What a lovely first week it's been! I'm so proud of all of our children and staff for the fantastic, positive start made to the new academic year. Walking around the classes on Wednesday morning, it was hard to believe that it was only the first morning. Everyone has settled straight back into routines and all of our new starters seem to have adapted immediately to the new structures and challenges. Highlights for me were the Wednesday playtimes where the children could mix with other year groups for the first time since March 2019. There was a lot of hugging! It was also so special to have most classes together in the hall for our celebration assembly on Friday. Thank you to everyone for ensuring such a smooth and positive start to the year.
Alongside all the new children in year R and other age groups, we're also delighted to welcome some new staff. Lindsey Graham will be teaching in Y4 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Kellie Budworth has made a big change to her preschool role and accepted a full-time position as teaching assistant in Y6. (A very big thank you to Sharon Cooper who has agreed to cover Kellie's hours at preschool while we recruit to fill the preschool role.) Kayleigh Anderson has joined us as a teaching assistant in YR.
Safeguarding at South Tawton
Need someone to talk to?
At South Tawton Primary School, pupils and parents can talk to any adult about anything that is worrying them. However, there are three adults who have special responsibility for safeguarding. Sarah Marvin is designated safeguarding lead, Shirley Culverhouse and Peggy Chalcraft are deputy designated safe-guarding leads. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. More information can be found on our safeguarding pages here.
Did you know?
More information and photos about what is happening in each class each week can be found in the class blog pages on our website.
The website also contains information about the curriculum, our policies, term dates and much more. If you need any information which you can't find, please let us know.
School gateway accounts should now be set up for all pupils. If you haven't yet registered for an account, please click here. Your gateway account should show meal bookings, clubs and any payments. If you are having any trouble with your account, please let us know.
We are in the process of planning after school clubs and these will begin in a few weeks time. We are very proud of our offer which provisionally has the following clubs (but may be subject to small changes.) When club bookings are available for your child, you will receive an email inviting you to book through your gateway accounts. Many of the clubs will run for three weeks before and three weeks after half term and start in the week beginning 4th October. I am, as ever, enormously grateful to our staff who provide these clubs voluntarily and in their own time. Please note that the SAINTs SW clubs are payable and bookable through their site.
With the new railway line between Okehampton and Exeter opening soon, please click here to read an important safety letter from Network Rail.
PTA Summer Newsletter
Please click here to read the latest newsletter from our wonderful PTA.
PTA 100 Club
The PTA will once again be running the 100 Club this school year.
For anyone not aware of what the 100 Club is, for the cost of £12 a year i.e. £1 per month, members are allocated a number between 1-100 that is entered into a monthly draw with three cash prizes to be won. The more members of the 100 Club, the higher the cash prizes and the greater the money raised for PTA funds. The Club is open to all parents, grandparents, carers, staff and friends of the School in the wider community.
If you would like to join the 100 Club, please complete the sign up form attached to this newsletter and then email the completed form to email@example.com. Please can the £12 annual subscription fee be paid by direct bank transfer to the PTA bank account, details of which are:-
Bank: Nat West
Account Name: Friends of South Tawton County Primary School
Account number: 24427764
Sort Code: 54-21-14
Reference: Please state your name
Please ensure when paying that you put your name as a reference. Please could existing members who are renewing their membership also email firstname.lastname@example.org with confirmation they wish to continue their membership.
If anyone is unable to pay their subscription by direct bank transfer, please email email@example.com who will be able to assist.
The first draw will be carried out at School at the end of September, so please can all subscriptions be paid no later than Friday 24 September.
Please click here for sign-up form.
Please click here for 100 Club rules.
Thank you in advance for your support.