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House Captains elected
Introducing our House Captains!
The Year 6 children who were interested in becoming a house captain each put together a pitch, with the best candidates being voted for by the teachers.
For Sea House we have Lucy and Ollie
For Sun House we have Charlie R and Jessie-May
For Fire House we have Sam and Alana
For Forest House we have Anna and Ieuan
They are seen wearing their new House Captain badges.
Well done, and we are sure you will represent your Houses with pride this year.
Here are the achievers awarded on Friday 22nd June. Each week we award two achievers from each class. Awards are given for a variety of reasons including improvement in work, excellent behaviour, trying particularly hard... and generally going the extra mile. Well done everybody!
Year 5 Sustainability Projects
We would very much like to thank our special guests, including the new Exmouth Mayor Cllr. Trail, who came to our Year 5 presentation about sustainability today.
We were also delighted to welcome Sue Errington from The Global Centre in Exmouth, Andy Lock from Transition Exmouth, Cllr. Masding who represents The Green Party, and two of our school Governors.
We've created a web page with more information about the project and lots of photos - please come and have a look! Click here
Year 5 Bike Ability
Our Year 5 children enjoyed the nice weather while improving their cycling proficiency, thanks to their Bike Ability sessions.
The children learned to improve their balance, how to safely signal, how to cycle at a good speed and how to stay balanced at crawling speed. Once they were confident with these skills the children put on reflective jackets and took to the local roads.
There were lots of confident cyclists by the end of the sessions and we hope the children enjoyed developing their cycling ability - a great skill they'll benefit from for life!
Year 4 Holi Festival
Our Year 4 children have been learning about India this term. On March 23rd they had their own Holi festival on the school field.
Holi is a traditional Indian and Nepalese festival usually held in March, where coloured water or powders are thrown at each other to mark the arrival of the more colourful season. After this families usually clean up then sit down to enjoy a feast.
Sport Relief 2018
On Friday 23rd March the whole school took part in Sport Relief activities, with children aiming to run at least a mile each. It was a great day and all the children showed great determination despite the odd stitch. Well done to everyone who put so much into running their mile to earn their sponsorship money - including the teachers who ran along!
You can find more photos here.
Years 3-4 Spring Concert
On Thursday 22nd March all the children in Years 3-4 put on a Spring Concert. They worked really hard to rehearse all the class songs, particularly the moving finale 'True Colours'. Other children were brave enough to 'audition' for Withy's Got Talent!
We hope you enjoyed the performances - thank you for joining us! You can see more photos here.
Joy Day 2018
On Friday 16th March we celebrated Joy Day in school. Please click here for a photo-gallery page, showing the children taking part in various Easter-themes activities.
Year 4 children raise £848.09 for Water Aid
Teams of four took turns carrying bowls of water around the outside of the school field to experience how hard it is to carry. The current topic for Year 4 is 'India' and they have been learning about how many people suffer water shortage in India. This also tied into their literacy work as the children wrote persuasive letters to their families to ask for sponsorship, explaining such facts as 163 million people in India don't have clean water, and that over 60,000 children under five die each year from illness caused by dirty water and poor toilets.
Thank you very much to everybody who sponsored a child for the Water Walk - having learned about the difficulties people in other countries face, we know that £848 will make a real difference.
Year 3 trip to Kents Cavern
Our Year 3 children recently enjoyed a trip to Kents Cavern near Torquay, to support their topic work ‘From Fred Flintstone to Iron Man!’
It was such a fun day where the children dug for gemstones, created cave art, took part in a ‘garden challenge’ and even explored real caves. Lots of children said they want to go back to Kents Cavern to share the experience with their family members!
£180 Raised for Cancer Research
Leo, Ben and William worked together to organise a stall selling games, books and bookmarks after school recently. They had asked Mrs Jones if they could do something to raise money for a good cause and they came up with the idea of selling things after school. Eliza, Daisy, Emily, Amelie and Sophia all in Year 6 raised £95 with a cake sale. Niamh, Matilda, Anna, Gracie, Hetty, Charlotte, Olivia, Ben V, William, Laurence, Brook W, Jenson, and Emily raised £20 selling book marks. They were really happy to have raised such a huge amount between them - thank you to everybody who supported them by buying from their stall.
World Book Day, 9th March
We had a delayed World Book day event in school due to the heavy snow on the official WBD. We didn't want all the fabulous outfits to go to waste so we invited children to wear them into school the following Friday.
All the children looked fantastic, with some particularly outstanding home-made costumes. There were lots of book-related activities in class including some great displays created on the day, including the 'Our Favourite Books' display shown here.
Thanks to all the families for supporting this event in school.
Book Swap, Tuesday 6th March
We had a hugely successful Book Swap in school on Tuesday 6th March as part of our Mad About Books week, with around 370 children going home with an exciting new book to read!
The children all gave their choices careful consideration - including one who loved her donated book so much she decided to choose it to take home again!
Every book brought in for the swap was of great quality, giving another child a chance to enjoy it.
Thank you to everybody who helped to make this a success.
The Great Fire!
