Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
As you will be aware, we had our Ofsted inspection this week. Our inspector was an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) who, over the two days, observed lessons and playtimes, scrutinised pupil’s work, analysed Parent View and our policies. She met with pupils, staff, Curriculum Leaders, SENDCO, Trust leaders, Trustees and Governors She fed back her report to the Trust leaders at the end of the day. The outcomes remain confidential until the report is published, but I can tell you that it was a robust and fair process.
Year Six Activity week
While Ofsted was happening in school, our Year six were enjoying their activity week! On Monday they went to Go Ape in Exeter, Tuesday surfing in Bude and Wednesday a trip Woodlands in Totnes. On Thursday the class had a whole day of forest school led by Miss Prince. After school, they had a movie night and ate fish and chips. Today they went on a walk in our beautiful North Tawton landscape and had a picnic. A HUGE thank you to Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby for organising all of the activities.
Refugee Awareness Week
This week in assembly we thought about what it means to be a refugee. Year 4 have learnt a lot about migration this year and were able to explain that a refugee is a person who has needed to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. We found out about some famous refugees and listened to the story of a man who who came from Afghanistan on his own to the UK as a child and has been granted right to remain.
Here is a thought-provoking poem written by one of my favourite modern poets.
by Brian Bilston
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(now read from bottom to top)
Next Friday is our Trust Rainbow Day. We are encouraging our children to wear their favourite colours to celebrate. This is an opportunity for us to reflect upon our similarities and differences so that all of our children learn to understand that there are people in the community and wider world with characteristics similar and different to their own. It is a day steeped in respect and inclusion.
We call it Rainbow Day as the rainbow is a Christian symbol of God’s love for us all. The rainbow flag is steeped in history from a symbol of maritime peace, the cooperative movement, LGBT equality and more recently, support for the NHS. The colours of the rainbow are different but come together to make something beautiful.
We will be asking children to think about equality and when people may be treated unfavourable. We anticipate they will think about people with different physical abilities, cultures, religions and families. We are careful to talk in an age appropriate way and give children space to explore questions and develop their own thinking.
Children who have PE on Friday, or are taking part in Quad Kids can change in school.
Cost of Living
The government has now announced ‘cost of living support’ and any families struggling can contact their relevant LA. Parents and families can see what support is available, including information on the HAF programme, on the link that can be found here
Tuesday 28th June 5pm – 6pm
This will be an opportunity for you to hear about our progress on our school development plans including:
On Wednesday morning, parents met to plan the Summer Fair. We really do need lots of help to make this a fantastic event. Please contact our FONTS leaders or class reps if you can help. We need people to set up in the morning and tidy at the end, run stalls, lead activities, serve refreshments and BBQ sausages and burgers. After so long without a Summer Fair, we really want this to be a success so please do help in what ever way you can. Thank you.
Thursday 30th June - Y6 induction day at Okehampton College
Friday 1st July - Rainbow Day – a celebration of inclusion
Week of 4th July is our Festival of Hope which will be a week of curriculum activities with the theme of hope. This will include:
Monday 4th July French Theatre trip
Tuesday 5th July Science Day
Wednesday 6th July Art Day
Thursday 7th July Sports Day
Friday 8th July Music Festival
Saturday 9th July Summer Fayre
Friday 22nd July Farewell Assembly
We also have a number of class visits and visitors over the following weeks.
Please keep an eye on Dojo for timings and details.
With very best wishes