Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
This week Year 4 braved the weather and went down to the river for their geography field trip. Miss Radbourne checked the water levels and the soil condition carefully in the morning and made some changes to the trip to make it safe. The class had a wonderful time and made a wonderful display which is outside my office.
A huge thanks to Mr Hunt and Miss Wallis our student teachers who have been a great asset in Y4. They are going back to university for the rest of term. We look forward to seeing them in the new year.
Football and Human rights
On Monday in assembly I spoke about the complex issues regarding the World Cup being held in Qatar. Respecting other cultures and traditions, while also being aware that human rights should be a global expectation is something many of us are thinking about and discussing in our homes and work places. The children were really mature and thoughtful and listened to different views about this. One of our younger children suggested I write to the king of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and tell him to make sure everyone in the country is treated well. If only it were that simple! And, if only I had that influence! Older children were aware of migrant worker deaths, that the country can be unsafe for many people living there as well as tourists and football fans visiting and questioned why FIFA chose Qatar as a host country. Whatever your opinion, I was impressed with how well the children engaged with thinking about this topical issue. I told the children it was important to me that we adults model to them fairness, equity and compassion, and following on from our work last week, will always follow up issues regarding bullying.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to make their appointments this week to discuss their children’s progress. It was lovely to have so many of you coming into our classrooms to meet in person. Our children thrive when we work together! We have a few parents who were not able to make the appointments, it is vital to rearrange these appointments so please look out for a dojo to rearrange. Class teachers can call you if that is easier for you.
Merry Go Round
An important message from our friends at Merry Go Round:
Friday 2 December – Y3 Castle Drogo trip
Friday 2 December – 3.30 – 5pm Christmas Market in the hall - see you all there!
Wednesday 7th Dec –Christmas Jumpers and Christmas dinner (changed from Thursday 8th)
Friday 9th December – 2pm Carol Service at school (not the church) – parents welcome
Sunday 11th December – 6.30pm Carol service at the church – families welcome
Tuesday 13th December 2pm – Christingle at church – parents welcome
Nativity performances: Parents can attend Wednesday 14th December at 4pm or Thursday 15th Dec at 5pm – details about this to come via Dojo (we will have a dress rehearsal in school so all children can watch)
Forward Notice – the school will be closed on 8 May 2023.
The DfE has now confirmed that schools should close for the bank holiday on 8 May 2023 to mark King Charles III’s coronation. This date is scheduled to be the first day of KS2 SATs; the DfE says the Standards and Testing Agency will update schools on what this means for KS2 test week as soon as possible.
As always, please look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about this week.
With very best wishes,