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Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections Week 22 2024

Dear parents,

Poetry by Heart

I had the absolute privilege of starting my week off with the finalists of Poetry by Heart; each and every one of the pupils who performed was superb and can be very proud of themselves. To stand up in front of the whole school and recite a poem takes tremendous courage and it was such a wonderful start to my week. I didn’t envy the judges who had the job of choosing Lower School and Upper School finalists but well done to: Vally, Ben, Monty, Agnus and Niyati and a special well done to overall winners, Finn U1 and Rory U2.

Celebration of Singing

On Wednesday I joined the Celebration of Singing where we invited Whipton Barton Primary and Wynstream Primary to sing with our Junior Singers. The chapel was full of enthusiastic singers, and it was wonderful to partner up with our local primary schools to share our love of music.  Well done to everyone involved.

World Book Day

World Book Day was a huge success, and even though I was unable to attend due to being at an iTrust board meeting, I had many pictures and videos sent to me. The day brought excitement and creativity to the junior school, and it was great to see staff and pupils dressed as favourite book characters, filling our playground with colour and laughter during the early morning character parade. Our pupil librarians led a lively assembly on Wednesday, featuring Michelle Robinson’s poignant poem ‘Someone Else’s Shoes,’ highlighting books’ power to foster empathy and knowledge.

Author, Sam Sedgman, conducted captivating workshops for each year group, inspiring storytelling adventures. He discussed his latest release, “The Clockwork Conspiracy,” with the Upper School and shared tales from “Adventures on Trains” with the Lower School, leaving our pupils eager to explore more of his adventures and I am sure they will make good use of Sam Sedgman’s books, which are stocked in our library. The rest of the day consisted of quizzes, illustrating, sing-alongs, bookmark making, and the unveiling of the staff edition of ‘Where’s Wally 2024.’  A huge thank you to Mrs Hardy for masterminding the event; as always, it was a huge success.

Sports news

Mr Dutch and Mr Guy took a group of swimmers to Millfield to compete in the IAPS swimming. All the pupils performed brilliantly, and I look forward to sharing the results in more detail in the near future.

Viking Rocks

The school was certainly rocking this afternoon with an outstanding performance from all the Upper Ones in their play, ‘Viking Rocks’. There was some superb acting and I thoroughly enjoyed both performances. It certainly got my feet tapping! Well done, everyone, and thank you Ms Cox.

International Women’s Day

Rev. Close was delighted to welcome the junior school to the chapel today on International Women’s Day. Pupils had some fun with a quiz on the subject which the pupils answered intelligently, and they got to think about how we, as boys and girls, can help make the world a more equitable place. The big message for the girls was, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because you are a girl (except go in the boys changing rooms!)”.

Tomorrow, I get the privilege of spending the morning interviewing for senior school prefects. This is a really enjoyable morning and I am always so impressed with the 40 candidates; I am sure it will, as always, be an extremely difficult decision.

Wishing you all a good weekend,

Playground people of the week

Emily U1B

Hugo L2P

Monty U2T

Rory U2E

IAPS Swimming at Millfield

On Thursday, our junior school swim team took part in the IAPS regional rounds, taking place at Millfield School. This was a day for our swimmers to showcase all their hard work and efforts since September in their swimming sessions. It was a great day for all involved, and many children were successful in their races. We eagerly await the results to see if any pupils have progressed into the finals that will take place in London.

Exeter Junior School tournaments

Tournament season is upon us and as started with a bang. Last week the U10 Netball tournament took place, and this week we hosted the U11 football and Netball tournaments! In addition to this, the U9 girls travelled to Trinity on Thursday where they played in the Netball tournament, picking up some great wins and scoring some great goals on the way. Also on Thursday, all of the boys in F1 and U1 went to Blundell’s for football, and had a great time whilst working on their skills. There has been some great sport on display, as well as excellent teamwork and great sporting values. Well done to all involved!

Virgin ‘Make your £5 Grow’ Sale Days

On Tuesday 12 March (Upper Two C), Wednesday 13 March (Upper Two E) and Thursday 15 March (Upper Two T), our terrific Upper Two budding entrepreneurs will have the chance to sell the products which they have worked so hard on. In their teams they have designed and created items to sell as part of their Virgin Money ‘Make £5 Grow’ Project 2024. The profits from the proceeds will be going to our two selected charities: Children with Cancer, Orangutan Foundation and the RNLI. Our particular focus this year has been on sustainability and being environmentally aware.

All junior school pupils will have an opportunity to purchase items on the selling days during their morning breaktime and again at lunchtime. There will be no food or drink because of health, hygiene and allergies. We suggest a maximum of £4 each selling day. Please do not feel you the need to send your child in with the maximum amount or indeed any money at all! Please try to use change where possible.

Your child will be given a named paper bag on the day to keep their precious goodies! These will be kept in their classrooms for safety.

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 ...

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