Prep Newsletter - 26th January 2018

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What a wonderful performance of ‘Archie Dobson’s War’ we were treated to last night! 

It is an incredibly moving story about WW1 seen through the eyes of a young boy. I would like to commend our Year 8 pupils on an outstanding performance. Mr Hargreaves, director extraordinaire, is also to be congratulated and Mr Leutfeld on a superb musical score. As one member of the audience commented: “the Year 8 plays are always a highlight of the year for me. This year, was no exception. Such a moving story and beautifully interpreted by the pupils. Congratulations to cast and crew.” 

I would like to thank the many parents who have offered to come and address the pupils at one of our assemblies. Over the coming weeks, we will hear from people who work in a variety of jobs and industries. We look forward to welcoming Mr Kane (Finlay’s Dad), artist, on Monday. 

Well done to the pupils who have taken part in our scholarship process over the last few weeks. We have exceptionally able and talented pupils in the School and local community and it has given me great pleasure to talk to these pupils and share the passion they have for learning. 

Tonight, I have the privilege of giving the “Response on behalf of the Lassies” at the Burns’ Night dinner. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing my speech and have taken many insights from the Ladybird book: “The Husband”. Did you know, that, on average, men use 7,000 words a day and women 24,000? So, when men think an argument is finished, women are only a third of the way through. Conversation around the dinner table? 

Have a lovely weekend. 
Mrs Sue Knox, Headmistress 

Academic Update  

This week I was lucky to be invited to a Year 4 Geography lesson during their study of India. We were able to sample homemade Indian food, kindly supplied by a couple of the parents. The food was delicious and really brought the learning to life for the pupils. It is these practical activities which help to make the learning experience more memorable and relevant to the children. I have also read two interesting articles during the week, written by two different head teachers of independent schools where they extol the virtues of outdoor experiential learning and how this can benefit the children’s concentration once they are back in the classroom too. Over the coming terms, we will be looking to increase the amount of outdoor learning we undertake within the school grounds. 
Mrs Owen, Deputy Head Academic 

Pastoral Update 

This week we have had two reading-focused form periods. These have given pupils a chance to enjoy some quality time with their books and have also afforded the opportunity for Form Teachers to speak to their pupils individually and discuss how they are getting on so far this term. 

Thank you to all of the parents who have returned the Data Checking Sheets that were sent out in November 2017. To ensure we have the most up to date pupil and parent information, can I please ask anyone who has not yet returned their Data Checking Sheets to do so by 31st January. For any queries, please email   

A polite note that the Jubilee Gates entrance on London Road is for road traffic only and not for pedestrian use. Under no circumstances should pupils use these gates to leave School on foot.  
Mr Pickett, Deputy Head Pastoral 

Music Exam Results 

Congratulations to all pupils who took music exams last term: 

Isobel Balzan YDrums Grade Pass
Hattie Brindley YPiano Grade Pass 
Thomas Denton YPiano Grade Pass 
Stella Grayson YSinging Grade Merit 
Isabella Haines YSinging Grade Merit 
Lily Mae Hickey YSinging Grade Pass 
Lili Howe YSinging Grade Distinction 
Nicole Ihedioha YSinging Grade Merit 
Angus McDougall YPiano Grade Merit 
Fabian Simms YPiano Grade Pass 
Ralph Thomsen YPiano Grade Merit 
Annabelle Woodward YClarinet Grade Merit 
Maddalena Nakash YSinging Grade Merit 

Chapel Choir - Civic Service this Sunday 

Chapel Choir will be singing at this Sunday's Civic Service which starts at 10.00am. Choristers should arrive at 9.00am in Chapel for a rehearsal. The service will be finished by 11.00am. 

Alternative Music Parents' Evening 

Some of our Visiting Music Teachers were not able to attend this week's Music Parents' Evening. So that all parents have the opportunity to discuss their child's progress, we have arranged for a second Music Parents' Evening on Wednesday 7th February in the Recital Room, when the following teachers will be available: 

Mrs Astill (cello/double bass) 
Mrs Cartwright (flute) 
Miss Hooper-Roe (singing) 
Mr Slane (singing) 

Mr Hamper (drums) will be available to meet with parents from 4.10pm to 5.10pm on Monday 6th February in the Music Room. 

Parents who are not available on these dates who wish to contact their child's instrumental teacher individually should call Mrs Burleigh on 01933 233469 or email 

Rock Pop & Blues 

Our annual Rock Pop & Blues Concert offers a platform for mainly pupil-led contemporary performances from solo singers to homegrown rock bands. This year's event is on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the Senior School Hall. The concert is open to all pupils in the Prep and Senior School - anyone interested should collect an entry form from Music. The deadline for entries is Friday 9th February (the last day of this half term).   

Orchestra Rehearsals 

Attendance at Orchestra rehearsal last Friday was poor. Members of Orchestra must ensure that they attend all rehearsals between now and the Spring Concert.  

Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival 

The Prep School String Group has been entered in this year’s Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival. The festival class will be after school on Thursday 8th March at Wollaston School. Parents have been emailed with all the relevant information and are asked to respond with their permission by Monday 29th January.  

