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From tiny shoots…

Trinity - Week 6

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.

Green Time not Screen Time

Trinity - Week 5

This week has been mental health awareness week.
The children started the week with a wonderful assembly which introduced mental health as being as important as physical health. Our children were confident and understood the key messages.

As I have spent time in classes and at playtimes this week the children have enjoyed mindfulness time, meditation time and lots of ‘Green Time’. ‘Green Time’ rather than ‘Screen Time’ is a good mantra to take back to you all in your homes following this week. The children at St Peter’s are hugely lucky to enjoy at least four hours of Sport including an hour of PE taken by specialist sports coaches and they enjoy the opportunity to play in matches every week.

This week it was the long trek to Mount Kelly where the 1st XI came back victorious. I couldn’t have been prouder of our girls’ cricket teams on Wednesday. They have embraced the challenge of taking up a new sport with enthusiasm and commitment aided by exceptional sports coaching and it was wonderful to hear them cheering on their teammates from the boundary. Next year the girls will be in cricket whites along with the boys.

I know that our parents and visiting parents enjoy supporting their children and love our wonderful match teas. Devon scones, local clotted cream and jam, millionaires shortbread and a ginormous victoria sponge were set upon with gusto this week. Sarah let on the secret of the catering team’s particularly creamy egg sandwiches which are always demolished – a little salad cream, as well as mayonnaise, gives them a bit of a tang!.

Our Pre Prep enjoyed a very special picnic lunch in the sunshine on Thursday, with other year groups having picnics planned over the term. It has been a wonderful week.

All of your children will have come home with the following poster – do talk to them about what they can do to stay happy and keep a balanced mental health.

 

Outside Learning

Trinity - Week 4

It is the Summer Term and that means that there is lots of outside learning going on at St Peter’s.

The girls have been loving their cricket, although sadly, matches were cancelled this week because of the appallingly cold and wet weather. However, we go out when we can!

It is so wonderful for the children to enjoy the 28 acres and those lessons outside are the ones that they remember because they are different. We have Maths, Science, Drama and a lot of Music outside at the moment with Mr Hoban enjoying the front lawn as an outside classroom for some Music lessons.

Reception was learning country dancing to an accordion last week. Absolutely perfect! As parents flick through their latest newsletter they can enjoy plenty of photos of outdoor learning, including pond dipping and outdoor map work. I’ve featured some snaps of Reception very much enjoying the new PTA funded Wild woods furniture with this article. We are currently revamping our Summer Menus with fresh and seasonal produce but thankfully there will be no mud pies on the menu!

Passports To Progress

Trinity - Week 3

Now that our results are in we have done some work on displaying the information for current and prospective parents. I think you will find them interesting and you can view the documents below or download a PDF file here.

Our recent Open Day was very busy and our children really enjoyed finding out more about their school and gaining house points stickers on the way on their special passport. The new initiative was a resounding success and I know that the children were hugely proud to show their parents around their school while discovering bits that they didn’t know about! The rain held off, thank goodness.

A highlight of this week has been the Future Schools fair on Tuesday evening where 21 Senior Schools visited and spoke to parents and pupils. Thank you all for attending and supporting this event. The schools travel a long way and very much appreciated meeting and talking to the community.

Meanwhile, Mr Hoban has written about the importance of Musical instrument tuition. Please do read his letter in the school newsletter and sign up your children to learn. It is a hugely valuable life skill as well
as a passport to an enriched understanding of culture.

Charlotte Johnston, Head