Newsletter: 12th July 2019

Two very special weeks!

We’ve just had two incredible weeks here at school – last week, of  course, was the Year 6 residential to Adventure International. The children overcame many fears and challenges during the week and, without exception, were able to very proud of their achievements. There are many, many photos on the Blog from the week’s visit, so please take a look. For parents with children in the current Year 5, I can confirm that the Residential week next year will be 7th – 12th June 2020 and the cost will be roughtly the same, at around £360 per child. Booking will open shortly after we return in September.

Whilst the residential was taking place, the remaining Y4, Y5 and Y6 children all took part in a sports activity day at Atlantic Academy, following on from the hugely successful support we received from Atlantic students during our own Sports Day last month. The children all worked with a high level of determination and sportsmanship and, once again, were very ably supported by their Student Sports Team.

We’ve also seen Alminstone and Stroxworthy Classes share a fabulous day out in our remote woodland at Burford, where the children cooked, made dens and played team building games amongst the trees. The children certainly seemed to have a lovely time, and we certainly count ourselves lucky to have this space thanks to ongoing support from Clovelly Estates.

Cranford Class had a not-very-muddy Muddy Lane Walk yesterday which they really enjoyed and it was great to welcome so many parents in to help with this visit. Thank you for coming and supporting us! Also yesterday, children from Alminstone visited the Atlantic Racquet Centre at Caddesdown to take part in an inter-schools sports festival. At the time of writing, I’ve not had the chance to catch up with Mrs Dobson about how the morning went, but I know the children will have relished the opportunity to work alongside other schools from across the Atlantic Coast Cooperative Trust.

ACCT Art Exhibition

Please remember that this weekend is the last opportunity to view the children’s art on display at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. Entry to the exhibition (though not the gardens) is free, so please drop by if you can. The quality of work on display from across the primary age range and all nine schools is simply breathtaking, and the exhibition is of a very professional quality.

Annual Reports

I’m afraid that due to technical issues we’ve been having with our new reporting software which we’re using to replace School Pupil Tracker, which closes next week, we have been unable to issue Annual Reports to Parents today as expected. These will now be sent out in paper form on Monday along with any statutory test results for your child (There will be for children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6). I am very aware that this leaves only a very short window for you to arrange to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss the report or results if you’d like to, but I have asked staff to make themselves as available as possible over the coming five school days if you feel you need more clarification on the contents of the report or your child’s test scores. You can contact teachers directly by email using the following addresses:

  • Mrs Phillips:
  • Mrs Oyarzabal:
  • Mrs Farmer:
  • Mrs Kersey:
  • Mr Davies:
  • Mrs Dobson:
  • Miss Butler:

For parents who live apart from their children, we will send email copies of reports on Monday as well.

Please remember that School Pupil Tracker closes next Friday and all out data will be erased on Saturday. This means if you need to download  old reports for your children, you need to log in and do so by that date.

End of Term Arrangements

Here is a brief summary of the end of term arrangements for all classes:

  • Sunflowers: Party on Friday afternoon (with Cranford Class)
  • Cranford Class: Monday – Picnic on field (with Burscott), Friday – Party with Sunflowers
  • Burscott Class: Monday – Picnic on field (with Cranford), Tuesday – Bikes and Scooters on the field,  Wednesday – Party
  • Stroxworthy Class: Tuesday – Party
  • Alminstone Class: Wednesday – Party
  • Ashmansworthy Class: Wednesday – Y6 Leavers’ Lunch, Thursday – Jamaican -themed Party, Friday – Leavers’ Assembly 9:30 start at village hall (Parents of Y6 children welcome)

If you could send your child in with a carrier bag next week, it will really help them carry their completed books and artwork home, thank you.

Miniature Garden Competition

Well done to all  the children who entered this year’s Miniature Garden Competition with Merry Harriers Garden Centre. All children who took part were presented with some wonderful prizes by Merry Harriers staff in Assembly last week, but special congratulations to the following children for winning the public vote in their age group:

William Cann (EYFS)

Emily-Rose Buckley (KS1)

Lizzie Heywood (KS2)

London Residential

Just a reminder to parents with children in Year 4 that the deadline for paying a deposit for the London residential is next Friday. I am really sorry that the deadline is so close – this is due to our tour company needing to book theatre tickets and secure the youth hostel over the summer break. Mrs Farmer and Mr Cole will be the staff accompanying the children. As with last year, this will be a joint residential with my wife’s school at Kingsacre in Braunton as we would simply not be able to afford the cost of the trip with such small year groups.

Family Group Points

This half term’s Family Group Winners will be taking part in a treasure hunt around the school site on Wednesday morning. But who has won?? Here are the final scores:

  1. Elder 359 points
  2. Hazel 337 points
  3. Oak 332 points
  4. Beech 299 points
  5. Willow 274 points
  6. Silver Birch 251 points
  7. Sycamore 236 points

Congratulations to Elder group – please meet with Mr Cole on the field after play time on Wednesday.


The final Headteacher’s Awards for the term go to the following children (including those presented last week when no Newsletter was issued)

  • Cranford: Tommy – caring and being very helpful towards his friends, Scarlett – amazing adding with two numbers, Evie – trying hard to draw a pirate ship, Ollie – trying hard to draw a pirate ship and colour it in carefully.
  • Burscott: Dexter – great thinking and hypothesising in our science work on shadows, Alfie – being super-quick at his times table rock stars!, Jackie – always saying please and thank you, Lyla – trying really hard with times tables rockstars
  • Stroxworthy: Mary-Jane – being kind and helpful to her friends in class,  Evie – being kind and helpful to her firends in class, Farley – being helpful to others, Faris – determination in his writing about Burford Woods
  • Alminstone: Brandon – consistently working hard and always trying his best, Joe – asking great questions to ensure his work is always the best it can be, Archie – great teamwork and problem solving in Design Technology this week, Ethan – great teamwork and problem solving in Design Technology this week
  • Ashmansworthy: Lizzie – Showing exceptional sportsmanship at the sports event at Atlantic Academy, Winnie – facing her fears on the Bude residential and trying her best with all the activities, especially on the climbing wall and sea pool, Charlie M – trying his best with all the activities at Adventure International, especially on the climbing wall and high ropes.

  • Monday: Mr Davies out all day, Mrs Dobson in Alminstone Class
  • Tuesday: 
  • Wednesday: Family Group Winners Treasure Hunt, Leaver’s Lunch at Merry Harriers
  • Thursday: Mrs Dobson out all day, Mr Davies in Alminstone Class
  • Friday: Leavers’ Assembly 9:30am at the Village Hall. Parents of Year 6 children welcome! End of Term – School reopens for staff/uniform collection on Monday 2nd September, and for children on Wednesday 4th September

With best wishes,

Matt Cole, Headteacher.


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