1.15-2pm
Drop off event (but parents welcome to stay)
£5 per child
Make lots of varieties of slime, amazing colours & scents, floam, butter, fluffy and more!! Find out about the science behind slime.
Suitable for ages 7 upwards, younger (5-6yo) are welcome but accompanied with their grown-up.
You can book via this link:
Or call /text Ruth on 07847006048 for more info or to book.Ruth MacLaren
Chief Scientist