Summer Term 2013
The U10 A team bowled out Wellington Prep in a 20/20 match to win last week. A great display of tight, medium fast bowling by the team and excellent fielding added pressure to the batsmen who were then forced into their shots exposing their wickets, which fell regularly to our bowlers.
Congratulations also go to the U11 B team, who beat Millfield by 10 wickets!
Junior Maths Challenge Success 2013
Year 6 pupils at Blundell's Prep School achieved 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze awards in this year's IKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 240, 000 pupils from across the UK sat the challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.
- Gold: Sophia Marr
- Silver: Grace Labdon and Lily Mackay
- Bronze: Alice Smith, Jasper Pring and Olivia Rhodes
The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and aimed at children in Years 7 and 8. It is sat in schools across the UK during April every year, while the Intermediate and Senior challenges, which are aimed at older children, are held earlier in the academic year.
Sample questions from this year's Junior Maths Challenge are as follows: -
Gill went for a five-hour walk. Her average speed was between 3km/h and 4km/h. Which of the following could be the distance she walked?
- (a) 12km
- (b) 14km
- (c) 19km
- (d) 24km
- (e) 35km
After tennis training, Andy collects twice as many balls as Roger and five more than Maria. They collect 35 balls in total. How many balls does Andy collect?
- (a) 20
- (b) 19
- (c) 18
- (d) 16
- (e) 8
Senior Tea Time Concert
Our Senior Tea Time Concert took place last Thursday (May 16th). Children in Year 5 and 6 took part and for those children in Year 6 it was their last tea time concert. Music performed included music from the musicals (Oom Pah Pah, Where is Love, Cabaret and My Favourite Things), a Hungarian Folksong and Take That! Amber Sharp performed Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep', playing the piano and singing – a first for one of our tea time concerts.
It was a super concert and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. Well done to everyone who performed.
Junior Tea Time Concert
Our Junior Tea Time Concert took place last Wednesday (May 15th). Children in Year 3 and 4 took part in what was a very varied and enjoyable concert. Pieces performed included traditional French music, Chattanooga Choo Choo and Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid.
It was wonderful to see so many of our younger musicians performing with such confidence and enjoyment. Well done to everyone who took part.
Rounders: U11 Tournament
The girls performed outstandingly on Saturday at the Millfield U11 Rounders Tournament held at Millfield Prep School. With a last minute revised playing order, due to wet weather and teams having to withdraw, Blundell's Prep enjoyed the round robin competition. We started well and clinched a victory over The Downs School with our last batter, Rebecca Hamiltion, sprinting to secure a 5½-5 victory. We then drew against Millfield, lost narrowly to Monkton, who had been improving massively with each game and then beat Perriott Hill. We were very pleased with our second place medals to The Downs. Well done girls and some excellent catches in the last game. Zoe Labdon was our team's Player of the Tournament for her consistent and strong left-handed batting.
Inaugural Concert of Parent Group, the Mamas and Papas
Last Friday saw the inaugural concert of our parent group the Mamas and Papas. They delighted the audience with a wonderful repertoire of classic songs from a number of past decades. The audience participated with gusto with some of the songs and the evening had a delightful air about it. The proceeds for the evening raised £495.00 which goes towards the Shelterbox appeal.
Cricket vs the Old Boys
The old boys match was played in bright sunshine on the senior school pitch, and was won by the old boys. Mr Southgate umpired with Mr Holman and both umpires commented on how strong the cricket was and the great enthusiasm shown by the boys.
Leading by Example
Tom Reynolds led his team to a 40 run, 8 wicket victory against Taunton Prep School last week. He hit a massive 53 runs and took three wickets in one over, one of which was and caught and bowled.
The Big Beach Clean Up
The Big Beach Clean Up proved a great success and 6MA were amongst 30 plus volunteers who turned to Exmouth Beach on the morning of Thursday 25th April to help the Marine Conservation Society in conjunction with M&S to undertake a national beach survey. There are 26 beaches around the nation that are being surveyed.
6MA had taken an interest in how much rubbish is polluting our shores after watching a moving film clip on Midway Island. The class have been discussing the impact of plastics and other waste that effects our sea and wide life. The class wanted to be involved with this project to do their bit to help.
It certainly gave them a better insight into what is really happening. Amongst the items found were a large tractor tyre that the class dug out for the council to remove and lots of plastic bottle tops and sweets papers.
