South Brent Primary School

South Brent Primary School

Autumn Term Activity.

March  2019


Dear Parents,


We are delighted to inform you of the following developments and activities that have taken place at school since the last report:


Dart Hockey League – End of Season

The Hockey League entered its’ climax with our final round of matches taking place.  The 'A' team qualified for the Cup Competition and the 'B' and 'C' teams qualified for the Plate.  The ‘B’ team won the Plate winners’ trophy.  The 'A' team won the Cup trophy.  Our ‘A’ team have also been the first team in the Learning Community to have played a whole season without conceding a single goal.  A fantastic achievement!


Royal Eye Infirmary - EYFS

An Optometrist from the Royal Eye Infirmary visited the school on to carry out routine eye examinations for children in our EYFS class.


Christmas Crafts with Parents

It was great to see so many parents and carers in the classrooms helping the children to make Christmas decorations this.   The school is looked fantastic with all of the festive artwork.


School Association Secret Santa Shop

We had a huge team of volunteers that helped with the smooth running of the Secret Santa shop.  The children enjoyed choosing gift for their loved ones and getting it wrapped ready, for Christmas Day, a great experience and very exciting!


Totnes Learning Community – Tag Rugby

We sent four teams to the TLC Tag Rugby finals.  All of the teams showed superb determination to succeed.  The Yr3/4 squad eventually finished in runner up place and will go to the Partnership Finals next week.  The three Yr5/6 squads finished in 5th, 3rd and 1st position overall, which has resulted in our 'A' team also qualifying for the Partnership Finals.  A fantastic achievement particularly those that played their first competitive Rugby matches. 


Christmas Lunch and Party Afternoon

Once again, our Kitchen Manager and her team served up a delicious Christmas meal with all the trimmings.  Christmas music was ringing throughout the school.


Senior Citizens lunch club – Christmas Lunch

We were delighted to welcome the south Brent Senior Citizens Lunch Club in to school for a tarty Christmas lunch.  Some of our school children enjoyed taking on the role of ‘waiters and waitresses’ in order to serve the meals and they had a great time talking and sharing experiences with the adults too. 


Tag Rugby Partnership Finals - KEVICC

The Yr3/4 and Yr5/6 Tag Rugby teams competed in the Dartmoor Partnership Finals. The Yr3/4 squad just missed out on making the semi-finals based on tries scored.  They eventually lost their 5th place final match, finishing a creditable 6th place overall. 

The Yr5/6 squad topped their group and faced Canada Hill Primary School in their semi-final.  After a nail biting 5v5 draw, they eventually lost in extra time.  They won the Bronze Medal match 8v4 against OLSP from Teignmouth. 


KS2 Carol Service - St Petroc Church

Once again it was great to have a full Church with many families joining our KS2 children for our Carol service.  Well done to Mr Malpas’ class for a superb Christmas story, told so eloquently.  The music, singing, acting and narrating entertained the audience and filled the Church with a true Christmas atmosphere.   The generous collection at the end raised a fantastic £246.32, which will be sent on to this year’s children’s-chosen charity; Jeremiahs Journey – a local charity for bereaved children.


Little Orchard Nativity

We welcomed Little Orchard Nursery into our School Hall to perform their Pre School Christmas Nativity.  The audience was made up of the Nursery children’s parents and carers and our Foundation and our Key Stage 1 children. 


Year 6 Residential 2018 Photograph Show

Parents of our Year 6 children were invited into school to view a selection of the residential photographs from October 2018.  This gave the parents a chance to see the activities and fun the children had, as well as the challenges they faced.  Great action shots!


Year 6 Residential – October 2019

Our current Year 5 parents were invited to an information evening sharing details of next years’ Residential Visit. 


Christmas Market – Junior Apprentice

Once again, we held our annual Junior Apprentice Christmas Market in the Den.  The Year 6 children worked very hard promoting and advertising their stalls.  We hope you were able to pop along and enjoy a warm drink and a cake, whilst doing a spot of Christmas gift shopping!  Well done to all our Year 5 and 6 children for their hard work in making this event a success.


‘Quicksticks’ Hockey Competition

South Brent partnership final success.  For the first time in the history of the Dartmoor School Sports Partnership, two teams from the same school have qualified for the county finals later in the year.  Our A and B teams qualified as winners and runners up respectively with the A team winning all of their games and without conceding a goal.  The B team came out successful in their games, only losing to our A team.  One of the biggest successes was our C team who picked up their first draw and their very first goal in competitive hockey.


