School Newsfeed

Edited 10/06/2022

June 2022

May 2022

  • What a fabulous end to the first part of the Summer Term: The School has been a vibrant and exciting place as we have been celebrating the ‘Queen's Jubilee Celebrations’. Sharing a whole school celebration at the end of the day with singing and ‘Planting a tree for the Jubilee’ by the oldest (Harry N) and Mayla (Reception) pupils. The Reception children made cakes for the whole school to share at the end of the day. The children looked fantastic in their red, blue and white outfits; taking part in different activities to celebrate this important moment in the country’s history.

  • The Explorers class went to Rosemoor on 24th, and enjoyed an educational workshop based on seed dispersal and the life cycle of plants. A great day was had by all!

  • On Wednesday 18th the Inventors jumped back in time as they experienced a World War 2 day. Creating some evacuee accessories, a diary page, gas mask box and practised their sewing skills to create a sock puppet teddy - embracing the ‘Make do and Mend’ wartime approach. The children chopped, prepared and cooked World War 2 soup and enjoyed some Lindy Hop dancing to boost morale and keep the wartime spirits high!

  • The children in the Inventors class have taken to the water as they started their Surfing lessons this half term at Westward Ho! demonstrating how broad and balanced the curriculum offer is at our School.

April 2022

  • The Inventors children have finished their Platinum Jubilee Art Project to help support South Molton in Bloom for the upcoming Jubilee celebrations. The Pannier Market, in South Molton, will be decorated with large collages from local schools and Wellington Boot inspired bunting, which each child at Swimbridge has made. It would be great for you to visit South Molton and see this celebration art from Swimbridge pupils over the Summer period.

  • Monday 25th April saw start to the new term with the Discoverers and Explorers enjoying a ‘WOW’ start to their new theme of ‘The Victorians’ by experiencing life as a Victorian child. The children looked fantastic dressed up in their Victorian inspired outfits and took part in creating Victorian seaside puppet shows, playing Victorian playground games such as croquet and . Also, learning about Swimbridge now and comparing it to life in Victorian times.

  • On Wednesday 6th April, we welcomed Michaela Squire, the Child Sponsorship Coordinator for Amigos into our Easter Service to share with us an update about Dennis and Sunday, two Ugandan children who we support. Michaela shared with us some letters from the children and photos of food supplies and school uniforms which Amigos provide for the children. Our School Family Group leaders were able to donate a cheque of £453.85 raised from the Harvest Offering and the Christmas Jumper Day. This money will cover the whole year of support for the children to attend school and for their families to receive vital skills to become self-sufficient small business owners.

March 2022

  • To round up a busy week, on Friday 18th we supported ‘Comic Relief’ by wearing something red and offering some pennies. It is another opportunity to encourage the children to think about people who are less fortunate in both this country and abroad and learn about the different projects that can help. Thank you if you chose to help support this cause.

  • Our Discoverers explored RHS Rosemoor on Tuesday 15th, taking part in a 'Plants' workshop where the children learnt all about the life cycle of an apple tree, made seed spinners and planted their own peas. They also searched the garden, looking for evidence of seed dispersal, walked through the woods, explored Mr McGregor's fruit and vegetable garden and had great fun on the giant wooden see-saw. Thank you to the parent helpers!

  • 14th March became a chance to show the school values of love and community by coming together showing compassion and solidarity to the people of Ukraine. Year Sixes, Amy and Sophie, came up with the idea to raise some money and the school came together to raise £186.00, which will be donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Thank you for all your support.

  • The Explorers in Year 4 visited ‘We are the curious’ in Bristol on 11th march, to learn about light and shadow in a ‘hands-on’ workshop. The children saw a 'Light Fantastic' show and explored the whole science museum, including learning about how bubbles work, how green screens are used in filmmaking, how sound travels to name a few of the interactive exhibits.

  • On Friday 4th March we bid a fond farewell to Clare Fewings who has been the school’s Cleaner and Meal Time Assistant for the last nine years. She is moving on to new adventures and we all wish her well on her journey.

  • Thursday 3rd March saw the return of World Book Day, and what a day it was. Celebrating with a festival of book characters and book activities. The children celebrated the core message of ‘We Are Readers’ this year and we celebrated as a whole school reading for pleasure and the delight of being a reader.

February 2022

  • On Thursday 10th February, the Explorers took their learning beyond the classroom as they travelled, by train, to Exeter to enjoy a Roman themed experience day at the Museum. The children took part in learning workshops based on Roman mosaics, Roman clothing, Roman food and enjoyed a guided tour of the Roman section of the Museum which exhibits many original Roman pieces from the Roman’s time in Devon.

  • The Year 5 and 6 children in Inventors travelled to Dartmoor on 7th February, for their outdoor adventure. The residential was based at Heatree Activity Centre and the children experienced Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Team building problem solving and a High ropes course. The children were fantastic. It was a complete joy for the staff to watch them represent the school so well in terms of their behaviour, positive attitude and growth mindset towards the challenges they faced. The centre staff commented on how brave and polite the children were. There were so many personal achievements throughout the visit and lasting memories made!

December 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.

November 2021

  • 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, 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.

October 2021

  • 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.


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