Year 2 children did a great job of building their Tudor houses as part of their home learning. Before half term they carried their excellent models up to the top of the school field where they reconstructed part of London.
In 1666 buildings were constructed with wooden timbers and were built closely together. Homes didn't have electricity, so real flames were used for lighting, cooking, and heating homes. Because of this fires were quite common, but no fire had ever grown as big as the Great Fire of London before.
It's thought that the fire started in a baker's shop early in the morning. The shop belonged to the King's baker, Thomas Farynor, in Pudding Lane. The summer had been particularly dry and with strong winds the fire spread quickly down Pudding Lane towards the River Thames and London Bridge.
As the fire reached the River Thames it passed over warehouses full of flammable materials like oil, which quickly set on fire. After just a few hours London Bridge was on fire too. The fire was stopped from reaching the south side of the river because a section of the bridge was missing. The Navy used gunpowder to blow up some houses surrounding the fire to create a gap with no wooden houses to act as more fuel, which also helped to stop the fire spreading further.
Famous buildings including St Paul's Cathedral, The Royal Exchange, and the Guildhall were completely destroyed, as well as around 13,200 houses - up to a third of the city was destroyed and more than 70 thousand people were made homeless.
The children were excited to see the reconstruction and sang ‘London’s burning’ while watching how the fire could easily spread through the buildings.
Scholastic Book Fair, Nov 2017
Thank you to everybody who supported the book fair in school this year. Mrs Board-Medley worked with the Scholastic team to bring this to school as we get a percentage return based on overall sales of the books, stationery and gifts. Thanks to the impressive number of orders we received £1,043 to spend on books for the school library! We hope your children enjoy their new books.
Shoebox Appeal 2017
A sincere thank you to everybody who donated beautifully packed and wrapped shoeboxes for the 2017 appeal. In case you are wondering how many shoeboxes it takes to fill a typical car - the answer is 147! The boot, footwells and seats were loaded ready to go by our team of helpers.
For more about the 2017 shoebox appeal: https://www.blythswood.org/shoebox
Year 3 Poppy Day Memorial
Year 3 created a lovely poppy memorial in the school grounds to commemorate poppy day. It looked really effective - well done to everybody involved. Year 6 children also sold poppies around school in aid of the official Royal British Legion appeal.
Literary Quiz Winners
A team of Withycombe Raleigh Primary School children were presented with an engraved Dartington Crystal Bowl for winning the Children’s Literary Quiz, part of the Budleigh Literary Festival.
Enthusiastic young readers from seven local primary schools helped launch the 2017 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, the annual celebration of books and literature. Now in its second year, the quiz was hosted by Exmouth Community College, with librarians Belinda Jackson and Lou Burrows asking questions and keeping scores. It attracted teams from St Peter’s Budleigh Salterton, Otterton, The Beacon, Exeter Road, St Joseph’s, Withycombe Raleigh and Marpool.
With four pupils in each team, competition was fierce, with quick-thinking pupils answering questions on books as diverse as The Famous Five and Alex Rider to authors including Liz Pichon and Michael Morpurgo.
Well done to Tom in Year 6, Dylan in Year 5, Emilia in Year 4 and George in Year 3 for bringing home the trophy for the second year running!
Thank you to Caroline Walshaw and David Marston for coming along to present the bowl. The children also won some reading books and they were very keen to know whether the competition will take place again next year!
Sports Day 2018
We had a fantastic sports day and took far too many photos for this page, so we've created a separate web page for the event! Please click here:
Devon Summer School Games
Bronze Medal for Rounders!
Following the team's recent success in the East Devon leg of the rounders tournament, the Withycombe Primary School Team went on to compete at the Devon Summer School Games in Plymouth on 20th June. Against tough competition the Withycombe Team brought home Bronze medals!
Our tag rugby team also went along to Plymouth, representing East Devon in the County finals, taking a very respectable 9th place out of 16 competing teams.
Everybody had a great day out and did the school proud - well done to everybody who earned a place at the Games and especially to those who brought home a medal.
DMT Silver Medal for Josh!
In June Josh competed at the Regional Team Finals representing the South West for DMT (double mini trampoline) Level 3, age 9-10 in Birmingham.
He came an impressive second, picking up a Silver medal - missing out on Gold by an incredibly slim margin of 0.04 of a point. Josh scored 115.400 while Archie from the North West scored 115.440.
Josh has now qualified to compete at the National Finals in Nottingham in 3 weeks.
In May, Josh competed at the English Qualifiers at the Telford International Centre on Trampoline and has qualified to compete in Sheffield in October at the English championships.
Well done Josh, your training with Exeter Trampoline Academy is going from strength to strength!
East Devon Rounders Champions
Withycombe Raleigh Primary School came first in the East Devon Rounders Tournament! The final match was played on 12th June and the team will now go on to represent East Devon at the County Tournament to be held in Plymouth.
It’s been a fantastic journey to get this far after competing in two tournaments - one of which took place during the Summer half term break. Both tournaments were inconclusive so they had to hold deciding matches: The Exmouth tournament decider was hosted by Brixington Primary School, and the closely-fought deciding match for the East Devon tournament was held at Withycombe Primary.