It was a really good experience for the children and I do hope they continue to take an interest in this and spread the word. They will share their morning with the school in assembly.
Joint Performance of Carmina Burana
Last Thursday, twenty seven of our Year 6 children joined the Senior School in their choral performance of Carmina Burana. The children formed the Ragazzi choir, singing in Latin and German with the main choir as well as singing some movements by themselves. It was a fantastic concert and it gave the children an amazing opportunity to sing such a well-known piece of choral music, accompanied by an orchestra.
Creative Arts Week Puppets
5 Verbs made their beautiful puppets in Creative Arts Week with visiting artist Don Newton. They all chose traditional characters from Punch and Judy shows. They have been writing play scripts in English lessons and invited Year 1 to watch them perform their puppet shows.
Spring Term 2013
Out and About
The last week of term saw children participating in a wide range of activities. The entire Prep School took part in House Country whilst our U6 and U7 teams joined with local primary schools in a Tag Rugby Tournament. Exeter Cathedral hosted our Year 2 children and our J Team members enjoyed a sumptuous picnic. Music exams were the finale to some of our pupils fevered practising and our Choir was out and about entertaining local residents at a Frugal lunch. Perhaps the most excited children were our Nursery class who revelled in the task of find Easter Eggs at Knightshayes.
Buckfast Abbey Trip for Year 3
Year 3 had a very enjoyable trip to Buckfast Abbey on Friday. They peppered Brother Nicholas with some very interesting questions and they very much enjoyed their 'hands on' experience in The Education Centre. The Abbey was being repaired inside, but it was still very interesting to look round.
Last Monday seventeen musicians took part in an Orchestra Day held at the Senior School. Children from local schools joined them and they spent the day rehearsing in their orchestra sections. The day finished with everyone coming together and performing a 'mini' concert for friends and family. The children had a hugely enjoyable day and felt a real sense of achievement at having performed as part of a large orchestra.
Tea Time Concert
Our tea time concert took place last Thursday. It was one of our bigger concerts with children across the school taking part. It was a chance for the children to perform a lot of the items performed in our House Music Competition just before half term as well as some individual performances. Pieces included a selection of songs from the musical 'Oliver', 'Good Evening Mr Bond' performed by a guitar ensemble, and Star Wars performed on the piano. It was a very varied concert and it was wonderful to see so many children taking part. Well done to everyone who performed.
Jersey Tour 2013
It was an absolute pleasure to accompany this trip and always worth the early start on the Saturday morning, well done parents for making the 4.45am meet at Exeter airport! An action packed four days on the island proved successful in every respect. There were so many highlights. I'm certain all of the children and staff will have fond memories of Jersey and the Blundell's Prep sports tour of 2013.
Creative Arts Week
The week started with the not so distant sound of drums echoing up from the Drama Studio. The adjective most commonly used to describe the day was loud although the children's rhythmical talents were also in abundance. The children then continued on to make some superb puppets, performed a play in a day and took part in the House Music Competition with many distinctive and melodious performances. We wait with eager anticipation for the Exhibition next term when all the hard work will be displayed.
The Pancake races took place on Shrove Tuesday as tradition dictates and Grenville House won both races by a close lemon squeeze. The new Good Year Remoulds proved up to the battering that they received and we can honestly say that the whole competition completely failed to fall flat and we look forward to next year's races with hungry anticipation.
Great fun, lots of funky dance moves, especially Mr Moore who was crowned staff dance champion. Gangnam style was played 84 times, and the hour and a half flew by. A world record amount of sweets, ice-cream and fruit cocktails were consumed and a wonderful evening was had by all.
Huge thank you to the Friends of Blundell's Prep who once again gave their time so generously to run this much loved event.
Parents Cooking Workshop
We were delighted to welcome in 16 brave and intrepid parents to our inaugural Cookery Workshop. Amidst much laughter and fun, the ladies (a father's Cooking Workshop is next on the agenda!) cooked Twice-Baked Goat's Cheese soufflés, Crispy Chicken with Pancetta and Chocolate and Pear Pudding with Chocolate Sauce. The food looked and tasted delicious and all agreed that more of the same would be perfect.
Once again we opened our doors to our grandparents. We were delighted that over 90 were able to join us for assembly and coffee and cake. The highlight for most of our grandparents was the time that they were able to spend with their grandchildren in their classes. They enjoyed lessons ranging from Food Technology to Drama and from English to Science. One grandparent confided that she was not sure that she had helped much as her ruler had been upside down!
