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

Thank you to Emilia in Upper One, who wrote this lovely poem to celebrate Valentine's Day 🥰.

I can feel my heart
And from the start
It gave me life

As I rest my head
Against your chest
It's something beat
Helps me sleep

So on this day
I want to say
You're my Valentine
Until the end of time

❤️We have been interested to hear more about the love story at Exeter School. Simply send us a DM to share your story with us.

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #ValentinesDay

Thank you to Emilia in Upper One, who wrote this lovely poem to celebrate Valentine`s Day 🥰.

I can feel my heart
And from the start
It gave me life

As I rest my head
Against your chest
It`s something beat
Helps me sleep

So on this day
I want to say
You`re my Valentine
Until the end of time

❤️We have been interested to hear more about the love story at Exeter School. Simply send us a DM to share your story with us.

#ExeterJuniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #ValentinesDay
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Happy Pancake Day! 🥞
The Chandeleur, known as the French Pancake Day, takes place on 2 February every year. To celebrate the day, Sophie and Lara organised a crêpe making competition for sixth form pupils. Each team was given the recipe and ingredients to create their masterpiece, that was to be judged by Mr Chu, Mr Latimer, and Mrs Masters. The panel decided that some crêpes were cordon bleu and others should have been cordoned off. 🍴💛

Toby in Upper One has written a Pancake Day poem to make this day special. Toby’s favourite pancake toppings are lemon, sugar, banana, and toffee. What are your favourite toppings? 🍌🍫🍯

#ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #HappyPancakeDay #Pancake #Chandeleur

Happy Pancake Day! 🥞
The Chandeleur, known as the French Pancake Day, takes place on 2 February every year. To celebrate the day, Sophie and Lara organised a crêpe making competition for sixth form pupils. Each team was given the recipe and ingredients to create their masterpiece, that was to be judged by Mr Chu, Mr Latimer, and Mrs Masters. The panel decided that some crêpes were cordon bleu and others should have been cordoned off. 🍴💛

Toby in Upper One has written a Pancake Day poem to make this day special. Toby’s favourite pancake toppings are lemon, sugar, banana, and toffee. What are your favourite toppings? 🍌🍫🍯

#ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #HappyPancakeDay #Pancake #Chandeleur
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Happy Lunar New Year 2024, the Year of the Dragon! Elisabeth in Middle Fifth created this poster to celebrate the festival. In Chinese culture, the Dragon symbolised brave and intelligence. To celebrate, many families around the world will visit each other's homes and exchange seasonal greetings. We wish you a year full of health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. 🧧🀄️✨

#ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #LunarNewYear #LunarNewYear2024 #YearOfTheDragon #YearOfTheDragon2024

Happy Lunar New Year 2024, the Year of the Dragon! Elisabeth in Middle Fifth created this poster to celebrate the festival. In Chinese culture, the Dragon symbolised brave and intelligence. To celebrate, many families around the world will visit each other`s homes and exchange seasonal greetings. We wish you a year full of health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. 🧧🀄️✨

#ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #LunarNewYear #LunarNewYear2024 #YearOfTheDragon #YearOfTheDragon2024
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Some incredible achievements from our swimmers at the recent Devon county championships. Harry (M5), Evie & James (L5) and Holly (3F - featured video) all won multiple medals and will all be looking to qualify for the national finals in Sheffield later this year. #exeterschoolsport #swimming #devon #countyfinals #swimfast

Some incredible achievements from our swimmers at the recent Devon county championships. Harry (M5), Evie & James (L5) and Holly (3F - featured video) all won multiple medals and will all be looking to qualify for the national finals in Sheffield later this year. #exeterschoolsport #swimming #devon #countyfinals #swimfast ...

A fantastic day of house swimming for @exeterschooluk junior school pupils. Loved the house spirit, teamwork and endeavour. What a noise! 💥🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♀️💦 #swimming #schoolswimming #housesport #swimfast #exeterschoolsport

A fantastic day of house swimming for @exeterschooluk junior school pupils. Loved the house spirit, teamwork and endeavour. What a noise! 💥🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♀️💦 #swimming #schoolswimming #housesport #swimfast #exeterschoolsport ...

