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Summer 17

"Cinderella Rockerfella"

Summer 17 Show

" Catering Arrangements and Other May News"

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" Red Nose Day and Other March News"

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"Ms Holmes and Other February News"

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"Friend's Bingo and Other January News"

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"Cross Country"

"Christmas Fair"

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"The Nativity and other News . . ."

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"Children in Need - Spotty Superheroes . . ."

"November News"

"Out and About"

"Open Day and other School News"

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"Open Day"

 We will be holding an open day on Tuesday 4th October for parents of prospective pupils and all other interested parties to come along and find out what our school has to offer. If you know of anyone please let them know. They will be able to meet pupils, staff, governors, PTA members and senior leaders and look around the school. Refreshments will be available as well as a chance to sample our delicious school meal options!

"Harvest Festival and other School News"

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"School Food: an Uncertain Future - Sheila Dillon"

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about the loss of the small school support grant for school food.

"New Teachers' Visit and Other News"

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"Camp 16"

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"OfSTED and Other School News"

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"Staffing and Other School News"

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"Cookathon and Other School News"

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"Radio 4 Broadcast of Food and Farming Awards Results - Congratulations Jo Wooton for Getting to the Finals"
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"Food and Farming Awards Update - BBC Radio 4 Broadcast"

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BBC Cook of the Year

We're looking for cooks who are imaginative and innovative at mealtimes in a hospital, care home, school or workplace. This is an award for cooks in any institutional setting; public or private sector. Do you know someone preparing tasty, healthy meals on a budget, using carefully sourced ingredients? Someone who deserves recognition for creating delicious, nutritious menus that are helping to transform the food in the UK’s less celebrated dining rooms?

2016 Finalist: Chris Watson, Poole Grammar School, Dorset

Poole Grammar School is one of five schools in the country to have achieved a Food for Life Gold award and head chef Chris prepares all of the recipes for the school’s lunches from scratch, creating a menu with an emphasis on locally sourced, high quality, organic and sustainable produce.

2016 Finalist: Jo Wotton, St Tudy School, Bodmin, Cornwall

Three years ago, local mum Jo Wotton decided that she could do a better job than the existing catering team at her son’s school. Within 6 weeks she had created a catering service with other schools in the area and went from 6 children eating to 45. She works with local butchers, grocers and fish suppliers to work with the school and use their seasonal produce on a budget of 64p - £1.10 per head.

2016 Nominee: Deirdre Woods, Granville Community Kitchen, Kilburn, London

Deirdre is a volunteer cook at the Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn, London. Her menu is described as being influenced by her wide knowledge of food and her own culturally varied background. Locally sourced and influenced by global cooking ingredients, she plans menus to introduce people back to the food of their childhood or cultures that they have lost touch with. The kitchen is situated in one of the most deprived estates in London and aims to empower the community through food.

"Friends' Summer Camp 16 and other School News"

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"The BBC, Stefan Gates, Allegra McEvedy, Jennifer Rickard (CCC) Jo Wooton and Karen Holmes at the School for the Food and Farming Awards"

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"Carnyorth Arts Residential and other School News"

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"World Book Day"

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"Badger Forest School Begins"

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"Swimming Lessons Begin"

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"Christmas Jumper Day and Other School News"

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"Christmas Fare"

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"Bake Off"

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"Food in Schools Award Cornwall"
St Tudy school won the first ever Food in Schools Award in Cornwall today. Jo Wotton also won outstanding contribution to school food at the Healthy Schools awards - everyone is thrilled!

"Sadly a black cat has been found on the road"

"November Newsletter"

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"School Christmas Fair"

Tuesday 1st December- 2pm to 3.45pm

Please come along to the Schools annual Christmas Fair 
with a Raffle, games to play and win!! also tea coffee and cakes 

"Late October News"

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"Shipwrecked - Badger Forest School"

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Julie Lobb:  Fantastic First Football Match for the year 3/4 football team today. An evenly fought match although we lost 3-4. Well done to all the boys. 
A huge thank you to Angela Hocking for all her help, she really is a god send 😊

"School Open Day and Other News"

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Mrs Jae Hainsworth, 

Harvest Festival, Badger Forest School and More . .

"Welcome Back!"

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Find out about September Classes

School Newsletter 
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"Mrs Jae Hainsworth the new Head of School"

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"Dogagility, Vikings and Tag Rugby - It's been all go at the Primary School"

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"Badger Forest School at the Primary School"

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"Lucy Dove Retires after 30 Years at the School"

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There will be a number of changes next academic year—the main one being the retirement of Ms Lucy Dove. Lucy has been at the school for 30 years! She has decided that the time has now come to no longer teach full-time and so she will be leaving her permanent job here. She will still visit the school (for supply cover and SEN work) but not on a daily basis.

Lucy holds a key position at the school—Head of School, which is currently being advertised through the local authority. We will keep you informed of the process as and when we know anything.

