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Items filtered by date: December 2011

Years 3/4 Killerton Run

Teams of boys and girls from BCPS competed against ten other schools in the Killerton Run, a 1.5km race in the grounds of Killerton Park, on 15 November. 

The boys’ team placed first, and the girls’ team came third overall. The top six boys, and the top four girls from our school qualified for the Devon Cross Country Finals next year, with Ben and Heidi taking the first places.

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Year 6 participated in a Microsoft Skype-a-thon on 19 November, as part of a global Skype event that gives children opportunities to speak to, and interview, interesting people as well as connecting with classrooms around the world. 

The children interviewed Microsoft’s UK Public Sector General Manager Derrick McCourt about his role at the company, his life and his family. 

Then, through Office365, Yammer, SharePoint and OneNote class notebooks, they shared some of the work they’re doing on the initial design, prototype and market research phases of this year’s Global Enterprise Challenge. They asked Mr McCourt’s advice, from his experience as an entrepreneur, and his answers will help them when they begin the production and sales phases of the Challenge.



Shakespeare project

A total of 31 year 5 pupils performed a half-hour abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), the UK’s largest youth drama festival, at the end of November. 

The adaptation, directed by Bronnie Williams, was based in the enchanted gardens of Athens. It featured funky fairy ornaments, slow motion sword fights and lots of sequins, all to a soundtrack of 80s hits!

The children’s performance at the Exeter Phoenix was such a success that they were asked to perform again at The Princess Theatre in Torquay.

Feedback from the SSF was very positive; they loved the sense of fun and humour that the children brought to the story and were very impressed with our young company. 

Emily Quest, who played Peter Quince, said afterwards: “Performing in a professional theatre was an awesome experience. It was the most amazing memory of my school life. I will treasure it forever!”

Bronnie Williams added: “I am in awe of the talent and professionalism demonstrated by our children in this project; their grasp of the Shakespearian language was astounding. It has been a truly special and unforgettable experience for us all. I am so very proud of what they have achieved.” 

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Remembrance Day

All the Year 2 children dressed up for a World War Two theme on Remembrance Day, 11 November. After they had participated in the Remembrance Day Assembly, their day included a wide range of WW2-related activities:

  • Making food using rations
  • Exploring WW2 artefacts 
  • Making poppies
  • Building miniature Anderson Shelters and learning why they were used
  • Listening to and learning songs from the War – they created their own version of ‘Pack up your troubles’ from the perspective of an evacuee
  • Learning what an evacuee would need to pack and fitting this all into a single suitcase


The children finished the day by taking part in the Head Teacher’s Blog, which ended with a very moving performance, by Tilly, of the Last Post.

As part of the November commemorations, Year 2 also went on a WW2 trip to Tiverton Museum, where they learnt about rationing (again making food using rationed ingredients), about life as an evacuee, and about the Blackout. They interviewed a real evacuee, who was moved from Plymouth to Tiverton during the war.



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.


Dartmoor Residential

The Year 6 children enjoyed two weekends in October at the Dartmoor Training Centre. Leaving school at 5pm on the Fridays, and returning at 5pm on the Sundays, they spent their days caving, hiking and orienteering, and their evenings playing silly games and eating lovely food.

The weather was, in true Dartmoor style, extremely variable – with torrential rain turning into sunshine and blue skies during one hike, and leading to some very muddy cavers!

There are lots of photos and videos on the school Facebook page, including evidence of Mr Pitts getting a dunking! 


Swimming Gala

A school swimming gala took place at Riverside Swimming Pool on 1 November. 

As parents watched, over 50 children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, some of whom are in the school squad, took part in two hours of races in their year groups. A final and a whole team relay finished off the event before medals were handed out..

In school assembly on Friday 4 November, certificates were distributed and the announcement was made that ??? was the overall winning team.


Harvest visit and performance

In the build-up to the harvest performance, Year 4 children visited the Farmwise exhibition at Westpoint in October, where youngsters from around 30 schools learned about farming.

The children made honey and smoothies, baked bread, watched a tree surgeon at work and learned how to lay a hedgerow.

The performance in the school hall involved 130 children from Years 3 and 4, who told stories about a year in the life of the allotment, chickens and the fun of grandparents and children growing things together. A dance using umbrellas was great fun.


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.

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