This week seven children were selected to represent the Magdalen Court School U13's futsal team (five playing at any one time and two in reserve). Mr Blackmore ordered a new kit and everyone was excited as they boarded the mini bus and headed out to St Luke's C of E High School.
The newly formed team played four short matches on the floodlit pitch and were up against first and second teams from large secondary schools from all over Exeter and beyond. Many of our children had never competed in a tournament before and this was a challenging experience for them in itself. Mr Blackmore and Mr Good were extremely proud of them all for taking part and doing their absolute best. Over the next few terms the team will undergo further training and take part in some more events. Thank you to all the parents who came to support them. It was lovely to see so many of you on the sidelines.
Mr Blackmore said, 'Although unfortunately results didn't go our way, I cannot praise the effort and behaviour of our students any more as they were excellent. The students who attended displayed excellent teamwork and showed fight and drive throughout; they really put themselves about. We look forward to attending more School Games events after the Christmas break!'
The School Games Programme is designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.
A collaboration between Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust, Team GB, the British Paralympic Association, Change 4 Life and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport led the delivery of four events in Devon, of which the futsal is one.
One of the highlights of the week was prepping meat and veggies (peeling and chopping) in the school kitchen for a stew that was then cooked out in the woods. Even children who normally don't enthuse about stew could not resist tasting what they'd helped to create. It was a warming dish that went down well with everyone.
We are currently looking to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools and as part of the process we are asking the views of parents, pupils and staff about their wellbeing at our school so do expect a survey sent to you if you are one of our parents. Mr Cotter is our School Wellbeing Officer and you can contact him to ask for more information on what the award involves but just to summarize it, it's a whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of staff, parents and pupils. The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
As you may have read about a few weeks ago most of KS4 have been busy rehearsing for a small abridged performance of Philip Pullman's adaptation of Frankenstein in Drama lessons. KS4 parents of the children involved are invited to come and watch the performance on Friday 13th (perfect date for spookiness!) at 11:30 am. The relevant KS4 parents will be receiving a letter with more information but for many of our young performers this the first time they have performed a professionally scripted piece.
Mon 9th Dec
Fri 13th Dec
Christmas Jumper Day (£1 Charity Donation)
Frankenstein Play 11.30am (KS4 parents welcome)
Christmas Bowling Trip (KS2 and above) / Christmas Class Party (Oak) 12pm onwards
Wednesday 18th Dec
Christmas Carol Assembly 11am - all parents welcome
Last day of term - school finishes at 12 noon
Monday 6th Jan 2020
New term starts