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Last update of 2019


Just a short update from me, as promised, with photos of lots of activities we have been part of over the last week or so. It has been a very busy week with the Christmas show, a visit from Father Christmas and the Carol Service.


Christmas Show


It was another successful school production! This year the children performed 'The Inn Crowd' to a sell out audience. They all did a fantastic job at learning their lines and dance routines. It was great to see them all up on stage and the confidence they showed. Thank you to everyone who came and watched the show, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. A big thank you to all the staff for getting the children ready for this big event.


Christmas Dinner


We had a fabulous Christmas dinner this year, the first in the Village Hall. It was a brilliant lunch, thank you to Mrs Harris for cooking such a great feast and to Mrs Jones for getting us all organised and served on time. We had crackers and Christmas music and took the opportunity to all sit down and celebrate together.






Christmas Carol Service


What an event! We had signing, guitar playing and readings. Thank you to everyone who attended, it was so lovely to see so many of you there to celebrate the festive season together. The children did a fantastic job and really did get the festive season off to a great start.






Father Christmas Visit


All the children must have been exceptionally good this year, as we had a surprise visit from the big man himself after our Christmas dinner.




Good Luck to Miss Nicolson


I would also like to wish Miss Nicolson good luck and all the best as she leaves us at the end of today to go on maternity leave. Both Mr T and Miss Hodgson will take over teaching Class 4 from January.


Thank you


A big thank you from all staff for all of the Christmas gifts you have sent in, there really is no need but I know that it is appreciated by all.


Well as we come to the end of a very busy week all that is left for me to say is that I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 7th January 2020! 


Thank you to all of you for your support over the last term!


Mr T



Link Academy Newsletter December 2019

The Countdown to Christmas


Me again with another round up of what we have been doing in school recently and upcoming events. It is that busy time of year for us all and I cannot believe that we are only 2 weeks away from the end of term and the festive period. 


Important Christmas Dates:


Firstly, just a quick reminder of upcoming special dates:


Dress rehearsal - Wednesday 11th December 2019 

School play matinee - Monday 16th December at 13.45

School play afternoon/evening - Tuesday 17th December at 16.30

Christmas Lunch/party - Wednesday 18th December 2019

Carol Concert - Wednesday 18th December at 18.30 in the Church

School Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 20th December 2019


Planting at the Community Orchard:


On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November the children went, with their fellow House teammates, to the new Community Orchard to help plant fruit trees. It was a wonderful experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed. It was clear that the children took real ownership for the tree that they planted and that this new community space is going to be a fantastic addition to the village. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered to help the children plant their tress.







Christmas show


This years Christmas production is in its final stages of preparation and the children are looking forward to performing 'The Inn Crowd' to you all. Dates and times of the show can be found above. The show is estimated to last 45 minutes and the PTFA will be serving festive refreshments before the show and during the interval. After the matinee show on Monday 16th, children will be brought back to school and dismissed as normal at 15.15. Children will bring their costumes home with them on Monday. For Tuesday afternoon/evenings show, we ask that children return to school between 16.00 and 16.15 dressed in their costumes. Staff will then walk all the children across to the village hall ready for the 16.30 start. The school will remain open between 15.15 and 16.15 for any child that needs to change, if home is too far away. For anyone wanting to watch the show, doors will open 15 minutes prior to curtain up for you to take your seats.


One big plea from me - if anyone is available on the morning of Monday 16th December from 9.15am to help setup the stage, in the village hall,  it would be very much appreciated!


Dress Rehearsal


Our dress rehearsal for the school Christmas show will be on Wednesday 11th December - please make sure that your child/children have their costume ready for this.


Christmas Lunch 2019


Christmas lunch, this year, is on Wednesday 18th December and letters have previously been sent out regarding menu choices. Could I please ask that these are all returned by Wednesday (11/12/19) at the latest, in order for us to send the requests through to the kitchen. Thank you. If children would like to wear a Christmas jumper, hat or headband for this festive occasion, please feel free - I know I will be!


Carol Service


We invite you all to join us for our Christmas Carol concert in the church from 18.30 on Wednesday 18th December. The children have been practicing a range of carols during lessons and as part of their singing and guitar lessons. We would love for as many of you to join us on this festive evening, one of my favourite on the yearly calendar. Any child in the school is welcome to form part of the choir and it was great to see so many of them attend last years event. As this is a community event, we do not require the children to wear school uniform but something festive would be great to see. I look forward to seeing as many of you in the church to really start the festive season.


