It was a great treat to be able to celebrate the tenth birthday of Blundell's Preparatory School. The whole school gathered together for a celebratory picnic lunch and shared a wonderful birthday cake made especially for the occasion. The afternoon was spent playing fun sports activities which involved children of all age groups working together.
News 2015 - 2016
Summer Term 2016
We came to school dressed as goddesses, gods and some vicious warriors, the teachers thought that we looked amazing. We ate delicious food that the ancient Greeks ate. We had grape juice instead of wine and we made honey bread. While Mrs Shelbourne lit the flaming bonfire, we got into groups and attempted some of our tough quiz questions with the help of the sixth formers. Mrs Milne and the sixth formers brought beautiful costumes and helped us perform a play called 'The Frogs'. Then we travelled back in time and held an Olympics to honour Zeus. We threw javelins and discuses and then sprinted along the track. Finally we acted out the battle of Marathon using our own shields. It was a great day!
Our final tea time concerts of the year took place last week. On Wednesday the Juniors performed in a wonderfully varied concert. Pieces were performed on the piano, violin, cello, flute, trombone and voice and included The James Bond Theme, Edelweiss and a Jazzy Theme. The children played with confidence... a confidence which has developed tremendously over the year.
On Thursday the Seniors performed and this was the last tea time concert for our Year 6 pupils before they move onto the Senior School. Solos, duets and groups performed with pieces including Maybe from Annie, Holst's Jupiter and a Clog Dance.
A huge 'well done' to all the children who performed in both concerts.
Year 5 had a fantastic morning visiting Pizza Express in Taunton as part of their pizza project. They made delicious marguerita pizzas as well as finding out about food miles and the seasonality of ingredients. Year 5 have invited their Year 2 buddies to lunch in a couple of weeks' time and are busy designing the perfect pizzas for them to enjoy.
Spring Term 2016
Our Senior Tea Time Concert saw more children than ever taking part. It was lovely to see some children performing after only a few months of learning their instrument whilst other children performed pieces which they are preparing for their Grade exams next week. Pieces included the James Bond Theme, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Flash Bang Wallop and a disco arrangement of Old MacDonald!
Well done to all the children who took part.
Our Junior Tea Time Concert provided the audience with a wonderful variety of music performed with tremendous confidence and enthusiasm. There were performances on the piano, violin, drums, cello, flute and voice.
Well done to all the children who took part.
Year Four had an amazing day in the woods. They didn't let the weather dampen their spirits as they met the challenge of the day with typical enthusiasm. The children were split into groups to make a den using natural materials. With very little guidance, the children demonstrated fantastic organisational skills to construct their woodland homes. The teachers in charge of each of the groups noted some fantastic examples of the children working as a team to achieve their goals. The children were then treated to a campfire lunch of sausages, potato wedges and beans to refuel them for their next challenge. After smartening up their dens, the children had to make their own fire in order to toast marshmallows. This was no mean feat considering the damp weather! Once the camp was packed away the children went back to school to complete an Easter egg hunt. All in all, the children (and staff!) had a fantastic day in the woods and we are all looking forward to our next Outdoor Learning Challenge!
Our Spring Concert took place last week and saw pupils from the Prep School performing with pupils from the Senior School. The Prep School Choir performed 'Get Loud' whilst some of our instrumentalists performed 'Overture to La Gazza Ladra' by Rossini in a combined Orchestra. The first half of the concert ended with the Prep School Choir singing Abba's 'Money Money Money' accompanied by the Senior School Orchestra.
Our Year 6 choristers headed to the Chapel for the second half of the concert and performed 'Only in Sleep' with the Senior School Choir. It was a fantastic concert and a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to perform with older and more experienced musicians.
Our Year 5 and 6 children were treated to a performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The theme of the concert was 'Fairytale and Fantasy' and featured pieces such as Stravinsky's 'The Firebird' and Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'
The children took part in a body percussion piece and the concert ended with the orchestra accompanying the children as they sang a song which had been composed especially for the concert. It was a fantastic concert and provided a wonderful opportunity for the children to listen to a Symphony Orchestra.
Our intrepid Year 6 children ventured over to Jersey to play some Rugby and Hockey against local teams. The pitches were very muddy but the children battled on determined to do their best. The time in Jersey was not only about sport, the children spent time at the War Museum, Jersey Zoo as well as ten pin bowling and fun on the beach amongst other trips. Food also played a big part of the trip with many a meal consumed. A fantastic time was had by all.
On Friday our small singing groups and some instrumentalists performed at a lunch to raise money for Christian Aid. The children performed at St George's church as part of a series of lunches which take part over the Lent period. The audience were entertained with songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, violin pieces and something 'Spooky'.
