Dear North Tawton Friends and Families,
It’s not been a great week for me, as I’ve been at home laid up with Covid ☹ However, as always, it’s been a busy and exciting week at school!
Do look at the class blogs to see what the pupils have been learning about.
French trip for Year 6 Pupils
We are delighted to announce the details of our Year 6 residential next year to Normandy in France. We have secured funding to take all Year 6 pupils from Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Primary Schools in the summer term. Following a rigorous and competitive application process, Mrs Jordan (Trust French Lead) and Mrs Underwood (Trust Executive Principal) received the news that all travel, accommodation and visit costs for 230 pupils and 50 staff will be covered by the government’s Turing Scheme funding.
Year 6 pupils will deepen their knowledge of History, RE, Art and PSHE through a range of inspirational visits including; the Bayeux tapestry, Mont St Michel, the D-Day landing beaches and the magnificent new British Normandy Memorial. Pupils will of course also further develop their confidence to speak French through a shopping challenge at a market, as well as visits to partner schools in Normandy. This residential will also enable Year 6 pupils across the Trust to unite and develop friendships in preparation for secondary school.
There are meetings planned for Y6 parents and pupils in all schools this half term. Our meeting will be on Friday 23rd September after school. If parents are unable to make the date and time of the meeting, please let us know as you may be able to join a meeting at another school.
The Turing Scheme is the UK’s global programme offering opportunities in education and training across the world and enabling pupils to develop new skills and gain international experience. This year, the Turing Scheme received 513 applications, a significant increase on last year. Whilst most applications from universities were successful, Dartmoor MAT was one of only 4 schools in the South West which was awarded a grant through this highly competitive application process.
I am glad so many people attended the FONTS meeting this week. I am disappointed I couldn’t be there myself, but I have a copy of the very full minutes to read through! I am really looking forward to facilitating lots of events this year, not just to raise money (although this is much needed!) but also and more importantly to bring our community together and have shared experiences. Please watch this space for details of upcoming events.
Cost of Living
With the cost of living rising, it may be worth checking if you have any benefits you are not claiming.
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As a school we are looking at ways to save money, and how to support all of our families. If you are struggling, please let us know so we can find sensitive ways to help.
I know many of us will be watching the Queen’s funeral on Monday, so it seems inappropriate to say have a good long weekend, however, I do wish all our families, a healthy three days and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday morning.
With very best wishes,