Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections

Dear parents,

Odd socks and kindness

The school was awash with ODD socks on Monday, a normal thing in my house but today we could get away with it. In assembly we shared the importance of making some noise around bullying and that it is important to find the courage to speak up, not just for yourself, but for others as well. The pupils are creating their own superhero to help prevent bullying, a competition run by Thrive. I am looking forward to seeing many of these superheroes around the school. As always, we will not tolerate bullying in our community and the pupils gave excellent answers around the importance of being kind and looking after each other: to act with kindness and integrity.

Swim gala

The pool was in action on Tuesday with our visiting school Taunton enjoying some great competition. It was our first gala of the season, and some very close races were enjoyed; thank you to all those who competed and for the many supporters who came to watch, it certainly makes a difference to those in the pool.

Music and sport

On Wednesday I attended the first informal concert of the academic year with an amazing number of pupils hitting the headlines with their string instruments. I was blown away with the talent on display and the quiet confidence of the junior school pupils performing in front of an audience. Well done to all 15 pupils who played, it was truly lovely, and I look forward to the piano concert next week. As I returned from the concert, I was greeted by a lot of excited and rosy cheeked pupils who had had an eventful afternoon of hockey and rugby at Blundell’s and St Peter’s, a great afternoon was apparently had by all and if the colour of their clothes was anything to go by, a few muddy kits will have arrived home. On Thursday, the U11 football team took part in the EFL Kids Cup qualifying round, hosted by Exeter City FC. The team came third out of the eleven schools that were competing, which means they progress to the next round of the competition. Well done to all the pupils who played.

Japanese food

There was a Japanese theme to the food in the dining hall on Thursday, where many pupils tried to get to grips with chop sticks and even had a go at tasting some sushi. Thank you to our wonderful catering team for putting on this delicious spread which was very well received by all.

Family society and fundraising

The family society are hosting their first event, a junior Christmas disco! Please save the date: Friday 8th December after school. There will be two discos, Lower School 5pm – 6pm and Upper School 6:30pm – 7:30pm. More information to follow from the family society representatives. We raised a staggering £1208.50 for the poppy appeal, so a big thank you to the whole Exeter School community for your, as ever, generous contributions.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

WaterAid Christmas Concert

Our annual Charity Christmas Concert, this year in aid of WaterAid, takes place on Tuesday 5 December 2023 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral.

The musicians of Exeter School will provide a joyful start to the festive period with a concert of seasonal music and readings. The groups that perform are the Chamber Choir, Senior Choir, Show Choir, Belles Canto, Vocal Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Senior Brass.

Tickets can be purchased here for the nave or unreserved side aisles, with reductions for children.

Ticket Prices Nave Adult £15 / Child £8

Unreserved side aisles Adult £13 / Child £7

We will let the pupils know when tickets are ready to be collected from the Bursary office at Exeter School, otherwise they will be available at the Cathedral on the evening of the event.

People with special access requirements are asked to contact the Box Office on (01392) 458934.

Junior school sporting success

It has been an action-packed week for sports in our Junior School! On Tuesday, our talented swimming squad dove into their first gala of the year, facing off against Taunton School. Our swimmers showcased their prowess, resulting in a victory for Exeter. Congratulations to our young aquatic stars on a fantastic start to the competitive swimming season!

Wednesday brought more sport as the U11 girls and boys embarked on a journey to St Peters and Blundell’s. In both Hockey and Rugby, our young athletes exhibited exceptional skill and determination. The teams have all shown vast improvement over the past few months.

Looking ahead, we extend wish good luck to the U9 rugby and hockey teams as they prepare to participate in the Blundell’s tournaments this weekend!

Playground people of the week

Isabelle F1C

Jake U1R

Ted L2P

Finlay U2C

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Every weekend sees pupils going out to participate in sports fixtures, braving the freezing cold and showing incredible endurance and sportsmanship. Our four core sports are cricket, rugby, netball and hockey but there are other opportunities too. I'm relaxing in the heated indoor 25m pool as it gets busy during the week helping Exeter School maintain partnerships with the local community. Quite a few of the local primary schools bring classes of pupils to have lessons here, either by walking school bus or with Exeter School minibuses going out to collect them (the most sustainable option is always explored) and Exeter City Swimming Club are long-standing friends of Exeter School. 

#kindnessandintegrity #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #communitypartnerships #communitycollaboration #independentschoolsuk #swimming

Every weekend sees pupils going out to participate in sports fixtures, braving the freezing cold and showing incredible endurance and sportsmanship. Our four core sports are cricket, rugby, netball and hockey but there are other opportunities too. I`m relaxing in the heated indoor 25m pool as it gets busy during the week helping Exeter School maintain partnerships with the local community. Quite a few of the local primary schools bring classes of pupils to have lessons here, either by walking school bus or with Exeter School minibuses going out to collect them (the most sustainable option is always explored) and Exeter City Swimming Club are long-standing friends of Exeter School.

