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Christmas Rehearsals

This week we have 8 Christmas performances! The school has been alive with the sound of Christmas carols and songs, and children wearing traditional and sparkly costumes. We expect you may have seen and heard children practising their lines, songs and dances.

There was much excitement when the children went into the hall and saw that the stage was up and the lights were set. Year 1 and 2 children from both Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary Schools will be kicking us off on Tuesday morning, followed by the Reception classes on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday lunchtime a group of children will be walking over to Clyst Caring to sing carols. They have previously been very well received and the children have enjoyed talking to the people who have just enjoyed their Christmas lunch. 

On Friday will be holding the Nativity performed by the children in the nursery. Many of the children will be coming in for an extra session to take part. They have been working very hard learning all of the songs. We are sure that it will be an enjoyable show, the first for many of the children and parents. 

On Thursday the chamber choir will be singing at a concert organised by Poltimore House and performed in the chapel. They have been practising hard over the past half term and are looking forward to sharing their hard work. Following the concert, there will be mulled wine and mince pies, and a raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the renovations of the building. 

The week will be ending on a high with Christmas Jumper Day and a delicious Christmas dinner where the children will be served by their teacher. 

We hope to see many of you in the audience and enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie in the café!

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Winners of GEC 2016/2017

Pupils from a primary school in Israel and a secondary school in India were flown to Microsoft’s Headquarters in Seattle to receive trophies and certificates from Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s Vice-President Worldwide Education on 27 November. They were the winning teams in the 2016/17 Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC), an initiative developed and run by Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) in Devon.

The winning team in the 9-11 category was Steeviz, from Weizman School in Israel. The five youngsters developed, manufactured and sold 3D-printed keyrings, made of a biodegradable plastic made from corn. The unique selling feature was that the key chains fit into shopping carts in place of a regular coin. One of the judges, Mark Sparvell from Microsoft, commented: “I was impressed with the persistence here and the learning. They discovered that the 3D printing at a local high school was too slow and expensive and managed to find a solution in plastics. The product looks super professional.”

In the 12-15 category, the winners were Green Gallery, a team from Kamla Nehru Public School in India. The eight students used new and recycled cloth to develop, manufacture and sell a range of bags, small kits and hand fans with environmentally-friendly messages. Two of the team travelled to Seattle with their lead teacher and headteacher, and captivated their audience by modelling their products in a mock fashion show. The three judges, Mark Sparvell, education journalist Merlin John and Ranjit Singh, CEO at Geneeworld, said: “These children have a confident, enterprising attitude, justifying the value of their products, connecting to sustainable development goals and outsourcing well.”

During their award visit, the youngsters were also able to play with new toys connected with initiatives in the MS Stem programme, including a robotic hand. They enjoyed time in the Microsoft Visitor Center, playing many cutting-edge games and interactive activities, before having lunch, like Microsoft employees, in the dining area on the 100-acre campus. Afterwards the teams and adults visited a Microsoft Showcase School, St Thomas School in Medina. 

BCPS headteacher Jonathan Bishop commented: “This challenge is truly unique in its emphasis on collaboration and in the past three years we have been proud and encouraged to see children from more than 45 schools in 30 different countries working together so productively towards a common aim and purpose. The sharing of ideas, discussion and feedback transcends distance, culture and economic situation and sets positive values and skills for their futures as global citizens.”

The GEC offers an exciting opportunity for schools to create partnerships and be part of a collaborative global community, using the Microsoft Office 365 platform to incorporate business skills - including product design, market research, manufacture and marketing - into many different elements of the curriculum and put children’s learning into a real-life context. 



Wind in the Willows

Year 3, as part of their learning around Wind in the Willows, visited Killerton House on Tuesday 28th November.  Prior to the visit, pupils had created Christmas decorations based on the characters from the book, which were displayed as part of the event on a Christmas tree in the chapel.  

When Year 3 arrived at Killerton, they gathered together to recall their excellent understanding of the story and discussed the different characters, before splitting into smaller groups led by Killerton staff dressed as many of the animals in the story.  They then travelled around the house, decorated to represent many of the scenes found in the story, taking part in a range of activities.  This include:

attempting to get a set of keys from the guard in the jail

wearing masks and asking questions to guess which character they were

writing on a bauble to explain what friendship is

using a range of percussion instruments in the music room to recreate the setting of major events in the story, ranging from the river flowing to Toad’s escape.

Finally, the whole group regathered in the music room to sing a Christmas song, all about friendship, that they had been practising in school, which impressed all those listening. They also shared the letters that they had been asked to find on their carousel before working out the word that the entire morning was based around: ‘Friendship’.  The visit was hugely enjoyed by all and Year 3 behaved excellently throughout the entire trip.  Jasmine thought the entire visit was fabulous and Lewis particularly enjoyed creating the sound of fire using percussion instruments.

