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16.12.19

Christmas Draws Ever Nearer

 

A Cracking Christmas Lunch

Another school Christmas meal has passed, although this year the children seemed calmer! Plenty was served and eaten – it was a real feast. Our FroWs elves did an amazing ‘silver service’ serving, ensuring children had crackers and a chocolate, lolly treat. (Many children managed to sneak the chocolate before the main meal!) Thank you to FroWS for the generosity of crackers and lollies, and of course their time. For photos and a news article please follow these links -  

Christmas Lunch

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Bonjour Les Amis

Last week KS1 & EYFS shared their dress rehearsal of ‘The Bossy King’ to our French, partner school in Locmaria Plouzane, via web cam. Apparently the children performed brilliantly and it was well received. I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing this performance and am very much looking forward to tomorrow.

On the last morning of school, this Friday, Year 6 will also be linking up with our French partners, sharing festivities and learning. (Yes we do keep going until the very last moment!)  

We are looking forward to a group of Year 3, French pupils, visiting Plymouth and Wembury in April 2020.

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Don’t forget KS2 will be holding a Christmas Sing-A-Long, in the school hall, on Thursday 19th December, from 2.00pm, parents and family members are invited too, where teas & mince pies will also be on sale. We look forward to seeing you there - you never know there may be some seasonal surprises!

 

Events Overview

Date

 

Time

 

Event

 

Year Group/s

17th December

9.30am & 4.00pm

The Bossy King

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

19th December

2.00pm

Christmas Sing-A-Long

Teas + Mince Pies

Parents & Family Invited

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

20th December

1.15pm Finish

Last Day of Term

Whole school

 

REMINDERS for FRIDAY 20th

Friday 20th December – LAST DAY TERM – EARLY FINISH 1.15pm. There will be NO BUS nor provision for after school - NO ACTIVITIES CLUB. Please ensure arrangements for collection have been made – thank you.

FIRST DAY SPRING TERM – children return to school on Monday 6th January 2020.

 

Phenomenal Fund Raising

Money has now been totalled for events that have taken place this term. With activities, coffee afternoons and a sponsored mile, the children, staff and parents have raised such amazing amounts of money for fantastic causes. A HUMUNGOUS thank you to all!

 

MacMillan Coffee Afternoon + Sponsored Mile Run = £1016.23

Children in Need = £425.48

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PSHE Information for Parents

As many of you know we have been implementing the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme across our school called ‘Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE’.

 

The lessons since September have built children’s emotional literacy, self-esteem and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other and the world in a positive and healthy way. We are sure you will have heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time.

 

As the materials are new, we warmly invite you to attend a session at school in which we will give you a transparent and comprehensive picture of what we are planning to teach in which year groups. The session will be taking place on Wednesday 22nd January 2020. We would request that children are not present at the meeting.

 

We hope you will be in agreement with us that this work is vitally important for children, that it needs to be done age-appropriately and that the Jigsaw Programme gives us a secure framework in which to do this. We do, as always, want to work in partnership with parents and carers, and  we hope you, like us, will see the materials in Jigsaw as educationally sound and beneficial to our children, and we look forward to sharing them with you and answering any questions you may have, in the New Year.

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FREE Home Safety Visits

With safety being paramount especially at this time of year with extra lights, candles and electronic devices, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are offering FREE Home Safety Visits. Please see the linked article to find out more and contact details. Keep safe this Christmas.

Make the Call.

Dreaming of a GREEN Christmas with Recycling Devon

There’s an average 30% increase in waste over the festive season. Check out the tips and information in the link below to ensure you have a ‘green’ and pleasant Christmas. You may also save money too! 

There are ideas on:

  • Wrapping paper alternatives
  • Reducing food waste
  • Recycling real Christmas trees and
  • Reusing and recycling electrical items

 

Devon Link

 

One of our School Development Plan objectives is to ‘Engage pupils in opportunities to develop greater global/environmental awareness’. In the New Year we shall be looking at projects and events to further support this. If you have any ideas please let us know.

 

One initiative we know of, and that no doubt we could all contribute to, is to Recycle Plastic Sweet Containers. The school has offered to be a collection point for the large tubs of sweets (full or empty!) that are in abundance over Christmas. So don’t throw them out, send them in to school in the New Year. Thank you.

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Sporting Events

Girl Power!

The girls donned the school football kit in the first knock out game of the Devon FA Schools Girl's Football Cup Competition. Read the article, by clicking on the heading above to find out how amazing they were!

 

Gotcha Boccia!

How to play and lead games was a key factor in the final Boccia game of the year. Use the heading link to find out more.

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Pixie’s Holt & Mountbatten

For parents of children in Years 4 & 5 – further information and meetings will be held in the New Year, regarding these two weeks. Year 4 Pixie’s Holt will take place 29th June – 3rd July 2020, and Year 5 Mountbatten will take place 1st – 5th June 2020.

If you would like to get a flavour of these weeks from past years please follow the links below.

Pixie’s Holt

Mountbatten  

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As this is the last Blog of the year may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.

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