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Newsletters 2018-2019

December update


As we come to the end of the first term we have lots to celebrate and remember. It has been a busy term with lots of activities happening. It has been great to see how all the children have settled into this academic year and how much they have learnt.



Christmas dates





10/12/18 Buckfast Abbey Christmas arts and crafts 9.00-15.15
11/12/18 EYFS Parents evening 3.30 onwards
12/12/18 Dress Rehearsal for school play 13.30-15.15
18/12/18 School Christmas Lunch Lunchtime
18/12/18 Christmas Carol Service (Church) 18.30-19.30
19/12/18 Matinee performance of Christmas play 14.00-15.15
20/12/18 Afternoon performance of Christmas play 16.30-17.30
21/12/18 Last day of term and PTFA Christmas Party Lunchtime/afternoon
08/01/19 First day back after Christmas break 8.45-15.15



Our School App


In order to communicate information with our parents we use Our School App. Please make sure you have downloaded the app from your app store to keep up to date with all of the events in school. Mrs Carwithen updates this on a regular basis with all necessary news, activities, informations, dates and times.



Carol service


This years Carol Service will be held at the church in Broadhempston at 18.30 on Tuesday 18th December. The children have been learning the carols, during assembly, for this event. Please feel free to bring your child and join us to celebrate the Christmas season. This is definitely an evening on the calendar not to be missed. 


Christmas Performances


With Christmas fast approaching the children and staff are busy working on the finishing touches of this years Christmas play. There will be two performances this year (dates and times in above table). We would like to extend an invite to all family members and supporters of the school. The children have worked hard for many weeks and would love for you to come and support them. 


It is also the time of year when I ask for so help putting up the stage on the morning of Wednesday 19th December. If your are free and able to give up an hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated. I will be in the village hall from 9am. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer.


Lego Therapy


Ms Steer has now completed her training fro Lego Therapy, which is a fantastic way for children to build those all important personal and social skills. In order to run these sessions we are in need of some Lego. If anyone has any Lego models, that include all the pieces and instructions, and are no longer in need of them they would be gratefully received by the school. 


Buckfast Abbey - Christmas arts and crafts


We all had a great day out at Buckfast Abbey on Monday and got to take part in a number of different activities to celebrate the Christmas period. Thank you to all our volunteers for their help on this trip!





Last day arrangements


With the last day of term fast approaching I wanted to share with you the arrangements for the day. The school day will run as normal from 8.45-15.15, however the children will be having their PTFA Christmas party from 12.00. If your child is eligible for free school meals or are in KS1 the lunch will replace their normal school dinner. If you child is in KS2 a charge of £2.70 will be in place to cover the cost of the food provided. The party will run until 14.00, at which point the children will come back to school. The children are allowed to wear their Christmas party outfit to school on this day, in order to save time changing. They can also bring in one board/card game, if they wish.


Message from the Chair of Governors


After much discussion, and on the advice of the Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner, the governors voted at their last meeting to register an interest with the department for Education to move towards academy conversion with the aim of joining the LINK Multi-Academy Trust. We will start due diligence proceedings next year, which will include a consultation with parents, and we would aim to join the Trust in the academic year 2019/20. Information about the LINK MAT can be found on-line, and the details of Governors' discussion are in the minutes posted on the website.


Can I take this opportunity to encourage parents to consider volunteering for the fete and village hall committees and also about standing for the Parish Council next time there is a vacancy? It would be really good to have more parents involved in these grass-roots organisations.


Many thanks to all the wonderful parents and carers who have contributed so much to the school this term, volunteers, the PTFA, long-suffering makers of play costumes, homework helpers - the list goes on!


With very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the school governors


Vicky Stevens, Chair


Newsletter - 19th September 2018


Welcome back!!!


It has been fantastic to welcome you all back to the school for another exciting year. 2017-2018 was a great year for the school and I envisage 2018-2019 being even better. I can't believe that we are already two and a half weeks into the year and already have so many amazing and wonderful things going on both in and out of school.


Our new starters:


May I take this opportunity to welcome all our new starters and their families to our school, it is great to see so many new faces. Everyone  seems to have settled in well and be enjoying themselves.



Welcome to Mrs Brazier


I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Mrs Brazier who will be teaching Class 3 for three days a week. It is clear that she has had a great impact on the children already and that she has built some fantastic relationships. If you have any questions or just want a chat I know Mrs Brazier would be more than happy to.




It just want to take this opportunity to thank the PTFA for all their hard work fundraising last year and the support that they have given the school. They are already busy planning events for this year and are always looking for new members, so if you have some spare time and would like to be involved please let Therese (in the office) know and she will pass on your details. 


The PTFA's first fund raiser is on Friday 28th September. We will be selling a selection of cakes (created by Year 3) as well as tea and coffee in the village hall from 3.20pm with all proceeds going towards our latest fundraiser. 


We are currently trying to raise £300 in order to purchase two new pieces of software for the school - Times Tables Rock Stars and Spelling Shed. Both of these pieces of software include materials (both paper and online) that can be used both in school and at home to enhance  learning in these two key areas.



A barometer has been placed in the school entrance way to show our progress towards our £300 total. 


Start of school day


A quick reminder of the routine for the start of the school day! Doors to the school will be open from 8.45am for you to drop of you child/children and will remain open until 9.00am. Any arrival after 9.00am will be classified as a late mark on the register. May I thank all of you that get your children here on time so that they are ready to learn and start the day at 9.00am.




Another quick piece of house keeping! If your child is ill and therefore absent from school it is imperative that you ring the school office by 9.15am. If no-one is there to answer your call please leave a message. It is important that the staff know if your child won't be in school for safeguarding reasons.




If i could also turn your attention to our attendance policy - it was updated at the end of last year and highlights the importance of your child being in school regularly. Devon County Council is clamping down on holidays during term time and is now fining parents for this. Holiday requests in school time will always be unauthorised by the school. Please read the attendance policy carefully and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Please look at the following links for more information and


Cooler/wetter weather


With the weather now starting to cool and those rain clouds starting to rear their heads could I please ask that all parents send their children to school with rain coats just in case it is raining during break and lunch times.


Our School App


In order to communicate information with our parents we use Our School App. Please make sure you have downloaded the app from your app store to keep up to date with all of the events in school. Mrs Carwithen updates this on a regular basis with all necessary news and information. 



Dates for your diary


Date Activity Time/location
24th September 2018 Year 5 and 6 Football Tournament 16.00-17.30 KEVICC Astro turf
26th September 2018 Class 1 Compton Castle visit 9.00-15.00 Compton Castle
28th September 2018 PTFA Cake sale fund raiser 15.20 Village Hall
15th October 2018 Harvest Festival 14.00-15.00 Broadhempston Church
19th October 2018  Photographer - individual and sibling photos TBC Village Hall
22nd October 2018 1st day of Autumn half term (2 weeks)  
5th November 2018 1st day back after half term  
7th November 2018 Open afternoon 14.00-15.00
16th November 2018 Children in Need (more info to follow)  
7th December 2018 Flu Vaccination During school day
18th December 2018 Carol Concert  18.30-19.30 Broadhempston Church