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Danone Primary Football Cup

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 represented the school in the Danone Primary Football Cup at West Exe school on Wednesday 29th November.  They were split into two teams, one representing Year 6 and the other comprising pupils from Year 5.  

Each team was placed in a separate pool and played five matches over the course of the evening.  Year 6 started promisingly with a 0-0 draw followed by a 1-0 win against Pinhoe in which Charlie scored directly from a corner.  However the strong level of the pool quickly became evident and they were unfortunate to lose their next two matches despite some excellent defensive efforts from Joel in goal and from Harriet in working tirelessly to close down the opposition to limit their chances.  They then showed great character to regroup and were hugely unlucky to only draw their last game against Montgomery where they created some excellent chances through Daniel and Emily.

Year 5 from the outset showed that they could work excellently as a team both in defence and attack, again starting their pool with a win against Pinhoe thanks to a calmly taken goal from Harry and a draw.  In their third game they faced Exeter School and in an extremely high quality game they unfortunately lost 1-0 to a late Exeter goal. The team however used this experience to motivate themselves further and responded in the best possible fashion in the next game beating Bowhill 5-0 with Tegan, Otto and Nathan linking together in attack to share the goal scoring duties between themselves.  Year 5 then finished the group with another win, 2-0 against Wynstream, in which the entire team combined to score the first goal with the ball starting from Max in the Broadclyst goal, through Jack and Ben in defence until Nathan scored in an empty net with no player having more than two touches in the entire move. 

Both teams should be proud of their achievements, with Year 6 participating in an extremely strong pool and showing great character in the chilly conditions and Year 5 in finishing second in their pool in their first entry into the competition.  

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Tiverton Museum

The children in Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Tiverton Museum last week (Tuesday 21st November). They were transported back in time to learn about what life was like during the Second World War. 

Year 2 visited as part of their current topic on ‘Disasters and Triumphs’ through time. Having experienced some of what life was like as an evacuee during their Second World War theme day, the children were given the opportunity to interview a real wartime evacuee. Alongside this they explored cooking with rations, what life was like during the ‘Blackout’ and how the American soldiers became part of children’s lives. 

Jai Jai said: “I thought the trip was amazing because I found out all about WW2 jeeps - they could even go through bushes!”. Amelie added “I found it really interesting speaking to Burt, the evacuee, because I learnt that he was privately evacuated. This means he was moved to someone within his family”. The children relished the opportunity to become true historians examining real artefacts. Morgan said, “I loved the opportunity to hold the different items from WW2 like a gas mask, the big shell from a bomb (which bumped my nose) and wearing a warden hat”. Ethan agreed “I really enjoyed looking at the different medals that they could earn and finding out what country they came from”.



Climbing Tournament

Year 5 and 6 children attended a Climbing Competition at Rock and Rapid Adventures in South Molton. The seven children came to school bright and early on a Sunday morning (19th November) to be there in time and spent their whole day tackling a series of challenges on the walls.

The first part of their competition was bouldering, tackling challenges across the wall from low level height and travelling horizontally as well as vertically. The children completed three boulder problems each that rose in difficulty. They all tackled the first two routes, and were able to climb really close to the finish on the final route. After lunch they moved into the largest part of the climbing centre and onto the high walls, which rose far up to the ceiling. They were tested against three routes again, this time clipped into top ropes to catch them if they fell. The children all completed the first two routes reaching the top in good time. They then faced the third and final route, a climb with overhanging holds! The children all tried their best but this route proved to be too difficult for any of the competitors to complete on the day.

Everyone had a brilliant day, a big thankyou to Rock and Rapid for hosting an excellent event, and well done to all the climbers from Broadclyst, you were fantastic! 

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Exeter Football League

Nine Year 5 and 6 pupils were looking to defend their unbeaten record in the Exeter Primary Football League fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 20th November. 

BCPS were facing a much stronger challenge against teams from Exwick Heights and Clyst Heath who were both near the top of the table after the first two rounds.  In the first game against Exwick Heights the team started slowly finding themselves 2-0 down relatively quickly but as the game went on they settled into their usual style of play and were able to come back to finish the game 2-2 thanks to goals from Ben and George.

The team went into the next game against Clyst Heath recognising the challenge that they were facing. Again they started slowly meaning that the team had to chase the game and showed some excellent team play and character to bring the scores level. There was not long left but the team managed to pull it back through goals from Harry and Charlie C in his first game this season. Unfortunately, Clyst Heath scored what turned out to be the winning goal despite some excellent defensive play from the team lead by Joel.

 The team, despite not having as successful an outing as previously, showed their sporting side in working together to come back from losing positions in both games and as Charlie stated they enjoyed the experience despite the final result.  The team have learnt from this experience, particularly in starting games quickly and are now looking forward to the next set of fixtures on the 11th December. 

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