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Prep Newsletter - 10th November 2018




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We burst into this half term with a full week of engaging learning activities and I am so pleased that the pupils and teachers have hit the road running.

Things to look out for this term are our Anti-Bullying Week when our Year 8 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors will lead a range of activities to promote kindness and awareness of bullying and what to do about it, Year 7 volunteering at the Daylight Centre, our Club dancing and cross-country competitions, many sporting festivals and fixtures and, of course, in the lead up to the end of term, the Christmas Concert and the WPSA Christmas disco.

I was very proud of the Prep School pupils today for the respect shown and participation in our Remembrance Day Service, a significant event as we acknowledged the sacrifices made by so many. The poppies placed in the Chapel gardens made by Year 8 during their Art lessons looked truly stunning.

As we prepare for our Club cross country can I draw your attention to Mr Dean’s suggestions below. Why not get involved as a family and go for a run. Exercising together creates a super family connection allowing you to spend energy and precious time together.

Today’s poetry assembly was enjoyed by pupils and staff alike. The pupils who recited the poems by heart should be very proud of themselves and there were a number of powerful performances.  We were taken through a huge range of emotions which made us chuckle and then brought tears to our eyes.

Mrs Knox, Headmistress

WPSA Festive Hampers

The next fundraising event for the WPSA is a raffle for Christmas Hampers. Each pupil is encouraged to bring in one item suitable to be included in one of the hampers. The WPSA will be available at the drop-off on Monday, 13th and Wednesday 15th November to collect donations, alternatively donations can be handed in to Club Presidents or Main Reception. For more information please click here.

Academic Update

As you can see below, Dr Fordham has been very busy further developing our assessment and reporting system. We are continuing to look at ways of refining and improving the information we give to parents and I am sure the focus group will be a really useful meeting.

As our year of kindness continues, I reminded the School in assembly that next Monday (13th) is International Day of Kindness, so it would be super if pupils could think of some extra special acts of kindness that they could carry out on that day. In addition, I was delighted to have feedback from a sports teacher visiting Wellingborough with their team from another school for a match this week. He had overheard one of our older Prep School boys walking past the visiting Year 4 girls’ team and wishing each of them, individually, good luck for their forthcoming match. I look forward to hearing of similar acts of kindness next week!

Mrs Owen, Deputy Head Academic

Invitation: Effort Grade Focus Group - Wednesday 22 November 2017

We are currently reviewing how we report on effort in the Prep School and I am keen to share the idea that I have been working on with you, to ascertain your feedback. I will be hosting an effort grade focus group on Wednesday 22 November 2017, 3:15pm-4:10pm, in 'Cube Corner' in the Prep School Library. It would be extremely useful if you could express interest in attending (so we have an idea of expected numbers) to ktw@wellingboroughschool.org and we look forward to welcoming you on the afternoon to discuss our ideas.

Dr Fordham, Academic Progress and Reporting Coordinator

Subject Progress Grids

As a school we have been working hard to ensure that what we are reporting and assessing is really clear for parents and pupils alike. One of the improvements, is to clearly define what the Wellingborough Standard is in each subject. Later this term, when we report on attainment, we will be reporting whether your son or daughter is 'working towards', 'working at' or 'working above' the WPS Standard in each subject. Our new Progress Grids clearly identify what that standard is. These can now be accessed on the parent log-in section of the website. 

Dr Fordham, Academic Progress and Reporting Coordinator 

Year 6 Stanwick Lakes Trip - Tuesday 14th November 2017

Many thanks to you all for confirming attendance at this trip, next Tuesday. Just a reminder, pupils should arrive in school at normal time wearing their track suits, and bring a warm, waterproof jacket. They should also bring wellington boots with them to change into. Whilst lunch will not be necessary, pupils may bring an appropriate snack if they wish, and should bring drinking water with them. We shall leave School immediately after Club meeting and be back in School for lunch. They have normal lessons after lunch, so will need their School bags as normal. 

Dr Fordham, Academic Progress and Reporting Coordinator

Year 4 Roman Studies

As part of their Roman studies Year 4 pupils will be designing and painting shields in their history lesson next week. If possible, please could you provide a large old t-shirt or shirt, ideally that goes down to about mid-thigh height, to provide some protection for their clothing during these sessions.

Mrs Stevens, Year 4 Teacher

Pastoral Update

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, and we look forward to seeing what our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have in store for us, starting with their assembly on Monday. 

Warwick Castle Vouchers

We have received a number of family discount vouchers for Warwick Castle. If you would like one, please collect from Main Reception. 

Mr Pickett, Deputy Head Pastoral

Music School

Chapel Choir - Remembrance Service this Sunday

Chapel Choir will be singing at the Remembrance Service this Sunday 12th November. Choristers should arrive at 9.15am so that they can change into robes ready to start rehearsing at 9.30am. The service begins at 10.15am and will finish at about 11.15am.

Pianists' Recital, Monday 20th November

Our next recital, on Monday 20th November after School, will showcase our Prep and Senior School pianists. Any pupils taking piano lessons outside School and who would like to perform a piece should contact Mr Leutfeld as soon as possible.

Pops Choir attendance

Members of the Pops Choir must remember to attend rehearsals every Tuesday at 12.10pm. We are preparing for a number of Christmas performances and it is important that singers come to every rehearsal.

Music Lesson Timetables 

To view next week’s timetables of individual lessons, which are also displayed just inside the main entrance to the music department, click here.

