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 Thursday 29th September, 17 children from Exminster School took part in a football festival at Stover School. They all demonstrated fantastic effort and excellent sportsmanship when they gave the opposition three cheers after each match. Well done to all the children who were involved.

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!

On Tuesday 5th July,  six 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 2 Athletics tournament.

Each school sent along a team of two girls and two boys from each year group in years 3,4 & 5 to take part.

The children competed in a number of activities including sprinting, long jump, speed bounce, skipping, vortex howler and target practice and a relay race, with all the children showing some fantastic skills as well as good sportsmanship.

Well done to all the Exminster children who took part. A special mention must go to the four year 4 children who opted for the challenge of competing in the year 5 age group. They showed great motivation and resilience throughout their events. A huge congratulations to Scarlett-Mae Stacey, who despite being a year 4, won the best girl in the year 5 age group!

Many thanks to St Luke’s College staff and student leaders for hosting the day and for coming in on their day off, due to a teachers strike, to ensure this event still went ahead. Thanks also to all the parents and carers who helped with transport and came along to support their children.

On Thursday 23rd June 2016 we took two teams of cricketers to a DSSP Outdoor Cricket Tournament at Abbotskerswell Cricket Club. One team consisted of boys from Key Stage Two, and the other of girls from Key Stage Two.

All the children represented the school's values brilliantly throughout, showing outstanding motivation for their team mates and being part of the DSSP community by congratulating all their opposition and shaking hands after all matches.

The girls took part in 4 games, winning two and losing two, and eventually they came 3rd overall. A very good effort girls, and a huge improvement on our very first cricket event of the year when none of you had played cricket before!

The boys also took part in 4 games and won all of them, which means they were crowned the DSSP Boys Cricket Champions! They won the DSSP trophy which is an exact replica of The Ashes Trophy which is contested by England and Australia each year. The boys all worked tirelessly as a team and their tactics were spot on in the tight matches - protecting their stumps in order to not lose 5 runs for a wicket, rather than trying to slog the ball as hard as possible.

Both teams deserve a big pat on the back for their involvement and commitment to the continuing sporting successes of Exminster Community Primary School. Well done.

On Monday 13th June 2016, 16 Year 5 and Year 6 children from Exminster Primary School took part in the DSSP Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics. The children experienced four events; 75m sprint, 600 metre run, standing long jump and vortex throw, plus an extra speed bounce activity. All the children were fantastic at promoting the schools' values and after the 75m sprint (our final event) the children shook hands with their opponents and congratulated them on their performances. Exminster's final standing after the five events was 11th out of 14,  a brilliant achievement. Well done to all the children who participated and represented the school.

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)