Newsletter: 8th October 2021

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

We had an amazing response to our Harvest celebration this week, both from the incredible number of parents and friends who crowded into the church to join our service, and also from the amount of gifts received for Harbour, Bideford. We need to say a special thank you to the Community Voice team who helped organise the Celebration and ensure everyone knew what to bring on the day!

It was just lovely to have the children together, out in our community for the first time since the Scheherezade production in December 2019 and I know they were very excited to have the opportunity to sing and perform in front of you all.

The gifts you donated are currently on display in school so the children get to see the magnitude of their accomplishment, and will be taken off to Harbour during Half Term week.

FOWS Disco!

Yes, it’s true! the best sign yet that we’re getting back to normal is the FOWS Hallowe’en Disco which will take place on Friday 22nd October. For those of you who don’t remember or weren’t at the school way back when these were established events:

  • the disco is held in the school hall
  • is open to Reception to Year 6, but Reception children must be accompanied in the Hall by an adult
  • please pay at the door and leave a contact number which can be used during the evening if needed
  • please take your child’s coat away with you when you drop off (if possible) as cloakrooms will be locked
  • there is a tuck shop selling sweets and drinks (sold in addition to the entrance fee)
  • entry is £2 per child
  • fancy dress very much encouraged!

FOWS uniform sales

Unfortunately due to technical issues on the payments side, FOWS have had to close their online shop which has been selling second hand uniform. In due course, FOWS are planning to sell uniform face to face but in the meantime, if you need second hand uniform, please email and let them know what you need.


A huge well done to everyone who played with such determination against Bradworthy at our Y5/6 match on Tuesday. The result might not have been what either team wanted but we were all impressed with their team spirit, support and determination right up to the final whistle. There were some great goals and super goalkeeping and we very much hope everyone enjoyed it and will be ready to face the fixtures Mr Davies is in the process of setting up against other neighbouring schools.

We look forward to the Y3/4 Matches this coming Tuesday – please come along and cheer the teams on if you can!

Trainee Teacher

On Monday, we welcome Mr Levien to the school. Mr Levien is commencing his year-long PGCE teacher training course at Marjon, Plymouth and will be with us full time until mid-January. Mr Levien will be primarily based with Ashmansworthy Class but will, I am sure, become a familiar face around the school. He will initially be working with groups of children in the Class and slowly increasing his teaching role over this term to be teaching the whole class at various points during the each week.

Running Club/ICT Club

Sadly, Mrs Farmer’s shoulder injury is showing no sign of improving so she has taken the sad decision to cancel running club up until half term, when it would have finished anyway due to diminishing light levels. She will instead be offering an ICT/Coding club with the expert help of Bailey. If your child would like to do this club on Mondays after school, please email Mrs Farmer on . Thanks.

Lunch Amendments

Just a reminder that if you need to amend your child’s booked lunches you need to phone the school and not email. This is because dinner lists are produced very early in the morning and your email might well be missed until after lunches have been sent through to Dave in the kitchen, whereas we will of course be aware if you phone or leave a voicemail message. Thank you.

Music Tuition Try-outs

Just a reminder that Anne Gilks will be in school at 7pm on Monday for any child who wishes to have a go at one of the instruments currently on offer for private tuition in school time. Anne will be demonstrating these instruments in Assembly this afternoon so if your child is interested following that, Monday is an ideal time to discuss lessons with Anne.

Data Collection Forms

Thank you to everyone who returned the data collection forms with relevant updates so speedily. If you’ve not yet sent yours back, please could you do so as early as possible next week.

Birthday Bake Sale for North Devon Hospice

We’re very sad that one of our former pupils, Lewis Boundy, is under the care of North Devon Hospice as he continues his battle with terminal cancer. Many members of staff here at school remember Lewis’ lovely personality, excellent manners and love of sport in the seven years he was with us.  Beth, his sister has asked the school if we would like to support the Hospice as a way of showing our support for him and his carers and we are, of course, only too happy to oblige. We will therefore be holding a bake sale for Lewis on his 23rd Birthday, Friday 5th November. In the first week back after half term we will be asking for donations of cakes to sell and will hold a coffee morning for parents and carers in the school hall at drop off time as well as a bake sale for the childreni in place of Tasty Tuck at breaktime. Please support this event if you can – ND Hospice is an exceptionally worthy cause, and even moreso because of the school’s very personal connection at this time.


Well done to our amazing learners this week…

Sunflowers: Dahlia (Dolphin) – learning the words and actions to Dingle Dangle Scarecrow for Harvest; Elliott (Spider) – fantastic story recall and picture of the carrot from “Supertato”

Cranford Class: Grace (Bee) – being confident when talking to her friends; Noah (Tortoise) – trying really hard to say his letter sounds correctly

Burscott Class: Robyn (Dolphin) – diving into her phonics learning and making good progress; Logan (Spider) – making links and connections in our science work, and using amazing vocabulary

Stroxworthy Class: AlfieP (Cat) – being curious like a cat when exploring ideas to create his story plan in English; Riley (Dolphin) – diving into learning like a dolphin when planning his story in English

Alminstone Class: Melanjia (Dolphin) – diving into her learning like a dolphin, showing great oract skills, on only in answering questions clearly in whole sentences but also demonstrating fantastic active listening skills too; Emily-Rose (Dolphin) – diving into her learning by taking an active part in class discussion as ell as producing excellent written work

Ashmansworthy Class: Ralph (tortoise) – being resilient during the schoool football match against Bradworthy; Molly (spider) – outstanding use of creative language in her writing, making links with other learning.


Mr Levien begins PCGE placement in Ashmansworthy Class

PE Coaching continues for Stroxworthy and Ashmansworthy Classes


Mr Davies to meeting (pm) – Mrs Nicholls with Alminstone Class

Y3/4 Football match after school Vs Bradworthy

Thursday Mrs Oyarzabal and Mrs Phillips visiting Parkham and Buckland Brewer schools
Friday Stephens Shield Cross Country, Torrington, for selected children (am)

with best wishes

Matt Cole, Headteacher

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