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Items filtered by date: December 2012

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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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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Primary school pupils to re-enact famous day in Devon’s history

Sixty-four nine-year-olds from Year 5 at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be taking on the challenge of re-enacting a famous day in Devon’s history when they perform It’s our land in the house and grounds at National Trust Killerton on 16 and 17 June.

photo LLoyd GeorgeThe youngsters will recreate the momentous day in 1925 when 20,000 people packed the parklands at Killerton to hear liberal politician and statesman Lloyd George deliver his powerful Land Reform speech to the people of Devon.

This eagerly-anticipated speech took place at a time between the wars when landowners, farm workers and local people had different perceptions on how the land in Britain should be used.

The performance will show the activities that took place in and around Killerton mansion in preparation for Lloyd George’s arrival.

The exact spot where the speech was delivered is still accessible to the public. The action will take place in various locations inside the house and outside in the grounds, finishing with a re-creation of the speech in the dramatic location at the front of the house.

National Trust staff and volunteers who are supporting the project have been impressed with the work so far: “It was the first time I heard about Lloyd George at Killerton. The children made the history so alive and also explained a possibly complicated piece of social history very well.  I am really looking forward to seeing the performance!’ said Rose Gander,  National Trust volunteer.”

Performances will take place at 1.30pm and 4pm on both days.  There is no charge for the performance, but National Trust admission charges apply for entry to the grounds.

Crispins of Bradninch have very kindly lent a vintage car, free of charge, to add authenticity and drama to the performances.

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