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Mr Bishop and Mr James at Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Event

Content taken from the 'Merlin John Online' Website:

Strong UK presence in Spain for prestigious Microsoft Partners in Learning global event

Sagrada FamiliaA team of some of the UK's most innovative teachers head for Barcelona this week to take part in one of the the world's most prestigious teacher network events, the Microsoft in Education Global Forum.

Their projects will be considered for awards in an event involving more than 1,100 attendees, including 250 educators, more than 200 schools,150 government education leaders and private sector executives from 97 countries – truly global. A new feature, The Pitch, is a Dragons Den-style event for education apps and one of the six finalists is Devon headteacher Jonathan Bishop from Broadclyst Community Primary School.

The purpose of The Pitch is to "seek out and fund the most innovative ideas to transform schools worldwide". Jonathan Bishop and his deputy, David James, will present their proposal to a panel of judges (including Agent4change.net) along with the five other entrants – Gayaza High School (Uganda), St John’s School (Chile), Appleby College (Canada), Crescent Girls’ School (Singapore) and Schloss Neubeuern (Germany).

Further information can be found at:

Merlin John Onlinehttp://www.agent4change.net/innovation/innovation/2195-uk-expert-educators-head-for-top-microsoft-event.html

Microsoft Eventcorehttps://microsoft.eventcore.com/MSGlobalForum/


World Book Day 2014

As in previous years, World Book Day has been a great success and was enjoyed by both children and staff. The range of costumes on show was excellent and thanks are owed to all of the parents who made this possible! The day was a wonderful opportunity for children to be excited by new books and characters, as well as to be inspired in their own writing. Throughout the day, children took part in a range of creative writing activities and competitions, such as ‘best character profile’ and ‘most imaginative monster.’

Furthermore, we were able to welcome Amy Sparkes, a local author from Tiverton. She has so far published four children’s books and as working on a number of others that are due to be released soon. She read some of her stories and spoke to the children about her love of story writing. There were also opportunities for the children to ask questions, in order to improve their own story writing, which many found helpful. If children wish to contact Amy to ask further questions, a messaging service is available on her website (www.amysparkes.co.uk). 

Lastly, all of the children have been given a £1 book token, which can be used in a range of bookshops. These can be used until the 30th March.

Thank you to all of the children, parents and staff who made the day possible! 


St Lukes Football Tournament Reports

A Team

This week both Broadclyst A and Broadclyst B teams, played in a local football tournament at St. Lukes. The A team played six games against: Willowbrook, Ladysmith, Bowhill, Clyst St Mary A, Clyst St Mary B and Broadclyst B. Each game lasted eight minutes and were seven-a-side. Out of the six games Broadclyst A won five and drew one. The A Team played some fantastic football, showing a tremendous amount of positivity and team spirit. In the tournament Broadclyst A scored 14 goals in total and didn’t concede any. The star player was Jos Marsh who played superbly and scored five goals. Next Thursday we have another six games to complete the second half of the tournament. 

Written by Charlie for A Team

B Team

The B Team also played well in the tournament, especially considering some of them had never played together. Miss Wright managed the team and Tom Davey was captain.  All the boys worked well as a team and showed a great deal of determination throughout the tournament. This attitude was particularly evident in a very close opening match against Broadclyst A Team. The star player for the B Team was Thomas Slugget who was fantastic in goal; making a series of brilliant saves.     

Written by Brandon for B Team


Samba Workshop for Year 4

On Tuesday 4th March 3SN had the opportunity to collaborate with a year 2/3 class from Whimple School on a Samba project.  The children all came together to learn how to play a wide range of instruments during a session led by Anthony Lees.  The morning began with a brief introduction to the origins of Samba and then continued with the children learning the names of different instruments and the different ways in which they could be played.  Each child got to play each instrument and use them to play a variety of beats.  The whole session was a great success with the children from each school coming together to create a rhythmical piece of music.  A lucky few even got to lead the band using the Apito whistle; for this the children needed a good sense of rhythm and timing.  This session was the first of a series which will allow children from schools within our learning community to collaborate on a variety of projects.


Year 2 RAMM Visit

Last week both year 2 classes went to visit the RAMM in Exeter to enrich their learning about their topic of Disasters and Triumphs.

In particular the children were interested to look at the Roman artefacts and the Anderson Shelter from World War II. There was also plenty to see that would support other areas of learning such as insects and minibeasts, fossils, bones and Egyptians.

The children were given booklets and asked to complete each section as they went around the museum which they loved. We also managed to dress up as Romans in a fancy dress corner and make mosaic patterns to mimic those that used to be found on floor tiles.

