Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
We have had a fun filled last two weeks of term! Here are our highlights:
After a very disappointing rain-off earlier in the month, we were finally able to have a wonderful Sports Day. The children were competitive and celebrated each other’s achievements with the spirit we have promoted and praised in our lessons and school ethos.
The final scores were incredibly close,
1st place: Okement
2nd place: Taw
3rd place: Creedy
4th place: Dart
There was very little difference in points between the teams and all children should be very proud of their achievements.
Our Year Six had a wonderful time in France! On Monday they told us all about it in an assembly. Unfortunately, they had a particularly rough ferry crossing back and many were sick, but apart from that they had a great time! They learnt all about the D-Day Landings, used their French and experienced opportunities to learn more about history and modern French life.
Please see the blog here for photos and details of their adventures!
This was paid for through a grant the Trust were able to secure. Massive thanks to Madame Jordan, Mrs Underwood for organising and leading this trip and all the staff, including our Miss Radbourne, Mrs Tingle, Miss Ruby and Mrs Ware for giving their time and care to our children for the trip.
Our KS2 classes treated us to a wonderful performance of Cinderella – musical style. The acting, singing and comedy timing were outstanding. Such a lot of hard work and passion were put into this play, and it really paid off. The audience were highly entertained and so very proud of them all.
From Beethoven to ACDC, drumming, piano and violin solos to xylophones, claves, and of course phenomenal singing. Our children really are a talented bunch! Our music teacher Miss Boyce and our tutors have worked hard and wow, does it show!
Celebration of Learning
Our early Years pupils had a wonderful afternoon celebrating their learning with their families.
The Ted Hughes Centre for Outdoor Learning
We are so very excited to officially open our Ted Hughes Centre for Outdoor Learning.
Ted Hughes was a very famous poet and writer who lived right here in North Tawton!
He used to visit our school and read his books and poems to the children here, many of our children’s families will remember him well.
Mrs Hughes told us he loved to be outside, many of his poems are about animals and the natural world. When the weather was wet, he liked to sit in a shed and look out at the world. She encouraged us to be out in all weathers to notice the differences the seasons and weather.
In assembly I read the children one of my favourite poems The Thought Fox and asked them to think about what it is about.
We are so very grateful to Mrs Hughes kindness and generosity. This space is going to be well used and loved for many years to come. Who knows, maybe this will inspire a future Poet Laureate!
A message from our Hub Principal
I hope you are enjoying the end of term and engaging in some positive activities with your school communities. I was hoping to come and see you this week to say hello. I have been supporting children in another of our schools and have not been able to pop in. Sorry, this has not happened but I am very much looking forward to starting as your Hub Principal after the holidays. I am excited about the work we are all going to do together as we move into the next chapter for North Tawton Primary School.
Have a lovely break over the summer.
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
Our Highlights of 2022 – 2023
In our review assembly, we all said what our highlights of the year have been. Sophie and Rebecca wrote down what the children said.
In our Leaver’s Assembly, we shared many laughs and tears as we said goodbye to our wonderful Year Six. It is tradition for our children to share their memories and each child receives an award for their contribution to our school. The British Legion have special awards they give as well.
We also said thank you and farewell to Emma MacDonald, who has been teaching our reception class this year and to Natasha Birnie – sort of! She will be a teacher at Exbourne, but will also have a role here as she and Jason Foreman work together across the two schools as Lead Teachers. After 15 years of dedicated service, we said a very sad farewell to Nicola Shaw. She has worked with many hundreds of children here at North Tawton, she will hold a very special place in the memories of our current year six as she has been with them for the last four years and been as they put it ‘our school mum.’ The staff will miss her friendship, support and wickedly dry humour!
To all our leavers, farewell and don’t be strangers!
Wrap Around Care
Premier Education are set to run breakfast club and after school club from September. Please make sure you have registered your interest so this can go ahead.
Please make sure you have your orders in for school uniform for next year. And please, please, please write names in clothes! There are some brilliant, personalised stickers and stamps available online – do talk to other parents for recommendations.
Thank you to all of our staff here at school and across our Trust, they really do go above and beyond to give our children the very best opportunities. From teaching the curriculum in exciting ways, looking after children when they are hurt or sad, feeding them each day, keeping our school clean and safe, to organising trips, events and workshops, I thank you. Thank you to FONTS for supporting the school by organising wonderful events for us to enjoy and raising much appreciated money to support our children. Thank you to our Governors and Trustees and our school volunteers who all play their part in giving our children the wonderful year they have had.
Thank you to parents and families for working with us to nurture your children and help them thrive at school and at home.
And a huge thank you to the children, they have been a pleasure to teach and always bring me joy when I am here at North Tawton. I am so very proud of their achievements this year.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.
With very best wishes,