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From tiny shoots…

See above for another cracker from our recent photoshoot for your enjoyment! As I write this the rain is pouring down. Luckily we don’t have matches to cancel on a Friday and the majority of Year 4’s residential at Outposts will be done by lunchtime.

Reception gleefully told me about seeing a ‘GINORMOUS’ jellyfish at the beach and proudly showed me their beans which have grown from tiny shoots to large planted out plants that they will grow up the back of their classrooms. Nursery are in the process of planting a sensory garden as well.

Thursday saw our first U8 cricket match against Stover with girls and boys mixed up and representing St Peter’s rather than a separate girls and boys team. It was great fun and the addition of the ball on the cone to hit if the bowling was a ‘bit off’ kept the pace of the match going well.

Mrs White organised a tremendous U7 athletics festival against a variety of opposition. The rain stopped and the sun came out for a wonderful afternoon of running, jumping, sack racing and egg and spoon racing. The 1st XI played against Exeter at a very late match on Wednesday, unfortunately not returning victorious but loving the Cricket all the same.

The children have been working hard revising for exams which take place next week. Following that, the Year 8 Leavers’ program will commence with an overnight trip to Dartmoor and various activities such as a visit to see The Mousetrap at Bristol Old Vic, a bike challenge at Haldon and a Careers Focus day with Moneysense training. There will be a circus skills performance and buffet provided by the children as we work towards the end of term. But much is to be done before then.

The Year 5 leave for Brerial Castle on Monday – a residential revolving around the Alex Rider ‘Spy’ series – the children will take part in a mysterious adventure. Year 6 are off to the Eden project for a residential with an eco focus as well as visiting Charlestown and the historic tall ships on the way down. Year 3 will visit Heatree. The children enjoy these trips so much and the staff love being with the children away from the classroom. Parents always comment that they come back a little taller and a little more grown up (the children, not the staff!). My thanks to Mrs Tyson as overall coordinator and the tremendous staff who make these opportunities happen for the children.

This week I will be sifting through the Year 7 applications for House Captains, Heads of Sport and Head Boy / Head Girl as we look to the next academic year. The calibre of application has been truly impressive. It will be a difficult choice.

The Sailors did brilliantly at the IAPS competition before half term as you can see from the featured photo – well done all.