Dear North Tawton Families and Friends,
I would like to urge parents to step forward to continue the great work of our Friends of North Tawton group ‘FONTS’. The school really does rely on the support of FONTS for event planning and for the amazing fundraising they do.
With school budgets stretched to the limit, fundraising and grants are the sources for us to pay for additional enriching resources, subsidise trip costs and host special events.
In September we will relaunch the group with hopefully some face to face meetings and a welcome event. We need parents to step up and run this, it does take some time and commitment, but is an enormously rewarding and extremely appreciated role.
If you would like to know more, please speak to Julie or Philippa or email Friends of North Tawton firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the letter sent this week regarding the pending end of COVID 19 restrictions.
We have made the decision as a Trust to not change our current risk assessment in the last week of term. Please can I urge you to continue to wear a mask at drop off and collection times and respect that we will not be making any changes before the summer holiday. I do not want any of our families to have to isolate this summer, nor do I want anyone to be ill.
Please bear in mind that not all of our staff, or adults in our families and wider community have had their two vaccinations yet.
Devon County Council Announcement
The Prime Minster has announced that COVID-19 restrictions are set to end in England and life will soon return to close to normal, with people's judgement being key in learning to live with the virus.
Step four of the government's roadmap out of lockdown is expected to start on Monday 19 July, subject to a final review of the data on Monday 12 July.
The news comes as a sufficiently high proportion of the population are vaccinated against COVID-19 to significantly weaken the link between infections and severe disease and death. The government say this means that the country can learn to live with coronavirus without the need for the stringent economic and social restrictions which have been in place since March 2020.
But the pandemic is not over. Cases are currently rising, as are hospitalisations and, sadly, deaths, and they will rise further as society reopens. So we are being asked to remain vigilant, make informed decisions and act carefully and proportionately to manage the risks to ourselves and others.
This new phase in the government's response to the pandemic moves away from restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives and towards managing COVID-19 by advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.
Devon County Council
Covid Update today
Across Devon, nearly 1,200 positive cases of coronavirus were reported last week, a rate of 149.2 per 100,000 of the population, which is still below the national average of 263.8. We are currently seeing higher case rates in younger working age and younger school age people, who are our unvaccinated groups.
Last week all the children in year six received a formal invitation to a Graduation Ball. They were asked to RSVP. They found out what this means and Daisy and Zoe replied with a scroll. They started a trend!
Today we had our Sports Day and we were so lucky that despite the dark clouds looming, it didn’t rain! Thank you to Mr Foreman and Mr Strong and all the staff for making it a fun and sporting event. The winning team will be announced next week!
Do look at our class blogs to find out all about our week at school.
Parents, please see Dojo too for lots of photos of Sports Day.
Staffing for next year
As you know, Mrs Mathews will not be teaching classes music next year. We are very fortunate to have the fabulously musically talented Mrs Boyce eager to take on this role. This has meant recruiting someone to take on her class teaching responsibility. We are hoping to have a wonderful new teacher join us, we just need to have employment checks finalised and contract signed. We will be holding a move up day so that children can meet their new teachers as soon as we have this confirmed.
Passing on information is so important, and I do appreciate this is difficult when you don’t necessarily see your child’s teacher at the gate in the morning. If you have a message, such as making arrangements for someone else to collect your child, please call our office number 01837 82284 or email email@example.com
Giving a member of staff a message at the gate to pass on to other member of staff adds to our workload first thing in the morning when our priority is to settle children and teach.
Please do not use Dojo for urgent messages, teachers do not access Dojo while they teach! Again, please ring or email our school office, where Mrs Adams or Mrs Cassels will pass the message on to the relevant member of staff.
If you have a suspected or positive covid case in your family, please call the school, or if out of hours please email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
And lastly… I am sure most of us will be watching the Euro final on Sunday, even people like me who have no interest in football! Fingers crossed for the England team.
I look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning, bright and cheery and ready for our penultimate week of the term!
With best wishes