Prep Newsletter - 26th January 2018
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Y7 Drums Grade 4 Pass
Hattie Brindley Y8 Piano Grade 2 Pass
Thomas Denton Y6 Piano Grade 1 Pass
Stella Grayson Y7 Singing Grade 3 Merit
Isabella Haines Y7 Singing Grade 3 Merit
Lily Mae Hickey Y4 Singing Grade 1 Pass
Lili Howe Y7 Singing Grade 4 Distinction
Nicole Ihedioha Y7 Singing Grade 1 Merit
Angus McDougall Y5 Piano Grade 1 Merit
Fabian Simms Y6 Piano Grade 1 Pass
Ralph Thomsen Y5 Piano Grade 1 Merit
Annabelle Woodward Y8 Clarinet Grade 3 Merit
Maddalena Nakash Y8 Singing Grade 4 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 email@example.com.
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).
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the GIFT website: www.giftcourses.co.uk
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.
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)