Thanks to Storm Eunice, the end of the half term came rather suddenly! I hope that all our families stayed safe and well and weathered the storm with no damages. I'm pleased to report that I have checked the school site today and all is well.
I do hope that everyone is getting on well with making their Story Jars ready to bring into school on Monday 28th. If you're still in need of inspiration, there are some photos below. It was felt that this was a home learning task that could be completed without power or internet and this was just as well, as I understand that many of us were without power yesterday with homes in Okehampton currently off for a second day today.
We had 15 cases of Covid19 amongst our pupils on Thursday. I do hope that those affected are out of isolation in time to enjoy the latter part of the half term break and that the holiday serves as a circuit breaker. Please do continue to let me know if your children receive a positive test during the holiday.
Hopefully, the weather will now improve. I wish you all a very happy and healthy half term and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday 28th February.
New Music Opportunity
Victoria Loram will be coming in to school after half term on Thursday 3 March to give an assembly. She will be demonstrating her instruments - clarinet, saxophone and recorder for all pupils to enjoy in assembly and so that anyone interested can sign up for regular lessons in school.
Victoria has been teaching for 30 years and has experience of teaching all ages and abilities. She’s taught in lots of places including Chagford Primary School, Plymouth College, St Margaret’s School in Exeter, Plymouth University and the South West Music School.
In lessons Victoria introduces pupils to different styles of music and likes to include pupils’ choices too. As well as instrumental technique the learning covers reading music, music theory, listening skills and general musicianship. The pace of the lessons is geared to the pupil’s individual needs and pupils can take exams and enter local music festivals if they wish but there is no pressure to do so.
There are scientific studies showing how the brain lights up when playing a musical instrument - showing how learning to play an instrument is good for the brain and therefore has a beneficial effect on overall learning ability across all subjects and areas of life. Here’s a link to a short video which I highly recommend watching if you want more information on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng
As well as teaching Victoria also plays clarinet professionally with orchestras and small groups. She's played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Ten Tors Orchestra among others. Victoria has also played in wind quintets and is currently in one called the Skylark Quintet (https://www.skylarkquintet.com). She is also part of a duo called Just Us Musique in which she plays bass clarinet with a violinist. She's been on Radios 2 & 3 and played in lots of festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Montepulciano, Ryedale, Chichester and Aldeburgh. She's also made CDs with Quintessence Wind Quintet and a clarinet sextet called The Clarinet Section (you can find these CDs on Spotify). Victoria studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. While she was at school in Canterbury she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
On the first day back after half term, 28th Feb, the menu will be changed on school to Jacket potato with beans and cheese or Tuna mayonnaise. If you need any help with changing your booking, please do get in touch and we will ensure that all changes are made before the meals are ordered on the morning of Monday 28th.
Any meals and breakfast club bookings for the Friday we were closed have been cancelled and refunded to your accounts.
Free Training Opportunity
FREE LEVEL TWO TRAINING COURSES FROM THE AIM GROUP ALONGSIDE DARTMOOR MULTI ACADEMY TRUST
THE DOMINO EFFECT | ANTICIPATE THE SIGNS, BEFORE THE DECLINE
We are excited to include South Tawton Primary School (Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust) on our brand-new FREE campaign #TheDominoEffect
It is aimed to raise awareness of the impact mental health problems are having on today’s generation and provide support around neurodiversity, all without cost.
By gaining an essential understanding of these issues, we can all become better equipped to support individuals and prevent the problem from spiralling out of control.
Here's some of our most popular subjects available:
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 are involved, and the courses are following an online platform which you read through and answer questions with a few paragraphs per answer - No essays. All the information needed is provided, and 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.
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 allocated time.
Please note: under the college request you may need to attend a short webinar that 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 complete the following link asap.
This will then allow Chris to contact you and send over the relevant Enrolment details and of course, answer any questions you have.
South Tawton Primary School Link
Any questions you may have Chris Greenfield will be in touch on 0203 900 3091 once you are registered to walk you through everything and make sure you are happy.