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500 Words Competition 2018

The 500 Words competition has now officially launched in school! Children from all classes will be writing stories of any length, up to 500 Words. These will be submitted to the Radio 2 competition, in the hope of winning a prize at the Grand Final, which is being held this year at Hampton Court Palace. The stories are judged on originality, plot, characterization, language and most importantly, enjoyment. The children have been given tips on how to write a great story this week in assembly and are now all ready to get writing.

As part of the school’s World Book Day celebrations, we will also be hosting our very own 500 words competition in school. This proved so successful in KS2 last year, it has now been opened up to all ages in the school. We will be selecting a Bronze, Silver and Gold in two categories, KS1 and KS2. The judging panel this year will include our school librarians and members of the school leadership team, and we are very lucky this year to have a special guest judge – the popular children’s author Tanya Landman!
The winners will be announced on World Book Day, when the winning stories will be read out by the class teachers during assembly. More information on 500 words can be found here. Good luck everyone!

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Table Tennis Tournament 15th January

The table tennis squad took part in a tournament in Plymouth on Sunday 14th January.

This was an important match for the school – we had won the previous round and had made it through to the zone finals. In these more challenging matches, we were facing a school from each of the neighbouring counties – Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall. Our first matches were against Dorset, who were excellent. They won most of their matches against us, and the BCPS pupils quickly realised that this was going to be more tricky than our previous round. Charlie said: “It was very fun, but hard at the same time.”

Our next matches were against a school from Somerset. The pupils from Broadclyst began to get into their stride, and we went on to draw against them four matches to four. Finally, we played the team from Cornwall and all of the BCPS squad played exceptionally. Overall, we beat the Cornish team five matches to three. This was crucial as it meant that we came second in the competition overall, coming just behind the Dorset team. As runners up, we qualified for the regional finals which will take place at the start of February in Bristol. Could the Broadclyst team make it to the nationals?

Our four members had a great day. Freddie said: “It was an enjoyable challenge” and Ben, who hadn’t been to this type of event before said: “Today was my first tournament and the people I played were a lot better than I expected. It was very fun.” 

Marlon had a particularly good tournament as he won all of his games. Reflecting on his toughest match, he said they were a challenge because they were “really good at top spin” – though he managed to win by the end. It was a shame that Fraser wasn’t able to make this game as he was poorly, but we are looking forward to going to Bristol as a team once again next month. Wish us luck!

 

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Futsal 10th Jan 2018

A team of seven Year 5 boys represented the school in a futsal competition at St Luke’s as part of the Exeter and Mid-Devon school games on Tuesday 10th January.

They initially played four matches within the group stage of the competition, aiming to get through to the medal matches.  In the first game they beat Montgomery 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ben, before playing their next match against Whipton Barton, where they drew 0-0 with both Nathan and Ethan unlucky not to score.  The entire competition was played at a fast pace, with each match lasting just six minutes and only a two minute break between games.  To finish the group stage they faced Wynstream, where Ethan scored to salvage a 1-1 draw before putting together their best team performance in the last game against Wilcombe where both Nathan and Charlie scored to secure a 2-0 victory.

As a result of this Broadclyst finished second in their group and went through to a semi-final against Landscore. Landscore started quickly and soon raced into a 3-0 lead despite the valiant defensive efforts from Max and Jack throughout the entire tournament. Otto pulled one goal back but despite creating a number of other chances the score remained 3-1.  In the final game they faced Montgomery again, in a repeat of the first game and were unfortunately defeated in a tight game by the only goal from Montgomery.

All the boys worked extremely hard, despite the wet and wintry conditions and were highly unfortunate to finish fourth overall but have some excellent team performances and goals to look back on with pride. 

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Fundraising for Ethiopia

Three Broadclyst KS1 teachers have set themselves a big challenge. Miss Laura Fox, Miss Charlotte Clark and Miss Rachel Smith hope to travel to our partner school in Bekumsa Biya, Ethiopia over the Easter holidays where they are planning on teaching classes and passing on their knowledge, as well as bringing back valuable cultural experience and a project to share with the children here and to enrich our curriculum. Whilst they are over there, they will also be visiting another school to establish a new partnership for Westclyst School. They will then plan a new project with the Ethiopian teachers and work on it together when back in Broadclyst.

Broadclyst School has maintained a successful partnership with Bekumsa Biya for the past eight years, with support from the British Council. However, due to new restrictions surrounding the British Council’s funding agreements, this year we need to raise a total of £3500 for the three to be able to travel and spend a week working with the teachers at Bekumsa Biya.
We are therefore asking for parents’ support this year to sustain this valuable partnership, and will be will be hosting some fundraising events.

• In the upcoming weeks there will be a Bake Off fundraiser that promises to be an exciting and fun event. You may wish to donate cakes for a bake sale or enter your fancy creations to be judged by our very own Broadclyst Bake Off team. All profits made will go directly to the Broadclyst – Ethiopia fund. The winners of the Bake Off each week will see themselves entered into the final where the overall winner will be rewarded with the golden Bake Off apron and some goodies to inspire future baking. For all year groups to have a chance to enter we have designated a week to each. The cost to enter will be £3 and the ‘Showstoppers’ should be handed in to Reception by 9am on your designated day. The cakes with then be available to buy from the café, where the winner will be revealed, from 3pm. The designated days are:

o Friday 19th January: Year 1 & 2
o Friday 26th January: Nursery & Reception
o Friday 2nd February: Year 3 & 4
o Friday 23rd February: Year 5 & 6

• Did you know the average child in Ethiopia walks 2.8km to school every morning? That’s why the children will be participating in a sponsored walk of 2.8km within the school day on Friday 9th February and we will be asking them to collect sponsorship to help raise funds for the trip.

