The last week has been really very wet and we are all becoming adept at dodging the showers and getting out to play in any dry moments. Spirits have remained high though and we've managed to teach the full curriculum. A special mention is due to those year 6 pupils who braved the wind and rain and completed their Bikeability this week. The remaining children will finish their training later in the term and we have everything crossed that the weather will be kinder for them.
Forward Notice – the school will be closed on 8 May 2023.
The DfE has now confirmed that schools should close for the bank holiday on 8 May 2023 to mark King Charles III’s coronation. An additional bank holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Monday 8 May 2023. As this date had previously been announced as the first day of the 2023 key stage 2 (KS2) test week in England, a change to the KS2 test schedule next year will be necessary.
Ministers have considered the situation carefully and have decided that KS2 tests will take place in the same week with tests following the usual order but each taking place one day later than originally planned. As such, the new schedule will be:
Trip to the Northcott Theatre
We're very excited to announce that we will be going on a whole school trip to the Northcott Theatre to see Robin Hood on Wednesday 14th December. The PTA have very kindly subsidised this trip and we are asking for parents to pay £12 per child towards the cost of transport and tickets. Please log onto the payments section of your school gateway accounts to make this payment. Families in receipt of pupil premium funding may receive support with this payment if required. Please contact Sarah Marvin if you would like to discuss this,
Monday 28th November - Flu immunisations
Monday 12th and December 2pm and 6pm - YR and KS1 Xmas play
Wednesday 14th December - Whole School trip to Northcott Theatre
Thursday 15th December - Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day
Thursday 15th December - Carols Around the Christmas Tree
Friday 16th December - Last Day of Autumn Term
Tuesday 3rd January - Non Pupil Day
Wednesday 4th January - First day of Spring term
Many calendar and term dates can be found in the calendar at the bottom of our website home page.
2022 23 Term dates can be found here.
2023 24 Term dates can be found here.
Attendance This Week
Congratulations to Y6 who has the highest attendance last week at 99%. Whole school attendance was generally a little lower last week and now stands at 95.7% which is a little below our target of 97%.
Three Hares LSB
The final member of our current LSB to introduce is Reverend David Spence, who recently moved to North Tawton with his wife, Ellie, and their four children, two of whom attend North Tawton Primary School. David moved here from Witney, near Oxford and is looking forward to doing more work to link the school and the community, through his role in the church and as a governor.
David’s specific role is a Foundation Governor and he will work alongside Mel (the other Foundation Governor) to cultivate respect for the spiritual and moral beliefs of the Christian traditions, and champion & monitor the integration of Christian values across all aspects of school life. Whilst Chagford is the only Church of England school, the Three Hares principals are all keen to welcome David into their schools, where he will also bring a fresh pair of eyes to the overall ethos and vision of the schools.
This week, James Warner, our Safeguarding Lead, has undertaken safeguarding visits to all three schools. Each visit took about two hours, and included a meeting with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (who is the principal in each of our schools), a sample check of the Single Central Record to ensure its compliance (the SCR is a statutory requirement for all schools, and stores records & details of all staff, volunteers etc, to ensure all appropriate vetting checks have been carried out, and all details are current); a walk around the school to observe safeguarding issues; a chat with some staff to check their understanding of safeguarding; and a talk to a panel of pupils to assess their perspective on safeguarding. James will report back to the LSB at our next meeting in January, although if any urgent issues had arisen, these would be highlighted and dealt with immediately.
We would like to thank the principals for inviting us to their various school festive events. A number of us are able to attend different occasions, and are really looking forward to seeing the children and staff getting into the Christmas spirit! Do please say “Hi” to us, if you see us – we are always keen to meet you and it really helps us in our overall objective of gathering stakeholder voice!
Mel & Liz
PTA News 25/11
As Christmas marches ever closer there are lots of deadlines to be aware of this week.
Bags to School donations need to be dropped to The Kings Arms THIS MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER and at drop off on Tuesday 29th November.
Last day for booking your spot at the fantastically festive wreath making evening is MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Raffle Ticket stubbs and money need to be returned to class teachers by THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER.
Last date for ordering Christmas Cards and gifts with guaranteed delivery for Christmas is Monday 12th December!
Additionally 10% off orders ends Friday 2nd December.
Thank you for all your Christmas card, mug, teatowel and keyring orders so far you’ve raised just over £120!
If any one is able to help on our stall in The Charter Hall at Edwardian Evening please contact us asap, we are very low on helpers and may have to cancel this event.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or are able to help at any upcoming events or message us on Facebook.
Hannah and Liz
Bags to School
We have another Bags to School collection on Tuesday 29th November 9am.
We accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:
● Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
● Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
● Scarves and ties
● Soft toys
● Household linen
● Household curtains
● Household towels
● Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)
We DO NOT accept:
● Duvets and blankets
● Pillows and cushions
● Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
● Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
● School uniforms with and without logo
● Corporate clothing and workwear
● Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material
The amazingly supportive Kings Arms have said that we can use their phoenix room as a drop off point on Monday 28th November all day and Tuesday 29th November before 9am. If you are able to help on Tuesday morning please get in touch.