News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

Welcome back. I hope that you have had a lovely relaxing summer and managed to find the sunshine somewhere! I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new Foundation Stage families and I look forward to seeing them around school and getting to know you all over the coming term.

‘Meet the Teachers’ sessions are happening next week where you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher and ask any questions you may have about the year ahead.

As you will have seen, the building works have started for our new school and the Kier team have been working closely with the school to ensure that the construction happens as smoothly as possible. The children have been fascinated with the ever-changing view from the playround and the diggers have been a particular attraction.

Please ensure that your children have the correct uniform and that they have a full PE kit in school at all times. Today there were some children who did not have a coat in school and this can cause an issue when it is drizzling at breaktimes. We always want to get the children out into the fresh air whenever we can so it is important that the children are well equipped for their day, whatever the weather.

After school extra curricular clubs start next week so please make sure that you have signed your child up via Libacura f they would like to stay for a club. More information about clubs can be found on the Information tab of the website.

Have a great weekend.

Stars of the week

Big Robins: Well done ALL of the Big Robins class for an excellent start to the school year.

Grasshoppers: Alec: for a great start back. You have worked hard, set a good example to the younger children and you have helped them when they’ve needed it. Very well done Alec! Ellawyn: for a great start in Grasshoppers! You have joined in so well with everything, talked about your work, tried hard independently and managed with a very loose tooth. Well done Ellawyn!

Caterpillar: Junior for an incredible start to Year 3 and his excellent efforts in working independently. Emily for starting the new term and a new class with a wonderfully positive attitude towards helping others.

Dragonflies: Hettie for bringing in and sharing her enthusiasm for a very special garden creature. Felix for making a fantastic start at Chagford.

Beetles:  Clara for making a really good start in Beetles class. All of the Beetles Class, great start, well done!

Bees: Barnaby for being really supportive of his classmates. Elvie for starting the year with a really positive attitude and determined mindset.

Dates for your diary

Monday 11th Sept – Air Ambulance will be taking our assembly

Tuesday 12th Sept – Beetles Class, Meet the Teacher 15:45 – 16:15.  Bees Class 16:00

Wednesday 13th Sept – Dragonflies Class Trip to Exeter 9:00 – 3:30. please see email for more information

Wednesday 13th Sept – Meet the Teacher Caterpillars and Grasshopper class 15.00 – 15:30 Dragonflies 15:45 – 16:15

Monday 18th Sept – Big Robin Class, Phonics meeting 15:45 – 16:15

Thursday 21st Sept – Football and Netball match against South Tawton (Home) 15:30. Supporters very welcome. Please note teams will be notified by email.

Friday 22nd Sept – School photos with Tempest 9.00am

Clubs – Please go on to Libacura to sign your child onto clubs such as after school, breakfast club, and extracurricular clubs. Clubs are run by staff / volunteers. They may be subject to changes but we will inform parents immediately.

Due to the building works our football club will start from 27th September with Craig Astill and Mark Goodman and will be held at Chagford Recreational ground. Parents will need to get their children from school to the grounds at 3.30pm. If you are allowing your child to walk there from school, please let the office or class teacher know in advance that they have your permission. KS1 football after school club (Start to be announced to parents asap)

If your would like your footy fix sooner Mark will be running a club at the Rec Ground on Sundays for over 7s from 10-11.30am and for under 7s from 11.30-12.30. For more information contact Mark on mark@lemongazelle.co.uk

PTFA news

Hi Everyone, our first PTFA meeting of the season will be next Thursday 14th September. At 8pm, at the Ring ‘o Bells in Chagford. We would love to see lots of new faces this year, so please do pop along to hear all about our PTFA and what we do to help raise money for our wonderful school. You can always email me at SelinaSimons@outlook.com

Selina Simons. Chairman.

Music

Just to let you know I will be returning to guitar lessons in both Moretonhampstead and Chagford Schools and for private students from Monday 18th September. This should give everyone plenty of time to settle in and for me to bask in the heat and sun of Scotland for two weeks! I’m looking forward to seeing my returning students again and teaching some new ones. I’ve played a lot of music over the summer myself at various events. Here’s a link to my band’s performance at Chagstock on that incredibly wet Friday which cleared enough for a few hundred brave souls to make our 6pm show! (for those of you who haven’t met I’m the one in the middle playing and singing). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUO4pLMO4Uw&t=29s Also please check out a couple of events coming to Moretonhampstead Church soon. A return of folk duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on Sat Sept 16th (as a school fundraiser) and then the high priest of folk guitar himself – the legendary Martin Carthy – on Friday Oct 20th. Details below. All the best with a transition to the autumn term and see you soon. Chris Back (BA Hons) Guitar TuitionRegistry of GuitarTutors (RGT) Member01647 440155  /  07981 957232 chris.back@btinternet.com chrisback4283@gmail.com

Instrumental lessons with Sarah Small will restart from Monday 11th. Anyone interested in learning with Sarah can get her contact details from our website.