Our Beautiful Christmas Tree


Many of you by now will have noticed our beautiful Christmas tree, which was kindly donated to us by Mole Valley Farmers. Connie, Sienna and Poppy helped Mrs Carwithen with the lights and Class 2 were in charge of making new decorations for the tree. Well done to everyone involved it is looking great!!







Last day of term arrangements


The last day of term this year is Friday 20th December and this year the day coincides with our PTFA Christmas Jumper Day. We are going to get into the Christmas spirit by wearing our Christmas jumpers and raising money for the PTFA - a voluntary donation of £1. Morning sessions will run as normal but in the afternoon children will be given the opportunity to play a board game or two with their friends. With this in mind, children are more than welcome to bring in a board/card game of their choice - please make sure this isn't a sentimental one, as we cannot accept responsibility for lost parts or damage. The school day will end as normal at 15.15.


Reading Golden Tickets


Well done to all of you that have been busily reading over the past couple of weeks and receiving your Reading Golden Tickets. As you are probably aware we have a weekly draw for prizes. At the end of term 10 lucky members of the school will be picked from the Golden Ticket box and receive a trip to Newton Abbot Library - the more Reading Golden Tickets you have, the better your chance. Parents please make sure you sign your child's reading log as without your signature they can not obtain their Golden Ticket!!


Times Tables Rockstars and Year 4 multiplication assessment 


As a school we believe that fluency in times tables is key to having a good basic understanding and grasp of taught mathematical content. Because of this the PTFA have paid for our online subscription to Times Tables Rockstars, an interactive and fun way to engage with times tables. As part of weekly homework (Year 2 - 6) children are expected to login at least 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes in order to increase their fluency in this area. All children in Year 2-6 have unique logins to this fantastic resource, if they have forgotten these login details please ask Mrs Carwithen and she will arrange for a new letter containing these details to be sent out.


In June 2020 all Year 4 children will be required take part in the National Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This is an online assessment that will check a child's fluency in their times tables up to 12x12. Please help your child by getting them to practise their times tables regularly, it is a skill they will need for life! For more information on the MTC please see the link and subsequent video


Mobile Phones


With Christmas fast approaching I just thought it could be a good time to reiterate that our school policy does not allow pupils to have mobile phones or personal electronic devices in school without prior agreement - this forms part of our e-safety drive in school. If for any reason a pupil needs to bring in a mobile phone, permission from Mr Turner will be needed and the mobile phone will need to be handed in to the school office upon entering the building. The mobile can then be collected at the end of the school day. Thank you for your support with this.




With an increase in the number of electronic devices available and the time being spent online I just wanted to share a couple of new documents from Vodafone and NSPCC/O2. These can be located below on on the following link and


Looking ahead to next term!!




Swimming lessons will start in January as part of our P.E. offering. This year swimming will take place on Wednesday afternoons and will involve all children. This means that Wednesday will become everyones P.E. day, so please make sure P.E. kit is worn and that appropriate swimming items are also brought to school. More details regarding costing and how to pay will be sent out over the coming days. We will be looking for volunteers every Wednesday afternoon to help, unfortunately if we do not get enough help we will be forced to reduce the number of children that we are able to take due to the risk assessments completed. 


New lunch menu


With the success of the school meal system it is my great pleasure to announce that January will see a change in our menu. More information will follow highlighting the fantastic choices on offer for this term. Thank you to all that have ordered school dinners, the feedback from the children has been overwhelmingly positive.


That's all from me at the moment but be sure to check back next week for our Christmas show review and photos as well as more information on what we have been up to.


Extreme Weather Procedure


With it being that unpredictable time of year I just wanted to reiterate our procedure for extreme weather (snow/ice). As a school we will use our website and the school app to make you aware of any closures or changes to the time of the school day. We will endeavour to have a decision made and on our website/app by 7.30am on the morning of the closure/time change. 


Mr T

Our Next Instalment


Another week down and more fun and exciting information/ news to share with you all.


Class 3 Tree Planting 


Tree planting seems to be the word of the week at Broadhempston,  with the Community Orchard and hedge planting the the park. You may have noticed some new arrivals on the bank in the park? These are some of the saplings we have received from The Woodland Trust.

Class 3  started to plant the hedge during their Forest school session on Tuesday. They did a great job planting, in tough conditions. Over the coming week, we hope to take more children across to the park to plant a sapling, which in turn will form part of the hedge.






Community Orchard Planting - 28th and 29th November 2019


Just a quick reminder that all children will be taking part in planting trees in the new Community Orchard. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help over the two days. Could I just remind you that permission slips for this event need to be handed into the office ASAP, so  your child/children can take part.