St Petroc's Games
We had another successful day at St Petroc's recently, with the U9 and U11 girls and boys producing some excellent performances in some pretty testing conditions.
Music For Youth Orchestra and RAF Band
It has been a busy week musically for Years 5 and 6. Last Thursday Year 6 travelled to Exeter to a concert given by the Music For Youth Orchestra. It was a varied programme with Japanese Taiko drumming, folk music on a violin and double bass and Hungarian folk music played by a String Orchestra. The finale saw all of the children in the audience joining in with a Gospel Medley played by a Jazz Orchestra, which included the songs Swing Low Sweet Chariot and When the Saints Go Marching In.
On Tuesday, Year 5 and 6 visited the Senior School for a concert given by the RAF Band. The children were really taken aback by the huge sound that the band produced, playing pieces such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Adele's Skyfall, Christina Aguilera's Hurt, Tea For Two (accompanied by some of the children on percussion) and Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You and Candy. It was a fantastic concert and it had everyone dancing in their seats!
Tea Time Concert
Our first tea time concert of the New Year took place last Thursday. Children from across the school played a variety of pieces on the piano, cello, recorder, flute, baritone, trombone and voice. It also gave some of our Year 6 potential music scholars the chance to perform some of their pieces in preparation for their music scholarship this week.
The children's performances reflected all the hard work that they have put into preparing for this concert and the enjoyment that they get from performing to their parents. Well done to everyone involved.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
The children have been delighted with the recent weather conditions. Every break time has seen a flurry of snowballs flying through the air. Mr Southgate appeared to be the favourite target with even a sneaky hit from other staff.
Father Christmas has gone, the snow has come, but hooray! Henry VIII has arrived to celebrate Tudor Day at Blundell's Prep. Year Five dressed up as Tudors for the day, even Mr Hirst made a feeble attempt to be a jester. Certain unsavoury characters found themselves in the stocks, and well deserved their punishment. Others showed their skills at jousting and all had a very good day. Many thanks Good King Hal!
Kids Who Care Charity Donation
Blundell's Preparatory School was delighted to welcome Cathy Kingham from the local charity 'Kids Who Care' to assembly this week. The whole school gathered to present Cathy with a cheque for £3,194.93 which the children had helped to raise through Christmas themed events at the end of last year. Cathy had previously talked to the children about the work of the charity and about the lives of some of the carers. This certainly touched some of the children and Kids Who Care became the school's chosen charity of the year.
Autumn Term 2012
Ancient Egypt Day for Year 3
Year 3 were transported back over 3,000 years to Ancient Egypt, where they experienced a day full of exciting activities and challenges. They attended a mummification where 'Pharaoh Zebedee' was prepared for burial; they had a competition to make the most efficient shaduf to collect water from the River Nile; they constructed pyramids, designed Anubis headdresses, wrote on papyrus, made clay amulets and played a game of Seega. In their music lesson, they performed Egyptian tunes on their violins and created Egyptian dances. They managed to return to 2012 in time to go home!
Exeter Chiefs hosted the year 6 boys with 2 hours of training with their academy and second team players acting as coaches. This was followed by a 'behind the scenes' tour around the stadium where we saw the amazing sports science the Chiefs use to enhance their players and their training. After this there was the opportunity to watch the England victory over New Zealand on the big screen overlooking the first team warming up in preparation for their match against London Wasps. Before this match all of the children made a tunnel for the players to run through and at half time we were back on the pitch to run around it as a lap of honour. With an Exeter win the day was a complete success and thanks must go to Mr Southgate, Mr Kerr and Mr Edge for their support during the day.
Tea Time Concert
Our last Tea Time concert of the term took place last Thursday. The children performed a great variety of pieces, including some Christmas pieces which enabled the audience to get into the Christmas spirit! It was lovely to see some of our larger ensembles playing; the Orchestra played 'Walking in the Air' and the String Group played 'Jingle Bells'. Other performances included pieces on the piano, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, violin, guitar and voice. The children all enjoyed performing and performed with great confidence. Well done to everyone involved.
Fencing Team Success
Blundell's Prep Fencing team consisting of Kata Lee, Jasper Pring and Todd Brades-Payne took part in a fencing Tournament at Perrott Hill on Sunday. Kata won the Jim Perry Award for Best All Round Performance, by virtue of her courtesy and sportsmanship throughout the morning. She was competing in the U11 and U13 combined Epee. The award was especially fitting as Kata was one of the late Jim Perry's former pupils and they got on especially well.
