Our year 6’s enjoyed today’s visit to Barnstable rugby club were they took part in the Life Skills event. An event designed to give them the skills set and understanding of various topics which may become useful to them as they move forward towards secondary school.
The fire brigade were on hand to demonstrate the dangers of kitchen fires and the appropriate action to be taken, followed by a quiz to test the children’s fire in the home knowledge.
The Community police officers were on hand to discuss the dangers of alcohol and it’s effects it has on our bodies. We all had a go at walking home from the pub wearing the beer goggles!
The excitement was all too much for Liam who collapsed to the floor! Luckily the paramedics were there to teach everyone how to keep Liam safe and put him in the recovery position.
Well done to all of our year 6 Exmoor Link pupils who, as ever, listened well and showed great respect to all the services provided.
We embarked on a new sporting journey on Tuesday evening with our first foray into competitive rounders. A sport usually used as an in school game to promote physical exercise and team work but never before looked at as a competitive sport.
Our players quickly picked up the complicated scoring system in a team meeting and discussed how to utilise our individual players strengths before setting off to Dulverton for our first ever inter school rounders competition.
We proved dominant from the get go with a more organised approach to the game, coupled with individual prowess and the usual dose of Bishops Nympton determination we were able to win the game comfortably. 86 points to 50.
Our year 5 / 6 were kept in line by local police Constable James and police dog handler, Tom on Thursday. We are currently looking at the topic of crime and punishment and this was an excellent opportunity to learn about modern day policing methods. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational morning with our local police forces who delivered a fact filled, action packed morning.
South Molton Police Constable James demonstrated his bravery as police dog, Bowser, demonstrated his skills of how he can take down a criminal out in the field. The dogs speed, power and obedience was phenomenal to witness and I am glad that it was PC James on the receiving end of the demonstration.
Bowser continued to demonstrate his ability to seek out missing persons and lost items before we got to look around the police vehicles. The children were enthralled and enthusiastic all morning, asking great questions. A huge thankyou to both officers for a fantastic visit. It was great to meet our local team of police who work tirelessly to protect us.
Our year 3 / 4’s are approaching the end of their inaugural league campaign and on Wednesday they played their penultimate league fixture against South Molton United. Another spirited performance showing great determination and some great attacking football. However, we were out played in the defensive third of the pitch and lost 4 – 0. Clear improvements are being made and I am sure that with every game this group of players are improving all the time. Our final fixture against North Molton is on the 20th June.
With more opportunities to train together and having had the extra years perfecting their skills, our year 6’s performed phenomenally well in a very dominant performance. Everything clicked into place and we will have beaten most teams we have played this year with this performance. Solid at the back and an attacking flair that even an avid Liverpool fan would be impressed by. Mo Salah would have struggled to get into this side! We cruised to a 5 – 0 victory, very impressive!
Having enjoyed some excellent weather this half term we were able to crack on with two more rounds of our intra house sports competition. Just like the weather, the competition is sizzling hot as the 4 house teams continue to prove who the best sporting house is this year. Rounders and Kwik Cricket were contested this half term with many more rounds still to come before the winners are engraved onto the coverted shield!
1st – Amber – 20 rounders
2nd – Sapphire – 18 rounders
3rd – Emerald – 15 rounders
4th – Ruby – 7 rounders
1st – Amber – 136 runs
2nd – Sapphire – 126 runs
3rd – Ruby – 124 runs
4th Emerald – 102 runs
Intra House Sports Shields standings:
Amber – 100points
Sapphire – 70 points
Emerald – 55 points
Ruby 50 points
Sports completed: Cross Country, Netball, Indoor athletics, Football, Rounders, Kwik Cricket.
Our year 3 / 4 resumed their football league campaign with a difficult trip to current table toppers SMCP. Still without a win this season, our limited resources in terms of available players was no match for a very talented and strong South Molton outfit.
However, as always, our players stood up to be counted and put in a brave performance with plenty of determination on show. They never let their heads go down and gave South Molton a real work out. Our next fixture is a bottom of the league clash against South Molton United where we look to put into action all that we have learnt from this difficult fixture.
It has taken some time for me to sum up the right words to express the anger, confusion and disappointment felt during the North Devon Tag rugby finals. ‘it is just a game’ and ‘let it go’ are some of the most common phrases I have been hearing all week, but I was there to bare witness to the sheer devastation, bewilderment and dejection expressed on our brave players faces making it an impossible task!
It was such shames that a fantastic tournament was then tainted by a mockery of a final were the referee seemed to have an alterior motive and play by a different rule set never been seen before on a tag rugby pitch.
Ourselves, the opposing coach and other coaches watched in confusion as the final was thrown into utter chaos with decision after decision which went against the basic rules of play disrupted and destroyed what could have been a fantastic final.
