Newsletter 9th Sept 2022

9th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope your child had a positive start to the term. Please ensure your child’s teacher knows how best to contact you, for your convenience: phone call, email or home school book. Your child’s teacher might have sent a home/school book to you. There is no expectation to use it and certainly not all parents want one. As long as you are receiving the information you need, teachers are happy to communicate in a range of ways. Please note staff have 48 hrs to respond to emails so if your enquiry is urgent please phone the school office.

Royal Bereavement

As you will no doubt have heard, last night Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty The Queen, who has passed away at the age of 96.

We are deeply saddened by the news. Throughout her long reign The Queen showed unstinting dedication to public service and charitable causes. 

The impact of the Queen’s death will be affecting everyone differently. Here are some useful resources to help young people navigate their emotions, whether about the Queen’s death or about bereavement in general.

Banner of the Queen
What Is Kate Middleton's New Royal Title Following Queen Elizabeth II's  Death?

Summer Holiday Club Fun

Pupils who attended our summer holiday HAF clubs had a brilliant time. Parents and carers said it helped them with settling back into school after the long break. Other feedback included "excellent" and a "great opportunity", with staff "really friendly" and "going the extra mile". The hot lunches were popular too, despite the warm weather! We are now planning our next clubs during the Christmas holidays, which will have plenty of ho, ho, ho!

Headteacher for the day

A pupil in Gemma M’s class got his birthday wish, to be the ‘head teacher’. He provided words of wisdom to new Mill Water pupils, conducted a safety check of the building and advised on school improvements. A spaceship in the playground with slides coming out was one brilliant idea! The sense of pride he showed in our school was humbling and he said “please take photos, I want to remember this day for ever”.

Mill Water PTFA coffee and catch up

Come along for a coffee and a catch up in school next Thursday 15th September at 1pm. This is a chance to meet other parents, hear about new plans for our school and learn how you can lend your support to a fun team who help create further enrichment opportunities for our pupils.

For more details, or if you can't make it and you would still like to help, email

We look forward to seeing you!


Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) free online sessions:
Click here for all details and to book a free place

  • Demystifying SEND: Tues 4th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • EHCP Review Myth-busting: Mon 10th October, 10:30am – 12.30pm
  • Listening to your Child’s Views: Tues 11th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Devon County Financial Support and Advice
Help with household bills, energy costs and financial assistance

Do you need help with childcare costs?
The Government’s Childcare Choices lists all the schemes available here