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Headteacher Bulletin 04/10/19


Dear parents, carers and children,
I am pleased to let you know that Mrs Chugg-Rogers, our Pepperdon classteacher, has announced that she is expecting her first child in March.  We send our congratulations and wish her and her family well during this time.
You will receive a letter today from Angela Barry, our interim CEO, about the proposed transfer of Moretonhampstead Primary School, and the six other schools in South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, to new trusts.  The DfE has been reviewing a number of options to look at the best split of the schools and it is the preference to look to have two sponsors; one for Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School, Ilsington Church of England Primary School Academy and Moretonhampstead Primary and a second sponsor for Ashburton Primary School, Buckfastleigh Primary School, South Dartmoor Community College and Atrium Studio School.
I do not have further information about who these sponsors might be yet but will, of course, keep you updated and I am fully confident about the future of our school.

Our Harvest Celebration will be held on Friday 18th October at 2pm.  You are all very welcome and each class will be performing a short piece for you.  We will also be holding our ‘Harvest Auction’ to raise funds for a charity chosen by our school council.  Please can we ask for your donations of fresh produce, tins, bottles, packets, etc to be in school by the end of the day on Thursday 17th.  Thankyou.

The Atrium School in Ashburton is holding a family fun event and would like to invite you all to go along.  There will be Trick or Treat activities, a raffle, free pumpkin carving, food and crafts on offer and it will take place on Thursday 17th October from 3.30 – 6.30pm.

Children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have participated in a Tag Rugby event this week; one of the year 5/6 teams, the ‘Wolves’ came 3rd overall.  Year 6 went to an ‘Impact Festival’ at the College and used gym equipment new to them and came together with other schools to perform a dance.
To see more of what the children have been up to this week please follow this Facebook link as every class will have some news for you:

Please return the Medical Conditions form, recently sent out by email and on paper, if you have not already done so.  Please return this form whether or not your child(ren) have a medical condition.

Congratulations to the following children who have been elected as our School Councillors until February.  
Easdon: Isaac and Tilly
Shapley: Sennen and Hal
Mardon: Sophie and Arlo
Beckaford: Molly and Harry C
They have already met with myself and Mrs Gofton, our School Council Lead, and had lots of ideas!

Mardon achieved 100% this week. 

Pepperdon: Cora
Easdon: Alex
Shapley: Blake
Mardon: Izabella
Beckaford: John

Baby and Toddler group: Every Friday 9.00 – 10.30 am in the school Hall.
High 5 Netball Tournament- Yrs 4-6- Monday 7th October 
Tae Kwon Do Sessions- Shapley & Easdon- Tuesday 8th October
Year 5 Invasion Games Festival @ SDCC 10 -12am- Thursday 10th October
Yr 5/6 Quadbikes @ KEVICC 1- 3.30pm- Monday 14th October
Parents Evening- EASDON, SHAPLEY & MARDON- Monday 14th October  **change**
Easdon to Paignton Railway- Tuesday 15th October
Year 3-6 Cycle Cross @ Stover 4-6pm- Tuesday 15th October
Parents Evening- PEPPERDON & BECKAFORD- Wednesday 16th October
Parents Evening- ALL CLASSES- Thursday 17th October
Harvest Assembly & Auction- 2pm- Friday 18th October
Last day of term: Friday 18th October
First Day of Autumn 2 term: Monday 4th November

Have a lovely weekend,
With best wishes
William Bentall

‘Putting our children at the heart of all we do’