Stars of the week

Big Robins Class: Oliver for trying exceptionally hard with his phonics not only at school but at home as well. Max H for trying so hard to form his letters when he has found it quite tricky.

Grasshoppers Class: Libby for being so caring and such a good friend to everyone – and for showing determination and effort, especially in your maths and writing. Well done! Ben for being kind and responsible in class, for making a good effort to improve your handwriting and for such great reading. Well done!

Caterpillars Class: Lily for her brilliant teamwork and supportive nature both on the pitch in our football workshops and beyond. Maisie S for having a positive outlook on her learning this term and for learning from her mistakes both in maths and beyond!

Dragonflies Class: Quinn for being a great class member and for his thoughtful scientific thinking! Joanna for her fantastic designs for ear defenders based on her scientific findings.

Beetles Class: Jess for steady hard work, listening to advice and following it and repairing and building relationships. Dylan W for perseverance even when finding tasks difficult, having a positive attitude and being a good role model

Bees Class: Joe S for consistently displaying a calm, collected and thoughtful attitude to his learning. Sophia, Impressive attitude to editing and improving her writing.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Caterpillar class. Silver and Bronze awards to Dragonflies class and  Bee’s class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

HALF TERM 23/10/17 – 27/10/17

 Monday 30th October – Back to school

Tuesday 31st  October – PTFA Monster Disco

Wednesday 1st November – Year 6 Weight and height measurements. Please see below for details

Wednesday 1st November –  Hearing tests. Please see below for details

Friday 3rd November 2.45pm. – Bibles to be placed in a time capsule by the School Council with Revd’d Paul and laid in the new school foundations.

Monday 6th November – New extra curricular club starting. Please see below for details

Thursday 9th November – Football/netball match at Hatherleigh school

Friday 10th November – Castle Drogo cross country

All players will be notified by email and parents should log onto school gateway to give consent, inform us of any medical conditions and make any donations.

Events and information

FSU ACCESS – In the half term holiday we will be having some works done under the playground by the FSU entrance. The area will be securely blocked off for safety and we will be unable to use it for at least two weeks after we come back to school. We will be asking parents of FSU and reception children to use the middle green double doors and to park push chairs/ prams in the changing area next to the Grasshopper class. Please do not carry/bump push chairs and prams down the steps into the FSU corridor. Keir have been very good at keeping all disruption to a minimum and we are sure this will not change but thank you for your patience and understanding.

On Wednesday 1st November, Year 6 will be visited by the school nursing team for the National Child Measurement Programme. A letter went home on Monday with all the details and a form to complete if you do not wish to have your child in this programme you MUST OPT OUT on the reverse of the form.

If any parents, carers or teachers have any concerns of a child’s ability to hear; your School Health Team will be visiting your school on Wednesday 1st November and are able to carry out hearing screens if they are requested beforehand. In order to do this a referral form will need to be completed and handed back to school please. There is a consent box which needs to be filled in for us to complete the test so please ensure this done before handing the referral form back to school. Relevant contact details are also required so that we are able to feedback results. Please hand your forms back to reception asap.

Early signs of hearing loss include:

  • difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say, especially in noisy places
  • asking people to repeat themselves
  • listening to music or watching TV with the volume higher than other people need
  • difficulty hearing on the phone
  • finding it hard to keep up with a conversation
  • feeling tired or stressed from having to concentrate while listening

WILDERNESS SKILLS DAY ( for 7-12 yrs ) Thurs Oct 26th 10-4pm,  Learn knife  skills, weave a basket, camp fire cooking and lots of fun Nature games outside. At Linda Lemieux’s Workshop and field, ( Homefield, Stone Lane, Chagford, TQ13 8JU), £30 per child, to  book use form on <> bring lunch and dress for the weather. tel 01647231330  email

New Extra curricular club, Basketry Club will start in November. 5 sessions every Monday 3.30-5pm starting 6th Nov – 4th Dec. Places will be limited to 10 and only children aged 7yrs and over. Parents must book on Libacura and the charge will be £3 each per session, paid directly to Linda on the day. Children  can do as many sessions as they wish, but must be sign up on Libacura, at least week before.

Autumn 2 2017 menu. Please note this may be subject to change  AUT 2, 2017 MENU Please

Football news from Craig

Yesterday, our football team travelled to Tavistock AFC to compete against teams from our Learning Community and others from the Tavistock area. Ten teams took part, two leagues of five, with the top two going through to semi-finals. It was a cold dank day, the games for all teams had surprisingly few goals, probably because defences were better and maybe because the goals were very small width-wise for u11’s football, resulting in lots of 0-0’s and 1-0’s. Our first two games ended 0-0, with the first one against St.Andrews very one-sided in their favour. The second game against Hatherleigh is still hard to fathom how we didn’t get 3 or 4. Next game against Bere Alston we came out on top 1-0 with a goal by Henry. Going into the last group game against South Tawton a win/draw would’ve sent us through to the last 4, but it was not to be, we lost 0-1.

Well done to all the players, who kept going when things weren’t going our way. This day was so different to two weeks ago when everything, weather included, seemed to go our way. On that note I forgot to put the results and scorers in last weeks report so here they are for anyone who is interested (and why wouldn’t you be?!) North Tawton Tournament 2017 Chagford results: Chagford vs Hatherleigh Won 2-0  goals by Toby & Barney. Chagford vs Lydford Won 4-1 goals by Barney and Henry & og. Chagford vs Exbourne Won 1-0 goals scored by Henry. Chagford vs North Tawton Won 1-0 goals scored by Toby. Chagford vs Boasley Cross Won 2-0 goals by Charlie & Henry. Chagford vs Bridestowe Won 1-0 og Chagford vs South Tawton Won 2-0 goals scored by Joe & og Chagford vs Okehampton Lost 0-1. Played 8, Won 7, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Goals For 13, Goals Against 2. A great set of stats! Anyway I promise not to mention it again. Next match for both our teams is November 9th away to Hatherleigh. Craig

Traffic in the road

We have been made aware that construction lorries have been parking in the road at various times during the day, and that a bollard has been damaged. We would like to reassure parents that a Safe Contractor agreement is in place with Kier Construction which requires deliveries to come before school drop off and after school pick up times. We have met with CG Fry about the construction work going on across the road, and it does not appear that they have a similar arrangement in place. We will be writing to CG Fry and Dartmoor National Park Authority to ask that consideration is given to the safety of pupils, which is as always, of paramount importance to us.

GOOD FOUNDATIONS – It is exciting to see the work on our new school going on around us and any builder knows that getting the foundations in properly is very important. In the Bible, it says ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.’ We want to make sure that that as well as lots of concrete, our new school will be founded on what really matters – love, growing in understanding and being a place where every member of the school family is valued. One way of expressing this has been the placing of Bibles previously used in our school within the new foundations. Another way will be the placing of our time capsule on Friday 3rd November at 2.45pm.    Revd Paul