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!

Planting up for Spring

The school is looking for parents or members of the community that could help with planting up for Spring the school vegetable/plant patch.  Each class has been allocated a quarter of the patch and teachers and children from each class have been allocated a £50 budget to fill it with produce. If there are any green fingered parents would like to assist with the planting, please let the school office know. We have also been donated loads of bulbs from Sue Brown, our old administrator, which need planting. Your support would be greatly appreciated.