🎊 Year of the Dragon 🐉 
This Saturday, 10 February, marks the start of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. The East Asia society had a wonderful time celebrating the festival not only eating dumplings but also following some traditions.🥟 

Playing mahjong was a highlight, the Hong Kong pupils taught other pupils how to play the game. Mrs Dunlop and Mr McGrath even managed, with a few hints from Aiden, to win their first ever game.🀄️ Our pupils also got the chance to write their own spring couplets (fai chun), a traditional decoration that symbolises luck and good fortune. Miffy in Upper Sixth brought some ink and brushes to share with the society. She introduced Chinese calligraphy and taught us how to write the Chinese blessings and the meaning behind them. ✨

Here are some of the blessings that are frequently used during the festival: 
🧧新年快樂 —  Happy New Year 
🧧恭喜發財 —  Wishing you prosperity and wealth
🧧身體健康 —  Wishing you good health
🧧心想事成 —  May all your wishes come true

The festival celebrations centred around bringing hope and luck in the new year, also a time for families to be together. We had so much fun celebrating the festival together. The atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter. Thank you very much to all of our Hong Kong pupils for bringing happiness and sharing their cultures with us. ☺️👏

#ExeterSeniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #AspireAndFlourish #LunarNewYear #LunarNewYear2024 #YearOfTheDragon #YearOfTheDragon2024

🎊 Year of the Dragon 🐉
This Saturday, 10 February, marks the start of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. The East Asia society had a wonderful time celebrating the festival not only eating dumplings but also following some traditions.🥟

Playing mahjong was a highlight, the Hong Kong pupils taught other pupils how to play the game. Mrs Dunlop and Mr McGrath even managed, with a few hints from Aiden, to win their first ever game.🀄️ Our pupils also got the chance to write their own spring couplets (fai chun), a traditional decoration that symbolises luck and good fortune. Miffy in Upper Sixth brought some ink and brushes to share with the society. She introduced Chinese calligraphy and taught us how to write the Chinese blessings and the meaning behind them. ✨

Here are some of the blessings that are frequently used during the festival:
🧧新年快樂 — Happy New Year
🧧恭喜發財 — Wishing you prosperity and wealth
🧧身體健康 — Wishing you good health
🧧心想事成 — May all your wishes come true

The festival celebrations centred around bringing hope and luck in the new year, also a time for families to be together. We had so much fun celebrating the festival together. The atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter. Thank you very much to all of our Hong Kong pupils for bringing happiness and sharing their cultures with us. ☺️👏

#ExeterSeniorSchool #ExeterSchools #IndependentSchools #IndependentSchoolsUK #SchoolOfGreatCharacter #AspireAndFlourish #LunarNewYear #LunarNewYear2024 #YearOfTheDragon #YearOfTheDragon2024
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Some incredible achievements from our swimmers at the recent Devon county championships. Harry (M5), Evie & James (L5) and Holly (3F - featured video) all won multiple medals and will all be looking to qualify for the national finals in Sheffield later this year. #exeterschoolsport #swimming #devon #countyfinals #swimfast

Some incredible achievements from our swimmers at the recent Devon county championships. Harry (M5), Evie & James (L5) and Holly (3F - featured video) all won multiple medals and will all be looking to qualify for the national finals in Sheffield later this year. #exeterschoolsport #swimming #devon #countyfinals #swimfast ...

A fantastic day of house swimming for @exeterschooluk junior school pupils. Loved the house spirit, teamwork and endeavour. What a noise! 💥🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♀️💦 #swimming #schoolswimming #housesport #swimfast #exeterschoolsport

A fantastic day of house swimming for @exeterschooluk junior school pupils. Loved the house spirit, teamwork and endeavour. What a noise! 💥🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♀️💦 #swimming #schoolswimming #housesport #swimfast #exeterschoolsport ...