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KS1 Choir Perform at Killerton House

On the 13th and 14th of May the KS1 Choir performed at Killerton House to Family and Friends.  This was the first performance this year and the children were all extremely excited.  As the KS1 Choir consists of over 70 children we split the performance over two nights so that everyone would get a chance to sing.  The 2 evenings went without a hitch and the children all represented the school excellently.  There were many positive comments made about how well the children sang and everyone is now looking forward to them singing in the Summer concert along with the KS2 and Chamber Choirs.

The KS1 choir practice every Tuesday afternoon for half an hour and sing a variety of songs.  Some of the songs they have been learning include ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend’.  For the next few weeks they will be practicing hard and making sure that they know all of their words ready for the Summer Concert.  Another exciting thing they have got to do this term is visit the studio to record one of the songs they have learnt.


Ethiopian Adventures!

Over the Easter holidays, Miss Farrant, Miss Wester and Mr Pitts travelled to Ethiopia, to visit Bekumsa Biya Elementary School. Broadclyst has been partnered with Bekumsa Biya for some years, with Mrs Dudley and Miss Farrant visiting for the first time six years ago. Miss Cavallo, Miss White and Mr Pugsley made a second visit in 2011. The trip was an amazing opportunity to renew links between our two schools.


The school is located in the rural outskirts of Nekemte, a city in the west of Ethiopia. Miss Farrant, when recalling what she had seen on her first visited, was surprised by how much the city had developed. Nekemte now has tarmacked roads, public transport and even a few hotels! However, in the surrounding countryside life has not changed a great deal, with traditional mud and straw buildings and small scale farming. The children from Bekumsa Biya mainly come from these areas.

On visiting the school, we were immediately made welcome by the staff and children; in fact the entire school of approximately 850 students was waiting for us! We were greeted with a song in English and were even presented with flowers! The school has made a great deal of progress in the past six years, becoming the highest ranking school in the Oromia region! The teachers are extremely keen to try out new ideas in the classroom, as well as to share their experience with others. We were also very pleased to see how keen the students were to learn.

While we were at the school we taught English lessons in grades one and three as well as spending time in a range of other classrooms. We also gave the school an iPad, containing videos and songs made by various classes around the school. As part of our academic link work, children from BCPS contributed a range of art and project work, which was shared with the staff and children of Bekumsa Biya. Both schools will now be working on a number of link projects, such as comparing traditional tales, growing your own food and how children travel to school.

After leaving Nekemte, we had the opportunity to visit Bahir Dar, in the north. It is a beautiful area, with stunning views. While we were there, we visited Lake Tana, some medieval monasteries and the Blue Nile falls, which were particularly spectacular. We also explored the city itself, which was very different to Nekemte, as it attracts far more tourists.

The trip was fantastic experience, which we all found particularly eye opening. Although it is situated in a deprived area, Bekumsa Biya is making a real difference to the futures of it’s students, which is due in part to its links to Broadclyst Primary School. The staff would like to thank you for all of the fund raising and support for the most recent trip, as well as on past projects.


3LW at Martinsfield Farm

On Friday 24th May class 3LW will be visiting Martinsfield Farm as part of their learning about animals and their habitats. They will compare different hedgerows for the range of organisms that live amongst them. They will also go on a nature walk exploring where they can find badger setts, rabbit burrows, mole hills, woodpecker holes and owl and bat boxes. 3LW have been considering how animals adapt to the different habitats that they live in and also learning about food chains within a habitat. The children are all very excited about their trip and think it will be a lovely way to end the half term.


Early Years Consultation

Recently proposed changes to Early Years Education have been frequently in the national media. The school is working with the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) looking at the Early Years provision in Broadclyst and exploring options to enhance the current provision. One option being considered by the Governing body is the establishment of a nursery setting. We are wishing to consult with both the school community and the wider community whilst working with our partners and stakeholders to consider the best options for the children. We are liaising closely with the Devon County Council Early Years Team, the Broadclyst Pre-School Committee and the Pre-School Manager.


To read the Early Years Consultation Announcement please download the release here.

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Broadclyst vs Pinhoe Tag Rugby

On Friday 19th April Broadclyst played host to Pinhoe Primary for two tag rugby matches, with both teams putting in valiant performances. Broadclyst’s squad was made up of Jack M, Oliver H, Ben H, James C, Alice C, Lauren M, Megan J, Eleanor B (all from year six) and Thomas B (from year five). The team got off to an excellent start in the first game with Megan scoring the first try, and then multiple tries from Jack, Alice and Oliver secured a comfortable victory. The second game was much closer, with Broadclyst leading by just one try at half time. In the second half the team came out and played with a very strong defence, forcing Pinhoe to run sideways rather than forwards and themselves running in a number of tries to pull out a win.

The team showed much improvement from their last game against Duchy, were well-organised in attack and defence and did a good job of supporting each other. Jack and Oliver in particular showed off their leadership skills in making sure the team were always in the right place and giving their best. Every member of the team was a credit to the school and are all looking forward to the return game at Pinhoe in a few weeks’ time.


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