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World Book Day 2015

Today is World Book Day! In school all the children have been dressing up as their favourite book characters, sharing stories and writing fiction together. There have been various exciting book-related projects going on all week and tomorrow we will be able to share the outcomes of some of these with you. Here is the whole school together - what a colourful bunch we are!

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Assembly in our New Hall


15-03-02-NewHallAssembly3Today was the first assembly in our new school hall. It was an exciting event, and gave the staff and pupils alike a chance to see the building as well as look at the climbing wall, projectors and cameras, theatre-syle sound and light and the new staging.

Mr Bishop led the assembly, discussing 'Fortune Favours the Brave', the school moto, and how this relates to trying hard and persevering even when you are nervous or unsure. We watched Chloe W climb the wall, as well as held a skype call to a class of children in Israel who are also participating in the Global Enterprise Challenge with our year 6 pupils. Mr Bishop also explained that this was the first time the school has been able to hold a whole school assembly for twelve years!

2015-03-02-newhallA teacher/parent band accompanied the the hymn 'This Little Light of Mine' with live instruments and then the chamber choir performed 'Winter Wind' at the end on the new staging. Look out for the recording of the assembly on clickview this week.

 
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1NK Trip to Dinosaur World

2015-02-25-dinosaurworldYear 1 had a fantastic time at Dinosaur World in Torquay. During the visit, they were able to see life-sized dinosaur teeth, eggs and claws; uncover fossils; follow a dinosaur trail and answer questions about the dinosaurs. Each child was awarded a certificate at the end for their bravery!

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Announcing Our New School Hall

newhall2015The long awaited moment has finally arrived - we have now taken ownership of the new building. Last year, we were successful in securing a central government grant to provide a long-needed hall and dining facility for the school. The modern design is aimed to complement the existing 1810 listed building, using a combination of brick, wood and stainless steel, to provide an exciting and visually pleasing, flexible space.

It includes a professional catering kitchen that is able to deliver high-quality nutritious food, not only at lunchtimes, but throughout the day to parents, staff and children through the Academy Café. With the large and spacious facilities, lunchtimes are radically different. We are able to supply home cooked food in a family-orientated dining environment, where food is served at the table rather than from a serving hatch. We are currently recruiting a chef, who will create the menu in preparation for the exciting opening of our new, lunch time offering after the Easter holidays.

2015-02-26Hall3During the day, the flexibility offered by the partition walls allows us to create either a large assembly/dining hall, or a sports hall and an adaptable teaching space. The focal point of the main hall, covering one whole end, is the professionally-designed climbing wall, which enriches our physical education offer, giving opportunities to children of all abilities. The entire facility is in keeping with the rest of the school with cutting edge, high-quality technology embedded seamlessly into the infrastructure and overall feel of the building. The new hall is used for assemblies, productions and musical performances, as well as being available for community use. We want it to be at the heart of the village of Broadclyst.2015-02-26Hall2

 

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Cross Country race at Killerton

2015-02-24-crosscountryA massive well done to the 20 children who represented the school in a Cross Country race at Killerton. There were 850 children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Jess C came first in the girls Yr 5-6 race, and Tom D came 3rd in the boys Yr 5-6 race. Harriet W was 6th in the girls Yr 3-4 race.

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India Link Trip - Day Seven

india-day07Today we got to observe some of the different teaching strategies used by the teachers at Jasola. We first observed a music session, taught by a specialist music teacher and then a PE session where 2 teachers showcased their different styles. It was extremely interesting to see the methods they used and we got to film them in action for our Video Project. One class then conducted an assembly for us and on our request included their National Anthem, The Indian Pledge and The Lord’s Prayer. The end of the day was spent with a class on the roof top in their version of an allotment. They have vegetables growing in mosaic covered sections lining the edge of the roof and we got to help the children pull up some radishes; although they are unlike radishes as we know them, these were long and thin and more like white carrots. Today we also got to spend some time talking to Rincy, the teacher from Jasola who will be visiting us in a few weeks’ time. She had lots of questions to ask us about the school and was excited about her up and coming visit.
Tomorrow is our last day and will be spent back at Jasola. They have planned a creativity day where the children will get to showcase their talents and we will be able to work with them on their science and art projects.

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India Link Trip - Day Eight

What a fantastic last day we spent at Jasola, working alongside the children, walking around their science exhibition and answering their questions about the UK. Our first project was to help a group of year 6 children to create a Rangoli Pattern in the middle of their exhibition. They first drew the pattern on the floor, free hand, with some chalk and then went over it with white poster paint. The next step was adding coloured powders into the different sections, topping the whole pattern off with fresh petals and flowers. After a bit of art and craft work the children who had designed and built a range of scientific items came along to talk to us about their creations. It was great for us to listen to but also beneficial to the younger children who got to practice their English. Next on the agenda was a question and answer session with the year 5’s. We were asked questions ranging from ‘what is your favourite colour?’ to ‘what famous monuments are there in England?’ Our last stop of the day was lunch with Ananthi, the founder of The Good Samaritan schools, here we discussed the week’s events and the up and coming visit of the Indian teachers in March.
The day was finished off with the coming together of all 4 teachers from England and many teachers from Jasola, Madanpur Khada and Dakshinpuri, for an evening meal. It was an amazing end to our week spent in India and we will miss their hospitality and caring natures.

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India Link Trip - Day Six

india-day06We received another warm welcome in Dakshunpuri, the smallest of the Good Samaritan schools located in the slum areas.  The day started with all the children squeezing into one room for their morning assembly.  Similarly to the last two days we were guests of honor and got to participate in some of their favourite songs along with actions.  Some of the older children then performed a dance and then the day began.  We went on a tour around the school, which only took a short tine due to the size and then got to interact with the children whilst they were having lunch.  In the afternoon we got to visit one of the students homes, located a short distance away from the school.  The teachers and students were all very excited to have us there and made us feel extremely welcome.
Tomorrow we will be going back to Jasola, our link school, to continue on with our video project.  We are hoping to interview some of the teachers and film the children singing songs and reciting their pledges.

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