Strings and Guitars Recital 

Our next recital on Monday, 5th February, at 4.30pm will feature string and guitar players from Prep and Senior School. Pupils who take lessons outside School on guitar or a stringed instrument are welcome to take part. They should contact Mr Leutfeld or Mrs Burleigh with details of the piece they would like to perform. 

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 

Spratton Hall Relays 2018 

Our first Cross Country meeting of the year was the Spratton Hall Relays event this week, where our Junior and Senior Prep teams competed in an increasingly competitive event involving fourteen separate schools.  


Junior Girls: Niamh Osborne, Georgia Brophy, Ella Bryant and Gracie Horton 
Junior Boys: Finn Davern, Jack Malton, Harvey Turner and Charlie Sales  
Senior Girls: Etienne Maughan, Polly Ross, Poppy Bevan and Annabel Burgess 
Senior Boys: Ollie Buchan, Ethan Brazier, Lucas Brazier and Will Middleton 

The Junior girls’, Junior boys’ and Senior girls’ teams worked extremely hard around this sprint relay style course, with every member of the teams pushing themselves hard up the long and energy sapping incline toward the finish line. The result of the day goes to the Senior boys’ team who finished a highly commendable third place. Following a high tempo start from Ollie Buchan (Y7), Ethan Brazier (Y8) took over and delivered a strong middle section of the course. Lucas Brazier (Y7) drove hard through the mud to change over to Will Middleton (Y8) in 4th place. Will ran an excellent final leg and, having closed the gap on third, was able to overtake within the final 100 metre stretch. An excellent performance. Thank you to all the runners for their efforts and to all the parents for their endless support and enthusiasm. 
Mr Williams, Head of Games 

Fixtures and Teamsheets 

To view details of weekly fixtures and team sheets – please click here.
Mr Dean, Head of Sport and PE 


On Saturday 20th January Oliver and Keira attended the NSEA Cedars School Showjumping competition at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre.

Oliver went clear in the 80cm and 90cm on Rowestown Magpie and rode tremendously. Keira was clear on Calamity Jane in the 80cm and placed 6th individually, she was clear on Archie in the 90cm and again placed 6th individually, qualifying for the County Championships in both classes. Keira then rode Drumcrae Dougal in the 1.10m and came 2nd individually, again qualifying for the County Championships in April.

It was a long cold day but they had a great time! 

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 29th January – Jamaica 
Tuesday 30th January – Guyana 
Wednesday 31st January – Cameroon 
Thursday 1st February – South Africa 
Friday 2nd February - Kazakhstan 

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? 

Star Easter Camp 

For more information about the Star Easter Camp scheduled for 2nd-6th April please click here. Early booking and sibling discounts available.

GIFT Easter School 2018 

GIFT are running a residential Easter School for the ‘brightest and most curious students’. This is taking place at Grendon Hall in Northamptonshire from Sunday 1st April to Friday 6th April. There is a wide range of engaging and thought provoking sessions that the students can select from. The cost of the programme is £449. If you would like any further information please email me: or visit the GIFT website:  

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic 

This multi-sensory and playful exhibition, currently on show at the V&A Museum in London until 8th April, explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. For more information, please click here.

Gala Dinner 

To raise funds for the Senior School Sports Tour and the Cynthia Spencer Hospice a Black Tie Gala Dinner has been organised for Saturday, 24th February at The Saints. For more information, please click here.

Calendar Events for next two weeks:  

(Please check the Sports Website for fixtures) 

Monday 29th January 
08:40 09:05 School Assembly 
17:00 20:30 Year 4 Parents' Evening (after school activities to be confirmed) 

Tuesday 30th January  
09:30 11:30 Pre-Prep and Prep School Day in Action Open Morning for Prospective Parents 

Wednesday 31st January  
08:15 09:00 Nearly New Shop (School Uniform) 

Thursday 1st February  
08:15 17:00 Year 7 trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor, near Watford and Bedford Gurdwara 
09:05 10:55 Year 5 Stardome Planetarium  

Friday 2nd February  
08:40 09:05 8WR Assembly 
10:55 11:10 Bears, Jaguars & Lions Charity Activity Break 

Monday 5th February  
08:40 09:05 Music Assembly 
16:30 17:15 Strings and Guitars Tea-Time Recital 

Tuesday 6th February  
08:00 17:15 Year 5 Kew Gardens Ecosystems Field Trip 
16:30 17:30 Parents' Presentation 'Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying' - Wellbeing Team (Whole School) 

Wednesday 7th February  
08:15 09:00 Nearly New Shop (School Uniform) 

Thursday 8th February  
16:30 17:15 Bears, Jaguars, Lions Evensong (Chapel Choir required) 

Friday 9th February  
08:40 09:05 7BM Assembly 
08:40 16:10 Colours of the Rainbow Mufti Day to raise funds for 'Harry's Rainbow' 
15:30 16:30 Nearly New Shop (School Uniform) 
16:10 17:45 End of Half Term (Sat 10th - Sun 18th Feb) 

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