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Items filtered by date: December 2011

Great results for our under-11 table tennis teams

The school teams did exceptionally well in a Devon-wide table tennis tournament that took place at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth on 9 October. 

The girls, Harriet, Isla, Holli and Mia, competed against one other girls’ team (one team dropped out), and drew with them after all their matches – no mean feat, as the rival team included the Devon champion, and Devon runner-up! In the end, it came down to an extra decider doubles match, which the other team won.

The boys, Alfie, Michael, Harry and Josh, played against four other boys’ teams, and won 20 of their 24 matches! However, the Okehampton team proved even stronger and went on to win for a second year.

Well done to both teams for being such close runners-up.

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Primary school pupils to re-enact famous day in Devon’s history

Sixty-four nine-year-olds from Year 5 at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be taking on the challenge of re-enacting a famous day in Devon’s history when they perform It’s our land in the house and grounds at National Trust Killerton on 16 and 17 June.

photo LLoyd GeorgeThe youngsters will recreate the momentous day in 1925 when 20,000 people packed the parklands at Killerton to hear liberal politician and statesman Lloyd George deliver his powerful Land Reform speech to the people of Devon.

This eagerly-anticipated speech took place at a time between the wars when landowners, farm workers and local people had different perceptions on how the land in Britain should be used.

The performance will show the activities that took place in and around Killerton mansion in preparation for Lloyd George’s arrival.

The exact spot where the speech was delivered is still accessible to the public. The action will take place in various locations inside the house and outside in the grounds, finishing with a re-creation of the speech in the dramatic location at the front of the house.

National Trust staff and volunteers who are supporting the project have been impressed with the work so far: “It was the first time I heard about Lloyd George at Killerton. The children made the history so alive and also explained a possibly complicated piece of social history very well.  I am really looking forward to seeing the performance!’ said Rose Gander,  National Trust volunteer.”

Performances will take place at 1.30pm and 4pm on both days.  There is no charge for the performance, but National Trust admission charges apply for entry to the grounds.

Crispins of Bradninch have very kindly lent a vintage car, free of charge, to add authenticity and drama to the performances.

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Sports News

Pupils from the school have competed in a range of sporting events, across a diverse array of sports and disciplines, achieving some brilliant successes so far this term.

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We have made it through to the Devon Team Athletics competition after a fantastic day at St Luke's in the qualifiers and will be traveling down to Plymouth Life Centre for the finals to compete against teams from across Devon on 26 February.

Our tag rugby team enjoyed an excellent start to 2016, winning two World Cup competitions, one at Sandy Park run by the Exeter Chiefs and another at Lady Seaward’s school.

Cross country runners from years 3 and 4 qualified for the Exeter cross country finals after they achieved very high places in a field of over 100 competitors running around the Killerton Estate last November. The young racers overcame the 1.5km distance in the hammering rain at amazing speeds!

 

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Parent Training

IT training workshops for all parents have been run by Anthony Lees and Matt Pitts since last April. The topics covered have included Office365, OneNote, literacy and maths websites, programming, eSafety, how to access your child’s targets and school work at home. Feedback has been very positive.

parentITHeld in the new hall, the workshops utilise parents’ own devices, or some of the school’s Microsoft Surface computers. Each is typically repeated at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm, offering maximum opportunities for all parents to attend, and in future one session will be available to attend via Skype and recorded for later viewing.

More workshops are planned, and will include sessions on how programming, and sandbox worlds like Minecraft, Kodu and Project Spark, are and will be, used across the school to support both the computing curriculum and other subjects.

 

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