The U11 7's team were runners up in the Cheney Cup on Saturday with great performances against Sherborne and Horris Hill. All of the boys stepped up to the challenge of 7's rugby where the team is key but individual performance is vital. There is nowhere to hide on a 7's pitch. Everybody has to work hard for the team.
The cross country team were third at the Stover cross country race out of nine local prep schools. Notable performances by B Fitzherbert with 3rd in the U11 boys, the U9 boys were third, the U11 girls were 2nd and the U11 boys were 3rd. The course was a quick flat course with many runners testing speed running and tactical placement. All the school runners gave their best and all gained experience of big race running.
We had an action-packed, carnival-themed Creative Arts Week, full of salsa dancing, drumming and feathery headdresses. Year 3 painted rainforest trees and made clay rainforest creatures. Year 4 created beautiful animal batiks. Year 5 worked with visiting artist, Tony Minnion, to create some beautiful screen prints and Year 6 painted rainforest inspired canvasses with artist Rory Nugent.
Year 6 had a wonderful day at Powderham Castle, immersing themselves in life as a Victorian servant. They scrubbed the floors, polished shoes and did all of the ironing, a somewhat different experience from their normal lives – or so they told me! The children also got the chance to learn about the Victorian kitchen and they made some delicious lemonade to accompany the tasty griddle cakes. The whole day was a lot of fun, made all the better by everyone dressing up and bringing packed lunches that would have been fitting for the time – not a bar of chocolate or a packed of crisps in sight! Thanks to Mrs Watson for organising such a super trip.
Year Three had a great day exploring and recalling many aspects of the Ancient Egyptian culture. They enthusiastically mummified Sydney watched over by Anubis (Theo). They then made a pyramid from a net and an Anubis headdress. After that they made a small model of a shaduf to help them understand how water was taken from the Nile to irrigate their crops. They also make a clay amulet and learnt how to make 'paper' using the papyrus plant which is grown along the Nile. They wrote their name on this papyrus in hieroglyphic writing. A really great day, enjoyed by all.
Once again we were thrilled to welcome over 100 grandparents to our school. It is fascinating to watch the interaction between the children and their grandparents. The children were very proud to show their grandparents what they are learning and the enthusiasm was high as the grandparents tried to emulate the high standards we expect! Teaching methods may have changed over the years but the willingness to 'give it a try' certainly hasn't.
With the delicious smell of spices wafting through the school 12 intrepid fathers set out to prepare a feast to take home and share with their families. Through much laughter and under the expert guidance of our wonderful chef, Craig and Food Tech Teacher, Sarah, our dads produced some very tasty curries.
The children in Year Five were very lucky to take a trip back through time when they were visited at school by King Henry VIII. During the morning King Henry explained about his life, his family's life and stories of his six wives. He also told tales of life in Tudor England including stories of torture, execution, punishment and various illnesses and their cures. Needless to say, the children loved this part of the day! In the afternoon, the children raced against each other in a jousting tournament. It was fiercely contested between teams of boys and girls but in the end the boys came out as victors. The Year Five children had a fantastic day and 'Good King Hal' really brought the topic of the Tudors to life for them.
On Wednesday, Year 6 pupils were treated to a performance by the RAF Big Band. Pieces included The Flintstones, Let It Go, Hey Jude and some more traditional Big Band pieces such as American Patrol by Glenn Miller. It was a wonderful morning of music with lots of audience participation!
On Wednesday 13th January 55 of our Year 5 and 6 children travelled to Birmingham to take part in the National Young Voices Concert at the Genting Arena. The children joined 6500 other children to sing together in what is the largest series of school choir concerts in the world. They performed a variety of music including a Pop Medley, World in Union, a Madness Medley and a Gospel Medley. The children were joined by musicians and artists including Laura Wright (who sang at the closing ceremony of the Rugby World Cup) and dance company Urban Strides. The children sang 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 2015
On Saturday 6th December the Year Six boys travelled to the Dragon Prep School in Oxford to compete in a triangular rugby festival. Blundell's Prep, The Dragon School and Moulsford Prep played with skill and enthusiasm and an excellent afternoon was enjoyed by supporters and players alike. After an overnight stay with some very hospitable Moulsford parents, the boys returned to school on Sunday morning with many a story to tell. Many thanks to Mr. Swain for all his hard work in laying on such an enjoyable occasion.
Blundell's Prep hosted 'The Festival of Carols' at the senior school chapel again this year. It was a fantastic occasion celebrating 'The Christmas Story'. Choirs and readers from St John's Catholic Primary School, Tidcombe Primary School, Two Moors Primary School and Blundell's Prep School, all contributed to making this a very special occasion. Many thanks to Mrs Bruce, Mrs Cracknell and Mrs Charlesworth for all their hard work in producing such a celebration of Christmas.
