Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections Week 21 2024

Dear parents,

I feel like the weather is beginning to turn. I must admit I am a little bit fed up with the rain, and I know that the children certainly prefer outdoor breaks than indoor. Thank you for reminding your children to bring their coats to school, as this means that, where possible, we will try to get them out for some fresh air, whatever the weather.

Assembly

I had seven budding actors helping me in my assembly on Monday, demonstrating through drama the different roles that bullying can take. My helpers reminded the school that often being a bystander and not helping can be seen as just as hurtful as the person who is being unkind. We discussed how important it is to stand up to bullies and how hard it can be if the person being unkind is our friend.

Parents’ evenings and governors’ meetings

This week has been a busy week with parents’ evenings and governors’ meetings. The junior school committee met and started our meeting with a super presentation about our history department led by Mr Evans and Miss Lawrence (pre-prep), and everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed looking at the work that the pupils across the school had completed. The Viking longships by Upper One were particularly impressive, as were the Form One diaries.

School Council

I attended School Council on Thursday, and, as always, I did like hearing all about what the pupils are enjoying but also what we can do to make things a little better. We shared some new badges for Good Works, which was a suggestion from Nathan in Lower Two, and I look forward to showing these to the rest of the school, as the school council was very impressed. The smell of cheese and onion pasties wafted through the junior school on Thursday in our Upper Two cookery club, and it was lovely to welcome Benjamin and Zhi, two Lower Fifth pupils, who were volunteering as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I think they very much enjoyed returning to the junior school and spending time in their old classroom.

Next week

A couple of reminders for next week; World Book Day is taking place on Thursday, and I know that the pupils are very much looking forward to dressing up as their favourite character, and on Friday I am looking forward to welcoming the Upper One parents to school to watch the anticipated performance of ‘Viking Rocks’.

Good luck to the girls playing netball tomorrow at Taunton. I look forward to hearing all about it on Monday.

Playground people of the week

Jake U1R

Sandra U1R

Henry U2T

William U2T

Informal Concert

Our final 4pm Informal Concert on Wednesday was an open event, meaning that singers, pianists, pupils accompanying themselves and violinists were all performing. Hugo and Tom played/sang pop numbers by Bruno Mars and Adele, whilst keen composer Amelia performed one of her own songs. Two of our talented Upper One violinists were especially impressive with their excellent intonation and confidence. Anna and Lucia both chose jazzy vocal solos, creating a relaxed mood with Summertime and Love Like You, an ambience that also was conveyed by a sensitive and very moving rendition of Chopin’s Prelude in D Flat (Raindrop) by Spiro. Also performing a piano solo was Ingrid, who played the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata with vigour and technical accomplishment, and was much appreciated by the audience. You can access the audio recording here.

On Wednesday 6 March at 5-6.30pm there is the Twilight Jazz, Rock and Pop Concert in the Music Hall, in which a number of bands will be performing. Entrance is free, and all members of the school community are welcome to attend. The following week is the Choral Society concert in the Exeter Cathedral, featuring the main chorus, Chamber Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, along with our guest orchestra of professional players from across the South West. Tickets are available here.

World Book Day

Mark your calendars, everyone! On Thursday, March 7, Exeter Junior School will immerse in the enchanting world of literature for World Book Day. We are delighted to host author Sam Sedgman, who will conduct engaging workshops for each year group. There is an opportunity to order copies of Sam Sedgman’s books in advance at a special discounted rate. Please use the form which can be found here to order, or alternatively, books will be available to buy on the day. We invite you to join the festivities by participating in our biennial tradition of dressing up as your favourite book character. We would like you to step into the shoes of any one of your most cherished book characters. Let’s make this World Book Day a memorable celebration of the magic found within the pages of a good book! Happy reading, Mrs Hardy.

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 ...

Informal Open Concert

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