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Ancient Greek Enrichment Day

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The new term got off to an exciting start with our Ancient Greek enrichment day.  The children were completely captivated by our visiting historian and learnt so much during the course of the day with him.  Highlights definitely included the handling of artefacts, including the opportunity to try on an Ancient Greek helmet, learning lots of amazing facts such as how the Ancient Greeks made toothpaste from ground up animal bones and chewed gum!

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Cross Country

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Well done to our Cross Country Team who took part in the Barnstaple Schools’ Cross Country Competition.  Each and every one of our team did exceptionally well, completing a challenging course in difficult conditions; a special well done must go to Jack and Henry B who came 6th and 9th respectively in the Year 3 boys’ race.  Thank you to those parents and Governors who came along to support our children; it was very much appreciated.

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Wood Bay Remembrance Service

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At 11am on 11th November, our Key Stage 2 children marked Remembrance Day with a service at Woody Bay Train Station.  The engine, Axe, provided the poignant backdrop for our service whilst our children read poems that that they had written about war and loss. As the Reveille broke our silence, our children placed poppy crosses into the garden of remembrance, many thinking about family members who served in the World Wars and subsequent wars around the world.  As our service concluded, our children enjoyed a ride on the railway whilst contemplating the part that Axe played on the frontline and how the tranquillity of the Exmoor landscape today contrasts so greatly to the scenes of WWI that they can only imagine.  Thank you to everyone who joined us at this service, to Rev’d Samantha for leading service and to all at Woody Bay for enabling us to mark Remembrance in such a special way.

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Joshua Sigal - Visiting Poet

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Last week we were thrilled to welcome the internationally acclaimed poet, Joshua Seigal, to the federation.  Over the course of the day he visited all of our schools, performing some of his poetry from Yuck and Yum, I Bet I Can Make You Laugh; I Don’t Like Poetry and Little Lemur Laughing.  He also shared with us some of his more recent poetry which is yet to be published and ran a short poetry workshop, enabling all of our children to write their very own Joshua Seigal inspired poem.  It was a fantastic experience and it was wonderful to see the children so enthralled and engaged by poetry; Joshua was so full of passion and enthusiasm for poetry that it couldn’t help but rub off them.  Who knows, perhaps he will have inspired a budding poet of the future!

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Eden Project Residential

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EDEN PROJECT RESIDENTIAL

It was a great privilege to take our Year 5 and 6 pupils on a residential trip last week to the Eden Project.  The children had a fabulous week exploring the incredible Eden environment.  They took part in a number of workshops led by the Eden Team which enabled them to learn about adaptation, sustainability and the need to protect our planet.   One of the highlights was entering the Rainforest Biome after dark and when it was closed to the public – a truly magical experience which I am sure the children will remember for many years to come.  They also enjoyed an adrenaline rushed afternoon at the Hangloose Adventure Centre where they had the opportunity to abseil and climb as well as leap off various platforms, either onto a giant inflatable pillow or whilst being lowered by a descender – I was so proud of how courageous all of our children were, pushing themselves to try new things and overcome their fears. As always, our children were exceptionally well behaved with many members of the public commenting positively about their behaviour.  In particular, a lady staying at the YHA said that she was overwhelmed by how polite our children were, despite her initial shock when they all entered the common room on the first evening of her stay!  I thoroughly enjoy taking our children away on residential experiences; you can see their confidence and resilience grow before your very eyes and I am very proud of how we continue to offer our children these experiences throughout Key Stage 2. 

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