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Dear Parents and Friends

This week has been one of changing temperatures with extremely cold mornings and beautiful sunshine by mid morning. The new building has looked wonderful against the Autumn backdrop and we are beginning to feel really settled in our new space. It has been great to see the children enjoying the sunshine and dry conditions around the playground and we have seen some fantastic friendship behaviours as a result too. Well done to all the children.

This week also saw two of our classes going to see the WW1 Biplane at Chagford House as part of the Film Festival, which the children found really interesting. The guides who were able to explain in more detail to the children how the planes impacted on the war effort and how they were flown, added plenty of useful knowledge for them to use back at school. Thank you to those involved in organising this event and inviting the school children to share in this experience.

I had an exciting meeting with members of the PTFA this morning to discuss potential plans for fundraising into this new academic year. Once the demolition is complete, the focus will be very much on the outdoor learning spaces and making sure that we achieve all we can for your children in terms of outdoor provision. However in the meantime we have some work to do at the front of the building and around the playground areas to both develop and maintain this space. We would like to have a maintenance day when all volunteers will be welcome to come and help plant shrubs and trees at the front of the school, cut hedges and prune some bushes around the play areas, so that the space we have is the best we can achieve, whilst we wait for the exciting wider spaces to become available. Hopefully this will be a lovely opportunity for everyone from the school community to be involved in how our new school surroundings will develop in the coming months. Watch out for this date after half term.

As you will have seen the new hoarding has been constructed around the old school site to ensure the safety of your children during the demolition process. I know that many of you have legitimate concerns around the safe removal of the asbestos from the old building however Kier as a company have employed Gilpin Environmental; a well respected and professional company, accredited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for this type of specialised removal. The safety of all pupils, staff and their families is paramount to this company and their processes and procedures are highly regulated by both the HSE and independently scrutinised to maintain the highest level of safe handling during the removal. Once the asbestos has been removed totally then the demolition will proceed and we will begin to see the school being removed.

Next week we have our Harvest Festival at St Michaels Church on Wednesday 3rd October at 2:00pm. You are of course welcome to join us. We are again asking all children to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Okehampton Food bank at the service so your help would be much appreciated.

Have a good weekend.

Liz Wiseman

Please Note:

Collection after clubs – Please let the club leader know if you will be allowing your child to walk home from school after they have taken part in a club or activity or if they are being collected by anyone other than yourself. We have a duty of care to make sure your children remain safe and without parental permission we will put them into after school club until we can contact you. Could you also collect your children via the back pupil entrance rather than through the main visitors entrance. Many thanks.

PE Kits. Please remember to bring your kit to school, we no longer have spare kit to lend out.

IMPORTANT Please remember to check your child’s hair regularly for nits, comb and treat if necessary.

As part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust all payments must be made in advance. This includes school dinners, Schools out (after school and breakfast club) trips, nursery fees and trips. Please make sure your child’s account is paid for and up to date and if you require a school dinner for your child to top up their balance so it is in credit on school gateway. Childcare Voucher may be used for activities outside the school day such as after school club or breakfast clubs but can not be redeemed against activities within the school day.

Are you eligible for free school meals? go onto  Devon County Council’s citizens portal to apply. Now nursery children can also receive free school meals if eligible. Please let us know your code if successful.

School Gateway App – Please think about downloading the School Gateway app. It’s free and allows us to send messages to you all, free of charge. Remember to re subscribe to our school newsletter!

PARKING – Please be mindful about where you park at drop off and pick up times. Please remember not to park in such a way that the local fire fighters would find it difficult get out of the fire station in an emergency. If parking in Lamb Park please do not block residents driveways or double park so vehicles can not easily pass.

PARENT SIMSWe have updated our information on consents around photographs in SIMS Parent Lite. Our revised information is:

  • Photos in media From time to time, it’s great to showcase the achievements of our pupils. This could be on the school blog, or local press, which may be print media or internet media. Our general principles of sharing photographs are never to publish a pupil’s last name. If a contact person is needed for a project, this will be the teacher, not the pupil. If class pictures are posted, it may mention names but not where individuals are standing in the picture. Class pictures will generally include at least three or more students. If individual pictures are posted of pupils it will not include their name. 
  • Photos in school: We may take photos to support our assessment and monitoring of pupils’ learning. These are never shared with third parties where a data sharing agreement is not in place. This consent allows us to put these photos on display in our school corridors and notice boards. 

Please ensure you have updated your consents in Parent Lite accordingly. It’s important that we hold accurate and up to date information. If you have not yet logged into Parent Lite, please contact the school office who will be happy to help.


Stars of the week

Ash Class: Grace for her perseverance and resilience with her work. Jamie for his determination and growing independence.

Beech Class: Molly for being such a kind and friendly member of Beech class and for your excellent learning behaviours! Very well done Molly! Joe S for making the most of your playing and working times in school Joe. What a great attitude! Well done!

Yew Class: Cecily for her excellent start to the new year and for pushing herself further and further with each challenge. Max G for a wonderful work ethic and for listening carefully before working hard in each lesson.

Oak Class: Rosie for improvement of presentation of work across all areas of learning. Logan for calmness around school and a great attitude.

Birch Class: Dylan W, Quinn and Alfie:  For working really hard with his trio in PE; giving positive feedback, helpful suggestions and guidance to his teammates.


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

Dates for your diary


  • Monday 1st October – New menu Menu for Autumn term 1 2018
  • Tuesday 2nd October – Beech Class to take part in the year 1 multi skills festival.
  • Wednesday 3rd October – Harvest Festival 2pm at St. Michaels church
  • Thursday 4th October – Census day SPECIAL LUNCH MENU
  • Friday 5th October – Crumble Sale after school
  • Friday 5th October – Football and Netball tournament at North Tawton – teams to be selected
  • Monday 8th October – Hatherleigh Primary VS Chagford at Okehampton all weather pitch 3.30pm.

All participants will be emailed with additional details. * Some trips have limited places and will be given on a first come basis, this excludes class trips and sporting events. Consents, medical conditions and any donations will need to be completed on your school gateway account. If we are unable to cover the costs of the trip by donations we may have to cancel trips.

Community Events

Just to remind you that Tennis Coaching is on every Saturday up at the play park – (except 6th October as coach is away on hols) at the following times.  We have a wonderful, fun new coach Nick – and he is hoping to encourage lots of youngsters to play tennis. This week (due to alternative entertainment in Jubilee Hall!) – it will be on at:

11 am 5-8 year olds –

12pm 8+ year olds.

If there are 4 year olds in school then they are also welcome at 11 am, but not pre-school children please.

We would request that the parents/guardians of under 8’s remain at the clubhouse, where there is self service tea and coffee available, and at least one or two parents stay for the later session (dependent on numbers). On 13th October there is a free session for all ages. So please grab a friend and come up and have a go.  (Usually £5 per child per session) If you have any queries, please do give me – Jackie Browne 01647 231055 a call.