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Welcome to Holsworthy C of E Primary School's Web Site!

This site has been designed to give you all the information about us that you may need. If there is anything this site does not answer for you then please do not hesitate to contact us.

The school policies and Ofsted documents can be viewed under the parents link

Nursery information can be found on the Foundation Stage Unit page here

The school gates open at 08:50 and class registration is at 09:00.

Latest News

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Maura Furber has been appointed as Assistant Headteacher (KS1) and Mr Anthony Pope has been appointed as Assistant Headteacher (KS2). We look forward to welcoming them in September.

May we remind parents that all dinner money owing to the school must be settled by Thursday 27th March 2014. Any accounts still outstanding after this date will result in your child being unable to take dinners until the arrears have been paid in full. Any dinners taken by your child must be paid for on the day or during the week in which they are taken.

We recently sent out letters about the possibility of introducing a Walking Bus to relieve some of the parking issues in the mornings. We had 51 responses from our total of 195 separate families. 47 families said they would not use the walking bus. 4 families said they would be interested in using it. 3 parents said they would be interested in helping run the walking bus. It looks like we will not be able to set the walking bus up this school year as the demand is much lower than we thought and we would need many more parents to volunteer to enable it to run each day. We will keep this idea in mind and see how people feel about it next year.

Our school day starts at 08:50 when the doors and gates to the school are opened. We have noticed a rising number of pupils arriving at school significantly earlier than this and would like to remind parents that we only take responsibility for children from 8.50am onwards and that before that time the children are unsupervised. We would prefer that children are not on the premises before the doors open, especially if unaccompanied by an adult.

We have spaces available at our breakfast club at the moment. This runs on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.10am to 8.50am. Children can choose from a range of cereals, baked beans and eggs with plenty of toast and milk or squash to drink. They are supervised at all times and there are games to play once they have finished eating their breakfast. The club is open to all children from Year R to Year 6. Cost is £2.50 for one day or £4.00 for both days. If you would like your child to attend please contact the school office for a form and to book your place.

There is a collection box in the school office for Sainsburys vouchers. If any friends or family have any vouchers we would very much appreciate if they could be brought into school.

Appeals for Help

Please contact our Office staff if you can assist with any of our appeals

If anybody has any old children's wellington boots or socks of any size we would be very grateful if you could donate them to the school. Children are frequently involved with outdoor and gardening sessions and it would be helpful to have a stock of wellies and socks in order to prevent muddy school shoes.

If anyone has any unused small children's bicycles or outdoor toys, Mrs Knock's class would be very grateful of any donations. Please take them to the Foundation Stage Unit.

We are still looking for extra casual meal time assistants to provide cover as and when needed.

If there are any parents who would be able to give half an hour a week to help with reading sessions, for Year R to Year 6, we would love to hear from you. Our reading sessions are from 9.00am-9.30am and 3.00pm-3.30pm.

As a busy Eco School our grounds are very important to us all. However, the upkeep of our gardens takes a lot of time and more than the gardening club can manage. Can anyone help the school with jobs such as weeding, sweeping and general garden jobs? Even half an hour volunteering a week would be fantastic, whenever it suited during school hours. Please let the office know if you would be able to help.

Clubs

Our breakfast club is on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8.10am-8.50am in the new kitchen area outside the Year 3 classroom. New members are always welcome to attend. Please contact the Office staff if you would like your child to join. The cost is £2.50 for one session or £4.00 for both sessions.

Events

Please read the latest newsletter for details about forthcoming events

Fri 28 MarKingsley cross country race
Fri 28 MarFriends School Disco, 19:00-20:30 in the Hall
Thu 03 AprSchool Easter Service, 10:30
Thu 03 AprMarie Curie charity day

Recent Fundraising and Donations

A big thank you to all who help raise funds for the school

A big thank you to all those who came along to the recent FHPS quiz night. A total of £203.16 was raised.

Thank you to all parents who brought in their 'Phil The Bag' - we managed to raise £137.

We raised a total of £246.68 for Children In Need by dressing up and donating £1 per child.

Thank you to all the parents, staff and members of the community who supported our pop-up restaurant event. We raised a massive £774.91.

Jeans for Genes day raised £215.26

Friends of Holsworthy Primary

The committee members of the Friends of Holsworthy Primary School are as follows:

  • Chairperson - Emma Wright
  • Vice Chairperson - Melanie Thompson
  • Treasurer - Edwina Williams
  • Secretary - Andrea Sleeman
  • 100 Club secretary - Emma Wright

100 Club

We have plenty of spare numbers available for our 100 Club

Entry costs £12 per year and you could find yourself winning the Christmas Draw prize of £50 or the monthly prizes of £25, £10 or £5. If you wish to add your name to the list please enquire at the School Office.

All money raised from the 100 Club is collected by the Friends of Holsworthy CE Primary School to help fund resources for the children.

Support Programmes

Following a very successful trial we have decided that we will be using the 'Good to be Green' behavior system across the school. This system is designed to recognise the achievements of the vast majority of children who behave well as a matter of course throughout the week. The staff are keen to begin using this system and the children have been able to discuss this in detail with their teacher. They may well come home and explain everything to you at the end of the day. If you have any further questions or you feel that your child does not fully understand the system please contact your child's teacher who will be more than happy to talk things through with you.

Our THRIVE programme has been successfully introduced into school to support the emotional and social development of all our children. THRIVE is now widely used in Devon as well as many other parts of the UK because it has been so successful in helping children who have difficulty learning to get back on track.

As a school one of our main priorities is to continue to try to improve the standards of reading, particularly of our younger children from Year R to Year 2. Each child has daily phonics teaching and a daily reading session and all children are heard reading on an individual basis each week, some several times a week. We track and review the progress of the children each half term. Many parents are very good at supporting their child's reading development at home and we are actively encouraging all parents to help their children with reading. All of our teaching staff will be very happy to discuss ways in which you can help if you have any concerns or questions.

Healthy School Award

We are extremely pleased to have been recognised by Devon as having outstanding practice in the Healthy Schools Plus award scheme

Free School Meals

If you think you are eligible for free school meals, or you are receiving free meals and your circumstances have changed, please notify the office staff as soon as possible.

School Parking

We would like to remind parents that the access driveway at the rear of the school and the staff car park are restricted areas, please do not park in these locations when picking up or dropping off children.

Social Networking Online

In the past, members of staff have received requests from pupils in the school to become Facebook friends. The school has major concerns with children at Primary School having any social networking account that break the sites terms and conditions about age restrictions.

Under no circumstances should any member of staff accept these types of request and should they do so, we ask that you inform the school immediately as it may be someone pretending to be a member of staff. Social networking sites are not available in school.

Many social network sites do not have to provide extensive child security measures for minors because their sites are not aimed at very young children. Your child is potentially unsafe if you ignore age restrictions in the terms and conditions and/or lie about their age to gain an account.

Although chatting online can be great fun, young people can sometimes find themselves in situations where they are out of their depth. Risks can arise when young people give out their personal details to strangers believing them to be friends. The online world is very different to the real world and people can be tempted to say and do things that they wouldn't dream of if they met face to face. This can include giving out personal information such as mobile numbers, pictures of themselves and where they can be located.

For further information about internet safety and the risks of using online social sites, please see the resources at the Thinkyouknow website run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.

Photographs

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Here are some children using our traversing wall in the junior playground.
Hold on tight!

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Our table tennis area, outdoor classroom and forest school areas.

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