#kindnessandintegrity #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #communitypartnerships #communitycollaboration #independentschoolsuk #swimming
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Some of the classrooms here have jars for kindness notes; some have marbles being collected together as reward tokens and when the jar is full the pupils can have a class party or a special treat; some have a jar like this one in junior school which reminds pupils to work quietly.  It's a great reminder to act with kindness and integrity and to be mindful of those around us. It certainly is quiet here at the weekend - especially after the disco held here last night! Now I need to say goodbye to the quiet critters in here! 

#kindnessandintegrity #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #independentschools

Some of the classrooms here have jars for kindness notes; some have marbles being collected together as reward tokens and when the jar is full the pupils can have a class party or a special treat; some have a jar like this one in junior school which reminds pupils to work quietly. It`s a great reminder to act with kindness and integrity and to be mindful of those around us. It certainly is quiet here at the weekend - especially after the disco held here last night! Now I need to say goodbye to the quiet critters in here!

#kindnessandintegrity #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #independentschools
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On Tuesday, all the junior school pupils and staff went on their History Expedition Day. ✨

Form One visited the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to learn about Ancient Egypt, and the museum included a variety of engaging activities for pupils, including mummification and handling ancient objects. 

Upper One returned to Tiverton Museum to study the Anglo-Saxons, specifically their impact on Devon. They enjoyed exploring the museum, completing different activities and many pupils (and staff too!) enjoyed having their photo taken in a warrior’s helmet! 

Lower Two again returned this year to Buckland Abbey. This was to explore the dissolution of the monasteries and discover the home of Sir Francis Drake. When they arrived, they were greeted with a surprise: the full abbey had been decorated for the best time of year, bringing tonnes of Christmas spirit to the classes. 🎄

Upper Two returned to Coldharbour Mill for a drama experience of what it was like to work in a Victorian mill. This year, they also learnt about the history of weaving and were able to give it a go themselves, creating some wonderful mementos of the day. 

They all had a wonderful time, learning lots and promoting engaging, relevant and interesting history across the school. 🥳🌲

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #AspireAndFlourish #InspireAndChallenge #HistoryExpeditionDay #RAMM #TivertonMuseum #BucklandAbbey #ColdharbourMill

On Tuesday, all the junior school pupils and staff went on their History Expedition Day. ✨

Form One visited the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to learn about Ancient Egypt, and the museum included a variety of engaging activities for pupils, including mummification and handling ancient objects.

Upper One returned to Tiverton Museum to study the Anglo-Saxons, specifically their impact on Devon. They enjoyed exploring the museum, completing different activities and many pupils (and staff too!) enjoyed having their photo taken in a warrior’s helmet!

Lower Two again returned this year to Buckland Abbey. This was to explore the dissolution of the monasteries and discover the home of Sir Francis Drake. When they arrived, they were greeted with a surprise: the full abbey had been decorated for the best time of year, bringing tonnes of Christmas spirit to the classes. 🎄

Upper Two returned to Coldharbour Mill for a drama experience of what it was like to work in a Victorian mill. This year, they also learnt about the history of weaving and were able to give it a go themselves, creating some wonderful mementos of the day.

They all had a wonderful time, learning lots and promoting engaging, relevant and interesting history across the school. 🥳🌲

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #AspireAndFlourish #InspireAndChallenge #HistoryExpeditionDay #RAMM #TivertonMuseum #BucklandAbbey #ColdharbourMill
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Lunch at Exeter School is catered by Sodexo and the kitchen manager, Michelle Hendrick, has been part of the Exeter School family for 40 years! The team prepare lunches for the pupils and staff of Exeter School daily and there is also food transported out to Exeter Pre-Prep. Healthy, lots of choice and celebrating different events throughout the year. The pupils even had a mass sushi-rolling lesson in the dining hall recently - great fun! We're looking forward to our Christmas lunch next week!

#welcomeandserve #ExeterPrePrep #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #schoolcafeteria #independentschools #exeterschools

Lunch at Exeter School is catered by Sodexo and the kitchen manager, Michelle Hendrick, has been part of the Exeter School family for 40 years! The team prepare lunches for the pupils and staff of Exeter School daily and there is also food transported out to Exeter Pre-Prep. Healthy, lots of choice and celebrating different events throughout the year. The pupils even had a mass sushi-rolling lesson in the dining hall recently - great fun! We`re looking forward to our Christmas lunch next week!

#welcomeandserve #ExeterPrePrep #exonianelf2023 #elfonashelf #schoolofgreatcharacter #schoolcafeteria #independentschools #exeterschools
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Time to find that Christmas jumper or Christmas hat. On Wednesday 13 December, pupils in both the junior and senior schools are invited to wear a Christmas jumper or Christmas hat, along their normal school uniform. To take part, we suggest a minimum donation of £2.

The money raised will contribute to the work of the UNICEF and the community service famous Christmas tea party, where we invite over 100 older residents from the community to enjoy some much-needed festive cheer: afternoon tea, carols and the like.

