Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
The 25th January is an important day for Scottish people – it’s the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. If you have not heard of him, you may well have sung Old Lang Syne at New Year – which is probably his most famous poem. In assembly I told the children how I celebrate Burns Night with (vegetarian!) haggis, tatties and neeps! We listened to bagpipe music – not everyone’s taste, and said the Selkirk Grace which is a thanks for the food we have.
The Dogs Trust
This week Emily Mayo visited us to talk about how to be safe around dogs. She led an assembly and then a workshop in R – Y6 classes. She was really impressed by our delightful children.
A message from Emily Mayo – Dogs Trust
Thank you for inviting me to come into your school. The staff and children made me feel very welcome and I was really impressed by questioning, speaking skills and thoughtful responses given in the workshops. Your pupils had some great answers to my questions and I hope you all learned more about How to Behave Safely Around Dogs. Your school felt like a really happy place to be with a great and positive team. I genuinely enjoyed my days there.
Please see the link to the 'Be Dog Smart Leaflet https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/safety/bedogsmart-parentsleaflet.pdf This is for all families, those with dogs and those without!
The Dogs Trust believe that by educating young people about staying safe around dogs, we can really improve dog welfare for the better. Our experiences show that teaching compassion, care and respect towards animals can also enrich children’s lives in many other ways.
Today we said farewell to our student teachers Marnie Collins who has been in Y6 and Charlotte Genduso who has been in Y2. They have both been a fabulous addition to our team while they have been here. We wish them all the very best in their careers ahead and thank them both for all their hard work.
North Tawton Primary School will be closed to all pupils on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd March. If a pay deal is still not met, the NEU will launch further strikes on 15th March and 16th March. Parents and Carers, please see the email I sent today about arrangements.
As always, please look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about this week.
With very best wishes,