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Pioneering Education Technology & International Collaboration

Last week we were featured in an article on the Microsoft for Schools blog. Here is an extract from the article:

Written by education writer Gerald Haigh

Just before the half term Spring break I had a long and fascinating conversation with Jonathan Bishop, head of Broadclyst Primary, a village school not far from Exeter. Broadclyst, with its staff and children, as readers will know has been at the cutting edge of so many ICT developments over the years. They were pioneers of one-to-one computing, early adopters of Windows 7, and of what was then Office Communications Server (later to become 'Lync'). They have also been running collaborative projects with schools across the world with the aid of Microsoft technology.

Renewing an old friendship

IMG_2877I first visited Broadclyst and met Jonathan Bishop when I went there for Microsoft, together with a video team, in the Spring of 2008. We were there to produce a case study in a series on 'Innovative Schools'. Then, Jonathan was deputy head, and had already been a key part of a drive to improve teaching and learning, building the school to the point where it was – and is -- highly successful by every measure, and heavily oversubscribed.

When I made that visit, the school was attracting a lot of attention because of its very visible commitment to technology. The large, and then new, 'lecture-theatre' style classroom for Years 5 and 6, with a desktop computer for each child, made the news, sometimes, especially in the non-specialist press, in ways which distracted from the core mission which was actually all about learning. As a leadership team member put it to me at the time,

'We want our children to be communicative, socially adept, creative, empathetic and capable of collaborative working in teams beyond national boundaries.'

It's important, for example, not to miss either Broadclyst children's considerable achievements in music, drama and art, or the fact that they are friendly, socially adept, knowledgeable and very much at ease with themselves.

When Jonathan became head in 2010, he was able to take the vision on, working with a succession of excellent teachers, remarkable children and supportive families, to harness the latest technology to a vision of personalised, independent and yet serious learning which would fit children for life in the 21st Century.

Read the full article here


Sports Day

For the first time in a few years we haven't had to postpone or cancel Sports Day! The whole school walked to the village playing fields where every child had the opportunity to participate in the numerous events. Once again we can be proud of the good sportsmanship and competitive spirit of all the children.


Adult Education Courses at BCPS

From September, there will be three adult education courses happening at the school. We will be hosting the evening courses provided by Exeter College. Each of the courses is run by a professional adult education tutor from Exeter College, and welcomes you to learn at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Drawing and Painting Family Portraits – 3 week course

Day & Time:Mondays between 6.30pm and 8.15pm

Autumn 2014: Commences 22nd September, ends 6th October

Spring 2015: Commences 12th January, ends 26th January

Fee:£39 (concessions £19)

pdfDrawing and Painting Family Portraits

Digital Imaging for Beginners – 8 week course

Day & Time:Mondays between 4.00pm and 5.30pm

Autumn 2014: Commences 22nd September, ends 17th November

Spring 2015: Commences 12th January, ends 9th March

Summer 2015:Commences 20th April, ends 15th June

Fee:£49 (concessions £13)

pdfDigital Imaging for Beginners

E-Safety for Parents – 3 week course

Day & Time:Tuesdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Autumn: Commences 23rd September, ends 7th October

Fee:£20 (concessions £9)

pdfE-safety for Parents

More details for each course, as well as the necessary booking form, are above as PDF files.

For further information please contact either the School or Exeter College via 0845 111 6000 or http://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/Adults


BCPS Summer Fete

This year's Summer Fete will be on Saturday 5th July between 10am and 1pm at school. Entry is 25p and includes stalls, bouncy castle, entertainers, tea and coffee on sale and all the usual fun and games. We look forward to seeing you there!



The last two performances of the Musical Theatre Club's production of Aladdin are tomorrow. The children have been rehearsing once a week as part of an after-school club and I have been amazed by their achievement, and impressed by the children's ability to act, sing and remember all their lines in such a limited amount of time. The set and costumes are amazing, and have all been created by staff from the school with the help and support of parents. Each performance has got better and I can't wait to see how the children will perform tomorrow evening.


Year 5 Killerton Project

'For King and Country' was the title of the Year 5 Killerton Project this year. The project-based work over the past term came together today when the children recreated a day in August 1914. The children dramatised the lives of those on the Killerton Estate at the outbreak of WWI. The quality of the performances was superb and the children should be congratulated for the effort they all put into bringing their characters to life.


Young (BCPS) Rugby Stars Shine at Twickenham

This morning's article on the Radio Exe website about our weekend trip to play at Twickenham:

(Amendment - we won 4-2. Well done BCPS Team!)

Ten young tag rugby players from Broadclyst primary school have won their Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools match at Twickenham... in front 

of 82,000 spectators.

They played Balsall Common Primary School from Bath in a seven-minute game during half-time, at Saturday's Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton Saints... and they won 5-3.

It was their reward for emerging triumphant from this season's Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme Festival, which was run by the Chiefs Community department at schools across Devon and Cornwall.

Read the full article here


Microsoft Enterprise Project Reported on Exe FM

From the ExeFM website yesterday:

Pupils at a local school are gearing up to become international entrepreneurs.

Broadclyst Primary won 15 thousand pounds from the IT giant Microsoft in a Dragon's Den-style pitch earlier this year, with their idea for a Global Enterprise Challenge. They're now recruiting other schools around the world to get involved in the opportunities to devise products, make prototypes, do market research and finally sell them.

To find out more... http://www.radioexe.co.uk/news-and-features/local-news/primary-pupils-to-launch-international-enterprises/

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