We were delighted to welcome Tizi Hodson as our guest speaker this year at Speech Day. Tizi spoke about her exciting and varied life. Tizi has worked in all aspects of horsemanship from eventing to riding in a rodeo. She then changed from horses to motorcycles starting as a dispatch rider progressing on to stunt riding including the wall of death and culminating in being the first women to complete the Trans-Kalahari 1,000 kilometre Motorcycle Desert Race. In between times she learnt to fly which led to aerobatics and she enjoyed flying with various flying teams. She also flew transatlantic jets. Her various hobbies have included Tai Kwon Do, Scuba Diving, Sky Diving and Hawking. She now runs her own company Tiger Airways and teaches people to fly as well as taking people out for flights.
News 2008 - 2009
Mrs Payne, who makes Teoni's Cookies, came in to give a cake-making workshop recently in the Food Technology room. The Year 4 children made Teoni's Marble Cake to take home.
Year 6 recently performed Shakespeare's The Tempest and Twelfth Night in Ondaatje Theatre.
The year 4 went to Beam House in Torrington with PGL for three days of adventurous activities. The trip was from the 5th to 7th June. Everybody had a go at all the adventurous activities and lots of teamwork was needed.
On Saturday 16th May, Blundell’s Prep held its first Café Event. The Café Events are an informal way for parents to meet over a cup of coffee and discuss topics which can affect their children. The first topic under discussion was Internet Safety. Mr Cross explained the safety procedures which the School has in place and about social networking. The parents talked about concerns and ideas of how to keep their child safe at home. Information was given out on websites which contain helpful data. Everyone who attended felt that this was a worthwhile and successful event. We are hoping to hold others, with a range of subjects, over the next few terms.
LINKS TO INTERNET SAFETY WEBSITES: -
- South West Grid for Learning's 'Staying Safe' campaign: www.swgfl.org.uk/staying-safe
- Childnet International's information for parents: www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents/
- ThinkUKnow: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Sally Jackson, an Education Officer with 'Resource futures', recently ran a science workshop at Blundell's Prep. She ran the workshop in the science lab and covered topics such as mini beasts, recycling organic waste and a better environment for the future. The pictures show the sixth form looking through some organic compost from her garden for mini beasts and using a key to identify them.
On Friday 1st May 2009 Blundell’s Preparatory School, Tiverton, was delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Mr Eric Dancer, CBE, JP to officially open the Prep School Extension. The children who were joined by parents, the Mayor of Tiverton, Mrs Elaine Trump, The School’s Governors and staff were entertained by the Prep School Orchestra and Choir. Speeches by the Chairman of Governor’s, Mr David Fursdon, The Head Master, Mr Nicholas Folland and The Lord Lieutenant of Devon followed. The parents and the visitors then enjoyed a cream tea while the children were delighted by a performance by Aldo the clown. The School has grown and flourished over the last eight years since moving to the Blundell’s campus and there became a pressing need to improve the Prep School building and the space for learning that it offered due to the growth in number of pupils at the School. The extension, which enlarged the building by about one third, also included a remodelling of the inside of the existing building. The priority for this extension was the learning environment for the children. Classrooms have significantly improved, and there are now superb new food technology, art and design facilities. The new hall gives much greater flexibility, as does the atrium and foyer space.
Year 3 went on a one-night residential trip to Beaford Arts Centre, near Winkleigh, on 23rd April 2009. In groups they participated in Art activities, including decorating caps and attending a workshop on Life and Pattern (run by an in-house artist). They enjoyed a country walk in the evening plus games and hot chocolate! The fun continued on the Friday by going to Broomhill Sculpture Park and Saunton Sands. A Monster-themed, sand sculpturing competition was held on the beach and there was an opportunity to buy gifts for all the family!
Pupils from years 4 and 5 recently released some salmon into the river Lowman near Huntsham. The Pupils have been part of an ongoing programme organised by the Westcountry Rivers Trust which is working with Schools, Farmers and Landowners to improve water quality, habitat and fish stocks in the River Exe and its tributaries. The pupils were given 100 eggs last November following a talk by river officer John Hickey at the school. He explained the need to keep the water quality high and demonstrated techniques involving aquatic invertebrates which are used to test this. He has also involved pupils from the senior school in river bank clearance which keeps the rivers flowing freely. The eggs have hatched into Alvins and when they have used their yolk sacs they were ready to leave their gravel beds in search for food. The Fry will now remain in the river for two years before migrating to the sea as Smolts on the next part of their life cycle. Hopefully in four years they will return.
Congratulations to our Blundell's Prep U11 team that won the South West sevens tournament at Plymouth, beating Millfield Prep in a thrilling final by two tries to one. All the boys played their hearts out to secure our first victory in this event. 16 schools from all over the South West competed and after winning our pool games we beat Exeter Junior School in the semi final before meeting Millfield in the final. A great achievement boys. Well done!
