Dear Parents and Friends
Firstly thank you for your support in making this first full week in our new building as smooth as possible. The children are really getting used to the new routines and their work is beginning to brighten up the walls and make it feel like our school. I am looking forward to welcoming the wider school community to have a look around tomorrow between 12 noon and 3pm as this has been a long awaited change to the Chagford townscape and I am sure everyone will be pleased with the outcome.
May I take this opportunity to remind you all that you are very welcome to attend our Collective Worships during the weekend and join the children in celebration each Friday at 3pm, when certificates will be presented to the children for all the hard work completed. We would welcome the opportunity to bring you all into the new school and help to embed our ethos and values which are so important to us here at Chagford C E Primary School. Monday and Wednesday are at 9:10am. Thursdays are held by classes at 3pm and Fridays are at 3pm.
I would like to particularly welcome our new families to our Foundation Stage Unit. The children have done incredibly well to begin their school life with such confidence and they are already very much part of the school, attending Collective Worship and having their school lunches in the hall – well done to you all. Please feel free to approach the FSU team or the school office if you have any questions regarding the school; we are always happy to help.
On Wednesday the staffing team had some refresher training for our new gymnastics equipment in the hall so that we are all well equipped to plan exciting and safe PE lessons for your children; much to the delight of the children who have been keen to climb the ropes and use the new wall bars since the start of term. We are incredibly lucky to have such a great space to use for our PE lessons and activities and hopefully the wider community will see the potential for events held in the town. We have a community use policy and are able to hire out our facilities at a very reasonable cost. Please ask at the school office for details.
May I please remind everyone that PE should be in school by now as children are having lessons. We do not have any spares in school anymore (as they just seem to disappear) so please ensure that your children are equipped with their own labelled kit. The correct uniform needs to be worn at all times; trainers are not permitted. Finally hair should be tied back and with a recent outbreak of nits again I would seriously recommend this preventative measure.
Some of the teachers have noticed that lume bands are starting to come into school AGAIN. Please do not let your children bring them to school as they can be hazardous to young children.
Have a good weekend and hopefully I will see some of you tomorrow.
Clubs to start on Monday 17th September, Check out the school gateway to book onto clubs. We offer a range of clubs such as chess club, recorders, Lego, choir and band during lunchtimes. Clubs after school will be as follows for this half term:
Monday – No Clubs
Tuesday – Year 2/3 Football and Gardening Club – years 4 – 6
Wednesday KS2 Football – by invitation
Friday KS2 Football – by invitation
We no longer have Ellodie Stott teaching Ballet so if you know a dance teacher who would teach a club please contact us. We also hope to have another Fizz Pop Science club, Animation club and All Star Cricket club later in the term. If you have an idea for a club or wish to start a club at school please let us know.
PE Kits. Please be on the lookout for other children’s PE kits which may have hitched a lift home in your child’s kit bag. If you find any extras items please bring them into reception as a few parents have missing kits from last year. 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, 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 https://oneonline.devon.gov.uk/CCSCitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fCCSCitizenPortal_live 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.
Stars of the week
Ash Class Evan, Matilda R, Seth, Grace, Marnie, Beatrice, Emily. All 7 of the new children a star for settling in and adapting so well to their first full week of school
Beech Class Arthur and Jack. Well done! You have made such a very good start in your new school. We are very pleased to welcome you to our class.
Yew Class Elijah for a brilliant first full week back and for sharing his amazing knowledge of rocks and how they can be formed! and Ebba for her incredible story about a family of wolves that she has written at home and for being an excellent helper in class.
Oak Class Annie for a hard working, positive and cheerful start to the new year. and Evie S for starting the year with a positive approach, working hard and enjoying spending time with her friends
Birch Class Harly for having a really positive first week back at school. Leotie for being able to talk about her worries with a grown-up
Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Ash Class. Silver award to Beech Class and Bronze to Oak Class. Well done everyone.
Dates for your diary
- Tuesday 18th September – Oak Class to take part in the ability games
- Friday 21st September – From 8.45am Tempest photography will be taking individual school photos and family group photos. If you have younger children you wish to be photographed with siblings please come in at 8:45am so the photographer can take their pictures first. This will minimise class disruption.
- Tuesday 2nd October – Beech Class to take part in the year 1 multi skills festival.
- 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.
Well not only is it a new school year but it’s also a new school so it seems the perfect opportunity to shake things up a bit and perhaps do things a little differently with regards to the PTFA and how to raise much needed funds. However, this can only be done if it is known what everyone want’s or doesn’t want from a PTFA, therefore please come and share your views on Sunday 23rd September at 8pm at the Ring of Bells. This get together is to discuss idea’s and it doesn’t mean that you will suddenly find yourself sat on a committee! If you are unable to make it but want to share your thoughts, then in this first instance it is probably best to speak either to myself or Chloe Brooks-Warner and we can pass your views forward.
Look forward to seeing you,
SPECIAL MENTION – We would like to say a huge thank you to Emily and Fred, along with help from Lotte and Livvy who raised a whopping £40.00 over the summer holidays. They raised money in so many ways such as selling old toys and offering drinks on very hot days to painting nails for donations. Well done for such a fantastic fundraising enterprise .
Reminder. Open Day TOMORROW 12pm – 3pm ! Come along and see our new building.