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Radio Exe Article: Software giant hands $25,000 to local village school

Taken from radioexe.co.uk:

Software giant hands $25,000 to local village school

Sunday, March 23rd 2014 08:00

A local primary school's won funding from IT giant Microsoft to carry out an idea it's had to educate pupils in technology and international business.

Broadclyst Primary came up with the Global Enterprise Challenge, in which students from around the world will use the latest communications to work together running an international company.

They had to do a Dragons Den style pitch to the Microsoft judges at a forum in Barcelona - and won them over when two pupils spoke to them from Devon via a live video link.

The school has been awarded 25 thousand dollars to make the project happen.


Under 7’s Tag Rugby Tournament

On Tuesday 25th March two mixed teams travelled to Blundell’s Prep School in Tiverton to take part in a Tag Rugby tournament that involved other primary schools from around Devon including Duchy, Willand and Uffculme.

The teams consisted of many children who have only been playing tag rugby for a couple of weeks as well as some more experienced players. The children showed skill, speed and bravery throughout the matches and I am delighted to tell you that Team 1 won all three of their matches whilst Team 2 won one and drew two.

Afterwards each school was presented with a certificate and the children were also provided with some well-deserved refreshments.

The event was a great experience for the children who all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Many thanks go to Blundell’s for hosting the event and Mrs Wright for driving us there and supporting the children throughout the matches.   




West Exe Mini-Tournament Football Report

Last Tuesday 18th March, there was another mini-football tournament held at West Exe School. In total, Broadclyst A team played five teams only losing to one (the eventual winners). The tournament got off to a good start as Broadclyst A played and won, against Pinhoe – a team they hadn’t beaten in previous tournaments. Overall it was another great team performance, with every player showing great sportsmanship. Broadclyst’s star players was Joe who scored seven goals in the tournament including a hat-trick. Another solid performance for Broadclyst A saw them finish 2nd overall; unfortunately missing out on the chance to play an eleven side match at St James Park.  

Written by Oliver

The B Team also put in another gutsy performance which was epitomised in their final match against the eventual tournament champions. Broadclyst B would have won the game but for a slightly bizarre refereeing decision and a late goal by the opposition.  The ‘star player’ for Broadclyst B Team was Tomas D. after he: offered to play in every position, scored a couple of goals and generally put in a great deal of hard-work. Well done boys!

Written by Ben



Exeter Daily: Microsoft Rewards East Devon School

Taken from The Exeter Daily - Full article here

Microsoft Corp. closed the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum by awarding Broadclyst Community Primary School in East Devon $25,000 as part of The Pitch Competition.  This new programme has been designed to seek out and kick-start the most innovative ideas from school leaders worldwide, allowing schools to pitch for part of a $50,000 fund to help bring their visions to a reality and transform their schools. In addition, in partnership with the British Council, all six projects will be incorporated on YouthSpark on Global Giving to help them continue raising funds for their ideas.

“All judges at The Pitch were using the format for the first time, but any anxieties we might have had evaporated in the pleasure of the event and the creativity and sharing spirit of the teachers and their students,” said Merlin John, Education Journalist and The Pitch judge. “We are confident that there will be a substantial impact from all the projects that came before us and we will be following their progress closely.”

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum, one of the world’s leading education technology events which has grown 25% year-on-year, unites over 1,100 attendees, including 150 government education leaders, private sector executives, 250 educators and 75 mentor school leaders, to share ideas on how to solve the challenges that the sector is currently facing. 

Broadclyst Community Primary School was awarded the funding for its Global Enterprise Challenge idea. During the challenge, students from around the world will connect to run an international company, competing against other students to become the most successful company globally. The idea was chosen as a winner for the opportunities it will give students to increase their awareness of cultural diversities, to gain an understanding of world markets and currencies, as well as honing their communication, collaboration, teamwork and problem solving skills through the use of technology.

“We’re really excited that we have been given this funding by Microsoft to turn our idea into a reality,” says Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School. “This global challenge will promote social interaction within teams and across countries and require children to solve problems, share ideas, communicate effectively and through the use of mobile devices and Office 365 encourage anywhere, anytime learning, both at home and at school for all involved. These are vital skills for our young people to develop, and we should be harnessing technology in any way that we can to help them to develop those skills.”

“Our goal with The Pitch was to promote ideas that improve learning experiences and inspire students to succeed,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft. “The winners exemplify the pioneering spirit of the Global Forum, and we’re looking forward to seeing these projects come to life.”

The Pitch competition rounds off a string of announcements made by Microsoft and its partners at the event that reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to protecting the privacy of students around the world and highlighted its suite of best-in-class products.


