Posted by Ruth Jones on 17 March 2017 | Comments

Dear Parents/Carers, Congratulations to Elm class for a brilliant assembly this morning and thank you to the parents who were able to join us. The children spoke beautifully and with great confidence, so well done to them all for working so well as a team. 

It has been a busy week with Hazel and Olive classes visiting Dawlish Warren & Dawlish on Tuesday and Elm Class visiting West Town Farm with the pre-school at Ide yesterday. The children were all very well behaved and had a brilliant time. We are so lucky to have such wonderful places to visit in such close proximity to school.

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Congratulations to the Belmont team with 123 points, who are the winning team of the ‘Star team trophy’ this week.

Other team scores were as follows:

2nd Portland team with 121 points

3rd Sandford team with 120 points

4th Clifton team with 115 points

Maple Class – change of parents evening dates

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen circumstance Rachel Floyd will not be available for Parents’ Evening on Tuesday, 21st March. She is happy to come in on the following Tuesday, 28th March instead, so if any parents would like to swap across to this date please pop in and see her as soon as possible. Her Wednesday, 22nd March Parents’ evening goes ahead as already planned. Many thanks and sorry for the short notice

Sequoia class – new teachers

Jo Turner is returning from her maternity leave on Monday, 27th March, the week before the Easter holidays, and has requested to have a job share of 2.5 days a week. We are pleased to announce that her new job share teaching partner Mr Alex Keen has now been appointed. Alex has previously worked in a job share position in Dulverton so is well aware of the expectations of this role.

Many thanks to Ben Keenan who has been teaching Sequoia class since Jess Crickmay unexpectedly left in January. Ben will be leaving us at the end of this term but we will still be seeing him when he returns to Newtown as supply cover. We thank him for all his commitment to the temporary post and for all of the extra hours of his own time that he has put in outside of the classroom.    

Parkinson’s Club

At the end of the Autumn term, Maple class entertained the folks at the Parkinson’s club who meet in the St Matthew’s church hall on a regular basis. The children always look forward to this annual event and the Parkinson’s Club really enjoy meeting all of our pupils and having a community link with us. They have kindly made a donation to school which will go towards our music & drama productions. Many, many, thanks to all of them for their kind gesture and a particular mention to Bill Flack for organising this wonderful event.

Red Nose Day

As parents are aware, Red Nose Day is next Friday, 24th March and we are holding a Talent Show in the hall. We ask that our pupils wear red clothes and if at all possible, bring along 50p for the charity on the day.  It should be a fun afternoon with the pupils entertaining us with: songs, dancing, magic, jokes, drama, playing a musical instrument etc. Please can parents encourage their children to take part in the Talent Show as unfortunately it will not be able to go ahead if we don’t have enough participants. We will make sure that lots of photographs are taken for next week’s newsletter.

Reminders for week beginning Monday 20th  March,  2017: 

Monday –

Oak Class swimming – last session

Lunch time club – Book club for Y3-4

Lunch time club – Construction club for Y1-2

After school club – Dance club for Y4-6 meet and change into PE kit in hall- finishes at 4.30pm

Tuesday   -

Year 1 – Multi skills festival for Oak class - am

Cherry Class swimming – last session

Parents evening – by appointment

Wednesday –

Invite to breakfast from Elm Class

Parents evening – by appointment

Thursday –

After school club –Soft archery club for Y1-2 meet and change into PE kit in hall- finishes at 4.30pm

After school club – Film club for Y2-6 meet in Cherry class- finishes at 4.30pm

Entries for the Easter Competitions to be brought into the school entrance foyer by the main office

Friday –

Red Nose Day – please see information above

Lunch time club – Football for Y3/4/5/6 – change and meet in the top court at 12.30pm

Lunchtime singing club – in Hazel class for Y3-4

Dates for this term:

21st March -   Multi-skills Festival for Oak class (am only)

22nd March -  Invite to breakfast from Elm class

29th March – Open afternoon 2.30-3.30pm

For parents and grandparents to see the pupils’ work covered this term

30th March – Entries for the Easter Competitions to be brought in to the school entrance foyer.

31st March –  Break up for the Easter holidays and return to school on Tuesday, 18th April

Parent reminders from the main school office

Boundary Wall - Please can we remind parents and pupils not to climb over the wall between the school and St Matthews’s church. We will be watching from the office and entering all parents who do jump the wall into a hurdles race at this year’s Sports day !!!

Sickness – Please can we remind parents to call the school office on 01392255540 before 9.30am

if your child will not be attending school.

School Menu’s – New menus for Summer term have been sent home tonight and a copy has also been emailed. Please ensure that you return the form by Wednesday 22nd March as they have to be ordered for

after the half term break.

Food, glorious food community project’ reminder

Cherry, Maple and Elm classes are participating in a very exciting project this term which will involve working with different community groups across Exeter. Jo Kingscott, Rachel Floyd and Steph Rowse are looking for parents or grandparents to help support this project who are keen gardeners or cooks.

Maybe they enjoy cooking food from a different culture and would be happy to share their recipes with the children? Volunteers would not necessarily work with their own child’s class so they would need to be flexible. Please speak to Jo Kingscott in Cherry class if you would be happy to help with this new project and thank you to parents who have already volunteered to help.

As part of this project the children in these three classes may be participating in some food tasting sessions, so please see the relevant class teachers if you would not like your child to participate or if your child has a particular food allergy of any sort.

Easter Competitions

We are holding Easter competitions on Thursday, 30th March and invite our Newtown children to take part, if they so wish. The Easter categories for the competitions are as follows:

Elm, Oak and Maple classes: Easter hats or bonnets

Sequoia and Cherry classes:  Decorated eggs

Hazel and Olive classes: Miniature gardens

Please can the ‘works of art’ be brought in to the school foyer area by the main office on Thursday, 30th March and the prizes will then be announced in assembly on the Friday, 31st March. We look forward to seeing the original ideas that the children come up with.

Many thanks for your continuing support,



Ruth Jones - Head teacher