I'm very happy to report that there have been no new cases in school since I wrote to you last Thursday. This means that we currently have 5 children isolating across the school: 1 in Y1, 1 in Y2, 2 in Y3 and 1 in Y6. None of the children are really poorly and all will remain in isolation for ten days after their positive test.
Visitors to school
Over the last week, we have had a number of visitors from the academy trust central team who have spent time in classes talking to the children and meeting the staff. I have had such positive feedback from each of these about the lovely atmosphere in school, the pupils' behaviour and willingness to learn, the pride that the whole community obviously takes in the learning environment and the fantastic teaching and learning that is occurring in every lesson. I'd like to say a big thank you to all staff and children for making South Tawton such a happy and special school.
Little Beacons Pre-school news
Please click here to read exciting news about staffing changes at Little Beacons pre-school.
Harvest Festival donations to Okehampton Foodbank
To celebrate our harvest festival on Tuesday, we would welcome donations of sealed and bagged foodstuffs ideally from the list below. Any warm clean coats or blankets needing a home would also be welcome.
At this time the Okehampton foodbank particularly welcome donations of: long-life milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned rice pudding.
Other really helpful sealed donations:
Get Your Autumn Safari Trail Sheets Today.
A huge thank you to everyone who has signed up for our Autumn Safari Trail. We have a fantastic 26 volunteers putting up an animal themed window display in South Zeal, Sticklepath, Belstone and Okehampton!
If you would like to follow our Autumn Safari this half term, you can pick up a trail sheet this week, which features a list of all the locations you need visit to complete our safari trail. We will be selling trail sheets outside the school at pick up for just £2 – so please remember to bring some cash to pick up and look out for a member of the PTA to pick up your copy.
Sheets are also available from the Kings Arms pub in South Zeal, the Tors Inn in Belstone and Image Café in Okehampton. Sheets are only £2 and will help us continue to raise funds which directly help the children for South Tawton Primary School!
There will be a Non-uniform day on Friday 22nd October. It’s only £1 to take part so let’s make the most of the last day of this half term!
We are planning to run a Cake Sale on Friday November 5th. We would love it if you could bring in some delicious cakey donations on the morning of the sale, for the PTA to sell after school, at pick-up. These can either be baked at home or shop bought, and we’ll be putting together a fantastic selection so there will be something for everyone!
There will be a PTA meeting on Monday 18th October at 8pm held via Zoom with everyone welcome to attend. We would love to get more people involved in our meetings and events, so if you would like to help out or just hear about what we have planned for the rest of the year them please email the PTA at southtawtonPTA@gmail.com and we will send you a Zoom link. We are also looking for a new secretary, so if anyone would like to volunteer, please come along to the meeting!
Train to Teach
Dear Parents and Carers,
Train to Teach with Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership
You may be aware that Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust run a successful teacher training programme for both primary and secondary teaching. Next year, we are running three primary teacher training programmes and training in a range of secondary subjects. If you are interested in training to teach, please visit our website where you will find information regarding all our primary and secondary teacher training programme.
Do you want to make the best possible start to your career in teaching?
Please feel free to email our teacher training leads if you have any questions.
Sally Huxen - Primary Lead, SHuxen@dmatschools.org.uk
Phillip Ruse - Secondary Lead, PRuse@dmatschools.org.uk
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Visit us at www.dartmoormat.org.uk
South Zeal Beaver Scouts
1st South Zeal Beavers are hoping to recommence Beavers after half-term. We have places available for 12 new members to join our Beaver colony. Beavers meet on a Tuesday night 6-7.30pm at the Scout Hut in South Tawton.
If your child is aged 6-8, and would like to be a part of the Beaver Scouts, then please get in touch using the contact details below. If your child is rising 5 this term and also interested, then please get in touch and they can be put on the waiting list until they are old enough.
We hope to hold our first session of Beavers on Tuesday 2nd November, provided that we have enough young people interested in joining. So, if your child likes fun, games and activities (indoors and outdoors) with friends, please get in touch with your contact details.
More information can be found here - https://www.scouts.org.uk/beavers/
Nicki Glanville | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07510 612205
Spencer Stallion | email@example.com | 07503 121548
Sticklepath Grey Mare Friday 29th October from 6pm in the Village Hall
Every year, Bessie the ghostly Grey Mare of local stories and song returns to Sticklepath. Children and parents have to find her and those 7 riders who treated her so badly. She returns, not on Halloween, but on the Friday before ( no problems in getting the children up for school the next day). Most of the action will take place indoors, but with covid precautions.
There's night time adventure, a local story told, music, treats and the chance to celebrate Hallowtide in a more meaningful way by remembering those special to us and to this community who are no longer with us.
All welcome, wherever you are from.
For more details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 840316