Burrington School                                  www.burrington.eschools.co.uk                  Alison Waite Headteacher 
Holy Trinity Church             www.burrington-pc.org.uk/holytrinity-church/         John Dixon, Churchwarden Holy Trinity hosted the combined benefice communion on 3rd September. It was a busy service, and I thank Peter Harrison for standing in as locum church warden while I was in Cornwall. There was Riley Carson’s baptism on 10th September and then the family service with welcome for the new children at Burrington school on the following Sunday 17th September. On the last Sunday of the month we had the Harvest festival service, which was very well taken by Tom Ekin. I am very sorry to say that we again had no organist for this service. We were very lucky that Mike McLennan kindly played the piano with no warning or time to practice, and there was a good congregation and well known hymns, so the service went very well. The altar guild has done a wonderful job decorating the church for harvest. I would urge everyone to go and see it, if they get the chance, before it has to be taken down. There has been a problem with poor churchyard maintenance. This is contracted to Glencore via the council and Dignity and the problem seems to be too long an interval between episodes of cutting the grass. This makes the churchyard look unkempt with long grass, and unkempt with cut grass after mowing. I am pleased to say Helen Mitchell from Dignity is on the case, and I hope we can expect a better standard of care from Glencore next year, with the churchyard being mown regularly every two weeks as contracted. We had our PCC meeting on Thursday. We are most grateful to our retiring secretary, Jeremy Leighton who has done this fairly onerous job for several years. We are also very pleased to welcome Alexis Mackie, our new secretary. She has recently moved to the village, and is throwing herself in at the deep end by taking on the job. There is a proposal from a broadband company to site an aerial on the church tower, so that the village can have a choice of broadband providers. The PCC gave the idea a cautious welcome as it will benefit the village and not be an eyesore on the church. It does require the agreement of the school governors and there is a public meeting in the Burrington Inn in early November when the company will explain its proposal and answer questions about it.
The school has a very strong focus on children achieving the best that they are capable of and we are a Learning Without Limits school which means that we don’t put a limit on children’s learning. We do this in many ways including ensuring that there is a challenge in every lesson. The children relish the opportunity to challenge themselves at a level that is appropriate to them. Lessons are usually based on the term’s topic and I often see children who want to continue their learning into playtime. This term, Y5/6 (Maple class) are learning about our world and natural events in a topic entitled ‘Would we survive?’ They have been lucky enough to have visits from people who have journeyed to different parts of the world and who have been kind enough to share their experiences with the children. If you have a skill or an expertise that you would be willing to share with the children in any field, we would love to hear from you. We are also a Gem Power school where we use different gems to help the children understand the skills that we want them to develop. For example, diamonds are for independence and emeralds are for having a go or taking a chance and we encourage children to develop their gem power. Visitors often comment on how confident the children are and we feel that being part of a small school helps to develop this confidence as everyone has a part to play in our school life. This willingness to be independent and to ’have a go’ was very obvious in a recent inter- school quiz where four children competed against children from five other schools in the local area. It was a very intense afternoon with all of the children having to answer some questions individually and then work as a team to answer other questions. I was very proud when our team won the quiz with a very high score but I was also very pleased that their ability to work well as a team was also commented on. We are now the proud owners of a shield for the year and Burrington’s name is the first name to be engraved on it. Do you have a child who is due to start school in September 2018 or are you looking for a school for your child? We are holding a series of open days over the next few months or alternatively please call the school and we will be happy to arrange a tour of the school. We also have spaces in our nursery for children from the term following their third birthday and are offering up to 20 hours funded child care for those who are eligible.Oak Class have been using their new drone to take photos of the school from the air