Today we came together to place our thoughts and prayers into our new school’s foundations, in our school time capsule. 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 as well as lots of concrete, our new school will be founded on what really matters – love, 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. As well as the school council, John Searson, Director of Education for the Exeter Diocese, our very own Rev’d Paul, our long serving Associate Governor Jon Bint and representatives from Kier and the press were in attendance.






The school council, Kieran, and our Site Manager with the Time Capsule ….. laying the capsule in the ground below the new hall. 

This week, our governors met with Interim Trustees for the proposed Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, in advance of the Full Governing Body meeting next week to formally vote on joining the trust. Also, this week our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Governors met, and it is always good to focus on why we are here, to ensure our educational standards continue to meet the needs of all our pupils. To this end, can we remind you please to make sure you book your appointments for Parent/Teacher meetings which start next week, with all class teachers. This is a great opportunity to review your child’s progress and discuss any concerns so do please contact the office or find the clipboards in the main reception to find a suitable time slot.

Next week, we have Beetles Class collective worship on Thursday at the revised time of 9.10am, and Netball and Football fixtures against Hatherleigh on Thursday afternoon. We also have Cross Country on Friday at Castle Drogo. Please feel free to join us and lend your support.

Numbers have been very low in our After School Club this term. Many nights, we have had just one or two pupils attending. The club cannot be subsidised by school funds dedicated to education, and while we never aim to run the provision at a profit, we cannot operate at a loss. What are your thoughts about School’s Out? What would make you use it more? Do you need the provision at all? How could we improve the offer to you, as parents? Please drop us a quick email, to and share your views.

Have a great weekend all, and stay safe with fireworks!

Stars of the week

Big Robins Class: Rufus for being really brave when the fire engine came to visit. Heidi for trying so hard with her reading.

Grasshoppers Class: Belle for always being kind and friendly in class and for your great learning behaviours. You concentrate and work really hard. You join in and have lots of fun. Very well done! Elijah what a happy week! You have spent nearly all of your time in class, working hard, helping your classmates and being great to work with. Very well done!

Caterpillars Class: Bertie for his brilliantly positive attitude towards a new term and overcoming new challenges! Jemima for a fantastic first week in Caterpillars class and for taking changes and challenges in her stride!

Dragonflies Class: Alfie for being a great class member.  He works hard and has a positive attitude to learning. Evie C for her growing confidence and ability to take initiative.

Beetles Class: Bryony for being very switched on, picking up new strategies in maths, being organised, multi-tasking and being helpful and kind. Louis for helpfulness, determination and perseverance, particularly for being able to admit when he doesn’t understand and then work hard to ‘get it’.

Bees Class: Amy for making a really big effort to do the right thing this week and for working so well with her group for the assembly. Harry for making a very confident start in a new class and school, and trying hard in maths this week.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Dragonflies class. Silver and Bronze awards to Big Robins class and    Grasshopper class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

Monday 6th November –  Basketry Club, please see Libacura for details

Thursday 9th November – Football/netball match at Hatherleigh school 14:45 – 17:15

Thursday 9th November – Beetles class assembly 9:10 am

Beetles’ Class Collective Worship will be at 9.10am on Thursday 9th November instead of 3pm due to away football and netball matches.

Friday 10th November – Castle Drogo Cross Country & Outdoor Activities at 10:00 – 12.30pm

Thursday 16th November – Dragonflies class assembly

Friday 17th November – Children in Need. Please come to school in your pyjamas or spotty clothes. You may bring your teddy too. Please bring £1 (or more) for this great charity.

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

From School Council – on  Friday 17th November it will be Children in Need. We would like to support this great charity by coming to school in your pyjamas or spotty clothes. You may bring your teddy too. Please bring a pound (or more) for this great charity.

School primary admissions for children born between 01/09/2013 – 31/08/2014 will be open from 15th November, please see posters in FSU and reception for more details about applying for your place in reception class September 2018

Are you interested in the Performing Arts? Do you want to boost your confidence, whilst making new friends and having lots of fun? A potential new drama school could be coming to your area. Weekly classes of 90 minutes for 4 to 6 year olds and 3 hours for 6 to 18 year olds will teach you to sing, dance and act. All this comes with the opportunities of performing to friends, family and the public. With small class numbers, led by a professional principal and being taught by professional tutors. If you would like to register your interest or to find out more information please email me at

The Globe Inn is holding a charity auction on the 22 November 2017. The proceeds from the auction will be given to Air Ambulance Landing Lights For Chagford Appeal. For more information on this event please contact The Globe.

Mrs Small LSGM is inviting children who would like to learn the Clarinet to come and have a free trail lesson. Instruments will be provided. Please contact Sarah on 07970 951168 or email


Dear Parents and Children,

What a very spooky and fun Halloween disco we had on Tuesday. All the children looked amazing and I hope they all had a good time. I would especially like to thank the parents who helped at the disco; without your support our events cannot be done, so a BIG thank you. We actually raised an amazing £385 and with the costs for the disco and new decorations for the hall our total raised was £205. Our next PTFA meeting is next Thursday 9th November at 8pm at the Ring o’ Bells, Chagford. Our next events coming up are Christmas performances, late night shopping and our Wonderful Winter Wonderland in the school for the last time, so it will be very special. Look forward to be seeing you all next week and have a lovely weekend. Selina Simons. Chairman PTFA.