Our Junior and Senior Tea Time Concerts provided two enjoyable evenings of a wonderful variety of music. It was lovely to see some children performing after only a few months of learning their instruments, whilst other children performed pieces that they are preparing for their exams next week. Pieces included He's Got the Whole World, Hedwig's Theme, Land of Hope and Glory, My Favourite Things and an Easter Egg Boogie! Well done to all the children who took part.
News Spring Term 2017
Year Three had a fantastic day exploring and recalling many aspects of the Ancient Egyptian culture. The great Pharaoh Tilly became mummified watched over by Anubis (Sammy). They decorated an Anubis headdress and recalled his important job. After that they decorated sarcophagi with beautiful Egyptian patterns. They also made clay amulets 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.
Speech and Drama continues to go from from strength to strength at the Prep School with the pupils achieving some fantastic results in their LAMDA exams. Last week a group of the pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 entertained and impressed an audience of family and friends with a poetry and prose recital that showcased their talent brilliantly.
On Friday 27th January 70 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 6700 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, a Rock Medley, a Folk Medley, a South African song and a Jazz Medley. The children were joined by musicians and artists including Tabby Callaghan (who reached the finals of the X Factor), dance company Urban Strides and the amazing Beatbox Collective who had us all beatboxing along with them. The children sang and danced to a packed arena. It was a fantastic experience for all involved, giving us a real taste of what it is like to perform in an arena concert!
Year Six dressed in their finest Victorian clothes earlier this term when they visited Powderham Castle to learn the art of Victorian baking and cleaning. Dusting, boot polishing, carpet beating and baking were just some of the treats for the newly enrolled servants. It was certainly a day that brought history to life and the children have all promised to clean their own shoes at home from now on!
Autumn Term 2016
Lunch was accompanied by a Flash Mob on Monday. As the children sat down to eat their lunch the London Chamber Orchestra performed their arrangement of Appalachian Spring (Lord of the Dance theme).
Following this the children then spent the rest of lunchtime having a go on all of the instruments – flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, percussion and a double bass!
Our first Tea Time Concert of the term took place last week. We had children from all year groups taking part and it was wonderful to see such a variety of music being played. We heard 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning', 'Halloween Witches' and 'Star Wars' to name just a few. It was a super evening of music. Well done to everyone who took part, especially those children who were taking part in the concert for the first time.
The weather was kind to Year Five on their outdoor learning morning. We began the day by collecting firewood and cutting down willow which was used to make charcoal. Once the fire had been started the children got to work on their tasks. They took it in turns in their classes to prepare the soup and to carve pumpkins. The 'soup group' excelled at chopping vegetables and helped Mr. Coomer to prepare a delicious vegetable soup. The other children worked in small groups to carve their own designs into pumpkins to enter into the carving competition.
After a short break the children got to work creating vibrant colour palettes using various ingredients that they found in the grounds. The children then thought of some very creative names for their new colours. At the end of the morning the children enjoyed their soup while Mr. Howkins deliberated over the creativity on display in the pumpkin carving competition. All in all, the children had a fantastic morning and are already looking forward to their next outdoor adventure.
The Sun shone on Year 3 as they travelled round Tiverton learning why it is such a good example of an early settlement and why it grew into the town it is today. The children saw the confluence of the rivers Exe and Lowman, followed by Heathcoat's factory and the housing and school he built for his employees and their children. Year 3 then spent a delightful hour in the kitchen garden at Knightshayes before looking around the house and garden. They discovered that John Heathcoat could see his factory from his bedroom window so he would know that all was well! A lovely outdoor learning experience which reinforced the Geography curriculum and had elements of science, history and art. A good day was enjoyed by all.
Last Saturday some of our choir sang in Tiverton as part of the Devon Air Ambulance Fun Day. The choir opened the Fun Day and sang a number of songs to entertain as people looked around the stalls.
Year 6 enjoyed a sketching trip to the Grand Western Canal at Halberton. As part of their work on landscapes, they sketched the view from the towpath as well as some detailed sketches of the canal flora and fauna.
The skies over Tiverton are not normally adorned by the sight of World War II planes but the extremely lucky children and staff had their own viewing of several fly overs by two Spitfires. The excited children even saw a barrel roll which caused cheering and lots of waving. It was hard to tell if the pilots waved back!
The children in the Prep School were delighted to receive a visit from a wonderful harpist, Mrs Jenkins. The children saw a superb demonstration on two harps during which a number of pieces were performed. It was then the time for the children to try– a little more practise and then there may be one or two harpists in the making.
Flags in hand the children lined the road outside of school in eager anticipation. Despite the drizzle each car, motorbike, bus was greeted with vigorous waving and energetic cheering. The waving at times was so enthusiastic that the flags started to wilt under the pressure! Finally, the first four cyclists zoomed into view and as quickly passed by. The peloton arrived a few minutes later with its posse of cars and motorbikes. More cheering and waving and then it was over. Back into school in time for lunch.