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Update 18th March 2022 

It has been a couple of busy weeks at school. On Monday 7th we celebrated a belated St. Piran's Day with a range of Cornish themed activities- including, of course, traditional Cornish dancing. On 10th March a group of pupils took part in an Athletics festival at Pensive- we didn't win but the pupils all had a great time taking part.
On Monday 14th March out sports provider, Arena, led a health and wellbeing day which allowed the pupils to try a range of activities, including archery and pilates!
Nine wonderful pupils represented the school on Wednesday 16th March at Cornwall Music Hub's Songfest. at the Plymouth Pavilions. They put on an amazing show, singing a range of fabulous song as part a mass choir of schools in East Cornwall. It was a great evening and out pupils were incredible ambassadors for Delaware and Gunnislake. Thank you to the parents who supported the event and their children.
Friday saw the return of Comic Relief. Pupils gave a donation and dressed in their own clothes or as super heroes. There was also a book and games sale and a t-shirt design competition. (see below for pictures of the winners who will have their designs manufactured.) I will let you know when I have the final total raised.


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Week ending 4th March 2022 

Even though the children have only been back for 4 days we have crammed lots into this week!
Thursday saw the school invaded by a plethora of famous book characters including Harry Potter, Miss Trunchbull, the BFG with Sophie, Elsa and Anna, a multitude of Disney princesses, several witches, Little Red Riding Hood and Mary Poppins (to name a few.) It was of course World Book Day and I was delighted to see the children dressed up ready to celebrate the wonderful book characters from children's literature. Thank you to parents for the effort you put in sourcing and making these costumes.
I was very fortunate on Friday to accompany the Y5 pupils on their (previously postponed due to storm Eunice) trip to the Military Museum in Bodmin. Not only did we all enjoy a fantastic learning experience, but I received some amazing feedback from the organiser. She told me that our Y5 and, two week's previously, Y6 groups were some of the best behaved and engaged groups who had a visit the attraction! Well done Perranporth and Daymer Bay- I am so proud of you. Thank you also to Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson for getting both groups safely to and from Bodmin.
Thank you so very much to everyone who sent in donations for Darren Tait to take to Ukraine. It was so moving to see your generosity. Our thoughts go out to all of the families affected by this conflict- both here and in Ukraine.
Let's hope for more peaceful days ahead. Have a lovely weekend with your families.

 


Do you have any budding junior bakers at home? 

Dear Sir/ Madam,

 

My name is Hannah and I’m a Casting Junior Researcher at Love Productions; the company behind The Great British Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee and The Great Pottery Throw Down.

 

We are delighted to say, that we have recently opened applications for the 8th series of Junior Bake Offa Channel 4 programme that celebrates the culinary talent and ambition of the younger generation in Britain. 

 

With this in mind, we are contacting schools in the hope that you can help us spread the word regarding this exciting opportunity. 

 

If you could share our casting flyer with the children, parents & staff at your school that would be really appreciated.  

 

We are looking for young budding bakers between 9-12 years old.

Filming would take place from July 2022, but our applications close on Sunday 13th March 2022

 

Interested bakers can apply online at - www.applyforjuniorbakeoff.co.uk

 

We have attached a flyer in case you would like to pop these up on your communal notice boards. Alternatively, if you could feature the flyer in any of your newsletters/social media, or even circulate the news internally, it would be really appreciated!

 

Please do feel free to contact us on 0207 067 4833, should you have any questions regarding the above.

 

Thank you so much for all of your help in advance!

 

Best wishes,

The Junior Bake Off Team

 

enquiries: applyforjuniorbakeoff@loveproductions.co.uk  

 

 


Week ending 28th January 2022 

It has been a busy few weeks at school . Apologies for the fact that there has not been a Headteacher's blog but I have been teaching at the Gunnislake base. 
The children have settled in really well, after Christmas, and are all working very hard. 
Some of you will know that we had a burst pipe at the Gunnislake base, last weekend - Luckily, the damage wasn't too bad and there is lots of space to learn in a different location in the school, so setting up a new classroom was fairly painless.
We have recently appointed a new Chair of Governors, Mr David Wright and he spent some time in the classrooms last week, meeting the children and chatting to them about their learning. The local Governing Body have also sent a letter explaining some of the new ways in which they will be working for you and with you. 
We have had several Covid cases in the school - mainly affecting the Delaware base. Please be assured that we have been taking precautions to limited the spread of the virus.
     There have been many headteacher awards during the last three weeks and I am delighted with the great work that I have seen! Congratulations to Isabelle D, Luke, Amelie, Eloise DT, Alyssa, Jayden, Saffron, Ivy S, William, Edward, Mark, Drazik, Caien, Harper, Henry, Joe, Bettie, Arthur, Beth M, Isabel, Charlie and Matthew. The attendance award goes to Year 4!




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Week ending 17th December 2021 

We have finally reached the end of a long and eventful term and I am sure that you are looking forward to having your children at home with you for Christmas. Although holidays are a happy time we are sad at the Delaware base as we say a sad goodbye to Mrs Tamsin Garwood who has been with us for over 13 years. She is taking very early retirement and, now that her children are grown, she and her husband are off to have lots of adventures. I am sure that you will join me in wishing her the very best for the future.
It has been a busy few weeks with Christmas preparations in full swing. There have been theatre and train trips and many Christmas parties.

Thank you to Mole Valley Farmers of Tavistock who donated Christmas trees to us. Also, to Reverend Chris Painter who led a magical Christingle service for us at St. Annes Church on Monday 13th. 
Both bases were cooked a delicious Christmas lunch this week by Mrs Wood, Miss Wood and Mrs Warren- thank you ladies!
It only remains for me to wish you all a very merry (Covid free!) Christmas. I hope that you are able to have the Christmas that you have planned and that you get to spend it with your nearest and dearest. It has been an absolute pleasure to have had a relatively 'normal' term with your lovely children. Look out for Facebook and website posts showing you what we have been getting up to in order to feel festive!
See you all in 2022!

