Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Welcome back! I wish all of our school community a happy and healthy new year!
In assembly this week we thought about New Year Resolutions. Children were invited to reflect on the promises they made to themselves last year and make new ones for the year ahead.
We made the decision to cancel our nativity performances in December due to high levels of sickness. Although it was very peculiar to celebrate Christmas in school on 5th and 6th January, it was a lovey start to the term! Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 performed their Strictly Come Dancing themed nativity on Thursday to the rest of the school and then after school on Thursday and Friday for their parents. Considering the disruption to rehearsals, the children were fantastic and remembered all their words, songs and dance moves. A 10 from me!
Nursery entertained their families with three brilliant songs and showed pictures and writing about the Christmas story, they were really proud and confident and really made us all smile!
Thank you to all the parents who came to the performances and for all the lovely comments.
A reminder about Uniform, PE Kits and Jewellery
We want children to feel proud of their school and wear our school uniform as it helps to give a sense of identity.
Children can wear: a white or green polo shirt, a green sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo, with grey or black trousers, or grey or black shorts. A grey skirt or pinafore dress or green and white check dress. Grey or white socks or tights with black shoes. Black, low-heeled boots may also be worn in Winter/adverse weather conditions. Green baseball caps with our school logo on are also available from the office.
The school keeps a stock of sweatshirts in various sizes and these can be obtained from the school office. New parents will receive a copy of the current uniform requirements with prices attached. Further copies are available from the office.
The PE kit is a house colour T shirt, black or navy shorts, white sports socks, and trainers or pumps. You can purchase a t shirt in the colour of the house they are in from School Gateway.
KS2 children will have swimming lessons at the pool in Okehampton. For this they also require a swimming costume and hat. We would prefer these to be a one – piece swimsuit for girls and trunks or swimming shorts of a sensible length for boys. Swimming hats can be purchased from the school office.
Please ensure that all your child’s school uniform is labelled with their name.
In the interests of safety, we do not allow children to wear jewellery in school. If ears have been pierced, studs may be worn. These should be removed/taped over before swimming. We encourage children to be independent individuals, however we request parents to consider the impact of fashion on their child’s learning and social development and ask parents to ensure their children do not wear inappropriate hairstyles or fashion items to school. Long hair should be tied back for both safety and hygiene reasons.
This is on our school website
I am going to add to this that we can not allow children to have smart watches in school. I know quite a few children got these for Christmas, but they are not appropriate for school.
The term dates for 2023 – 24 are on the website, so if you are planning holidays, please do check these so children do not miss valuable learning time.
As always, please look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about this week.
With very best wishes