It's been another week of learning, smiles and sunshine at South Tawton. Little Beacons invited parents to join them for a Science Fair, YR have been learning all about patterns, Y3 have been sampling Chinese food, Y5 have been trained as Young Sports' Leaders and Y6 have enjoyed a fun packed week on their residential in Jersey (more on that to follow.)
Unfortunately I am getting reports that Covid cases are on the rise again. A few of the Y6 children felt unwell whilst in Jersey and at least one of these are now positive. Mrs Graham has also had a positive test today, so won't be in school for a few days. Just a reminder that you can view our latest risk assessment here.
If your child experiences any vomiting or covid symptoms and you have any test kits, please test them before they return to school so that we can minimise any spread as much as possible. Current guidelines are that children should isolate for three days and adults for 5 where at all possible.
Alongside all our other MAT schools, we will be holding a Rainbow Day on Friday 1st July. Our whole school assembly will look at similarities, differences and inclusivity. To support this, we ask children to wear brightly coloured 'rainbow' clothes or clothes of one colour of the rainbow to school for the day next Friday.
Y6 Jersey Residential
The year 6 children had a wonderful week of seaside and outdoor activities in Jersey this week. They enjoyed coasteering, paint-balling, team challenges, archery and a chance meeting with Romesh Ranganathan. They all returned happy and tired and have, hopefully, had a good rest over the weekend. A big thank you is due to all the staff who accompanied them and especially to Mrs Donovan who booked, arranged and led the trip so brilliantly.
27/06/2022 Y3 Visit to Kent's Cavern
27/06/2022 Cricket Club trip to Somerset Cricket Club to watch Day 1 England vs South Africa
27/06/2022 Y3/4 Performance 6pm
28/06/2022 YR Visit to Paignton Zoo
30/06/2022 Y6 Taster Day at Okehampton College
30/06/2022 Whole School Moving Up Transition Morning
01/07/2022 Y4 Visit to Rosemoor
04/07/2022 - 08/07/2022 Festival of Hope (Trust Wide)
07/07/2022 Sports' Day
08/07/2022 PTA Summer Fayre
08/07/22 Y3 to OCRA Multi-Skills event
11/07/2022 - 15/07/2022 Y2 Wild Week
19/07/2022 Y5/6 Performance 4pm
20/07/2022 Y5/6 Performance 2pm and 6pm
Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust Festival of Hope
04/07/22 - Y5/6 to visit North Tawton Primary School for a French Theatre Production
04/07/22 - Y3/4 to Okehampton College for a Rounders Festival
05/07/22 - Y5/6 Netball Team to Holsworthy Community College for a Netball Tournament
06/07/22 - Y1/2 to Chagford Cricket Club for a Cricket Festival
Ground Force Day Round 2!
Following the success of our ground force day we would like to spend another couple of hours finishing off some jobs, especially painting the wall which was painstakingly power washed! We will meet this Tuesday 28th June after school. If you can make it because bring a paint brush!!!
Sports Day Thursday 7th July
We will be selling refreshments so please bring some cash with you!
If you are abe to bake any cakes or bakes for us to sell we’d be very grateful.
We also need volunteers to help us so if you are able to help for any part of the day please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Not long now till we hold our annual Summer Fair - Friday 8th July 2022! As we haven’t been able to hold one for the past 2 years, we’d like to make this one extra special! We will have a BBQ, delicious treats including candy floss, Taw River Dairy ice creams and cakes, and why not get your nails done or get a tattoo or hair feather?!
There will be entertainment from the fantastic school choir and some really exciting games with great prizes for you to try your hand at thanks to Year 6. You also will not want to miss the raffle !- Be in with a chance of winning a free hair cut, vouchers for Boden and Jojo Mama Bebe, some beautiful hampers and much more!
…..But none of this can happen without your help…….
If you have any of the following items to donate Please bring them in to the school office where there is a box waiting! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Pre-loved toys and games
Filled jam jars - Your family may find this one fun – Fill a jam Jar with anything you think would be nice to win – lego, sweets, little toys, hair bands, Playmobil – anything!
We really want to make sure no one is on a stall for too long so the more volunteers the better! If you can help at all, either to set up from 1.30pm, during the fair 3.30pm-5.30pm or to tidy up afterwards we would love to hear from you. Speak to your child's class teacher, message us on facebook or email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help make this a really fun afternoon!
If you have a furry or scaly friend you may like to enter them into the pet competition. Please bring in a picture of your pet labelled with the pets name, your name and the £1 entrance fee by Monday 4th July to our esteemed judge, Mrs Marvin. If your pet is small and will be happy to be in a pet carrier or their cage, an adult may bring them along to the Fair for everyone to admire, alongside the display of photos.
On the day
The day of the fair will be a non uniform day, please bring a donation of cakes, bottles or plants on this day rather than the usual £1.
You will need to collect your child from your child’s teacher as usual, I’m afraid they will not be able to attend the Fair without an adult.
Don’t forget to bring CASH on the day! The more change the better!!
Information and links to support parents and carers
The DFE have sent through the following message, please click on the link below to find out what government help there is available currently.
Cost of Living
The government has now announced ‘cost of living support’ and any families struggling can contact their relevant LA. Parents and families can see what support is available, including information on the HAF programme, on the link that can be found here
Child Friendly Devon
“Devon County Council’s ambition is to create an even better place for children and young people to grow up in – a Child Friendly Devon. To support this ambition, they are creating a new visual identity and vision to bring Child Friendly Devon to life. We want a Child Friendly Devon to be shaped by everyone, especially the ideas and inspiration of our children and young people.
There are two ways in which you can give your views;
For children & young people, we’re asking them to show us how they would make where they live even better! They can respond in any creative way they choose – a picture, a story or poem, a video, whatever inspires them! We’ve created activity sheets (for two different age groups, the first aimed at primary school aged children & the second aimed at secondary school aged young people) with all the information you need. These activities can done individually or as part of a group contribution and each sheet has more details on.
For parents/carers there is an online survey where they can give their views and opinions of what a child friendly devon might look like as well as help direct the visual identify of a Child Friendly Devon. The survey can be found here https://form.typeform.com/to/XzFG9X5c?typeform-source=statics.teams.cdn.office.net
What will happen to the submissions?
The submissions will directly impact the way we shape and develop this innovative and exciting piece of work. This is the start of our journey towards a Child Friendly Devon and there will be plenty more opportunities to be involved along the way! You can find out more information here A wish for Devon - Strategic Plan
Thank you for supporting this vital work by completing and sharing our activity. Creating a Child Friendly Devon is at the heart of Devon County Council, so please share this activity with anyone else that may be willing to help us achieve that goal.
Devon County Council’s Children’s Participation Team”
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