It has been a busy and exciting term! Thank you all for making it such a success. Please ask your children what their highlights have been. It might be an event such as the author visit or Magic Show, working with the Devon Wildlife Trust, dressing up for Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, joining our choir or playing on the new playground markings, a book they have read such as The Explorers or The Fox and the Star or a particular lesson such as swimming or maths. We have been busy and have lots more exciting learning and events planned for the term ahead!
This term our assembly theme has been Respect. We have been thinking about how we show respect for others, for our environment and for ourselves. We have heard Bible stories to learn how Jesus showed respect for others and how we can follow his example. I of course have been playing Aretha Franklin's classic banger R E S P E C T!
Black History Month
October is a month when we particularly focus of the achievements of black women and men from history. We have been learning about famous people such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Junior, events including The Bristol Bus Boycott and we have found out about sports and music icons. We have also been enjoying some African and Caribbean tradition tales about a spider trickster called Anansi!
Unfortunately, we have had a recent spate of illness and a lot of children away this term. I hope they are all well for the holiday, and of course for the return to school! We do have very low attendance in comparison to other Trust schools. We will be sending letters in the new term to keep you aware of your child's current attendance percentage and offer support where attendance is becoming a persistent issue.
Please remember to make non urgent appointments for after school and in holidays where possible, time off for family holidays are not authorised.
Today we sadly said farewell to Mrs Day. The children wrote lovely messages in their class cards and presented them to her in our assembly. She has helped so many of our children to overcome barriers to learning, administered first aid in emergencies, dried tears and tied shoelaces, supported children to develop friendships and resilience, and she has made us all laugh, a lot! We all wish her the very best in her exciting new role and thank her for all she has given to our school community.
Wishing everyone a fabulous half term week,
We would like to thank the North Tawton Town Council for providing the school with a defibrillator.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest.
It is located so that anyone in our community can access it, day or night.
Please come through the main gates – they are not locked.
Walk across the carpark or around the path if it is not safe to do so, towards the school main entrance.
The defibrillator is on the wall on the left, it can be accessed without entering the locked gate.
There is excellent training and information on both the British Heart Foundation and St Johns Ambulance
Defibrillators (AEDs and PADs) - how and why to use them - BHF
How to do the primary survey and DR ABC - First Aid Advice | St John Ambulance (sja.org.uk)
There are four other defibrillators located in North Tawton
The Square in an unlocked clear box on the wall of North Tawton Town Council, 14 The Square, EX20 2EP.
Fore Street in an unlocked clear box on the wall of Fore Street Garage, EX20 2ED, near to North Tawton Rugby Club at Taw Meadows and Taw Bridge.
Strawberry Fields in an unlocked clear box on the granite wall of Strawberry Fields, EX20 2GX, facing the roundabout.
North Street in an unlocked clear box near to the Bowling Club gates in North Street, EX20 2ES.
Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Thank you for your donations to our harvest collection. And thank you to the children who helped collect bags from classes and to then deliver them to the church. We had long arms afterwards!
It was great to see the children dressed up for Dingle Dangle Scarecrow! This always makes me chuckle as it is such a unique celebration of our rural community and our connection to food and farming.
This Sunday, you are welcomed to attend the Harvest Family Service at St Peter's. It’s starts at 11am.
Please don’t be embarrassed about seeking support if you need it. Many people in our community are struggling financially at present, and visiting a food bank or community fridge can help tide you over during a difficult patch.
Locally we have Okehampton Food bank which is open Friday mornings and our Community Fridge situated in Merry Go Round, North Tawton where you can also buy preloved children’s clothes. Follow on Facebook for their events.
Some people prefer to go further afield for support, which I think is really sad as there should be no stigma attached to accessing help. Here are links to links to places in Devon where support can be obtained.
Northern Devon Foodbank - The Trussell Trust
Thank you so much to FONTS for organising our new playground markings. It has been great fun to see children (and adults too) hopping, skipping and jumping in to school and at playtimes. Can you name all of the animal prints on the pathway in?
This is an ideal opportunity to remind our families to use the pathway to come into school and not go across the playground.
If you have covid, or covid symptoms, please be sensitive to others. Please wear a mask and keep your distance from our staff and other families. We do have members of our school community with health issues and our staff do not want to have any time off sick. Many thanks for your understanding.
Dannielle Day will be leaving next week for an exciting new role at a local nursery.
We will miss her hugely. She has worked with many hundreds of children here across the classes and with most of the staff at some point or another! She has been a great support to our families and I know you will join me in saying thank you and wishing her all the best.
She has a wonderful career ahead of her and we hope she will keep in touch with us.
We are advertising, so please let people know who might like to join our brilliant team of staff.
Careers with us | Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (dartmoormat.org.uk)
Please click on the links below for class specific news, including our visiting author last week!
· Sycamore Class
· Hazel Class
· Ash Class
· Willow Class
· Beech Class
· Chestnut Class
· Oak Class
· Acorn Class
Best wishes as always to our friends and families,
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 15th October – Harvest Family Service - 11am at St Peter's Church
Friday 20th October – Break up for half term
Monday 23rd October - Horrible History at Sampford Courtney
Week of 6th November – Parent meetings and Remembrance services tba