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Empowerment Day

On Friday 9th March, pupils and staff took part in the school’s annual Empowerment Day. Now in its second year, the day is designed to promote a culture of inclusion celebrating the uniqueness of every child, ensuring that all children understand diversity recognising the need to respect one another regardless of ability, gender, age, race or creed.

Our first Empowerment Day

Entourage Photo Opportunity

With the initial shock and excitement now calming down since the big announcement, plans and rehearsals for May Fair are now well underway and the sound of the Floral Dance now rings around the school as the steps are practised ready for the big day. It is customary for the Entourage to be photographed with the Mayor and Consort for publicity

May Fair Entourage Confirmed!

We are delighted to confirm the Entourage for May Fair 2018 is as follows:

May Queen: Amelia Batten

Crowner: Paige MacDonald-Bale

Heralds: Albie Smithson and Freddie North

Attendants: Allannah McConnachie and Poppy Fry Ellie Cooke and Lilie Barber Evie Hill and Calypso Smithson Amber Schofield and Lily Beer

Many congratulations to you all!

Och aye the noo! St Andrew’s Day Celebrations at Bluecoat

Thursday 30th November was St. Andrew’s Day…and what a day it was!

For the whole day, as part of our British Values Learning, the school from reception to year 6 was steeped in finding out about the beauty, people and culture of Scotland. From porridge to Irn Bru, castles to islands, regions to main cities, bens to lochs, bagpipes to sword

Stephen Shield Cross Country Competition 2017

It was a drizzly and dreary day on Wednesday 18th October, but this was not enough to dampen the spirits of over 700 children taking part in the hotly contested Stephen Shield Cross Country Competition at Donnacroft in Torrington. It was a record number of participants and taking part were 6 Bluecoat boys and 6 Bluecoat girls from years 3-6.

The

Lest We Forget – Remembrance 2017

On 10th November 2017, children in years 2 – 6 gathered in the upper hall for our annual Service of Remembrance. Mr Harts led the service, ably assisted by some year 6 children who spoke about the Poppy Appeal. Year 2  and 3 classes had made some poppy wreaths which were received by 2nd Officer Wingrove and laid by the cross.

GTS PE Superstars Academy

We are delighted that seven year 6 pupils have been selected to take part in the Torrington Learning Community Year 6 PE Superstars Academy. Congratulations to Harrison Brown, Jonathan Taylor, Cain Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Maizie Mock, Stan Irvine and Cody Gardiner..

The Academy, led by Great Torrington School (GTS), provides fantastic opportunities for those involved, such as being part of

Fantastic Reading Achievements in Year 6

Kit (class 6M, pictured left) and Sophie (class 6F, pictured right) have dedicated the last few weeks to achieving the brilliant result of reading and reviewing 100 books in the lunchtime Reading Club ‘Quest’! They were absolutely determined, despite several disruptions to daily attendance including a week at transition camp, to achieve 100 books before their year 6 was complete.

The Sun Had His Hat on for Sports Day!

On Tuesday 20th June, Bluecoat was a sea of red, blue, yellow and green t-Shirts as pupils prepared to battle it out for their house team to be crowned the champions of the annual Sports Day.  It was a beautifully sunny day and measures had been taken to ensure plenty of shaded areas for children to wait in between events

A Chance to Quiz the Election Candidates

It was election fever on 6th June at Bluecoat C of E Primary School as a handful of pupils from the upper and lower school had the opportunity to grill candidates from four of the main political parties. The North Devon Gazette had invited the school to be part of an election feature they were running and had requested that

Pollution Pollution Everywhere

Written by Max Goodman, Class 6M

The trees you see, The sea you see,

Are nothing but natural things to be BUT, The humans come build factories and buildings Which pollutes the air we breathe. Now is nothing but smog and waste and slob The coal and oil now taken from earth Nothing left but pollution pollution everywhere!

Record Performance from Bluecoat Girls’ Football Team!

Report from Gracie Avery:

“On the 23rd March, eight girls from the Bluecoat Girls’ Football club played at a Primary School football tournament held at GTS. At the tournament there were eight teams, four of which were from this school. Being the only full girls team there, Bluecoat Girls had to be tough, but they managed to pull it off

Casting Announced for Summer Production

On Wednesday 1st March, the Bluecoat Hall transformed into a nonsensical world of theatre as auditions for the Drama Club and Year 6 summer play took place. Having received a script excerpt and poem in advance, drama hopefuls warmed up their voices and took to the stage; dreams of their ideal role within reach!

Director/Producer Mrs Furseman, Miss Marsh and

Time for Tea?

On the afternoon of Friday 9th December, Year 6 travelled back in time; decked the hall with union flag bunting and invited their families to celebrate with them the end of World War 1 by way of a tea dance.

Throughout this term, the children have been learning about the First World War. Part of their work included learning the

A Top Visit from Mrs Recycle!

At the end of November, Mrs Recycle (Cathy) came into our school to visit classes 3G and 6M. She focused on encouraging the children to be aware of how they can recycle and reuse. They learnt all about the impact of dumping recyclable waste into our landfills and how it effects our landscapes, wildlife and health. They were each given

Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face!

Following his visit to the Appledore Book Festival, John Dougherty – poet, songwriter and author of the popular Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face books – was at GTS on Tuesday 11th October. Ruth Ward, Librarian at GTS, invited our pupils from year 6 to one of John’s sessions. He was extremely engaging and entertained the children with stories and songs. Thank

‘Oceanfest’

In June children from Year 6 attended Oceanfest, which is an annual event that takes place at Croyde Beach. This event is aimed at Year 6 children from the North Devon area and focuses on team building skills.

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‘Olivia’

Year 6 Production of ‘Olivia’ well done to all.

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Torrington Inter-School Spelling Bee Creates a Real Buzz!

On Wednesday 24th June, Bluecoat C of E Primary School hosted an inter-school Spelling Bee competition across the Torrington Learning Community. Participating primary schools included Bluecoat, Shebbear, The Clinton School, Monkleigh and The Flying Start Federation, and pupils from years 3/4 and 5/6 made up teams of three. Apart from demonstrating excellent knowledge of spelling, the children were attentive, determined

The Sun Had His Hat on for Sports Day!

The weather was kind to all at Bluecoat C of E Primary as children eagerly and enthusiastically took part in the annual Sports Day event. There seemed to be an increased level of competition this year with more points up for grabs for the House Teams.

There were a whole host of events including javelin, hurdles, sprinting, shot put, handball