Extra Curricular Events
A stunning autumn afternoon at Stover School saw fifteen teams from seven Primary schools come together to play in friendly competitive Football Tournaments. For a majority of the Year 1 and Year 2 children this was the first time they had represented their school, and for many it was their first ever football ‘match’ experience.
The buzz of excitement and the sheer determination and enthusiasm on the pitch was wonderful to see. There was also a lot of very proud parents cheering from the side lines. With the schools divided up into three Pools, each team played four matches. Throughout the afternoon the matches improved as the pupils gained in confidence and understanding of the rules and team play.
Events like these don’t simply happen without a lot of people pulling together. So, huge thanks to the Stover ground staff who set up the six pitches we needed and to the older Stover students who helped referee. Thanks to the Chelsea FC Foundation Academy (SDCC) boys (George & Matthew) who supported the event by refereeing and being great role models to the youngsters. Many thanks to all the primary staff and parents who organised the children to have this experience.
Exminster entered three teams into the competition with two of them winning the pool they were in. Unfortunately for the third team, they were in the same pool as the highest scoring team in the competition which was another from Exminster. They managed a draw against their classmates and came 2nd only by goal difference. Congratulations to all of the participants.
On Wednesday 4th October 2017, fourteen children from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 participated in a DSSP Tag Rugby Competition at Newton Abbot RFC.
Between the two teams, they came away with and an impressive two wins and two draws. All the children were very sporting and participated with pride.
A massive thanks goes to the parent helpers who stayed to cheer on and coach the teams. Luckily for the event organisers, Thomas Waldrom was spotted by some children which meant the medal ceremony was a much more exciting affair for everyone! Thank you to him for coming along and supporting the teams from Exminster.
On Tuesday 26th September 2017, 30 children from KS2 took part in a DSSP Cross Country event at Stover School. Year 3/4 children had to run approximately 1000m and Year 5/6 children had to run approximately 1300m.
In true Exminster style, all children that took part persevered to finish the race and each one can be very proud of their achievements.
It was fantastic for them all to be enjoying such a huge event, as there were about 500 runners taking part in the four different races.
This is the first of three DSSP Cross Country events over the academic year, so there is bound to be more success in the ones in the spring and summer terms.
Well done to all the children who took part and a big thank you to parents for helping out with transportation to and from the event.
On Tuesday 4th July, 49 children from Exminster School took part in the DSSP Cross Country event at Stover School. For Year 3/4 the event was run over 1.2km and for Year 5/6 the event was run over 1.5km. It was fantastic to see so many of the Exminster children compete at the event. Well done to every child and their fantastic motivation towards the activity. Tom M said, "I'm really proud because I improved on my position from last time." Edward said, "I tried really hard and kept on going even when I felt out of breath." It was a great result for the Year 3/4 team as they finished 3rd overall out of all of the schools competing. A special mention goes to Thomas Brown from 4S who won his race - beating more than 80 other competitors.
On Monday 19th June 2017, KS1 took part in the annual Sports Morning where they competed in 7 rotating activities and then finished with a running race.
The children had been practicing their activities in PE lessons leading up to Sports Morning, so they were all aware of the requirements for each activity.
As the scorching sun was beating down, teachers and parents battled against unhelpful gazebos, but eventually there was enough shade for the children as they awaited the first activity.
Each activity ran very smoothly with the support of the Year 5 children. Congratulations to them all for leading the activities and providing scores and feedback.
Emily said: "It's lovely for KS1 to have the opportunity to play fun games and I've loved helping the children to try and reach their potential."
The children's scores were added up for the Javelin, Long Jump and Bean Bag Throw, and these scores will be added to the KS2 Sports Morning, with the overall winning coloured group announced next week.
Amber: "I enjoyed the clothes event because I like dressing up in different costumes."
Tia: "The hurdles were my favourite because I got to run."
Havana: "I'm a really good thrower so I enjoyed the javelin the most."
Quinton: "I was running over the hurdles and I went very fast."
Erin: "We went under the net with a cup full of water. We put it in the bucket at the end and ran back."
A huge thank you must go to the parents who provided gazebos and helped with putting them up and down, organising equipment and getting involved in the mums and dads races.
The KS1 Sports Morning was a huge success this year. The behaviour and attitude of all the children in KS1 was amazing in the heat, with them showing enjoyment and enthusiasm and motivating themselves to reach their potential. Mrs Martin organised the Sports Day brilliantly again and we will miss her organisation next year!
Well done everyone.
On Tuesday 23rd May 2017, nine Year 6 children took part in a DSSP Rounder Competition at South Dartmoor Community College.
In total, the children played 4 games against tough opponents, and eventually ended up with one win and three very narrow losses.
It was very clear that all opposing teams had been well drilled in the 'tactics' of Rounders, but all of the children from Exminster Community Primary School showed enthusiasm and perseverance to finish up in a very respectable eighth position.
