Yesterday the U9B cricket team beat Exeter Prep School away at Exeter. Exeter made 149 runs off 20 overs therefore we had to make 150 runs to win off our 20 overs. With only one ball to spare the team made it. Great bowling, fielding and batting built this victory. After a hard but developing season the win was well deserved.
News 2014 - 2015
Last week in 'J' Team we had record numbers for our unusual talent contest. We had a range of talents from cartwheels to owl noises made with your hands, from waggling ears to double jointed thumbs but the winners were finally two brave girls, Ottilie and Isobel, who sang a beautiful duet, and who were handsomely rewarded by receiving the coveted plastic vase!
U9b cricket team playing at Sidmouth Cricket club against St John's, enjoying the view in between innings... and relaxing in a deck chair while waiting to bat.
Year Four made their annual visit to see the churches in Sampford Peverell. We visited the Methodist Church and then St. John the Baptist Church of England church. Thank you to Mrs Heeley and Mrs Hirst who did so much to make the visit so informative and exciting. Bell ringing proved a particular favourite with the children, and particularly for those who took an even closer look at the higher regions of the church tower!
Year Four set out in search of nature and found it in abundance along The Grand Western Canal. Grass snakes, cygnets, ducks and ducklings just to mention a few of their discoveries. A picnic lunch and treasure hunt were an added bonus when we got to Sampford Peverell. We made it back to school just in time for half-term and ready for the next adventure!
The Prep School Equestrians have been very busy! Finn Muirhead has managed his 1st win pony racing beating his Father to a win a race at a Point to Point. Joshua Brown has also been a regular at the races often being placed and doing very well. Joshua also represented the school at Stonar Junior Championships in May where he was placed individually 7th and in a mix team of senior school and Prep they gained 7th place as a team. Fantastic results Josh.
Over Half Term there were many competitions. Isobel Morrison managed to gain new PB's in Running and Shooting at a Tetrathalon held at Bicton Arena along with Rachel Brown competing.
Earlier in the week Rachel won her Eventer's Challenge Class 1 on Coco, the event was organised by Queens College. Class2 brought a team placing of 5th for Rachel Brown and Scarlett Vaux who again joined a mix team made up from the Senior school and Prep.
Many thanks to all who have competed at events over the past few weeks - Blundell's Prep school continues to gain well deserved recognition for its brave riders.
Lego Mindstorms club has gone off on a bit of an exciting tangent in the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the arrival of the school's new 'Raspberry Pi' meant that there was something new to explore! Connecting it to a 'Makey Makey' device, the pupils were quickly learning how they could take control of their favourite games, including ones that they had created, by designing a control pad of their very own. Silver foil, card...and a banana...all somehow got involved, much to the group's entertainment! The following week we were very kindly invited to the Senior School, where the group were shown around by Mr Bowden. They heard all about the 3d printer, the school's green racing car and other exciting projects, plus getting to see the laser cutter in action! Many thanks to Mr Bowden for kindly giving up his time and making us feel so welcome.
Year 6 have recently embarked on a joint IT/Art project all about animation. Using the 'Animate It!' software, the children have been experimenting with a range of simple animations, using both models and pencils/paper. It has been a very sharp learning curve, finding out that over 20 images per second are needed for a smooth animation...plus a steady hand and excellent concentration. We are very much in the early days of this project and shall be continuing after half-term, but it is clear to see that Wallace and Gromit might have some competition very soon!!!
Yes it is really true. On Monday we had the Year six election where Kit was elected as Prime Minister of the Blue Party. On Tuesday in the 'J' Team election Jess was elected as Prime Minister representing the 'Hearts' Party and then of course there is the General Election!
The sun shone on Year 3 as they started their walk along the canal from the White Bridge at Halberton to the Canal Basin at Tiverton. We looked for signs of spring and saw lots of wildlife including swans, ducks and ducklings. When we arrived at the basin we had lunch and then did pond dipping in the afternoon. There were lots of tadpoles, water boatmen, shrimps and even a newt. The children and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Year Four visited Killerton on Friday and completed a day of Outdoor Learning based around map reading and orienteering in the grounds of Killerton House. We progressed from simple map reading and letter boxing, before completing the orienteering course. We finished the day doing The Dragon Quest in the woods, and a great time was had by all, and nobody got lost!
