Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Thank you to our FONTS leadership team Philippa, Vanessa, Katie and Evie for all of their hard work organising our Summer Fair! Thank you to all of the parents, staff and local community for helping set up, run stalls and activities and to set down. And of course, a huge thank you to all who came!
Unfortunately, the bouncy castle was cancelled due to the high winds, but at least the rain stayed away! I know many of our children were very excited by the surprise visit from a tank and lorry! Local businesses once again generously donated their wares for our raffle. All proceeds will go towards new playground markings the children have chosen to make their play times more active and fun.
Events like these take a huge amount of work. Sourcing prizes, buying refreshments, advertising, and persuading others to get involved all takes a lot of time and effort. Volunteers were on site from 8am until 3pm on the day to make this happen. Thank you all!
The Ted Hughes Centre for Outdoor Learning
Have you heard about a new and exciting development in our orchard? We are so excited that we have a brand-new space to enhancing our outdoor learning environment. The official unveiling will be on Thursday 20th July. Watch this space…
Calling Local Gardeners
I am really keen to have a team of volunteers to keep out plants watered, our beds weeded and to help further develop our grounds. If you can commit to a few hours a week, please let me know.
On Friday 23rd June, all Trust schools celebrated Rainbow Day. At North Tawton, we wore rainbow-coloured clothes and in our classes and in assembly, we learnt more about diversity and acceptance.
Move Up Day
Last Thursday, our children spent time in their new classes with their new teachers and teaching assistants.
September 2023 Staffing
Nursery - Karen Tingle, Lucy Lamb and Mel Sercombe
Reception – Gina Ruby, Jo Ware and Rachel Grant
Year 1 – Rebecca Budiman and Abbie Luxton
Year 2 – Hannah Ahmad, Sarah Keen, Lauren Bond and Gemma Cooper
Year 3 – Sophie Wallis, Juliet Boyce and Jess Westcott
Year 4 – Jason Foreman, Juliet Boyce and Kerry Davies
Year 5 – Marnie Collins, Jo Ware, Penny Bowles and Verity Heffer
Year 6 – Beth Radbourne and Verity Heffer
Juliet Boyce and I will be covering teachers when they have their non contact time for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA)
Sarah Keen will continue her role as SEND teacher and Jason Foreman will be our Lead teacher.
Adam Newland our Hub SENDCO has visited the school and will be visiting again before the end of the school year.
Sophie Maxam and Jess Nuttall are enjoying their maternity leave and we look forward to welcoming them back when they return.
Our 6 children have all had transition days in their new secondary schools which they all say they have enjoyed and are very positive about.
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.
On Thursday, Melissa, Gary and Rob painted benches and revitalised our rainbow memorial.
Why are school staff striking, again?
The National Education Union, NEU, have called their members to strike as a pay deal has not yet been met. School staff have not had a pay rise in line with inflation and schools remain underfunded. Our school will be closed on Wednesday for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and closed to all classes on Friday. These decisions have not been taken lightly. Staff care deeply about our children and their end of term events; this is why we will be open Wednesday for KS2 to rehearse and later perform their play, Cinderella Rokerfella. Year Six will enjoy their adventure day with staff on Friday. NEU members who strike, are not paid.
If you want to understand more, please see the NEU website.
Pay up: Strike action FAQ | National Education Union (neu.org.uk)
As our sunny weather continues, please can I remind you that children need sun cream, sun hats and a bottle for water every day. They do still need to be wearing uniform, including our PE kit uniform. Thank you.
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
We have lots of exciting events in the next three weeks. Parents, please keep an eye on dojo so you don’t miss any information. I have a medical procedure on Thursday 6th July and will be away from work for a few days for recovery. In my absence, safeguarding concerns can be raised with Mr Foreman or Miss Keen who are both trained and know what support to get if need be.
Monday 3rd July and Friday 7th July – Year 6 adventure days
Wednesday July 5th – 5.30pm performance of Cinderella Rockefella by Y3,4,5 &6
Thursday July 6th – 1.45pm performance of Cinderella Rockafella by Y3,4,5 &6
11th July – 15th July - Y6 Residential to France
Monday 17th July – Reports to parents
Tuesday 18th July – Sports Day
Wednesday 19th July – Music Concert 1.30pm
Wednesday 19th July – Parents meetings to discuss reports
Thursday 20th July – 2.15 EYFS Learning celebration and unveiling of our new outdoor centre.
21st July – Leavers Assembly Last day of Term