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News & Sport Archive from 2018-19


Putting our School Values into Practice

Shoebox Appeal 2019


A total of 109 shoe boxes for Blythswood Care were sent to the sorting centre, courtesy of your generosity, and will make a huge difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

These boxes will be sent to Romania in the coming weeks.


Our Year 6 Ethos Council members visited the sorting centre to help with processing the shoe boxes and to learn about the next stage of the project. They worked hard and were enjoying themselves so much that we had to drag them away at the end of the day!


Our shoebox project is the best way to start our Christmas preparations; thinking of others before ourselves. It is lovely to see our value of GENEROSITY in action!


Pudsey Day 2019


This year we raised around £290 (a few donations are still coming in) for the Children in Need appeal. Thank you to everyone who volunteered donations for this cause, which was marked with a mufti day in school.


By raising awareness for children’s charities, we help to create a greater understanding of our school’s GENEROSITY value.

Remembrance 2019 -  £653.71 raised


The Year 3 team worked really hard creating this stunning display for Remembrance Sunday, with 'poppies' made by the children. Thank you to everyone who sent in empty bottles to make the poppies so that we could create this moving display, which is placed at the front of our school so that the wider community can appreciate it.


We also sold poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion and through this our school community raised £654 for their appeal. Thank you for your generosity.


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.

Tree Planting, thanks to Mr Powley


We planted two lovely trees at the front of our school today. They were a gift from Mr Powley - who left Withycombe Raleigh as Headteacher at Christmas - so that the children can watch them grow over the years.


Ryan and Emily, who are oldest boy and girl in Year 6, and Thomas and Jessie, the youngest boy and girl in our school all helped to plant the trees. They were assisted by Mrs Jones, Acting Headteacher.


Jessie was keen to make sure the worms wouldn't get squashed as they help the trees to grow, and Thomas wondered why the worms had eaten the leaves, as there aren't any on the trees at the moment. Ryan and Emily helped to move the heavy clay soil into the hole around the roots. The children did a great job between them and we're sure everyone will enjoy seeing the trees with their blossom and leaves in the spring!



Mud Kitchen & Digging Pit


We are very lucky at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School to have some amazing outdoor space. Mrs Parker was back at Nature School on Friday with Hedgehog class - the children had a fantastic time and were so engaged!

Barnowls and Rabbits will be visiting in the next week or so.


We enjoyed the mud kitchen with lots of fantastic role play and team work. The children tidied up amazingly afterwards - we don't want stinky rain water filling up the pans!


We used lots of imagination and worked together in the digging pit, from finding treasure to planting.


Using stick and logs there was so much team work and listening to the ideas of others with great imagination. The children made a pirate ship this week - it was amazing!


Friendship potions - children used the cup (which the other classes will re-use) to add things to water, and chose natural ingredients to represent and signify a friendship quality or a school value, eg grass could represent respect, leaves could represent sharing etc.


Nature school crowns - children used cardboard bands and collected different shapes, colours and textures to arrange onto a headband and stick.


Beauty and the Beast Panto


The children had a fantastic morning, with a highly entertaining and professional performance of Beauty and the Beast from the fabulous M & M productions.


This pantomime is fully funded by the PTFA and is an early Christmas gift for all the children to enjoy. The standard of performance is very high, with great acting, singing, plenty of jokes and audience participation to appeal to all ages.

We’re sure they’ll be keen to tell you all about it when they get home!


Thank you very much to the PTFA for funding this amazing treat for the children.


Exmouth Town ~ Our Christmas Tree


As part of the Exmouth Town annual Christmas festivities, local primary schools are given a Christmas Tree to decorate. A few children from Withycombe Raleigh went along with Mrs Jones to hang decorations which were made by our Year 3 children using environmentally-friendly materials. We think they did a great job!


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!

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.

Athletics Tournament


On Friday the 24th January Mrs Ryan took a group of talented athletes to the Exmouth School’s Sports Hall Athletics Tournament.


There they completed in a series of activities such as;

Speed bounce, Hurdle relay, Standing long throw, Standing jump, Turbo javelin, 5 minute endurance run, Triple jump and Sprint relay. The children performed incredibly well and showed brilliant sportsmanship, not only for their own team but for the other schools also.


Fantastic news - we came 2nd, getting us through to the East Devon Finals on Thursday 30th of January at Kings College!


Well done Year 6 team: Ned, Harry, Louis, Ethan, Jenson, Ryan, Lucas, Olivia, Niamh, Zara, Emily, Sienna and Anna. We are super proud of you!!


Footbal Tournament


Theo, Felix, Elliott, George, Max, Jack, Tommy and Louis took part in a Kids Cup Football Tournament on Thursday 23rd January at Exeter University Sports Park. The event was run by Exeter City FC with a whopping 28 teams taking part.


The team played really well and got through to the quarter finals, but were knocked out in the last 16.

Great effort boys!



Years 5-6 Netball A-Team Through to Finals


Miss Auster took two teams along to represent our school at the Exmouth Schools Year 5-6 Netball Tournament on Friday 6th December.


We’re proud to report that our A Team came second, so they are through to the next round - the East Devon Finals in March. Well done everyone!

Talent Spotted


We have a special sporting star to celebrate this week - Taylor from Sycamore Class passed his Exeter City trials and will now be training at the Performance Centre every week!


Well done Taylor, that’s amazing news!

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!

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