Dear North Tawton Families,
Thank you for your support yesterday when we announced we would be closing the school today. I know for many families, having the children at home today will have been a logistical issue however, the vast majority of parents said that they agreed with our decision and were grateful we had made the choice to err on the side of caution and put safety first.
I am grateful that the storm has not hit Devon as hard as it could have done. I know many staff and families have lost electricity today and many have suffered garden fences damaged, I really do hope it has not been worse for anyone. I particularly hope a our farmers have not suffered any livestock and crop losses.
I will be checking the school for damage tomorrow.
This week in assembly we learnt about St Valentine, well we think we did! The truth is that there are a lot of stories and we are not entirely sure which, if any are true! He did live in the 3rd century and he is the Patron Saint of epilepsy and beekeepers but is more widely known for his association with love. It is said that he helped couples marry when the king forbade it as he wanted men to be single and go to war.
We took the opportunity to think about love and what it means to us.
The Greeks came up with eight different words for the types of love we commonly experience throughout our lifetime.
In the spirit of the modern interpretation of Valentine’s Day, and as a symbol of our appreciation for the love and care the adults in school give us, we gave small gifts to each member of staff.
Continuing the theme of love, we had a very successful Valentines donut sale! Despite the rain, you came out in your droves to treat yourselves (Philautia), partners (Eros) and your families (Philia) to the delicious popcorn, hot chocolate cones and donuts!
With great thanks to FONTS for organising this sweet treat and raising money for the school.
And by the way, I’m a firm believer that birthday cake calories and charity donut calories don’t count!
Miss Radbourne has challenged the school to a North Tawton Geography Quiz! See Dojo for information and links. While honing your knowledge, please have a family discussion about your experiences. Where have you visited? What was it like? How was it the same and how was it different to here? Where would you most like to visit? Why?
Monday 28th February – return to school
Monday 28th February - 3pm - 5pm Future North Tawton exhibition opening at Ruth Smith Gallery
Friday 4th March - On line assembly for families
Saturday 5th March 10am – 2pm Gardening Day
With best wishes for the half term.