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Newsletters 2019/2020

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