We are justly proud of our village school with its warm and welcoming feel.

Feel free to visit the school's official website on:

www.stmarys-brixton.devon.sch.uk

Elliotts Hill, Brixton, Plymouth, PL8 2AG 01752 880436

DOG OWNERS ALERT
SING-A-LONG INVITE

NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL

by Headteacher, Dr. Penny Fitch

as prepared for the Parish Magazine - June 2015 edition

We have welcomed in yet more children to our lovely school and I am very pleased to say that all have settled in really well. We are now expecting over 80 children in the school in September and I for one can't wait to see the school filling up, whilst at the same time retaining the family friendly feel and personal style we are so proud of.

The School Council raised well over 300.00 for the Nepal Earthquake victims and I have to say that I was so proud of the way that they (with a little help from the Year Six children) planned, organised and co-ordinated the fund raising events. They were absolutely amazing and thoroughly deserved to raise such a fantastic amount for the charity.

Our second Family Dog Show and Fair was once again a great success and raised in excess of 1,300 for the Friends of Brixton School (FOBS). The money the FOBS raises goes to support the children in their learning or to provide additional resources such as computer software, a new pool cover and a whole range of other essential items. Many thanks to Leon Brooks and his family who worked so hard to make the day such a success.

The vegetable garden is now if not full certainly heading that way and beans, peas, potatoes, courgettes, onions and lettuces, not to forget sunflowers, are growing nicely in the lovely raised vegetable beds paid for by the Brixton Composters. We are looking forward to a Press opportunity to celebrate the collaboration of Brixton Composters and Otter Nurseries in supporting our budding gardeners in their ventures so look out in the local press for coverage of our 'growing' partnership!

We are now the proud possessors of 57 solar panels on our south facing roof and they are working hard to generate electricity to power the school including the heating of the swimming pool. Whatever we don't use goes into the national grid and we will receive payment for our 'Brixton School Electricity' which again will be put towards something worthwhile for the children. Many thanks to Due South Energy who donated the panels.

Years, 3, 4 and 5 have all been on their residentials and a great time has been had by all. They have all been very different with Year Three living in five-star luxury at Coleshayes Park near Bovey Tracey (lovely and warm) whilst at the same time taking part in activities such as orienteering, canoeing and team building. Year Four stayed overnight in Yurts (very cold!!) at Escott near Ottery St Mary and took part in lots of bush craft activities such as making fires and building shelters and the best of the lot - the SWAMP walk! Finally, Year Five had it 'rough and tough' at Dittisham and endured two nights in draughty (partly built by themselves!), wooden shelters (absolutely freezing!!); yomping two hours to their destination with their packs on their backs; collecting their own water and facing the challenge of the 80 metre zip wire! Years Two and Six still have their residentials to look forward to.

We are proud as a federation of the opportunities we provide for our children and the residentials really sum up our determination to provide each child, whatever the age, with exciting and challenging experiences. Photographs will be appearing on the website soon so make sure you go online and have a look - www.stmarys-brixton.devon.sch.uk

We are looking forward to a visit from the new Bishop of Exeter, Bishop Nick, to celebrate our recent successes and to show him around our fantastic school. He has asked specifically to visit Brixton St Mary's and I will report on his visit in the next article for the Brixton Magazine.

An important note for your diary - our next Sing-a-long will be on Friday the 10th of July at 2pm in the hall. Please come along, whatever your age, and support us in the work we are doing to bring the young and old of the community together on a regular basis.

You will also be most welcome to join us on our Sports Day which will be held on Wednesday the 1st of July at 1.30pm on the school field. We will be holding an End of Term/Leavers Service at St Mary's led by the Rev John Perry at 10.45 on Wednesday the 22nd of July. Please come and join us to celebrate the end of a really great year in every way.