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 08:45 and class registration is at 08:50.
Poppies are now available to purchase from the School Office. There are also a number of other wonderful items on sale this year, including wrist bands, friendship bracelets, pencils etc. Price range from 50p to £1.
Our school key values are respect, kindness, hope and joy and as part of our work on respect we have taken the decision that all adults will be referred to by their formal title and surname by the children and staff. This has not been the case in this school for many years so please feel free to ask if you need a reminder of a member of staff's surname.
We are collecting the vouchers issued from Morrisons for their Lets Grow campaign. There is a box located in the school office and we would be glad of as many vouchers as possible as it enables us to swap them for resources towards our school garden areas.
Our annual Harvest Festival service will be taking place on Thursday 23rd October at 10:00 at St. Peter & St Paul's Church, Holsworthy. We would kindly ask that children could bring in an item to decorate the church with on the day, e.g. a tin of food or piece of fresh fruit or veg. Parents are most welcome to attend the service.
Our School Council felt it would be a great idea for the school to support a charity for the year. The children had several ideas about the type of charity that they would like to champion and voted for The Retired Greyhound Trust.
On Monday 10th November The Retired Greyhound Trust volunteers will be bringing in some of their dogs to show the children and explain how their charity works. Over the coming year, each class will have a collection box and children will be able to bring in a little spare cash any time they wish. If you and your child would like to kick start our fundraising, then please bring in just a small donation on the day, which will be collected during morning Worship.
Appeals for Help
Please contact our Office staff if you can assist with any of our appeals
Mrs Hammett's class are very much in need of any small wellies (child size 9-12) and waterproof suits,cagoules and trousers so they can continue their outdoor work throughout the winter season. If anybody has anything suitable that they no longer need, please could they take it to Mrs Hammett's classroom.
We are always looking for extra meal time assistants to provide cover as and when needed. If you think you can spare an hour during lunchtime at short notice and would like to be added to our list, please pass your contact details to the office staff.
If there are any parents who would be able to give half an hour a week to help with reading sessions in any year group we would love to hear from you. Our reading sessions are from 09:00-09:30 and 15:00-15:30.
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. Please let the office know if you would be able to help.
The Nursery are very keen to update their resources and wondered if any parents have any of the following items that children have outgrown: Cars, Farm Toys, Old phones/mobiles, Dollies, Orchard Toys games, Barbie style dolls, Beanbags, Bikes and outdoor toys. If you have any items that you think would be suitable, please pass them to Mrs Woolf in the Nursery.
We have spaces available at our Breakfast Club which runs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 08:00-08:45. The children can have cereal, followed by either egg,beans or jam and toast with a drink. After breakfast has finished they can play games or do colouring until it is registration time. The cost is £2.50 per session or £4.00 if they attend both days. If you would like your child to attend, please register at the school office.
Please read the latest newsletter for details about forthcoming events.
|Thu 23 Oct||Harvest Festival Service, St Peter & St Pauls Church 10:00|
|Mon 10 Nov||The Retired Greyhound Trust visit|
|Fri 28 Nov||FHPS KS2 School Disco, School Hall 18:30|
|Fri 12 Dec||FHPS Christmas Fair|
These dates are subject to change and should be used as a guide only.
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
The end of term FHPS Disco raised a total of £300.97. Many thanks to all who supported this event
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
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.
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.
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.
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.