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Global Canvas

‘Global Canvas’ is an art competition created by the David Shephard Wildlife Foundation’s Art for Survival programme and was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art.   This year the Year 6 ‘Art Squad’ wanted to take part and  have worked together to plan their display and come up with their own ideas around the theme of ‘habitats’. They used their sketchbooks to sketch their initial ideas and think of different ways to interpret the theme before deciding on the ocean habitat, in particular the coral reefs.  In previous art lessons the children have been looking on human impact to the shores and plastic pollution and they decided they wanted to revisit the theme but interpret the magic and the beauty of the reefs through their art .

Art Squad are all dedicated pupils who love learning new skills in art and exploring with new media,  they have been using their lunchtimes to work on the project and all their ideas on the display were their own and represent some of the new media they wanted to explore. They experimented with new ways of working in both 2D and 3D and had a lot of fun working together and learning from one another.  Some of the materials they explored included; Cyanotype photography, screen printing and spray painting as well as stoneware ceramic and porcelain sculptures. They even came up with the idea of creating a box you can sit in with a UV torch and experience jellyfish painted in neon paint.  Together they came up with this mini-exhibition to submit as their entry to the competition.

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Class 4SP Belmont Chapel Visit

Class 4SP went to Belmont Chapel on Monday 4th February to continue their investigation of their religious question: ‘what is worship and does it have to happen in a special place?’

The children received an in-depth tour of the building, exploring its original hall and stage from the 1950s as well as the newer Concourse and Auditorium. On this tour they were encouraged to consider what made the Chapel ‘special’ to the Christian faith and whether Christians were expected to worship there. As they travelled, the class also learnt that the Chapel has multiple uses, outside of the traditional prayer, from children’s youth groups, which involve climbing and table tennis, to Father and Toddler sessions.

Whilst at Belmont Chapel, 4SP were also given a mystery photo quiz, where they were given the opportunity to travel freely around the Concourse and Auditorium in search of the mysterious objects. They then discussed why these were important to the Christian Faith and how they aided in worship.

It is clear the children have grown in their understanding of different religious faiths as they are now starting to debate the importance of a special place and the relationship it has to a faith’s worship.

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Young Voices Concert

On Sunday the Chamber Choir travelled up to London to take part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena. After dinner at Pizza Express they headed off to the Youth Hostel and most of them got a good night’s sleep!

In the morning we squeezed in a quick walk to have a look at the Cutty Sark and lunch at Café Rouge. The choir were seated right it the top rows so had an amazing view of the entire stadium. The rehearsals started at 2.00pm and after a run through of all the songs and dances they stopped for tea.

The doors opened for the audience at 6.30pm including some of the children’s parents. There was much excitement when the lights went down and the music started. All of the choirs had mini torches that they shone around the venue. There were 8500 children singing and dancing together –the world’s largest school choir.

It took a while for everyone to get out of the arena and back to the coach, and it was a very quiet drive back to the hostel with quite a few husky voices! The staff and children all went straight to sleep and most had to be woken and rushed down to breakfast before getting the coach back to school.

It was an amazing experience and very busy couple of days. The choir will be singing some of the songs they learnt at the Summer Picnic and Concert at Killerton in July.

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EPFL League Fixtures

Two teams representing the school took part in the 4th set of EPFL fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 4th February.

Broadclyst Blue (Year 6) faced Countess Wear in their first game and played some excellent passing football from the outset.  They soon moved into a 2-0 lead approaching half-time with goals from Nathan and Jack.  The second goal was the result of a superb team move starting all the way from Max in goal and the team worked the ball the whole way up the pitch in a swift passing move.  Despite heavy pressure throughout the second half on the Countess Wear goal, the score remained 2-0.  In the second game the team faced a well-organised Redhills team and found it difficult to get into their usual rhythm being pressed effectively throughout the match, however early into the second half Harry scored an excellent finish to make the score 1-0, which it remained at the final whistle.

