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How the garden grows!

Mr Rouse and his Gardening Clubs have done a wonderful job with our vegetable gardens this year, please come and have a look at their ‘green fingered’ success.

 

Rockley Residential Update

After a little encouragement, the children woke to a delicious cooked breakfast today.  They quickly packed their bags and headed off to their final activities.  Paddle boarding was first on the agenda.  The children got to utilise some of the skills they were developing yesterday as they had used the boards for windsurfing yesterday.  Again, there were lots of wet bodies but many smiles too.  A final tasty lunch was enjoyed and they will certainly need the boost it provides to tackle the fast but fun Hobi Cat sailing that is on the agenda for is afternoon.  They have had some great experiences and some have conquered their fears and given activities their all.  It has been a pleasure for all staff involved to have accompanied the children on the residential although sleep beckons!!

Beer Blazer Write Up

Despite the unseasonal mists on Sunday blocking out the fantastic view of the Jurassic Coast there was a great atmosphere and a number of entries in this year’s Beer Blazer. The series of races covered some of the Axe Valley Runners ‘Grizzly’ multi-terrain course which makes it arguably one of the toughest 10k runs in the area.

In the 10K main event Axe Valley Runners Tim Lenton 45.17 retained his title and was followed home by Honiton Running Clubs Kevin Hawker 46.37 and Ian Stewart 46.46. Jayne Alison 53.56 from Mud Crew Trail Runners was the ladies 10K victor followed by Axe Valley Runners Eleanor Wood 55.53 and Clare Hansford 55.58. Entries included a good number of representatives from across the Federation as well as a growing number of ex-pupils. First home was Rob Giffard, Head of teaching and Learning, at All Saints Primary School in 8th place followed by ex-Beer pupil Rory Morgan in 9th. I came home in 15th place and the next in was Matt Gabb in 57th. Mr Smith, Head teacher of Axe Valley, barely broke a sweat and strolled home in 68th followed by Beer parent James Thomson in 78th. Other great performances from friends of the Federation included Evie Morgan 33rd, Alex Morgan 44th, Lizzie Trewick 77nd and Susan Green 87th.

Axe Valley Runner Oliver Rodger 24.50 was the victor in the male 5K race, ahead of another Axe Valley Runner Max Bowskill 25.49 and Honiton Running Club’s Thomas Lilley 26.36. Phoebe Clarke, Cycle Life Axminster, won the female 5K with Axe Valley Runner Mia Bartlett 27.02 2nd and Honiton Running Club Katelyn Wells  28.06 3rd.  All Saints Julie Burrough who only decided to run on the day finished 12th, ex-Beer pupil Kerrie Teasdale came 20th and Beer Parent Karen Leslie came 32nd.

The 1 mile children’s run attracted a record 93 entries, all spurred on by eager relatives. The Boys winner was Beer Boy Harvey Green with Josh Comer 2nd and Sam Eyre 3rd. Hattie Trumlett won the girls race followed by Beer’s Innis Fitzgerald and Alice Clarke. There were so many children that entered from across the Federation and a full list of results is available on the Axe Valley runners’ website. There was certainly that sea of orange t-shirts again which made our children stand out!

Gardening Club

The children from both key stages are really enjoying the new lunchtime gardening club with Mr Rouse. If your child has signed up for this club then please remember to send your child in with a pair of wellies!

World Book Day

Next Thursday is World Book Day as a school we have timetabled in activities for Thursday morning and Friday. Mr Giffard will be leading a whole school assembly to start the day where he will read a short story to the School. The children will then get together with their reading buddies to make a front and back cover, with a blurb for the story. It will be up to each pair how and what they choose to draw / illustrate as they will not see any pictures from the original story. The winners’ covers will be chosen by the School council and prizes handed out on Friday during the special assembly. Also on Friday the teachers will swap classes and read a story / part of a story to children. The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school on Thursday 19th March for 4 days, where the children will be able to spend their World Book Day Vouchers.

Cross Country

I was pleased to be able to attend yesterday’s Stockland Cross Country. It is the first one I have been able to get to it this year. It was certainly one not to be missed with stunning performances across all the age group races. Well done to all the runners! Edward Sims, Felix Gibson, Jake Baker, Harvey Burrough, Jake Bebbington, Bethany-Mya Board, Holly Payne, Harry Gurd, Ben Fox, Abbie Herbert, Olivia Debono, Lily Sims and Florrie Bennett, special congratulations to Harry Gurd – 9th, Olivia Debono 20th, Florrie Bennett 27th, Lily Sims 32nd, Abbie Herbert 34th and Harvey Burrough 38th.

Gospel Choir

I felt very privileged to be able to attend this weeks’ Year 5 Gospel Choir performance at Seaton Town Hall. I have really seen the children progress over the last month. The photo does not do it justice, it was a spectacle of around 200 children singing their hearts out in front of over 100 parents from across the Axe Valley. The children from across the Federation really did do themselves proud. Many thanks to Debbie and Paul Painter from Babcock for organising the event.

Swimming Gala

This week, some of our year 3/4 children took part in a swimming gala at the Flamingo Pool in Axminster. Five other schools participated in a variety of different races which included some fun obstacle events as well. The children performed brilliantly both individually and as part of a team and were selected as one of the best supporters of the other schools participating. We are delighted to announce that we came third which is a terrific achievement. Our other Federation partner Beer won the event. The Federation is doing really well on the sporting front once again! Congratulations to all our swimmers for their conduct and demonstrating the school values throughout the afternoon. A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Turner and Miss Slee for not only helping transport the children, but aiding on the pool side as well. Without their help we could not have participated.

Visit from Blackdown Hills Metal Workers

On Tuesday Class 3 welcomed 5 visitors and a whole host of equipment. We were really lucky to have camera, sound and script professionals sharing their equipment and expertise. After turning the interactive whiteboard into a ‘cool wall’, it was obvious Peppa Pig, is not very popular in Class 3!, all the children learnt how to film, track shots, edit and zoom in for extreme close ups. We were all amazed by how sensitive the sound recording equipment was, it picked up the faintest of whispers. The children also started to develop their film scripts in groups, making a prop wish list and some even tried on some medieval clothing. The film crew will return in two weeks to film Class 3 and turn their acting skills into a learning film which will be used in schools across Devon and form part of the display at Tiverton Museum. Until then Class 3 will need to brush up their persuasive language skills, edit their scripts and practice their acting. Fun!