Miss Auster, team coach said: “The whole squad have been amazing and have worked really hard, with lots of extra practice after school, and great determination shown on the day. It was an extremely close match and with only half a round between the final two teams we were really challenged by the St Peters Primary School team, who showed great sportsmanship.
Vernon Griffiths Memorial Shield
Withycombe Primary School hosted the first Vernon Griffiths Memorial Shield tournament in April, with 10 teams coming from Exmouth Primary Schools to compete. As our beloved volunteer football coach and PTFA member, Vernon gave generously of his time to our school and is sadly missed.
Thank you to the Exmouth primary schools who came along to support this event, which was opened with a few words from Mr Powley, Headteacher.
Congratulations to Woodbury Primary School who won the shield!
Tag Rugby Champions
Our Years 5-6 Tag Rugby team attended a tournament held at the Kings School, Ottery St Mary, on Wednesday 25th April. We were one of 14 teams to take part and we won our pool, the 1/4 finals, semi finals and finally beat Otterton in the final match. We didn't lose a single match all evening!
We will now be representing East Devon at the Devon School Summer Games in Plymouth on Wednesday 20th June.
The event is one of several being held across the country to motivate and inspire young people to take part in competitive school sport. Incredible effort from our team!
Dylan's triathlon success
Dylan from Year 5 competed in a regional triathlon in Torbay recently. He completed the 200m swim, 6k bike and 1.85k run in a fantastic 29:25! Dylan came 6th in the 11-12 year old category and will go on to the next round. Well done Dylan, you must be very proud!
Cross Country Talent
Children from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School attended the Schools' Cross Country Competition on 26th March at Bicton Arena. We had a great turnout to represent our school, thanks to all the parents and carers who transported their children to the after-school event.
The Years 3 - 4 teams were second overall and Years 5 - 6 team were 3rd overall - a really great result! There were some fantastic performances from our talented runners including Anna who was 1st in the Year 3-4 girls' race, and Ned who was 2nd in the Year 3-4 boys' race.
Well done to both of you!
Josh, Tilly and Jenson Jump to Success!
Children from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School were part of a group who took part in Regional Trampoline Competitions in Bath on Sunday 25th March.
Huge congratulations to Josh and Tilly (photographed with their coach Polly) who both won Gold medals for DMT (double mini trampoline) and reached the finals, qualifying to represent the South West. This could lead to National selection if they continue to work hard and do well within the competitions. They will train as a squad as well as receiving their regular training from Exeter Trampoline Academy.
Well done also to Jenson in Year 4 who bounced his way to two bronze medals, one for Trampoline and one for DMT. Very well deserved after all the training you put in!
If you’re interested in taking up the sport, regular sessions are run locally. See www.exetertrampoline.co.uk
Y5-6 Girls Tag Rugby Festival
Mr Carter took a group of 22 Year 5 girls along to the Local Learning Community Tag Rugby Festival for years 5-6. This was the first experience of competitive Tag Rugby for many of the players but they did really well, playing with great enthusiasm. The team won some of the games despite getting very muddy!
Thanks to those parents who came to cheer them on, and to Mrs Kew and Mrs Luxton for helping out. Anybody interested in Tag Rugby can join our after school clubs here:
Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament
On Tuesday 20th February, two Year 5 teams took part in a Quick Sticks hockey tournament at ECC. Overall 16 teams took part from across primary schools in the Exmouth community. Our two Withycombe teams played with enthusiasm and determination. The sun shone brightly and a great afternoon was had by all. We were also lucky to meet Alex (pictured with the teams) who started playing Hockey at primary school and now plays for the Under 18 England Hockey team! An inspiration to us all.
Exeter City Football Festival, January 2018
Here's the football team who braved the cold January weather to play at the Exeter City Kids Cup recently. The A and B teams played brilliantly, but there was stiff competition and we won't didn't make it through to the regional event on this occasion.
Stuart Davies from Exeter City Community Trust said
"I wanted to say a massive thank you for taking part in the Kids Cup 2018, for me it will be a highlight of the year and I thought everyone involved was brilliant contributing towards a great tournament with an extremely high standard of football. Congratulations to the winners Ottery St Mary Primary School who will go on to represent Exeter City in the regional event."
Well done to all the children who represented our school so well: Ollie, Jayden, Charlie, Billy, Sophie, Jack, Will, Jack, Benji, Alfie, Milo, Louis, Barnaby and Ollie.
Our Smart New Football Kit!
We'd like to thank MPS Windows, Exmouth for generously sponsoring our smart new football kit. The children were really excited to be heading out for a competition looking like a professional team! We really appreciate your support.
Year 3 Quad Kids
On Friday 29th June, sixteen Year 3 children competed at a very high level at a quad kids athletics event. This consisted of a long run, vortex throw, speed bounce, sprint run, long jump and a team relay. All children performed brilliantly and represented the school in a superb way.
Well done to Dan, Theo, Archie, Jack, Walter, Joey, Dylan, Louis, Chanelle, Tilly, Matilda, Evie, Evelyn, Jossy, Jessie and Olive!