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Charity & Fundraising News
Mufti Day for Comic Relief and Macmillan
At the last count we'd collected £194 for Macmillan and a further £310 for Comic Relief!
There were lots of red noses, T-shirts and head bands in school today - some were cleverly painted on! The kitchen team made Red Nose cookies to mark the occasion, and the craft corner of the playground were busy making red nose bunting.
While donating in school is optional, this year we offered a choice of two great causes to support, meeting the preferences of all our families. Mrs Rogers is running the London Half Marathon and the money raised for Macmillan will go towards her final total.
Thank you very much for supporting our mufti day!
2018 Shoe Box Appeal
This year our families donated an impressive 136 shoe boxes to the Christmas appeal. They were loaded up and are on their way via the official charity.
Thank you to those who chose to donate to this cause.
Exmouth Community Larder
Mr Scudder and Mrs Jones took the School Council to visit the Community larder last week, to see what happens to all the donations we collect in school.
The volunteers who manage the larder on behalf of the community and are very grateful for our generous donations, but the facility is so busy that they are already running low on some items. Baked beans and tinned soups are the items they desperately are in need of. If you should wish to donate there is a box in reception which is collected regularly.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Remembrance Poppies, £470 raised
The year three team organised a fantastic display of poppies along the entrance to the school on Friday 9th November. All children were invited to bring in empty bottles and make poppies as part of this stunning Remembrance display, planted before our two minute silence at 11 o clock.
Well done to everybody who organised, created and planted a poppy – we know they have been appreciated by the local community, too.
We also sold poppies in school during the week to raise funds for the official RBL Poppy Day appeal.
Thank you for helping to raise £470.
Jeans for Genes Day 2018
Thank you to everybody who contributed to the Jeans for Genes day by wearing jeans into school, raising awareness and funds.
We raised over £400 for this great cause through voluntary donations!
Beach Clean June 2019
Our Year 5 children didn't let the unseasonably showery weather prevent them from their beach cleaning mission. They spent the day litter picking and removing some of the smaller plastic debris. Thank you to Ocean Exmouth for allowing the children to use their premises to eat their packed lunch - safe from the greedy seagulls! Thanks also to the parents who joined them on this excursion, practicing both environmental awareness and pride in our local community.
A group of KS2 children took part in the morning service at Withycombe Church on Sunday 23rd June. They shared some readings, a bit of drama and sang a song which was enjoyed very much by the congregation.
Thank you to the children for doing such a fabulous job, and thank you to the parents and carers who brought the children along.
Literary Quiz Winners!
The Children’s Literary Quiz is now in its fourth year - teams of young readers from local primary schools battle through heats for a place in the final of this tough-but-fun competition.
Having just returned from today’s heat with the first place rosette, the Withycombe team of super-literary-quizzers is now looking forward to the final in September.
The children returned with big smiles, and some prizes including new books for the school library and some chocolates to share! Thank you to the Budleigh Literary Festival organisers, and today's host Exmouth Community College.
Very well done to Ben, Max, Sophie and Charles!
Photography Competition Winner!
The Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International. It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of photographic skills. This year the theme was ‘Beauty Of Nature’.
Representatives from the local Rotary Club came into school last week to present Jack with a prize, as he was the first place winner for Exmouth and the surrounding areas for the Junior competition, for children aged 7 – 10 years old. We had some highly commended prizes from Withycombe Raleigh children as well, including Jack’s brother Fred!
There are three Stages of the Competition: Local Heats, District Competitions and National Final and Jack’s photo will now be put forward to the next stage.
The task was to produce a portfolio of three photographs based upon the theme, ‘Beauty of Nature’ in colour or black and white. Judges considered technical merit; content and composition; imagination and style.
Well done Jack, we can see why the judges loved your stunning photo!
Jessica, Ben and Charlotte were awarded certificates for their excellent performances at the lapwing class Poetry Slam!
The whole class were working on writing poems and their enjoyment was such that Miss Auster asked if they would like to take part in a poetry slam, performing their finished poems to the rest of the class.
Mr Smith and Mrs Jones came in to judge the competition and they were so impressed that they had to select three winners!
Here are their poems:
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
We had a fantastic afternoon at the University of Exeter Great Hall at the end of January, arriving ready for a rehearsal of our three concert pieces with BSO Resound, a professional ensemble made up of disabled musicians, and a total of 150 children from primary and secondary schools across Devon. The three pieces were: Bizet's Toreador from the Opera Carmen, a movement from Mozart's Horn Concerto and Grieg's The Hall of the Mountain King, a favourite among the children. We rehearsed between 2:15pm and 5:45pm with breaks in between each piece.
The children worked really hard with focus and determination.
The concert was a great success and included music from both the BSO Resound ensemble and Exeter University's brass ensemble. The children sat beautifully throughout and performed with confidence and smiles.
A special thanks to the peripatetic teacher for Withycombe Primary who helped prepare the children during their lessons. Well done to the Withycombe musicians - you were fantastic ambassadors to the school.