#ExeterSeniorSchool #ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #ChristmasJumper #ChristmasHat

Time to find that Christmas jumper or Christmas hat. On Wednesday 13 December, pupils in both the junior and senior schools are invited to wear a Christmas jumper or Christmas hat, along their normal school uniform. To take part, we suggest a minimum donation of £2.

The money raised will contribute to the work of the UNICEF and the community service famous Christmas tea party, where we invite over 100 older residents from the community to enjoy some much-needed festive cheer: afternoon tea, carols and the like.

#ExeterSeniorSchool #ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #ChristmasJumper #ChristmasHat
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The Junior School has been enjoying a Christmas book each day in December and today the librarians created paperchain book characters to hang on their doors. 🎄

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #Endeavour #Collaborate #Christmasbook #Schoollibrary

The Junior School has been enjoying a Christmas book each day in December and today the librarians created paperchain book characters to hang on their doors. 🎄

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #Endeavour #Collaborate #Christmasbook #Schoollibrary
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Today I'm thinking about what I want to be when I grow up. Sure, it's fun making things in Santa's workshop and getting to explore once a year, but now I'm seeing all the amazing opportunities available in education. The alumni team at Exeter School stay in touch with lots of Exonians and keep up to date with what they are doing now. They have a Facebook page called 'Exeter School Alumni' (follow it now!) and publish an annual magazine called the 1633 to keep everyone connected. It's inspiring for the current pupils to hear from alumni with stories of how they have applied their learning in the real world after leaving school.

#inspireandchallenge #oldexonians #schoolalumni #elfonashelf #exonianelf2023 #exeterschools #independentschools #aspireandflourish #schoolofgreatcharacter

Today I`m thinking about what I want to be when I grow up. Sure, it`s fun making things in Santa`s workshop and getting to explore once a year, but now I`m seeing all the amazing opportunities available in education. The alumni team at Exeter School stay in touch with lots of Exonians and keep up to date with what they are doing now. They have a Facebook page called `Exeter School Alumni` (follow it now!) and publish an annual magazine called the 1633 to keep everyone connected. It`s inspiring for the current pupils to hear from alumni with stories of how they have applied their learning in the real world after leaving school.

#inspireandchallenge #oldexonians #schoolalumni #elfonashelf #exonianelf2023 #exeterschools #independentschools #aspireandflourish #schoolofgreatcharacter
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Movember inspires us to think about what we can do to help men's health. But Joe in Upper Sixth inspired a whole team to join him for a half mile run before school. We're in awe of how he has showcased all our Exonian virtues and raised over £1200 so far 👏 Go Joe! Leave him a comment and share!

#exeterseniorschool #gojoe #schoolofgreatcharacter #sixthform #Movember2023 #halfmarathon #exmouthrun #aspireandflourish #sixthformlife #endeavourandcollaborate

Movember inspires us to think about what we can do to help men`s health. But Joe in Upper Sixth inspired a whole team to join him for a half mile run before school. We`re in awe of how he has showcased all our Exonian virtues and raised over £1200 so far 👏 Go Joe! Leave him a comment and share!

#exeterseniorschool #gojoe #schoolofgreatcharacter #sixthform #Movember2023 #halfmarathon #exmouthrun #aspireandflourish #sixthformlife #endeavourandcollaborate
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Congratulations to Kaleb (L6) who won gold for sparing kickboxing at the P.U.M.A British championships last week 🥇💥👏🏻 #

#exeterschoolsport #schoolsport #endeavour #aspire #flourish #exschsports#exeterschooluk #kickboxing #champion

Congratulations to Kaleb (L6) who won gold for sparing kickboxing at the P.U.M.A British championships last week 🥇💥👏🏻 #

#exeterschoolsport #schoolsport #endeavour #aspire #flourish #exschsports#exeterschooluk #kickboxing #champion
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A fabulous game of rugby in the national vase competition today. Great credit to both teams but a win for @exschsports U15s who progress to the third round. Well done boys! @nextgenxv @exeterschooluk #exeterschoolsport #schoolsport #endeavour #aspire #flourish #exschsports #exeterschooluk #rugby #cup

A fabulous game of rugby in the national vase competition today. Great credit to both teams but a win for @exschsports U15s who progress to the third round. Well done boys! @nextgenxv @exeterschooluk #exeterschoolsport #schoolsport #endeavour #aspire #flourish #exschsports #exeterschooluk #rugby #cup ...

Good luck to OE Oscar who starts at 13 for @tauntonrfc tomorrow in the national league. We are lucky to have Oscar assisting with the coaching at school at the moment! @exeterschooluk @nextgenxv 

#schoolsport #endeavour #exeterschoolsport #aspire #flourish #exschsports #exeterjuniorschool #rugby #teamwork #oldexonians

Good luck to OE Oscar who starts at 13 for @tauntonrfc tomorrow in the national league. We are lucky to have Oscar assisting with the coaching at school at the moment! @exeterschooluk @nextgenxv

#schoolsport #endeavour #exeterschoolsport #aspire #flourish #exschsports #exeterjuniorschool #rugby #teamwork #oldexonians
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