Posted by Ruth Jones on 10 May 2017 | Comments

Dear Parents/Carers, By the time you read this newsletter our ‘May Day’ celebrations will have been and gone. The rehearsal went very well yesterday so we look forward to sharing our dances with parents and grandparents this afternoon. We will include lots of photographs in next week’s newsletter for those of you who are unable to come along today. If it does rain this afternoon, the event will be postponed to next Friday, 12th May at the same time of 2.00pm. Fingers crossed that it stays dry and we go ahead as planned! 

Food, Glorious Food project

The Food, Glorious Food project which is being organised by the Newtown Community Association (NCA) is going very well and many thanks to those parents who have been able to help with the planters at Belmont Park and here at school. There is another local event next Wednesday morning, 10th May at the Belmont Park hut and Jo Kingscott will be taking Cherry class along to participate in different activities related to the project. Please see Jo Kingscott if any parents would like to help with this. There will also be a social café running at Belmont hut with free drinks, cakes and biscuits on the 10th and the 14th June from 10.30-12 noon. All parents and friends are invited to the café, so do go along if you have time and meet new friends from the Newtown Community.

Many thanks to ‘Coastal Recycling’ for donating compost to help develop the raised beds. Also a big thanks to ‘Bernaville Nurseries’ for giving us a discount on herbs and vegetables to plant.

Staff changes in Oak class

As parents are aware, Stevie Moore in Oak class will be leaving us on Friday 26th May to have her second baby and we wish her all the best. Rather than advertise for another new teacher for Oak class, one of our experienced staff members Claire Ward, will be job sharing with Chrissie Boston until the end of the summer term. Claire has been covering PPA (Preparation, Planning and Assessment) time for the class teachers over the past couple of years and she has done a brilliant job at leading RE across the school. However, she is very happy to return to a three day class based position now and she looks forward to sharing the class with Chrissie. Claire has taught in job share partnerships previously here at Newtown and she will bring plenty of expertise and experience to the Oak class team. 

Star team trophy 

Congratulations to the Belmont team with 95 points, who are the winning team of the ‘Star team trophy’ this week.

Other team scores were as follows:

2nd Clifton team with 92 points

3rd Portland with 83 points

4th Sandford team with 76 points

Year 6 SATS (Statutory Assessment Tests)

Next week our Year 6 pupils will be sitting their SATs. These are the national tests which are set by the government and every pupil in Year 6 will be sitting the tests at exactly the same time throughout the country. It is important that all of our Year 6 pupils are punctual next week and are not attending doctors or dentist appointments in the middle of the morning. We suggest that the pupils have plenty of rest and early nights over the weekend so that they perform to the best of their ability. We wish them good luck!

St Sidwell’s Holiday Club

St Sidwell’s school are running a holiday club over the summer half term week, 30th May – 2nd June. 

Their programme includes: baking, active sports, junk modelling, clay sculptures, painting, den making, water fun day, imaginative play, badminton and table football. The cost is £20 per day, so if parents are interested please find out more details and how to enrol from St Sidwell’s school office on 01392-255551.

C E Holid30th May—2nd June

Guidance for Parents taking Photographs and filming at School Events – Mayday Celebration

If you have taken photos at the May Day celebrations there is a strong possibility that other children will also be included within the picture.

At Newtown Primary School we are happy for parents and carers to take photos and video of events for personal use but we request that these images are not distributed or put online. This is to protect all members of the community.

We all enjoy and treasure images of our family and friends; family events, holidays and events are moments we all like to capture in photos or on video.  We now have the exciting dimension of adding our images and videos to our online social network, such as Facebook, YouTube and many other websites.  This means that we can easily share our photos and video with family and friends. 

Whilst this can be very useful to all of us we must ensure we protect and safeguard all children and staff, including those who do not want to have their images stored online.

Please be aware that parents are not permitted to take photographs or to make a video recording for anything other than their own personal use.

•      Once posted and shared online any image or video can be copied and will stay online forever.

•      Some children are at risk and MUST NOT have their image put online.  Not all members of the community will know who they are.

•      Some people do not want their images online for personal or religious reasons.

•      Some children and staff may have a complex family background which means that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences.

•      Therefore in order to keep all members of the community safe we must all ‘Think Before We Post’   


Reminders for week beginning Monday 8th May  2017:

KS2 SATS WEEK –  good luck to all of our Year 6 pupils!


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

Dance club 3.30 – 4.30pm in the school hall with Mrs Bailey


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


Cherry class to visit Belmont hut as part of the ‘Food Glorious Food’ project. (10.30-12)


Cricket club – 3.30 – 4.30pm

Governors resources committee meeting


Lunch time Football Club for Years 3-6 with Sports coaches provided by Exeter City FC

The Donkey Sanctuary Roadshow to visit Year 2

Events coming up this half  term

10th May    Belmont Hut activities morning for Cherry Class 10.30-12 / NCA Social Cafe for parents to attend

12th May – Donkey Sanctuary visit for Maple Class

17-19th May  -Year 5/6 Residential visit to Pixie’s Holt on Dartmoor

22nd May – Tempest class photos from 1pm

24th May -   KS1 Sports afternoon  2pm at Ladysmith’s Junior School (Elm, Oak and Maple classes)

25th May –  FONS summer discos / Governors Meeting

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones - Head teacher