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Skipathon Launches Across Region

A new fundraising activity aimed at getting schoolchildren more active has been launched for the New Year.

Skipathon is aimed at schoolchildren across Devon and Cornwall and will take place 22-26 January. The fun, simple activity encourages schools from across the region to take part in sponsored skipping challenges to help raise funds for the South West Youth Games Trust.

The Trust is striving to create a happier, healthier South West by delivering a broad range of innovative, inspirational and accessible sport and physical activity experiences for young people.

Schools are being encouraged to take part either as part of their PE lessons or as an extra-curricular activity. Pupils can take part in speed challenges, endurance challenges or multiple-participant challenges. All they need are a teacher to co-ordinate, skipping ropes and loads of enthusiasm.

To find out to take part and how to fundraise, see and to donate, visit

South West Youth Games Trust will provide sports equipment prizes for the Devon and Cornwall schools that raise the most sponsorship.


School Direct open event: 26 February 2018

School Direct is recruiting primary School Direct trainees, starting in September 2018 and beyond. Go along to a School Direct open event at All Saints Teaching School in Newton Abbot on Monday 26 February from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Find out more at – All Saints Teaching School - school direct open event


Devon Primary SCITT Open Evening

Go along to talk individually to Devon Primary SCITT’s programme leaders and ask any questions about primary school teaching and primary and early primary courses in Exeter at the Tollards Training Centre on Monday 26 February from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. For details call 01392 454359.


Music Devon for Teachers

By belonging to the Music Devon co-operative you are helping to maintain standards and professionalism as an instrumental teacher. You are keeping music making alive in Devon and supporting fellow teachers, schools and students, ensuring that all those who want to learn to make and enjoy music, learn the musical skills necessary to play an instrument, and fulfil their musical and personal potential, can do so. Music Devon will pay all teachers directly, on a monthly basis. Teachers can register for free. Read more at


Sign up to the BBC’s Primary Science Project

Terrific Scientific is an exciting nationwide science project from the BBC aimed at primary pupils and their teachers. Its goal is to inspire children to discover their inner scientist. The BBC has partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations supported by free teaching resources. Teachers can submit data to the BBC’s interactive map to share and compare results with other classes around the UK, as well as send their data to universities to analyse. Visit


Inspirational story: Primary pupils’ plea brings immediate action

A plea from two Braunton primary children to cut plastic in the oceans has had an immediate effect at Devon County Council. Max Gibbs and Jess Adams from Georgeham C of E Primary School and their headteacher, Julian Thomas, gave a presentation to Devon’s Cabinet calling on councillors to do everything they could to cut plastic in the environment. The two pupils provided a stark warning about the threat to marine life and the oceans’ eco-systems if nothing was done. Now the county council has unanimously agreed to take action to try to achieve a plastic free coastline and will look at other ways of reducing the council’s use of polluting plastics.


How to contact the police in non-emergency situations

If you ever need to contact the police about a non-emergency situation, you can always #clickB4UCall. Devon and Cornwall Police’s online services allow you to report non-emergency crime quickly, at your own convenience and without any waiting time. If you are able to report non-emergency crime online, then you will also be helping to keep the phone lines clear for those who can’t. Visit for more information. Remember, in an emergency always dial 999.


Exeter Northcott Theatre announces 2018 Spring Summer Season

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce a packed 2018 spring and summer season with tickets now on sale for more than 50 new shows. As a year of 50th anniversary celebrations begin, a diverse programme puts classical drama, new writing and modern adaptations alongside dance, opera, musicals and comedy. For younger audiences there is puppetry and music in Theatre Alibi’s The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon, the world premiere production of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie and an imaginative retelling of The Snail and the Whale. To buy tickets visit


Half of sugar consumption comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks

Public Health England (PHE) is helping parents in the South West take control of their children’s snacking by launching the first Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks.

This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around seven sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.

Recent data shows childhood obesity has reached alarming rates, with 22% of four-to-five year-olds overweight or obese in the South West, increasing to 30% in 10-11 year-olds.

The new Change4Life campaign encourages parents in the South West to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max”. Look out for special offers on a range of healthier snacks at selected supermarkets and money-off vouchers. See


Join Justin’s latest musical adventure in Torquay

Get ready to be part of Justin’s Band, because BAFTA award winning actor Justin Fletcher is going on a Musical Adventure and you are invited to play along with the band! Join Justin and his friends on a musical journey singing lots of songs and learning about musical instruments along the way. There will be bags of fun from Justin’s Band at the Princess Theatre, Torquay on Wednesday 4 April at 11am. Call the box office on 0844 871 3023.


