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Dear Parents and Friends

Firstly could I thank those of you who have used our After School Club provision over the last two weeks for your understanding whilst our staff were having their First Aid Training. I realise that the reduced service would have been inconvenient for many of you however it is vital that we have a staffing team who are appropriately qualified to administer First Aid to all aged children to ensure that we fulfil our safeguarding duties as a school. You will be pleased to know that the entire Foundation Stage Team and After School team are fully Pediatric First Aid trained and the other staff members of the school will be commencing their Basic First Aid training next week.

Weaver Cup

Last Friday Mr Billinghurst took the cross country team to compete in the Weaver Cup organised by South Tawton Primary School. The team did exceptionally well with 5 children finishing in the top 10 including 1st position for Daisy R, 2nd for Ben W and 4th for Henry H. Bertie R came in 7th and Logan H-V finished in 10th place. Despite these fantastic finishing positions, as a school we finished in 2nd place overall beaten by South Tawton with only 8 points between the two schools.I know that the team were very disappointed however they should be very proud of their achievements over last week and all before even having their first cross country club after school! Well done, you all represented Chagford School brilliantly.

Small Arts Auction

We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our participating artists for their generous and brilliant contributions to our ‘Small Art Works’ Auction to raise funds for the Arts in our school.  The over all quality of the work was commented on by many of our visitors and we are happy to announce that we sold all 66 lots, including the 3 works by our yr 6 pupils, Leotie Howard-Vallely, Olivia Notten and Juliette Lloyd, their 3 works raised £105 in total.  The stars of the show had to be Dominic Welch whos beautiful Kilkenny Limestone sculpture went for £1750 and of course Alan Lee with his pencil drawing of Gandalf which went for a whopping £2100 in an exciting and tense bidding war.
The evening turned out to be a great success with a brilliant team including Earl Fontainelle (Auctioneer), his gang: Silas Welsh, Dylan Brady-Picone and Jasmine Leonard.  Musical entertainment from Amye Farrell on Cello, Mimi D’Apice (piano) and Victoria Loram on Clarinet. Our raffle girls from yrs 4/5 (Birdie, Hettie, Rosie, Evie and Verity) did a brilliant job of keeping up with the high demand for raffle tickets and everyone involved played their parts with cool professionalism.  Thank you also to Julia Cotts, of Stable Yard Bakery for supplying us with such delicious nibbles, Emanuel Hendry Ltd for sponsoring our printing costs, Simon Blackbourn of Lumpy Lemon for helping design such a nifty poster, Jasper Emanuel and Chloe Brooks-Warner for keeping the finances in check, Julia Sanchez for all her help and Juliette Mills for her fabulous photographs of the event.  An extra special thanks to our two post auction donations, £500 anonymous and £200, you know who you are. 
For all the above reasons we are thrilled to share our total of over £10,000 plus a little gift aid to come.  
As you know our ‘Small Art Works’ Auction was to raise funds for, and increase the awareness of the Arts in the school, to pay for a summer arts week, and set up an artists residency program.  We are thrilled to have raised enough money to allow us to do all sorts of other things too and hopefully stock up on some quality materials. 
As we said on the night, we feel it is our duty as parents, friends, teachers and governors to make up for our current government’s lack of support for the arts in our schools – hence organising our own events and coming up with creative ways of raising funds. 
Thanks again to ALL involved 
Ione Rucquoi and Georgia Munday

The Year 6 SATS are fast approaching and they are working hard to ensure that they achieve their best during the week commencing 13th May. As a school we will be making sure that everything remains calm and normal throughout the week and I know as a school community you will be wishing the pupils well also.

Last night was our first night for Key Stage 2 ()Years 3-6) Gymnastics club run by a fully qualified Gymnastics coach and funded by the school to encourage new sporting opportunities. The numbers are limited, however we do still have 3 spaces left so phone the office or sign up online to involve your child.

I hope that you enjoy the bank holiday weekend and see you all back on Tuesday 7th May.

Liz Wiseman



Stars of the week

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

Beech Class: Heidi – for showing great understanding in her maths work. She has worked hard to understand how to multiply by 5 and has worked well in pairs to support others too.  Joe S – for showing resilience and determination with his writing resulting in clearer fingers spaces.

Yew Class:  Pip – For working very hard on his presentation and sharing his understanding in full sentences!  Belle – For her amazing explanations in Maths and for always taking the time for others.

Oak Class: Grace and Harriet – For showing fantastic sportsmanship and effort during cricket this week

Birch Class: Leotie – for being kind to River and helping him to stay organised and hard working.  Daisy R – for being a great revision partner for Jess, winning the Weaver Cup Race last week and setting a PB over 1500m!



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


We have a few items of Lost Property – please check in reception if any belongs to you.  We will keep this until Friday,10th May so please do pop in beforehand to claim anything that is yours.
Limited spaces still available for this term – please contact Jessica Squire to book your place – text/call 07746892660, or email
Starting Friday 3rd May. Cost: £3.50 per session, paid in a half-term or term block.
Advance block booking discount – £31.50 pay by/on 3/5/19 and receive one free class!
NEW Summer Term Times:
3:30-4:05 Key Stage One
4:05-4:40 Key Stage Two

Music Mayhem continues from next week Thursday 9th of May from 3.30 to 4.10 for young beginners to music aged 5-7 years. Last term the group had a lot of fun learning African Beats, Sea Shanties, Musical Games, Singing, Recorder as well as learning all about the instruments of the orchestra and listening exercises. If your child has already started music or is curious and wants to give it a go, then come along after school and have a go! We will be running a demo in class this week to show off our Sea Shanty we learnt last term. Group leader Nicholas Bryant moved to Chagford six months ago, from a job as Music Teacher at St David’s Prep in West Wickham and is known for appearing on Britain’s Got Talent with the Collaborative Orchestra in 2016.

Starting Monday, 29th April 2019, KS2, maximum of 25.

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On behalf of the PTFA, would just like to say a huge well done and thank you for Ione for organising such a fantastic arts evening and raising so much money for the arts at Chagford school – thank you!
Next PTFA event is Saturday 11th May for FAMILY BINGO! Doors open at the school hall at 4pm for eyes down at 5pm! Lots of fun and hope to see you there with your lucky pens!  Raffle and refreshments will also be available.

Community News

Mini Music Day – Sunday 5th May 2019
Venue: The Horse, Moretonhampstead 12.30pm – 10pm.
This event for young musicians aged 18 and under has become a firm favourite in Devon’s youth music calendar and this year is sure to be another fantastic day for both musicians and audience. There will be bands, choirs, solo instrumentalists and singers with most genres of music covered from rock to classical.
The aim is to provide a stage for young musicians to perform, have some fun and get inspired by other musicians in front of a friendly and enthusiastic audience. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the day. Entry is FREE but we will be raising funds jointly for Moretonhampstead Primary School and the MS Society by various means including a raffle and collections. The schedule is almost full and is comprised of fantastic young musical talent. There will be representatives from: South Dartmoor CC, Okehampton College, Moretonhampstead, Chagford, Widecombe and Bovey Tracy Primary schools as well schools and individual acts from further afield. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram