School NewsfeedEdited 16/12/2021
Wednesday 15th December saw our annual whole school Christmas lunch with all the extra trimmings, whilst the children wore their Christmas jumpers to raise additional funds for our Amigos sponsor children.
The Inventors class took to the ropes on Friday 10th December, as they visited The Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter, for a morning of core strength, stamina and bravery. An awesome morning was had by everyone.
Congratulations to the Adventurers and Discoverers who performed a wonderful Nativity production during the week of 7th and 8th December. All the singing practice that has been heard throughout the school paid off.
It was wonderful to see the school buzzing on a Saturday 4th December, during the morning, as staff and parents came together for our 'Tidy Up' morning. It was a very productive session, with the clearing of the old PE shed, in preparation for the new artificial grass picnic area.
Thank you to Heather Dennis, one of our parent governors, who arranged the donation of our wonderful Christmas tree. If you would like to pick your own tree, please visit www.johncockramchristmastrees.co.uk, in Chulmleigh Hill or Horwood. The children have been busy creating decorations, which will really bring it to life.
Children in Need has been supported in school with a Spotty theme. Thank you to the generous donations towards this important annual charity event. Excellent ‘Spotty’ outfits were seen around school today, raising a whopping £156.
The children from the Discoverers class took their learning beyond the classroom this week and visited ‘Paignton Zoo’. The children enjoyed a school trip, with great weather, learning about all of the animals and endangered species which linked to their studies of Africa and Science. Thank you to the parent helpers who kindly volunteered to join the class for the day. It was a fantastic day and brilliant to be going out on school trips once again
It has been great to be able to welcome visitors back into school with a visit from ‘Theatre Alibi’. The children experienced live music, singing and dancing from the performers with a key central message to be positive; celebrating the goodness of life. Each class had a special performance which captivated the children’s imagination and certainly made them ‘Stand up and Boogie’.
In School, the children have been commemorating Remembrance Day and reflecting on the service and sacrifice of those who have fought in previous conflicts. The Year 6 children visited the war memorial in the village churchyard to lay a wreath on behalf of the school. We were joined by Sara Smith, a School Governor and John Hayes, the standard bearer for the Devon Regiment.
Get Your Greek On! The Inventor children come to school on 3rd November dressed up as their favourite Greek character: a Soldier, Ancient Greek God/ Goddess even mythical beasts.
During the week of 18th - 24th October, it was ‘Big Purple Week: Over and above, North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal’. To support this local charity, the children and staff added a montage of purple accessories to their uniforms, with £140 being raised.
Welcome to our new Reading Mentors. After seeking parent volunteers, we were delighted that so many parents have offered their time to support our love for reading here at Swimbridge.
Authors from this years’ Appledore Book Festival, Joshua Seigal and Nick Toczek, delivered sessions across the school that were filled with creativity, imagination and laughter which inspired fantastic writing. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet a successful author and poet who embody the school’s vision for Swimbridge children to love books and to have a lifelong love of reading.
The School’s Harvest plans this year were centred around a local charity with a global impact- ‘Amigos’. The children from all the classes learnt about the lives of Denis and Sunday, two children who we are sponsoring this year. Denis (8 years old) and Sunday (9 years old), alongside their family, live in Uganda and benefit from the support of Amigos whose motto is to enable families to train, work and thrive. Thank you for your generous donations towards this year’s sponsorship fee which provides support for the children’s school fees and training for their parents, giving the family the helping hand to go from dependence to dignity. Roughly £190 has been raised so far from Swimbridge family donations and the coin art project.