WIDER Community Engagement
At Newton St. Cyres School we pride ourselves on working closely with our wider community. We have strong links with the church, the Parish Council, The Newton St. Cyres Recreation Ground as well as local businesses who support us to make a positive difference to the children in school. This collective spirit makes our school a special place to be. Please see some examples below of the positive relationships we hold with the wider community.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
We were delighted to receive a very special letter from Dame Mary Morrison, the Queen's Lady-in-Waiting, acknowledging our "lovely card" we sent to Her Majesty The Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.
Rt Hon Mel Stride MP - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Rt Hon Mel Stride MP has visited our school on a number of occasions and was very supportive of our application to build a new school 5 few years ago. On his most recent visit, he awarded Zak Harris with a special art set after he won his prestigious Christmas Card Competition.
We were delighted to receive a special letter from Rt Hon Mel Stride MP congratulating our class 2 children on a wonderful nativity at Christmas. The letter was shared in assembly and the children were delighted with the acknowledgement.
Tesco Community Grant
Tesco community grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK. FANS contacted Tesco and we were registered under the blue token scheme to support our application for new playground equipment. We were delighted to receive £1000 which helped us reach our total and provide our children with first class playground facilities.
Headteacher Coffee Morning
Every half term, we host a coffee morning and encourage as many parents as possible to come in to talk about all things to do with school. In October, there was a presentation on the curriculum as well as updates on new systems and processes in school. The event was very well attended and there was positive feedback elicited on our Facebook Page.
Newton St. Cyres Environmental Wellbeing Group (NEW)
We are committed to working alongside our Parish Council to address the climate emergency and make a difference to our local community.
At the start of this year, members of our eco-council attended a NEW meeting and talked about our commitment to making a positive difference to the world around us. The students created display boards which highlighted the work completed alongside Planet Action which aims to inspire a positive and proactive response to the environmental crisis. Our vision for working alongside Planet Action is to motivate students to value the natural world and enable schools to become beacons of change in the wider community.
Working Party Days
When we first moved on to our new school site, we hosted a tree planting day where parents and carers joined us on the field to plant trees. The trees were kindly donated by The Woodland Trust and with the help of staff, parents and children, we were able to plant some trees and begin to develop our own wild life area behind the MUGA.
At Harvest, we celebrate this time by inviting our elderly members of the community in for lunch. Our school council meet and greet and sit with them whilst they eat, sharing stories about school. After lunch each class shares their harvest songs and any work linked to harvest. As well as this, we gather generous donations from our school family and then make food parcels and class 4 deliver these to the local community.
We work very closely with FANS (our school PTA) to bring positive change for the children at school. We have a very committed core group of parents who work tirelessly to host events which raise amazing amounts of money. Through their hard work, we were able to raise enough funds for a wooden play trail on the field and we are currently raising funds for an outside shelter and reading space.
Click on the pictures below to see the wonderful wooden play trail on our school field.
Click on the pictures below to see some of the amazing events we have hosted already this year and the events which are coming up soon!
Newton St. Cyres Baby and Toddler Group - Newton Nappies
When we moved to our new school, we wanted to ensure that the wider community could also benefit from our excellent facilities. On a Wednesday morning, we host Newton Nappies, our friendly baby and toddler group in the school hall. This is always incredibly well attended and is an opportunity for babies and toddlers to enjoy a range of activities.
It is also an avenue of support for new mums and dads as well as existing parents at the school. Sessions are run by parents, but we also invite external companies and agencies into school. We have had Paint Pots Devon to host a session as well as haircutting and bladder and bowel talks from a specialist nursery nurse.
Supporting 1st Crediton Scout Group
This Christmas, we are delighted to support our local scout group who launched their own Christmas postal service. Stamps are available every Wednesday and Friday after school and Christmas cards will be delivered by the beavers, cubs and scouts later in December.
You can view a special article on this great initiative below:
Congratulations to Lily Harries for being awarded a special certificate for reading 50 books on the Secret Book Quest Challenge at Crediton Library.
Lily is an avid reader and has now set her sights on reading 100 books. Well done Lily!
We were delighted that Rt Hon Mel Stride MP sent a congratulations letter to Lily for her amazing achievement. This was shared with her class and a copy sent home.
In November 2022 we raised money for Children In Need and it certainly was 'Spotacular.' The children looked amazing and you can visit our gallery by clicking here. We spent time on the day thinking about what we could do to help. There were lots of activities linked to Pudsey and Children In Need and we also watched videos about the difference our donations could make. We raised a brilliant £103.00. Well done everyone!
Exeter Chiefs Match Day Experience
A group of sports enthusiasts from Newton St. Cyres travelled to Exeter Chiefs to take part in a special match day experience. Arriving early at the ground, the children took part in a special training carousel on the training pitches above Sandy Park. They got to meet some of the academy players and community staff.
Once the training session was completed, the children were given a ticket to the SW Comms stand and they headed off to their seats. Prior to the match, the children formed a special guard of honour to welcome the players to the pitch and at half time, they got to parade around the pitch to the applause of the crowd. At fulltime there were photo opportunities with the players and we were lucky to catch Exeter Chiefs captain Jack Yeandle.
Footballing Success After Leaving Newton Cyres - Sam Gallagher
We are delighted that Sam Gallagher has continued his love of football after leaving Newton St. Cyres. Sam has played for Southampton, MK Dons, Birmingham and is currently playing striker for Blackburn Rovers. After leaving Newton St. Cyres, Sam played for Plymouth Academy before being scouted to join Southampton.
He is having an incredibly successful 2022/2023 season for Blackburn Rovers playing in the English Championship.