Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
It has been lovely to see all the smiling faces at the gate and see children settling into their new classes and routines so quickly. We have welcomed new children to our school and I have been pleased to see them make friends and settle so easily; it’s as if they have always been here.
Welcome to Reverend Spence
It was an honour and a privilege to attend the inauguration of our new vicar Reverend David Spence on Wednesday evening. I am looking forward to working with him and Wez Cutler to further strengthen our relationship with the church and wider community. We are meeting next week to begin our plans together. He will be introduced to the children next week.
We have arranged for class meetings so that you can meet the teachers and find out about the year ahead. They will be straight after school. If you are not able to attend, please don’t worry, class teachers will share the information on Dojo.
Reception Wednesday 14th September
Y1 Friday 23rd September
Y2 Friday 16th September
Y3 Tuesday 20th September
Y4 Thursday 15th September
Y5 Wednesday 21st September
Y6 Friday 23rd September
Nursery children attend on different days so staff will keep parents informed as they drop off and collect.
Of course, our week has ended with the sad news of the passing of our Queen, Elizabeth II. It was right and fitting to change our plans and share a memorial assembly together this morning rather than our usual end of week praise assembly. Children in Nursery and Reception held their memorial in their classes, Years 1 – 6 were in the hall together. I was so impressed with the way in which all of the children engaged with interest and respect. Year six children went to the church to hear the toll at 12pm and stood quietly taking in the moment. One child told me that they have written the date of the Queen’s passing in the book they were was gifted by her for the Jubilee, another said they will write about how they felt today so they can remember this moment when they are older. I thought these were lovely ideas. We are going to give all our children the opportunity to contribute to a memorial book if they wish to.
You will have noticed we, like other schools and organisations across the country, have chosen to keep our public communication solemn for the time being out of respect as we are in this period of mourning.
As always, my very best wishes to you all,