• Finally, we are hosting a traditional family games night. So, if you are amazing at Articulate, go crazy for Bingo or love a game of Uno, come along on 15th March with the whole family for lots of fun playing against fellow families and friends - we will provide chips and a raffle to keep you entertained throughout the night.

Alongside this, staff at Broadclyst are committing themselves to a 24-hour run! Yes, that’s right… 24 hours! Staff are staying overnight at school and tag teaming, running all day and night on 8th/9th February to raise money.
We hope that you will support our teachers and school with this project and appreciate the importance it will make to the school in Ethiopia, as well as our own.

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Chamber Choir Killerton Chapel Concert

On Monday 11th December the Chamber Choir performed at Killerton Chapel. The children were all dressed up, and despite the cold temperature maintained very jolly for the hour long concert.

The invite only audience was made up of staff, friends of the school, and people we have worked with over the years. They heard the 45 member choir sing a range of Christmas songs and traditional carols, containing harmonies that they had spent the past months learning. The choir’s favourite songs were Nobody Cares About Santa, from ELF the Musical, and Winter Carol.

You are able to watch the full performance on the school Clickview page.

 

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Year 5 & 6 Carol Concert 2017

Featuring a blend of both modern and traditional carols, readings and a take on the Nativity play from the point of view of a rather grumpy inn keeper, the Year 5 & 6 Christmas Carol Concert was another great success. The choirs, readers, actors and musicians were a credit to the school and the amount of practice that they had each put in was clear. The performance took place on Wednesday 13th December, in Broadclyst Parish Church.

Songs and carols included traditional favourites such as ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter and ‘Silent Night’ – with an acoustic accompaniment by Mr Beevor and several of the Year 6s on guitar, piano and violin. The children also sang more modern Christmas songs, such as ‘Step into Christmas’ and ‘Saviour’s Day.’ The performance also had some international moments, with the carol ‘Feliz Navidad’ and reading of ‘Silent Night’ in the original German.The play featured familiar Nativity characters with guest appearances from the staff of the popular sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Over the course of the play, Basil, the rather opportunistic innkeeper (played by Freddie Sansbury), learnt the true meaning of Christmas – generosity over greed. All of the actors demonstrated an innate understanding of their characters, providing much humour, as well as handling the more poignant moments thoughtfully.

Congratulations to all of the children involved!

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Featuring a blend of both modern and traditional carols, readings and a take on the Nativity play from the point of view of a rather grumpy inn keeper, the Year 5 & 6 Christmas Carol Concert was  another great success. The choirs, readers, actors and musicians were a credit to the school and the amount of practice that they had each put in was clear. The performance took place on Wednesday 13th December, in Broadclyst Parish Church.

Songs and carols included traditional favourites such as ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter and ‘Silent Night’ – with an acoustic accompaniment by Mr Beevor and several of the Year 6s on guitar, piano and violin. The children also sang more modern Christmas songs, such as ‘Step into Christmas’ and ‘Saviour’s Day.’ The performance also had some international moments, with the carol ‘Feliz Navidad’ and reading of ‘Silent Night’ in the original German.

The play featured familiar Nativity characters with guest appearances from the staff of the popular sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Over the course of the play, Basil, the rather opportunistic innkeeper (played by Freddie Sansbury), learnt the true meaning of Christmas – generosity over greed. All of the actors demonstrated an innate understanding of their characters, providing much humour, as well as handling the more poignant moments thoughtfully.

 

Congratulations to all of the children involved!

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Reception Nativity

The reception children enjoyed performing their first ever Nativity called ‘Follow the Star’ in the school hall on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December. The children were thrilled to get up on stage, dressed in their costumes to perform in front of their mums, dads, guardians, grandparents, aunties and uncles.

The children had been practising scripts, dances and songs for weeks prior to the show and delivered a fanatic performance, filling the hall with singing, laughter and cheering. Some children particularly delivered their lines with confidence beyond their years, which made their teachers very proud.

Rudy who played Joseph in the performance said: “I thought it was good, I liked doing the actions and speaking.” Lottie the star added: “I liked doing the star dance and liked the angels dance.” Ava who played a narrator commented: “I thought it was good when we did all the singing.”

The reception teachers and teaching assistants are very proud of all the reception children, they delivered a spectacular performance!

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Year 1 & 2 Nativity

The Year 1 and 2 children from Broadclyst and Westclyst had a fantastic time performing their Nativity, ‘Follow the Star’, last week.

After lots of hard work learning lines, dances and singing songs they put on three excellent performances. The Narrators and leading Star eloquently took their audiences on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, alongside heart-warming solos and two festive choreographies. It was clear how much time and effort the children had put in to learning an impressive number of lines. The songs were a mix of old and new, finished off with an enthusiastic performance of ‘Snow is Falling’, from both children and audience alike.

Owen summed up the performance, “I loved all of it!”. Lillie-Mae added “I felt nervous at first but when it came to the performance I really enjoyed every part”.  “The best bit of the Nativity was the finale, snow is falling, because we got to dance and learn some really fun actions” said Rosie. Noah summed it up perfectly, “seeing the Mums and Dads smile made it all worth it”.

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