NEU Strike Action
Parents will know that members of the National Education Union voted to take strike action a few weeks ago, that the ballot surpassed the benchmarks required and that the NEU have called for members to take action on four days over the next few weeks. The first of those days is Wednesday 1st February.
As the vast majority of the teaching staff at South Tawton Primary School are members of the NEU and intend to follow their union's call for action, we will be unable to fully open the school to pupils on Wednesday. Teachers regret the inconvenience to parents and carers and are very mindful of the disruption to routine and to children's education. They feel that issues in the state education system at the moment which are impacting on their pay and conditions are also impacting, perhaps with greater effect, on the education and wellbeing of the pupils that they care for.
The teachers wish for you to know that the strike action is taken reluctantly but with clear intent. They hope that this action will bring the attention of the government and of the public to bear on the issues of funding in general which are making it more difficult for teachers to teach and children to learn.
The school will only be partially open to pupils on Wednesday 1st February. Preschool will be open as usual. We will look at the other forthcoming dates for strike action as they come nearer.
Home learning will be set for all pupils not in school and will be emailed out or available on school blogs by Wednesday morning. Please bear with me whilst this learning is set - striking teachers cannot be asked to set work for their classes, so I will be planning the activities over the next few days.
Crazy Hair Day
Hi, It's Flo from Year 6 and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated on the Crazy Hair Day. Altogether in school, we raised a massive £290.06. Along with my Just-Giving page and some other wonderful donations, we have now raised a whopping £600.06 in total which more than covers the cost of a wig and fitting for a child with cancer. We still have a collection box in the Sticklepath Store which we have yet to collect. I will be getting my hair cut on Monday 30th of January and will be taking lots of photos to show everyone. Once again, thank you so much for the donations. I really appreciate it.
Wednesday 1st February - school partially closed due to NEU strike action
Friday 3rd February - ❤️ Love Yourself Day and PTA disco (Wear something you love, bring a toy you love and a snack you love ❤️ )
Friday 3rd February - Cross Country event at Simmons Park.
Monday 6th February - Friday 10th February - Children's Mental Health Week. Theme - Let's Connect
Monday 6th February - Netball match vs Bow Primary School
Tuesday 7th February - YR trip to Paignton Zoo
Thursday 9th February - John Muir Evening for Y5/6
Monday 13th - Friday 17th February - Half term break
Tuesday 21st February - Whole school cricket sessions
Thursday 23rd February - OCRA futsal sessions
Friday 24th February - Y5 Trip to The Eden Project
Tuesday 28th February - Y4 Trip to Escot Park
Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day (get those costumes ready!)
Thursday 2nd March - Possible NEU Strike Action
Monday 6th - Friday 31st March - DMAT Festival of Hope
Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March - Possible NEU Strike Action
Friday 17th March - PTA Chocolate Bingo
Monday 20th March - Pupil reports to parents
Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March - Y3/4 performances (to be confirmed)
Monday 3rd April - Friday 14th April - Easter holiday
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.
Congratulations to Flo for a fantastic Crazy Hair day, what a great idea and a wonderful charity to support.
You will get another opportunity to express yourself next Friday. To kick off Children's Mental Health week (6th - 12th February) Friday 3rd is Love Yourself Day! A non- uniform day with a twist. For a £1 donation come to school dressed in clothes you love, bring a snack you love and a small book or toy that isn't expensive or too precious. This means Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 children will not need a change of clothes for the disco.
This Friday 3rd February is also the disco. The lights are ready, thanks to the King's Arms, and the playlists set. Don't forget to return your permission slips and money by Thursday 2nd February. We need to have time to check who is coming and ensure everything is in place for everyone's safety.
We are very excited to be bringing back Chocolate Bingo on Friday 17th March in the School Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, eyes down at 7pm! This is a really fun family event, not to be missed.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday 20th February at 8pm via Teams.
As ever if you have any questions or would like to get involved please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com
Hannah and Liz
Next Friday 3rd February it's disco time! You should have received a letter this week, please can we ask permission slips and payments are returned by Thursday 2nd February.
Don't forget we will have a small tuck shop for children in years 3,4,5 and 6 and children can bring up to £3 to spend. They will be responsible for their money so a labeled purse or wallet might be a good idea.
Preschool - 2.30pm - 3,00pm- please collect your children from the school hall.
3.30pm - 4.30pm Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Please collect your children at 4.30pm from the School Hall.
4.45pm - 5.45pm Year 3 and Year 4. Please collect your children as usual at 3.30pm and bring them back for the disco at 4.45pm. They can then be collected at 5.45pm from the school hall.
6pm - 7pm Year 5 and 6. Please collect your children as usual at 3.30pm then return for the disco at 6pm.
If you are able to help out at one or more of the sessions we would be grateful if you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here for more information on the OCRA programme of activities for February half term.