We are expecting a smallish group of children into Reception for September and so with the loss of our largest group (11 Year 6’s) our numbers will, for the first time in many years, drop below 50. This means that we cannot sustain three full time classes. So, as we have done in previous years when we were below 50, we will move to 3 classes in the morning and 2 classes in the afternoon.

We will split the school as follows: Class 1—R, Y1 and Y2, Class 2—Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. Every morning the Y5 and Y6 children will be taught Literacy and Maths separately.

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Lucy Dove - Head of School responds to an anonymously distributed letter suggesting the school would be unable to accommodate children from any new planned affordable housing schemes  . . .

"We would like it to be known that St.Tudy School is not at all happy with the anonymous flyer that was put into houses towards the end of October.

Nobody came to ask the school about spaces available and yet the flyer talks about ‘the few places left in the Primary School’.  We would like to make it clear that we have quite a number of spaces available in the school, so this statement is not true. We would be very happy to see affordable homes built in the village in order to help secure the future of the school.

We felt we needed to express our concern about the inaccuracies contained in this flyer."

Lucy Dove - Head of School

SCHOOLCHILDREN from St Tudy Primary School got a chance to learn more about where their food comes from last week when they visited neighbouring Polshea Farm.

The dairy farm, run by Mark and Lyn Button, gave the children, aged 4 to 7, the opportunity to experience what goes on in a modern milking parlour, where the cattle's turntable is just part of what is now a largely automated process.

The children later got to know some of the farm's young calves before being treated to milkshakes and cheese.

Source: Cornish Guardian

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ST TUDY Primary School is to lodge a formal appeal against the Government's refusal of £2.2 million to provide a new building.

The existing school house, built in 1863, has for many years been recognised as inadequate, with no safe play facilities on site, a main entrance which opens onto the road and no staff toilets.

Ofsted also said the building is too small for modern-day purposes, as it has no facilities for children with special needs.

In 2005 the then Government approved money for a new school but the local community and council could not agree where to site it.

After years of wrangling the Government finally withdrew the money in 2011.

School managers had hoped converting to an academy would potentially unlock Whitehall funding – but last week were devastated when proposals for a new school building, which would have also provided St Tudy with an imaginative high-tech community centre, were turned down by the Department for Education.

The school currently has 56 pupils and is federated with neighbouring St Mabyn primary school.

On Friday the school's building design team agreed to lodge a formal appeal against the decision.

"There are so many things they haven't taken into account that we think we have a good chance of winning the appeal," said head teacher Karen Holmes.

"There is still a chance the new school could be built and ready for pupils by September of next year."

She explained the Department for Education officials had ignored key parts of the proposal.

"They clearly haven't assessed it properly and so we are exercising our right of appeal. We were only eight points away from qualifying, so they recognised the need, and we're convinced that if they had read all of the documents we sent we would then have got the money."

The deadline for the submission of appeals is Thursday, May 15, and Ms Holmes hoped the Government would respond promptly, to allow work on the project to continue through the summer.

Source: Cornish Guardian

A SCHOOL head teacher said she is "gutted" after a £2.2 million bid for a new school in St Tudy was turned down.

Karen Holmes confirmed this week the school's application to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund had been rejected.

Built in 1863, it has for years been deemed inadequate. Its 56 pupils have to be escorted to play areas away from the main site, the entrance opens directly on to the main road and there are no staff toilets, no hall and no facilities for pupils with special needs.

Ms Holmes said: "I am so disappointed. It is not too strong to say I am gutted.

"The letter from the Education Funding Authority says they had 3,300 projects to consider, £1.4 billion is needed, but they are able to approve only £394 million, so lots of other schools will have been disappointed, too."

The building has been criticised by Ofsted and ministers have in the past come close to providing the cash.

In 2005, the Government provided backing for a rebuild subject to local agreements but delays over the following years, including the discovery of Roman remains on a proposed site, saw it withdrawn in 2011.

The school responded by freeing itself from Cornwall Council control and became an academy, in partnership with the neighbouring St Mabyn Church of England Primary School. On Monday the community learnt the school is still no nearer to a new school building.

Ms Holmes said: "Looking at how the Government has scored our application, we missed out by only 8 per cent. It looks as if there is at least one aspect of our application they might not have considered properly.

"There might be other schools with much smaller projects, and with more pupils, which they have decided represent better value, but our application was special. It went beyond simply providing a new building; we've been talking about putting the school at the heart of the community. We might appeal."

The application had outlined a radical vision involving high-tech low-energy construction techniques, which would have provided sports courts, open-air and indoor performance spaces, a library and ICT facilities, a demonstration kitchen, exhibition and conference spaces and an ecofriendly wedding venue.

The proposed site sits next to the community shop. Members of the school's board believed traffic problems would have been reduced and there would have been no need for pupils to cross the road.

The school has held preapplication talks with Cornwall Council and a full planning application had been expected. The board had hoped the new building would have been finished summer 2015 and accepting pupils in the September.

In 2010 Cornwall Council labelled St Tudy the county's second worst school building and put forward proposals for a new primary school at Longstone. The idea was not supported locally and funds available for new buildings were spent elsewhere.

Source:Cornish Guardian