Dear Parents and Friends

This week the children have been remembering those who fought in both World Wars and of course marking the centenary of Armistice Day in all sorts of ways. All the children have contributed to the exhibition in St Michaels Church with art work, poems and poppies which look wonderful. The Remembrance Day events at Chagford  will start with a parade and procession to the War memorial where Emily and Fred, pupils from school will belaying a wreathe on behalf of the school and the service will commence at 10:50am. Please feel free to come along and join the community of Chagford as they remember those who gave their lives during both wars and hopes for a peaceful future.

Oak Class (and  a few Birch members) held a poignant Collective Worship yesterday for the school explaining the meanings and context behind the Remembrance Day celebrations and why it is still so important for us all today. The children did a wonderful service and sang ‘A world without Flowers’ beautifully at the end. Thank you to all of the pupils for respecting the centenary celebrations so well and immersing themselves in the stories, diaries and letters from those involved in these wars as part of their learning,  during this week.

I am pleased to say that we have successfully appointed two new members of staff to the role of After School Club Leader and subject to all the necessary training and checks going through we will have them on our team to start week commencing 19th November. Mrs Robinson will be kindly running the club during next week. We have also recruited successfully to the Meal Time Assistant Role.  I will confirm the new staff in next weeks newsletter, as soon as we have everything finalised.

As a school we will be advertising for a new Year 1 teacher to commence from January 2019 as Mrs Thomas will be retiring. The SENCO role will be a crucial aspect to cover and as a school we will have a named SENCO for parents to contact and liaise regarding Special Educational Needs. The named person will be confirmed as soon as we have finalised an appropriate replacement to provide this provision for the school.  At the same time we will be advertising for a part time Year 4/5 teacher to cover Miss Rowe as from January 2019. Miss Rowe has asked for a sabbatical of two terms to pursue her interest in Music Therapy and Mental Health of children. This sabbatical is subject to the school recruiting to the position to job share with Miss Philpott and Miss Rowe will return in September 2019.

Grenviille House residential has been a great success for our Year 5/6 pupils and the news blog that Mr Billinghurst has provided each day has given us all a flavour of what fantastic opportunities the pupils have been exploring, as well as developing their independent life skills. I know that the two days which I spent with them at the beginning of the week was fantastic (despite the capsizing)  and I was incredibly proud of all the children for their resilience in facing their fears, the sheer strength of their encouragement for their peers and the support that was clearly felt throughout the group. As parents you should be very proud; we certainly are as a school.

Next week is parents evenings for all classes apart from Mr Billinghurst Year 5/6, which will be the week after.

Could I just let you know that we have Head Lice around the school at the moment so please take the weekend to check your children’s hair and treat if necessary. We have also had a few cases of sickness around the lower end of the school so again please make sure that you encourage your children to wash their hands as much as possible – we will of course be following all Health and Safety guidelines at school. Should your child unfortunately be sick at any time please make sure that they do not attend school for 48 hours. This will help us to contain the spread among the pupils.

Have a great weekend.






Important information:

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) FSU Nursery fees and trips. Please check your school gateway account and make sure your child’s account is not in any arrears. If you require a school dinner for your child please 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 or nursery fees.


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

Dates for your diary

Monday 12th November – For Years reception to Year 5 – Nasal Flu immunisation. If you haven’t signed up you can do it online

Parents wishing for their children to have the nasal influenza treatment must OPT IN using the link below.

Parent Portal Link:

Wednesday 14th November – Cross Country at Castle Drogo (participant will be notified by email)

Friday 16th November – wearing spots or pyjamas or Spotty Pyjamas and to bring along £1 or more to give to Children in Need.

Monday 19th November – Weights and Heights measurements For Reception and Year 6 – Opt out form sent home and Y6 will bring it home on Monday


The Mini Monster Bash made £402.35. This is a great start of raising funds for this years PTFA and children having fun too!  Many thanks for all those people who helped to make this event happen.
Next meeting 8pm Ring of Bells, Sunday 18th November where we will be discussing Ground Force Day, Santa’s Grotto at late night shopping and the Christmas Fayre!  This is a busy time of year so any help will always be gratefully received. Claire

Community Events

On Sunday 11th November, Chagford’s procession from The Square at 10.25am to the war memorial and then service at 10.50am

Then at Throwleigh. Music & Readings for Remembrance will involve local musicians and stories 3pm-3.45pm at St Mary’s….all welcome, of whatever age.










Free to parents and anyone in the community a free First Aid course with Joe Rice.
Tuesday 27th November 1.30 – 3.30pm come and learn some essential, life saving skills!