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May 20, 2022

Before you read on to find out what has been happening in and around the classes, please check your diary for the following dates:

  • Friday 27th May – children wear red, white and blue for the jubilee
  • Friday 24th June – sports day (weather permitting of course). Years 1-6 all day and Reception in the afternoon. More details to follow

Great Torrington School are delighted to offer Year 5 pupils the opportunity to spend a day experiencing life at GTS. Our Year 5 Day is Friday 8th July 2022. Pupils will engage in a range of activities, culminating with an afternoon of sports. Parents/carers are welcome to observe and meet with the staff. For any enquiries, or to reserve a place, call 01805 623531 or email reception@gts.devon.sch.uk

At The Big Sheep on Sunday 5th June (1pm-5.30pm) there is the free North Devon BIG Community Picnic & Celebration in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  The event includes family attractions, giant tea party picnic, live music, and outdoor Church service with guest speaker. For more information: https://facebook.com/events/s/jubewelee-big-tea-party/571714844373062/ and to book: https://thebigsheep.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/40651

 

Over the summer free sports and multi-activities are being run at Bideford College for children. To find out more and if you are eligible, please click here.

We wish you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all of the children and staff

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May 11, 2022

Once again so much going on: learning about oceans; mimibeasts writing; collage linked to a poem; physical theatre; singing the water cycle; experimenting with vocabulary choices in creative writing; Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica; cricket coaching and year 6 SATs. The attitude of our year 6 children towards their SATS was exemplary, in both the preparation for and the sitting of, and they did themselves proud. And the rest of the school showed their support by being so quiet during the tests it felt at times like the school was empty!

We have vacancies on our governing body. Please click here to find out more and how to arrange an informal conversation to find out if it is for you.

Please click here to view a letter regarding the Devon County Council SEND department Ofsted inspection. The inspection includes a survey for parents of children who have special educational needs.
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DevonCountyCouncilRe-visitLASEND/  .The survey opens at 12 noon on Monday 16 May 2022 and will close at 12 noon on Friday 20 May 2022.

Please read on to find out more of what has been happening in and around the classes.

Have a super weekend

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May 6, 2022
A shorter week, but it hasn’t felt like it with all that has been going on in and around the classes!  Please read the main text of this post to find out more.
We have vacancies on our governing body. Please click here to find out more and how to arrange an informal conversation to find out if it is for you.
This week the governors reviewed the possibility of the school providing a holiday club. Due to both operational difficulties that the school has been unable to overcome and the limited demand for places for children at Appledore School the holiday club will not reopen. We are sorry for any convenience this may cause. The before and afterschool club will continue to operate as the school continues to seek a manager to oversee it.
Carol Anne NC is a large Netball club based in Barnstaple catering for all ages and abilities. They are recognised by our governing body England Netball as a Gold accredited club under the CAPS and Sport England Clubmark accreditation scheme, meaning they are a well run and highly regarded club. They are really keen to welcome players that are new to netball, especially years 2, 3, 4 & 5  who would be part of their U9’s and U11’s age groups.For more information: Email:carolannejuniors@gmail.com Website: https://carolannenetballclub.co.uk

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

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Apr 28, 2022

Welcome back everybody and we hope you had a super Easter.

Just before we broke up for Easter, Year 4 participated in the Bideford Chorister Outreach Programme and this involved performing in Exeter cathedral. To view the recording of their contribution and that of other schools please visit https://youtu.be/4rS67iyKStM

North Devon Surf School are running a children’s after school surf club starting Tuesday 3rd May. For more information, please click here.

After school, on the bottom playground, there will be a cake sale in aid of NSPCC on Tuesday 3rd May. This has been organised by a very kind group of Year 5 girls who will also be baking the cakes! For more information, please click here.

We wish you all a lovely bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 3rd May.

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Apr 8, 2022

A lovely last week of term. Please do read on to find out what has been going on in all the classes.

For next term we have made a few operational changes to continue our efforts to return to pre Covid normality. To ensure you are aware of these changes please read this letter.

As a holiday approaches our mind swings around to the need for extra vigilance regarding children being safe online with all their extra freetime .Please click here for an update on current e-safety matters.

Please click here for details of the May Fair Parade fancy dress competition on 30th April and here for an entry form.

Atlantic Racquet Centre  are holding a free family day on Saturday 23rd April for all the family to come and try out tennis, badminton, table tennis and the gym. They have different classes happening through the day with expert coaches on hand to help you. For more info please use the link below and feel free to just turn up on the day, no booking required. http://www.atlanticracquetcentre.co.uk/opendays

Well done to this half term winners of the Literacy Cup and the Values Cup and to Arctic House for winning the House Cup.

We wish you all a super Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 25th April.

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Apr 1, 2022

The UK Government has published new guidance detailing ‘next steps for living with Covid‘ that is applicable from today.  The guidance states Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. There is no mention of an obligation to test your child for Covid when they first become unwell or before you consider them well enough to return to school.  If you did test your child when they first became unwell and they tested positive this guidance says they are able to return after three days provided they are well enough. The guidance does not require you to test your child before they return after three days. If you decide to test your child on day three and they remain positive, please return your child to school when they no longer test positive.

We are hoping to open holiday club on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April in the first week and Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April in the second week of the holiday. If you want your child to attend, please email admin@appledoreprimary.co.uk before Monday morning. Being able to open on any of these days depends on enough children attending and we will contact you on Monday once we know if sufficient bookings have been made. For pricing and opening hours please click here.