Best wishes,

Lynn Cox 

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Week ending 26th November 2021 

A busy week has come to an end once again. The Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic trip to Dartmoor Zoo and were full of stories about the animals that they encountered there. This experience will enrich their learning about protecting the environment and preserving endangered species of animals.
Parental consultations are taking place next week- you should all have been contacted by your child's class teacher to make a telephone appointment. Please call the school if you are having any problems doing this.
Head teacher awards went to Max, Dex, Archie, Ellie, Elliot and Fynley and the highest attendance was in Year 3 with 95.4%.
Can I remind you that, if your child is ill then you need to let the school know each morning of their absence. The exception to this is if your child tests positive for COVID 19- then you will only need to call school if they do not return after the quarantine period. If your child is absent, would you please call their base school (where they are being taught) and press option 1 to 'report an absence'. A reminder that Delaware base is 01822 832550 and Gunnislake base is 01822 832685. There may be an occasion when a message has not been communicated to the correct person, so please forgive us if we call you to check on an absence- I am sure that you will agree that it is better to double check that your child is safely at home!
I am sure that you will all be mindful of the tragic news that has hit Plymouth this week. With that in mind, if your child has a mobile phone, you may want to consider downloading the Hollie Guard or Life360 Apps so that you can track their location if they are not with you.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!



 


Week ending 19th November 2021 

The theme for this week's anti-bullying week is 'one kind word'. During assembly we made a list of kind things that we could say to one another. We also discussed the difference between being mean and unkind and bullying. We discussed that being mean and unkind lots of times, on purpose and not stopping when someone asks you to is, indeed bullying. We talked about the STOP acrostic to help us to remember- Several Times On Purpose!
It certainly has been a busy week as the children organised a jumble sale at the Delaware base on Wednesday and raised an incredible £184for the World Wildlife Fund.
Today was 'Children in Need' day. Most of the children dressed up in pyjamas and sparkles to celebrate the day. 'Guess the Teddy's' name was won at the Delaware base by Alice with the name 'Cookie' and by Mollie at the Gunnislake base with the name Poppy- very apt for this time of the year!  Altogether, we raised £182 across both bases- thank you for your support.
The attendance award this week goes to Year 4 with 98.5%- well done!
Headteacher awards this week have been awarded to Alyssa, Ruby, Elsie, Lacie, Jayden, Charlie and Calum. (There is a picture beneath of the wonderful natural artwork created by Elsie and Jayden after they had studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy in art.)
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend with your families. 

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Week ending 12th November 2021 

We have had a couple of busy weeks since we have been back after half term. I am delighted to see the first few groups of children who have been awarded their first 'Karate Reading' bands. They were very excited to receive them during our Friday celebration assembly. Thank you so much for continuing to support your child's reading journey at home.
The class who were awarded the attendance prize this week were Year 2 with 98%- well done Year 2!
Head teacher awards were received by Ethan H, Jasmine, Bettsie, Ellie, Joe, Isabelle D-T, Una, Isla and Marley.
As you will be aware the school is focusing on the development of vocabulary and the children are being awarded 'tier 2' and 'tier 3' certificates during celebration assembly. A quick reminder that tier 2 are descriptive words which we usually find in books e.g colossal, minuscule. Tier 3 words are those which are more subject specific e.g. permafrost and plate tectonics.  Some good examples from the celebration assemblies in both bases this week were 'traumatised' from a Year 4 pupil and 'seismology' from a Year 6 pupil. Please keep asking your children about the tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary that they have been using.
Next week, we are heading into 'Anti-Bullying Week' and Children in Need. Don't forget that the children can wear pyjamas or sparkles (or both) for a £1 donation.

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Week ending 15th October 2021 

It has been great to have a member of the local Parish Council Mrs Boreham, visit Y4 at the Delaware base this week. She is part of the committee for 'A Forest For Calstock' group who will be planting trees in the locality. The Y3 and Y4 pupils will be involved in this as part of their learning about the environment next term.
Headteacher awards this week go to Flo, Imogen T, Franklin, Hugo, Zrazik, Luke and Eva. 
The highest attendance class this week is Polzeath Year 4- well done!
Also, a big well done to Zack who won a second place in the Callington Honey Fair art competition. His picture is below- isn't it fantastic!?
We will be holding a 'virtual' Harvest Festival next week- look out for videos of your children singing harvest songs on SeeSaw and Facebook (if you have given permission for these platforms to feature your children.) We would appreciate any donations of dried or tinned goods which will be distributed to the local food bank in Callington. Please send in anything which you can spare next week- thank you in advance! took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus leo ante, consectetur sit amet vulputate vel, dapibus sit amet lectus.

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Week ending 8th October 2021 

Yet another busy week at both school bases. I have introduced the children to the 'karate reading' scheme this week. It is a reading incentive which I know you will support us with by listening to your children read at home or encouraging them to read each day after school. More details will be sent on the class blogs and/or SeeSaw- this starts on Monday 11th October.
We also have a massive focus on the development of vocabulary throughout this academic year. As the term progresses ask your children (From Y1 upwards) about tier 2 and tier 3 words and what this means to them.
This week Headteacher awards go to Charlie T, Charlie W, Connor, Sophie (Y1), Fynley, Robert, Joey, Logan (Y2), Jasmine, Thomas and Jenson- congratulations to all of you.
The class with the highest attendance this week goes to Year 4 with 100%!



 

 


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