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Apple press

The school was delighted to have been presented with an apple press this autumn, just in time to make juice from the apple trees in the garden. The press was very kindly donated by Linda and Paul Courtney, of Courtneys of Whimple, whose daughters Annabel and Jess used to attend BCPS.

Linda and Paul ran the first session using the press, to teach staff and help the children, and everyone drank the resulting juice together.

We plan to use the press for a variety of fruits and vegetables from the allotment in future, and have planted cherry, peach and plum trees as well as extra carrots and beetroots to provide plenty of ingredients!

Many thanks to the Courtneys for this generous gift.


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.


Skype Meetings

skypeFollowing the success of the Decoding the Future conference organised by the trust last September, we have begun Skyping events from school hall. A recent parent consultation was very well-attended, both physically and virtually, and parents have given us excellent feedback – particularly those who were unable to attend because of childcare issues.

Physical attendees report that they enjoyed the interaction with online participants.

As a result of this positive outcome, future parent events of all kinds will be available via Skype at the time, and may well be recorded so that you can watch them later via Clickview or the school website.



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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