Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections

Dear Parents,

Open events and visitors

Monday saw 24 new lovely taster day pupils come to spend the day with us in the junior school. As always, our pupils looked after the prospective pupils and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces as they left at the end of the day – they certainly enjoyed the day at Exeter Junior School. On Tuesday 28 November we have an open house event in the morning for prospective families. Please do invite along any neighbours, family or friends who you feel might be in testing about finding out more about Exeter School for their own children. On Saturday 2 December we also have a sixth form interview day and 11+ assessment preparation morning. These two are filling up quickly, so please do encourage any prospective families that you might be in touch with to register as soon as they can. We look forward to meeting new families and their children at all of these events and getting to know them a little.

We welcomed Claire Baillie, one of our junior school governors, to school on Thursday. Claire visited lessons and met the pupils and staff and was hugely impressed with all that was on show. Our pupils, as always, demonstrated our purpose and virtues brilliantly.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Upper Two was treated to a preview of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, performed by the senior school pupils. The buzz when the pupils came out was tangible and there was a lot of excitement for when it would be their turn when they get to senior school; watch out Mr Brough! We also welcomed several local primary schools to come and join us; thank you to Ladysmith Junior School and Wynstream Primary School for coming. I was on front of house on Thursday and watched the first of the three performances, and as always, I was blown away by the talented pupils: confident young actors who all clearly have a passion for being on the stage. I absolutely loved it, a huge well done to all the performers, Mr Brough and the many hands behind the scenes.

Merit tokens

Our new character merits have arrived – bright pink tokens which pupils will receive for demonstrating kindness, integrity and just all-round goodness. These will go towards the form character cup which is awarded at the end of every term.

Bebras Challenge

Over the past fortnight in computer science lessons, pupils across the junior school have taken part in the UK Bebras Challenge, a national competition that tests logic and problem-solving skills. Across the country over 400,000 pupils took part, including our pupils. Those in Form One, Upper One and Lower Two formed teams to solve the problems using their collaborative skills. For pupils in Upper Two, this was the first year for them where the challenge was tackled independently. All the pupils enjoyed solving the puzzles. They had to make tactical decisions whether to answer questions and lose points if they answered incorrectly, or to stay safe.

We are particularly proud of two teams in Lower Two. Ottilie, Doon and Honor scored full marks as did William, Harrison and Edward. This is a particularly impressive achievement, placing them amongst the top 5% of entrants in their age category. For William, this is even more impressive as he also achieved full marks when he was in Form One!

Christmas

Christmas is beginning to seep into the school with some decorations up in the lunch hall and carols in the music department. I am excited to invite you all to our annual Christmas service of readings and carols and of course the compulsory mince pies. More information can be found on MSP and I do hope many of you will be able to join me for this festive event.

Also, don’t forget the WaterAid concert in the cathedral – Tuesday 5 December, at 7:30pm – book here. Please do plan ahead and get your tickets so that you can enjoy our wonderful musicians’ work.

Sport

Wednesday marked another match day for our Lower Two and Upper Two pupils, with the girls taking part in a triangular fixture against St Peters and Maynard. Meanwhile, 70 Lower Two and Upper Two boys travelled to Truro Prep School for a festival where they had a great time competing against six other schools. Thursday saw our Form One and Upper One students in action, participating in fixtures against St Peters, Exeter Cathedral School and Maynard. The commitment and enthusiasm displayed by all children made for a week full of sporting achievements and fun.

On Saturday, our Upper Two boys will travel to Millfield for a triangular fixture with Millfield and Kingswood (Bath); we wish them the best of luck!

 

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.

Playground people of the week

Richard F1C

Emilia U1B

Evie L2B

Honor L2E

Angus  U2C

Esme U2C

Wilfred U2C

Ernest U2T

Coat Collection

The Community Service team is running a coat collection again this year. We would be very grateful if you could donate your family’s outgrown and pre-loved warm coats and shoes / boots to help keep people warm this winter. Items for both adults and children will go to a good home! All donations are very welcome as supplies are running low with all the charities who help the homeless, refugees and others in need. Please bring donations to room 34 in the Senior School.

Thanks in advance from the Community Service Team.

Advent Carol Service

A chance to sing some carols and reflect on the season of advent and Christmas. Join us on Sunday 3rd December in the Chapel at 5pm for the service and afterwards for refreshments. All are welcome, no need to book.

Christmas shoebox appeal: 1 December

We are delighted to be partnering with Cranbrook Education Campus in their holiday gift appeal this year, assembling Christmas boxes for refugee children living in the local area. The plan is for each form group to put together a box/gift bag for a child, and you can find a list of suggested items here. The boxes will be collected from our chapel Friday 1 December. Any donations you can make would be very much appreciated.

Junior School News

Junior Sport News

We are so pleased with the results our Middle Fifth obtained in the National Scientific Thinking Challenge! 🥇

The National Scientific Challenge is an online test created by university academics, designed to encourage Year 10s to try something positive and enjoyable that enables them to demonstrate their scientific thinking skills. Pupils look at data, graphs and text to make deductions, spot trends, suggest hypotheses and identify anomalous results. 

Out of our 58 entrants 15 got the gold award, meaning they scored in the top 10% of entrants nationally! We also had 7 silver awards and 15 bronze awards. 

What incredible achievements for these pupils. 👏

#schoolofgreatcharacter #exeterschools #independentschoolsuk #inspireandchallenge #nationalscientificchallenge

We are so pleased with the results our Middle Fifth obtained in the National Scientific Thinking Challenge! 🥇

The National Scientific Challenge is an online test created by university academics, designed to encourage Year 10s to try something positive and enjoyable that enables them to demonstrate their scientific thinking skills. Pupils look at data, graphs and text to make deductions, spot trends, suggest hypotheses and identify anomalous results.

Out of our 58 entrants 15 got the gold award, meaning they scored in the top 10% of entrants nationally! We also had 7 silver awards and 15 bronze awards.

What incredible achievements for these pupils. 👏

#schoolofgreatcharacter #exeterschools #independentschoolsuk #inspireandchallenge #nationalscientificchallenge
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Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport

Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport ...

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin ...

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk ...

Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport

Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport ...

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin ...

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk ...

Congratulations to 1st XI player Dom (L6) who captained his U18’s Football Team Buckland AFC to victory in the Devon League Cup last night, beating Plymouth Marjons 2-1 in the final 👏🏻🏆 @exeterschooluk #champions #exeterschoolsport

Congratulations to 1st XI player Dom (L6) who captained his U18’s Football Team Buckland AFC to victory in the Devon League Cup last night, beating Plymouth Marjons 2-1 in the final 👏🏻🏆 @exeterschooluk #champions #exeterschoolsport ...

Open morning - 4 July

 

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