Prep Newsletter - 1st December 2017

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Genius Hour has been a real hit with Year 4 this week with the culmination of some superb Science enquiry projects. 

I have been delighted by the variety and breadth of their individually chosen projects which have ranged from: Why is the sky blue” to “How does my tongue taste?” to “What is a Milky Way” and “How does grass turn into milk?”. Genius Hour allows pupils to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides them with a choice in what they learn and how they present their chosen topic. It has been exciting to watch our Year 4 pupils grow in confidence as they present their project and observe the whole year group grow in their learning of Science. Our goal as teachers is to create lifelong learners. Genius Hour projects are a huge step towards that goal. Well done, Mrs Simmons and Year 4.

December is now finally upon us and preparations for Christmas are in earnest, with Christmas trees around the School grounds giving a festive feel to the School. The orchestra and choir have been enthusiastically rehearsing in preparation for the various events and I am really looking forward to the Christmas Concert on Saturday which promises to be an excellent evening. Of course, the Christmas Disco is soon upon us, so now is the time to note the details below from the WPSA.

We would also love to see you at the Prep School Carol Service which is taking place on Thursday 14th December at 11:45am at the All Saints’ Church, 154 Midlands Road, Wellingborough. There are a limited number of seats available at the church, therefore only two places can be reserved and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Further details will be sent via clarion.

Sydney is starting to find warm cubby holes at the start of the chilly time of year!

Mrs Knox, Headmistress

WSPA Pupils’ Christmas Disco

The ever popular Christmas disco will take place in the Prep School Hall on Wednesday, 13th December.

4.30pm-6.00pm Years 4, 5 & 6

6.30pm-8.00pm Years 7 & 8

Tickets are £5.00 and are available to purchase from the Main Reception from Monday, 4th December. There will be drinks and a tuck shop and it would be appreciated if pupils could bring a small amount of loose change, rather than notes. The ever popular photo booth will also be available and all those who attend will be given a copy of the photographs on a DVD. Pupils should be collected from the Prep Hall at the end of the disco. If you would like to assist on the night please contact - all help will be very much appreciated.

Parents Cocktail Evening

In addition, we will also be holding a Cocktail Evening for parents in the Pod from 5pm – 7.30pm. This is a perfect opportunity to relax with other parents and enjoy a warm winter Pimms or non-alcoholic cocktail, along with a range of savoury and sweet nibbles, while your children dance the night away at the discos. The WSPA hamper draw will also take place at 7pm. Tickets are £5.00 and are available to purchase from the Main Reception from Monday, 4th December.

Christmas Hamper Raffle 

The Christmas Hamper raffle tickets are now on sale via the Main Reception or pupils, please return sold tickets and money to Form Tutors by 10th December. Thank you for hamper items donated so far.

Fundraising Target

As a committee we strive to ensure that we can raise funds to enhance the learning environment which all our children are exposed to. We have decided that in partnership with Prep Senior Management Team, we are going to assist the funding of the transformation of the upper playground. Mrs Knox and Mr Petrie have already met with a number of playground construction businesses and we have seen a wide range of examples. This is an exciting venture, but to ensure that we get the very best we still have some fundraising to do. Please support the WPSA events, we really want to give the pupils the most amazing outdoor learning space, which excites them both in lessons and during their free time.

Academic Update

I visited a number of History lessons this week and was impressed by the wide range of differentiated activities that the pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 were undertaking. The Year 4 pupils extended their learning by going outside and performing drills using the Roman shields which they had made in their lesson, learning the Latin names for formations, under Mrs Stevens’ watchful eye. We welcomed our Year 7 parents into school yesterday for the first academic parents’ evening of the year and our new ‘big clock’ projected onto the Dining Room wall seemed to go down well, helping with organisation and providing a talking point for many! It has been heartening to hear of ‘kindness calendars’ in action, starting today, as an alternative to a chocolate advent calendar. The idea being that the person does a kind deed for someone else every day in the lead up to Christmas. I look forward to hearing about examples of these acts of kindness next week.

Mrs Owen, Deputy Head Academic

Year 4 Windows into Learning – Science 

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Science Windows into Learning for Year 4 on Wednesday afternoon to partner their children on a variety of activities including: chromatography, lava lamps, surface tension and oxidisation of invisible messages. 

For those who could not make it please click here for a copy of the presentation and activities to try at home.

Mrs Simmons, Y4 Coordinator


With Christmas fast approaching, we are inviting pupils to donate goods which will be sent to families in need in the Ukraine. Please click here to view details of what is, and what is not, needed. Children should bring their donations into School by Friday, 8th December.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

We are trialling a new clarion-based system for pupils to sign up to Extra-Curricular Clubs for next term. When you have received the clarion email, can you please discuss with your children which clubs they would like to attend and reply to the clarion accordingly. Please make sure that you reply by Friday 8th December so that lists can be finalised before we break up and clubs can commence as soon as we return from the Christmas holidays.

Scarfs, Hats and Gloves

With the weather becoming distinctly cooler, it is timely to highlight the School's policy on winter clothing accessories. Pupils are welcome to wear scarfs, hats and gloves, but they must be plain, and either maroon or navy. The School Shop has a range of approved winter clothing, although you are welcome to purchase similar items from other shops, so long as they fit the aforementioned criteria. Please note that the maroon and white striped scarfs previously sold in the School Shop are also acceptable.

Mr Pickett, Deputy Head Pastoral

Random Acts of Kindness

Together the Club Captains, Head Boy and Head Girl presented a fantastic assembly on Monday about 'Random Acts of Kindness'. A powerful message was shared and a reminder that 'Being kind to others shows strength of character'. Congratulations and well done to all involved.

