A warm welcome back to you all, which is more than can be said about the bitter cold this morning. Fortunately it warmed up during the day. However with this in mind please could you ensure your child has appropriately warm clothing on and a coat for outside play and learning? There were a number of children today who appeared not to have a coat, though that may be because they couldn’t find it or were adamant they didn’t bring one! We would expect all children to have one. As for PE when the children go outdoors they will still require their all white kit, but over the top they may wear a tracksuit or other suitably warm sports’ clothing. Kit should be in school at all times, including appropriate change of footwear. Thank you.
The changing rooms arrived as planned and all went well with the delivery and lifting. Fortunately the weather was dry, if a little chilly, and all the grounds work was prepared beforehand. We are now awaiting for the electrics and water to be connected as well as a sloping path, for easy access to the doors on the path side of the building.
The changing rooms look amazing, with little in the way of adjustments to be made. Each side has two toilets and one shower, with plenty of room for changing. Unfortunately the coat hooks are too high for younger pupils so an extra row will need to be added. There are doors on both the path side and the pool side. This will allow for use of the changing rooms for community events, such as the Summer Fayre, Big Camp Out and sports events, without giving access to the pool. This will also mean that when the pool is in use by pupils the path side doors can be locked. Access to the changing rooms for pool use will be via a new gate, and the pool side doors, making it secure. We can’t wait for it to be ready to use.
As you know we are very keen on our sports and have recently had some brilliant successes in cross country. Our teams were very excited for their first event of the year – a new one for us, at Ivybridge Community College. All children represented the school brilliantly, achieving some super results. Individually, we managed 2nd in the Year 5/6 boys’ race and 10th in the Year 5/6 girls’ race. However, we know that cross country is a team event and both teams did really well to finish 4th (girls) and 1st (boys)! The teams then went on to the Coombe Dean warm-up event, followed by the PSSP cross country championships at Staddiscombe, with even more successes! Year 3/4 boys were 1st place out of 12 schools, Y3/4 girls 2nd out of 11 schools, Year 5/6 boys 1st out of 13 schools and Y5/6 girls 4th out of 13 schools! And to top it off in the Y5/6 boys’ race, we had a 1st, 2nd, and 4th out of about 90 boys and in the girls’ Y6 we had a 3rd! Both Y3/4 teams and the Y5/6 boys qualify for the level 3 regional event in Torbay in March. We will of course get plenty of practice in beforehand!
STAYING SAFE THIS WINTER
We have received some useful advice and guidance to share with you;
Be scary, but safe
If you are buying your children a halloween costume, check you're buying it from a reputable source and it has the CE mark. Counterfeit or low-quality costumes are often more flammable and could be dangerous around all those Jack o'Lanterns!
Bonfire night, not bonfire fright!
Don't let your firework night be a damp squib and check all fireworks and sparklers you buy are from a reputable vendor and bear the CE mark.
Hedgehogs like piles of dry wood and leaves, so don't forget to check for them before you light your bonfire!
Be safe, be seen
Don't get caught out now that the clocks have gone back! Think ahead, and pack reflective or fluorescent clothing and, if you're cycling, lights. Be sure to watch out for children coming home from school and drive with your headlights on.
Protect yourself and others by having the flu jab
Flu season is nearly upon us and the best way to help protect yourself is to get vaccinated. Children aged 2 or 3, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and over 65s are all eligible for a FREE flu vaccination.Speak to your GP or pharmacist about getting vaccinated - it's free because you need it.
Keep antibiotics working - for you and your family
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves.
Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice. For further information on antibiotic resistance visit
nhs.uk/antibiotics or watch this video.
Hopefully we can all keep safe and warm this winter?