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Dear Parents and Friends

County Cricket Finals

On Monday Mrs Dunnage and I took our Dartmoor Cup cricket winners to the County Finals at Newton Abbot Cricket Ground where we competed against 7 other schools who had qualified through from their local rounds. The team played very well and rose to the increased quality of cricket played by all the teams. The bowling demonstrated was superb and wickets were taken by all the players. The team won their first two games against Mary Dean and Oldway but unfortunately lost to the eventual winners of the competition, Thorverton. As a school we competed in the positional play offs and won quite convincingly and finished in Bronze position – 3rd in the entire Devon County – fantastic performance! As the Head I have been so proud to have accompanied a team into these County Finals for 3 years running which demonstrates the quality and depth of cricket skills across the school.

Devon Mix

We had a wonderful day at the Devon Music Mix festival on Wednesday, exploring new instruments and music styles, from samba to rock! We played ‘P-bones’ (a plastic trombone) and samba drumming, and then danced – some quite wildly – to a young band called ‘The Kaizens’ who were about to play Glastonbury festival! However, the music making didn’t finish when we left the festival: we sang all the way home, accompanied by Henry on his guitar, on our double decker bus.
The children really enjoyed the day, and behaved beautifully, even whilst waiting in the very long queue for ice-creams!  Thanks to Naomi. Julia, and Ione for helping out, and to all the parents for supporting your children in their musical adventures.

Arts Week 1st July – 5th July 2019

Next week is Arts Week and a letter has gone home to you all to explain the artists who will be involved and helping to make the week as creative as possible for the children. The full plan is again detailed below.

Arts Week – Artists and Plans.pdf.docx

Arts Week – Artists and Plans 1

Whole Class Violin Recital – Oak Class

The children from Oak Class have been learning to play the violin as a whole class with Miss Rowe and today was our chance to see what amazing musical skills they had acquired over this term. They all shared their knowledge of the instrument, what they found good about learning this instrument and included some of the tricky bits too. They played wonderfully as a whole class and listened carefully to each other to ensure that they performed as a unit and as a result the pieces played were very pleasing to the ear; even though there were 30 violins playing at the same time! Thank you Oak Class!

Ex pupil Lucas Urquiza – Tennis aspirations

Luca attended Chagford C E Primary School and his desire to succeed in achieving his aspiration of becoming a professional tennis player has developed over the years. We are proud to say that Luca has reached the Road to Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Regional Qualifiers at Cheltenham & in July he will be competing with his team in both the Under 18 National School Finals in Nottingham & the Premier Team Finals for his club in Roehampton! Lucas is now number 35 in the country for the 14 & Unders. His family have always supported his dream and have recently set up the crowdfunder at the beginning of June to try to raise £2,500 towards his training & tournament costs which are increasing now he is competing further afield. He has reached 79% of his target & the community support has been amazing.

If you would like to find out more about one of our ex pupil’s journey and possibly support him by donating to his page, please follow the link below.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lucas-s-tennis-journey

Thanks so much for any support & please do look at the link & updates on the page for a bit more info & background.

I hope that this weekend will continue to stay sunny and you manage to get out and about.

Liz Wiseman

Headteacher


Attendance

Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Beech 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: Summer for making excellent progress in her reading, becoming a confident learner and showing excellent understanding. Arnold for his ever improving attitude towards learning, being really positive and trying his hardest.

Yew Class: Ellawyn  – For her perseverance when creating her sea monster out of clay. Jess – For her excellent role modelling and sensible behaviour during our recent trip to Padley Common.

Oak Class: For their efforts in learning to master, play and perform the violin.  Well done.

Birch Class: Quinn for being a good friends and allowing others to share his football. Birdie for being a good friend all round.


Dates for the diary

Arts Week – Starting 1st July – 5th July 2019

KS2 Swimming Lessons – Continuing 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


Parents

Lost goggles – we have at least 3 pairs of goggles from swimming this week which will be in the office for collection. It would be helpful if some sort of permanent naming of goggles could be done as it is time consuming trying to match up goggles with their owners at the end of the sessions.

Thanks.