Well done all of you.
On Wednesday 24th May, eight children from Year 3 had the rare opportunity to go and play sport on the beach! They went to Goodrington Sands for a DSSP Beach Cricket Festival.
The children learnt a variety of cricketing skills through a number of games - throwing and catching, bouncing balls against a net, striking balls with a bat, obstacle races involving ladders and hoops, and some good old fashioned sand building.
The weather was excellent and the quality of sport matched the fantastic sunshine.
Jack: "The best part was when I got to build stuff in the sand! I also loved throwing a Nerf Howler as far as I could and it went quite far."
Poppy: "I enjoyed when we had to throw the balls and hit the sports leaders. If we hit them once they'd lose an arm, if we hit them twice they'd lose another arm and if we a third time then they'd die! Not really die, but just pretend as part of the game."
Well done to all the Year 3 children who participated.
On Monday 22nd May 2017, eight girls from Year 6 took part in a DSSP Girls Kwik Cricket Competition at South Devon Cricket Club in Newton Abbot.
The girls were involved in three cricket games, winning two and losing one. Their performance could be good enough to get into the Area Finals - we will have to wait and see!
Well done to all pupils who took part, particularly those who were playing cricket for the first time. You represented the school with pride and performed brilliantly.
On Friday 21st April 2017, 7 chaps from Year 3 and 4 took part in a 7-a-side Football Competition at Forches Cross. We had qualified for the Trophy competition by winning our qualifying group, and the lads kept on their fantastic record of doing very well.
From six games we won three times, drew twice and lost one, scoring ten goals and conceding only two.
With their highly rated coach (Mr Wilsher) on the touchline, the boys were outplaying the opposition in most games, but a loss came when Mr Wilsher had to referee a game elsewhere and the boys kicked off without the tactical genius coaching them from the side. Fortunately, Mr Wilsher returned for the next game and normal service was restored.
This loss was to prove costly though, as a draw against the eventual winners put Exminster into second position.
Finishing strongly with a 4-0 win, Exminster rounded of the competition in style. All the boys showed great quality on the ball, off the ball, and in their sportsmanship towards the opposition.
Congratulations to all the players on your fantastic second spot finish, and thanks to all the parents who helped out.
On Friday 21st April 2017, Ratcliffe School hosted the third annual Boccia Tournament to be held within the Dawlish Learning Partnership. Children from schools across the Partnership came together to play Boccia in a friendly competition.
Boccia is an inclusive seated bowling game and involves two teams playing against each other to bowl their balls as close to the ‘jack’ as possible.
The event proved to be a very positive experience for all teams involved and all pupils seemed to enjoy the calm, relaxed atmosphere associated with the game, with the ‘knock out’ competition adding some excitement to proceedings.
In total, 8 teams took part representing Ratcliffe, Cockwood, Westcliff, Kenn, Starcross, Kenton, & Exminster Primary Schools.
The team from Exminster successfully showed their skills in teamwork, cooperation and tactics but were eventually pipped at the post by Kenn who won for the 2nd year in a row.
Well done to all four children who attended.
On Thursday 30th March, 12 children took part in a DSSP Gymnastics Balance competition at South Dartmoor Community College. The children had to attend some gymnastics practise sessions where they got used to their balances and floor routines. Year 3 and 4 performed paired balances whilst Year 5 and 6 had to balance in threes. Well done to everybody who took part for your fantastic effort and hard work! Thank you to the parents who were able to assist with transport to the event.
On Tuesday 17th January 2017 eight children from years 4 and 5 took part in a DSSP Badminton Event at KEVICC (Totnes).
The children were playing by the standard rules of badminton, where they scored a point if the shuttlecock landed in the opposition half of the court.
The children got split into A and B teams, and the children came an overall 5th. Although it is a sport which the children rarely get to experience, they all threw themselves into the matches with gusto and highlighted the exceptional standard of behaviour associated with Exminster Community Primary School.
Evie "I really enjoyed it because I had never played badminton before. Hopefully next time I'll be able to play more games."
On Tuesday 29th November, 8 children from Year 4 too part in the DSS Partnership finals. In the group stages they won against Decoy 5-4 and Dunsford 7-4. They drew against South Brent 2-2 and TCS 3-3. The team had done just enough to qualify top of the pool and play Bovey Tracey in the final. There was both fantastic attack and defence on display from Team Exminster and it was a nail-biting final that had the crowd gripped. Exminster's final try was ruled to have been knocked forwards leaving the score tied at 3-3. Exminster shared the Gold medals and finished as joint Partnership champions.
Well done to all the children involved who showed great determination and progression of their skills throughout the morning.
On Monday 14th November 2016, Exminster took part in a 7-a-side football competition at South Dartmoor Community College.
