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Dear Parents and Friends

It has been a varied and interesting week at Chagford School with plenty of special moments to share. On Wednesday we were able to provide a super opportunity for all our pupils to experience a number of birds of prey at close quarters. An experienced bird handler from Kent came to the school to give an educational talk to both the key stage 1 and 2 children about these wonderful birds; including a Barn Owl and a Bold Eagle. The children were fascinated by the knowledge and information shared and were extremely delighted to see the birds fly around the school hall and the Eagle certainly seemed to enjoy strutting through the sitting children. I am sure that we will have ignited a future wildlife expert amidst the children as a result of this great experience.

Today a number of girls from Year 5 and 6 organised a cake sale to raise money for the charity for the homeless in Exeter. The range of cakes and popcorn on offer was amazing and so much work had obviously gone into the sale. All the children had a chance to purchase some sweet treats and break time was certainly quieter with children munching their cakes around the playground. Thank you to those girls who gave up their time to bake the treats and for thinking about those people less fortunate than themselves. The total raised was over  £57 and I am sure the charity will be very pleased with this contribution.

Today Tina and I took the Netball team to play in the West Devon Finals at Okehampton College. The team had qualified back in October after winning the North Tawton tournament. We were so proud of the team today and the positive encouragement that they all gave to each other. They played three matches in the group and won one 3-1 against the eventual winners of the group, Horrabridge, lost one 3-4 against North Tawton and drew the final game against Whitchurch 4-4. Overall the team came joint second with Whitchurch but lost out on goal difference, so were placed third overall of the group. Well done to you all; great goals, super marklng and sheer determination to work as hard as you could and pull together as a team. It was a shame to lose out by goal difference but the team should be very proud and represented Chagford C E School exceptionally well.

At the end of last year and into the Autumn term a questionnaire was issued to gain views from all stakeholders in Chagford School on what we do well and what areas you and the wider community would like to see planned into the future school improvement plans. Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill in the questionnaire which has now been collated. A working party of Governors and myself are in the process of considering the main themes and how we can endeavour to incorporate them into our future plans and this response will be issued very soon.

Have a great weekend.

Liz Wiseman


Stars of the week

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

Beech Class: Oliver is star of the week for excellent work in his numeracy and literacy this week. Henry is star of the week for a very well thought out and precise collage of a Lion.

Yew Class: Arlo for being very sensible and asking some excellent questions during our talk with the Birdman. Charley for her excellent ideas when exploring angles and quarter/half turns in maths.

Oak Class: Charlie MC – for contributing lots of ideas in Literacy and showing enthusiasm towards our latest unit ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’. Luke – for organising the role play and acting with confidence in our class assembly.

Birch Class: Mimi for amazing work in Maths and having a positive attitude towards fractions Chloe D for showing great confidence explaining an answer to the class when others were struggling


Attendance

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


Dates for your diary

Monday 28th January – Football and netball match at Okehampton Chagford VS North Tawton 3pm – 5pm

For this fixture we have provided transport to the fixture. We are asking parents to collect from Okehampton College Sports pavilion at the end of the match or to arrange a lift share with other parents.

Thursday 31st January – New Tag Rugby Club, years 4-6 limited places please book on school gateway

Friday 1st February – Key Stage 2 trip to Exeter to see Bournemouth Symphony. Packed lunch will be require as we are leaving Chagford at 11.30qam. A school packed lunch can be ordered from the kitchen please let reception know if you require one by Wednesday next week. Letter will be emailed out to parents on Monday.

Tuesday 5th February – Year 3 Movement & Dance Day at 12.00 – 3pm at Oakhampton college. Packed lunch and PE Kits required

New Menu

Menu for Spring 19 – Jan28th – 11th Feb PDF

Menu for Spring 19 – Jan28th – 11th Feb WORD


Community News

24 Hour ‘Run 4 Rosie’

On Saturday 9th through until Sunday 10th March Chagford Runners are hosting a 24 hour relay style run, fundraising for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and in memory of Rosie Webber, who sadly lost her battle with lung cancer last September. There will be someone running around the parish of Chagford for every hour of the 24 hours, and at least two inspiring endurance runners are attempting to run for the full 24 hours! Chagford Runners are inviting you to join them and help them achieve this challenge! You do not need to be an experienced runner or incredibly fit to take part, there are routes for all abilities with 5k, 10k, and 10 mile routes available, or why not run as a team? If you are not a runner then we are also looking for help on the day.The event starts at 9am at The Clubhouse, War Memorial Playing Fields, Chagford, where food will be served throughout the day and mini marathon challenges for under 7s and under 5s will also take place. If you would like to find out more about this special event or to sign up please head to Run 4 Rosie on Facebook, or email run4rosie.chagford@gmail.com, or call into the Uptown shop in Chagford and speak to Kate Webber. We look forward to running with you!

High 5 holiday camps are running from the beautiful Stover school site every day this February Half Term.  They’re offering children the most action packed, fun and inspiring programme possible to keep them fit, healthy and away from screens. They do this by filling their days with an exciting array of multi-sports and outdoor, adventurous activities… plus amazingly interactive themed arts and crafts. Highlights this February includes: Rock Climbing, NAMA Ninjas Martial Arts & Self Defence, Wild Cooking and an Olympic Celebration Day. Ages 5 to 15 years welcome, booking can be made online via the website: www.high5sportscamps.co.uk. They are Ofsted registered and accept all childcare vouchers as payment. Follow the fun on facebook and for any enquiries the office number is: 01752 215734 and email: info@high5sportscamps.co.uk