Mr Leutfeld, Head of Music

Prep Sport Update

Hockey IAPS Nationals

The Prep School 1st VII Hockey Squad are travelling to the IAPS Hockey Nationals at Repton School in Derbyshire next Tuesday. We wish the girls and their coach Mr Houghton every success. The girls selected in the squad are:

  1. Ella Lewis
  2. Polly Ross (Vice-Capt)
  3. Keira Stoute
  4. Francesca Benham
  5. Poppy Bevan(Capt)
  6. Becky Richardson
  7. Meghan Griggs
  8. Annabel Burgess
  9. Ella Harvey
  10. Maddie King

The girls will play the following schools in the pool stage: Bromsgrove; Gresham's; Millfield Prep; Chafyn Grove and Danes Hill. If the girls finish in the top two in their pool they will go through to the Cup Quarter Finals. If they finish third or fourth they would progress through to the Plate Competition. Whatever the outcome next week it is a phenomenal achievement to make the 'Nationals' and we are very proud of their achievements.

Club Sport

During the next half term there will be various Club Sport events:

The Club Dance competition will take place in the Prep School Hall during the School day on Wednesday 13th December. Preparations are already well underway with pupils working hard with their choreography and rehearsals. Thanks to Mrs Whitaker for her efforts in organising this event again. During this event the Tuesday evening Dance group will also get the opportunity to showcase their work.

Also on Wednesday 13th December during the afternoon games session there will be Club Rugby and Hockey competitions for pupils in Years 5-8. Parents are very welcome to come and watch on the afternoon. Our catering department will provide hot drinks and some festive nibbles at the end of the afternoon.

Finally, the Club Cross Country takes place on Friday 8th December for Years 5 & 6 and Monday 11th December for Years 7 & 8. It might be a good idea to encourage your son/daughter to do a little bit of training in preparation for this event. A reminder that Cross Country Club takes place every Tuesday after School. Alternatively, perhaps you could get active as a family over the coming weekends and go for a run. For some ideas on how to start training as a family you could visit one of the following links: Couch to 5K and 6-Week Beginner Schedule.

https://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/training/six-week-beginner-5k-schedule

To view details of weekly fixtures and team sheets – please click here.

Mr Dean, Head of Sport and PE

Country of the Day

To continually improve location knowledge in the Prep School, here is a daily challenge from 7LW. Your focus for each day is to locate the country on a map! If that is too easy, there are some extension questions too…

Monday 13th November – Mexico
Tuesday 14th November – Colombia
Wednesday 15th November – Tunisia
Thursday 16th November – Malawi
Friday 17th November - Iraq

Challenge questions:

What is the capital city of this country?
What does the flag look like?
How many people live in this country?
What are the most notable features of this country?

Ski Trip

There is a Ski Trip Presentation evening, presented by Ski Astons, on Monday 13th November at 4:30pm in The Pod. 

Mr Dennis, Trip Leader

Achievements outside of School

Oscar Ufton was awarded a medal for completing a 5m Tree Trekking Adventure and a 10m Adult Ariel Adventure at Center Parcs. He also achieved an ASA 1000m swimming distance Rainbow Badge and certificate.

Act of Kindness acknowledgements go to Gavyn Pulley, Esther Pibworth, Emily Borner. Isabella Lee is also in the photographed from last term.

Calendar Events for w/c: 13th November

Saturday 11th Nov
09:00 11:00 Feeder Schools Mini Masterclass (by invitation)
14:30 17:00 Senior School Production of 'Wind in the Willows'

Sunday 12th Nov
10:15 11:30 Remembrance Service (Chapel Choir required)

Monday 13th Nov
09:05 16:10 Year 6 Primary Maths Challenge (in Maths lesson only)
16:30 17:15 Ski Trip Parents' Presentation

Tuesday 14th Nov
09:00 12:10 Year 6 Trip to Stanwick Lakes

Wednesday 15th Nov
08:45 13:00 11+ and 13+ Sports Scholarship Assessments

Thursday 16th Nov
09:05 10:00 Year 4 Flu Vaccinations
09:00 16:00 Oundle Mathematics Enrichment Conference (OMEC 7&8)
10:00 12:00 Year 6 Young Shakespeare Co 'Macbeth'
13:00 15:00 Year 5 Young Shakespeare Co 'Macbeth'

Art Holiday Camps 

Many parents have asked about the possibility of some Adult Art classes, therefore I am proposing a day where you will be taught to design and create your own dry point etched Christmas card on Saturday, 9th December. The activity is open to anyone so please feel free to share the details with friends’ relatives and neighbours. The day will run from 10am until 4pm which should be long enough to design, etch and print your cards. If you are interested in attending, please complete and return the parents booking form with a cheque so that materials can be purchased prior to the event - click here. A minimum of ten people is required to make the day viable. We will all need to bring packed lunch and I will rustle up some mince pies and Christmas music! I hope it will be an enjoyable and festive experience. For more information, please click here.

This year’s pupil Art Camp is taking place on Friday 15th and Monday 18th December. For more information and to book your child a place click here.

Mrs Hennessy, Head of Art and Photography

WSSPA Family Fun Night at the Races

The Senior School WSSPA would like to invite you to join them at their Family Fun Night at the Races on 17th November 2017 at 7pm in the School Dining Hall. Tickets and booking forms are available from the Main School Reception priced at £7.50 for adults and £5 for children. Ticket price includes food and there will be a bar and tuck shop available.

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