Extra Curricular Events
On Wednesday 15th June, Exminster took part in the Year 5/6 Super 6’s golf competition at Stover School. Teams of 6 were split into pairs that then went around 7 holes taking it in turn playing shots, trying to complete each hole in as fewer shots as possible. The teams were looked after by leaders from Newton Abbot College who not only kept score but also helped the players throughout their round. Although the weather wasn’t kind, all the children really enjoyed their round and improved throughout.
Once all the teams had completed their 7 holes, Stover Golf Club Pro and Dartmoor SSP Golf Coach Mike Cayliss delivered the results, with Exminster picking up the Silver medals and only narrowly missing out on Gold by 3 shots. Well done to everybody who took part!
On Thursday 9th June we had four teams competing in the DSSP Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Red tournament. The spirit in which the children played the games was admirable; congratulating each other afterwards and shaking hands. The level of ability improved greatly throughout the tournament too. Out of 110 children and 28 teams we came a respectable 18th, 22nd, 25th and 26th. Well done to all the children who took part.
On Thursday 26th May, 13 teams and over 130 children took part in the Year 5/6 Rounders Competition at South Dartmoor. The teams were split into 4 groups where they played against each other. Our Year 6's played against Totnes St John and Bovey Tracey. Our Year 5's played against Stover and Decoy. Once all the group games were completed, the Year 6's took on Bradley Barton and the Year 5's took on Bovey Tracey. The Exminster children did extremely well and progressed with their fielding and tactical skills throughout the afternoon. The games were umpired and scored brilliantly by leaders from South Dartmoor. Well done to all the children involved and a big thank you to any parents or volunteers who helped with transport.
On Wednesday 25th May over 40 students from Dartington, Buckfastleigh, Exminster, Shaldon and Teignmouth took part in the second Year 3/4 Beach Cricket Festival at Goodrington Beach.
Students rotated around different stations practising their batting, throwing, catching and teamwork.
skills. Students were then able to design their own sandcastles! A great afternoon for all involved with excellent support running the stations by the leaders from Newton Abbot College.
On Tuesday 17th May 2016, 8 girls from Year 3 and 4 took part in a Change 4 Life Festival. Each team represented a country and ours was India. We had an amazing parade at the beginning where we waved our flags. Our warm up was a dance to music which was led by Mrs Mason and was really fun. We tried lots of different activities including cycling, golf, badminton, athletics, taekwon-do and mini tennis.
Isla said, "I got better at riding a bike and I learnt how to play mini golf."
Emily said, "I learnt how to play golf by learning where to put my hands and feet. I also learnt how to do taekwon-do. I really enjoyed playing dragon's eggs."
Ellie said, "I got better at badminton because now I can hit it really far."
Primrose said, "I got better at doing tennis because I am now more confident in hitting the ball. I would like to have another go at taekwon-do as it was really fun!"
Megan said, “I learnt how to ride a bike on the grass and flat ground. I could only ride it downhill before!”
By Emily, Primrose, Isla and Elllie (Year 4)
On Friday 29th April 2016, Ratcliffe School hosted the second annual Boccia Tournament with the Dawlish Learning Partnership. Children from schools across the Partnership came together to learn how to play Boccia and then had a friendly competition where teams played against each other in a knockout 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, 9 teams took part representing Ratcliffe, Cockwood, Westcliff, Kenn, Starcross, Kenton, & Exminster Primary Schools. A special mention must be given to the Exminster team (Matthew, Bailey, Dylan and Lily) who represented our school team so well, who took such an active part and helped to make the afternoon so successful.
On Wednesday 4th May well over 400 children took part in the Year 3-6 cross country on a sunny evening at Stover School. There were 4 races throughout the evening (Year 3/4 girls, Year 3/4 boys, Year 5/6 girls and Year 5/6 boys).
The races were hotly contested with many ‘photo finishes’. It was excellent to see not only the effort the runners were putting in, but also the support and encouragement they were receiving from the school mates who weren’t racing at the time; a real team effort by all. Well done to all of the 34 Exminster children who took part.
Toby, "I found it hard but really fun."
Molly, "It was quite hard but still really fun!"
Emily, "I was motivated to climb the hill!"
On Monday 25th April, 16 Year 5 children took part in a badminton festival at Teignmouth Community School. The children played a total of 8 games against other schools. They all progressed fantastically well with their individual badminton skills and demonstrated excellent team spirit, resilience and enthusiasm. One of the highlights was the Exminster Derby match!
Emily said, "I have learnt how to serve and enjoyed working in a team with people I wouldn't usually work with."
Hayden said, "I have learnt that if it comes up high you can already have your racket up ready to hit it back."
Betsy said, "I have got better at my serving because I just kept on trying."
Megan said, "I really enjoyed playing the games."
On Wednesday 16th March, 12 children from Exminster competed in the gymnastics finals of the Dartmoor School Sport Partnership at Somersaults Gymnastics Club. All of the children performed fantastically well under pressure and managed to keep smiles on their faces despite the nerves. Both the Year 3\4 and Year 5\6 teams did extremely well and should be very proud of their efforts. The children also got to try lots of the gymnastics equipment which they really enjoyed.
On Tuesday 15th March, 14 girls from Year 3 and Year 4 took part in a Change 4 Life event at Newton Abbot College. The girls enjoyed using a range of skills and trying lots of different activities from badminton to indoor curling.
Ellie: "I enjoyed the badminton because I haven't done it before and liked trying something new."
Klara: "I really liked going under the tunnels on my hands and knees."
Isla: "I enjoyed the sitting down volleyball because it was hard to hit it back over the bench."
Mr Patchet (PE Teacher and SSCo from Newton Abbot College) commented about the Exminster children personally, "It was great to see all of the Exminster pupils having such a great time, all looking really enthused and engaged whilst taking part in such a broad range of activities."
On Wednesday 9th March, 12 children from Exminster School took part in a gymnastics competition at South Dartmoor Community College.
There were 6 children in a Year 3/4 team and 6 children in a Year 5/6 team.
The children had to perform a floor routine and a vault exercise, which they had been practising and learning over the last few weeks.
They all performed extremely well and should be extremely proud of their performances.
Both teams won their categories and were absolutely delighted with the result.
They have cartwheeled themselves into the regional finals to be held on Wednesday 16th March at Newton Abbot Gymnastics Club.
Congratulations and good luck to all of the team!
On Monday 7th March 2016, eight boys from years 3 and 4 were involved in a 6-a-side football tournament.
They were all really proud to represent the school and were great ambassadors for the schools ethos, in particular the enjoyment, motivation and inclusion parts if our Rainbow Values.
The boys ended up with 15 points from 7 games, including a very convincing 4-0 win.
Although there were some very suspect goal celebrations (you know who you are boys!) the boys showed what a cracking footballing team they were and should be proud of their performance!
Well done everyone.
On Wednesday 10th February twelve Year 4 children took part in a gymnastics festival at South Dartmoor Community College. The children took part in lots of activities which involved rolling, travelling, jumping and balancing. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was great to see them improve throughout the afternoon.
Sophie said "I really enjoyed jumping to the music with everybody. I think I have got better at using my hand's to help support my balance's"