Pictured is the U11 A cricket team that narrowly lost to Millfield recently. Tom Reynolds hit 50 runs and nearly turned the match around for a home win.
News 2013 - 2014
Summer Term 2013
On Friday 16th May eight children took part in the IAPS South West Regional Concert at Exeter Cathedral. The concert - Songs for All Seasons - was a collaboration between twelve schools and Show of Hands, a Devon folk band. The concert featured folk songs, reflecting the passing of the seasons, and was a truly wonderful evening's entertainment in a superb, historic setting.
This week our Head Boy and Head Girl attended the Inauguration of the new Mayor of Tiverton, Sue Griggs. This is an ancient ceremony that has been taking place since the first Mayor was elected in 1615. Boris and Holly did a fantastic job representing the school by presenting a bouquet and congratulating the new Mayor on her election.
Our Food technology lessons have extended this term with children growing the food that they will cook. Planting seeds and watching the first seedlings appear is a wonderful memory. Watching those seedlings grow into healthy plants and then produce something that you can eat is paramount to the whole learning experience. Growing at the moment are salad crops, vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit crops. These crops have led to a plethora of wonderful food cooked in school by the children. Bulgar wheat salad, Tabbouleh salad, an array of wonderfully flavoured bread, the humble egg and cress sandwich and of course rhubarb crumble are a sample of the recipes trialed and tasted.
Spring Term 2014
Our Joint Concert with the Senior School took place on Tuesday evening (March 25th). Children from the Prep School joined the Senior School pupils, playing in cello and string ensembles and singing In the Mood. Our wind group and ensemble also played, performing Wallace and Gromit, Blowing Cool, Heigh Ho and Waltzing Matilda. Boys Aloud sang Give Us a Call and our Choir performed an Old English Folk Song called Sumer Is Icumen In and Don't Take It For Granted! It was a superb evening of music and it was wonderful to see our children performing with the older children.
Our Senior Tea Time Concert took place last Thursday (March 20th). Children in Year 5 and 6 performed music ranging from Disney songs (Part of Your World and A Spoonful of Sugar) to blues music.
It was a super concert and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. Well done to everyone who performed.
Our Junior Tea Time Concert took place last Wednesday (March 19th). Children in Year 3 and 4 took part in what was a very varied and enjoyable concert. Music performed included pieces on the piano, violin, drums, clarinet and guitar.
It was wonderful to see so many of our younger musicians performing with such confidence and enjoyment. Well done to everyone who took part.
The Pancake races took place on Shrove Tuesday as tradition dictates and Raleigh 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.
Year 3 had a very enjoyable trip to Buckfast Abbey on Friday. The children were able to interrogate a monk and even Mrs Nichols joined in. Everyone very much enjoyed their 'hands on' experience in The Education Centre, and our packed lunches were fantastic!
Our U11A football team played in the Exeter Junior School Football Tournament on Wednesday 12th March. After a competitively fought afternoon the team was placed a very respectable 3rd.
On Monday 20th January Blundell's Prep hosted the late great Henry VIII. All the Year Five children entered into the spirit of Tudor Day, and came bedecked in various Tudor costumes. Well it turned out that Henry VIII was not late at all, in fact he was very much alive, and a great time was had by all.
Our first tea time concert of the New Year took place last Thursday. It was a wonderfully varied concert with some of our pupils performing for the very first time, having only been playing their instruments for a few months. We also had some of our Year 6 pupils performing who are preparing for their Music Scholarships this week. Well done to all the children who performed; it was a very enjoyable concert.
Year 6 spent the day at Powderham Castle fully immersing themselves into what life would have been like in the Victorian Times. Prior to the visit they had made a simple Victorian lunch in their Food Tech Lesson and they all found costumes ready for the day. During their day they learnt how to polish tables, beat rugs and shine up boots. They also spent time cooking the Powderham's large Victorian Kitchen. It was certainly a day which brought history to life.
