Prep Newsletter - 23rd February 2018

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Yesterday, we took great pleasure in showcasing our School to 30 Deputy Heads from the IAPS region at our Deputy Heads Conference. 

The delegates listened to presentations on the Prep School Learning Spaces, our Wellbeing Journey, the steps we have made in Assessment and Reporting and finally, two new Year 4 initiatives: Windows into Learning and Genius Hour.

The participants commented most favourably on the informative presentations and thoroughly enjoyed their Learning Walk around the Prep School. It gave us great pleasure sharing what makes our School so special with fellow educationalists. I would like to personally sincerely thank Mrs Owen for masterminding a superb conference and speakers: Mrs Petrie, Mrs Saunders, Dr Fordham and Mrs Simmons.

I am pleased to advise that Mrs Bell, our Learning Development Manager, is commencing a gradual return to School next week, now that her foot has healed, and will be back in the classroom very soon.

The pupils heard all about the Book Week initiatives in our assembly today and, I am sure, will be planning their outfits for the World Book Day parade next Thursday. The staff are also in conversation and rummaging deep in their wardrobes! Mr Medhurst has organised a couple of competitions: ‘Decorate a Potato’ and ‘Guess Who’. Have a look at the photo and guess who the teacher is!

Congratulations to 7AJS for their assembly on World Records. It was entertaining and informative and again, we had our teachers placed head to head in a competition. We started to think as a School whether we too could find an activity and attempt a world record!
Mrs Knox, Headmistress

Year 4 Potatoes for Schools

Year 4 have started to chit their own potatoes as part of the "Potatoes for Schools" programme. The potatoes are currently growing shoots on the windowsill in 4CM and will be observed carefully over the coming weeks. Once planted and grown, we will be entering a national competition for the greatest yield, biggest weight and largest individual potato. The children will also be inventing some creative ways to label the different varieties of potatoes and designing posters of the growing process. Fingers crossed for some success!
Mrs McDougall, Year 4 Tutor

Accelerated Reader and Recommended Reading Lists

Reading advice for parents and pupils on how Accelerated Reader works plus recommended reading lists for Years 5 to 8 are located in the Parents Login area. If you are unsure of the password to login, please contact Reception.
Mrs Drye, Head of English

Staying Safe Online 

We are constantly looking at ways to help keep children safe online, and one way that parents can do this is by setting parental controls and appropriate privacy settings for devices and programmes that their children use. This can sometimes be daunting, especially for those of us less tech-savvy, click here to view a step-by-step guide to setting controls on a range of devices and programmes.
Mr Pickett, Deputy Head Pastoral

Debating Club

Six very enthusiastic pupils attend the first meeting of our newly-reformed Debating Club this week. After a brief introduction to the rules of Debating, the pupils took part in some short “Where do you stand?” debates on topics such as “Books are better than television”, “Junk food must be banned in schools” and “Are sports and games as important as studies?” At our next meeting we are planning to hold a Balloon Debate to decide which book character deserves to be saved! All pupils from any year group are welcome to come along to the Prep School Meeting Room after school on Tuesdays to see what we are about, after all where else are you given permission to argue?
Mrs Reade

Wonderful World Book Day

Yes! It’s that fantastic opportunity to let your imaginations runs wild and show off your creativity. The annual World Book Day Parade is next week. On Thursday, everyone comes to School dressed as a book, a character from a book or a group of characters from a book. Pluses rain from the sky but aim high: try to grasp the Commendations and Benes on offer. Each year group has an individual winner; there are also Senior and Junior Group awards. Last year, the seniors were particularly inventive - remember The Princess and the Pea (including mattress!)?  Rules forbid any inappropriate wear, mass donning of Onesies as The Sleepover Club or just coming in jeans and a shirt as Alex Rider do not fit our high standards. Ingenuity and attention to detail are what tot up the points. Remember it is cold, so bring a coat or wear warm underwear! Some reminders of last year’s entrants: The Borrowers, Grandpa’s Great Escape, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mr Men.  Get your thinking caps on.
Mrs Drye

Rock Pop & Blues

Our annual Rock Pop & Blues Concert offers a platform for mainly pupil-led contemporary performances, from solo singers to home grown rock bands. This year's event is on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the Senior School Hall. Tickets are now on sale at Reception (£3 for adults, £2 for concessions).

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert is always a highlight in the School’s musical calendar. This year we return to the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on Tuesday 13th March at 7.00pm for a celebration of music-making across the Prep and Senior Schools. The following Prep School ensembles will be performing:

Brass Group
Flute & Recorder Group
Percussion Group
String Group
String Quartet

Tickets are now on sale, priced at £5 for adults/free for concessions. You can book tickets either on the Castle Theatre website ( or by calling the box office on 01933 270007. Parents of performers will be sent details of arrangements for both the concert and rehearsals nearer the time.

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

Years 5-8 Cricket

The School is delighted to have appointed Luke Sharples as the Cricket Professional for 2018. From Tuesday next week, Mr Sharples will be running an early morning winter cricket session in the Sports Hall from 7:15am - 8:15am for those keen cricketers (boys and girls) in Years 5-8. Session details and dates are as follows:

Tuesday 27th February - Years 7 & 8
Tuesday 6th March - Years 5 & 6
Tuesday 13th March - Years 7 & 8
Tuesday 20th March - Years 5 & 6
Tuesday 27th March - Years 7 & 8

Any pupil wishing to attend any of these sessions should email Mr Sharples ( outlining their intention so that an appropriate session can be planned based on numbers.
Mr Houghton

Fixtures and Team Sheets 

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

Achievements outside of School

Krishna Srinivasan won the U12 Northampton County Chess Championship which was held at Wellingborough School.

Isabella Lee achieved 2nd place in the Earls Barton Tennis Competition.






Many congratulations go to one of our Year 8 riders who competed in the NSEA Inter-Schools Arena Eventing at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Bucks at half term. Keira Stoute had a very busy day competing on three horses and did amazingly well. She achieved 2nd place in the 80cm and 1st place in the 1.1m which has qualified her for the Schools Championships in October.

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.

Clarion Information sent to Parents

The following information has been sent to parents this week via Clarion:

Year 8 RS Trip to Leicester Mosque and Synagogue

Calendar Events for next week: 

(Please check the Sports Website for fixtures)

Monday 26th February
08:40 09:05 School Assembly
09:05 16:10 Rock, Pop & Blues Rehearsals
15:00 16:00 Years 7 & 8 Team Photographs
19:30 20:30 Rock, Pop & Blues Concert
Tuesday 27th February
17:00 21:00 Year 6 Parents' Evening (after school activities to be confirmed)
Wednesday 28th February
08:15 09:00 Nearly New Shop (School Uniform)
Thursday 1st March
08:30 09:05 World Book Day Costume Parade
Friday 2nd March
08:40 09:05 7HB Assembly
Saturday 3rd March
09:30 12:30 Open Morning for Prospective Pupils and Parents

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