Our congratulations go to Ben Steer and Jack West on their selection for the final U11 Prep Schools Barbarian team to play Welsh Schools. A marvellous achievement by two very talented young rugby players. The final trial was played at Rugby School on Sunday 8th March where Jack and Ben helped the West Regional team defeat the North and Midlands team and then gained selection for the final squad. Jack is likely to play at Full Back and Ben at Fly half.
Well done to all the boys who played so well in the National rugby 12-a-side finals this month. They performed heroically against strong and powerful opposition, playing some fine rugby and eventually losing in sudden death time in the plate semi-final. All the games were close with only one try separating the teams, but all the boys should feel extremely proud of the way they performed. A great experience for all of them.
Just before half term the annual House Music Competition was again held and Drake became the winners of the event. All the Prep School pupils were involved with whole house songs, but the audience were also treated to group piano, strings and brass group playing as well as house chamber choirs singing beautifully. Many parents then enjoyed the musical pieces at the latest tea time concert. Well done to all and especially Drake!
The annual pancake races involving all the Prep school children again took place this month. After a marvellous demonstration of pancake tossing from Mr Hirst, all the children raced around the course tossing their own pancakes at certain parts of the course. This was a house competition with Grenville winning both the U.9 and the U.11 event, but all children demonstrated fine pancake tossing skills and had great fun!
The curriculum was suspended for the day as the whole of the Prep School worked in year groups enjoying a day packed with variety to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution. The pupils enjoyed creating and painting a wonderful Tree of Life on the back wall of the School hall, as well as recreating a "thinking walk," which Darwin undertook each day of his life. All pupils also worked in drama workshops relating to the evolution theme. A great day was enjoyed by all and the pupils did not have to wear school uniform!
Last week the boys took part in the annual rugby house matches. This is always a competitive affair and good running and hard tackling was evident. After three hard fought games at U11 level, the winners were Grenville defeating Drake into second place with Raleigh coming third. At U9 level Raleigh were the victors and at U8 Grenville. Thank you to the many parents who turned up to watch these matches.
Year 6 recently visited Sherborne School for Girls to take part in a music day. They sang alongside pupils from many schools including Sherborne, Sherborne House, St Margarets and Leaden Hall. As well learning methods for warming up the voice pupils learnt new pieces and performed a concert for parents at the end of the afternoon.
This week we had a visit from Pudsey Bear. He came into the Pre-Prep assembly and then visited lessons in the Prep School. The visit follows a school council election promise of raising money for Children in Need by one of the Year 6 councillors. This surprise visit certainly helped to encourage us all to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
Last week Year 6 went to Killerton House for the day to experience life in Victorian times. Pupils and Staff wore Victorian costumes and spent time as servants in the laundry room and kitchen as well as in the main house. A tour of the House completed an informative and enjoyable trip.
Year 3 pupils attended the annual 'Proclamation of the Fair' by the Town Crier in Tiverton. This year was the 750th anniversary of the proclamation and the Mayor together with the Tiverton Town Councillors distributed the traditional coins for the children of the Town to collect. With inflation this was 10 pence coins this year rather than 2 pence coins!
Blundell’s Preparatory School were lucky to receive a surprise visit from Powerboat Champion, Mr Andy Twemlow. On his way to trials at Torquay last Friday, Mr Twemlow turned up at school to show all the children his powerboat, Maverick. The boat is 24 feet long and can race at speeds of up to 75 mph. All boats in the V24 class are of the same design and the races can be up to 70 miles in length, taking up to one hour to complete. Mr Twemlow explained how thrilling it is to race these boats. He described how, when the boat overturns, the driver and navigator have to wait for the cockpit to fill with water and breathe from oxygen tanks - fortunately Mr Twemlow has never had to experience this! He then turned on the engines so the children were able to hear the powerful roar. The School wished Mr Twemlow luck and we all hope that he remains British Champion.
The U11A team have had a busy week. They played Taunton A on Wednesday, winning 42-19 before taking on a Sandroyd Touring team on Thursday gaining another victory 35-7. On Saturday the team travelled to Port Regis for a Tournament that included games against Millfield, Caldicott, Clifton College and Papplewick. After losing narrowly to Millfield and Caldicott (the eventual winners in the final against The Dragon), the A team beat all before them to become the Plate Winners. This was a great result and the team were congratulated for playing high quality, open rugby.
Last Tuesday the Tour of Britain Cycle Race came past the school. Pupils in the Prep and Pre-Prep watched as firstly a breakaway group of riders and then the main 'peloton' cycled down Blundells Road. This was at the point of one of the 'hot spot sprints' and it was very exciting to see the riders racing at such speed. The pupils cheered and waved Devon flags to encourage the cyclists on their way on the 3rd stage of the Tour of Britain.