Dear North Tawton Families and Friends,
Miss Chauhan and I both thank you all for your support over this year. What a year it has been! Another two lock downs, remote learning, critical worker groups, restrictions, cancelled events and a change of school leadership. The staff have been amazing in dealing with all of the changes, making each day as exciting as possible, finding new ways to teach and organise classrooms and resources so the children enjoy their learning and make progress.
We are so very grateful to all the parents and local community members who have supported us both and the school during this challenging year. Thank you!
Farewell Year Six
Yesterday was an emotional day as we said goodbye to our Year Sixes. They had a good send off with a Graduation Ball, lots of special assemblies, a forest day, water fight, an award ceremony, and a wall of applause from the staff as they left the school. We wish them all the very best as they go on to their secondary schools. Mrs Ware gave a final piece of excellent advice just before they left ‘don’t try to be cool, the coolest people are the ones who are themselves and don’t follow the crowd trying to be cool.’
Do see our class blogs for weekly updates of class learning and news.
Phew! A scorching end to the school year! And its been a busy one!
Covid restrictions, meant we took fundraising online and ran our first Virtual Christmas Market and two Virtual Balloon Races. But it wasn’t all virtual, with 100 Club, a Fancy Dress Competition, a Bauble Trail, a Wreath Competition, Bag2School collections and another fantastic Christmas card order with the childrens’ brilliant art work.
Wet Play boxes were refilled in every class early in the year, and FONTS treated the children to an online Pantomime, and gave all the staff at the school a huge hamper of Christmas treats and gifts on behalf of all the school families.
We’re really looking forward to the new school year (not wishing the holidays away!) and being able to get the school community back together again. You don’t have to be on the FONTS committee to raise funds for the school, just let us know your plans…
Would you like to be the Chair, Treasurer or a Class Rep? without these roles FONTS can’t continue and a valuable source of support for the school will be lost – if you would like to know more, please contact FONTS (as below) or message Julie Steward.
2021 / 2022 100 Club – numbers are selling quickly, so don’t forget to let FONTS know on facebook or Dojo if you’d like a number / numbers in the draws. There’s more info on the FONTS page of the school website.
Wishing you a lovely summer break, see you soon,
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(emails / messages will be picked up during the holidays)
A reminder for our runners and their supporters; please meet this Sunday at Simmonds Park at the OCRA pavilion. 9am to register for a 9.30am start. Good luck to you all. I hope the weather is kind!
Today staff are here for a day of phonics training, we will be in school on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September for training, planning and preparation for the year ahead.
Teachers will be spending time over the summer holiday looking at new resources and planning for the year ahead. Please don’t be fooled into thinking this is a 9 – 4 term time only job as the media often portrays! School staff work above and beyond their hours, either staying behind in classes or the office to finish work we just can't get to in our 'official' hours, setting up and running clubs and school events, or doing extra work at home. For this I am very grateful although never expectant.
Olympics and Paralympics
On Monday I talked to the children about the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Do get involved in this spectacular sporting event by following the news, watching the highlights and keeping track of our medals!
The Olympic opening ceremony is in Tokyo today and events will be televised until 8th August. I am particularly looking forward to the gymnastics, track and field events.
The Paralympic are 24th August – 5th September
Team GB is strong and I am hoping we will equal and better our previous medals.
Go Team GB!
I would like to remind families of the uniform policy. 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.
Jewellery is not permitted. I will be reminding children and families of these expectations in the new school year.
Breakfast Club and After School Club
I have been in talks with a company who run breakfast and afterschool clubs in many schools across the country. I was hoping they would start in September, but it looks like there will be a delay. I am still in conversation with them and will let you know as soon as possible.
School Building Update
We have lots of building work and decoration happening this summer and in the October half term. Staff have been brilliant moving furniture and clearing spaces for the work to be done.
Extra day off
We have an extra day off next year – Monday 6th June! Please add this to your new calendars and diaries!
Covid 19 Update
I really do hope you all enjoy the summer holiday, please do be careful and look after yourselves, particularly as restrictions have been lifted recording Covid.
The government recommends the following:
People are still urged to get vaccinated and to self-isolate and get tested if they have symptoms. It will remain a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. They also want everyone to continue to download and use the latest version of the NHS COVID-19 app to help reduce the spread of the virus.
You may choose to limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with in order to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable. It is important to respect and be considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach as restrictions are lifted.
With very best wishes for a wonderful summer holiday, I look forward to seeing all of the children on Wednesday 8th September,