News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

This week the children have been very lucky to be involved in animation workshops under the professional guidance of Animator Maureen Selwood, all the way from Los Angeles! Yes the pull of Chagford is worldwide! Todd Jones who kindly organised the Aardmann workshop in the Autumn term has helped to bring Maureen on board to deliver this week of animation for the children, as a follow up to the excitement of the Aardmann visit. I would like to say a huge thank you to both Todd and Maureen for their energy in getting this week underway and to Sara Halsey in school for organising the mechanics of the workshops with the staff and working with the creativity from the children to make this week a success. The final animations will be available to view on Friday 14th July at 2pm in the school hall, so please join us then.

Not only was Sara dealing with the animation week organisation but we had an Ofsted HMI inspector into school all day on Monday to conduct a thematic survey based around the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Chagford C E Primary School was selected as 1 of only 20 schools nationally to take part in this survey on the back of our successful Ofsted Inspection in February 2016. The inspector was with the school all day, observing teaching and interviewing staff from the FSU as well as Sara and myself. The results of the survey will be in a report in the future (not sure when this will be) however in the meantime the feedback received was very positive for the whole team. The inspector felt that the enabling environment which includes the physical environment and the teaching staff was exceptional for encouraging the learning in the Early Years. I would like to thank Sara and her team for representing the school so impeccably over the day, especially as the animation workshops demanded a lot of attention and organisation too. Thank you. I was in no doubt that the FSU would come out with flying colours!

I would like to say a huge thank you the School Governors who triumphantly ran the School Coffee Morning at Endecott House last Saturday to help raise money for the Book Appeal. With the support of the local community they managed to raise over £500. A special thank you should go to Mae who helped on the cake stall all morning. Thank you – a real team effort.

Sports Kit Requests

Can I please ask that all netball skorts, football kits and any other sports kits be returned, washed before the end of term so that we know that we have available kits for matches next term. It is really important as these kits were bought for the school by both generous parents and supporters as well as the school. Thank you.

Stars of the Week

Big Robins : Not available at time of publish

Moles: Enya for your amazing new handwriting. Well done! Keep it up! Libby for trying hard with your writing and making good progress. Well done!

Hedgehog: Isla and Kitty for their incredible patience and resilience with animation this week. Both girls have been so supportive of their peers and patient in the heat so well done to you both!

Otter:  Harly has had a really settled week where he has listened well to instructions and worked so hard in his writing. Brilliant team mate in animation week. Luke for his incredibly positive attitude through an unsettled week. Working hard and staying focussed.

Badger: Daisy T for her hard work over the year, always applying herself to tasks and showing the determination to do her personal best. Marshall, To celebrate his hard work this year, and his growing independence and confidence.

Fox: Malena, Isa and Connor for representing Fox Class so well at the Kingfisher project and giving up their own time to do it.

Red Deer: Finlay, Kate, Oscar and Jack for representing Red Deers so well at the Kingfisher project and giving up their own time to do it.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Red Deer class. Silver and Bronze awards to Hedgehogs class and Otter class. Well done everyone.

School Council News

On Thursday the 13th July we will be taking the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to our field before the exciting building works begins. The School Council have also requested (having consulted with their classes at the start of the year) that we take the opportunity to raise some funds for Cancer Research U.K. There will also be an opportunity for children to earn points for their team.

During the course of the morning (weather dependent) each class will go out for up to 30 minutes (less for the younger children) to run / walk / jog/ skip / trot / gallop (but not on a horse) around the field as many times as they want to. Each circuit they complete will earn their house a point. They will earn an extra point by wearing pink! If children are not wearing pink they should be in school uniform with their PE kit to change into.

We ask that each child contributes a pound for Cancer Research to take part but it would be lovely to hear of children challenging themselves to earn a pound for every lap they hope to do.

The School Council


Dear parents and children, firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped and came to the fair. Even though the weather was against us it was still a great success. From popping popcorn to sweet candy floss all the stalls and the swing boat rides were all busy with children and parents enjoying themselves. A big well done to Year 6, who came up with great games for the children and made a substantial amount of money. Mr Skinner and Mr Turner kindly agreed to participate in our ‘Water Balloon the teacher’ which the children thoroughly enjoyed and so did the crowd. We raised an amazing £1440.21

That was our last PTFA event of the school year and I can’t quite believe how time has gone so quick  Leaving us this year is Catherine Mount, she has been such a big part of the PTFA  and all the help and money raised by Catherine has been absolutely amazing. We really can’t thank her enough and she will be missed by us all. In September the PTFA will be holding a pitch at the school to invite parents and new parents to join in and to make our PTFA as successful as we can.  I hope everyone has a great summer! Selina Simons Chairman and all of the PTFA .

Dates for your Diary

Please check the school calendar for more dates and information. Parents of participating children will be notified by email, please log onto your school gateway account to get consent, inform us of any medical conditions and make a donation towards the cost.

Tuesday 11th – Country Cricket Finals at Newton Abbot cricket grounds.

Wednesday 12th  – House Cricket match

Thursday 13th – Goodbye to the School Field

Friday 14th – Swimming Gala.

Tuesday 18th – Year 6 at Okehampton College

Wednesday 19th – Badgers picnic

Friday 21st – Last day of term


Please check your child’s hair for nits and lice, combing regularly and treating if necessary.

Summer Holiday Club. The deadline for the waiting list for will be on Monday 10th July. If you need this provision, please add your name to the waiting list on Libacura. At present we do not have the minimum number of children to be able to run this much loved holiday club.

Harry Potter Trivia Tournament – a chance to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations!

Do you know your Leaky Cauldron from your Filch? Harry Potter fans and fanatics – get ready. It’s the twentieth anniversary of everyone’s favourite wizard Harry Potter this year, and publisher Bloomsbury have chosen Crediton Community Bookshop to be one of just 20 bookshops around the country to host an official Harry Potter Trivia Tournament. The Quiz will be held at Crediton Community Bookshop at 3pm on July 22nd. Teams must be of four people, must include an adult, and can be friends or family. Quiz places are limited to ten teams. Those wishing to register to take part should email with their team name and contact details by 5pm on Friday 14th July. Ten team names will be drawn from a wizard’s hat and contacted on Saturday 15th July. The winner of our Trivia Tournament should be available to travel to London during or around Children’s Book Week in October. Travel expenses (but not accommodation) will be covered.