The table tennis squad travelled up to Bristol for a tournament on Saturday 3 February.
Having won the county finals and finishing runners up in the zone finals, the squad found themselves in the regional finals in Bristol. Being the penultimate round before the national finals, the standard of this round was exceptionally high. In the hall were a range of age groups each playing nail-biting matches. Among them were teams that would be representing England in following weeks in Malta, players who had won national competitions and many other players who had won their respective finals.
The matches were structured in the same way as the previous rounds. The boys had three other teams to play – another runner-up from Wednesday, and two winning teams from zones in London. This time sadly Freddie was unwell, so Marlon, Ben, Charlie and Fraser faced the opposition. Every point was difficult and had to be played with as much focus as possible. Our year 6s had only just returned from the London residential the previous night, so did exceptionally well to battle through their tiredness.
The squad played brilliantly and there were many tense, nail-biting moments for both the children and the teachers! Marlon and Fraser found themselves challenging the top under-11 player in England which was a great experience. Sadly, they didn’t manage to make it through to the national competition, but the squad did excellently to make it through to this round for the first time and we hope they can do so again in the future!
Year 6 had a fantastic time during their trip to London last week, exploring the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and even Downing Street! The purpose of the trip was to learn about the history and heritage of the country, by looking at how England and the rest of the UK has been ruled by the kings, queens and governments of the past 1000 years.
The trip began with a tour of the Tower of London, during which they saw the crown jewels. This was very interesting and the children could see the artefacts that they had researched in class. The group also visited The White Tower that houses the Tower of London’s armoury, the old zoo buildings – which once housed a polar bear – and even the torture chambers – no children were harmed! Finally, the children visited the tower in which Richard III is claimed to have imprisoned his nephews when he claimed the throne; this will lead into a class ‘mock trial’ this week! Thursday concluded with a lovely meal at the Tower Bridge Strada, which was enjoyed by all.
On Friday, the children began with a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster. It was fascinating to be able to walk through the House of Lords and they even observed a debate in the House of Commons! They also visited the Queen’s area of parliament and looked at the traditions surrounding her state visits. They finished with a workshop on how the Lords and the Commons make laws through the process of ‘parliamentary ping-pong.’
The day ended with some sightseeing, which included a visit to Downing Street. It was very exciting to be ushered through the security gates to see some of the most important buildings in the country. Everyone arrived home quite tired, but very excited by everything that they had seen.
A team of Year 2 footballers represented the school in a friendly fixture against Duchy School, here at BCPS on Tuesday 30 January.
The team were very excited about the opportunity to wear the school kit and play in a match for school and demonstrated this in the way they started the match at a strong pace, putting the Duchy goal under heavy pressure throughout and were rewarded for their efforts with a 4-0 lead at half-time, with Harrison P, Josh and Jai-Jai all scoring. This was further supported by some great efforts in winning the ball back from Matthew and Aafia.
As the game moved into the second half Broadclyst continued to play entertaining football, moving the ball all around the pitch despite the soggy conditions, which kept the crowd of spectators entertained. Furthermore, the team managed to score four more goals in the second half, the highlight being Harrison K scoring a superbly taken half-volley into the top corner of the goal. Despite this, Duchy created their own opportunities but it was thanks to an excellent save from Josef and the efforts of Sophie and Finlay in not only closing the ball down but creating attacking opportunities from this, that they won the game.
The entire team were rightfully proud of their excellent achievement not only in winning 8-0 but also how well they worked as a team throughout. Finlay and Matthew first described the game as ‘fantastic and amazing’ before finally deciding that actually it was ‘more than fantastic and amazing!’
Children from Year 6 went on a trip to London, which included a visit to BETT 2018, on 24 and 25 January.
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Eight pupils from Years 5 and 6 attended the Exeter City Kids Cup at Exeter University on Thursday 25 January 2018.
This was one of the largest tournaments that BCPS attends, with 28 teams and a very high quality of performance on display. Broadclyst were drawn in a tough group and faced Whipton Barton in their first game. After quickly going 3-0 down, the team showed great character to mount a fightback but were defeated 4-2 in the end, with both goals coming from Ethan after fine team moves. After regrouping, the team faced St. Martins in their next fixture which resulted in an emphatic 8-1 victory with Ethan, Fraser, Otto, George and Marlon sharing the goals. In the final fixture the team faced Newton Poppleford, where despite going behind very early on, they finished the game with a well deserved 2-1 victory with goals from Ethan and Ben.
The team finished in a highly respectable second place in the group phase and although unfortunate not to reach the next stage can feel proud of all their efforts.
The Global Enterprise Challenge is well underway in year 6 as the children have been developing their marketing plan in their company groups and devising sales strategies for the forthcoming weeks of making and selling their products. Many of the children have been working together to create radio and TV adverts as well as flyers, posters, letters and banners. They have been learning about successful sales and marketing in their lessons and have been working closely with their team mates in devising a sales plan in order to achieve the highest profit margins.
On the 25th to the 26th January, 10 children were selected to represent their teams and the GEC at the Bett show in London. They were able to discuss the project and participate in some Live lessons with their team mates whilst they were collecting market research to feedback to the rest of their team members back at school. The children were able to discuss and learn about effective marketing strategies using new products and software and were able to experience the layout of the different stands at the show, noticing how companies in the real world advertise and sell.
This year 21 schools taking part in the Global Enterprise Challenge with 210 company teams are competing to be the most successful business across the globe. The teams are using the features of Office 365 to support communication with teams abroad where they share ideas and feedback using Skype4Business, Yammer and SharePoint. If you would like to keep up to date with how our year 6 are progressing alongside our international partners please follow the project on Facebook @gechallenge
Girls from Year 4 and 5 represented Broadclyst in the Under 10’s futsal competition as part of the Exeter and Mid-Devon school games at St Luke’s school on Tuesday 23rd January.
Upon arriving the girls were excited to learn that they were to play 8 fixtures over the course of the event against all the other schools in attendance. Each fixture was only to last six minutes, however there was only a two minute break between fixtures and to increase the intensity still further there was only one break allocated for the team over the 8 fixtures!
After starting their fixtures with a 0-0 draw against Wynstream, which included an excellent performance from Jessie, they then won their next 3 fixtures in a row including a highly impressive 4-0 victory against Wilcombe. This included a hat trick from Tegan to take her total for the competition to 4 goals. The team then drew two of their remaining fixtures 0-0, with impressive performance from Lucy and Bronwyn in defence and Emily in goal. After losing to a very strong Wynstream team, the team ensured that they finished on a high note beating Montgomery in their final game thanks to Isabelle scoring her third goal of the competition with the last kick of the game.
The team were soon to find out how valuable that last minute winning goal would turn out to be, discovering that they had finished in an excellent 3rd place; not only winning bronze medals but also the opportunity to go through to the county finals later on in the term. Every one of the six players involved were hugely proud of this superb achievement and were proudly displaying their medals, accompanied by loud cheers of ‘bronze medallists!’