Spring Term 2015
The weather was cool and the course not too muddy as the children in the Prep School set off for their house cross country event. This year the stakes were high as it was the inaugural event for the 'Mildren Cross Country Cup'. It was fitting that the winners were Raleigh, the House in which Mr Mildren has been a member for many years. Thank you to Mr Mildren for both the Cup and for the many years of Cross Country expertise which have kept the school at the top of Cross Country.
Our Spring Concert took place on Wednesday (March 18th) and saw pupils from the Prep School performing with pupils from the Senior School.
The Prep School Choir performed two songs whilst some of our Year 6 choristers sang Litany to the Holy Spirit with the Senior School Choir. Our instrumentalists performed Alla Hornpipe from Handel's Water Music in a combined Orchestra and the concert ended with everyone joining together to sing The Best Day of My Life by American Authors.
It was a truly wonderful concert and a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to perform with older and more experienced musicians.
The sun shone on the Year 3 children during their morning in the woods.
They started off with an egg trail looking for 'nests' containing 5 fresh eggs which had colour-coded facts written on them. The children had to locate the 'nest' then carefully bring their egg back to the camp so they could write down their fact. When they had collected all their eggs they had to work out what the bird was before making eggy bread with their eggs.
The children also made clay plaques of birds on to tree trunks, thinking carefully about the beaks and feet, before having a go at building nests themselves, having previously looked at three different types of nests in class.
Altogether, we had a fabulous morning. The children loved the freedom of the woods and worked well together in their groups.
Staff and pupils joined together to enter into the fun of Red Nose Day. Everyone dressing in 'home' clothes and some even making their faces funny for money. Cakes were baked, sold and eaten. A very enjoyable day and a good deal of money was raised for a very good cause. Well done!
Year 6 were treated to a day at Exeter Racecourse on March 3rd for a day of horses...and Maths?! Normally one would assume that the only numbers involved in horseracing are the odds and counting winnings. But our pupils quickly realised how much more is involved in the running of the racecourse, including the parade ring, handicapping system, fences and weighing room! A truly wonderful day out; many thanks to Ollie McPhail and the British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust (BHEST) for making it all possible.
The U11's won the Southwest 7's plate competition at Plymouth Prep School on Friday. They played extremely well displaying more and more rugby 7's skills as the tournament went on. The flying winger of the team scored four tries against Plymouth Prep and Stover Prep. This was only possible with great teamwork and high work rates seen by everybody in the squad.
The U10A girls continued their unbeaten run on Saturday at the Queens College Netball Tournament. They won all of their matches convincingly beating The Downes, St Peter's, Exeter Junior School and Queens scoring a total of 38 goals whilst only conceding 3. Described by the tournament organiser as 'playing fast furious netball' these young individuals played with passion and determination and thoroughly deserved to win the tournament. Very well done to all involved!
Year Three have got the creative bug. The pictures show William's felt he made at home after making felt nests in class during Art Week, Amber's totem pole she made out of leaves, and Floss' bee. All creations made by the children during half term. Well done William, Amber and Floss.
During the Autumn Term, pupils in Year 6 spent their Computing lessons developing their very own computer games. Some were quite simple, whereas others involved complicated levels, timers and scoreboards! During the week of February 23rd, children from the Pre-Prep were invited to Year 6 Computing lessons to try out these games, and then be supported by Year 6 children in creating their very own versions of the best-seller, 'Flappy Bird'! Everyone had a great time and it was lovely to see how mature the Year 6 pupils were in teaching their younger schoolmates, whilst the enthusiasm shown by Years 1 and 2 was truly infectious. Coding is now a huge part of the Computing curriculum and we have some real stars of the future right here at Blundell's. Well done everyone!
For the first time ever the school Pancake races had to be held on a Monday, a consequence of Shrove Tuesday falling within the dates of half term. Despite adverse weather conditions and gale force winds, Raleigh's preseason training reaped massive dividends with both their teams winning. A comprehensive win for Raleigh!
Year 5 had an action-packed Creative Arts Week, full of totem poles, dream-catchers and finger knitting. They worked with visiting artist, Tony Minnion, to create some beautiful screen prints and collaborated with the Pre Prep children and willow artist Stefan Jennings to create four gorgeous deer that can now be seen grazing at the edge of the school field.
The Jersey tour 2015 was a wonderful display of sportsmanship, cultural appreciation and friendship. The tour kicked off with both the girls and boys playing the best teams on the island of Jersey. With museums, cinema, bowling, swimming, war bunkers, visits to the Durrell Zoo and a disco, the tour was packed with fun for all.
