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.
There have been a few instances recently where children have ordered a school dinner but have actually had a packed lunch with them. In cases like this we will expect parents to pay for the school dinner that was ordered. Can we also remind parents to place all dinner monies in a named envelope or bag and either place it in the class pot or bring it to the School Office. All school meals must be paid for on the day they are taken, in advance or during the week taken.
We are pleased to announce that both Mrs Ware and Mrs Hammett have been appointed as Acting Assistant Heads until the end of the summer term while we appoint a new senior member of staff.
Miss Ruth Holgate will be teaching a year 5/6 class from January.
Mrs Rachael Sharpe will start after February half term as our new SENCO.
We will be holding the children's Christmas raffle again this year during the last week of term. For those new to the school, prizes are donated by members of our staff and there is grand draw during assembly in the last week of term. Tickets can be bought from Monday 25th November at the school office at a cost of 20p each.
Music tuition is available on keyboard, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar and recorder. Lessons cost £4.00 for half an hour in a group of 3. Flutes and clarinets can be loaned free of charge from Sound Waves South West. Forms are available from the school office.
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.
Our netball team played a hard fought game against Black Torrington losing 5-6 at the final whistle bringing our magnificent 13 match winning streak to an end. Good news from our latest Netball match saw us return to winning ways with a 17-0 win over Langtree!.
All of our Year 6 pupils participated in a tag rugby festival. Our 'A' team got through to the final beating Clawton in the semi-final after winning all their matches in their pool. Sadly, despite a great effort from those playing and great support from the rest of the class they lost out to Bradworthy who were the better team on the day.
A joint year 2 and year 3 team travelled to Sutcombe to play football recently. The team put on a great display of enthusiastic football and good team work resulting in a 7-0 win. Thank you to all the parents who provided travel and shouted their support from the side lines, it was much appreciated.
Appeals for Help
Please contact our Office staff if you can assist with any of our appeals
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.
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.
Please read the latest newsletter for details about forthcoming events
|Fri 6 Dec||FHPS Christmas Fair|
|Tue 10 Dec||School Christmas Lunch|
|Thu 12 Dec||KS1 Nativity Presentation in the Hall, 14:00|
|Mon 16 Dec||School Choir Concert in the Hall, 18:30|
|Tue 17 Dec||KS2 Christmas Presentation in the Hall, 13:30 (All KS2)|
|Tue 17 Dec||KS2 Christmas Presentation in the Hall, 18:00 (Year 5&6)|
|Wed 18 Dec||School Disco|
|Thu 19 Dec||School Church Service, 10:30|
|Thu 19 Dec||Infant Christmas Party, 13:30|
Recent Fundraising and Donations
A big thank you to all who help raise funds for the school
This year 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 which will be a great boost for our school cooking fund. Many thanks to Waitrose and Steve & Liz at Blagdon Manor for supporting us and to John Allen for coming up with the idea in the first place.
This years Jeans for Genes day raised £215.26
We raised a fantastic total of £1046.76 from our sponsored Cross Country event
Amelia and Abbey from Year 3 managed to raise £101 selling cakes at the Junior Disco for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund.
Friends of Holsworthy Primary
The Christmas Hamper Draw has proved such a success in recent years that we are doing it again. We are hoping that all families will support us by donating the produce to go into the hampers. We have included a list of items needed and some suggestion of how best to donate in the latest newsletter - Nov 13.
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
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.
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.
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.
In the past, members of staff have received requests from pupils in the school to become Facebook friends. The school has major concerns with any child at Primary School having a Facebook account as this breaks the terms and conditions of Facebook under "Registration and Account Security" article 5 - "You will not use Facebook if you are under 13".
Under no circumstances should any member of staff accept these friend requests 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. Many of our staff do NOT use Facebook and the site is not available in school.
Facebook does not provide extensive child security measures for minors because it is not aimed at very young children. Your child is potentially unsafe when using Facebook if you ignore this restriction and lie about their age to gain an account. If you insist on allowing your under age child to have an account, please register yourself too and make sure your child adds your account as a 'friend' so that you can monitor their communications and who they are adding as 'friends'. Also change all account privacy settings to their highest level to restrict the information that can be viewed by the public.
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.
Here are some children using our traversing wall in the junior playground.
Hold on tight!
Our table tennis area, outdoor classroom and forest school areas.