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Shortlisted for the David Shepherd Award

As featured in Exeter Daily

The Year 6 Art Squad at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) have just found out that their work has got through to the final of the Global Canvas 2019 art competition, and they will be taking their entry to the Natural History Museum in London for the judging on 7 March. Their Ocean Display entry was one of a record number to the international competition that involved over 5055 children from 26 countries across four continents. Global Canvas is an art competition created by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Art for Survival programme and was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art. The 14 children worked together to plan their display and came up with their own ideas around the theme of ‘habitats’. In previous art lessons they had been looking at human impact on shores and plastic pollution and they decided to revisit this theme, but to interpret the magic and the beauty of the ocean habitat and particularly coral reefs through their art. BCPS art teacher Chloe Farrant commented: “Art Squad are all dedicated pupils who love learning new skills in art and exploring with new media; they have been using their lunchtimes to work on the project. They experimented with new ways of working in both 2D and 3D using materials and techniques including cyanotype photography, screen printing and spray painting as well as stoneware ceramic and porcelain sculptures. They even came up with the idea of creating a box you can sit in with a UV torch and experience jellyfish painted in neon paint! I am very proud of their imagination and dedication.”

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Table Tennis Squad

On Monday (4th February) the Table Tennis Squad travelled to Plymouth to represent the school at the Devon School Table Tennis Primary School Individual Championships held at Coombe Dean School.

The children were placed in groups where they played each player in that group; playing 7 or 8 matches. The matches were best of three - first to eleven - so plenty of playing time. The competition was very well organised and the squad played at a high standard with some very close matches.

Ben played himself into the boy’s quarter final and Dilly, at her only her second competition, managed to get to the semi-final but was beaten by the overall winner of the girls.

The rest of the boys' team consisted of Harry, Nathan, Callum, Ethan and Charlie. In the girls' team we also had Tegan and Grace.

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Yr 5 & Yr 6 Football Event

 

A team of eight Year 5 and Year 6 pupils represented the school in the Kids Cup run by Exeter City Community Trust at Exeter University on Thursday 24th January.

The team were one of 32 school teams in the tournament and had to initially play 3 fixtures in their group phase against teams from Landscore, St. Michaels and West Monkton. After the group stage the team won 2 fixtures, drawing the other with Max being relatively unlucky to concede just one goal from a penalty. 

After this stage they then went into the knockout rounds facing Exeter School and then Seaton, winning both of these games 2-0, from which they progressed onto facing Stoke Hill in the final. Ethan scored two goals, ably assisted by Charlie to keep up their consistent record of winning every game 2-0 in the knockout phase. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the team’s success was how they demonstrated their strong team ethic throughout; shown through the range of goalscorers that included Ethan, Harry, Charlie, Charlie, Jack and Otto.

The team should be greatly proud of their achievement in winning this prestigious tournament in which they faced schools from around the county and even from Somerset, they are now excitedly looking forward to finding out their next destination in the next round against other schools who won their local club’s tournament.

 

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Presentation at BETT

 

Mr Lees and Mr Kimber went on an exciting trip to London between the 23rd and 26th January. During this time, they were working with Microsoft at Bett 2019 – an educational technology show where teachers, academics, developers and the occasional student come together to find out about some of the latest gadgets and tools on offer to schools today. The show took place over 4 days at the huge ExCel convention centre.

As Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs), Mr Lees and Mr Kimber joined other MIEEs and Microsoft employees on the huge Microsoft stand to show members of the public some of the amazing tools, like OneNote, Flipgrid & Teams, that Microsoft have developed and that we love to use here at Broadclyst. They came back to school with some great ideas to try out with our own pupils – like 3D models in PowerPoints, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lesson ideas and some other great surprises! They also had the chance to present a few times on the stage, explaining how schools can transfer to a ‘Cloud first digital strategy’ – using Office 365 as the central pillar of operations and many onlookers seemed intrigued and inspired by how we operate as a school!

There were some real highlights at Bett – Dell’s Dinosaur stand; the Artificial intelligence juice bar from Microsoft which chose you a drink based on your mood, age and gender and all sorts of amazing robots. Mr Kimber loved meeting the transformer, Bumblebee, but found it tricky working with Mr Lees on a giant Gameboy to try and complete a game of Super Mario! They’re both hoping to make it again next year!

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