Year 4 yet again took to the stage to perform their 'Play in a Day' to an appreciative audience of parents, friends and family. This year the story we followed was Robin Hood. The children worked extremely hard and had a clear understanding of the story from their drama lessons this term. Sophie Evans from The Plough Arts Centre Torrington was our invited director for the day and following a session making bows and arrows and Robin Hood hats we were well equipped to enjoy a fun packed day of games and merriment.
The new table tennis tables, kindly donated to the school by 'Friends of Blundell's Prep', are proving a big hit with staff and pupils alike. Thank you again to 'Friends of Blundell's Prep'.
On Tuesday the whole of Year Three went to Buckfast Abbey to learn about The Abbey and how it was built. They had a very hands-on session in the education centre learning about life in the abbey and then they were able to 'grill' a monk with any question they liked.
The afternoon was spent touring The Abbey and learning more about the life of a monk.
Year 3 were transported back over 3,000 years to Ancient Egypt, where they experienced a day full of exciting activities and challenges. They started by attending a mummification ceremony where 'Pharaoh Harry' was prepared for burial. All the children had an important job to perform in the ritual – from brain hooker to sarcophagus painter! This was followed by taking part in six activities. They built pyramids, designed Anubis headdresses, wrote their names in hieroglyphs on papyrus, made clay amulets and played a game of Seega. Finally, each group competed to construct the most efficient shaduf to collect water from the 'River Nile.'
What a joy it was to welcome so many grandparents earlier this week. It was wonderful to see our children's delighted faces as their grandparents attended assembly and then joined them in the classroom for some challenging lessons. We were pleased to see DIY skills called into action as a number of grandparents helped in the Design and Technology lesson while others had to ensure that their handwriting remained neat in the English lesson. I am sure that after such a hardworking morning our grandparents enjoyed coffee, cake and a chance to chat.
Year 3 were excited to welcome their parents to school lunch. Many platefuls of delicious lasagne were consumed but the highlight was the chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce. There were many comments wondering about where the lumps in the sauce had gone! Those fond memories of school lunches were resurrected with the unanimous agreement that school lunches today are so much better.
Our Tea Time Concert was held last Thursday, January 22nd. It was a wonderfully varied concert, highlighting the musical talent that we have within the Prep School. Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part, with some children performing for the first time alongside some of our more experienced performers. Pieces included Meet the Flintstones, Dinosaurs' Bedtime March and Mosquito Dance by Mendelssohn.
Henry VIII has again graced the 'The Prep School' with his enormous presence. Year Five dressed up in Tudor costume for the day and had the joy of being his majesty's subjects for the day. The girls won the jousting tournament again and some unfortunate reprobates found themselves in the stocks. A good day was had by all. Thank you Good King Hal.
Year Six dressed in their finest Victorian clothes spent last Thursday at Powderham Castle learning the art of Victorian baking and cleaning. Dusting, boot polishing, carpet beating and griddle cake eating were just some of the treats for the newly enrolled servants. Many thanks to Mrs Watson for organising such an enjoyable and educational outing.
Fifty of our Choir travelled to Birmingham on Friday to take part in the National Young Voices Concert at the Genting Arena. The Choir joined 6000 other children to sing together in what is the largest series of school choir concerts in the world. They performed a variety of music such as a Tribute to Nelson Mandela, an Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley, a Pop Medley and a rock version of Mozart's Requiem. The children were joined by musicians and artists – Lucy Spraggan (who reached the finals of X Factor) and dance company Urban Strides.
The children sung and danced to a packed Arena. It was an amazing experience for all involved, giving us a real taste of what it is like to perform in an arena concert!
Autumn Term 2014
The Prep School all joined together for our Carol Service on Monday. The candlelit Chapel created the perfect atmosphere for our service of carols and readings.
Our annual Festival of Carols took place on Friday. Our Choir took part, along with choirs from Tidcombe School, Two Moors and St. John's, in a candlelit service of carols and readings. It was a lovely occasion and it was just wonderful to see all the children joining together to celebrate Christmas.
The production of Ebenezer by Y5 this year was a traditional way to look at Christmas and also set a challenge to Y5 and the costume department! This challenge was incredibly well met by all the cast who due to illness were often changing roles at the last minute. Locky Cronkshaw (Ebenezer) took us brilliantly through time visiting the past, present and future with the relevant spectres. Our soloists were again outstanding with the very loyal support of Y6. A production the directors were very proud of and felt all involved had enjoyed the experience including the new found Technical Team.