Year 6 spent a cold but bright morning outside learning a little more about teamwork. They used semaphore flags to guide teams from one point to another as well as the slightly tricky operation of guiding each other using a blank grid. The children also spent time foraging for 'useful' objects.
On a slightly muddy day Year 3 set out to find objects to make their names from objects found in our wonderful grounds. The most popular items were twigs, sticks, stones and leaves. This was followed by making either a whole person or face from the same sort of items. The children finished the morning with a walk through the woods.
Autumn Term 2013
Once again we are delighted that three of our Year 6 boys took part in the Trials for the Lambs. Congratulations go to Alex and Will who have made it through to the next stage and to Rocco who did extremely well but just missed out.
Once again our lobby is looking resplendent with our purple and silver adorned Christmas Tree. Our thanks go to Year 3 who enthusiastically festooned the lower branches with a great many decorations. Also our appreciation goes to Mr Southgate for affixing the star to the top of the tree.
An attentive audience were treated to a wonderful Speech and Drama Recital last week. The audience heard a selection of poems and readings through which the children showed a super breadth of talent and confidence. Our thanks must go to James Rochfort who has taken our Speech and Drama to a very high level.
On Saturday the Choir sang in town for the turning on of the Christmas lights. This year the children sang on the main stage and the children entertained the crowds with some songs to get them in the festive spirit!
Last Thursday saw our second Tea Time Concert of the term. It was one of our bigger concerts and it was wonderful to see nearly forty of our children taking part. Children from Year 3 through to Year 6 took part and the audience was treated to a wonderful variety of musical performances, including pieces on the piano, flute, saxophone, drums and our growing string group. All the children performed superbly, reflecting all the hard work that has been put in throughout the music department this term. Well done to everyone who performed.
Last Saturday, saw the first signs of Christmas arriving at School. Over 35 stall holders set up stalls to sell a wide range of products from delicious chocolates to sparkling jewellery. Father Christmas came to join us and was soon busy handing out presents to a great many children. We were delighted to greet many families to a wonderfully happy and fun occasion.
We were delighted to join around eight local schools at St Peter's Church on Monday evening. In front of a packed audience each School performed a selection of songs brilliantly. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the event raised over £2,000.
On Friday the whole Prep School gathered in assembly to remember those who gave their lives in war. This occasion was very moving and very important to share with our children. Some of our Year 6 pupils had prepared a short performance based on accounts taken from Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur. The performances illustrated how the prospect of 4 years of fighting were unknown in 1914, but soon became a reality. The children, aged from 3 to 11, sat in silence and listened to every word, demonstrating exactly what Remembrance is all about.
Thursday evening saw the sky alight with a multitude of sparkling and flashing lights. The 'Ohhs' and 'Ahhs' were supplemented by explosions of sounds and colours and with the bonfire lit and sky took on a warm glow. The children and parents were filled with hot dogs, beef burgers, mulled wine and fizzy pop and many sported glow glasses and glow ears. What a wonderful evening.
Our U9A Rugby team had a glorious win at the Plymouth College rugby tournament. They passed the ball and found the gaps in impressive style as they travelled through to the finals.
Great fun was had by all of Year 5 as they took on the challenge to carve pumpkins into the American traditional 'Jack O' Lantern' face. The children were carefully checked at the end to make sure that all fingers were still intact!
On a sunny autumn afternoon we were joined by teams from many of our local primary schools who arrived to take part in our second Primary Tag Rugby Festival for girls and boys in Years 5 and 6. The competition was fierce and the play very exciting. Congratulations go to Willand Primary School who were the overall winners.
It was the turn of the dads to show off their culinary skills to their families as they joined our workshop last week. Curry was on the menu and our dads ranged from complete novices to those who cook regularly. A delicious aroma pervaded the air as chicken and veggie curries were prepared under the watchful eyes of Julie and Sarah, our wonderful Food Tec Ladies. There was much laughter and a few of our dads certainly seem to remember their school days.
On Tuesday 15th October, Year 3 set off in glorious weather to explore Tiverton and the surrounding area as part of their Geography syllabus.
