Newsletter 17th June
Wildlife Champions Trip to Meeth Quarry
On Tuesday eight of our Wildlife Champions joined a hundred other children from right across the trust to get together for a day of learning and activities at Meeth Quarry, the Deveon Wildlife Trust nature reserve near Hatherleigh. This was a Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust wildlife conference organised for us by Devon Wildlife Trust. We've been working with Paul from the trust right through this year and it was lovely to get together with so many othger schools and get to know each other and to find out about what they've been up to.
Our children enjoyed pond dipping, a bug safari, exploration of the beautiful site at meeth - an old clay quarry - leaerned about the creatures of the deep sea and tried making fire using a striking rod. It was just a great day - one child even gave it the ultimate accolade and said 'it's better than Creally Park!'.
Lots of children said the pond dipping was a real highlight - they were excited to find water scrpions, dragonfly larvae, great diving beetles, frogs and newtpoles. SOme of us were very excited to see the Wood White butterfly - one of the UK's most endangered butterfly species but astonishingly common at Meeth - what a privilege to see this distinctive butterfly with it's odd laboured flight.
Huge thanks to Paul and to everyone at Devon Wildlife Trust who made this day possible.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The show is really coming together now. I have been SO impressed with the children who have learned lines, remembered their blocking, supported each other and - amongst the most important parts - managed to stay quiet off stage while other children were practicing on stage. It's going to be a fabulous show. I hope that peoplke have been able to book the tickets they want - it has been a logistical nightmare making this happen but hopefully all is well now. The children are definitely very, very excited for this show and, if I'm honest, I am too!
Pool concessions for the 2022 season
The Swimming Pool Committee recognise that many households are facing increased financial pressures at the moment and they want Chagford Pool to remain accessible to all. Please find below more detail on our concessions for this season.
Chagford Pool Loyalty card
This is aimed at rewarding local people who swim regularly. Pick up a Chagford Pool Loyalty Card at the gate (each card will be designated either adult or child). Collect a stamp for each swim and get your fifth swim free.
Discount Swim for Lower Income Households
If your household is in receipt of state benefits, you and your family will be able to swim at half price. You will not need to fill out a form but will need to show us documental evidence of your current Benefit Status (e.g. an Award Letter for Universal Credit or Housing Benefit). This could be a screenshot from your device or a paper copy and will need to show your name, address and the benefit you are receiving. All claims for this discount will be dealt with in strict confidence and will be highly discreet when paying at the gate. To apply please email Marion at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will forward further instructions to grant you this discount.
GDPR regulations require us to keep all details secure. Your information will be stored
securely on the Pool icloud database and deleted at the end of the 2022 season.
We're very aware that the discontinuation of Season Tickets may be unpopular but we have not made this decision lightly. The costs of running the pool are soaring and we are facing a very uncertain financial future. We ask you to bear with us at this time.
Chagford Pool Committee :-)
Chagford Primary at the Chagford Show
One of our parents had the briallint idea of asking the organisers of the Chagfrod Show if our children could perform 'This Is The Chagford Show' from our production live on stage at the Chagford Show on August Eighteenth. The lovely people from the show are very keen to include us so, hopefully, lots of us who aren't on holiday that week will pitch up to perform on the main stage - what a treat! We will circulate a form soon to ask people to indicate if they will be able to come along.
The school will be manning a stand opn the day so do come along and say hello. We mihgt even be a sensible palce for a rendezvous for any lost or mislaid children as the stand will be manned with familiar faces from school.
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