Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
It has been an exciting first full week back at school. Our staff have been working hard to prepare exciting lessons by researching the subject matter for each unit of work carefully and considering the best ways to teach this to our children. I am delighted to report that the children have settled brilliantly into their new routines and there is a busy buzz across the school!
Already we have had a FONTS AGM, children singing at the Whiddon Down Music festival and a show by Magic James. More on all of this next week!
Please click on the links below for class specific news
· Sycamore Class
· Hazel Class
· Ash Class
· Willow Class
· Beech Class
· Chestnut Class
· Oak Class
· Acorn Class
Teachers will be holding a class meeting for you to come in and find out more about the class routines and term ahead.
It is absolutely vital that children are in school every day! Every day lost is a lost opportunity for developing social skills, learning and causes a gap in their education. Our school attendance last year was lower than most schools and has been highlighted as a concern we need to address to ensure we are giving our children the very best opportunities to flourish. Obviously if children are ill, we need them to be at home recovering! The NHS ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ guidance is a really helpful 'go to' if you need some advice.
We are delighted with the new school menu. Mandy and Nikki have been working hard to prepare and deliver the new recipes and I can confirm the meals are delicious! If you have not signed up, please have a look and consider doing so.
This week we had an unannounced visit from the Health Inspectors! We are delighted to maintain our Five Star rating!
Wrap Around Care
Unfortunately, as so few people signed up for this, we have not been able to go ahead with providing Premier Breakfast Club and After School Club. The company, understandably, have to be sure this will be financially viable for them, and we cannot afford to compensate any losses.
Having spoken to a few parents this week, I know there are some who would really benefit from this. I am happy to resume a contract with them if there is enough parent interest. Please let me know!
Your school needs YOU!
The Advocate role replaces that of a ‘traditional’ school governor, within primary schools in the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.
Advocates are there to provide assurance that:
· the strategic vision of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust – ‘to provide the highest possible education for all local children, in order to ensure pupils from all backgrounds are able to succeed’ is being enacted
· stakeholders in the school (parents, pupils, staff and community) are listened to, respected and involved and this is evident through the lived experience of the school
· Christian values are promoted and evident through the lived experience of our Church schools
This is achieved through a combination of visits to the school, a presence at school events and ongoing dialogue with all the stakeholders of the school (Parents and carers, pupils, staff, volunteers, community groups and individuals, church and church communities, and so on).
Advocates are generally linked with one school only, and in terms of commitment, the expectation is as a minimum, at least one visit is made to the school in each term, and attendance at one formal meeting each term.
There are three distinct roles:
North Tawton Primary School currently have the following vacancies for Advocates:
1 Parent & Pupil Advocate
1 Community Advocate
For an informal chat about the role and responsibilities of an advocate, or to obtain an application form, please contact the Lead Governance Professional: [email protected]
Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your contact.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend,