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Big Draw

It’s BIG DRAW week!!

This week we are participating in the nationwide Big Draw Project, the world’s largest drawing festival! The aim of the scheme is to promote drawing in its many forms and to encourage all ages to get involved and develop confidence through drawing and art. All the children will be involved in creating an individual art work which will be put together to make a whole school banner, the older students will also be experimenting with light drawing techniques!

Over the week, we’ll be tweeting some of the artwork created by the students and adding to the gallery below.

#TheBigDraw #TheBigDrawGallery2018 #Play2018

Year 4s learn the Trombone!

Our Year 4s have been having a wonderful time on a Wednesday morning!

Thanks to a scheme run by Tiverton High School and the Tiverton Learning Community, our year 4s are currently learning to play the trombone!!

They are being taught by the very enthusiastic duo Jim and Chrissy, and so far we had some wonderful sounds coming from the hall. They are using plastic trombones, called “pbones”.

Here’s a few photos from their first few lessons!

Special visitor to Bampton

Next Bishop of Crediton is welcomed by Bampton School

Bampton Primary School was delighted to welcome a special visitor this week, when the next Bishop of Crediton led a special assembly at the school as part of her introductory tour.

The Venerable Jackie Searle was announced as the next Bishop of Crediton on Wednesday 11th July. Jackie was among the first women to be ordained as priests, and prior to her ordination, she trained as a primary school teacher. Archdeacon Jackie said:  “I am delighted to have been appointed Bishop of Crediton and am excited to be joining the Church of England in Devon. I am very drawn to the Diocesan vision to deepen our prayer, make disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy. I look forward hugely to joining in, getting to know the churches, schools, chaplaincies and fresh expressions of the Diocese and all the communities they serve, and working collaboratively to share the love and grace of God.”

Children at Bampton School were excited to meet Archdeacon Jackie and describe school life to her. She led a short assembly just before lunch and said she enjoyed seeing such a busy yet relaxing school with such a spacious feel to it.

Rev. Kevin Chandra, vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church in Bampton and Foundation Ex-Officio Governor of Bampton Primary School said:  “It was a real priviledge to show the next Bishop of Crediton around Bampton Primary School, as I think it’s a fine example of a church school in our wonderful Parish. It was great to share lunch and hear the pupils share ideas about life as a youngster in the Diocese and we look forward to working with our new Bishop Jackie. I’m sure Bampton pupils are encouraged by her visit as they celebrate the end of another busy and fulfilling academic year. We look forward to welcoming the Bishop in October and we hope that her move from Gloucester is smooth and goes well.”

Gary Bladon, head of Bampton School says: “We are honoured that Bampton Primary school was chosen to be part of Archdeacon Jackie’s inaugural tour as it’s always a pleasure to show guests around our school and for them to meet our staff and children. The children were a credit to the school and their parents, chatting to the next Bishop in a confident and animated fashion. We look forward to working with her in the future.

For more information on Jackie Searle and her tour around Devon please see the Diocesan press release:

http://exeter.anglican.org/next-bishop-of-crediton-announced-today/

Photographs copyright: ‘Adrian Hough LRPS’.

 

Exmoor Challenge 2018

What an incredible achievement! Our Exmoor Challenge teams this year not only had to contend with the usual undulating terrain but also scorching weather.

We awoke to beautiful clear blue skies, which meant two things: we’d need suncream and water. Lots of it!

Our two teams set off in blazing sunshine and found new teamwork skills and camaraderie between them through the glorious Exmoor landscape.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who have worked so hard over the past few weeks to help the children train. Sixteen miles in a day is no mean feat even for some adults and we are so proud of all our competitors.

Thank you as well for all your photos of the event. If you have any photos of our teams, why not email us? We’d love to include them in our Flickr gallery!

There’s a lovely article covering the whole event on the Devon Live website and the Rotary Results are posted here. As you can see, both our teams did magnificently, the best rankings yet!

Easter Service

Thank you to St Michael and All Angels for hosting our wonderful Easter Service this year. The children presented some wonderful poems, thoughts and prayers on Easter, including Stag class’s interpretation of the A-Z of the Easter Story. Everyone worked hard on their contributions. Squirrel Class did a lovely rendition of the “Seed Song” and Fox Class chose to tell the story of Easter with sign language.

We also really enjoyed seeing the final part of Open the Book’s Easter story, brilliantly acted out by the team. Thank you!

Thank you to the many parents and friends who came.

You can see some of the photos from the service here:

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Easter Garden

Hedgehog class were proud to display their Easter Garden at St Michael and All Angels this Easter. They found the Easter story incredible – class discussions about how the tomb could have been found empty and what had happened led to some lovely comments. They all agreed that Easter is an inspiring time of year. You can see more of our Easter Service on the front page of the website.

Squirrels tell the tale of……

Beegu!!

 

Squirrels have been reading the story about Beegu, a friendly little creature who doesn’t belong on Earth and is a bit lost. The big Earth People don’t seem very friendly – but the little ones are a different matter!

Squirrel class did a great job of telling Beegu’s story in assembly, using their recounts written in class. We thoroughly enjoyed it – well done everyone!

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Good News – School will be open again from Tuesday 20th March – South West Water have informed us that the message sent out to homes in Bampton will not have an impact on the school – We look forward to seeing you all !

Weather warnings over weekend – please read

The Met Office have issued an Amber warning for Sunday 18th March. We plan to open as usual on Monday but will keep an eye on the conditions and notify you via School Gateway and the school website if necessary.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcj6p34eg#?date=2018-03-16

Shadow puppets

Hedgehog class told some lovely stories in Celebration Assembly.

Using their Story Square narratives, they  told their tales with the help of some wonderful shadow puppets! Everyone really enjoyed such a creative way of storytelling. Well done!