Please read on to find out what has been happening around the classes and for football match reports…

We wish you all a lovely weekend

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Mar 25, 2022

A super week at school with so much happening in and around the classes. Please read on to find out…

This Sunday, Mothering Sunday, there will be a special family friendly service at St Mary’s Church, Appledore, at 10.30am. There will be posies of flowers for all ladies, and the children will help to hand out the posies and lead some of the singing. Children and babies of all ages are extremely welcome.

We wish you all a lovely weekend

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Mar 18, 2022

And there was us thinking £898 was a very generous figure to reach this time last week on our wear yellow and blue for Ukraine day. It now stands at an even more impressive £1153!

We have seen Covid numbers rise again in school. This time symptoms have predominantly included a sore throat, lethargy and a headache. If you have confirmed cases of Covid in your household, or your child is feeling unwell, please do all you can to test them before they come to school so we can do all we can to limit the spread in school. I noticed today that not wearing a mask on school premises is becoming commonplace amongst parents and carers entering the school premises as part of the school run. Whilst wearing a mask is not necessarily a requirement elsewhere, we ask that you respect our continued wish that you wear a mask on school premises, inside and out, to protect our staff and children. Thank you.

Multi-Sports activity days are being run at Bideford College over the Easter holidays. The times are 10-2pm on 19th-22nd April and for children aged 5-13 years old. For more information please click here.

Please read on to find out what has been going on around the classes, not least year 3 performing in Exeter Cathedral following their collaboration with the choristers!

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Mar 11, 2022

Today the children were decked out in yellow and blue in support of those in Ukraine undergoing hardship and those who have fled Ukraine and undergoing hardship. We have established a JustGiving account named Appledore School non-uniform day for voluntary contributions to ShelterBox and in less than 24hrs we achieved the initial target. At time of writing this today we were at a staggeringly generous £898! If your child is worried about the events unfolding in Ukraine, the NSPCC has useful advice on how to discuss this with your children.

If you believe your child is at higher risk from coronavirus the department for health has published information that is available here 

We wish you all a happy weekend

Best wishes from

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Mar 4, 2022

Welcome back everyone and we hope you had a good half term. The children have returned from their break with their usual levels of infectious energy and thrown themselves back into school life – not least their enthusiasm for World Boy Day!

With the removal of staggered starts and ends to the day there is now a greater concentration of traffic and pedestrian activity around and on the school site. Please remember that Kingsley Avenue is a private road and permission is granted to cross it and not to park on it. We are able to issue parking permits for the Odun Road car park for you to park safely, so please contact admin@appledoreprimary.co.uk if you would like one. If you do park on the road, please park responsibly, including avoiding the yellow zig-zags, and when driving near to the school site raise your awareness for pedestrians. Please refrain from reversing into the school car park if you are turning around on Kingsley Avenue. Thank you for your consideration and support for the safety of the children and other pedestrians and road users.

Parent meetings got underway this week and for most classes continue next week. If you have not booked an appointment, please email admin@appledoreprimary.co.uk.

Best wishes to you all for a lovely weekend

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Feb 28, 2022

Welcome back everybody and we hope you had and enjoyable half term.

Last week saw a change in the legality of various Covid measures, most notably isolating. For school, the measures are very much the same as before. Please click here to view a letter that explains the necessary measures in school. This letter was sent to parents today.

Feb 17, 2022

Following advice and the completion of a safety risk assessment the decision has been made to close the school on Friday 18th due to Storm Eunice. Please note that the before and afterschool club will also be closed on Friday.

Learning will be available tomorrow for Years 1-6 in their Google Classroom.

I hope you remain safe safe tomorrow and look forward to seeing you all after half term on Monday 28th February.

Best wishes

Jeremy Cooper

 

Feb 16, 2022

A short week due to storm Eunice brings to a close this half term a day early. Batten down the hatches for a while and we hope you all safe and well after half term.

In our first week back after half term World Book Day is Thursday 3rd March. Children can come to school dressed ready for a bedtime story in pyjamas that day and bring their favourite book to share.

For a useful internet safety update, please click here.

Have a good week everybody and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 28th February.

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Feb 11, 2022

Another busy week that ended with super reports from the general public and staff at Bristol’s We the Curious museum of how well behaved our children were on their trip yesterday and of the kindness and consideration they showed towards other visitors to the museum. Also, their space and science knowledge surprised the museum staff and their searching questions required quick research from the staff for them to be able to answer!

Our (Herculean) Jack will be running his final 1k (totalling 100k in 100 days) and would love anyone who has a spare 10 minutes at 4.45pm on 23rd February to come on down to the amphitheater at Affinity Devon (Atlantic Village) and cheer him across the finish line! He has done so well and been awarded for his endeavours. Great work, Jack!

We wish you all a super weekend

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Feb 2, 2022

Supporting jack with his 100km run, visiting a working fishing boat and selling shack, fractions to decimals/decimals to fractions, science in our woodland and the circulatory system are just some of the things happening this week in and around the classes, so please read on to see what has been happening in each class.

Friends of Appledore Library (FOAL) have contacted us because they are looking for new members interested in becoming a trustee for the charity. For a conversation to find out more of what that might entail please call 01237 422518.

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