Dear North Tawton Families,
Farewells and Welcomes
This week we sadly said goodbye to Mrs Adams and to Rev Weldon. We wish them both the very best in their careers ahead and hope they take many happy memories of the school with them.
We have welcomed Mrs Aston who has been working alongside Mrs Adams this week to learn all about our office systems. We also welcome Mr Cutler who we already know well, he will step in until we have a new Reverend at the church.
If you have a message for a member of staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs Aston or Mrs Cassels will make sure this is passed on. Staff do not monitor Dojo when they are teaching, so important messages can be missed.
If you have a concern, please raise this appropriately. Long complaining Dojo messages and emails are not necessary and often cause more discomfort rather than solving the issue. Please make an appointment to speak to me or the class teacher and I am sure together we can resolve matters well. Staff really do want the best for you and your children, most issues are due to a misunderstanding or miscommunication. We do have a complaints procedure, available on the website, should we not be able to resolve a matter together, however this should always be as a last resort.
I am delighted that so many of you have signed up for clubs this half term. We have had some technical issues and caps on the amount to sign up have not worked, therefore some are oversubscribed. We don’t want to turn anyone away but next time we will have smaller numbers.
We do ask that you sign up for a block and not a week as this will make it much easier for the staff to plan activities.
If you have not been able to book on, please let us know and we will put you on as a priority after half term.
Please collect you r children at 4.30pm
If you have any suggestions for clubs, or want to volunteer in the future, do let us know.
Please make sure you are able to attend our Friends of North Tawton Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th October, straight after school pick up – in the hall
Helping children to get in to the habit of learning at home really helps them to consolidate learning and to develop independence and study skills which they will need later in their education.
At North Tawton, we provide homework each week to compliment the work the children are doing in class; this may be some research, a writing task, practicing spellings or times tables. We try to pitch this for the year group and the individual needs of the child so it is not too hard and not too easy. Hopefully we get it right, but please let us know if not.
Reading is the most important part of homework. We have some fancy new reading record books on order to help raise the profile of reading at home.
We do know that some children are great at getting down to their homework, others not so! Here are some tips some parents may find helpful.
We are updating our website. Please give permission so we can use photos of children.
I have been asked to remind dog owners to pick up their dog poo. There has been rather a lot to navigate on the way to school, which is particularly hard to do with prams and pushchairs. Treading in dog poo is a really unpleasant way to start a day and can be embarrassing and distressing. Thank you
I do hope you find these newsletters helpful! Do let me know if there is something you think parents need to know or would find interesting.
Wishing everyone a lovey weekend,