New page started September 2018 - it will build as we go through the year so do check back from time to time!
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!
#fab30 challenge results in brilliant
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.
Exmouth Town Christmas Festivities
As part of Exmouth Town Council’s Christmas celebrations, primary schools were invited to decorate a Christmas tree in the Strand on Saturday.
Classes from across Withycombe Primary School made decorations for our tree, and some of the children came to hang the decorations on Saturday.
Our tree looked fabulous, very bright and colourful, and now stands at the front of our school ready to welcome families to our upcoming Nativity plays!
Several children also went along to the Lantern Parade, braving the wind and rain!
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!
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.
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.
Our 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.
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!
House Captains 2018-19
We'd like to introduce you to the house captains for the academic year, voted in by their peers to represent the different houses across the school.
Children in KS2 had the opportunity to take part in an inter-house art competition. Children had to create a dragon to represent each house: Fire, Sun, Forest or Sea.
It was a challenge to decide on the winners, so we selected 8 runners up as well as the 8 winners. The winning designs will be used on the Award Certificates and House Point Reward cards.
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!
Year 3 Cricket
This half term our Year 3 children have been super-busy with their PE! Not only have they been enjoying Tag Rugby with the Exeter Chiefs, and swimming, they have also had brilliant coaching with Devon Cricket player Sophie Whitlock.
Each week the children have been practicing their throwing, catching, batting and fielding skills whilst working as a team and also individually. The children really enjoyed their Cricket sessions, with many children either joining the after-school club or showing interest in the up-and-coming summer club at Exmouth Cricket Club. Some of the favourite games played were: Mayhem Cricket, Caterpillar and Bats!
A huge thank you to Miss Whitlock; we look forward to you working with Year 4 in the summer!
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:
Josh's Trampoline Achievement
Josh competed at the trampoline, DMT and tumbling English championships in Sheffield over the weekend of 13-14th October 2018.
He competed at silver level for age 9-10 boys and came 5th in the trampoline preliminaries, qualifying to the top 8 final where he then achieved 4th place.
On Double Mini Trampoline he came 6th, qualifying through to the final round and maintained 6th place overall.
This is a great achievement for him after all of his hard work and training. He has progressed amazingly well since the qualifiers which were in May. Wwll done Josh!