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News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

We have had a lovely week in school with so many events happening each day. The children have been exploring moths and snail racing with Chantal, the Foundation Stage children went on their class trip to the Living Coasts, Year 6 children have held a Greek Museum and Greek Day and participated in the Kingfisher Project to share their work on Worms (so much to know), and each class have had the opportunity to work with Mr Bint this week to learn some new songs for our Collective Worships. There has been a buzz in the air around school and not just because of the bees!

A final update on the class names – after further consideration and discussion, the Foundation Stage team have asked if they could remain as Little Robins and Big Robins to ease transition for the children (and the team). The Robin is a British bird, so I think we are ok.

Reports will be out next week; Key Stage 2 reports will be out on Wednesday and then the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 will be out on Friday.

French Morning
As you may know, Thursday 14th July is a special day in France as it is Bastille Day! We thought we would celebrate this in school by having a special French morning. We would like everyone to come to school dressed in red, white and blue. Throughout the morning we will be learning about France, including Bastille Day and picking up some more French expressions. We will also be having a French-style lunch in school. A letter will be sent to you explaining possible home activities that the children can do in preparation for next Thursday and the menu for the day, which is a wink in the direction of French cuisine – no snails I promise! Hopefully this will be an opportunity for the children to use some of the French they have learned over the course of the year and find out a little more about our closest European neighbours. Big robins have kept their homework to complete during the week in class, so don’t worry parents if it looks as though part of it is missing.

Safety Notice
The climbing frame is in need of urgent repair and the children are not allowed to go on the equipment either during or after school hours until this has been completed. No children should not be on site unsupervised out of school hours but could I please insist that the climbing frame is NOT used at all after normal school hours for safety reasons.

Have a great weekend,

Liz Wiseman

Head teacher 

Stars of the Week  

Big Robins: Charlie for his resilience over the past year with all aspects of his learning.
Ebba for her positive mind set and can do attitude. 

Kestrel 1: Abbie for your beautiful new handwriting and detailed drawings, especially the drawing for Olympic sportswear.
Maisie for your beautiful singing with Mr. Bint. Well done!

Kestrel 2: Quinn for making a good start on his fact page and comma up with creative ideas.
Harley for showing determination while doing math challenges this week.

Goldfinch: Ooops! These weren’t to hand at the time of going to press!

Kingfishers: Sophie and Amy for working really hard in maths to conquer new multiplication methods.

Swifts & Housemartins:  All of Housemartins and Swifts for fabulous Greek museum, Greek day, costumes, and the Kingfisher project.

Attendance – Well done Swifts for regaining to top spot this week with 100% attendance and to Kestrels 2 with 98.89%.

Messages & Reminders

Messy Church at Chagford Primary School, Saturday 9th July 2-3.30pm – join us for a fun afternoon of creative activities and songs.

Sarah Small Woodwind Lessons – Please note the change of day for Sarah’s lessons for next week only. She will be teaching on Thursday instead of Friday, so don’t forget your instruments!

Summer Holiday Swimming Lessons at Chagford Pool – If you are interested in signing your children up for the week of swimming lessons with Jim and Georgia Ulyett, that will take place at the start of the holidays, don’t forget to return your form either to the pool or to the school office by Monday 4th July.  

Annual Lost property Amnesty – Don’t forget to have a hunt through our lost property box before the PTFA claim the leftovers for their uniform sale on the last day of term! Anything left will either be sold or taken to proper job.

Your school needs you! Win £5,000 (€5,000) of National Book Tokens – enough to buy hundreds of books for the library. To sweeten the deal, you’ll also get £100 (€100) of National Book Tokens for yourself!Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward, encourage literacy and inspire a love of books. The winners of last year’s prize – Stanley Road Primary School in Worcester – transformed their library and filled their bookshelves with new books. Will it be your school’s turn this year?To enter, simply follow the link and fill in the form. The competition closes on 31st July 2016

Football and Netball Kits Could all Football and Netball Kits be Returned – washed and fresh, ready for the beginning of the new season. It is important that we are able to gather all of these together before the end of the academic year, especially from the Year 6 leavers. Thank you.

Chagford Primary School Baby Group, Thursdays 9-10am – The timing has changed slightly and will hopefully fit well with the needs of little people! Come along and spend some time with other parents and babies. Please call the school office on 01647 432412 if you have any questions.

PTFA News 

Firstly I’d like to say a huge thanks to the organisers of Teignton Fayre in Drewsteignton who matched what we made on our wet sponges stall at the event in June and will give us £138 for our funds. This takes our total for our summer events to over £2,500! Fantastic! This money will help pay for the trips that so many of our classes have enjoyed this term, as well as giving us a good amount to start next years budget off!

We will be having a tea, uniform, cake and ice-cream party in the playground on the last day of term at the end of the school day. Come and help us to say farewell to the year 6s and get some uniform for next year! As part of this we will have the annual lost property amnesty, where all lost items are put out for sale or collection. If you know you are missing something, come and retrieve it before then (the lost property is held in the room where the staff loo is). After the sale the items will be taken to Proper Job as school simply doesn’t have enough storage space to keep hold of it – you have been warned!!

Thanks all, Ruthx

F and blog links from the main school website

Easyfundraising – Don’t forget that if you are shopping online you can help raise vital funds towards activities our children are enriched by signing up to To find out more please click here.

Important Reminders & Information

Collective Worship for this Term: Thursdays

14th July – Kingfishers
21st July – Year 6 – Leavers’ Service – 2pm church

Dates for Next Week

  • Saturday 9th
    • Messy Church 2-3.30pm 
  • Monday 11th
    • Year 6 Castle Drogo adventure 
  • Tuesday 12th
    • Reception Class 2016 Settling-in Session 2, 9am – 12.15pm
    • NSPCC workshops with Year 5 and 6, 9.30am – 12pm
  • Wednesday 13th
    • Year 6 Parkour Day
  • Jeudi 14 Juillet
    • French Day
    • Kingfishers Collective Worship
    • Regional Kwik cricket finals day – Clifton College Bristol
  • Friday 15th
    • All Yr 3’s Canoeing and raft building Lake Okehampton
    • Kingfishers trip to Stone Lane Gardens

School Calendar – Don’t forget that all key school dates (assemblies, outings, workshops, shows and services) are on the school public calendar under the ‘News’ tab of the school website or through this direct link  

Menu for this Week – Week C – Please see website for details 

Useful Resourses

Local Clubs, Events & Activities 

Wild Woods ‘n Willow camp at Yeo Farm, Wed 27th-29th July – There are options to do some or all of this popular camp. Full details on the web site. Please contact Linda Lemieux for more information. Wood & Rush,1a The Sq., Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AA 01647 231330


Ocra Sports & Fitness Festival 2016, 2nd -17th July – Offering children and families opportunities to try new sports and be active together. All are welcome to sample this year’s fantastic programme of over 50 different sports and activity events many of which are free. This incorporates a mixture of have-a-go sessions, competitions, special offers and challenges for children, young people and adults of all ages. This year sessions include, swimming, archery, gymnastics,trampolining, rugby,tennis, soft play, yoga, family fun run, golf, nordic walking, cycling & mountain bike, rounders, big oke abseil, walks, 10 different fitness sessions, football, hockey, bowls, thai boxing, family badminton, squash, table tennis, fencing, judo, pilates, water polo, and much more + sports, music & arts. On sunday 10th july there is the family fun run at the pavilion in the park 10.30 – 3pm.
For your fantastic free programme go to and check out info on ocra facebook.

For more information of what’s on in the area visit our Community Events Page ….. click here!

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