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WWI And Christmas Markets Trip

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
WWI & Christmas Markets Trip

Shortly after midnight on Thursday 6th December a group of 40 students and 5 members of staff left from St James headed for Belgium and France.  After a fairly sleepless journey to Dover, we arrived at the Channel Tunnel.  After crossing the channel, we headed straight to Belgium to visit the WWI sites.  It proved to be a very moving experience for all of us.  Our first stop was Essex Farm Cemetery where many Canadian and Commonwealth soldiers are buried.  We all spent some time looking around and considering the sacrifice that those men and women had made.  It was a bitterly cold day which also made us think about how horrible life in the trenches must have been.  From there, we went on to the ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum.  It was a really interesting place with lots of interactive exhibits and we spent quite a lot of time there before walking to Menin Gate.  There we read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and held a 2 minute silence as a mark of respect.  After that we lightened the mood by heading off to do some shopping for Belgian chocolate.  Once we’d eaten and bought enough, we went on to Tyne Cot Cemetery.  It is a huge cemetery and we found it very moving to look at all the graves and read all the names of the people whose bodies have never been located.

Afterwards, we headed on to Château d’Ebblinghem which was to be our home for the night.  There, we were treated to a fabulous 5 course Christmas meal and had free time in the games room.

Feeling somewhat refreshed the next morning, we drove to Lille for a little more retail therapy at the Christmas Market.  There was plenty of food for sale as well as some great Christmas presents.  We finally arrived back at St James at about 7.30 on Friday evening, exhausted, but having enjoyed our 48 hour trip to Belgium and France!


Christmas Cultural Concert

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Christmas Cultural Concert Tickets Now Available!

Tickets are now available for the St James Cross Cultural Christmas Concert.  It is a cabaret style event and this year promises to be our best ever show!  The evening celebrates Christmas and winter festivals from around the world.  You will be entertained by students performing short plays, singing, dancing and much more.  Whilst all of this is going on, our Hospitality group will prepare and serve a special 3 course meal to you.  Tickets are strictly limited and can only be purchased in advance these are also non-refundable, so make sure you buy yours soon!  Merry Christmas!


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Movember Donations Update!

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Movember Donations Update!

The raising of awareness for men’s prostate cancer raised new heights this year with a record number of Movember participants at St James School.  The campaign got off to a discreet start with it coinciding with Children in Need, but the Mo Bros battled on against vanity with superb efforts all round.  Myself, Rob Bovey, Dan Chalmers, Paul Campbell, Steve Farmer and Steve Foster also held a sponsored shave in the hall, inviting students to pay for the privilege of witnessing the spectacle.


We’re hoping for an even bigger team next year with some of the younger staff members making an earlier start, any time now really.  There has been a real sense of camaraderie and general good humour around the team and its supporters.  As a team we would like to thank everyone for their support, ribbing, fun-poking, ridicule and, not least, their  financial donations.  It’s not too late to dig deep and further support this noble and just cause.

Total raised so far: £140

(Link to St James Team –

Movember website:  http://uk.movember.com/team/900425)


See you next Movember.

Joe, Rob, Dan, Paul & Steves


Moor Challenge Training Walk Postponed

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Moor Challenge Training Walk Postponed

This weekend’s Moor Challenge walk is postponed due to staff availability and poor weather.


Year 8 Apps for Good Surveys

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Year 8 Apps For Good Surveys

Year 8 students are currently designing a mobile app to solve a problem they have identified. They are currently in the research stage and would love your feedback to inform their design decisions. Can you please take a few minutes to complete some of the surveys below (massive thanks if you can do them all). They only have 10 questions each!

Mr Farmer and the Apps for Good students


Health and exercise survey – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9LJDD9F

Fashion for you – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BQ3HGSP

Stress Count – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BJFV6KB

Calorie Cruncher – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LLP6KYK

Reading App – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQ276TF

Stress Research – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9DF2CYS

Dyslexia Survey – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TW3XP3R

We care about dogs – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B5XT8VM

Hazard Signs – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2MPYHT7

Make-Up Survey – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TWSWXWH

Keeping exotic pets – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/69VYS79

Child Education Services – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MLHV53Y


Internet Safety Parents Evening Tues 4th December 17:30-19:30

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Internet Safety Parents Evening Tues 4th December 17:30-19:00

On Tuesday 4th December South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) are running an Internet Safety for Parents evening here at St James. The event will take place at 17:30-19:30 and is free to attend.

SWGfL and your local police will introduce you to how your children might be using the Internet. Technologies such as Instant Messenger and Social Networking sites will be demystified. The session (around 90 minutes) will provide you with methods and approaches to help protect both you and your children whilst using the Internet and all you to ask questions to the experts.

An evening will spent.

If you would like to attend the evening or find out more then please let me know via email on Stephen.farmer@st-james.devon.sch.uk

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