Newsletter 35 – 26th June 2015

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The next few days ….

Monday 29th June                    -           Oak and Ash Class – Trip to Kents Cavern (normal school day times)

No Swimming (due to no lifeguard)

Tuesday 30th June                    -           Visit from Wellington School 9.15 – 12pm

Induction of new starters 9.30 – 11.30am

Drawing Club 3.30-4.30pm


Wednesday 1st July                 -           Willow Class – Trip to Plymouth Aquarium 8.30am-4pm

                                                            Full Governor’s Meeting 5.30pm (with school council)


Thursday 2nd July                     -           Year 6 Lifeskills – The Donkey Sanctuary 8.45am

Spanish Club 12.30-1pm/Cooking Club 3-4.30pm

                                                            Gardening/Scratch/Sports Clubs 3.30-4.30pm


Friday 3rd July                        -           Drama Workshop from Kings for Year 6 - 10.45am

Homework club 12.30-1pm / Forest School Club 3.30-4.15pm   


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents,

This week I would like to share some fantastic news... on Monday we were assessed by a group of representatives from Coventry Cathedral towards achieving our ICONs award. I am delighted to say we have been accredited and are now recognised as an ICON school. Let me explain. ICONS stands for International Cross of Nails school which are found all around the world. Cross of Nails stands for peace and reconciliation. I have included a website for you to find out further details but we have been working towards this award for two and half years ( . It was the initial driver of the peace garden. The children gave a tour, led collective worship and gave a presentation to our visitors, and then we presented all of their written work on peace and reconciliation. They were so impressed by the children and the evidence collected that were clearly meeting the criteria to become an ICON school. I really am delighted; we will have a formal presentation of our award next term.

Teachers are just completing the school reports which will be sent home very soon and there will be an opportunity to discuss the report at a parents evening too should you require it.

A huge thank you to all those who could make it to sports day. We had a great turn out this year, the atmosphere felt so positive and relaxed. The children as usual were truly amazing. We had examples of pure determination and perseverance, team spirit, enthusiasm and high level sports skills. A number of records were broken and the whole sports day was won by the red team this year, but it was a close race. Next year we are going to introduce a few new events so we are already looking forward to our next sports day.

On Monday Ash and Oak are off to Kents Cavern and on Wednesday Willow are going to the Aquarium. I know the children are very excited.

Just to let know that a fantastic £876 was raised at May Day. Thanks once again to all the hard work by FOPS and parents.

I will also be meeting with Brad Murray our Primary Advisor to monitor standards in school.

I hope the weekend is fine and everyone gets a rest, I can feel the children ae beginning to get very tired now , only 4 weeks left.

With regards,

Mrs Hammett

Well Done To…..

Willow Class – Reception        – Emma Williams        Year 1 – Jaya Singh

       - Year 2   - Silvester McFadden

Ash Class   – Year 3   - Alice Millett           Year 4   – Phoebe Boland-Davies

Oak Class   - Year 5   - Ollie Churchill        Year 6   - Olivia Vincent

Notices to Parents

Letters Sent Home OSM LLC Sports Partnership May Newsletter (Oak), Devon Norse Caretaker Required Flyer, Life Skills Letter (Year 6), Federation Letter.

KS2 Trip to Kents Cavern – Just a quick reminder about Monday’s trip. Children need to come to school at the normal time in school uniform. Please remember to bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink, a snack, sun hat and sun cream and £3.00 spending money if they wish. Could children please make sure they bring a school jumper as even through it is expected to be a warm summers day the caves themselves can get quite chilly. Also if the children could bring all their items in a rucksack type bag it will be much easier for them to carry everything around. Sickness Tablets – If your child may need a travel sickness tablet on the return journey. Please bring this into the school office on Monday morning in a sealed named envelope. Thank you, Mr Bladon, Mrs Morris and Miss Stoneman.

Willow Class Trip – Could we remind parents that the children need to be at school on Wednesday by 8.30am to leave at 8.45am for our trip to Plymouth Aquarium. The children will not be returning to school until 4pm. Those that have order packed lunches will be given to them in the morning once they are on the coach. Please make sure that they do have plenty to drink and a snack. Thank you, Miss Cosh.

Ash Class – Reminder: Ash class will need their wild area clothes for next week.

Request for Helpers from Willow Class – We are still looking for helps for our swimming pool session on a Monday.

