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Year 6 Residential - Wednesday

 
The rain eventually cleared up yesterday and we took advantage of the dry weather to take a walk to Malham Cove - which featured in the Harry Potter Deadly Hallows film. It was a lovely walk and the views throughout were wonderful!
 
Wednesday 28th June. We woke up to pouring rain and the weather forecast confirmed our fears that this would be the weather to expect all day. Undeterred, we boarded the coach and set off for York. The original plan for the day was to spend the morning at the National Railway Museum and the afternoon and early evening exploring York on foot before dining at Pizza Express at 6pm. We feared that too much time outside in the rain would not make for a happy residential so set about altering the plan.
 
By the time we arrived in York at 10:30, it was all arranged. We started the visit with a one-hour boat tour along the a River Ouse. Although the visibility was somewhat limited by the rain, we still saw some lovely views of York even if the children were most interested in the ducks, geese and floating footballs!
 
Upon disembarkation, we zipped up our waterproofs and took off on foot for a whistle-stop tour of the city centre. We viewed the Minster, walked down the Shambles, popped into a sweet shop for a little refreshment and saw fudge being made. One o'clock saw us back at the river where we had a fantastic 3-course lunch in Pizza Express. The staff were hugely complimentary about the class and their impeccable behaviour.
 
We spent the afternoon at the National Railway Museum enjoying the trains and exhibitions. Most of the children put on their detective hats and became extremely deductive and competitive when working through the clues to solve the Case of the Missing Passenger - an interactive murder mystery trail that is set up within the museum

Year 6 Residential - Tuesday

We have had a great day today. The morning started fairly early with everyone in high spirits despite torrential Yorkshire rain. Our accommodation is fantastic and the children were very self-sufficient in choosing their own breakfasts and washing up their dishes.We took a breath-taking bus ride across the moors from Malham to Settle where we got on the Settle -Carlisle railway and headed for Carlisle.
 
The journey was amazing and all children were kept busy looking out of the windows and having to spot 'challenges' to earn points for their rooms. The weather in Carlisle was not much brighter but, after walking to Carlisle Castle, we were given a warm, dry room for our lunches which was followed by a quick history lesson from Ms Laybourn. 
 
Inspired by this, we thoroughly explored the castle and gift shop before having to drag ourselves away to make it back to the station for our return train. Once we arrive back in Settle, the coach will return us to Malham where we're having lasagne for dinner. The weather has dried up now so, hopefully, we'll walk out to Malham Cove this evening. 
 
There are no reports of homesickness so far and everyone is taking good care of each other. 

Sportshall Athletics – West Devon Finals
On Wednesday 18th January, 12 children from years 5 and 6 took part in the inter-school Sportshall Athletics West Devon Finals Competition at Tavistock College.  It was a great afternoon and a really enjoyable event, in which the children once again did themselves proud.
All the children displayed a fantastic team spirit in the support they showed to each other.  A huge well done to all them! They all performed incredibly well, congratulations to Liam, who came second in the boys chest push.
Many thanks to the parents who provided or offered to provide transport to the competition.

Exeter Mosque
On Thursday 10th November, Year 4 invited Imam Mohammed Abrar, from Exeter Mosque, to visit our school to talk to us about the Islamic faith.  He was kind enough to allow Years 3, 5 and 6 to join us as well.  It was a great opportunity for all of us to ask questions and learn about a religion none of us have a lot of experience of, including the staff, and clear up some common misconceptions.  The children asked a lot of questions including about fasting during Ramadan and how Muslims pray when they are not in the Mosque. 
A big thank you to the Imam for taking the time to visit us.

On Monday 14th November, children from Years 5 and 6 participated in a Cyclo X event at Okehampton College. Seven teams from local schools entered the event which involved time trial and individual races. South Tawton narrowly won the event; we drew first place with Lew Trenchard, but were declared winners as we had completed the fastest time trial.

Well done to Xavier, Vinny, William, Ed, Tom, Sienna, Jack, Finley and Taz for riding so well, but a special mention should go to William who stepped in for Bridestowe when they were a team member short.
Also, thank you to the parents who either offered or provided transport on the day.


Exeter Chiefs Tag Rugby Festival

 

As part of the Exeter Chiefs teaching Years 3 and 4 tag rugby and healthy eating this half-term, Year 4 was lucky enough to take two teams to the tag rugby festival at Okehampton pavilion on 20th October. It was a beautifully sunny day. Both teams played well and thoroughly enjoyed the festival, competing against 11 other teams from the area. The Chiefs donated tag rugby kit to the schools and all the children taking part went home with Exeter Chiefs lanyards and bookmarks. I would like to thank the Chiefs for their inspirational teaching and all the parents that offered to drive to the event and those that supported the children at the festival. 

Cross Country
 
On Wednesday 19th October 17 of our cross country runners went to Okehampton College to take part in the inter-schools cross country competition. All of the runners worked really hard competing in the course which included going through mud and water. A special mention should go to Phoebe Pengelly who came 13th out of the girls and Sam Cunnington who came 15th out of the boys. Well done also to Conor, William Smith, Jack, Luka, Stanley, Tom Frangleton, Ed, Euan, George, William Bonnett, Vinnie Pedrick, Verity, Jessica, Amelie and Lani.
 

On Thursday 6th October Year One had a fantastic trip to a sunny Darts farm. The trip was part of our food and farming and topic. We were shown around the farm and were able to see how and where all of their different produce was grown. We also visited the pond and were able to have a look at the wildlife from their bird hide. In the afternoon we went on a nature walk along the Exe Estuary trail. Thank you very much to all those parents who kindly gave their time to drive and help with the trip. The children all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lucy Dennis.

 

Harvest

Many thanks to Sharon Dennis and Kirsty Loader for their lovely table top decorations. Mrs Dennis created a lovely Autumnal plan basket and Ms Loader baked a harvest loaf. The Year 3 children completed the festive presentation with their own laoves and rolls – well done.

 I am also pleased to report that we raised just £67.03 for the “Send a Cow” charity.