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A Year in the Life of Magdalen Court School

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BC: Pride and Perseverance

FC: A year at Magdalen Court School

1: What's makes MCS so special? - Small school & small class sizes mean every child gets that individual attention - Family ethos: parents & children become part of our extended family. - Everybody has the chance to take part in ALL our activities. - We excel at building children's confidence through a huge range of activities. - MCS is a warm supportive school

2: Local educational trips MCS is special. Our small size makes it so easy to take children out of the classroom into the real world to expand their education. We go on so many, it's impossible to list them all but they include the Royal Albert Museum, Topsham Maritime Museum, Exeter Canal boat trip, Trusham Quarry, Killerton House, Castle Drogo, Devon Wildlife Trust, Paignton Zoo, Living Coast, the National Aquarium and so many more.

5: Links to local Universities We think it is important for children to get a glimpse of what life at University is like. We have strong links with both Exeter and Plymouth Universities, taking the children to many event at both, such as: Science and Technology weeks, Sports Stars events, career fairs, lectures and lots more. We get many of our alumni returning to school, so give short talks and Q&As about their experiences.

7: Drama Productions | The school has a least two concerts each term, where ALL the pupils get involved. Starting with the Harvest Festival, each term the Sisters of the Presence of St Mary invite us to use their private Chapel, St Michael's & all Angels for the Christmas service, Easter Concert, and our finale each year the big summer Drama performance.

9: Music We all know the wonderful benefits of learning an instrument. Here at MCS we can accommodate all musical aspirations with our wonderful peripatetic staff. Then twice a term, every term, children are encouraged to perform in front of an audience, either solo, duet or part of a group.

10: Charities The children are magnificent at getting behind a cause. We enter 4 or 5 teams each year in the Rotary Club 'Exmoor Challenge'. 200 teams take part raising funds for the Children's Hospice SW. MCS often raise over 3/4 of the total raised for the entire event. The school council select a charity each year for the school to support. We of course support 'Sports Relief', 'Children in Need' and many more.

11: School Pets Providing a link for the children to learn and care for animals, grow food and flowers we believe is important.

12: Sports Day This has more of a village fete atmosphere. Everybody takes part: parents, teachers & children. Lots of fun, lots of events. We do have winners, but the emphasis is on taking part. Friends of MCS sell cream teas, just a lovely day.

13: Swimming We are lucky to have Exeter University's St Luke's campus swimming pool a short walk away. We've run a weekly swimming club for decades, with a swimming gala each term + taking part in the Exeter Primary School Swimming Gala. The school is also a member of the RLSS & runs lifesaving and personal survival courses.

14: At MCS we believe our children should have a connection to the planet we depend on. Forest School and all the Outward bound activities give children a chance to explore nature, take some risks, forage for food, build a fire, prepare a meal and just play in our natural environment. It's been shown to have very clear benefits for children's development and we have certainly seen this ourselves. | Forest School

17: Interschool Sport We are part of 'Devon School Games' which see us take part in a number of sports tournaments throughout the year, covering a huge range of sports from Swimming, Orienteering, Golf, Rugby, Cricket, Mini Olympics and many many more. It's all about enthusing pupils to take part in sport. So much fun!

18: Mountain Biking We are blessed with the diverse landscapes on our doorstep. So we go out rain or shine: Dartmoor, Haldon Forest, Woodbury, Exmoor, Fingle Bridge & many many more places. Sport does not need to be on a playing field!

19: Horse Riding MCS links with the lovely stables in Chudleigh on the edge of Dartmoor, the children get a chance to go on a hack, lessons in the school, horse husbandry and tack maintenance as well as visit all the other farm animals.

20: Camping Oh such a special experience to have with your friends. And aren't we blessed in the SW with inspiring places to camp? it's a great opportunity to cement friendships and for the children to develop their planning and organisational skills, becoming more self reliant and finding out how much fun the outside can be on trips like Summer camp, Alderney, Scilly Isles, Dartmoor, Woodbury, Exmoor, Canoe Camps

22: Summer Camp Our activities are all about challenging our children. Little steps, new environments, building skills & confidence,all give our children a 'Can-Do' approach to life. Summer Camp is often the first time children have stayed away from home - lots of fun, building a thirst for more, yet close to home at Dawlish Warren.

24: PGL

25: PGL is an outdoor activity centre that we have been using for over a decade. Activities include abseiling, surfing, quad biking and a challenge course. The emphasis is on completing the challenges as part of a team. Every Summer Term we take the children to PGL in North Devon for the weekend. It is a hugely popular experience due to the fantastic PGL staff.

