So proud Exmoor Challenge 2018

What a day!  

Glorious sun greeted us for the actual event. This was great for us as watchers but so challenging for the competitors (the hottest Exmoor Challenge in its thirty year history). All got underway well and both Exmoor Link Federation teams produced excellent pace. The training really seems to have paid off as they made their way confidently around the course. That pace didn’t slow much (even with the conditions) and all children made it home to the cheers of the sizeable crowd. Times would appear to be good – still awaiting results but all can be really proud of their achievements. I know I am really proud of the teams

Team 1:

  • Emily
  • Jayden
  • Charlotte
  • Charley

Team 2:

  • Daniel
  • Morgan
  • Seth
  • Alex

and reserves (special thanks to those who came along today – Paige, Liam etc.).

Enormous thanks to Tim and Jo Williams for logistical support but also the amazing T-Shirts. Can I also say a huge thanks to the parent group for working so hard and helping every step of the way. It’s been really fun. It has  been such fun in fact that we are now looking to stage our very own family walking event – The Hawkridge Hike. We will publicise details on this next week.

More photos very soon but check this link for a great idea of the event:–youngsters-tackle-16-1537509

Have a great Bank Holiday

Mr Gurney

The day is almost here!

Exmoor Challenge 2018 is tomorrow.

At around 9.50am our two teams will set off on their adventure after many weeks of training and preparation. The expedition (EXPED as we like to call it in the trade) involves 600 children walking varied and difficult terrain, 25% gradients, map and compass work, and 16.1 miles before the medals, BBQ and welcome committee at the end. This is a great event that not all schools are able to include as part of their curriculum and is a real culmination for many of our year 6 children (nearly all have taken part in the programme at some stage as well as many year fives, parents and a few dogs). Please join me in wishing them a huge GOOD LUCK and like, love & share this with all you can.  I will post a photo collection of the training sessions and event during the weekend – something to look forward to. Could I also put out a huge thank you to Tim and Jo Williams for organising the team shirts 🙂

Anyone wishing to join us for the day:

Dulverton School

9.30 teams called in and then walk

2.30-3.30 teams expected back

BBQ and refreshments & stalls plus many attractions in the town

Please click on the link for notes for spectators and other info:

Have a great Bank Holiday

Mr Gurney

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

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.


Wellington Come and Sing 18

Wow! What an amazing day and evening concert.

Yesterday the choirs from both East Anstey & Bishops Nympton travelled to Wellington School for this annual music event.

Over 400 hundred children were on stage to work with professional musicians and ultimately perform to hundreds of parents in the evening concert, all with a Disney Theme. This was a superb musical opportunity and everyone had great fun. I was truly staggered by the sound of the all children at this concert – both very moving and absolutely brilliant.  I hope to put some video footage on our website. Our children form both schools were great ambassadors (as ever) and sang beautifully. Well done everyone.


Heatree 18 Day 2 Update

Wow! What a day.

We have packed everything into today. We started off with a great breakfast and thought for the day from Stewart our lead instructor. We then made our way to the water for Kayaking (and general water fun).

Then after some lunch we faced the great bog challenge in Low Adventure…

Great skills. We have finished today with a trip to the Bronze Age Roundhouse, Roast Turkey for dinner, Heatree has Talent and even a midnight feast (sort of).

See you all back at base tomorrow 🙂


Heatree 18 Day 1

Hi all. Just a quick update from Heatree. All happy and well here on Dartmoor. The journey down was fine and the when the rain did start it didn’t affect our eagerness to get started on our adventures. We have scrambled at Hound Tor, tackled the Vines, Jacob’s ladder and the High Beam (High Ropes at 30 feet up in the forest canopy) The day finished even with Fish and Chips!

Looking forward to Kayaks and a Low Adventure in the Dartmoor Bog followed by Roast Turkey tomorrow.


Back to School!

So following our snow closure we are back in today (Monday). This is a normal day – we were planning for some children to attend Anstey this morning for some singing but with the snow we did not really get to organise this, so this has been rescheduled for Monday the 19th (more on this to come if your children are involved). Hope you all had a good weekend and see you later.

Morwellham Quay

Excellent trip today for Class 3. We made the journey to the Cornish border and had an amazing time. The class sampled life in the (real) Victorian classroom, made bread with the bakers and tried on Victorian clothing. Finally we stepped aboard the train and even went all the  way into the copper mine – deep underground. It was an amazing experience and even the cold didn’t dent our enthusiasm! Huge thanks to Ms Peter (for arranging ) and Kate (for helping) with this superb experience.