Year 4 & 5 Bikeability

Our Year 4 and 5 children had a great week taking part in Bikeability.  Some of the children began the week complete novices and by the end of the week were able to ride a bike with confidence.  Our more experienced riders worked hard on developing their skills and learning how to ride safely on our roads. 


LTA Tennis Roadshow

Foundation Class and Years 1-3 participated in a National Tennis Scheme. The LTA coach, who has more than 15 years’ experience at Wimbledon, ran workshops to improve the children’s multi skills related to those skills required for tennis. All of the children were invited to an LTA open weekend at Ivybridge Tennis Centre to improve on these skills further.


Football Tournament - KEVICC

Our team took part in a competition at KEVICC and went on to win 3 games and draw 3 games without conceding a goal in all 6 matches!  The standard of football was excellent, with all of our players giving 100% and demonstrating great sportsmanship too. 


Dartmoor School Sports Partnership Netball Finals

Two teams from South Brent took part in the Netball Finals.  The children competed really well against some very strong and well drilled teams.  The A team finished second in their pool of five, with the B team finishing their group in third place.  It was so nice to see some different faces representing the school teams.


Totnes Learning Community Basketball League

Five teams from South Brent took part in the TLC Basketball League.  All of our teams competed well, with every squad on the score sheet! It was fantastic to see the teams applying the skills they have learnt with Rob and Donna in a competitive situation. 


Year 5&6 Handball Festival

Due to the expected poor weather, the KEVICC Handball festival was cancelled.  However, our children did not miss out, as our own staff delivered their very own Handball festival for the children in school with a range of dribbling, shooting and moving activities designed to improve the children's game further!


‘Billy Elliot’ Performance – KEVICC

Our Year 5 children visited KEVICC to watch this year’s production, ‘Billy Elliot’.  The children really enjoyed the performance and it was great to see so many of our past pupils taking an active part.


KS2 Well-Being Workshops

Our Year 3 and 4 children took part in Well-Being Workshops.  The workshops were delivered by staff from the Spirit of Adventure team.  The children were fully engaged and enjoyed all of the activities.  The glorious sunshine added to the rewarding benefits of the workshops. 


Eco Reps – Seed Planting

The school Eco-Reps took part in a lovely trip to plant wild flowers on the grass bank just outside the play park at the end of Totnes Road.  This is part of a wider project run by Sustainable South Brent to encourage bees and butterflies. We look forward to seeing the flowers bloom throughout the Spring and Summer months. 


Parliamentary Assembly

Key Stage Two were lucky enough to be visited by Mr Tom Williams, a representative of Parliament.  During the assembly, he gave the children an introduction in how parliament is made up, how it works and how laws are passed.   Year 6 then took part in a debating workshop where they got to debate bills of their own. The children had a great experience and learned a lot about Parliament and how our country is governed.


Year 3/4 Handball Competition - KEVICC

Two handball teams travelled to the Year 3/4 Learning Community Handball Finals.  Both teams did really well to reach the knock out stages. The B team finished in joint 9th position. The A team lost out in the semi-finals to a very strong team, finishing up in fourth position overall. 


World Book Day

It was fantastic to see all the creative costumes on World Book Day!  We invited Parents and Carers in during the afternoon to share some of the children’s favourite stories.


1st South Brent Scout Group

Leaders from our local 1st South Brent Scout Group visited the school to work with children in Years 4, 5 and 6. The children took part in craft workshops which were similar to the ones experienced weekly at the local Scout group.


South Brent Judo Club

We welcomed South Brent Judo Club into school to give our KS2 children a demonstration.  It was great to see some past parents and former pupils, one of which won a gold medal at the British U21 Championship in Sheffield last December, back in school with such a passion for their sport.


Year 5/6 Handball Competition

South Brent took three teams to the Totnes Learning Community Handball finals.  It was great to see every squad putting their new skills and tactical awareness learnt in lessons and club to great use in their matches.   The B and C teams finished in 7th and 9th position with the A team winning the final match 7v2 to win the whole competition.  They progress to the overall Partnership finals. 


I t has been a very busy time in school and we are very grateful for the support the schools gets from its community and staff, who regularly ‘go the extra mile’ to provide fantastic learning experiences and opportunities for the children.  Having such dedicated support really does make a difference.


Thank you all.


Kind regards,

Mr Nick Burstow