Dear Parents and Friends

Congratulations to all our Year 6 pupils who have conducted themselves very maturely over this week as they completed their SATs tests. Mr Billinghurst and I were very impressed with how well they looked after each other during the whole process and they have earned themselves a well deserved homework free weekend. Of course, back to normal next week as there is plenty still to learn before the end of the summer term! May I also say how well the other children conducted themselves around the building;respecting their friends and keeping the noise levels to a minimum during each test.

Next week is the last week before half term and we will be letting  you have the important dates coming up in the final half term of this academic year. Unfortunately we have some date clashes already with our sports day and Devon Mix, so we may well have to change the sports day date which was set at the beginning of the year when other event dates were not available. We tried to be as organised as we could and give plenty of notice however this has unfortunately not gone to plan. We will give you all as much notice as possible of any date changes however the Devon Mix is an event that many of our KS2 children would want to attend so we will try to accommodate both if we can. We are also in the planning stages of our Arts Week following on from the great fundraising small arts auction a few weeks ago, which will be for all the children from Reception to Year 6. The programme of events and opportunities will be announced as soon as we have finalised arrangements with those external artists and providers, so watch this space!

Last week the PTFA held a Bingo night which went very well and was attended by a good number of families. Hopefully we will have an amount raised from the PTFA to report next week. Many thanks to the PTFA for the donation given to the school for providing those extras for the children in teaching opportunities or resources throughout the year which has meant that those important curriculum links/trips could happen for all classes.

Have a lovely weekend.

Liz Wiseman

Headteacher

 


Stars of the week

Ash Class: There will be a ‘Star of the day’ board in the Foundation Stage classroom

Beech Class:  Bruno for writing his own excellent version of Traction Man about his toy Monkey.  Grace for becoming more and more confident in all that she does, particularly her maths and her writing.
Yew Class: Ben Northmore – For being an excellent role model both on the playground and in class.  Enya Wills – For her efforts in using rhyme and description to describe her animal.
Oak Class: Noah – for fantastic story writing in the style of Varjak Paw.  Charlotte H – for working well in class and being supportive to others.
Birch Class: ALL the class for getting through SATs week in such a calm and stress-free manner.  Well done!


Attendance

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


Dates for your diary

Tuesday, 21st May –  Dartmoor Cricket Cup – 9.45am at Chagford Recreation Ground

Beech Class reminders:

Monday, 20th May at 1.30pm – Junk Modelling Workshop
Thursday, 23rd May at 3.00pm –  Beech Class Assembly


Parent

Lunch Menu
The Summer term lunch menu will remain the same until half-term – 24th May 2019.

Request for donations of spare PE KIT
We would really appreciate if you could donate any old, but in good condition, PE kit to the school.  Our supply has really diminished and we do need some for emergencies!  Many thanks.

Lost Property
We have a few items of Lost Property – please check in reception if any belongs to you.

For those parent who might not have yet, please:

Remember, download School Gateway to make keeping up-to-date with what’s going on at school effortless. The app is free and saves our school money!

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schoolcomms.sga&hl=en_GB
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/school-gateway/id596039615?mt=8


PTFA

We had a nice turnout of players at last Saturday’s Bingo with top calling from Amanda!  Lot’s of fun had by children and adults.  Next PTFA meeting is this Monday coming straight from school pick up.  Meet 3:30 outside of school reception area.
Claire and the PTFA


COMMUNITY NEWS

Two Devon County Choirs singing at Holy Trinity Church, Drewsteignton.  Conducted by Rachel Smith.
Saturday, 18th May 2019 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.
Limited bar – summer drinks, soft drinks
Free entry – donations welcome.

 Chagford Two Hills Race – Monday 27th May 2019
The annual Chagford Two Hills Race takes place on bank holiday Monday 27th May at 11.30am at The War Memorial Playing Fields. Now in its 42nd year the race covers a relatively short distance of 3.5 miles, but a very challenging 1076ft of ascent! The race is open to all ages but under 8s must run with an adult. Entry forms are available from Uptown in Chagford Square or email 2hillsrace@gmail.com  Entries cost £6 for children and £12 for adults until May 22nd, entries after this date cost £10/£20 and are subject to availability. If you are running please arrive before 10.30 to register.  It is a great day out for all the family with refreshments, bouncy castle, table top sale, music and Frank the Bike Fixer on hand to give your bike a summertime service.  Many thanks,  Kate Webber

Chagford Swimming Pool – HELP!
If anyone has 1 or 2 hours to spare on Saturday, 11th May and/or 18th May to help at the pool, it would be greatly appreciated.  Opening day is Saturday, 25th May 2019

Okehampton Argyle U11s
Okehampton Argyle U11s Squad are recruiting more players to join them in the 2019/2020 season.  If your child (boy or girl) is currently in Year 6 going into Year 7 in September 2019, we would love to invite them along to join a successful team which currently plays in the Exeter and District Youth League.  Training is on a Monday evening in Okehampton and we have matches most Saturdays, home and away.  All abilities welcome, you just need football boots / trainers, shin pads and a drink.
For more information contact Pete – 07473 467270 OR Kerry – 07772 654557 / kezdoc09@gmail.com

Vitality London 10000 – Monday, 27th May 2019
To support fellow (Surrey-based) teacher/terminally-ill cancer patient, Deborah James, featured in ‘The Times’ & founder of the award-winning Podcast: ‘You Me & the Big C’, Lindsey Bauer (History teacher at Colyton Grammar School & mum to Ottilie Bauer at Chagford Primary), is running in the Vitality London 10000 around Buckingham Palace on 27th May 2019 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
PLEASE, PLEASE donate via her Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bauer-lindsey-vitalitylondon10000celebrateyou and let’s see how much money we can all raise for Cancer Research UK!  Huge thanks!

 

Dear School
We’re a non-profit children’s science company based in Devon working in schools as well as running events like the one below at weekends and holidays. The Slime Time half term event is our first event in Okehampton and the details are:June 2nd at the Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR
2 sessions to choose from 12-12.45 or 1.15-2pm
Drop off event (but parents welcome to stay)
£5 per child
Make lots of varieties of slime, amazing colours & scents, floam, butter, fluffy and more!! Find out about the science behind slime.
Suitable for ages 7 upwards, younger (5-6yo) are welcome but accompanied with their grown-up.
You can book via this link: www.sciencedipity.as.me/slimeokehampton
Or call /text Ruth on 07847006048 for more info or to book.

Ruth MacLaren
Chief Scientist
Sciencedipity