School Photos – You can still order school photos but you will be required to pay the £4 postage fee. The online gallery on the website will be open until September.

Trophies – Please can you return any trophies to the office by Tuesday 30th June. Many thanks.


Rag Bag Recycling Scheme – We now have an indoor bank for the Rag Bag Recycling Scheme which is located in Willow’s outdoor shelter. By participating you are helping the environment and helping local authorities to meet recycling targets as well as raising funds for your school. Please bring in all types of unwanted textiles including adults and children’s clothes, paired shoes (tied together with laces or elastic bands), hats, bags, belts, curtains, towels and bed linen.

Textiles are sorted, then graded according to quality, for reuse or recycling. Good quality textiles are exported to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, providing good quality affordable second hand clothing. Poor quality textiles are cut into industrial wiping cloths.

Bags have been sent home today with each child and extra bags are available from the office or Emma Brainch.


Willow Class– Please could we have a couple of volunteers to help with swimming on a Monday afternoon? You will be needed to go into the pool. Unfortunately we need a couple of helpers or we won’t be able to swim. If you can help out please speak to Miss Cosh or the ladies in the office. Many thanks.

Swimming – Unfortunately our lifeguard is unavailable on Monday 29th June so there will be no swimming for Willow Class next Monday. Ash and Oak Class will be swimming on Wednesday 1st July.

Lost Property – Imogen Blackman from Willow Class has lost 2 school jumpers. Please can you check to see whether you have taken them by mistake? Many thanks.

School Uniform – Please can you make sure all your uniform, including hats etc are clearly named.

Devon NorseCaretaker Required – We have a vacancy for a Caretaker at Payhembury Primary School. You will be responsible for the security of the school, general maintenance tasks and cleaning (mopping, vacuuming, dusting etc) to ensure that the school is kept to the highest standard. You will be contracted to work 13 hours a week Mon-Fri. This is a 41 week position (38 weeks term time plus 1 week at Easter and 2 weeks in the summer). Uniform and training will be provided. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check, the cost of which will be met by the employer. Monthly pay: £405.76. Closing date is 9th July.

Please contact Alan Seward on 01392 351160 or 07825 532853 (mobile).

Dates for the Diary

2014/15 Academic Year

29th June                     - Oak & Ash class trip to Kents Cavern, Torquay – all day

1st July                         - Willow Class Trip to Plymouth Aquarium 8.45 – 4pm

- Full Governors Meeting 5.30pm with School Council

2nd July                        - Year 6 Life Skills @ Donkey Sanctuary 9.15 – 12pm

4th July                                    - Party in the Park

13th – 17th July             - Transition week - Year 6 @ Kings School all week

23rd July                      - Leaver’s Service 9.15am

   Last day of Term

7th September              - First Day of Autumn Term

9th October                  - Non-pupil day

26th-30th October         - Half Term

18th December              - Last day of Term

News From Payhembury Church

On Sunday there will be an All Ages Service at 11:00 followed by refreshments, so do come along to share in an informal family time.

A thought

The Lord’s promise is sure.  He speaks no careless word; all he says is purest truth, like silver seven times refined.

Psalm 12:6
The Living Bible

Community News

Party in the Park – Saturday 4th July - Party in the Park is nearly here and we’re looking for talent for the annual Payhembury’s Got Talent show which kicks off the event.

If you’d like to take part, please let us know your name, age, and details of your act.

Please pass your information back to Lucy Williams (Connor & Emma’s mum), Jenny Ireland (Brooklyn & Ollie’s mum) or Robin Elsom (Charlie & Sam’s dad) by the end of Monday 22 June.

Party in the Park is on Saturday 4 July, on the school field. Gates open 4:30, PGT at 5:15, followed by live music. £5 per adult, children free. Burgers, pudding, and a fully licensed bar.

The Kings School – Tennis Club - Kings School Tennis Club starts on Monday 15th June 2015 and will run for 4 weeks. No equipment necessary, all will be provided. The Club takes place on the King’s School MUGA 4-5pm and it is open to primary aged children in years 3/4/5/6. For more details please ask in the office or call Heather Little on 01404 812982 ext 235 (Mon/Tues) or contact via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


East of Exe Schools Orienteering League - Devon Orienteering Club (OC) are putting on a series of Orienteering events for schools, youth groups and families in the Exeter and East Devon area.

Events are:

19th July – Knighthayes near Tiverton (tbc) (DevonOC)


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