The boys were extremely competitive in every game and ended up scoring 19 goals and conceding 0 - solid in defence and lethal in attack!
The boys' passing improved in each game and they ended up scoring some great team goals after long periods of possession. They all had chances playing in different positions for the school and it was lovely to see how willing they were to adapt for the good of the team.
Thanks to parents who came along and supported in lifts to and from the event, and to those who were able to watch the children play.
We are looking forward to the next round of games where I am sure the opposition will be a bit trickier.
Max: "It was quite fun because we didn't lose a game."
Jake: "I thought it was amazing because we all played as a team, we did lots of passing and from the passing we scored lots of goals."
On Wednesday 9th November 2016, 12 children from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the annual DLP Swimming Gala, held at Dawlish Leisure Centre.
Firstly, the children had to compete in individual events, including breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl, later followed by three relays where they worked as a team swimming a length each whilst holding onto balls and floats. The races were all very close!
The children all showed excellent sportsmanship and team spirit and were extremely loud when cheering on the rest of the Exminster team.
We came 3rd, only 8 points behind the winning team. A huge congratulations must go to all 12 children for stepping up to the challenge and giving it their all.
Georgia: "It was fun and a little bit nerve racking at the same time. This was because it was scary as you could let your team down. None of us let the school down though."
On Tuesday 8th November 2016, 6 children from Exminster represented the school in a C4L Event held at Newton Abbot College.
The children were encouraged to take part in a huge range of different activities which taught them vital skills in all areas of PE.
They got to interact with other children from around the Dartmoor School Sports Partnership and all the children displayed our Rainbow Values by contributing to the DSSP community and engaging with all the activities. Well done to all the children who went on the event.
Leo: "It was really good because we did different sports. There was tennis, ball games, parachute games and curling."
On Tuesday 4th October, 32 children from Exminster School took part in a Cyclo Cross event at Stover School. All the children did fantastically well and reported that it was good fun but tiring! Team Exminster put in a brilliant effort and finished 2nd in the Yr 3/4 category and 2nd in the Yr 5/6 category. A special mention must go to Olivia Moore from 4W who finished 1st in her race. Well done to all the children who took part.
On Wednesday 21st September, 50 children from Exminster School took part in a cross country event at Stover School. It was fantastic to see so much effort and determination shining through from the Exminster children and their consistent display of the Rainbow Values. Warren said, "It was really hard but I tried my best." It was also great to get such high numbers at one event and see so many yellow tee shirts representing our school. The Year 3/4 team were crowned champions and have added to the Exminster silverware. Well done to all the children who took part. A special mention must go to Thomas Brown from 4S who came 1st in his race against more than 100 other competitors.
Thanks again to the generosity of our parents who provided transport and cheered on Team Exminster. Without your help these events could not be possible.
On Friday 11th September 4 children from Exminster School took part in the Tour of Britain Cycling Challenge. They braved the cold and rainy weather at Haytor and cycled the final hill climb of the stage. The children did extremely well. They were fantastic representatives for the school and finished in 4th overall. They were then treated to seeing the Tour riders cycle up the road and watched them cross the finish line.
Mia said, "It was really rainy and tiring and my legs still hurt but it was great fun! I was really happy that I came first in my race!"
On Wednesday 13th July, 8 Year 5s and 6s took part in the finals of the DSSP Dartmoor 3 Ball competition. They played against Shaldon, Bradley Barton and Broadhempston and played each team twice. The children showed fantastic striking and fielding skills and worked really well as a team to get all three balls back in the bucket. The children won 4 games, drew 1 and lost 1. At the end of the afternoon, Exminster were crowned the champions and received their well deserved gold medals and trophies. Well done to all the children who took part.
On Monday 4th July, five schools from across the Dawlish Learning Partnership gathered together at St Luke’s Science and Sports College in Exeter for the annual DLP Key Stage 1 Athletics Competition.
Each school sent along a team of two girls and two boys from reception, year 1 and 2 to take part in a variety of activities. After starting with a ‘Monsters Inc’ themed warm up, everyone was ready to compete in a number of events including a standing long jump, bean bag sprint, shot put & relay race. The morning finished with a fun 400m fun run around the track.
All the children cheered for their fellow team mates and showed some fantastic sports skills during all the events.
Each child who took part from Exminster, Kenn, Kenton and Westcliff and Cockwood Primary Schools received a certificate and medals were presented to the top performing boy and girl in each year group and bronze and silver medals were awarded to the second and third placed schools.
Team Exminster did fantastically well and were rewarded with the Bronze medals. A special mention must go to Kade Waldrom who achieved the 'Top Boy' award for his year group.
Many thanks to St Luke’s College staff and student leaders for hosting the day and to all the parents and carers who helped with transport and came along to support their children and school.
Well done to all the children who took part and represented their school!