Dear North Tawton Families,
It has been an absolute joy to see the children back in school. They have made a fantastic start to the new school year. Across the school I have seen lots of learning and laughter in classes and at playtimes it has been wonderful to see children of different classes playing together again.
Thank you for all of your support with our new morning and after school routines.
In assembly this week we have been celebrating the successes of the Olympians of the Olympics and Paralympics. I showed the children clips from the games and we talked about the athletes having courage, dedication and self-belief to compete at this level, but also the humility, team work and personal sacrifices these people have made. One of my favourite moments was when Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy decided to share the gold medal for men’s high jump. Here’s a clip you may like to see:
We watched some of the BMX freestyle, wheel chair rugby and gymnastics. We can all take inspiration from these athletes and think about what in our lives we can focus on, try our best at and be our own champions.
I played ‘Reach for the Stars’ and realised how old I was when none of the children knew the words! (This will change!)
In singing assembly with Miss Boyce, we sang songs the children know well, and also played The Script Hall of Fame – another great one for us to learn!
We have introduced a way of looking at positive learning behaviour as all of us being ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe.’
All behaviour rules are to ensure children are ready to learn, are respectful of themselves, each other, the environment and resources, act in physically and emotionally safe ways. We will be using these terms with children, so please use at home too.
We were very sad to say farewell to Mrs Stoneman today. She didn’t want a fuss made of her, but we just couldn’t let her go without showering her with gifts, cards and thanks. We know she will keep in touch and will continue to be part of North Tawton life as a grandparent and hopefully some volunteer work in the future!
We welcome Miss Lethbridge, a student from Okehampton College who started a placement here today in Year 4.
We also welcome Mr Berry and Miss Edwards our Saints Sports Coaches who are here on Thursday and Friday each week.
And in other news, Miss Heffier is now Mrs Moffatt! Congratulations!
An Update from FONTS (Friends of North Tawton School)
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 see the FONTS page on the school website, or 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 to a number / numbers in the draws. There’s more info on the FONTS page of the school website.
Here’s to the new school year!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org/ message FONTS on ClassDojo
Please speak to our office staff Mrs Adams or Mrs Cassels about uniform queries, they will do their very best to help you.
I will send a letter home next week about the exciting new clubs we will be running at school.
Merry Go Round
Our friends at Merry Go Round have donated £230.00 to us! They raise funds for the school and despite the pandemic were able to continue to support us, for which we are so grateful. Do pop in to the shop, admiring the beautiful flags outside, or visit www.merrygoroundonline.co.uk and see what bargains you can pick up knowing you are also supporting the school.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,