Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Thank you for your support and understanding regarding the school closure. I hope everyone was safe and well yesterday. Considering the reports of local flooding and trees in the roads, it certainly was the right decision to minimise travel and ‘batten down the hatches’ to keep our children safe.
Our school was checked by our estates team to make sure it was safe for us today.
I am delighted to let you know we have Katie Curnow Clarke and Lizzy Squires joining our staff team. I know you will join me and the staff in welcoming them to our school community as staff (they are already part of the community as parents!) they will become familiar faces to our children in Reception and Y2 initially.
I do have sad news too. Sarah Keen will be leaving at Christmas. She has been successful in being appointed to a new role and promotion which we are extremely happy for, but we will miss her greatly. I will let you know as soon as we have recruited both her class teacher and SEND role.
Poppies will be on sale for a charitable donation from Monday. We will hold a silence at school on Thursday in our assembly led by Rev Spence.
In assembly this week we thought about what we love about our school and the importance of having good attendance. Not only do we want all of our children to have a good education and every learning experience, we also what them to build and maintain friendships and develop resilience. This will help them foster good habits for the future.
Many of the children admitted to sometimes not wanting to come to school, but when they get here that feel fine. Of course, if they are ill, we don’t want them here! We will always send children home if they are too poorly to be here.
Attendance at North Tawton is low compared to other schools across the trust and nationally. Time off for holidays is not authorised and may result in a fine from the authority.
As the nights get darker, please consider what you and your children are wearing to be safe. This picture was shared with me and is a shocking illustration of how important it is to be seen.
Life can be hard, particularly this time of year. If you are struggling financially, emotionally or health wise; please, please seek support.
There should be no shame attached to asking for help. We encourage the children all the time to tell us if they are worried, say if they don’t understand something and ask for help.
We adults need to be better at this!
Here are some links you may find supportive:
Home - Citizens Advice Devon (cabdevon.org.uk)
Mental health support
Devon Mind, leading the fight for mental health in Devon
TALKWORKS | Mental Health Support for Devon (dpt.nhs.uk)
Lots of other services can be found here:
Pinpoint thousands of services and community groups across Devon (pinpointdevon.co.uk)
As always, 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
Parents can access Dojo for event specific news.
To find out more about our plans for the future, and to have your views and ideas heard, please come to a Parent Forum on Thursday 9th November at 9am.
Best wishes as always to our friends and families,
Dates for your Diary
Friday 3rd November Usborne book fair in the school hall after school
Week of 6th November – Parent meetings; please sign up with teachers
Sunday 12th November 10.35am Remembrance Parade, 10.50am Church Service.
Thursday 16th November - 9 - 10 Parent Forum
Friday 17th November - Non-school uniform, please bring donation for our Christmas raffle.
Friday 24th November - Christmas Fair, straight after school in the hall and classrooms
Monday 4th December 2pm Y1 & 2 Nativity Dress Rehearsal for school children
Wednesday 6th December 4pm Y1 & 2 Nativity for families
Friday 8th December 1.45 Y1 & 2 Nativity for families
Thursday 7th December – Y6 Christingle at the church 2pm
Sunday 10th December – Carols at the church 6.30pm
Wednesday 13th December 2.30 N&R Christmas show
Thursday 14th December – Christmas Carol singalong – all welcome!
Friday 15th December – Last day of Autumn Term