Dear Parents and Friends
Over the last two weeks I have been visiting all the Primary Schools from within the newly formed Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust along with the other Primary Heads to gain an understanding of each schools individual context and to of course meet the children and staff, who are now very much part of our new extended family of schools. The visits will enable us as Heads to plan for school improvement across all the schools and to begin to look at ways that we can work together to the benefit of the children. The Heads are due to visit Chagford School next Wednesday morning and will be meeting staff, looking at our learning environment now and what the new build in September will provide and meeting our fantastic children, of course.
On Thursday the children of Dragon Fly Class held a super Collective Worship around their school to school connection with Georgia. They described how they had skyped that morning, despite technical difficulties, with the children in the Georgia school and sang songs to each other. The children were excited to see such a contrasting school environment and culture and were genuinely pleased to explain to the parents where the school was located and some of the words that they had been learning to try to communicate a little. It was a fantastic example of how we as a school, are continually broadening our children’s multi cultural awareness and knowledge from living in our rural Devon community.
As you are probably aware we work very hard to provide as many extra curricular sporting opportunities as we can with a relatively small teaching team and the current building works have added a further complication to this scenario. After half term we are pleased to say that we will be providing a Tag Rugby club for KS2 children on Tuesdays on the playground to help them prepare for the Tag Rugby tournament in March. This club will be run by OCRA using their professional sports teaching staff and will be funded using our PE Premium Funding from the Government. Our cross country club will be starting for KS2 runners off site which Mr Billinghurst will be coordinating. Due to the site as it is we will not be able to provide a KS1 running club safely this year. I am trying hard to get some sports coaches in to provide some much needed extra curricular club for our KS1 children and will let you know as soon as I have managed to secure this for the Summer term.
Thank you to all those of you who have remembered to provide your child with a coat this term. The school policy is that all children will wear a coat outside until at least the end of February when this will be reviewed. There are only one or two children without one now and these are being followed up. Those children without PE kits has gone down slightly however we do still have some who regularly are without their own kit. Please ensure that all children have a kit in school so that they are able to participate fully at all times.
Next Monday our Netballers are going to Okehampton College to take part in the Devon Finals after qualifying last October, so wish them luck. We will report back next week in the newsletter.
Have a super weekend.
On 1st January 2018, as you will be aware, our school became part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust. Our previous governing bodies effectively ceased to exist on that date, as new governance structures came into being.
We previously shared the plans of the trustees to create local hubs, so that as much as possible can be devolved to schools and their local boards. Within our hub, the schools of South Tawton Primary School, North Tawton Community Primary School and Chagford Church of England Primary School are all committed to working together for the benefit of all our pupils, families and communities. Together, we serve around 500 pupils and their families.
The three governing bodies will be constituting as a single local governing board in the coming weeks and on Wednesday this week, representatives from all three schools met to discuss the process of electing parent governors to this new board. Each school will be looking for parents to put their names forward for election to the new board. Potential candidates will need to put together a biography so other parents can read about their credentials for the role and then make their decision. More details will follow shortly but if you are potentially interested then please feel free to contact Mrs Wiseman to discuss what the role involves. We will also be seeking people for a new ethos committee which, unlike the governing board, will focus solely on Chagford and help shape certain aspects of the school as we move forward at this exciting time. Again, please feel free to chat to Mrs Wiseman about this if you feel it may be of interest.
School Gateway now alerts parents when they only have £4.60 left in credit on their account, which is two meals. This way you will always be in control of your school dinner money balance. Please remember to download the school gateway app which is free to you but saves the school funds when we send you texts and alerts. Please remember next week we will be on WEEK B menu.
Stars of the week
Big Robins Class: Summer and Benji both thinking logically and overcoming engineering problems!
Grasshoppers Class: Chloe for making the most of your skills and time in school. You are making good progress and developing stamina. Very well done! Keep it up! Darcie for having a really good try at everything and making good progress. Well done Darcie!
Caterpillars Class: Charlotte H for believing in herself and always trying her best no matter what the challenge may be!Charlie for his efforts in supporting his group during our Dance sessions and for always being enthusiastic.
Dragonflies Class: Amy for her explanations in maths, and Evie C for her determination with division!
Beetles Class: Not available at time of publish
Bees Class: Maya for her continued hard work throughout the year so far is really paying off! Fantastic work Maya! Elvie for her amazing progress with reading and general positive attitude to all areas of learning.
Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Dragonflies class. Silver and Bronze awards to Caterpillars and Grasshopper class. Well done everyone.
Dates for your diary
Monday 29th January – West Devon Netball Finals – 1pm – 3:45pm (we should be back to school for 4:20pm). Team players will be notified by email
Tuesday 30th January – 4 + 5 year olds eye tests. Please see letter sent home with your child for more information and remember you must return the form if you wish to opt out.
Hearing Tests – has been postponed until Tuesday 20th February
Height and Weight measurements for Reception class has been postponed until Tuesday 20th February
I am writing to you all on behalf of the PTFA to publicise the Chocoholics coffee morning on Saturday 10th February at Endecott House. The coffee morning starts at 10 am and there are a number of ways that the School as a community can get involved to support this vital fundraising event. In the past twelve months, PTFA funds have supported the School with essential learning aids, particularly with Maths resources. We are all seeing in the media serious cutbacks with education and Devon is one of the hardest hit counties. Money is hard to raise in oppressive times but if we all work together, a little can go a long way and the benefits of working towards a common cause can give a sense of great achievement. Where we need help is as follows: Homemade cakes, biscuits, etc. Help on the day (I shall be setting up in Endecott House 8 pm Friday 9th and 9 am Saturday morning) There is always a need for help with tidying up after the event as well as help with the event itself.Donations of tea, fresh coffee, biscuits, kitchen roll, red napkins (if anyone has some leftover from Christmas) toppings for hot chocolate (I have enough marshmallows). Normally, the PTFA supplies the essentials but I am trying to spend as little of our resources as possible because the less we spend the more we have for the School. Friday 2nd February is a non-uniform day and we are asking for donations of chocolate for the tombola as well as for the luxury chocolate hamper that I am putting together for the Valentines raffle.Last but not least, for you to support on the day, and to encourage as many of the community to come along and enjoy having a cup of tea or coffee in aid of your local school. A big thank you to the parents that have already made a commitment to do some baking and also to the dedicated members of the PTFA with whom the School can rely on to do their best.
I close with saying Congratulations to Selina Symons for her exciting new adventure with her business. We all wish you the very best and say a heartfelt thank you for your hard work, enthusiasm and unrelenting commitment for the good of the children. With Kindest regards, Nicola Leaman Chair of the PTFA
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
SOS – From Little Robins. We urgently need socks and jogging bottoms to be donated for the FSU.
Western Power will be carrying out works in Lamb Park between 29th Jan – 10th Feb. Restricted parking in Lamb Park will commence on 29th January and will affect residence parking between No 22 to No5 Lamb Park. Western Power have asked that for the duration of the works that no vehicles are parked in the above mentioned parking bays.
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.