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Super Sixes Golf Competition

Year 5 played in a Super Sixes Golf competition at St Luke’s school last Wednesday.

After just one day back at school, 12 pupils in two teams from Year 5 had the opportunity to play golf at St Luke’s on 18th April. The event took place on the astroturf at the school, and the pupils worked together to reach a hoop with their golf ball. The rules were simple – working in a pair, the children both had a swing, then chose the best of the two hits as the starting point for their next shots. The aim was to be the pair who took the fewest shots on each hole. The aim of the two teams of six BCPS pupils was to get the lowest score overall. In total, 12 teams attended this event, which was run by St Luke’s, Golf England and Exeter Golf and Country Club – where the BCPS children go for their own golf sessions in Year 5/6 games.

The competition was fierce, with one or two ‘holes in one' and the additional factor of a strong sidewind which made for some rather surprising curveballs! Despite the wind, the sun was beaming on what was possibly the nicest day of the year thus far – Mr Kimber certainly wasn’t complaining about his afternoon outdoors!

Overall, the Broadclyst teams came 7th and 4th – just missing out of a podium finish - but the children all really enjoyed their day of golf – some even made new friendships and met old friends from other schools along the way. Particular congratulations must go to Justina and Otto who both won Spirit of the Game awards for their good sportsmanship. Some of our golfers went into the competition a little nervous, but they all came out feeling they had done their best and some had improved a lot in such a short time. Well done Broadclyst!

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Girls football competition

On Tuesday 20th March  a team of Year 4 and 5 girls represented the school in the School Games Under 10 football competition at St Luke’s.  

They had to play 8 matches lasting 7 minutes each during the competition with only one rest break during this time.  After a tough start with a 1-0 defeat (to the eventual competition winners), despite the excellent defensive efforts of Lucy and Aurelia and some great saves from Emily in goal, the team began to play more attacking football and were rewarded for this by earning their first two draws and then two wins respectively in the next four games, with Heidi, Jessie, Isabelle and Tegan all linking up well in attack.  After their break they were unfortunate to suffer their second defeat before finishing their tournament with two fixtures against Willowbrook in which the team won their first 1-0 thanks to a goal from Bronwyn, before finishing their campaign with a 1-1 draw.

Despite their record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats the team finished in fourth place, which although the girls were initially disappointed, they should be very proud of their achievements in finishing so highly against some well established teams and are already looking forward to their next opportunities to play together as a team.

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Year 3 Rock & Rapid Part 2

Thirty more enthusiastic Year 3 pupils went on their residential at Rock and Rapid adventures, South Molton on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March.

After the journey to the centre the group were shown around and then took part in some ice breaker activities in their groups, where everyone achieved the goal of falling over in the muddy grounds with huge smiles on their faces! After lunch the activities that had been looked forward to all week began.  Each pupil participated in Climbing, Abseiling, Team building and Low ropes over the two days run on a rotational basis with two on each day. Throughout all of these activities were the running themes of working together and trying your best; something achieved by all of the pupils on the trip.  This ranged from encouraging their friends to abseil, belaying as a team when climbing (with loud cheers whenever anyone made the summit of each wall), to discussing and planning as a team how best to approach the team building challenges.  After the completion of the Thursday sessions, the happy but mainly hungry group sat down to eat their barbeque dinner before setting off for the evening activity of shelter building. The group all were able to stand inside their strong and sturdy shelter, who after returning the environment to its natural state and walking back to the centre ended their day on a warming note with a mug of hot chocolate.

Friday began with breakfast, and after ensuring that they had tidied the bunkhouse the group were ready and looking forward to complete their remaining two activities.  Once these activities had finished it was time for lunch (once everyone had made their own sandwiches!), before receiving their certificates and one final check that nothing had been left behind before the slightly sleepy return journey to school.  Everyone who attended tried their best throughout all the activities and when asked to review the residential Lewis described the experience as ‘epic’, while Maverick’s favourite activity was the low ropes which Maddie described as ‘fantastic’.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

Year 5 went on a trip to the amazing Fleet Air Arm Museum near Yeovilton.

Year 5 learnt so much on their recent trip to the Fleet Air Arm Museum on the 22nd March. Their activities included a tour of the site, watching real life helicopters and a WW1 workshop. In the workshop, the children learnt about what life was like during World War 1 and also what kind of work people did on the home front. The girls began to work in the factories, and so they made a production line to create the bombs that would be used on the front – being particularly careful pouring the TNT (or was it sand?) Ben, one of the foremen, enjoyed bossing the girls around!

In the museum, we found out about how planes developed quickly due to the war. The Wright Brothers had only invented the plane a few years before, and yet we had begun to use them for surveillance, bombing and fighting within 15 years! It was incredible to learn how the planes’ weaponry was developed and also how they became so much more robust and reliable – the earliest planes being little more than powered kites! It was also exciting to find out more about zeppelins – which many of the children had already been finding out about in class.

The children were excited to find out what was around every corner. Benjamin could be seen writing as much as he could in his notebook and Rose said that this was the best trip she’d been on. Not only was the trip an informative and fun experience, but it has also given us a lot to think about for after Easter. It will be at that stage when our preparations for the big Killerton production begin, and this year we will be largely focussing on WW1 (alongside the suffragette movement) – come and watch us at Killerton in early June to discover more about this incredible time in our history.

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