On Wednesday a selection of the year 5/6 netball team attended the East Devon Finals competition at The Kings School, Ottery. This was in a bid to get through to represent East Devon at the Devon Finals. Miss Studley and I are both extremely proud of the effort and determination demonstrated by all members of the team. Our first game was against Bassets Farm (who won the competition last year). Our defence was excellent, although Bassets kept pushing, but we fought back to gain possession of the ball. This unfortunately ended in a defeat, however the children kept their spirits high and against Uffcume produced some phenomenal netball play. It is a magical moment watching them demonstrate all the skills we have learnt from September with such ease. Although it was a close fight, with goal difference in mind, we made it out of the group stages and through to the quarter finals. Sadly this is where our journey ended with a 5-1 defeat against Plymtree. Although we only made it to the quarter finals, this is an amazing effort. We managed to maintain our ranking as one of the top 8 of 57 schools in East Devon!! Please congratulate the children – not only did they represent our school well but they were also awarded The Spirit of the Games Award meaning that Beer are the Fair Play winners 2017.
On Tuesday morning, Year 1 went to Axe Valley for a dance festival organised by Miss Oxley. During the morning, the children were split into groups for a carousel of activities included interpretations of different animals from the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. They all had a lovely time and behaved beautifully too.
The nativity service was a very fitting end to the term and reminds us that Christmas is a time for family and a time to count the gifts we have that money can’t buy. It is important to remember that it is thanks to the whole school community that we are able to enjoy events such as the Christmas play and nativity service and we really do appreciate the partnership we have with parents and the support they give.
Yesterday’s dress rehearsal at the OAP lunch was really enjoyable and the audience certainly delighted in watching the show if the laughter was anything to go by.
On Wednesday 30th November we had a visit from the ‘Space Odyssey’ dome. Thank you very much to the PTFA who funded the event – all the children had the opportunity to experience the highly engaging and interactive presentation. The children entered the dome in complete darkness before being shown 360o projections on a range of space related themes. These included Tim Peake on
board the International Space Station; our solar system; phases of the moon and eclipses; constellations and they were even challenged to consider the possibility of life on other planets.
The children were enthralled and enthused with many ‘Ooh’s’, ‘Aah’s’ and ‘Wow’s’ heard coming from the dome. Simon, from Space Odyssey balanced interesting, factual knowledge with a lively, entertaining delivery which ensured all the children had a fantastic learning experience.
On Thursday we went to a gymnastics festival at Colyton Grammar. It was really fun because we got to do all sorts of things like cart wheels and jumping. The best bit was when Charlotte
and I tried to stand up whilst having our arms linked together, we fell a few times but we did it in the end. I also liked when we had to walk across a bench. In the middle of the bench you had to spin around, get on the trampet and jump three times! I thought it was so good that I wished I could do it again. I couldn’t wait for the next gymnastics festival and I hope that it will be as good as this one! By Molly.
Many of the children (and staff!) came to school this morning dressed or decorated in spots of some sort, all in order to raise money for this worthy charity. We have had a wonderful array
of cakes donated to sell at our cake stall later so many thanks to those that contributed to this. So far we have raised £120.
On Wednesday 9th November half of class 4 and after school sports club played football from 3 o’clock to four thirty and were joined by Colyton. For a warm up we played numbers. All of the time every team played but every time it was the end of the match the teams played against another team. At the end we changed the teams to make 2 big teams. After that you could tell everyone had fun because we were all muddy but by the end everybody was really tired and damp.
By Jake and Evan
This week, Reception, year 1 and year 2 children participated in their first forest school activity session on Tuesday afternoon. They used the garden at Puffins this week and although they will usually base themselves there, they may use the nature trail at Peco. Thank you for ensuring they had coats and wellies available – this week the ground was fine but please keep sending them in with old shoes/welly boots and a coat as the weather can change so quickly. If you would like to know more, please speak to Mrs Martin.
On Tuesday, year 5 and 6 took part in a swimming gala at the Axminster Flamingo pool. We were split into 2 groups, Beer Sharks and Beer Dolphins, Sharks being the boys and Dolphins being the girls. Everyone took part in at least one to two races and should be very proud of themselves for an excellent effort. Overall we did really well as the Beer Dolphins came third.
By Innes and Jen