Dear North Tawton Parents and Families,
Do ask your children what the highlights of their week have been. The highlights of my week have been taking Y4 to the church for a ‘real’ baptism and joining in with netball club after school on Thursday.
Gate Opening Times
We open the gates at 8.45 so there is plenty of time for the children to come in to class, settle in and start their early work. All children should be in school and learning by 9am at the latest. Please support us so all classes have an easy transition in to the day. Thank you!
Black History Month
This week in assembly, I told the children we would be learning about important people who have changed the world for the better. I asked the children to draw what an important person who has made history might look like. The children had some time to think about this and draw what they might look like. I then asked what kind of person they had drawn: male or female: older than me or younger than me; a person from a very long time ago, or someone living now, and if their person had light skin like mine or darker? The vast majority of children drew very old, white men from long ago. While there are many white men from long ago who have been important people in history, I told them this month we would be learning about lots of different kinds of people who have contributed to world history. We started by learning about Nelson Mandela who led the fight for equal rights and freedom for black people in South Africa and eventually ended apartheid.
Throughout their time at North Tawton, the children will be learning about women and men from different cultures, countries and traditions and the contributions they have made to world. Every October we have a particular focus on Black History.
Due to no more covid cases, we are still able to run clubs next week. We will keep this continually under review. Next week Craft club will be for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Free neurodiversity, young people's mental health and wellbeing Training
The Aim Group are able to support North Tawton parents with several Free online Level 2 Accredited Courses available to Parents and Staff to help better understand some key issues around neurodiversity, young people's mental health and wellbeing.
Here's some of our most popular subjects available:
We also have some other fantastic courses around areas such as Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding and Prevent, Equality and Diversity, Business Admin, plus many more.
All courses are accessed online within a 6-week window and are completed on a laptop or computer at the learner's home. No Exams or endpoint assessments are involved, and the courses are purely detailed Q&A based with all the information needed provided, which is available to you 24/7. Once finished you can do as many as you like, however you can just do one course at a time.
The only criteria the learner must meet to be eligible, is the following..
Aged 19 or over on or before 31st August 2020
The course is completely free, but the learning provider reserves the right to charge a drop out fee in the event a learner enrols but then drops out without providing a reason (please note this is down to the individual and will be highlighted when I call you once registered). That said, the college will grant extensions if the learner has a reason as to why they won't be able to complete it within the 6 weeks.
Please note: under the college request a short zoom induction will need to be attended to ensure we get you successfully enrolled onto the correct course
If you are interested in undertaking one of these Free Online courses, then please let me know so I can send over the relevant enrolment details.
FONTS – UPDATE – 8 October 2021
Following the recent AGM, FONTS are still looking to fill committee roles. FONTS is a registered charity and as such is legally required to have a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary in order to operate and raise funds for the school.
Unless there’s a full committee in place by October half term (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary), all FONTS activities will have to stop.
This means no Christmas cards, no Christmas fayre, no book fair, no Bag2School collections, no summer event, and no leavers’ hoodies.
Thank you to everyone who has already put their names forward to be Class Representatives. Oak, Chestnut, Ash, Hazel and Sycamore classes do not have two reps yet.
If you can spare a few hours a month to take on a committee or class rep role, let us know.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org/ message FONTS on ClassDojo
Dates for your Diary
Week of the 11th October – Parent Meetings
Monday 18th October - School Photos
Thursday 21st October 2.30 Harvest Assembly (on line)
Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October – Half Term holiday
I hope you have a lovely weekend,