Mrs Rowley-Burns, Pastoral Coordinator

Prep and Senior Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas Concert will take place in the Dining Hall (please note change of venue) on Saturday 2nd December, starting at 6.30pm and ending at around 8.00pm, with refreshments served afterwards in the Senior School Hall. The following Prep School ensembles will be performing:

Pops Choir
Chapel Choir
Recorder and Flute Group
Brass Group
String Group
Clarinet Group

All performers should arrive at School ready to begin rehearsing at 3.00pm in the Dining Hall. Pupils must wear School uniform for the concert. The rehearsal will finish at about 5.30pm, at which time a light tea will be provided for the pupils, before the evening concert begins. Although admission is free, tickets must be obtained from Reception before the concert. There will be no tickets available on the door.

Rowan Gate Trip

All singers taking part in the Rowan Gate trip on Monday 4th December must meet in the Recital Room at 9.05am. The group will return briefly for lunch, and will be back at School at the end of the trip by 3.00pm.

Chapel Choir - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Chapel Choir will be singing at the Annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, on Sunday 10th December in Chapel. The service should finish by about 7.45pm. Timings will be as follows:

4.00pm Choristers arrive for rehearsal in Chapel
5.30pm Choristers provided with a light tea
6.30pm Service begins 

Prep Choristers 

The Prep School choristers are rehearsing at the following times up until the end of term:

Tuesdays 12.10pm - 12.35pm
Wednesdays  8.00am - 9.05am
Thursdays  8.00am - 9.05am

Calypso Choir Concert

Pupils singing in the Calypso Choir Concert on Tuesday 12th December should arrive at the Senior School Hall at 6.45pm, ready for a concert start time of 7.00pm. Singers should be dressed in smart-casual, brightly coloured clothes. Tickets for the concert are available from Reception or by emailing Ruth Bowe on

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

Pre-Season Netball for Years 5 and 6

The next session of pre-season netball for Years 5 and 6 is on Tuesday December 5th. This will take place from 4.10pm until 5.10pm on the Top Netball Courts.

Cross Country Success

16 Year 7 and Year 8 boys took part in the Wellingborough and District Cross Country Championships on Wednesday afternoon.The boys all did really well in wet and cold conditions on a challenging course over at Croyland Park. The U13 boys (Year 7) ran 4000m and the U15 boys (Year 8) ran 4500m.Results as follows:

U13 Boys

Ollie Buchan 1st
George Leahy 2nd
Tom Daly 3rd
Rory Hunt 4th
Archie Forster 6th
Findlay Hammett 7th
Ben Bowman 10th
Isaac Redding 11th
Peter Metcalfe 23rd
Josh Wildman 24th
Pip Thomson 26th
Oliver Dale 50th
William Louison-Wride 51st

U15 Boys

William Middleton 4th
Joshua Morris 65th

Any pupils who finished in the top 12 in their race automatically qualify to represent the Wellingborough District at the Northamptonshire County Championships, which take place at the same venue in January.

Mr Dean will distribute details to those involved in the coming weeks. The boys all enjoyed a well deserved hot chocolate when they returned to school.

Rugby National Qualifiers – U9, U10 & U11

Good luck to those boys involved in the nNational Qualifiers over at Winchester House this Sunday. If you are travelling direct to Winchester House please ensure you have informed Mr Williams (U10), Mr Buck (U11) or Mr Dean (U9) via email. We will see you at Winchester House at 10.30am. Those students travelling from school please meet your coach in the top playground at 9.30am.

Rugby National Finals – U12 & U13

We have received notification that, due to lack of numbers in the Midlands region entering the National Qualifier competition, the U12 and U13 A squads have automatically qualified for the National Finals in Epsom. Please note that there will be no fixture for the boys this Sunday at Winchester House. Further details regarding the National Finals will follow in due course.

Sports Fixtures and Team Sheets

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

Mr Dean, Head of Sport and PE

Christmas Cinema ‘Elf’

To help raise funds for the School’s charity ‘Harry’s Rainbow’ the Charity Committee would like to hold a Christmas Cinema after School on Tuesday, 12th December from 4.15pm-6pm in the Prep School Hall. There will be an entrance fee of £2 which includes popcorn and a drink.

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 4th December – Belize
Tuesday 5th December – Venezuela
Wednesday 6th December – Mali
Thursday 7th December – Angola
Friday 8th December - Yemen

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?


A big thank you to all who have supported Mr Richardson, Mr Buck and Mr Dennis during Movember. We hope you have enjoyed our moustaches as much as we have!

Achievements outside of School

The following pupils were acknowledged in Monday’s assembly. Grace Piercewright was awarded the ‘Storm’ U11 Netball Player of the Week trophy and James Rogers achieved a blue/purple belt in Karate.

Act of Kindness

Acknowledgement goes to Lily Colmer, Sid Poole, Sahib Sidhu and Oscar Ufton for their Acts of Kindness.

Calendar Events for w/c: 4th December

Monday 4th December
09:00 15:00 Musicians to Rowan Gate, Glamis Hall and Avenue House
16:30 17:30 Parents' Presentation 'Encourage your child to remain solution focused - solution focused  practice' - Wellbeing Team (Whole School)
Tuesday 5th December
09:55 11:00 Year 7 Gothic Tales
13:00 14:00 Year 8 Mr Owen's Pocketbook
Thursday 7th December
17:00 21:30 Year 8 Parents' Evening (No after school activities)

Friday 8th December
08:40 09:05 8CW Assembly

10:55 11:15 Panthers, Tigers & Wolves Charity Activity Break

Saturday 9th December
19:30 21:30 Wellingborough Singers' Concert
Sunday 10th December
16:00 17:15 Chapel Choir Carol Service Rehearsal
18:30 20:30 Wellingborough School Carol Service

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