I'm very happy to report that we have not had any new positive cases this week. We will exercise caution and remain at stage 4 for this week and then will, hopefully, be able to return to stage 3 on our contingency plan. Please continue to wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up this week.
Message from Dan Morrow – Trust Leader – Trust rename
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback on the Trust’s proposal to review its name. We value your honesty and engagement. The purpose of such consultation is to listen to all views and respond.
What is clear from feedback received is that whilst the rename will be an exciting project for the entire Trust community, the focus on post-Covid recovery for our pupils is the top priority right now. We have listened. As a result, we have taken the decision to pause this project until after Easter 2022 at which point we will be able to reassess timing and plans. I’d like to assure you that the excellent ideas and suggestions you have already shared with us via our survey will be taken forward when we come back to this, and we very much looking forward to working with all of you on this at a more appropriate time.
We're very excited that we will soon begin working with the Devon Wildlife Trust and taking part in outdoor activities and projects. As part of this work, we have recruited a group of 'Wildlife Champions' who are brimming with ideas and very keen to start making a difference.
Welcome to Mr Pester
We're delighted to be welcoming Mr Pester onto our teaching team with immediate effect. Mr Pester is a recently qualified teacher who will be working closely with Mrs Leslie to teach year 5 during her absence. This week, I was lucky to be in year 5 while Mrs Leslie employed some of the skills gained through our periods of remote learning and taught the children history very effectively using google classroom.
PTA 100 Club
A huge thank you to everyone who has signed up for this year's 100 Club. Your support is really appreciated. The first draw has taken place at School and the following numbers/people won
1st 91 Christine Whiteley
2nd 31 Mark Everett
3rd 81 Sarah Marvin
Mary MacMillan-Scott is stepping down from running the 100 Club for the PTA and Emma Vann Jones has kindly agreed to take over from her. The PTA have also now created a dedicated email address for the 100 Club which is Southtawton100club@gmail.com and Emma can be contacted at this email address.
New members are always welcome to join the 100 Club at any time throughout the year and there are still plenty of numbers available. If you or any family members are interested in joining please email Emma for further information.
SUPPORT & ACTION FOR COP26
Many of us in the village & church community support the purpose of COP26 (The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference), which is to eliminate fossil fuels from our economy and thereby reduce CARBON DIOXIDE from the Earth's atmosphere. The aim of COP26 is for people to reduce their Carbon Footprint by taking such measures as e.g. using the car less, changing to electric cars, fitting solar panels, insulating their homes, installing smart meters and use heat pump technology for warming our houses in winter.
With this in mind, we are inviting people, both young and old to visit St Mary's Church in the middle of our village to see posters, prayers and pictures created by South Tawton Primary children. Feel free to bring your own ideas along, adding your ideas, thoughts and prayers for the future of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. We aim to keep this display up for the duration of the COP26 - from 31st October to 12th November. We look forward to welcoming you
Free neurodiversity, young people's mental health and wellbeing training
The Aim Group are able to support South Tawton Primary School with several Free online Level 2 Accredited Courses available to parents and staff to help better understand some key issues around neurodiversity, young people's mental health and wellbeing.
Here are some of our most popular subjects available:
We also have some other fantastic courses around areas such as Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding and Prevent, Equality and Diversity, Business Admin, plus many more.
All courses are accessed online within a 6-week window and are completed on a laptop or computer at the learner's home. No Exams or endpoint assessments are involved, and the courses are purely detailed Q&A based with all the information needed provided, which is available to you 24/7. Once finished you can do as many as you like, however you can just do one course at a time.
The only criteria the learner must meet to be eligible, is the following:
The course is completely free, but the learning provider reserves the right to charge a drop out fee in the event a learner enrols but then drops out without providing a reason (please note this is down to the individual and will be highlighted when I call you once registered). That said, the college will grant extensions if the learner has a reason as to why they won't be able to complete it within the 6 weeks.
Please note: under the college request a short zoom induction will need to be attended to ensure we get you successfully enrolled onto the correct course
If you are interested in undertaking one of these free online courses, then please let Sarah Marvin know so I can send over the relevant enrolment details.