Cake Sale by Emily Webb

On Monday 19th October, myself and Florrie held a cake sale for Macmillan and Cancer Research.  It was a great success as we raised £100.06.  I would like to thank everyone for coming.  I would also like to give very special thanks to Mrs Binion for her amazing chocolate cakes, Florrie for her cool cakes and all her help and finally Mrs Porter for making it happen and also for the fact that her lovely cakes sold out extremely quick.

Class 1 & 2 Magdalen Trip

On Monday Classes 1 and 2 went on a trip to the Magdalen Farm. The children (and adults!) had a wonderful, action packed day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In the morning we divided into tribes and applied face paints, then went down to the deep, dark woods to test our survival skills and teamwork. We helped make a fire; built dens, which when tested, were not waterproof and finished off with hot chocolate and marshmallows.  In the afternoon we split into our classes and explored the farm using our senses; smelling and tasting our way around the herb garden and polytunnels. Who knew that nasturtium flowers had nectar that tasted so sweet, or had leaves with such a peppery kick? The chickens pecked our hands and the pigs felt bristly compared to the velvet nose of a horse.  We all learnt a lot whilst having fun. Did you know you can clean your teeth with a sage leaf?

Class 4 Healthy Sweet Sale

On Thursday 16th July, after many weeks of preparation, Class 4 held their ‘sweet treat’ sale. As part of their English lessons they had been tasked to create, design, advertise and market a new healthy sweet treat for children. They came up with their own brand names, logos, slogans and packaging to go along with the recipes they had decided to make. The PTFA kindly lent each group some money so that they could produce their product and sell it in order to (hopefully) make a profit. I’m very pleased to say that they did! In total the class made £121.78, which after deducting our initial outlay of £80 gave us a very respectable profit of £41.78! Not bad for a first effort from our budding entrepreneurs! I’d like to say a big thank you to the PTFA for their help with funding the project, the children and I are very grateful that we were able to use the money to bring the project to life. I’d also like to thank all the parents for their support throughout the project and for buying our treats! Finally, I’d like to say huge congratulations to all the children in Class 4 for working so hard to create their amazing products- you should all be very proud.


Big Arts Week

There has certainly been a lot of activity around the school this week with ‘Rain Forest Big Arts Week’. I know the staff have enjoyed working with children from across the school and are impressed with the quality of the work they have produced in such a short space of time.  We will be holding our Big Arts Week Gallery, in the corridor outside Class 1 and 2 on Monday 29th June between 3.15pm – 4.30pm, please come along and take a look.

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.