Year 3 reminded us of the important role of The Angels at Christmas. They stole the stage with their lines, songs and costumes. A very supportive Y4 gave full voice to a wonderful performance where the children obviously thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially the applause from an appreciative audience.
Our Choir performed on Saturday for the turning on of the Christmas lights in Tiverton. There was a very festive feel to the afternoon and the Choir sang beautifully on the stage to a very appreciative audience. It certainly left everyone feeling in the Christmas spirit!
Bushcraft club meets every week and is proving a very popular club. Children not only learn bushcraft skills such as den building and fire-lighting but they also take part in leadership challenges. The final club of the term featured a camp fire and roasting marshmallows. A good time was had by all.
Each Year the start of Christmas at School is heralded by the arrival of our Christmas tree. The children in Year 3 took great delight in decorating it beautifully despite being hampered by our helpful Head Master.
Last week the children in Year 4 enjoyed an exciting geography lesson visiting The River Lowman, a tributary of The River Exe which runs through the Senior School cross country field. The weather was a bit unsettled but we decided to brave the elements and head out regardless! 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. We plan to return in the summer term to monitor any further changes.
The annual Blundell's Prep School Under Nine Tournament took place on Saturday in glorious sunny conditions and provided a feast of running rugby. Blundell's Prep School carried off the trophy in the main competition and the plate and shield competitions were won by St.Peter's Prep School and Exeter Junior School. A presentation was made to Chris Cottrell of Plymouth College to wish him well in his forthcoming retirement.
Our Senior Tea Time Concert took place on Thursday 20th November. The programme was very varied with performances on the piano, violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, drums, guitar and voice. Lottie Southgate and Finn Muirhead performed their own compositions and the concert finished with a selection of Christmas carols which left everyone feeling in the festive spirit!
Our Junior Tea Time Concert took place on Wednesday 19th November. For many of the children it was their first concert and the audience were treated to a wonderful variety of music, performed with both tremendous confidence and enthusiasm. Music included Frere Jacques, an Egyptian Dance, a Pirate song and Jingle Bells. Well done to all the children who took part.
On Tuesday 18th November, the school's annual Bonfire Night took place. The event, cancelled two times previously due to bad weather, was organised by the Friends of Blundell's Prep group and was a resounding success. The sky was clear and the fireworks amazed everyone who attended. Delicious food and drinks were enjoyed by all and the bonfire lit up the sky long after the last firework went off. What a great evening!
The rainy start to the Year Three Outdoor learning morning did not dampen our spirits as we built emergency shelters in the woods using tarpaulins. The Year Three children thoroughly enjoyed their morning learning how to make adobe bricks and Egyptian boats made from the willow grown at school. They later sailed their boats down the river. They enjoyed eating apple pancakes which were cooked on the camp fire together with hot chocolate, especially as the rain stopped and the sun came out.
Christmas arrived early at the Prep School when over 25 stall holders arrived with an array of Christmas fare and goodies to ensure that parents were ready in plenty of time for Christmas. Father Christmas seated in his rather splendid grottos had a steady stream of little visitors and many children's faces were adorned with exquisite face paints. The Mama's entertained us with some carols and the school stalls amassed a profit of over £700 which will go to a charity which looks after those babies who are born prematurely. Thank you to all for their hard work with this event.
One of our most popular lunch time clubs is J Team. Each week there are games and challenges which typify Christian principles. J team is lucky to have many visitors and one of the most popular is Mrs Dean who last week played her guitar and led the children in some spirited singing.
Children and staff at the school entered into the fun and the charitable spirit of the day by bringing in a donation for the privilege of wearing their own 'home' clothes featuring something stripy. Year Five did their own fantastic Cake Bakeoff and sold cakes to the rest of the school. Thank you to Mrs Aldridge and Year Five.
This service took place in Blundell's Chapel for the first time. It remembered those who had lost their lives fighting for their country. Phillip Perkin, an Old Blundellian, was particularly remembered and Year Six pupils and the Headmaster reflected on his life and his experiences in The Great War. A wreath and poppies were laid to remember those who had lost their lives. The Last Post was played and a time of silence was observed.
On Monday 20th October King Edward's School, Bath came to Blundell's Prep as part of their tour in the South West. They played Blundell's U11A and B teams. The Blundell's A team had an exciting game where the result was in doubt right up to the end. Blundell's B team had a sound victory.
