The Autumn Term is now in full swing. Beautiful displays of children's work are appearing around the school and singing and laughter is frequently heard across the site. The new year R children had their first experience of getting changed for PE and managed brilliantly. Year 1 are studying the human body in science, year 2 made music and year 3 found a dragon's egg on the school field. Have a look at the class blog pages for more details and photos and to learn what the older children have been doing this week as well.
in other news, we still have some copies of our amazing Lockdown Recipe Book for sale. If you would like to purchase one of these, please contact the office on 01837 840242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicines in School
We are only able to administer medicines to children in school if we have a signed form from parents or guardians requesting that we do so. The form can be found in the Parents section of the newsletter here. If you need your child to receive medicine during the school day, please ensure that you fill in and bring in the form with the medicine.
On the whole, the children are looking extremely smart and are all in correct uniform. However, there are one or two children wearing jumpers that are not navy and some shoes that are not black. Similarly, in P.E. lessons, whilst the vast majority of children are wearing white T-shirts with black or navy shorts, one or two are really standing out in coloured T-shirts. Please help your child to feel a part of their class groups and the school by following the uniform guidelines.
This year, for our Harvest Festival, we will be supporting Okehampton Foodbank. Donation collection days will be announced soon. Please find below a list of what is needed to help those in need. Any questions, please email email@example.com Thank you.
At this time the Okehampton foodbank particularly welcome donations of long-life milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned rice pudding.
Other really helpful donations are as follows: (sealed please; not opened)
We encourage all children to have a healthy and nutritional meal at lunchtime and a snack during morning break.
Research shows that children who have a nutritionally balanced meal (rather than one that has too much sugar and fat) are better able to concentrate in lessons.
We also encourage children to keep hydrated during the school day, preferably with water or other drinks without additives or added sugar.
All meals prepared at a maintained school must comply with the government Standards for school food in England.
Free school meals
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.
From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:
How to apply
Apply through the Devon Citizens Portal. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.
If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please apply even if your child is in years R, 1 or 2.
Breakfast Club now open on Fridays
The PTA raised over £8000 last year and this money goes towards paying for equipment and events to enhance our children's school experience. We couldn't do this without your help and support!
The PTA are having their AGM on Monday 20th September at 8pm. This will be held virtually on Zoom so if you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the link. Please come along as we can't run without your support! Also, Katie will be standing down as chair so, if anyone is interested in becoming chair or a general volunteer, please do get in touch for for more information!
Healthy Start Scheme – for eligible families with children under 4 and pregnant women
Get a Healthy Start! - scheme for eligible families with children under 4 and pregnant women
Devon Public Health are running a promotional initiative to raise awareness of the government’s national Healthy Start scheme, which provides eligible pregnant women and families with children under 4 with financial support towards fruit & veg, pulses, cows’ milk, and infant formula, as well as free vitamins. The Get a Healthy Start! promotion will provide the following, for FREE to eligible residents in the Devon County Council area: Box of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables; booklet containing recipes, information on Healthy Start, and signposting; Healthy Start vitamins; fun 10 minute shake-up games for children; breastfeeding support information.
Boxes can be ordered directly by families themselves from devon.cc/getahealthystart and will be delivered in October. Eligibility will be assessed by the sign-up form. More information about the initiative, including eligibility and how to order can be found here or in the attached document. Orders are being taken until 24th September or until all boxes are allocated. Only 50% of eligible families currently receive Healthy Start – please promote and share this information with families to help more get the support they are entitled to!
For any enquiries please contact Ruby (email@example.com) or Harriet (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Public Health Team
It’s easy and free to use your library
You can borrow books, take part in activities and use our computers or Wi-Fi.
It's free to become a member of the library, either join online or by visiting staff in the library.
· A huge range of stories from the classics through to popular series, the latest bestsellers, and graphic novels within our Junior and Teen library.
· Easy Reads for children learning or struggling to read.
· Information books to help with learning, homework and hobbies/interests
· All of these books are free to borrow and reserving of stock is free for children.
· We have stories on CD's which are free to borrow and films and TV programmes on DVD which may be hired by adults.
Our online resources
We have a range of free resources that all library members can access online: · A large selection of eBooks to download or stream on Libby. Ranging from junior ‘beginner reads’ for children learning through to read to teen reads. · A range of eAudiobooks to download or stream via BorrowBox and Libby. · A selection of eMagazines and eNewspapers are available on Libby · Online reference resources at Devon Libraries.
Book Amnesty 8 September – 8 October
Got an overdue book on your conscience? 📚
Couldn't face returning that DVD after losing it down the back of the sofa three years ago?
Return your horribly overdue items to your library during our Book Amnesty, and your fine will be waived, no questions asked
Saturday 2nd October ~ Okehampton Fun Palace 09:30-12:00
Fun Palaces is a national campaign to put culture in the heart of local communities. It is an annual weekend of action - arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports. We are offering a creative community morning of free taster activities. If you would like to take part, sharing a skill or learning a new one, please contact Okehampton Library.
Current activities include ukulele and patchwork. For more info about Fun Palaces visit their website. funpalaces.co.uk
For more information from the library, please click here.