Shakespeare for children

How early should children experience a Shakespeare performance? Well naturally it depends on the child, but it also depends on the show! CBBC legend Dani Harmer is starring in Twelfth Night at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter from 7- 24 February and this charming comedy could be the perfect introduction to the world's greatest playwright. Twelfth Night also stars Graham Seed- Nigel Pargeter in The Archers- Che Watson (Hollyoaks), Olivier Award-winner Miles Western and Poldark favourite Derek Frood as Sir Toby Belch. See For more details see


Join the colour event of the summer! 

The biggest and brightest event of the summer is back for 2018! Join Children’s Hospice South West for its annual Rainbow Run on Saturday 9 June at Westpoint, Exeter.
It’s the happiest 5k around and a great way to support your local children’s hospice. You can run, walk or jog through colourful explosions of paint, and anyone aged 5 years and over can join in. Gather your friends, family or work colleagues to enter at this crazily colourful event and help the charity to make the most of short and precious lives. Registration is now open and there are early sign up discounts available until end of February. See for details.


The Heart of Churston Woods to be Replanted

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, working with the Woodland Trust, is planning for tree replanting at Churston Woods after a significant number of Larch and Sweet Chestnut trees, showing signs of disease, were felled earlier this year. The felling was essential to limit the spread of the disease to other healthy trees and plants. As managers of Churston Woods, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust is keen to start the restoration this winter. Planting is scheduled to start in January and due to finish at the end of February. If you would like to help, raise money or contribute contact:


Invest in happiness – holiday homes from just £65,000

Nestled amongst 130 acres of spectacular Devon countryside on the edge of Dartmoor, Finlake Holiday Resort is your quintessential escape. With prices starting at only £65,000, you can purchase your very own luxurious holiday home for truly special holidays that will last a lifetime. On site, there are all the leisure facilities you would expect, including a brand-new waterpark and state-of-the-art fitness complex with a main pool, Splash Café, children’s playground and toddler pool, and thrilling flume rides that will make every visit one to remember. For more information call 0800 029 4742 or visit


Cranbrook and Exeter celebrate multi million funding from Sport England

Cranbrook’s Active Mums recently celebrated the town becoming a joint recipient of a multi- million-pound award of Sport England funding. Exeter and Cranbrook is one of only 12 areas in England to be chosen as a pilot for Sport England’s new approach to building healthier, more active communities across the country. Earlier this year, Cranbrook was chosen as one of 10 ‘Healthy New Towns’ by NHS England, and this status played a key part in the success of the bid.


New facility doubles the number of nursery places

Whipton Barton Infants and Nursery School in Exeter has doubled the number of early years places available for children aged 2 to 4 years, from 39 to 78 places.

The Oasis Day Nursery has celebrated the official opening of its new building, in front of children, parents and invited guests. Executive Headteacher, Gary Read, said:

“The new nursery building completes our teacher-led Oasis Day Nursery provision. We are aiming to be open for fifty-one weeks a year in the New Year making Oasis Day Nursery the perfect childcare solution for Exeter’s working parents.” See


Devon Libraries users to benefit from new library system

Library users across Devon can now use a more modern, user-friendly and improved library service thanks to a new library system and website. Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon’s libraries, and Devon County Council, have been working on the major improvement programme over the past few years, and the system is now live. The new website is available at Users can use their existing borrower number and PIN to access all library services, including the catalogue, reservations and renewals, as well as account information, eBooks, digital magazines and more.


Learn Devon Opportunities in Bideford

Learn Devon provides adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council. Learn Devon in Bideford provides learning opportunities and training for adults on a wide range of subjects, from qualification courses in maths and English to leisure courses such as arts and crafts. Its Bideford centre supports courses in Bideford, Torrington and the surrounding areas. In the centres you can find information about the courses and get support for your learning. Visit or call 0345 155 1014.


Work on state of the art school in Kingsteignton begins

Building work for the brand new ‘state of the art’ Kingsteignton School will begin in the New Year. The school’s new site at Newcross will be a hive of activity in 2018 - the school will have all the latest technology, spacious landscaped grounds and a fabulous learning environment for when the site opens in September 2018. Find out more about this development at or call 01626 241166.


Become a Junior Teignbridge Countryside Ranger for free

Explore the nature on your doorstep with Teignbridge Countryside Rangers, Active Leisure and Green Spaces. Whether you build a bug hotel, cook on the campfire kitchen, experience nettle soup or the midwinter moonlight, or use some spare time to help protect the environment for dormice, butterflies and wildflowers, there really is something for everyone. The countryside rangers will take youngsters on a journey of discovery. Becoming a Junior Ranger member is free, and you can even join on the day of an event. For details email: or see




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