Following on from the #fab30 reading challenge, every class has been able to spend their share of the sponsorship money on enhancing their reading areas.
Year 6 were also particularly grateful for the donation of a comfortable sofa and chair making their reading area extremely inviting.
A great selection of books has been added to all of the bookshelves, with a £70 budget available for each class thanks to the generous sponsorship across the school.
Year 3 Volcanoes Erupted!
Year 3 children made fantastic volcanoes as part of their recent topic work. They were carried outside and the children were poised with their cups of vinegar for the countdown to synchronised volcanic eruptions! There was much excitement as they poured their vinegar into the prepared water and bicarb mixture already inside the models. It was rather smelly, but luckily it rained soon afterwards to wash away the concoction.
Great work Year 3!
Year 5 Sailing
Groups of children have had the opportunity this term to go sailing with school, in association with Sail Exmouth. All the children loved it despite the variable weather, with some braving cold, wind and rain to get out on the water and have a go. They had a fabulous time and showed a great attitude, with Harry even saying ‘the homework was the best he had ever been given’!
We hope their water confidence and sailing skills have benefited from this great experience.
Early Rounders Success
Miss Auster took two Rounders teams to the Exmouth Schools Tournament on Friday 10th May. The two Withycombe teams came first and second out of nine teams! This means we are through to the next round and will be representing Exmouth at the upcoming East Devon Finals.
Congratulations on this early success - and good luck at the East Devon Finals!
On Friday 3rd May, 24 children took part in a Year 3-4 athletics tournament. A-Team consisted of Year 4 children and B-Team was made up of Year 3 children.
The children competed in different events throughout the morning: 5 strides, Long distance run, Sprint hurdle, Relay, Turbo javelin throw, Speed bounce
We’re proud to report that A-Team won the overall tournament! AND.....B-Team got the best times for the running AND the throwing, and will now go on to represent Withycombe at the East Devon Finals!
Well done to both teams! Absolutely fantastic!!
Children who were involved:
A-Team: Robyn, Jessie, Max, Walt, Tommy, Austin, Evie, Matilda, Jack, Joey, Isla, Evelyn
B-Team: Bea, Owen, George, Emmy, Louise, Lucas, James, Willow, Charles, Esme, Oliver, Sophie
Hockey Tournament February 2019
Two teams from Withycombe Raleigh Primary took part in the Exmouth schools hockey tournament at ECC on 11th January. Withycombe A team won their pool but then lost the semis and the 3/4 playoffs to come fourth overall. Withycombe B team came fourth in their pool and then went on to play for 7/8 place. They played brilliantly to draw the match so their overall place was joint 7th.
A great afternoon was had by all. The children played really well together as a team and were excellent ambassadors for our school, congratulating the opposing teams at the end of each match.
Annual Athletics Tournament
On Friday 25th January, eighteen Year 5 and six Year 6 children took part in our annual sports hall athletics tournament. This competition is a brilliant chance for the children to show off their athletic skills in events such as long jump, triple jump, an endurance run, standing throw, speed bounce, turbo jav and a very tense sprint relay! The competition was incredibly high this year with the local schools putting forward very strong teams.
As always Withycombe were fantastic, showing real determination to push themselves and constantly giving encouragement to each other. Well done to Neve, Libby, Brooke, Ed, Dylan, Milo (who got the most speed bounces EVER!) Louis, Beau, Isaac, Joe, Will, Ryan, Finlay, Ned, Ava, Arianne, Emily, Olivia, Gracie-May, Anna, Niamh, Mercedes, Zara.
Year 3 Tag Rugby Festival
On 11th December, ten children from each Year 3 class got the chance to take part in an all day Tag Rugby Festival held at Exwick Sports Hub in Exeter. The event was to celebrate working with the Community Chiefs, learning tag rugby, and the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
We entered teams of seven children with rolling subs throughout each game and the children played over an hour of really great rugby. Two of our teams won all six games, and another won 2, drew 2, and lost 2.
The children worked really well as a team, showing great sportsmanship to their competitors and respect to all the officials who helped to manage the games.
Well done Withycombe!
Park Run Resilience
A few children from our after school Running Club braved the weather on Saturday morning to complete the Exmouth 5k Park Run. The conditions were pretty horrendous, so they all deserve a massive well done for showing such dedication and resilience.
A special thank you to all the parents and big brothers who had to run, too! The children were soggy, but still smiling!
Year 3 and Exeter Chiefs
This half term our Year 3 children were lucky enough to take part in a new Science and PE programme, delivered by the Exeter Chiefs, looking primarily at healthy living and nutrition. Each science session was then followed by a tag rugby coaching session. Over the 6 weeks the children learnt about the different food groups that are needed for a healthy lifestyle as well as how exercise affects the body and what is needed to keep us in our best shape!
The children really enjoyed their tag rugby sessions and grew in confidence week after week. The sessions finished with the children making their own smoothies (some were nicer than others!) and thinking about how they can continue their own healthy being. Huge thanks to Richard Bright and Andy from the Chiefs, it made a huge impact on our children and we look forward to the next programme to participate in!