Dear Parents and Friends
The last day of term is always one of mixed emotions as we say a fond farewell to our Year 6 pupils and wish them well on their next steps of life however this year we are all saying goodbye to our old school building. This morning we had our last Collective Worship in our school hall and reflected on all the special memories which the children had of time spent in the hall from celebrations, performances, Christmas and Summer Fayres, PE lessons, After School Club and of course lunchtimes. We also spent some time looking at some photos of our new school building and starting to think about how we would bring all those memories with us in our school ethos and values but begin the amazing journey of creating new memories. We talked about our time capsule which we buried under the school hall back in October last year with all those wishes, thoughts and prayers for the new school and those bibles which were placed in the very foundations of the walls to embed our Christian ethos.
Sarah Clarke came to take a final photo of all the children and staff in front of the old school this morning in the fantastic sunshine so that we can bring that memory with us to the new school. As a school community we are all very excited about starting a new chapter in a brand new school and realise how special this moment will be in September. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to be the very first people in this school and we all have a responsibility to make it as special as the building we are leaving has been for so many years and for so many generations. This is a wonderful time for Chagford community and I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher at this significant point in the school’s history.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire school team for all their support over the last year but especially during these last few weeks with the extra work of packing the school to deal with on top of continuing to make every learning experience important to your children. It has been a lot of hard work and we still have plenty of work to do before we have to leave the building on Tuesday! I could not ask for any more commitment from the team; they are a special group of people and I consider myself lucky to lead such a dedicated team – thank you. Could I also extend my thanks to the wider school community of parent helpers and Governors who give their time to support your children throughout the year and more recently to assist us in the packing.
I know that all of you will want to see the new school once we open and of course I will be welcoming you in as soon as we can after the first day is complete! The first day is going to be very important for all the pupils to find their way around their new school however I would very much like to show you, as parents around in that first week, so I will be sending out a letter during the holidays to say when a will be best to do this. With a new building, will come new ways of doing things and new procedures and as a staffing team we will be thinking about our start and end of the day procedures and reviewing how we operate. These changes will be sent out to you during the holidays via school comms and onto the website so that you are all aware of the changes before arriving on the first day. The school is going to be much more secure for your children and we will be adapting our procedures to suit. The wider Chagford Community will also be made to feel very welcome and part of this new start and I will be arranging an opportunity on a Saturday in the first few weeks in September for people to come and have a look around so that everyone can engage with this fantastic new asset to our local community. An announcement will be sent out to the community of the date and time of this open door opportunity, in due course.
I would like to wish you all a very lovely summer and trust that the sun will last a little longer for us all. Good luck to our Year 6 pupils on their next step into college life, you will all be missed and should be very proud of everything that you have achieved at Chagford C E Primary School.
Pupils return to school on Wednesday 5th September 2018.
Have a great summer.
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust News
Summer News letter
We are still collecting completed questionnaires which can be either emailed to the address on the questionnaire or let in one of the collection boxes The Courtyard, Doctor’s surgery and the swimming pool.
Local Community Events and News
Open Garden and Cream Tea, by kind permission of Nicky and Simon Heyworth at Monks Withecombe, Chagford. Saturday 28th July. 2.30pm-5pm.
A wonderful opportunity to visit this beautiful garden when the colourful herbaceous borders will be at their best. Enjoy a delicious cream tea in the pretty courtyard, or if it is wet, in the very impressive corn barn. Plenty of parking. Entry £5 per adult, children under 16 free. Tea £5 to include free entry to the draw, lots of lovely prizes!
This event is being run by the Friends of Chagford Library in support of Libraries Unlimited, which is the registered charity that funds our library in Chagford. Half of what we raise will be used directly to benefit Chagford Library. So please come along and support us and have a lovely afternoon in the garden at the same time!
More information from Erica Loram, 07747 867 479
The Summer Reading Challenge in Chagford Library.
Starting on Saturday 14th July.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national reading incentive for primary and pre-school children. The challenge is, to read six books of the children’s choosing, during the summer holidays. The title of this years challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the characters in the Beano comic. There are stickers to collect after each book read, and a certificate and medal for those who complete the challenge. As an extra incentive for children in Chagford, the Friends of Chagford Library are also going to give each child that finishes the challenge, a £5 book token. This will enter those children into a draw to win a family ticket to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.
The Summer Reading Challenge is completely free, if your children are not members of the library then it is very easy to join, everyone is welcome. Come along and join in the fun!
Chagford Library opening times: Tuesday 3pm-5pm
Anyone for Tennis?
Junior Tennis Coaching – all summer – Saturdays with Nick
10 am beginner tennis (red ball) – from 5 years old
11 am improvers (orange ball) – from ages approx 8
12 pm over 11 years old, and confident players (inc adult beginners).
£5 per session.
SPORTS FUN DAY- ACTIVE OKEHAMPTON
This Sunday 22nd July has a jamboree of activities for children, adults of all ages and families to join in. SUPER SPORTING FUNDAY is based at OCRA Pavilion in the Park, College Sportsfield and Parklands Leisure Centre and offers the chance for everyone to be active, try new sports or ones they love, challenge themselves, get together with friends, relax and have fun
Lots going on;
11.00 – FUN RUN- 2.5 and 5 km (register from 10.30@ the OCRA Pavilion
11-3 Free sessions of Climbing, Trampolining, Gymnastics, Tennis , Badminton, Fitness, Spinning & Gym challenges, Windsurfing, Putting, Archery, Hockey, Football Golf, Martial Arts, Table Tennis, Fun Games and much more
1-4 FREE SWIM
There are also Football and Hockey tournaments, Face painter, dance, inflatables, stalls, car boot , food, bar and music. The day is put on by OCRA, Fusion and local sports clubs and groups and is also raising money for Force and local sport. COME ALONG or for more details see https://ocrasport.org.uk/events-4/sports-festival-2018/
This year the Okehampton Rotary Club photography competition will be taking place in the autumn and will be part of a bigger competition. We will give you more details next term about how you can enter. The theme this year is BEAUTY OF NATURE so get snapping over the summer.
Thank you to all the wonderful children that performed so brilliantly in the PTFA’s evening of talent last Saturday. The hard work and dedication that they displayed leading up to the show was outstanding as were the performances on the night. Each and every one shone and made it an incredible evening! Thank you also to everyone that came and watched – what a great audience, and to all of the helpers. We made an outstanding £1088.43 profit!
Many thanks from the PTFA