Posted by Ruth Jones on 1 July 2017 | Comments

Dear Parents/Carers, The KS2 End of year show ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ is now well underway and tickets will be on sale in the school office from Monday, 3rd July. Tickets will be £1 and due to our small hall will be limited to 2 tickets per family. Any tickets left unsold will be available from Friday, 7th July, so please ask in the office from this date, if you would like an extra ticket.

The Dress Rehearsal for the show will be held on Monday, 10th July at 9.30am, so any KS2 parents who have babies or toddlers or are unable to make the other two dates, are invited along to this performance. Please note that all parents and children will need a ticket if they want to come along and watch the show. KS1 children are invited to the Dress Rehearsal in school time on Monday, 10th July. As always, please can we remind parents that photos or videos which are taken by parents can only be used for private use and not downloaded onto any social media sites.   

Costumes Required

If any parents can donate long sleeve white shirts, children’s black or grey trousers or jogging bottoms -which we need to turn into britches could you please pass to the school office asap. Also if anyone has a sewing machine and would be happy to help run up a few items it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Cake Sale

An amazing £105.02 was raised by Olive class for the Grenfell Tower charity. Well done to the whole class for not only making the cakes, but also for giving up their break time to sell them. Brilliant team work all round and many thanks to Claire Ward for organising it all.

WTFy2Maple class visit to West Town Farm

Maple class had a great day out at West Town Farm last Tuesday and enjoyed learning about all the various farm animals. Rachel Floyd, their class teacher, said that they were very well behaved and were a credit to the school. Well done Maple class!


Star team trophy   

Congratulations to the Clifton team with 150 points, who are the winners of the ‘Star team trophy’ this week.

Other team scores were as follows:

2nd Portland team with 133 points

3rd Sandford team with 112 points

4th Belmont team with 100 points

Reminders for week beginning Monday 3rd July: 


Hazel class – swimming. Please remind pupils to bring in their swimming costumes and towels.


9.30am Express & Echo Y6 leavers photo to be taken.

Y5 at Killerton Outdoor Education Festival

Lunch time Football Club for Years 2 & 3 with Sports coaches provided by Exeter City FC

Year 6  – swimming. Please remind pupils to bring in their swimming costumes and towels.


New Reception intake for September to visit from 2.00 – 3.25pm


Year 6 transition day

Cricket Club – 3.30 – 4.30pm


Lunch time Football Club for Years 4 /5 /6 with Sports coaches provided by Exeter City FC

SATURDAY 1ST JULY – 10 MILE FEAST at  Belmont Park hut – dishes from across Exeter (12-4pm)


Events not be missed!

10th July - 9.30am Dress Rehearsal for KS2 show – Parents of  KS2 children with babies or toddlers invited

11th July - 2pm  KS2 End of year show

12th July - 6.30pm  KS2 End of year show     Oak class visit to Pennywell Farm

13th July – 10-12 - Athletics Oak and Maple classes

                    12.30-2.30 - Athletics Cherry and Sequoia classes

14th July – 2pm Music afternoon for KS2 parents of  the children who learn a musical instrument

                    Non uniform day and bring something for the tombola stall, which is for the FONS Summer Fair

                   (tins, dried foods, chocolates, drinks, toiletries, games, toys, etc)        

17th July – Meet the new teacher afternoon

18th July -  2.30pm Open afternoon for parents and grand-parents

19th July -  3.30 - 5pm  FONS Summer Fair

20th July -  Visiting theatre group presents ‘The Jungle Book’

21st July -   9.30am Balloon man visits and works with the class which has the best attendance this term.

                    2pm Year 6 Leavers Assembly

*Children return to school on Wednesday, 6th September  except for our new Reception children who return on Monday, 11th September

Football Club from September

Exeter City Football in the Community will be running lunch time clubs from September:-

Year 2/3 will run on a Tuesday lunch period from 12th September – 5th December

Year 4/5/6 will run on a Friday lunch period from 15th September – 8th December

The clubs run on a 12 week block at a cost of £18.00 and can each take a maximum of 15 pupils. Please ask at the school office for a booking form.

Priority will be given to those pupils who have not had the chance to participate in these clubs this year.

 School Dinners from September 2017

From September we will be leaving Fresha, our hot meal provider, and move back to Devon Norse.

This means that there will be a different menu and meals can now be ordered daily.  Your child would have brought home today a new menu for September and October.

Your child will be asked if they wish to order Option 1 or Option 2 during morning registration.

It will be the responsibility of the pupil / parent to order the option which best suits their dietary needs. For medical dietary needs please speak to the school office.

Please note that jacket potatoes, mentioned on the menu, will not be available to order.

For reception class children, Miss Rowse will be setting up a system were parents will be able to assist their child with their choices when they drop off in the morning. This will be explained to parents during their child’s first week at school by the class teacher.

Paying Dinner money:

We ask parents to put all dinner money in an envelope marked with your child’s name and class.  Meals cost £2.40 each, this should go to your child’s class teacher via their book bag on Monday morning (or the first day of the week).  Cheques should be made payable to Devon County Council. 

 Please let the office know if your child will be late as we need to order dinners by 9.30am each day.

If your child is absent, money can be carried forward to the following week.  If you are in receipt of Income Support or Income based jobseekers allowance or Child Tax Credits without working tax credits, you can apply for free school meals – please collect a form from the office.

tablesNew Dining Tables

We have been very lucky to have received funding from ‘Invest in Devon Local Project Fund grant ‘and ‘Locality Funding Budget’ to purchase some new dining room tables. Many thanks to Richard Westlake for his assistance in securing the funds to ensure a more effective and pleasant dining experience for both children and staff.

Newtown Community Preschool After School Club
As you may be aware Newtown Community Preschool have been running an After School Club (ASC) this half term as a pilot project.  A decision on whether the ACS will continue to run in September is due to be made
shortly and key to this is understanding the demand for places.  If your child/ren do not currently attend the ACS and you would be interested in joining please let Claire Ritchie (Preschool Administrator) know by
It would be helpful when emailing that you detail the age of your child/ren and what sessions you are interested in.  We currently collect the children from school and run the ACS every week day until 6pm.  Fees
(including snack) are £5 per child until 5pm or £9 per child until 6pm.

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Ruth Jones



Ruth Jones - Head teacher