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Letter from the Headteacher - Celebrating Diverse Talents

Letter 19 - Celebrating the Diverse Talents of Our Students

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a challenging week for many schools in North Devon. We’re all striving to make the right decisions for our school and local community by taking balanced choices that promote everyone’s safety whilst also delivering the best education that we can. As I have mentioned recently, staffing levels have been adversely affected for various reasons including Covid. Like other local and national schools, we have taken a cautious approach by continuing with expectation for all staff and students to wear face coverings on the corridors and social spaces. We understand that some parents are opposed to this decision but we are equally aware that some parents would like to see their children wearing face coverings throughout the school day. We will continue to take a balanced approach and will reduce our measure as soon as feel it is the right time to do so.

Please see some highlights of this week and other points of interest.

World Book Day Celebration - 3rd and 4th March

We are looking forward to this year’s World Book Day with the return of face-to-face events. The celebration will take place on 3rd and 4th March and we already have lots of fun activities planned for students to celebrate books and reading. The overall theme for the celebration this year is ‘Circus’. Therefore, students can look forward to taking part in ‘Circus’ and book-based activities. Here is a flavour of what students can look forward to. Our very own Minister of Fun, Mr. Law, will be dressed as the circus ringleader to direct students around the various fun activities. For example, we have a story telling workshop; a ‘Hoopla’ book challenge; a visit from the well-known children’s writer John Townsend and you can try your luck at the ‘Ferris Wheel of Fortune’. There will also be competitions to take part in. For example, English is running a Year 7 ‘Book Bunting’ challenge where tutor groups will compete to create the longest and most eye-catching bunting and there is a lucky dip for all year groups.

This celebration will be recognised across the school with teachers reading extracts from their favourite books and decorating their classroom doors to reflect their favourite books. The Art department also have a project involving KS3 students who will be producing pieces of Art inspired by the novel ‘The Night Circus’. Students should look out for their book tokens and their ‘Circus’ tickets soon!

Poetry Success!

The school celebrated ‘National Poetry Day’ in October by running The Young Writer’s poetry competition. The competition invited students to enter a poem on the theme of ‘Empowerment’. The idea behind the poetry day competitions is to give students a platform and purpose to write a poem on topics which are current and important. As always, our students stepped up to the plate and we received plenty of quality poems to enter. We are very proud of students for entering the competition and engaging with writing in a confident and creative way.

The winners of the competition have their poems published and we are delighted to announce that our very own student, Amelie Davies in Year 8, has successfully had her poem published! Well done Amelie on your success, we are incredibly proud of this achievement and your courage to enter the competition. Amelie’s piece is a powerful poem on the topic of social media and how it impacts upon us. Look out for Amelie’s poem in the next TIA Gazette.

Football Devon Cup Success!

The Year 10 Boys Football Team made the long 2 hour Journey down to Paignton on Thursday to play South Devon High School. Please read our match day report below.

Today we travelled over 2 hours to South Devon High School. Ilfracombe started the brightest and took the lead through a Joe H wonder ball over the top that Joe M latched onto before taking the ball around the keeper for a tap in. Ilfracombe continued their dominance with Taylor R lobbing the keeper from 30 yards out. Ilfracombe continued to capitalise on their dominance with a Messi-style run from Joe H which was swiftly despatched by Stan J into the bottom corner from 35 yards out.

This was goal of the day by far! Minutes later Joe M pounced again on a defensive error and slotted it passed the keeper. Even better, minutes later Joe H dribbled passed the whole South Devon team and slotted it past the keeper. That made it 5-0. South Devon did get a consultation just before half time. South Devon started brightly in the second half but from that point onwards the Ilfracombe’s defenders held strong to the end and Jessie R kept the scoreboard as it was with some fine saves!

Towards the end we squandered a few chances but when the final whistle blew we saw Ilfracombe go through to the next round. Man of the Match was shared by Cole T and Joe H. Mr Law said that “this is a massive cup upset considering they are an academy set up side. The Year 10s did the school proud today and now we go to Round 2!

Reminder about LFD Testing

  • People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6

  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace

  • If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest

  • Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation

This means that the completion of at home LFD tests is really important. We would again like to thank our parents/carers for supporting their child to complete two LFD tests at home on Sundays and Wednesdays each week. Some students have tested positive through this process and are self-isolating at home.

I hope all our students and their families enjoy the weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Rogers


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