The Blundell's Prep School annual carol service took place in a packed Blundell's chapel. The candle lit service was a perfect way to end a busy term and look forward to Christmas time and Emmanuel (God with us). The readings, carols and prayers were a great way of leading the congregation to worship and directing their thoughts to the coming Christmas season. Many thanks to Mrs Cracknell, Mrs Bruce and Mrs Charlesworth for all their hard work in making this such a special occasion.
The U11 girl's hockey team have had a fantastic season, and it was completed perfectly by an excellent win at the Devon tournament. They competed against Kings Hall, Mount Kelly, Maynard, St Peter's and Exeter School winning all of these matches by at least 2 goals in a short 10-minute game. They are currently the Devon Champions and will compete at the West of England hockey competition next April. Well done to all of the girls for another great victory!
The year 6 boys trained with the Exeter Chiefs squad on Saturday morning, had a tour of the ground including the match day changing rooms, had a Q & A session with some of the players, watched the elite academy squad train and finally watch the Exeter Chiefs against Harlequins.
Exeter won by one point in an exciting match which saw the Blundell's Prep boys be the guard of honour at the start of the match and do a lap around the pitch at half time. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening day was had by all.
The U11A team had a fantastic day at The National hockey in Repton where they competed alongside 24 other schools from around the country. In their down time they also managed to get their sticks signed by some England players!!
In their pool rounds, they won 1, drew 2 and narrowly lost 2 which put them in 3rd position and thus they had to play another 3 games to compete for 9th-16th positions. They played some super hockey throughout the day and a particular highlight was winning a closely contested game in the latter stages on penalty shuffles. After a full day of hockey in chilling winds they finished 14th overall. Well done girls!!
The children in 5CO took part in the Toilet Twinning Scheme organised by the charity Tearfund and came up with their own ideas on how to fundraise. They held a bake sale and asked for sponsorship for completing a 3 km fun run and a litter pick in the school woods, raising a total of £480. This will be used to buy one toilet block for a school and three separate toilets for three villages in Nepal.
In recognition of the pupils' fundraising, the loos at Blundell's Prep School will be 'twinned' with those in Nepal, and the school will receive a colour photo of their 'twins' and GPS co-ordinates so they can be located on Google Maps.
We had a super Children in Need Day – the children dressed in home clothes, some as superheroes. Mr Hirst decided that his hero was the Lone Ranger. Unfortunately, Silver was unable to make it. The children in Year 6 baked cakes (with the help of their parents) and these were sold to swell the funds. £421.44 was raised.
The Year Fours had a great day today as they were transported back in time to 49CE. They arrived at school dressed as members of the Dumnonii Tribe. The children had put a lot of effort into their costumes and all were very excited. The day began with a tribal gathering to discuss the possibility of a Roman invasion. The children had the opportunity to handle artefacts from Iron Age Britain and learn more about the Celtic way of life. They were then greeted by a Roman emissary who offered the tribe a choice between a battle with the Romans or an acceptance of life under Roman rule.
Over at the Roman base the children were able to find out what life was like as a Roman by looking at objects and handling weapons and armour. After lunch the children made the decision to join the Romans and were subsequently put through their paces as soldiers in the Roman army. The climax to the day saw the newly trained Roman warriors battle a gang of unruly Britons (thank you Year Threes!) using their newly learned tactics and training. The children had a fantastic experience and learned a lot about Iron Age life in the South-West.
The children in Year Four enjoyed a fantastic and highly informative trip to Exeter Synagogue. As part of their Religious Studies unit on Judaism, the children had the opportunity to sit inside a Synagogue and listen to a talk by a religious leader. A particular highlight of the trip was when Mr Halsey opened up 'The Ark' at the back of the Synagogue to reveal the Torah scrolls. Much to the children's amazement, he then proceeded to read from the scrolls in Hebrew. The children behaved impeccably during the trip and were a credit to the school.
A small choir of Year 6 children took part in the Two Moors 15th Anniversary Songs of Praise Service at St Peter's Church. They joined together with the School House Choir to perform John Rutter's Clare Benediction in a service led by the Bishop of Exeter.
Our first Tea Time Concert of the term took place on Thursday October 15th. We had children from all year groups taking part and it was wonderful to see such a variety of music being played. We heard some traditional folk tunes, Ode to Joy, a Beefburger Boogie and two very well-known Rogers and Hammerstein songs 'My Favourite Things' and 'Edelweiss'.
It was a super evening of music. Well done to everyone who took part.
