Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
Have you been watching the sunflowers bloom? I love our sunflowers and really enjoy seeing them each morning!
Ilness and attendance
As you may well be aware, we do have a horrible sickness bug and Covid ‘doing the rounds’ at school again. To all who are poorly, I wish you a speedy recovery. Having had both recently, I can completely empathise!
Of course, if our staff or your children are unwell, we do not expect them to be in school. I do have to monitor attendance, whether it be authorised absence or not, and I do have to make parents aware of their children’s attendance percentage if it drops below 95%, so please do not be alarmed if you receive a letter next week.
As far as possible, please make routine medical appointments out of school time so children miss as little as possible. I urge you not to take children out of school for holidays, these are not authorised and may well result in a fine.
We had a very productive Friends of North Tawton Annual General Meeting meeting on Tuesday. Thank you to all who came along to support this vital part of school life.
I am delighted that we have a full committee. Thank you to Philippa Kenny Crisp who is our Chair and Vanessa Peri -Khoo our Vice Chair, Katie Hillier who is our Secretary and a welcome to Evie Compton who is our new Treasurer. Julie Steward has kindly agreed to support Evie as she gets to grips with the role.
We have lots of plans for the year ahead and I am excited to have such a dedicated, creative and enthusiastic group to work with.
Our Book Fair was buzzing after school! Thank you to all who came. I hope the children enjoy their new books. The teachers are looking forward to finding out how much commission was made as they have their wish lists of books for their classes! Thank you to FONTS who organised this for us.
Next week Friday we have our Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Harvest Celebration!
Children can come to school dressed up as farmers, scarecrows and other inventive costumes to celebrate Harvest. Please bring your harvest donations to school where we will collect them in the school hall. FONTS are organising sensitive ways in which to distribute our harvest gifts to people in North Tawton who will appreciate them.
Please come to the church for 9.30 am where we will share a harvest celebration. Reverend Spence and I will welcome you, talk about Harvest and share a prayer of thanks. Miss Boyce will lead the children in singing three songs.
I anticipate it will be about 30 minutes long. We will then head back to school.
If you are able to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!
Football’s Coming Home to North Tawton!
Congratulations to our KS2 football teams who gained 2nd and 3rd places today at the Football Tournament. Coach Edwards was incredibly proud of the children’s attitudes as well as their football skills. Well done Team North Tawton!
A huge thank you to the Town Council who have approved our request for having a defibrillator situated near to the school. We are lucky to have defibrillators in North Tawton, but unfortunately, they are not within the needed distance from the school.
We are currently looking to see where it can be placed so it can be easily accessible to the school and community.
Lots to look forward to!
Friday 14 October Dingle Dangle Scarecrow: dress up day
Friday 14th October – 9.30 am Harvest Celebration at the church – parents welcome
Sunday 16th October – Harvest Service at St Peters Church
Friday 21st October – 2.30pm R – Y6 sharing assembly –parents welcome
Friday 4 November after school Fireworks Sparkler & Sweet Sale
Friday 2 December Christmas Market –– after school in the hall and playground
Monday 5th December 2pm Magic Martin treat from FONTS
Wednesday 7th December –Christmas Jumper Day (raising funds for Save the children) and Christmas dinner (date changed to accommodate swimming)
Friday 9th December – 2pm Carol Service at the church – parents welcome
Tuesday 13th December 2pm – Christingle at church – parents welcome
Nativity performances: Wednesday 14th December at 2pm and 4pm and Thursday 15th Dec at 5pm
As always, please look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about this week.
I love this display of portraits of The Queen by Willow Class.
With very best wishes