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Newsletter Friday 3rd February 2017


News from the Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Friends,
This morning I attended the Dartmoor National Park Members meeting in Bovey Tracy to support the new build application for our school. I am extremely pleased to announce that the Members voted 11 in favour and 2 against to approve the planning application.
As you know this has been an interesting journey for us as a school so far and the real work is yet to begin but this represents an exciting step forwards. This really is excellent news, not least because it means our children and staff can now look forward to being in a building that meets their learning and teaching needs. The timescale for the start of works has not been confirmed yet and probably won’t be until after half term but I will keep you fully in the picture as the project unfolds.
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for this fantastic educational opportunity for our children, here at Chagford C E School. This will be an amazing journey for us and I look forward to working alongside the whole school community in further developing our school grounds around the new building, over the coming few years.
On Tuesday 7th February we are welcoming the children’s author Tom McLaughlin into school to conduct workshops for all our children. The day will focus on story writing and the teachers will follow this up with an opportunity for the children to write their own story to enter into the Chagword competition. A letter has been sent to you outlining the day but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. I am sure that the children will gain enthusiasm and inspiration for their own writing from listening and working alongside Tom on the day.
Have a great weekend


Stars of the week

Big Robins: Oops! Not available at time of going to press!

Moles Class: Ebba for improving your concentration and contributions in maths-some quick thinking and good explanations- as well as making good progress in reading. Well done! Keep it up! Elijah for excellent questions and manners in the classroom for our special visitor this week, Mr. Cousens, as well as a good effort in your reading, writing, PE, construction and Forest School.

Hedgehog Class: Theo for being a positive role model towards his peers as we explored fractions in maths. Maisie-Jayne for being brave and sharing her ideas during our expressive artwork in response to music.

Otter Class:Joanna for brilliant behaviour both in and out of school, being a perfect role model and being able to identify areas which she finds hard and know when to ask for help. Will for presentation of his work, not accepting his first effort as his best and going back and having another go, exceptional effort in his homework.

Badger Class: Fox Class: Jamie for showing some great learning behaviours in class this week. Barnaby for his good trio work this week in all subject areas.

Red Deer Class: Biba for her enthusiasm and energy, determination to learn and ability to organise others as she led her trio in constructing their Anglo-Saxon village. Monty for calmly and clearly supporting other children in his trio, fabulous creative writing and being prepared to give things a go and challenge himself.


Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Yellow House. Silver and Bronze awards to Blue and Red houses. Well done everyone.



Christmas cards! There are still payments outstanding for the children’s Christmas cards. Please ensure money reaches school by Friday next week. If you are unsure as to the amount owed, email
Many thanks.


Dates for your diary, Events, News and Activities:

Monday 6th Feb – Football and Netball match at home Chagford VS Okehampton 15:30 – 17:00 All supporters welcome

Wednesday 8th Feb – Moles and Hedgehogs trip to Bristol to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS. Great Britain 08:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 8th Feb – Badger’s trip to Thomas’ bakery, Bovey Tracey 09:15 – 12:30  

Wednesday 8th Feb – West Devon Netball Finals away 12:15- 16:00

Thursday 9th Feb – Football and Netball away at Bridestow 14:50 – 17:15 

Tuesday 21st Feb – First day back to school after the half term holiday.

Please remember to log onto School Gateway to give your consent, inform us of any medical conditions, see more information about the trip and make a donation.