26: Exmoor Challenge | Organised by the Rotary Club of Exmoor, this is a huge event with 200+ teams of 4 children, all undertaking a challenging 16-mile route within a set time. For each minute early or late that they arrive at a checkpoint they lose a point. MCS typically enters 4 or 5 teams each year.

28: Ten Tors | The Ten Tors event is organised by the Army. Teams of 6 children 14yrs+ undertake the grueling 35, 45 or 55 mile routes unsupported. It's a unique opportunity for children to take on a real challenge by themselves. The event requires a huge amount of training & commitment by the children & culminates in one of their biggest achievements.

30: Bronze DofE - Walking | The Duke of Edinburgh Award is wonderful as it challenges & rewards pupils for commitment & skills GCSE's & A Level would not cover. There are 4 sections: Physical, Skill, Volunteering & Expedition

31: Silver DofE - Cycling The DofE is all about enthusing pupils to try something new, playing an instrument, volunteering for a charity, undertaking a new sport or completing an expedition for a purpose they choose.

32: Gold DofE - Canoeing The children have to plan & organise 4 Day Practice expeditions on the Thames & Wye, with an assessed expedition on the River Tarn, in southern France.

33: Assemblies Each morning we have a whole school assembly. Sometimes just a short 'thought for the day' with messages and a prayer, but we also get a wide range of speakers in. We celebrate a wide range of different faith special days, celebrate being British After each school trip or event we show a slide show or video. It's a great celebration of Magdalen Court School, St Leonards, Exeter, England and the wholeUK community.

35: Coast 2 Coast Wembury in South Devon to Lynmouth in North Devon, 118 miles We were lucky to have a whole host of parents, friends & pupils join us on the walks. It was a lovely experience. 38 people joined us on the 13 walks

36: French Trip

37: We link with a French sailing school in Brittany: sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, beach games & lots more while staying in a magnificent 5* campsite on the most beautiful Brittany beaches. We visit local markets and try local delicacies like mussels & artichokes, cycle across the causeway to the adjoining islands & lots lots more.

38: Dry Ski & Snow Dome This turns a 1-week holiday into a term's activity. It's a chance to use skiing for your DofE award or your GCSE or your A level PE. It also means when you arrive in the mountains you are ready to go!

40: SKIING | I believe we are the only school in Exeter than runs an annual ski trip. This is the highlight of many pupils' experiences at MCS and a chance to experience a different culture, the special mountain environment and the camaraderie of taking part in a sport. We make it even more special by linking it with a dry ski course here in Exeter, then a few sessions at the slope in Plymouth and finally a day at the Snow Dome in London, before heading off for a week in the mountains. Magic!

42: Every three years we organise a trip for pupils to experience and learn about a culture very different to ours. The children, with our support, raised over half the trip costs themselves. | Sri Lanka

44: Child Welfare Officer MCS has always had a school dog. She accompanies us on many of the school trips. Often the child who is struggling at the back can have their day transformed when they are given the responsibility of the dog. Children take our out for a walk at breaks or give her a hug, particularly when they need companionship. | Willow | Tess | Ellie

45: FOMCS | Friends of Magdalen Court School run a number of events through the year, sometimes raising money for the school, often it is just a chance to socialise with the other parents and teachers. Events include a Summer BBQ/rounders match, Spitchwick picnic at the pool on the river Dart, Devon Coast to Coast Walk 110 miles (1 day a month), the muddy Rock Solid Challenge event, and the heroic Marines Assault course.

46: Speech & Prize Giving Day Each term we have a large speech day & prize giving ceremony with a guest speaker. This is a chance to recognise the achievements of our pupils through the year.

47: Visiting Speakers | We invite in a wide range of outside speakers eg: Gideons, Coast Guard, Police, British Explorers Society, Red Cross, our Alumni, parents to talk about their careers, Dartmoor Zoo etc.

48: MCS Accreditation We offer a huge range of qualifications children can work towards accreditation by MCS. We believe it's important to reward effort and achievement as pupils work towards larger goals.

49: Some of the awards we offer: Sports Leader Award BCU (British Canoe Union Awards) AAA (Amateur Athletic Awards) DofE (The Duke of Edinburgh Award) Exmoor Challenge Abbot's Way Chagford Challenge Ten Tors ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) RFU (Rugby Football Association) The English-Speaking Union Dance Skiing (ESF) RYA (Royal Sailing Association) Bikeability Horse Riding National Navigation Awards

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