Year 3 Whole Class Brass

Year 3 have continued to take part in weekly brass sessions, with Mr Lees at the helm.  The children started off by learning the different notes and the fingers associated with them.  They then moved onto learning simple songs including ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Teacher’s Blues’ and ‘Pachelbel’s Canon’.  This term they have begun to look in more depth at musical notation.  There are a wide range of brass instruments for the children to learn and each week the children look forward to their Thursday session with Mr Lees.


BCPS Netball Team at High-Fives Competition

Friday 14th March saw Broadclyst Netball team play their way into the County High Fives Finals which are to be held at Exeter University in April.  8 children from year 6 played in a tournament held at St Luke’s’ University where they had to play 9 other schools from the local area.  The team arrived with a positive attitude and the aim was to enjoy the day as well as to take home a medal.  The first match saw the team win 4-0 followed by a 2-1 defeat, they then knew they had a fight on their hands if they wanted a place in the finals.  Some brilliant team work saw them win the next few matches and with only 2 draws (one against the wining team) during the morning they managed to grab 2nd place.  Everyone played amazingly and represented the school extremely well.  A massive well done goes out to all the team who should be extremely proud of their efforts.


Year 6 Science Day at Clyst Vale

On Wednesday March 12th, the Year 6 children got to take part in an interactive science lesson in a fully equipped science lab at Clyst Vale. Focussing on Reversible and Irreversible changes, the children watched several experiments with various elements such as Magnesium and Copper. The most captivating experiment involved heating a powder which produced oxygen. After several minutes, a Jelly Baby was added which reacted with the oxygen in a particularly fiery way! Using some of their knowledge, the children then got to test a range of elements and liquids to see if a reaction was produced. All the children enjoyed their first experience in a science lab and are all eager to get back into the lab again. 


St Lukes Football Tournament Reports - Part 2

On Thursday the 13th March, two of our school football teams played the second part of a local football tournament held at St Lukes. The B team again showed tremendous team-spirit and a great deal of determination – winning three of their matches, drawing two and losing one. The A team, who were unbeaten last week, were excited about the prospect of finishing high-up in the tournament. The first fixture for the A team was against Pinhoe A. Disappointingly, they lost the game 2-0. Despite an early setback the A Team went on to win their next two games; drawing one. At the end of the afternoon there was a small presentation where the winners were announced and medals were handed out. Out of the 12 teams that participated, Broadclyst A were joint winners along with Willowbrook. Clyst St Mary won the Spirit of the games award with both Broadclyst teams as runners up in that category. Overall both of the Broadclsyt teams played amazingly well together – doing themselves and the school proud. Well done boys!   

Written by Charlie 


BCPS are Winners at Microsoft Global Forum Event in Barcelona

Yesterday we won the MS Global Forum pitch competition! It was a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition, to fund the expansion of the enterprise project in year 6.

To get this far we first applied to become a MS Mentor School in their Partners in Learning network. Hundreds of schools worldwide apply and 80 schools last year were selected – only 2 from the UK. We were then invited to the Global Forum – this year in Barcelona. This brings together over 1000 educators from across the world into a big conference focused on 21st century learning. They then ran the ‘Pitch Competition’. 70 schools entered and then shortlisted it down to 6 finalists to go onto the stage in a TV show style pitch competition.

Last evening I pitched in front of world eminent judges on a massive show to hundreds of school leaders from across the world – a real test of my nerves! However the judges have awarded us as a school $25,000 to run a Global enterprise project. Not only is MS funding this and supporting us I have the British Council wanting to work with us and ITWorx to build the Learning Platform.

This now sets us as a school truly on an international stage with a really exciting project. People have believed in what we at Broadclyst have been doing and wish to help us make this a much bigger, richer and unique event. Here is a link to the video I submitted to them in my application - http://sdrv.ms/LxuyX8


Jess and Poppy from year 6 were part of the ‘pitch’ – they were brilliant. However it is off the back of all the hard work Year 6 have done to make the competition such a success again this year.


It is the outcome of what everyone does at Broadclyst to make the school so unique. One that people all over the world are talking about. It is not just this project though – we have so many amazing projects happening in the school and several new ones coming on line soon, linking us to other schools in the UK and around the world.


Police Visit to Year 1

On Tuesday 11th March the Year 1 children had a visit from Buffie, the local Police Constable. They had a fantastic morning finding out about the role of a Police Officer in the community and learning about the uniform that they wear.  The children dressed up in police uniforms, had their fingerprints taken, saw the police van with the lights and siren on and even climbed into the cell in the back of the van. Even the teachers couldn’t resist the urge to dress up and climb into the cell either!

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