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Dear Parents and Friends

What a difference a week makes in terms of weather! Last week snow, this week gales. Unfortunately today has resulted in a day of indoor play times with the gusts and rain creating havoc over Chagford; including a power cut for over an hour which resulted in the planned lunch not able to be cooked! Mrs Bennie improvised and made nutritious sandwiches and crisps for the children along with their usual desserts, so everyone was happy by the end of lunchtime.

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to take the Year 3 pupils to attend a Movement and Dance festival organised by OCRA at Okehampton College. The children were able to experience multi skills, modern dance, trampolining and the use of the inflatable tumbling trackway. They had a great time and I am sure we have a lot of budding gymnasts after seeing the college young sports leaders demonstrating their tumbling skills! They were very impressive. As usual our children were a credit to the school with their enthusiasm and good manners so well done to you all.

Next week is the last week before we break up for half term; cannot quite believe how quickly this first spring half term has gone but hopefully once we get back we will begin to see definite signs of better weather and the nights drawing out. Look out for proposed dates for your child’s class parent consultations due in the week commencing 4th March 2019.

Have a great weekend.

Liz Wiseman

Headteacher


Important information for parents

Tonight some parents will receive a detailed statement of outstanding balances. If you receive a letter please take time to look at it, as some of the debts are historic from past school years. These have lingered on your accounts unnoticed. Any outstanding amounts will be referred to our Central Finance team for debt recovery in line with MAT policy. All services must be paid for in advance and no account should have a debit balance. Even small amounts add up for example, another local MAT primary school’s total school dinner debt stands at £-2.30, in contrast ours is £−927.40. This can not be allowed to continue and all services, including school dinners must be paid in advance. If you are having difficulties please come in and see us and we will help where we can. We must insist that you provide a packed lunch if your school dinner balance is not in credit and alternative childcare arrangements made for breakfast and after school care.



Stars of the week

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

Beech Class: Molly. A confident learner who is always helping support her friends, working well in a team and determined to do her best. Freddie for his excellent reasoning in his maths this week, showing his great understanding and using it to support others.

Yew Class: Emily for an amazing piece of writing for Chagword about Dame Judi Dench fighting pirates! Lulu for her wonderful story writing and incredible introduction about Lulu meeting Queen Elizabeth II!

Oak Class: Ember and Rosie for organising and running a fabulous Road Safety lunch time club for the  children in Year 1 and 2

Birch Class: Daisy for working very diligently on her 800 word story for the Chagword competition. Olivia for always modelling great learning behaviours in all lessons.


Attendance

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


PTFA

Many thanks for donations of chocolates and cakes. Don’t forget, PTFA coffee morning, tomorrow Saturday 9th November  10am-12:00pm at Endecott House.

Community News

On Friday February 15th at 6.30pm, Circus Berzerkus will be presenting their award-winning family show, Komedy of Errors, in Belstone Village Hall. A fun-filled evening of entertainment for ALL ages! In the show, Komedy of Errors, Gerald is looking for a new juggling partner and the agency sends Wallace – not a good move! Wallace’s childlike inexperience, coupled with Gerald’s short-tempered vanity proves to be an explosive mix and we will be treated to an evening of chaotic clowning, dazzling juggling, unique unicycling, mindboggling magic and audience participation. A ‘must do’ evening for ALL the family! The first part of the show lasts for 45 minutes with another 30 minutes after the interval. Interval refreshments – popcorn, ice cream, hot and cold drinks!

February 15th at 6.30pm in Belstone Village Hall. Tickets: £8 adults, £6 children, from Edwina at edwinarobinhill@outlook.com or 01837 840332.