Class 3 and 4 Christmas Crafts


After school on Monday, Class 3 and 4 had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in a Christmas Craft session, which was run by a number of our parents. It was great to see the children getting into the festive spirit and designing/producing some fabulous Christmas craft.  We saw card making, decoration making and even clay models. Thank you to our parents for giving up their time to run this event, without you the children would not have had this opportunity. Christmas Craft Club continues next Monday 25th November 2019.






PTFA Bake Sale


A massive thank you to all of you that were involved in the PTFA  bake sale this week.  It was wonderful to see the event supported by so many families. All the baked goods looked fantastic but I believe our best seller was the snowman buns! The event raised over £80 so thank you all!


Big Book Boost


With Christmas fast approaching I am sure many of you will be online buying books. Recently I have been looking at updating our book offering in school and noticed that The Book People are donating money to schools in the Big Book Boost ( If you do order from The Book People we would greatly appreciate it if you could use this link as it will allow the school to increase our reading offering.


29th November 'Global Climate and Eco Day at Broadhempston' 


You may be aware that a global school strike is due to take place next Friday; however, we believe that education is the key to change and that every lesson shapes lives. So, we are taking action in a different way, by holding a 'Global Climate and Eco Day' on the 29th November. Schools within our Trust have planned a variety of age-appropriate activities designed to educate our pupils about the important issues we all face. Here at Broadhempston our pupils will be inventing innovative ways of reducing our impact on the world, Class computers will be off and Linda our Kitchen Manager, will prepare lunch with minimal use of kitchen equipment. Lessons will be devoted to eco-awareness, climate change and how we can have an impact both collectively and as individuals. All children will be encouraged to make a pledge, following the idea that small changes can make a big difference. It is also great that the planting of the Community Orchard also overlaps this date meaning we can also highlight the importance of planting trees.


Have a great weekend


Mr T


School Update


We have come to the end of another busy week at school and I just wanted to share with you some of the things that we have been up to recently. I hope you enjoying looking at our pictures of the experiences we have had.


Class 2 Fire Station Visit


Class 2 have recently had the opportunity to visit Paignton Fire Station, where they were able to experience a day in the life of our fire service. It sounds like they all had a great day looking at the equipment, sitting in the fire engine and getting to use the fire hose.






Open Afternoon


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Open Afternoon 2019. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to open our doors and show you what the children have been working hard on so far this half term. I know the children thoroughly enjoyed showing off their work and quizzing parents/ carers and other family members. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!?






11th November 2019


As a school we took time during the day to learn and think about those that gave their lives on the battlefield. The whole school took part in lessons, a 2 minute silence and Class 3 attend the church, where they placed our school wreath. If you get the opportunity please take a look at the wreath and what the children decided to add as their message. It was wonderful to see all the children understand the significance of the day.




Children in Need 2019


A big thank you to everyone for taking part in our non-school uniform day in order to raise money for Child in Need. There were some fantastic outfits that really showed the spirit of the day. During lessons some of the children also took part in Children in Need inspired lessons.


We are currently totalling up how much you all raised and will let you know early next week. 




Woodland Trust


As you may be aware from previous newsletters we were successful in our bid for 120 saplings from The Woodland Trust. Good news, the saplings arrived today and will be planted along the bank in the playground by the children. It is great that they are able to give something back to the community in which they go to school. With the help of some Year 5's we have opened the packages and stored the saplings ready to be planted.




Safeguarding and E-Safety


I just wanted to also make you all aware of our safeguarding and e-safety section on our website. It contains lots of useful information for parents especially around the use of the internet.




I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the PTFA for all their hard work and planning for past and upcoming events. We are very lucky as a school to have such a great set of parents who really care about the future of the school and all children in it. 


On Thursday 14th November 40 children attended our movie night and were treated to a movie, hotdogs and popcorn. It was a great afternoon! Thank you to Miss Simpson for organising the event and everyone else who helped make this event so memorable.


Currently the PTFA are in need of 'Jolly Jars' ready for the Christmas Fair on 30th November (10.30-14.00) in the Village Hall. Examples of these can be seen by the front door as you enter the school. Thank you to those of you that have already made and delivered your Jolly Jars.




Over the next few weeks, in the run up to Christmas, there are a number of different activities and events taking place. Staff and volunteers put a lot of time and effort in to organising all events and I am very grateful to them for this. Please see my last update for key dates, as others become available I will get them added to the school App. If anyone would like to volunteer to help out with any upcoming event please let the office know.


Thank you all again


Mr T








PTFA Fundraising 


With it being that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas shopping and preparation I have been asked to share with you a wonderful website that allows you to shop and raise money for the school at the same time - without costing you any extra.