The trip was highly successful with every child saying how much they enjoyed it and wanted to return again. Upon returning to school they did some follow-up activities that included some fantastic recounts of their trip. 


An emotional goodbye

A royal welcome is the only way to describe the way in which we were greeted today at Jasola for our last day in India. Several children ran towards us with garlands of marigolds, just before we were escorted down a red carpet with flower petals being thrown at our feet. We were then led onto the main stage where we were presented with a bouquet of beautiful flowers, a rosette and a plaque, to thank us for their honoured guests at their sports meet. We were then introduced individually by Sarah, the principal of Jasola and had the opportunity to address the crowd and speak about our time spent in India. The sports meet provided the four Good Samaritan schools the opportunity to come together to showcase their sporting talents, an event very similar to our sports day. Our favourite event of the morning was the 50m hurdles, which turned into the 50m sprint and duck due to the hurdles being too tall for the grade 1 and 2 children to jump over. Another way to compare today’s events would be to say that it was similar to a mini Olympics with even an opening and closing ceremony. There were balloons, prayers, speeches, the releasing of doves, trophies for the winners and the raising of the Indian flag. Not to forget a special dance prepared by Dakshinpuri and a song sung by children from the upper school. Overall the day was one that we will never forget and will cherish for a very long time.

After an emotional goodbye we visited Qutub Minar, a tower over 76 metres tall built in the 1100s. We also visited a local saloon where we got some traditional mehindi so that we could share some Indian culture with the children on our return.

Our experience in India has been eye-opening  and has allowed us to reflect on our own educational practice. We have learnt a vast amount about the ways in which the Indian school system works and were able to see first-hand how much the children value their education. Their traditions, values and beliefs shone through in every aspect of their lives that they shared with us and we will forever remember our time spent here in India.


Day Seven

We have been here a week and today was our last normal teaching day at Jasola. Today we taught three different classes from grade 2 to 4 and came away with different pieces of work to share with our school. We then spent the rest of the day talking with the principal of the primary section of the school, discussing the link and thinking about new ideas. A bit of time was also spent talking about their trip to England, planning what they would like to gain from their experience. Whilst we were there, preparations for tomorrow’s sports meet were taking place, flags were being hung, banners were being made and children were practising their events. All of the staff and pupils were excited by the build-up and we are anticipating a day to remember.

Chhattapur was the afternoon’s first destination, where we got to see many different temples and even a massive statue of the monkey God Hanuman.  We then visited one of Delhi’s many gardens and finished the afternoon off with a trip to another local market. Throughout the day we got to sample some authentic Aloo Paratta, an Indian dish made of flour, water, potato and spices, the verdict was…… delicious!



Pigs, cows, dogs, goats wearing coats and chickens were just a few of the animals we saw on our way to Dakshinpuri this morning.  Today we visited the third of our link schools and received another fabulous welcome.  As our car pulled up to the front of the school all of the children were ready to greet us with songs, marigold garlands and beautiful hand-made cards.  Out of the three schools this one is the smallest with only 200 children and is in a less affluent area.  The school itself is very small with the children having to sit three to a desk.  However this does not affect their enthusiasm and they clearly have a passion for learning.  As we walked around the school, the children and staff were keen to show us their work and ask us questions about the way in which we teach in England.  We then got to teach two different classes giving the Indian teachers the opportunity to learn from us.  Towards the end of our visit we got to watch some of the children practising for their sports meet on Friday, which involved the children racing down the streets outside of the school, dodging stray cows along the way.

The president's garden was our next stop, an opportunity that is only available for people for one month of the year.  The garden was full of colour with a wide variety of plants and flowers, some with names too difficult to pronounce!  There was even a tree called a Banyam, which was a spectacular sight as its branches grew back down towards the ground and re-rooted themselves.  India Gate was our final stop of the afternoon, a giant archway built as a memorial for the Indians who have died fighting in the wars.


Madanpur Khadar

We spent the day at Madanpur Khadar, a school on the outskirts of Delhi situated in a slum area.  We met the staff and pupils, finding out how they teach the children. We were made to feel very welcome and were again greeted with a garland of marigolds and a card the children had made. The children had an assembly to start the day and did some light exercise in rows.  They stood to attention until they were dismissed to class. We observed some of the teachers and taught two classes.  

In the afternoon we visited Humayun’s tomb, a smaller version of the Taj Mahal built out of red sandstone. In the evening we went to Dilly Haat, a market situated near our hotel.


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