Choir Joins in Town Festivities
On Saturday 24th November, some of the Chamber Choir and Choir sang in town for the turning on of the Christmas Lights. It was a very wet afternoon but the children sang beautifully and enthusiastically, bringing Christmas spirit to the town centre with songs such as Jingle Bell Rock and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Christmas Tree Decorated by Year 3
The children in Year 3 were delighted to help Mr Southgate decorate the School Christmas Tree in the Prep School Foyer. The children filled the lower branches with purple and silver baubles and Mr Southgate braved the heights to adorn the top branches. This marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in School.
Dental Nurse Visits Year 3
Mel, a dental nurse at Cullompton Dental Surgery, came in to visit Year 3 last week to share her expertise in caring for teeth. The children have been learning about food groups, healthy eating and teeth, as part of their half-termly Science topic. Mel visits the children each year to talk about types of teeth, how different foods affect our teeth and how to ensure good dental hygiene. The children enjoy interacting with the models and games that she brings in, and of course, the highlight of brushing Star's (the horse's) teeth correctly!
West Midlands Children's Theatre perform "The King of Copenhagen"
The West Midlands Children's Theatre performed a play called "The King of Copenhagen" for the children in Year Three and the Pre Prep. It was a fantastic show that the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed. The story was based on the story of the Emperor's New Clothes and the children thought it was hilarious when the King appeared in his "unmentionables". Some children were lucky enough to be chosen to help with the performance. The play was fun from beginning to end and it was a wonderful way to end the week.
Last Saturday, Blundell's Prep was filled with busy shoppers as parents, children and members of the local community browsed round a wonderful array of stalls. Merchandise ranged from chicken doors stops to beautiful jewellery and from Christmas decorations to freshly baked bread. Children were entertained by a face painter and had plenty of fun activities with outdoor games and a craft room. Our Children's Choir and Parents' Choir captivated the happy shoppers and Father Christmas had a stream of happy visitors.
Choir in Children In Need Event at Exeter University
On Friday, fourteen children from the choir travelled to Exeter University to be part of Children in Need. They had spent the last few weeks learning three songs: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Man in the Mirror and I've Got a Feeling. Once at the University they joined with 200 other children from Devon, Cornwall, Guernsey and Jersey to form a choir. Throughout the day rehearsals were held and there were three live broadcasts for the local news program 'Spotlight'. The day ended with a live broadcast of Bridge Over Troubled Water which was sung alongside the live performance in the London studio, conducted by Aled Jones.
It was a fantastic experience for all the children involved, not only for the chance to be involved in singing in a large choir but also to be involved in live TV and to see how a live program is broadcast.
EMG Symphony Orchestra
On Thursday 8th November children in our school orchestra had the opportunity to attend an open rehearsal with the EMG Symphony Orchestra in Exeter. Pieces being rehearsed included Troika, The Nutcracker and Capriol Suite. The children were able to walk around the orchestra as they played. The Musical Director talked to the children, introducing the instruments and giving some information about the music being played. It was a fantastic evening and a wonderful chance for the children to be involved with a live orchestra.
U11 IAPS Hockey at Millfield
This year 37 teams took part in this independent schools tournament making it the largest regional round. It was a great opportunity to play against schools which we would not normally come across. It was tough as the matches were only 10 minutes each way. We started a little too hesitantly and let PGS score first. We tried and we had some good chances, but it wasn't enough. Our second match v The Downes was similar; with an early opportunity in the opening minutes lost we held them off until the end – however, resulting in another loss.
Tension was building and we were determined not to be beaten. The goals started to come and the team felt more confident. We finished 4th in the pool making the Plate. We drew Queen's Taunton in the first play-off and it went to penalty flicks. Mia Butterfield took our first flick and scored convincingly, followed by Milly Curtis and Rebecca Hamiltion. We went on to face Hazelgrove and had a great match until the final 30 seconds when they scored, knocking us out of the competition.
Very well done and good luck at the end of November in the Devon Mini tournament at Exeter School.