Every time you shop through the app/website retailers make a small donation to your chosen cause. The app is available on all platforms and once downloaded all you need to do is sign up (see below) and choose Broadhempston Primary School, Totnes as your chosen cause.


The app is called easyfundraising and includes over 4000 retailers from Amazon to Tesco (even your food shopping counts) - check out the app/website to see which of your usual websites are offering to donate.


To sign up, use the following link - £5 will automatically be donated to us upon signing up as long as you use the below link!


This is a great opportunity to help the PTFA raise money for the school by simply changing your online shopping habits.


Thank you all for your support - if you would like any more information regarding easyfundraising please see their website or speak to Mr T!







School update 


Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic half term! I can't quite believe that we are half a term into the new school year already. The second part of the Autumn term is always very busy in school with lots going on in preparation for the festive season (sorry to mention it so early) and I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of the exciting events and activities that are coming up over the next couple of months, as well as sharing some of the experiences the children had in the first part of the Autumn half term.


Class 3/4 Evacuees


On our last day before half term Class 3 and 4 went on an exciting adventure to the South Devon Railway in order to find out and experience what life was like as an evacuee during World War 2, as part of their topic learning. They had the opportunity to dress up and travel on a steam train in order to see what life might have been like for an evacuee as well as getting to see an Anderson Shelter. It was a fantastic day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The children are continuing to learn about World War 2 this half term and will use this experience during lessons. 




Class 4 Residential - Pixies Holt


At the start of the year Year 6 had the opportunity to go and experience Dartmoor and a range of exciting activities. During the 3 days on Dartmoor we took part in a number of activities including: team building games, rock climbing, weaselling, a night walk (up a tor in the wind and rain) and archery. The children had a fantastic time and did the school proud. Everyone got involved, even with setting the table up for dinner and sweeping the floors afterwards!  At the end of the day, there was a great opportunity to relax in our own common room with hot chocolate and freshly baked cakes. Although it was a tiring three days and the weather wasn't always kind, everyone said that they would do it again!






Class 2 Fire Station visit 


As part of their topic learning, Class 2 will be going to visit a local working Fire Station on Friday 8th November. They are currently studying the aspects of The Great Fire of London in class and are comparing life today and in the past. We hope that the visit will inspire the children and give them an insight into the role of fire fighter today. Check back for photos and more information about this visit soon.


Children in Need 2019


This year Children in Need is on Friday 15th November in order to raise money for this cause we will be doing number of fund raising activities throughout the day. We will also be having a non-uniform day on Friday 15th November with a voluntary contribution of 50p in order to boost our total!


Community Orchard Project


The school have been given a great opportunity to take part in the planting of the Community Orchard. All children in the school will be able to plant a tree within the orchard over a two day period. We are planning on taking the children to the new orchard area, in house groups, on either the 28th or 29th November, as an additional Forest School activity. During the morning every child will have an opportunity to plant one of the trees and be part of the community project. We are currently looking for volunteers to help walk the children to the orchard and help them plant their trees , if you are available on either day and would like to be involved please let Mr T know. More information on which day your child/children will be attending will be sent out over the coming week.


Woodland Trust


November seems to be the month for tree planting! As a school we have been successful in our bid, through The Woodland Trust, for 120 saplings. Our plan is to plant these saplings across the bank in the community playground to create a hedgerow environment. Every child will plant one of the saplings, when they arrive. This is a great opportunity for the children to give something back to the community and watch the hedge grow during their time at our school. Currently, this is all the information I have as planting dates will need to be decided when the trees arrive (sometime between now and the end of November). 


Christmas Play


Miss Nicolson and Mrs Eatwell are currently busy planning and sorting out this years Christmas production. I have now had confirmation of the dates and times for this years play and they are as follows:


Matinee - Monday 16th December starting at 13.45pm

Afternoon/evening - Tuesday 17th December starting at 16.30pm


On Monday 16th December I am looking for volunteers to help setup the stage from 9.15am in the Village Hall, any help would be greatly received.


Carol Service 


Our annual Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 18th December at 18.30pm in the Church. This event is always a great way to get into that festive spirit. The children will be performing a number of songs throughout the service and everyone is welcome to come and join in. Letters will be sent out nearer the time with details. We hope to see you all there for one of my favourite nights of the academic year.


Christmas Lunch


Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 18th December further details about the menu and how order will be provided closer to the date.


As you can see there is lots coming up over the coming weeks and we hope that you can join us.


Thank you all for your continued support


Mr T