What saddens me more is that this experience has had a negative impact on our players and has lessened the enormity of their achievements as the controversy is all that will be remembered from the day.
I am trying to ‘let it go’ and focussing on the positives that our players and supporters should be taking from the tournament. That is that once again, our tiny village school has stood on the shoulders of giants and proved that our desire and commitment has taken us to the higher levels of tag rugby, narrowly missing out on the big one.
To all the players, chins up! We know what we achieved out there and we know the hard ships we went through during training and qualifying and on the day to achieve what we did. 2nd place in North Devon is a huge achievement which you should all be proud of. You are champions in my eyes!
VS Instow Won 3 – 0
VS Lapford Won 5 – 0
VS Chittlehampton Won 4 – 2
VS West Bury Won 4 – 0
VS Swimbridge Won 5 – 0
VS Berryanarbour Won 5 – 0
VS Goodleigh Won 5 – 3
VS Swimbridge Won 3 – 1
Vs Lapford Lost 2 – 1
Our year 3 / 4’s re established their footballing credentials on Wednesday night with 2 friendly matches against Dulverton and Witheridge. We are half way through our league competition and we have yet to pick up any points. With the second half of the season looming it was vital that we got back in to the swing of competitive football.
With a couple of players back from injuries we were trying out a different set up with our near full strength squad. Our opening encounter with Witheridge started brightly as we had them under pressure for most of the first half. Witheridge had their chances but we had them trapped in their own half for much of the game.
Unfortunately, we were unable to make that pressure count and conceded 2 goals (one from the penalty spot ) without a reply. Before our second game of the evening we looked at how we could improve on that performance and convert that pressure into goal scoring opportunities.
A closely fought game against Dulverton was the result. We took a 2 – 0 lead into the second half but knew that Dulverton would be coming at us. Dulverton did pull a goal back but we were too strong to let go of our lead. A promising mid season trial which will hopefully kick start our season in earnest as we go hunting for our first points of the league.
Our loyal supporters witnessed a dominating Tag Rugby display in this year’s SMCC Tag Rugby tournament. Our players were well organised defensively and showed great attacking flair with the ball in hand.
An 11 – 2 victory against South Molton gave us the early platform to build upon, followed up with 9 – 1 and 9 – 3 victories against Chittlehampton and Multi Academy Trust. Our semi-final place guaranteed we were keen to top the group with victory against High Bickington which we secured with a 5 – 1 win.
Full of confidence, we went into the semi-finals with the belief that we could win the whole competition. We went back to basics to ensure that we remained a difficult team to beat. With a comfortable lead at half time we reverted back to our more stylish attacking style of play winning the game 13 – 6.
A tense and tight start to the final against Brayford with both teams coming close to scoring. Our defensive structure remained strong and helped us to build momentum during the game. We proved to strong an outfit for Brayford to deal with and ended our dominant tournament display, winning the final 8 – 4.
Back to training with winners medals around our necks, but an understanding that there is now more hard work to be done in preparation for the North Devon Finals.
With the sun bearing down on us, the local footballing world converged on SMCC on Friday 20th April. With coaching staff from: Exeter City F.C and Plymouth Argyle F.C; representatives from the football association and the 25KG solid silver Premier League Trophy in attendance, this was the most high profile sporting fixture we had ever attended.
The Premier League Primary Stars football tournament, North Devon leg was a fantastic opportunity to test our credentials against the very best football teams in North Devon. The high profile of the tournament brought together schools from all over Devon.
We started brightly, taking a 1 – 0 lead in our opening game against local rivals South Molton. We kept them at bay for some time before our resolve broke, going down to a 4 – 1 loss. Same story in our second game. A much improved performance against a very talented Newport Academy. Losing 4 – 1 to the eventual tournament winners was a brilliant result for us. Newport had convincing victories of 9 – 0 and 7 -2 on their way to the trophy.
It was a scorching hot day and our dogged players had no breaks in between matches. Red faced and already jaded by their efforts (and this was just the supporters) our third match would easily have made the highlight package on Match of the Day! It was an end to end game with both sides having chances. Some stunning saves by our goalkeeper kept us in the game on more than one occasion. Chulmleigh proved to be the better side though winning the game 3 – 1.
Having played football in the heat for over an hour and half, our players had to pick themselves up for one last effort. We knew we could not go any further in the competition but we were determined to take home a result from this prestigious competition.
As ever, they didn’t disappoint. A huge final effort was made, playing our most attractive football of the day. A well-deserved 3 – 0 victory over St Petroc was our reward followed by a photo with the Premier League trophy.
I am so proud of all the players. Several referees commented on our children’s attitude on the pitch and the overall effort without breaks in the heat was phenomenal.