Our first Tea Time Concert of the term took place on Thursday October 16th. We had children from all year groups taking part and it was a wonderful to see such a variety of music being played. We heard a 'Lean Mean' Tango, an Indian Dance, Disney songs and even James Bond! It was also fantastic to hear two of the children's own compositions. Zebedee Winzer performed his own 'Funky Cha Cha' on the drums and Emily Sellar-Elliott's piece 'Emily's Tune' was arranged for the Senior String group to play. It was a super evening of music. Well done to everyone who took part.
The under 8's recorded a great win at the Wellington Rugby tag festival on Thursday 16th October. They all played very good attacking rugby and tagged the opposition at every opportunity so reducing the number of tries they could score.
With a large crowd of parents cheering everybody on it was a most enjoyable afternoon of rugby for all.
Year 3 spent the day investigating settlements in Tiverton. They located the confluence of the Rivers Exe and Lowman and learnt how early Tiverton, or 'Twy-Ford-Ton' as it was once called, grew up on the land near the two fords. During the tour of the town, they learnt how Tiverton not only developed as a market town, but as a defensive town with its castle and a town based on the lace factory that was started by John Heathcoat. They explored Knighthayes Court, the Victorian country house of John Heathcoat's grandson, and then visited the Grand Western Canal to learn about the importance of transport to the Tiverton lime kilns. "This was the best birthday ever!" was a comment heard from one of the children!
On Tuesday afternoon, Blundell's welcomed six local primary schools along for the annual tag rugby tournament, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police. Fortunately the weather stayed dry and everyone enjoyed an afternoon of exceptional rugby! Tries were scored, tags were taken and team spirit was present in abundance. Many thanks to Dave Waller and his team for helping to run the event, and a special congratulations must go to The Duchy School who won the overall competition.
We have two recorder clubs - one for beginners and one for those who have been playing for longer. We meet on a weekly basis and enjoy playing a variety of music as well as preparing pieces to play in our concerts.
Year Four Outdoor Learning took place in glorious weather on Friday, but obviously this did not stop our intrepid Ray Mears lookalikes starting a huge fire, to cook on and get even warmer. Marsh mallows and bananas proved to be the most popular ingedients as all pupils took part in their own personal bake off. Mirror pictures, lighting fires without matches and and building a home for for Freddy the field mouse all added to the fun of a fantastic morning.
Prep school team competing at Bicton 5th October: Finn Muirhead, Rachel Brown, Molly Joyner, Joshua Brown.
The team had an eventful morning competing in an eventing challenge event where 9 show jumps and 9 cross country fences had to be cleared in an optimum time. The team were placed 6th following some determined riding especially from Rachel Brown who went clear in both phases. Well done to the team!
The U10A hockey team were victorious at the Millfield Hockey Tournament on Saturday. After a slow start and a 0-0 draw with Warminster the girls soon began to warm up, winning all four matches thereafter, beating strong opposition from Clifton, All Hallows, The Downs and Millfield.
With 13 goals for and only 1 against they thoroughly deserved to return home with Gold medals! What an achievement - well done!
The Under 9 B Rugby Team won six out of six matches at the Kings Hall Festival. Well played all boys! The team well deserved their great success with some excellent tackling and great running rugby!
On September 19th a group of parents enjoyed the morning cooking a three course menu in school with our food tech experts. They prepared a Salmon Terrine, Chicken Tagine with Couscous and stir fried vegetables. To finish the meal they made a Lemon Posset with Lavender Shortbread. The morning was a lot of fun and everyone had a delicious dinner for two to take home to enjoy.
Year 6 enjoyed a great morning when they came off timetable on Tuesday for a cross-curricular Outdoor Learning workshop at Paradise Woods. The children gathered rocks, logs and twigs to create a base in the woods complete with fire pit and seating area, before engaging in a variety of activities, including art work using mirrors to capture canopy views of the trees above and music using tablets to record a variety of nature sounds and pictures to be used as the basis for their own rustic compositions. They also enjoyed the opportunity of cooking their own 'dough stick' snacks over the campfire. It was a great way of bringing diverse curricular areas together in a dynamic and hands-on experience and the children all had smiles on their faces throughout!
Popular children's author Julia Jarman visited on Friday to talk to the children about life as an author, and what goes in to the making of a book. Julia has written many books for a wide range of ages, including Make Friends Break Friends, Ghost Writer and the Time Travelling Cat series. As part of her visit she also signed copies of some of her books for the children. We do hope that all of the children found meeting Julia a fascinating experience, and will be inspired in their own writing. There are a number of Julia's books available for the children to borrow from the Prep School Library, or you can find out more about Julia at her website: www.juliajarman.com.
