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Newsletter 7.3.22

8 March 2022 (by admin)

Dear Parents and Carers,

The time to my leaving is ticking away very quickly , my last day being next Thursday- 17th March. The thought of saying all those goodbyes and farewells is an emotional time for me as I have lived and breathed  the schools over the last nine years- I can’t believe it has been that long!  Along the way many positive relationships have been formed particularly with the children who  have passed through the schools on their learning journey.  I am immensely sad that I will not be able to see the current Year 6 off as they move onto the next stage of their adventure- but I know they will all be amazing and  will work to achieve their dreams.

 I am extremely proud of what the  Federation has achieved since it was formed in 2011. Both schools have gone from strength to strength- achieving good  outcomes,  establishing  foundation units to serve our preschool children, growing in size, offering a wide curriculum that includes so many opportunities for personal development, but most of all  offering strong family orientated, nurturing environments that includes and supports  all children to thrive and  not forgetting of course navigating a most challenging two years of a pandemic.  It is the team effort of parents,  governors, staff and children that have made all this possible- for which I say a huge thank you.   Both schools are in a strong position to face the future as part of a new partnership.

As we come out of  the pandemic in a rather hap hazard way, the world has lurched into another crisis which gives everyone much to worry about. The cost of living is set to increase which is going to cause hardship for many but in spite of all this gloom and doom  we must hang on to hope and remain positive about the small things we can do day to day to make a  difference. Again, we see that in the face of hardship and terror many come forward to help and support.  This gives me great hope for us all- that  spreading kindness in whatever way we can, can overcome all that causes anxiety.  This is my wish for the children in our schools and the school community- that we continue to extend kindness to  ourselves, each other and to all that we can help.

I know that you will all warmly welcome Mr Matt Cole as Acting Executive Headteacher from the end of next week and extend your support as his navigates his way through the first few weeks of transition.  I leave confident that you are all in good hands!

Covid update

Covid has not gone away so we must continue to try to protect one another.  Currently, we the two staff isolating with the infection and 2 children. Please continue to test while you can get the tests  free up to the end of this month especially if you or your child does not feel well, and if positive please isolate for at least 5 days or until  you feel better or have a negative lateral flow test result.

Statutory Consultation  for Federating with Woolsery Primary School – the closing date is next Monday 14th March at 12 noon

Please make sure your have shared your view by either  completing the online google form  emailing your response to   All comments and surveys received will be reviewed by the Governors on 15th March with both Governing Boards meeting  in the evening to vote on the decision to Federate or not.  The schools will inform you of their decision on the 16th March.


Buckland Brewer  school sports field:  Securing the use of this field has got to be the longest legal process that I have ever heard of.  I had thought that we were near completion with the lease to allow us to take on the use of the field, back in September, but it seems that there is yet further covenants to be signed by a third  party.  This was brought up at a recent Parish Council meeting where both Mr Cole and myself were assured that the these documents would be processed with haste.  In the meantime the Parish Council are going to issue the school with a  temporary license to use the field from 1st April ( I hope).  I am sad that so many children have not had the benefit of using this field regularly but do thank the Parish Council for taking good care of it, while we wait for the very slow legal cogs to turn.


Parent/Carer- Look in the book. 

You are invited to spend a few moments with your child looking through their books and learning in school on

Tuesday 8th March 2.30  for Parkham

Thursday  10th March 2.30pm for Buckland Brewer.


As we are inviting all parent/ carers in at the same time we do ask that you wear a mask in school.  Although no longer compulsory- there is still strong advice from PHE to wear a face covering in crowded indoor spaces.  Once you have finished looking at your child’s work with them you will be able to take them home and not wait for the end of school day.


Comic Relief day:  the School Councils have decide to do our comic relief day on the Thursday  17th March as two classes will be out of school on the 18th March.  All children are invited to come in their own clothes and wear something red and bring a donation in for the charity.  All  children  that bring in a donation for £2 or more will be entered in to a raffle to win one of 40 red noses.  Please encourage your child to join in the fun.


World Down Syndrome Day-  Wear Odd Socks to school day-  Monday March 21st.  This day is designed to raise awareness of Down Syndrome  and the work of MenCap and charities that support.  School Council is preparing a presentation about this condition and how it affects people.  We are NOT asking for any donations,  just join in the fun by wearing odd socks for the day


Vaccination of 5-11 age group:


Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.  Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.


8th March- Parent look in books at Parkham

10th  March  Parent look in books at Buckland

14th March- End of Statutory Consultation

17th March-  Mrs Finch’s last day

17th March  Red Nose Day

18th March  Hawks and Eagles to Exeter Cathedral all day-  Chorister outreach programme

21st March  World Downs Syndrome Day

22nd March and for next two weeks-  Buzzards to Appledore Art Studio

23rd March  YR and Y1 Dance Festival at Parkham for both schools.

31st March Tempest Class photos at Buckland Brewer

5th  April  Falcons and Buzzards visit to Tintagel.

7th April ACCT musical play in a day event in Buckland Brewer Village Hall

8th April Last day of Spring Term

Best wishes,

Gina Finch