Heatree 19 Day 1

Well folks, we have arrived all safe and sound.

After a very exciting scramble at Hound Tor we landed at the activity centre here on the crown of Dartmoor. It has been a little breezy but we all settled in really well and after lunch tackled the High Rope activities including: the Vines, High Wire, Crate Challenge, Jacob’s Ladder and Rope Circuit. We enjoyed a fab dinner (after settling into rooms) and after diaries have enjoyed traditional charades. More tomorrow…

Jessica is off to Bicton!

These amazing, all action photos are of our very own Jessica at an event over half term. She was competing for the first time on her own, on her pony Lily. She came 3rd in the showjumping so she has qualified for the mini championships for the south west at Bicton in August. Well done Jess. Amazing! (Thanks to Nicole for the photos). If you have some photos and a story that you would like to share, send direct to Mr Gurney (head@exmoorlink.org) for publishing.

Vikings have landed!

Today, both East Anstey and Bishops Nympton joined forces to fight off Viking Invaders.

Well actually,  we were treated to an amazing day of learning, hands on excitement and fun as Ed the Viking joined us to teach us about what life was really like during the Viking and Anglo-Saxon times in Britain.

Ed the Viking ready for war. He is in mail, complete with helmet, war axe and shield.

We learned about most aspects of Viking and “dark ages” life as our visitor took us back in time. We even learned about how Vikings went to the loo!

There was great excitement as we all tried Viking Bum Wrestling –

After lunch, we were treated to a masterclass in why the Vikings invaded. We heard how and why they waged war and were so successful. This involved looking closely at attack and defence. Here, Ed the Viking demonstrates the advantages of spears and looks at mail armour.


Later we built shields to defend ourselves from the attacking hordes. Finally in a full assault, it was a case of defend General Gurney as the Shield Wall was employed.

Great day.


Lily Govier keeps her nerve in Hockey Tournament.

On Sunday 27th January 2019 Lily Govier played at Okehampton Hockey Club’s Junior Hockey festival. Two teams from Plymouth Marjon, two from Taw Valley and one from Sidmouth & Ottery Hockey clubs took part with a total of 4 matches for each team. As Taw Valley’s only Under 10 Girls Goalkeeper, Lily played the first match with their A group and another 4 with their B group.

Lily kicks away a shot at goal. Great reflexes and instinct

The first match against Sidmouth and Ottery ended up a goalless draw with Lily saving several attempts off the line. Lily then played a quality B team from Plymouth Marjon holding her nerve to keep the score level at 0-0 . A second game against Sidmouth and Ottery was again goalless keeping Lily’s flawless record intact. Game 4 was against possibly the best team on the field, Plymouth Marjon A, who took an early lead, only for Taw Valley to equalise moments later with an exceptional strike from Holly. Lily made some spectacular saves, blocking one on target strike, blasting it clear to the centre of the pitch.

Short corner formation. Lily holds her line and defenders run down the ball. Corner saved!

The final game against Taw Valley A saw just one goal from Emily pass Lily’s goalline. Again some fantastic  reflexes saw the scoreline hold at 0-1. In only, Lily’s second tournament as Goalkeeper Lily managed to play 5 games, keep 3 clean sheets with just 2 goals conceded against some tough opposition. Lily was awarded Player’s Player of the Tournament for her efforts. Lots of exciting opportunities coming up this year including a chance to train with World Number 1 Goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.

Well done Lily

Lily with her team mates and coach after the tournament.

If you would like your child to play hockey please visit www.tawvalleyhockeyclub.org or follow them on Facebook

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Children can celebrate the Year of the Pig with our fabulous buffet lunch menu available at school tomorrow…

Sweet and Sour Chicken Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Egg Fried Rice

Chow Mein

Vegetable Spring Rolls Prawn Crackers

Pig shaped biscuits for pudding

Jacket potatoes available upon request.

Fresh Fruit and Yoghurts will also be available for pudding options.


Some highlights from 2018!

Hello all. Just getting ready to send the happy New Year messages out but thought you might appreciate some highlights from this year…

It has been another fantastic year in many respects but I must mention our recent win in the CPRE Countryside Picture competition.

Several children won prizes but we once again won the best school overall from Devon. Congratulations to all involved.

Here are some other memories from 2018…


South Molton Christmas Tree Festival 2018

Hi all

Just to say that we have a wonderful tree, decorated beautifully by all of the children, at South Molton Parish Church for their very special Christmas Tree Festival this weekend. Do go and see it – you will find it right at the front near the lecturn wearing gold and a beautiful bishop headpiece (thanks Mrs Jones 😁👌). We all enjoyed making the decorations and this will be our tree for the season.