Cross Country Relays
The KS2 children showed excellent team work and stamina on Friday afternoon with all four classes taking part in cross country relay competitions run by OCRA. I'd like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part for putting in so much effort whilst running and for supporting the other runners throughout. It was a lovely atmosphere and great event. For those children in years 4, 5 and 6 who surprised themselves by enjoying it, there are still spaces at cross country club which starts this Tuesday.
All other clubs (apart from sewing) also start this week. Please sign up for these through your school gateway accounts.
I'm pleased to report that numbers are remaining low across the school as we continue to work hard to minimise the spread of the virus. I believe that we currently have just two children who are positive and will be isolating next week. These children are in year 2 and year 6.
As ever, please help us to keep the children safe by not sending your child to school if they have any of the Covid19 symptoms.
Mealtime Assistant Job Vacancy
Salary - £17,842 per annum pro rata (NJC Grade A)
Location – South Tawton Primary School
Job Term – Permanent / Part-Time
Hours – 12.00pm to 1.30pm Monday to Friday (Term Time Only) 7.5 hours per week (Or any combination of these days as requested).
About the role:
South Tawton Primary School are looking to recruit a Mealtime Assistant to ensure that the lunchtime supervision of children is adequately covered. The successful applicant will need to supervise, assist and encourage the children with the daily meals and undertake playground duty promoting positive relationships and play.
We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people. A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts and be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.
For further information on this role and to make an application, please visit Vacancies - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (dartmoormat.org.uk)
Information for Parents/Carers - Attendance
We have recently updated our attendance procedures across Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust. The link between a child’s attendance at school and improved outcomes and life chances is well documented. We want to help all children and young people to fulfil their potential and get the most out of their education.
In line with our policy and government expectations all schools have the following procedures:
· If a child’s attendance starts to drop the school will speak to the child/parent and discuss the reason for absence and any support needed.
· After 10 sessions of absence, you will receive a first attendance letter (there are 2 sessions in the school day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
· After 15 sessions of absence, you will receive a second attendance letter and you will be invited to have a meeting to discuss how we can best support your child to attend school more often. You will also be offered an Early Help meeting.
· If your child’s attendance does not improve you will receive a third attendance letter and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed.
Of course, there will be unavoidable absences for illness or medical appointments, but we want to minimise these where possible. Pupils and families will not be penalised for legitimate non-attendance due to Covid 19.
No term time holidays will be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Every day in school counts, even a small drop in attendance can lead to a child missing a significant part of their education.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with school at any time if you have any queries around attendance expectations and procedures.
Thank you to all those who have donated gifts for future raffles and Christmas clothing that has been outgrown. We will continue to collect these items so please give all donations to the school office or to a member of the PTA!
The 2 Challenge
How about joining us for our 2 Challenge THIS WEEK on Wednesday 2nd February (2.2.22). Please can the children bring in at least 2 coins with the number 2 on (2p, 20p or £2) but feel free to bring in more if you'd like! The teachers will collect the coins and weather permitting children will make them into a giant number 2 on the playground, and let's see how much we can raise from all the 2s!
Back by popular demand, we are holding a disco on Friday 11th, so get out your glad rags and your dancing shoes! Please return your permission slips and money by Wednesday 9th February !
It will be the same format as last term but with an additional slot for the preschool class:
3.00pm - 3.25pm Preschool
3.30pm - 4.30pm Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
4.45pm - 5.45pm Year 3 and Year 4.
6pm - 7pm Year 5 and 6
Dates for the diary – more information to follow!
Pancake day – Tuesday 1st March
Break the rules day – Friday 1st April
Ground Force Day – help to tidy up the school grounds Saturday 30th April
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th February via Zoom and we will send a link around closer to the date. If you'd like to get involved then email firstname.lastname@example.org
As always thank you for your ongoing support from all on the PTA.
GRANT APPLICATIONS TO STICKLEPATH AND BELSTONE SCHOOL CHARITY
Applications for financial support are invited from young people, aged under 25 years, who live in the parishes of Belstone and Sticklepath.
The objective of the Charity is "To promote the education (including social and physical training) of persons who are under the age of 25". Eligible people, or organisations, can apply to the Charity for a grant to help with the expenses of items which meet the objectives of the Charity. Grants have previously been approved for music lessons and sport/dance training fees, but the Charity will consider all appropriate areas of educational expenditure.
Applications can be made by such residents regardless of their, or their family's, financial circumstances.
Applications must be made by 31 March 2022 by way of an application form which can be obtained from the Clerk. Please contact Lois Rowlands on 01837 840367 or email email@example.com to request a form or for further information. The application should be made by the applicant themselves, rather than their parents, where this is appropriate, and should be for future costs to be incurred.