The U11 girls hockey team competed at the IAPS Regional tournament on Friday 16th November at Millfield and were keen to gain themselves a place at the Nationals after Half Term.
They had 4 pool matches against Bromsgrove, Wycliffe, Perrott Hill and Kingswood, where they played some fast paced games and took their scoring opportunities, winning every game and thus going through to the quarter-finals in good shape.
Here they came across Taunton Prep, who had qualified in second place in their pool, and after a bit of a shaky start and 1-0 down, the team managed to pull it together and win 2-1.
In the Semi-Final, we came across Bromsgrove again so were confident we could win this one and the final score was a triumphant 3-0. So, with a guaranteed place at the Nationals, the girls entered the final against Millfield with excitement and determination. They went 1-0 down in the first half but within 1 minute of our push back Kezia Holman had taken the ball into the D and struck a super shot on goal taking the score to 1-1. In the 2nd half, we pushed up hard in attack and went 2-1 up, but in the final minutes Millfield equalized. The final whistle blew just as it struck our foot in the D so Millfield had a short corner to take. The Blundell's defenders were quick out of the goal on the injection but the strike from Millfield was unstoppable and the final score ended in a 3-2 victory to them. Blundell's therefore qualified in 2nd place for the Nationals and will be travelling up to Repton on Friday 13th November. Well done to all of the girls for a fabulous day of hockey.
On Wednesday Year Three travelled around Tiverton and to Knightshayes Court as part of their Geography studies. We explored important features of the town and then visited the house and gardens of Knightshayes Court before returning to school via The Grand Western Canal. Thank you to Mrs Shelbourne for organising such an enjoyable outing.
Year Six joined with pupils from other Mid Devon schools to learn some life skills to help them be safe at senior school and on into adult life. Tiverton police explained the importance of e-safety and the Fire Brigade explained how to be safe in the home. The whole morning was an important lesson for life and enjoyed by staff and pupils alike!
Our U11 Rugby team remained undefeated against St. Peter's, Queens, Hazelgrove and Port Regis at the Queen's Rugby festival earlier this week. During the competition the Blundell's team played some outstanding rugby. With a great defence only 3 tries were scored against the team.
The headmaster led the assembly with help from Georgia and Year Three. The hall was packed with visiting parents, children and harvest gifts for The Churches Housing Action Team, to use in their work in helping homeless people in Mid Devon. Mr Southgate thanked the school for their generous gifts and spoke about different types of vegetables; potato eyes, ears of corn and hands of bananas, all which Georgia had to throw at an interactive wall. Year Three finished the assembly with a harvest poem and prayer of thanks to God for all the good things and the fruits of the harvest that we enjoy at Blundell's Prep School.
The Year Six classes are entering into the spirit of 'Bake Off' as they prepare and cook a variety of challenges set by Mrs Watson and Mrs Lampard during their Food Technology lessons. Macaroni cheese and Victorian Tarts are just two of the recipes that they have been given. In true 'Bake Off' style Mr Southgate was invited to judge the best Victorian Tart, and after much deliberation and licking of lips the winner was Scarlett and in second place was Sophia. Well done to both and I think both look like true Mary Berry material!
The very first table tennis ladder at the school, started on Monday 7th September 2015. The competition is open to every member of the school with the exception of the teachers. Each competitor strives to reach the top of the ladder by the end of term, by challenging those players above them in the ladder. It has even been rumoured that there might be a small prize for the person who reaches the top of the ladder by the end of term!
The sun shone on Year Three during our trip to Broomhill Sculpture Park and Saunton Sands. The children loved looking around the Sculpture Park and trying to decide what each sculpture represented, what it was made of and how much it was worth. They were fascinated by the variety of different sculptures. The children then had great fun at Saunton Sands making their own sculptures. The competition was won by Miss Bennett's group: Reuben, Jemima, Josh, Atticus, Bea and Sophia who made a sculpture of a dolphin. We finished by having an ice-cream before returning to school.
J Team got off to a flying start this term with 20 children enjoying singing, joining in with a Bible story and having a great time with a parachute. Year 5 children took the younger ones under their wings and really made them feel welcome.
The Prep School was thrilled to be visited by children's author David Lawrence Jones, creator of the Bradley Baker adventure stories and the Jig & Saw picture books. David used props including monsters, masks and a light-up bath tub to bring his stories to life, sharing a little of his journey from reluctant reader to children's author and encouraging pupils to act out some of his fictional creations! There was a real buzz around the show he put on, and the children agreed unanimously that they had all been inspired to read and write more! The huge numbers who returned to have one of David's books personally signed showed just what an impact he had on the children! To find out more about David and his books visit his website at www.davidlawrencejones.co.uk.