Children in need

Children in need jumper

World diabetes day

World diabetes day

Sunday 14th November was World diabetes day. We celebrated the day on Friday by asking the children to come dressed in non uniform but in as much blue as possible.

We have 2 children in school who are diabetic and we are hoping to raise money for Snack Pack, which is a support group in Exeter.

We raised a massive £140.89 for snack pack.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day choir

The children at Heathcoat Primary School have been learning all about the history of Remembrance Day this week.  There have been several assemblies about Remembrance, and different year groups have produced some beautiful artwork linked to the poppy.  At 11am on 11.11 the children and staff held a 2 minute silence to remember the fallen and give thanks to the serving military, with the Last Post being played by Mrs Bard.

Remembrance Day

Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge at Tiverton Library this summer. I am delighted to say that of the 19 schools in the local area, Heathcoat Primary School ranked 4th in terms of the number of children completing the competition, with 38 of our children finishing. Well done to all those who took part. It’s lovely to hear that you enjoyed reading over the summer.

Summer Reading Challenge at Tiverton Library Summer Reading Challenge at Tiverton Library Summer Reading Challenge at Tiverton Library

Heathcoat scores a win in the Year 4 football

We’re delighted that the boys and girls of HPS had a win at Tiverton Cooperative Learning Partnership football competition at Tiverton High School.

Despite the children having little training together and playing in torrential rain, this did not stop their determination to work as a team to continually fire the ball into the net.

Well down to all the Year 4 football players. Team A won and Team B were second in their pools. What a great result!!
Thank you also to Yvonne and Naomi for accompanying the children.

The Year 10s Sports Leaders did their best to collate everything in soggy conditions; thanks for everyone’s support on the day!

Results for the Y3/4 Football, from a very wet Tuesday 28th Sept:

Pool 1
1st Place – St John’s A
2nd Place – Heathcoat B
2nd Place –  Castle
3rd Place – Wilcombe A
3rd Place – Rackenford B

Pool 2
1st Place – Heathcoat A
2nd Place – Wilcombe B
3rd Place – Halberton
3rd Place – Rackenford A
4th Place – St John’s B

“I really enjoyed it and we scored 19 goals altogether. The weather was bad, but it was still great fun!” Eva

“I had a great time playing matches. I loved it and wish I could do it again.” Kai

HPS enters ‘Fun & Active Playgrounds’ competition

We’ve entered in the Fun & Active Playgrounds competition and are in with a chance of winning a playground transformation worth £3000 in time for the new academic year! We’re crossing our fingers as the Silver Sports Package includes 6 bright and colourful playground markings that encourage physical play and activity. With a Netball Court, Dance With Me, Active Trail, Jump Game, Dartboard and 4-Way Hopscotch – the range of markings can be used to enhance breaktimes and PE lessons!

Find out more here: https://fun-play.co.uk/playground-competition/

Join us in wearing the wrong trousers!

wrong trousers

You may know that Heathcoat Primary School pupil Joe received treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital last year, and has written a letter asking local people to get behind a national fundraising campaign this Friday [2nd June].

Following his road accident last year, Joe wants as many as people as possible to join him in supporting Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day. There’s a prize being awarded to the best ‘wrong trousers’ at our school on Friday!

Joe wants everyone from kids to businesses to take part by wearing the wrong trousers, or through some other ‘cracking’ ideas. His letter says:

“On the 25th August 2020 I was rushed to Bristol children’s hospital after being in a road accident. I had over 20 hours of surgery and me and mummy spent 3 and half weeks at Bristol Children’s Hospital and we still go now for my check ups. All the nurses, doctors and the staff really looked after me and made being in hospital kind of fun for me even with the added pressure of Covid.

I want to raise some money for the hospital but I need your help so let me tell you about Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day on Friday 2nd July. All you have to do is dig out those wacky trousers – from pyjamas to tu-tus and waders to work wear, anything goes, and wear them to school/work.

By donning your wrong trousers and making a donation you are helping to support sick babies and children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am going to try and get as many schools and businesses to take part in Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day!

I would also like children to design their own Wrong Trousers for a competition. Children will be given the colouring to complete on Friday.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Thank you

Joe”

You can donate to Joe’s Go Fund Me page: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/tiverton-lets-see-your-wrong-trousers

 COVID-19 update

Devon County Council has issued an update on COVID-19. This is the content of their most recent communication:

As you may have seen in the news, cases of COVID-19 are rising again.  Here in Devon we still have lower rates than many parts of the country, but it is expected that Devon’s rates will continue to rise as we all start to socialise more.  This is starting to be reflected in the rise in positive cases among school age children in the county. 

We want to thank parents and carers for all you are doing to help keep school communities safe – and ask everyone to keep going with the ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ measures when you and your family are out and about, as well as at school:

·       Wash hands frequently

·       Use face coverings where required, including school transport, public transport, and indoor public spaces

·       Make space – keep your social distance

·       Choose to meet outside in the fresh air where possible

 

Regular testing also helps to stop the spread of the virus – here’s a reminder of what tests are available and when to use them:

LFD tests (Lateral Flow Device)

LFD tests can identify people with lots of the virus and who are very infectious.  1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus to other people without knowing.  These tests are for people who do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.  They provide quick results within half an hour, so that you can get on with your day if you test negative, remembering to keep following public health guidance.  If you test positive, you’ll need to arrange a follow-up PCR test (see below).  LFD tests are available for all adults and secondary aged pupils to test twice weekly.   You can pick them up for free from your local pharmacy, and they are available to order online for home delivery.  Assistance with the test is available at any of our Community Testing sites.  You can find details about where our sites are across Devon on our website, devon.cc/flow.

PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

PCR tests are more sensitive and used to confirm if someone has COVID-19.  The result takes longer as it is processed in a lab.  PCR tests are for people with COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, new and continuous cough, change to usual sense of taste or smell – or for follow up after a positive LFD result.  Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case can also get a PCR test.

Please remember to report test results on the national website as well as to the school, this helps us monitor cases and support quick and appropriate action to keep schools operating as normal.

You can keep up to date with the latest coronavirus news from Devon County Council.

Download their advice to parents and carers here:

Schools advice to parents and carers – JUNE 2021 final

Easter Holiday Activities and Food Programme – Website now live

School gates

Further to the information shared on Friday, please see the attached link which gives details of the Easter Holiday Activities Programme which is available for children in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/document/free-easter-holiday-activities-and-meals-for-children

Details of the locations and nature of the provision available can be found via the link and bookings should be made directly with the provider. Please do promote this opportunity to eligible families.