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TIGAS celebrates 2nd Birthday

A fun, active club aimed at encouraging youngsters aged 5-12 years who have a physical difficulty to participate in Sport and Games, has just celebrated its second birthday. Torridge Inclusive Games and Sports (TIGAS) runs fortnightly at Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School and aims to promote healthy, active lifestyles in a fun, inclusive and sociable environment.

The club was set up by Primary School teacher and PE Coordinator Sasha Macleod after she attended a Cerebral Palsy sports day with her 10 year old daughter in Exeter.  Opportunities for children with coordination problems or disabilities to participate in sport or physical games with others are few and far between. Sasha said “The Cerebral Palsy sports day inspired me to create an opportunity for children with disabilities to get together, have fun and be active. TIGAS is certainly not restricted to Torridge and we have children coming from at least 4 different schools across North Devon.”

TIGAS is open to all youngsters in mainstream education that have diverse physical difficulties and who would like to try new activities in a safe, welcoming environment.  Often a child in mainstream school may feel put off sports and games due to difficulties with balance, co ordination or other physical needs, but in TIGAS they can develop skills and success in a friendly, safe environment. One parent of a child attending the group said “Your wonderful group has given so much to the wonderful children who attend. (Our son) loves coming so much. It’s so lovely to see him mix with children. (We) have always been so grateful that we found your group.”

Running from 4pm – 5.30pm on Thursdays in the Bluecoat Primary School sports hall, there are a wide range of games and activities including bowling, table top cricket, skittles, an air hockey table, target throwing, kurling, polybat, boccia and much more. With brand new equipment purchased for the recent birthday celebrations, and highly experienced staff on hand, the sessions are very popular with attendees and there are spaces for more children to come along.

The club was set up with funding from Devon County Council’s ‘Aiming High For Disabled Children’ small grants scheme, and Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary are supporting the club with excellent facilities, venue and staff.

TIGAS is completely free of charge and is a great way for both parents and children to meet others, socialise, and participate in sports, developing new skills while having lots of fun!

If you would like to find out more or to book your child into a session, please contact Sasha Macleod by email macleodsasha@gmail.com or by calling 0789 0026207.  You can also check out the Facebook page for regular updates and info. Seach Facebook/TIGAS.

 

Celebration Assemblies

Well done to everyone who took part in the celebration of arts week through displays or the arts week assemblies.  The whole school really enjoyed sharing all the different arts learning that had taken place around the school from performance poetry to tap dancing to pop art.  Many families have commented how much they enjoyed being able to see some of the competition entries which have been on display.  Keep talking to your Arts Ambassadors and Mrs. Harris about learning within the arts that you would like to do, both in school and in your own time.

Bluecoat Times

Our newsroom team have been very busy producing the first Bluecoat Newspaper  for you all to look at.  Please download it from here:-  Newsroom 1 Dec 2015

Here are some quotes from the children who have been working very hard in the newsroom:

Tom: I really enjoyed producing the newsletter.  As editor I felt that I had a lot of leadership skills.

Keira: I think that I’m more confident with sharing my writing with everybody else.

Phoebe: I think I have built up a good relationship together and really looking forward to the next newspaper.

Chloe: I have become more confident in my writing, and I have enjoyed using programs to complete it.  And I now think I communicate more with other people.

Alex: I enjoyed experiencing publisher for the first time and I felt I learnt some special skills.

Morgan: I enjoyed producing the newspaper and have learnt not to leave things to the last minute and to do things quickly.

Anti-bullying Week

As part of anti-bullying week and in line with our emphasis at Bluecoat on personal, social and emotional development as well as academic, the whole school took part in peer massage (positive touch) spirals.  The massage movements matched the words of a poem reminding us that we have a choice to be a ‘bystander’ or a ‘befriender’.  The calm atmosphere as the children massaged each other’s backs and thought about the poem being read was amazing to see.  This was a really powerful activity which had such a positive impact on the children.  Afterwards R said: “We went in a spiral doing ‘still touch’. “(This is the start position before we begin to massage each other). G said: “We lined up in a spiral, we were massaging over people in our class to imagine a world without any bullies.” M Said: “It makes us think about being friends, being kind and sharing.  We helped their backs by massage, it makes you feel calm.” B said: “I’ve been doing positive touch at home with my family – they love it, it makes them relax!”  To download a copy of the poem please click here:  The Bystander poem

 ‘Rev Cate Edmonds Meets the collective Worship Focus Group

This year’s Collective Worship Focus Group had the opportunity recently to chat with a visitor to the school – Rev Cate Edmonds from Exeter Diocese, who asked the group a range of questions about the school’s Collective Worship and Religious Education.  She gave us lots of ideas about having prayer spaces around the school.  Cate later attended the Reception Collective Worship session in the infant hall.