The half term is upon us and it has been a busy and productive time for us all at the school. On Tuesday afternoon the school council pupils along with Miss Philpott, Mrs McDermott and myself went to see the new school building from the inside. This was the first time that any of the school community had been given the opportunity to see the plans, that we had been looking at for so long, turn into physical walls and floors. The children spent the first part of the visit up in the construction site cabins listening to Chris Jewell the site manager explain how the building had been constructed so far. This was exciting enough being able to see the new school from so high up and with all our safety clothing and equipment on, the school council members were then taken inside the building. Unfortunately we could not go upstairs on this visit for safety reasons but we did get a real impression of where the classrooms would be for our Foundation Stage and KS1 children along with an excellent view of the new spacious hall. Chris explained to the children what would be happening next in the construction phase and answered their questions; mostly about which class they would be in and where it would be! The Kier team were really helpful in arranging for this visit by the school council and hopefully they will be able to share what they saw with the rest of the school early next term. Over this half term the Kier team will be taking the opportunity of not having us around to progress the works further including some works on the school driveway. Please can I ask that your children are asked to stay away form the school site during the half term for their own safety.
It is also that time of year again when I would like to invite you to complete our Parents /Carers questionnaire. This process is vital to collect your views which help us build our ongoing school improvement plan with the governing body. To complete the survey, please follow the link here to Survey Monkey.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5YR3HV2 I would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire by Monday 19th February (just after half term). The survey should not take more than five minutes to complete. If you have more than one child at school, please provide the response that fits the most with your view or experience. All responses are anonymous and we will share the results of the survey in the as soon as possible. We will then work towards formulating a plan with governors to take any actions forward. With our new building project well underway, and the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust formally created in January, this is an exciting time for Chagford Primary School, in which we can go from strength to strength. Thank you for your ongoing support.
CLUBS ARE MOVING!! From 19th Feb you will now be able to book your extra curricular clubs, after school and breakfast clubs via your School Gateway account, just log on and book! You will be able to book and pay for all activities, trips, clubs, dinners in one place using the School Gateway app, so make sure to download it. You will need to re-book any clubs in Spring 2. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. If you still have an outstanding balance on Libacura we would be grateful if you could settle this as soon as possible. Any outstanding balances and credits will be transferred to School Gateway on 1st March 2018
Have a lovely half term holiday,
Stars of the week
Big Robins Class: Freddie for his confidence and skill in joining the chess club recently. Joe S for his excellent recall of our jack and the beanstalk story.
Grasshoppers Class: Georgina for your excellent reading in assembly. What an achievement! You have worked really hard. Very well done! Millie, Charley and Chloe for your wonderful performance in assembly. Very well done!
Caterpillars Class: Abbie for her fantastic descriptive writing and use of adjectives, verbs and adverbs in our Hawaii writing! Jake for his perseverance with fractions this week and for sharing his understanding with others.
Dragonflies Class: Not available at time of publish
Beetles Class: Louis, fabulous writing as he continued The Ice Bear story. Jess, all round hard work, effort and enthusiasm
Bees Class: All 6 of the quiz team – Barnaby, Joe M, Cass, Isa, Ruth, Sophia
Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Dragonflies class. Silver award to Caterpillar Class and Bronze to Grasshopper Class. Well done everyone.
Dates for your diary
- Hearing Tests – has been postponed until Tuesday 20th February
- Height and Weight measurements for Reception class has been postponed until Tuesday 20th February
- Monday 19th February – Back to school
Dear Parents and Staff
I am writing to thank you all for your overwhelming generosity in support of Chagford Primary School’s fundraising Chocoholics Coffee morning. It will be held on Saturday 10th Feb (tomorrow) at Endicott house.
Due to the kind response from you all the coffee morning is going to be a splendid event with fantastic cakes, more than you can eat chocolate and most of all a warm welcome. I am very excited as the team PTFA have all worked hard together so that we can raise money and promote the School in the community, bringing the old and the young together for a fun morning.
The hampers that are going to be raffled are in School reception until the end of today. Raffle tickets are on sale tomorrow at the event or tonight in the pub where dedicated members of the PTFA shall be selling them!
We look forward to seeing you all and wish the School a happy half-term.
With kindest regards, Nicola Leaman
Chocoholics Coffee Morning on Saturday 10 Feb, 10am – 12noon at Endecott House for Chagford Primary School
£1 entry on the door. Come and support your school! We will have cakes, valentine crafts, hot chocolate fountain and a raffle. All cake donations from parents and friends welcome on the day! We will be serving special hot chocolate drinks where you can choose your own toppings – sprinkles, marshmallows, strawberries, flakes, wagers! £1.50 per hot chocolate. Please come along and support your local primary school.
PTFA – Are seeking dry, temporary storage until September. Please contact Nicola Leaman for more details
News and information
New School Building Site Visit
At 4pm on Wednesday 14th February, during half term, there is an exciting opportunity to visit the new school build site! There are seven places still available, on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (not the school). Please wear sturdy boots or wellies. Hard hats, goggles and gloves will be provided. Kier newsletter Chagford Primary Newsletter – Edition 2
SOS – From Little Robins. We urgently need socks and jogging bottoms to be donated for the FSU.
BASKETRY NEWS – We have had fun weaving our baskets this part of the term and now I am able to offer 2 more sessions before Easter “Growing and harvesting Willow ” Mon Feb 26th and Mon 5th March. I will run these 2 sessions outside ( weather permitting ) in the Wildlife area with possibly a small campfire and tending the willow bed, could you please ask children to bring outdoor shoes and jackets/coats. £3 and 3.30-5pm. If any parent would like to join us for a session to help they would be most welcome!
14 – 17th February This half term Chagford Pantomime proudly presents ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ Things are going missing in Pantoland and it is all down to the spiteful wicked fairy Poison Ivy and her henchmen Victor and Simon. Poison Ivy doesn’t want anyone to be happy and she schemes to take anything and everything that is going, especially the really important items that mean so much to people: Cinderella’s glass slippers; The golden goose; Jack’s cow; Bo Peep’s sheep and so on. This is very stressful for the villagers, so Jack and Mary (Peep) decide to try and find the treasures, return them to their rightful owners and set all the stories straight. This is quite a quest and our heroes encounter many characters and obstacles along the way… TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM Proper Job ‘UPTOWN’
£9 Adult £5 Child (under 16) Evening performances 7.30pm Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Saints Southwest will be running their popular Soccer Schools & Multi-Sport Camps* during February Half Term with prices from JUST £7.50** for a full course, 10am-3pm in Paignton**, Dawlish, Lapford*, Ottery St Mary**, Plymouth**, Crediton, Langport**, Exeter**, Dartmouth, Chulmleigh*, Taunton, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot** & Okehampton. Ages 7-12 can attend 10am-3pm. Ages 4-6 can attend 1.30pm-3pm. To BOOK please visit www.saintssouthwest.co.uk or call 01803 206350.