Each child made their own poppy to wear to this year's Remembrance Service. The focus of the service was remembering and every pupil, from the Kindergarten upwards, had written on his/her poppy the name of someone that they would like to remember. The children in Year 6 recited a very moving poem called "Why wear a Poppy" and the Year Two children read the prayers. At the end of the service, there was a minutes silence followed by the Last Post. It was a lovely opportunity for the younger children in the school to share an assembly with their older brothers, sisters and friends.
House Hockey 2012
Last week's Houses Hockey Matches were a great success. It was wonderful to see the houses battling it out despite the cold and damp.
It was a close call in the Junior games with Raleigh and Grenville not giving in to each other. There was some exceptional hockey played by the year 3 & 4 girls who worked very well together.
The Senior competition was very exciting with goals from all the teams and GK's making lots of fantastic saves. It was competitive however played in good spirit and thoroughly enjoyable in every way.
I was very pleased with all of the girls' performances and very proud of their involvement in the House competition. I believe these were the best House matches I have seen to date, well done Girls!
Thank you to all the spectators for braving the elements and supporting the competition.
Junior Results: 1st Raleigh, 2nd Grenville, 3rd Drake
Senior Results: 1st Raleigh, 2nd Drake (on goals scored), 3rd Grenville
River Lowman Trip for Year 4
Last week the children in Year 4 enjoyed an exciting geography lesson outside visiting The River Lowman. After a quick walk to the river we all enjoyed a paddle in the shallows with only a couple of wet socks due to ill placed holes in wellies! After the recent floods there were lots of signs of erosion with visibly crumbling river banks, exposed tree roots and high water levels. The children behaved safely and sensibly, demonstrating a keen interest in all that we saw and asking lots of relevant questions.
The elements were braved by several hundred hardy souls as we enjoyed our annual Friends of Blundell's Bonfire Party. The rain and chilling wind did not dampen spirits as the delicious refreshments, raging fire and spectacular fireworks kept everyone entertained. The glow sticks and sweet treats were particular highlights for the children and the customary "ooohhs" and "aaahhhhs" were ringing out. Thank you to our fabulous FoBP Committee who organised the event.
Geography Trip to Tiverton for Year 3
For their recent Geography trip, Year 3 explored the local Tiverton area. They enjoyed driving around the town and, as well as seeing Heathcoat's Fabric factory, they saw the houses and school that John Heathcoat had built for his workers. After a packed lunch, the children walked around the walled garden at Knightshayes Court and, not only did they see a large variety of fruit and vegetables, they had fun finding numerous scarecrows in different costumes! Following a very interesting tour around Knightshayes House, the next stop was Tiverton Canal. The children learnt that limestone used to be carried from quarries to the lime kilns in Tiverton on horse-drawn barges. What a fascinating day!
Mid Devon Primary Tag Rugby
On Tuesday, the inaugural Mid Devon Primary Tag Rugby event for Years 5 and 6 was held. This was organised in tandem with the Community Police Team. Local primary schools took part with the Duchy School winning the event.
Tag Rugby is played with mixed teams of boys and girls and this was the first opportunity for some of our girls to experience rugby. The girls found the experience to be "really fun" and would recommend it as a sport. They also noted that the boys had to co-operate with them and pass the ball! All the spectators enjoyed a super cream tea on a rare day without rain.
Tea Time Concert
Our first Tea Time concert of the school year took place last Thursday. It was a varied concert with the children singing and playing solo pieces on the piano, clarinet, flute, drums, violin, trombone, recorder and cello. For some of the children it was their very first Tea Time concert.
The children had worked so hard over such a short period of time to be ready to perform. Their pieces were performed with confidence and with a real sense of enjoyment. Well done to everyone involved.
Harvest Produce for Local Charity, CHAT
This year's Harvest produce is being collected for a local charity which is called Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT). CHAT provides homeless people in Tiverton with essential food, shelter and support. Ruth Morley, a representative from CHAT, felt that it was important that the children understood how their Harvest contributions were helping others and volunteered to come and talk to them during an assembly time. It was a really interesting and thought provoking talk which made a big impact on many of the children. It was reassuring to know how important our contributions will be to local people.
Ciaran Williams Visits
Last Friday we were delighted to welcome Ciaran Williams who is part of the British Olympic Handball team. Ciaran generously gave his time to carry out some coaching sessions with the children and to answer a multitude of questions. The Olympic legacy is growing stronger and the pupils of Blundell's Prep are ready to take up this mantle. Ciaran highlighted the merits of Handball as a sport which can help hone the skills used in many other sports including Rugby and Squash.