Newsletter 36 – 3rd July 2015

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The next few days ….

Saturday 4th July                     -          Party in the Park from 4.30pm

Monday 6th July                       -           Swimming – Willow Class

Tuesday 7th July                      -           Induction of new starters 9.30 – 11.30am

Drawing Club 3.30-4.30pm


Wednesday 8th July                 -           Recorder Club 12.30-1pm

Swimming – Ash/Oak Class


Thursday 9th July                     -           Spanish Club 12.30-1pm

                                                            Gardening/Scratch/Sports Clubs 3.30-4.30pm


Friday 10th July                        -           Homework club 12.30-1pm / Forest School Club 3.30-4.15pm   


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents,

What a busy week. Oak and Ash began the week with a magnificent trip to Kent’s Cavern. They stepped back in time to find out about which animals had used the caves and how man during the stone age would have used the caves and surrounding area. They also learnt about the formation of the caves, which originated in Africa. We were praised by the tour guides but also members of the public who commented on how well mannered our children were.

Willow travelled down to Plymouth to spend a day learning about sea life at Plymouth Aquarium. They loved seeing Snorkle the turtle and enjoyed the afternoon workshop. Hopefully they have all come home and asked to do the experiment to make an egg float with you !

Year 6 children are engaging in their transition activities. Thursday morning was spent at Life Skills, where they completed tasks including those led by the Fire Service, Police, RNLI and road safety teams. They have spent this morning in a drama workshop, working with Dave Nicholson and Year 13 students from The Kings School.

Our induction for the new starters in September continues with the children spending a morning in school. They were amazing. We look forward to seeing them on the next two Tuesdays. Mrs Edge and Mrs George will begin their home visits next week.

It was lovely to see an ex pupil – Georgiana Bird for work experience. She has been a real asset in Willow. We wish her all the best for the future.

Just a reminder that next Thursday is a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic menu for lunch.

Have a marvellous time at Party in the Park. I hope the sun shines and all of the performers sparkle.

Finally ……I’m reliably informed that we are in for a large thunderstorm tonight. Listen out for a Mrs Morris scream (the second of the week)!!

With regards,

Mrs Hammett

Well Done To…..

Willow Class – Reception        – Max Millett             Year 1  – Arthur Olney

       - Year 2   - Roxy Spiller

Ash Class   – Year 3   - Thomas Fenwick            Year 4   – Abbey Stonex

Oak Class   - Year 5   - Isobel Boland-Davies   Year 6 - Eloise Doble

Notices to Parents

Letters Sent Home Change of menu for 9th July,

Willow Class – Willow Class had a lovely trip to Plymouth Aquarium on Wednesday. The children were complimented on their good behaviour and they learnt lots of very interesting things. Many thanks to the parent helpers who helped on the trip.

School Dinners – Change of Menu – Please note there will be a change of menu on Thursday 9th July. Flyers showing the change of menu have been sent out this week. If you have ordered a lunch on that day but don’t want a meal please let the office know. Likewise if you haven’t ordered a lunch but would like one please let the office know.

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

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.


Lost Property – William Brainch has lost a navy baseball cap with NZ on it. Please can you check to see whether you have taken it home by mistake.

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

4th July                                    - Party in the Park from 4.30pm

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 morning Prayer at 11:00 , and in Feniton slightly earlier at 10:00 there will be Story Time followed by Parish Communion at 11:00 so a good choice this week end.

A thought

Go into the desert not to escape other men but in order to find them in God.

Thomas Merton

Community News


Party in the Park – Saturday 4th July - Don’t forgetParty in the Park is on this 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)


For further information visit,d.ZGU&psig=AFQjCNHjBTz2QkN1DqrXvqLlkBy-fTyq-Q&ust=1404319299954410">K E N T I S B E A R E   C R I C K E T   C L U B

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July

(Kentisbeare Cricket Ground)



A two day coaching camp that gives 5-11 year olds the opportunity to improve their cricket skills through fun games and activities!

For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Scott Chappell on 07590 724833