Thank you to those parents who have already sent in links and suggestions. We had already contacted Yealm Community Energy, with whom we met last week, which was one suggestion. As our main building roof will not support solar panelling we are hoping that they can consider panels for the new F/KS1 build, which is still on course to be ready for September 2020. (On this front a planning permission application has now been made to South Hams.) There are a number of other projects and grants we may be able to apply for, through this group, but this not be until later in the year, but it sounds like the local allotments and recreational park have worked with them too.
Learn to cook and help save the planet!
Devon County Council is running a series of free six-week cookery courses to teach residents to cook a range of basic meals while covering the top tips that help reduce food waste at home.
Every week, course participants will take home a meal for four that they have cooked. In addition, the sessions will give guidance on how to reduce food waste, for instance, through meal planning, proper storage and understanding the difference between Best Before and Use By dates.
Check out the link below for more information.
Do you have end-of-life computer-related equipment or mobile device? Would you like to get rid of this for free? Then why not use Dell’s Free Consumer Takeback Services.If you have just purchased a new Dell system, monitor, printer or mobile device you may recycle any manufacturers brand; or, you may use this service without making a new purchase to recycle any Dell-branded product.
ECO-TIP - Fix it, don’t throw it!
Repairing or fixing something is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier and cheaper sometimes. The internet gives you access to the tools and information you need to fix practically anything, and if you still can’t fix it then why not try and turn it into something else? Or use the Plymouth Freecycle group?
Half Term Activities
With half term rapidly on approaching we have organised Argyle Multi-skills for Friday 14th February and Wednesday 19th February. (Don’t forget Friday 14th February is a WeST training day.)
Also over the half term are a range of activities organised by Ivybridge Community College. Please see the link below, for further information.
Supporting Skills & Talents
As you know I am keen to find and support that special talent in each child, so I was delighted to be able to support Chloe, an exceptional dancer and performance artist, in her recent role as a ‘babe’ in Theatre Royal’s Pantomime, Cinderella. Apparently she had the time of her life! It was so lovely to hear of the importance this has had to her in an email from her mum.
‘I do hope that Education continues to support Performing Arts. When you see what magic is created, the feeling of being alive, a passion and hunger to perform, at the age of 8, 9 and any age, it is so important. The skills that Chloe has learnt, the achievement, the hard work and the pure enjoyment.’
Creativity is a passion of mine, as is ensuring children’s individuality, so the Arts, in all its forms, will certainly continue to be a major feature in our curriculum. Well done Chloe!
Parents’ PSHE/SRE Information Evening Wednesday 22nd January 5.30pm – 6.00pm
This is for parents only, due to the content of some of the material.
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. Hopefully by now 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, including Sex and Relationship Education.
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.