World Book Day

There were some fabulous costumes from the children (and from some of the staff) on World Book Day.  We also managed to raise about £160 to help provide books for the school that we have links with in Africa.

Heathcoat’s Got Talent

Well done to all the children who participated in our talent show before half term.  The winners for 2018 were The PPG (The Pom Pom Girls) from Year 6.  Runner up was Henry on drums and third place was a three way tie between Sophie (mace twirling), Maggie (singing) and The Weird but Wonderful Dance Off Girls. It was a fantastic show with a huge variety of talent. We felt incredibly proud of all our performers, all of whom showed resilience and perseverance as well as talent!

Horse Jumping

Phoebe went to Badgeworth Arena on Saturday 24 February and jumped her two ponies in the British Show-Jumping for schools competition for Heathcoat Primary. She came a fantastic second place on her pony Annandale Corn Dolly in a big class of good competition and her result means she has qualified for the championships at the end of March. Phoebe is hoping to jump many more competitions for Heathcoat primary all over Devon and Somerset throughout this year.

Family Workshop

On 7 February over 70 adults and children had great fun making Chinese dragons during the latest family workshop. Lots of imagination, creativity and cooperation were used to make amazing dragons, all of which were very different. Here are some of the comments from the people who came along:
“I love the fact we can get messy and enjoy quality time without the distractions of home“
“Lovely to spend some time as a family and be creative, also great to have a chance to chat to the staff who gave up their time to help”

Sports for Champions

We were privileged to have Rob Mitchell, Team GB’s professional high jumper visit our school to run a fitness circuit to inspire and help encourage our young athletes from Rackenford and Heathcoat to live a more active lifestyle. He explained the ‘Sports for Champions’ motto, ‘Inspiring children of today to be the champions of tomorrow.’ Throughout the morning Rob met each class and supervised our young enthusiastic athletes to a fun, yet challenging circuit of four stations. The sponsorship money raised by the children and their supportive friends and families is divided up to help athletes from Team GB enabling them to travel to competitions and have the clothing and resources to reach their full potential. 40% of the total raised is recycled back into our school’s resources, promoting and providing opportunities for our young athletes to get involved and live a more active lifestyle, utilising extra-curricular activities. We would like to thank you for supporting your child. The children and teachers all enjoyed themselves, raising an impressive £1470.92. Class 2G were awarded the Sports for Champion trophy for raising over £350.

Lesson in local history

Heathcoat Primary Legion visit

Year 6 pupils had a lesson in Tiverton’s history last week, as they visited the town’s Royal British Legion.

The children were fascinated by stories of local World War 2 veteran, George Attwood, who gave insights into life in Tiverton before and after the war took place, as well as during the war while he was based in London. They also met a descendant of Private Sage, whose story they were already familiar, having been a part of the 100 year commemoration held in October.

As well as hearing stories about the history of the war, the children explored the town’s War Memorial Room, and listened to poems written about the war.

Some comments from the children on their visit were: “I enjoyed looking at the names on the memorial boards and I found my family’s name.”

“We looked at pictures of the legion when it was the Angel Hotel, and I enjoyed hearing George’s stories.”

“My favourite fact was that General Eisenhower came to Tiverton to visit the American troops who were stationed here. I can’t believe he went and visited the soldiers, who were staying in Mrs Budden’s Nan’s house!”