Science Fair

A belated well done to all the children who took part in the science fair at Bishops Nympton Primary School before the Easter break.  The children were invited to investigate and research a scientific topic of their own choosing, enabling them to present their findings to the school community during an open event.

As part of the Ogden trust, an initiative set up to inspire children into the world of science, these science fairs have been taking place in various schools across the county.  A select winning group of scientists from each school will then have the opportunity to demonstrate their scientific knowledge at a science fair held at Dulverton All Saints Primary School this Tuesday evening.

It was astounding to see the efforts and the knowledge gained through this initiative as everyone who took part presented their findings in a visually appealing and intellectual way.  The children had clearly took control of their own learning and could be seen passing on their knowledge to peers, parents and other members of our school community.

Well done to all of our budding scientists.


Mr Scandrett

Pre tournament promise

All focus and training has been geared towards Friday’s major football tournament at SMCC.  Bishops Nympton Primary School is involved with the FA Premier League All stars football tournament.  A nationwide tournament celebrating the footballing excellence this country has at grass roots level.  Friday’s tournament is the North Devon leg of the competition.  Winners will then advance to the Walkers Stadium (Home of Leicester City) for the finals.

Tuesday night allowed us to make our final preparations and measure ourselves against other tournament participants Dulverton. It took a while to get used to their playing surface and reading the extensive bounce of the ball was nigh on impossible.  However, the team fought well to an opening 0 – 0 draw.

Satisfied with  the positioning and the system we were playing, we analysed our performance and came up with a 3 point plan to improve.  This seemed to work as we went on to win the following game 2 – 1.  A fantastic confidence boosting session but we are well aware that tougher games and a lot more will be asked of us if we are to make any impact in Friday’s showdown.

All supporters are welcomed to cheer us on.

Mr Scandrett

Brain Tumour Awareness Day 2018

We had a hat-tastic day raising money for Brain Tumour Awareness.  A wide range of hats were worn to help remind people of the dangers of this disease.  Brain Tumours affect more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer and yet only 1% of cancer funding is donated to this charity.

Mrs Headon joined us in the morning to help raise awareness as she, like myself, have had close family members suffer the ordeal of being diagnosed and thankfully successfully operated on.  This charity fully deserves our support to help continue the fight against cancer.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, donated and purchased wrist bands and pin badges.  We raised £98.92 so far and we hope to break the £100 mark once we have received any final donations.

Many Many Thanks

Mr Scandrett

Brilliant battery recycling effort.

A huge well done to everyone who helped to donate used batteries to our recycling effort.  This term we have been investigating the use of batteries and what happens to them once they are no longer usable.  We were all staggered to realise the extent in which we rely on batteries in our everyday life and the cost that it could have to our planet.

Each battery that is put into landfill has the potential to pollute and cause irepairable damage to the world in which we live in.  This project has helped to raise awareness of this problem and hope to start turning things around.  We collected an amazing 2536 batteries!

I am not sure if we should be celebrating this or be shocked by it.  We are a small school and yet we alone have used that many batteries.  We should however embrace the fact that these 2536 batteries will be put to good use and recycled into new materials as opposed to be sitting under our feet rotting our planet.

We nominated the Bedford family for their battery recycling efforts as our battery recycling heroes.  Ruby, Phoebe and Tilly collected batteries from home, family and took them to their mums work place to extend the message to a far wider community.

Together they collected 813 batteries, our biggest total by more than 200 batteries.  Other standout performers were Matilda Selley – 603 and the Pethericks – 380.  But in my eyes, everyone who brought in a battery, whether it be 1 or 100 are heroes, as together we have helped to prolong the demise of our planet by a little longer by thinking carefully about our recycling opportunities.

Keep up the good work

Stay Green

Mr Scandrett



Easter Bonnet (Hat or decorated egg) Competition

Hello all

Just a quick reminder that we are running an Easter Bonnet or Decorated Egg competition for Thursday.

Please take your entries to the hall, where they will be sorted and judged.

The Assembly is at 9.30 in the church, followed by refreshments (by the PTA), the science fair and the Easter Competition entries all in the school hall.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday


Best wishes

Mr Gurney

HATS Day 2

Seven of our talented sports stars of the Exmoor Link Federation visited SMCC on Monday morning, joining other local schools, to participate in a sports science lesson. As well as taking part in gymnastic, volleyball and athletics sessions, the children learned about the different components of fitness.

By understanding how the body works and the individual components that make up various sporting skills sets, the children were enabled to analyse their own techniques and critique each other’s performance with the use of technology and their new knowledge.

This more in depth look at physical performance will hopefully enable the super seven to enhance their sporting credentials in future sporting ventures.

Mr Scandrett

Pre-School Easter Hats

This morning we held our annual Easter Hat making morning, the children made an Easter Hat with their parents for our competition. Mrs Hancock came down to judge all of our fabulous hats it was a hard choice but she chose two winners! Afterwards we had an Easter Egg hunt that all of the children enjoyed!

Exmoor Challenge 18 (Practice Walk 1)

We started our preparations for the Exmoor Challenge 2018 today. We had a sizeable group of 17 year 5 and 6 children (plus some additional family members) and several accompanying parents as we set out in some challenging conditions. Once again Graham Turner joined us as first aider, technical adviser and back up. After kit check and safety briefings, we started our walk which although only a gentle introduction to the challenges,  involved a serious ascent and some very useful navigation. We had also some great fun along the way. I can report that that the entire group did extremely well and were eager for more by the end! Thanks to all parents and helpers today. As always, do please like and share this fantastic element of our great (and unique) curriculum offer on social media.