They learnt about the importance of the River Exe, Tiverton Canal, Heathcoat's Textile Factory, Knightshayes Court and all the services that a town requires.
Friday was a day of great excitement in School. While the children took part in workshops learning the art of juggling, plate spinning and balancing, the Big Top arrived. This went up in a miraculously short time, as if by magic, and the scene was set for a wonderful evening's entertainment. After a super barbeque, the Big Top filled to almost capacity and the show started. The audience was royally entertained by clowns, balancing acts, hoops and trapeze. There was much laughter and joy and everyone went home with a big smile on their face.
In Art this term, Year 3 are studying Sculptures and how they enhance environments. We spent a morning at Broomhill Sculpture Park in Barnstaple, North Devon, enjoying the sculptures made from different materials in their gardens. Everyone voted for their favourite entry in the Broomhill National Scuplture Prize (ten short-listed sculptors selected by a panel of judges, receive £1,000 each to create their proposed sculpture which is then exhibited at the Park in an exhibition.) We look forward to the announcement of who has won!
In the afternoon we moved on to Saunton Sands, where the children created team sand sculptures based on the theme 'The Seaside'. Each group worked really well together and effectively utilised natural materials found on the beach. The winning sculpture was of a giant ice-cream!
Our first Tea Time Concert of the school year took place last Thursday. Twenty seven of our children took part in what was a super concert, playing solo and duet pieces on the piano, violin and drums. Singers also sang a variety of songs from Old English songs to Abba!
The children had worked so hard over such a short period of time to be ready to perform. Well done to everyone involved.
We were delighted that popular children's author and illustrator Shoo Rayner could visit this term to share his writing and drawing experiences with the children. Shoo read extracts from some of his books, answered questions on life as an author, and ran some fantastic drawing workshops based around some of his best known characters.
Shoo has written more than 175 children's books, creating such characters as The Ginger Ninja, Monster Boy, Axel Storm, Ricky Rocket, Viking Vik and The Secret Society of Scaredy Cats.
He has also rewritten Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories for a younger audience, and has illustrated books for authors including Michael Morpurgo, Rose Impey and Michael Rosen. Shoo has also posted his own Drawing Lessons on YouTube to reach as wide an audience as possible.
To find out more about Shoo, visit: www.shoorayner.com.
The year 6 boys had a fantastic time at Super Sunday with Exeter Chiefs. With a morning of intense training with the Chiefs' players and an in-depth tour of the ground and behind the scenes the boys were set up to watch Exeter take on the Leicester Tigers with many England rugby players playing.
A wonderful day was had by all with dreams of playing for the Chiefs guaranteed.
The Prep children were really excited to be out supporting the Tour of Britain Race last week. Enthusiastic waving of flags took place with every vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian treated to a volley of rousing cheers. The motorcyclists were the firm favourites as they entertained the children by flashing their lights and turning on their sirens. The cyclists passed quickly as a blur of legs and wheels and anyone looking the wrong way could have easily missed them!
Book Day was fantastic fun again this year. The children dressed up in some wonderful costumes. We had mermaids, pirates, dinosaurs, Peter Pans, Harry Potters and even a "Where's Wally?" The well-known author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner, spent the day in the Pre Prep reading stories to the children and entertaining them with his demonstrations of how to draw. He was inspirational in the way he presented his literature to them.
It was a great opportunity to focus on the joy of reading and books. The book, "Otto the Book Bear," became the subject of a story writing competition . The most exciting part of the day was in the evening when everyone returned to school dressed in pyjamas clutching sleeping bags, pillows and Teddy Bears. The teachers read bedtime stories to the children and they enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate before going home to bed. It was a great way to end the day.
Our U11 A, U10 A and U10 B rugby teams won against Kelly College last Wednesday in the opening matches of the season. A comprehensive win by the U11 A team, 40-0, showed the pre-season training pay off. Well played everybody and good luck for next week's encounters with Stover, West Buckland and Swanbourne.