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News & Sport Archive from 2018-19


Charity & Fundraising News

Year 6 STEM


Some of our Year 6's have been given the opportunity to participate in some Brain STEM Learning sessions. The sessions are designed to encourage students to think like scientists and engineers, developing their scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as their higher order problem solving skills.


This week the children were testing different acids using a natural indicator - red cabbage!

First Place Literary Quizzers


Great young competitors - and avid readers - from Withycombe, Marpool and Exeter Road primary schools all reached the finals of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival’s annual literary quiz. They answered questions on space-themed books to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.


Our team took first place and won a set of books for the school library. Well done team!

Nepal Fundraising Thanks


Withycombe Raleigh Primary School was one of the local schools who rallied to support a trip to Nepal organised by local firefighters. The Exmouth schools fund-raised by taking part in mufti days last year, raising a collective total of £500 towards the overall £5,000 raised for the trip.


Rory Devine brought along a certificate to present to the school as thanks for supporting this very worthy cause.


Firefighters at Clyst st George organised the fund-raising campaign to support the trip to one of the poorest countries in the world. Firefighters from Station 60, based at the fire and rescue service’s headquarters, visited an orphanage in the Sindupulchowk region of Nepal where they donated food, musical instruments, laptops, clothes, and toys –  all transported to Nepal or bought with funds raised. The orphanage was set up following the earthquake disaster in 2015, which saw many children orphaned.

Inspirational Maths Week


Last week (9th - 13th September 2019) was Inspirational Maths Week in school. Classes took part in a range of fun maths-based activities to inspire the children to interact with the subject.

Here are some of the highlights.



Beach Clean June 2019


Our Year 5 children didn't let the unseasonably showery weather prevent them from their beach cleaning mission. They spent the day litter picking and removing some of the smaller plastic debris.  Thank you to Ocean Exmouth for allowing the children to use their premises to eat their packed lunch - safe from the greedy seagulls! Thanks also to the parents who joined them on this excursion, practicing both environmental awareness and pride in our local community.

East Devon Cross Country Winners


Cross Country East Devon Finals, 1st November


The teams gave it their all and ran really well, despite the poor, muddy, rainy and slippery conditions!


The Year 3/4 girls team came 1st overall and won a fab trophy!


The Year 3/4 boys team came 2nd overall!


Both of these teams are through to the Devon County Cross Country finals at Paignton in March 2020.


Our Year 5/6 boys team came 4th and just missed out on the final, but this was a tough race and an excellent team effort. The Year 5 girls team also missed out on the finals, but put in a fantastic effort, especially as they were competing with mainly Year 6 girls from other schools!


Well done to everyone who showed great dedication on the day - we look forward to cheering on the finalists in March!


Sporting Stars


We love to celebrate our sporting stars, whether their achievements are within school or in their own time. We have some talented youngsters at Withycombe Raleigh who have gained achievements in swimming, gymnastics, go-karting and triathlons to name a few!


Well done to everyone and thanks for sharing your news with us - what a lot of medals!

Year 5 Sailing


Groups of children have had the opportunity this term to go sailing with school, in association with Sail Exmouth. All the children loved it despite the variable weather, with some braving cold, wind and rain to get out on the water and have a go. They had a fabulous time and showed a great attitude, with Harry even saying ‘the homework was the best he had ever been given’!


We hope their water confidence and sailing skills have benefited from this great experience.

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