Blundell's Prep U10A girls won a challenging group stage of the Exeter hockey tournament without conceding a goal. Having beaten Kings Hall 2-1 in the semi-final they narrowly missed out on winning the tournament, but returned proud owners of Silver medals. A lovely Saturday morning with some great hockey on display-well done!
Exeter Chiefs beat London Harlequins on Sunday by a record amount and Blundell's Prep were there to see it. Watching the match the boys cheered the Chiefs on and enjoyed watching some exciting rugby. During the day the boys also experienced a morning of training with many of the Chiefs players and coaches, a tour of the stadium and the players' workout areas. This was a fabulous day out for all those who saw a famous win at Sandy Park.
Year 6 visited Padbrook Park in Cullompton this week for an invaluable morning learning Life Skills. Representatives from all of the Emergency Services were on hand and the children learned some important lessons on fire safety, keeping safe online and how to administer emergency first aid. There were also presentations on road safety, keeping safe on the railways and around electricity, and knowing the coastguard warning flags. The children also learned how to make a 999 call, and were alerted to the dangers of prank calls. It was a lot to take in, but all of it extremely relevant and important, and the children listened eagerly throughout the morning.
Year 6 enjoyed their sketching trip to the canal at Halberton. The children relaxed on the towpath in the sunshine, collecting ideas to use in their own watercolour landscapes back at school.
On Saturday Blundell's Prep School opened its doors to the general public and Year Six pupils showed visiting parents around the Prep School site. Visitors were able to see a wide variety of activities as well as seeing the grounds and the school's facilities. Thank you to all the staff and pupils that made the day such a success.
On Sunday 21st September Blundell's Prep was represented at the Blundell's One Day Event by Finn Muirhead, Joshua Brown and Rachel Brown. The event was held at Bicton Park, Woodbury on a gloriously sunny day. Our team were brave to attempt a challenging show jumping and cross country course. Congratulations to these three for their efforts on the day and a huge thank you to their parents for presenting the riders looking incrediably smart on beautifully turned out plaited ponies.
The Prep School celebrated its Harvest Festival this week. The service was led by the Head Master who was ably assisted by Year Five, who had to produce their favourite menu. Year Six helped Mrs Filmer-Bennett to collect up all the harvest gifts that had been brought in for the charity CHAT. We were all reminded that we should share what we have with those who don't have enough to eat.
The first prayer meeting of the year was held last week. It was good to see parents and staff from both the Senior and the Prep School. We prayed for the needs of the school and all those associated with it. Anyone wishing to come to future meetings and events should contact: Lara Wielenga 07970 011764 or Amelia Jerreat 07967 716010.
The Under 10 rugby team were in fine form as they took on King's Hall, Millfield, All Hallows and Bristol Grammar School in the Millfield Under 10 tournament. The standard of play was very high but our boys managed to triumph in all four matches, running out worthy winners. It was great to see the boys gel as a team so early in the season and the rugby that they produced was a joy to see. Every player contributed to the success of the team and thoroughly deserved their medals which were presented by the captain of the England Rugby team himself, Chris Robshaw. What a day!
On a glorious Indian summer's day, Year 3 set off in 3 minibuses for North Devon to visit Broomhill Sculpture Park. Since it was 'Doughnut Friday,' Mrs Moyes had kindly packed the customary doughnuts for their snack, which we all ate on arrival. The children had fun exploring the huge variety of sculptures in the Park and then they entered the competition to choose their favourite. After a picnic lunch in the dunes at Saunton Sands, the children worked in groups to create their own sand sculptures. It was very difficult to choose a winner. When everyone had enjoyed the obligatory ice-cream, (a must when you go to the beach!) we travelled back to school, very sandy and tired!
Blundell's Prep School started the new season against a brand new school - Mount Kelly. The weather conditions were ideal and both sides battled hard. The final result was a good win for Blundell's. Team coach and headmaster was particularly pleased with the new pupils who were representing the school for the very first time. Excited supporters left the pitch side with their appetites whetted and hungry for more. Well done, 'The Under10s'.
At the start of the Autumn Term, children in the Prep were invited to attend an hour long session about e-safety in the school hall. The children took part in interactive workshops and the sessions involved fascinating discussions about the children's many uses of computers and tablets at home and in school, as well as watching age-appropriate videos which helped to highlight the dangers of sharing personal information online. The children answered all questions posed openly and showed a remarkable knowledge of the subject. They were also able to ask any questions of their own, many of which prompted healthy conversations throughout the afternoon.