Newsletter 14th February 2020
Happy Valentine’s day! In our assembly today we have encouraged children to do something kind when they get home to show their love and appreciation.
Internet safety week
This week we have been learning more about how to keep safe on line. We have spoken to the children in assembly and in classes about how to keep safe and what to do if they see something unkind, inappropriate or worrying. It is very easy to access age inappropriate content accidently or intentionally, and grooming and cyberbullying are real and present issues. We urge you to check filters and settings on home devises and be aware of what your children are accessing and how they are behaving on line. There is great advice on the NSPCC and Think You Know websites.
Hero Showcase Assembly
Thank you to all who were able to come to our showcase yesterday. I was very proud of our children as they shared their learning from this term. The children presented a plethora of heroes from history, myth and from their own lives. We learnt about the differences Florence Nightingale made to nursing, the development of the police force, and the protests civil rights activists across the world have made to combat apartheid and segregation. We heard a Polynesian myth and found out who our youngest children consider to be heroes. There was a variety of storytelling, drama, story boxes and models, speeches, songs and sharing recounts. Well done everyone.
Oak Class Bake Sale
On Wednesday after school, Chagford Primary was transformed into a French Patisserie. Congratulations to Oak class who raised £119.72 for Hospice Care. It was a bit frantic, but everyone came away with goodies to eat, and the leftovers were kindly paid for and then donated to the staffroom! Bravo tout le monde!
Yew Class Visitor
On Tuesday 11th February, we had a special visit from PC Dare as part of our topic ‘Heroes’. He showed us his equipment and uniform and some of us got to try it on. We asked him many questions about the jobs he and other police officers do. We even got to go out into his van and sit in the back.
On Wednesday, an inspector from the Food Standards Agency arrived, unannounced. We are delighted to report that we have maintained our five star rating. Well done to our kitchen team!
We have set up a new Play Leaders team. These are children who have responsibility for playground equipment and encouraging small group games. They have been trained by Jackie Jarvis from OCRA and have already had a positive impact on lunch times. Children have enjoyed the range of equipment they have to play with and the games being offered by our excellent young leaders (when it’s not raining!)
Book Fair – Tuesday 25th February
Crediton Book Shop are bringing books to the school for your children to buy at a reduced price. £6 a book, or two for £10. More information and the book titles are attached.
World Book Day – Thursday 5th March
To celebrate World Book Day, it is tradition at Chagford to dress up as a book character.
On Thursday 5th March, if you would like to, please come to school in a book related costume. We will have a parade at 9.15am to which parents are invited to attend. We would like to use photos for publicity and for our new website. Please fill in the consent forms via Parent SIMS as we cannot use photos unless we have your permission.
Ethos Forum – Thursday 27th February 3.00-3.30pm
Come and find out what this forum will do and if you would like to be a part of it. All Chagford Primary friends and family welcome.
Our whole school attendance target is 96%.
Current class attendance:
Well done Oak class!
With the warmer weather approaching, we hope to have less illness and figures will rise.
If your child needs a medical appointment, please make this for after school, or as close to the end of the day as possible and ensure you ask for a ‘blue form’ from the Office and provide a copy of your appointment paperwork if you have it.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s learning or behaviour, please speak to their class teacher in the first instance. If you have a general questions, please speak to Miss Jackson in the school office. Thank you.
Please keep up the nit treatments over the half term holiday. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/ Thank you.
Please have a look under beds and in bags for any school books! We have several missing in action and would love them to be returned (no questions asked!)
I hope you enjoy the half term holiday, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 24th February.
With very best wishes,
Miss Tara Penny
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