28th May 2021
by Justin Chippendale
Half term is here, a bank holiday weekend and it even looks as if the weather is set fair for this one. It also seems that there will be some pretty ropey bank holiday traffic as everyone is keen to get out and about now there is more scope to do so!
Half term breaks are always necessary – they’re included for a reason – and there is a real sense that everyone needs to draw breath and restore energy levels before we press on through the final, happy, whirlwind weeks to close the year. The high levels of commitment, application and fun that have been given across all years mean there are some weary children out there: although you wouldn’t think so looking out of my windows at the moment with Year 4 haring around the front field for their Golden Time games.
Whatever it is you get up to, I hope you can enjoy some peace and quiet and there are a good number of happy, carefree moments along the way.
This Week in Pre-Prep...
by Claire Luckhurst
What a joy it was to have parents on-site (albeit briefly) on Monday afternoon when parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 popped in to view their children’s work and to see their classroom learning environments. Walking across the terrace with other real-life adults dotted around was like stepping through a time portal to a ‘once upon a time’ land which was quite a wonderful feeling; I remain hopeful we will be able to rescue that land from the portal in the very near future!
Boarding Blog by Clare Masters
After celebrating Chee Yin's 12th birthday on the Saturday we felt that on Sunday we should let the boarders out into the big wide world again! Had the weather been nice we would have chosen an outdoor activity but there were no arguments on going ten pin bowling. Two teams of six, both competitive, let the battle commence!
Prize for the strongest team goes to the girls, the top 3 winners Yuk Hang, Harry and Emmanuella and the most improved players Matthew and Lucas. It was so good to be able to get out again.
Join us for an evening of fun this June!
We will be having some fun Summer evenings with BBQs and swimming in our lovely heated outdoor pool.
Why not come and hang out with your friends one evening and find out what boarding is all about!
BOARDING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Year 5 – Thursday 10 June (£10)
*Year 6 – Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June (£15)
**Year 7 – Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June (£15)
Stay for prep, and then let the sleepover commence!
*Boarding is either Monday, or both Monday and Tuesday
**Boarding is either Wednesday, or both Wednesday and Thursday
Evening meal, snacks, bedding, and breakfast included
Places booked on a first-come, first-served basis please email Clare MastersBOARDING INFORMATION
A Few Words from...Hubert Theed
This Term's Deputy Head Boy
I’ve recently finished a week of boarding and the photo is of me reunited with our lockdown puppy, who I was really pleased to see when I got home. On Sunday Mrs Masters treated us to a trip to Hollywood Bowl. It was great fun, particularly as I hadn’t been there for a very long time.
On Tuesday we had cricket practice in the rain and then I joined the Outdoor Fun hobby organised by Mr Rudkin in even more torrential rain. We were slipping and sliding round the woods like penguins but I really enjoyed it.
Otherwise, the teachers are cracking down on us with revision for our Common Entrance exams, and I’ve a suspicion that my parents might take up the challenge during half term. Only 10 days to go.... and counting!
However, it’s not all work. One of the best bits of Year 8 has been Town Time as our half-termly reward, which I’m looking forward to again. I hope everyone will enjoy Golden Time and Town Time before heading off for half-term.
Have a really good break everyone!
A View from the Rose Garden
Mrs Foster - Year 4F
This week 4F wrote beautiful and thoughtful poems about whales after reading 'The Whale's Song' and conducting research on whales.
Here they are proudly pointing to their poetry on display and a couple of examples of their wonderful work is shown in the gallery below.
by Snoops the Dog
Well here we are, summer half term, how did that happen? Time is flying by and you little lovelies are growing like weeds, I mean blooming like beautiful spring flowers.
It’s a good job that we’ve got a pit stop next week because there have been some very tired children around. My advice is to relax and recharge the batteries before the wonderfully action packed second half of term.
That said, on this occasion, I’m not going to practice what I preach as I’m going on a very special journey. I’ve been invited to London, and I know what your thinking: Buckingham Palace/The Queen/Corgis, but no, I’m going to spend two days at the swish new offices of Butternut Box (it’s a posh dog food company where a relative of mine works).
You see I’m what’s known as a ‘Butternutter’ so I get to sample their new culinary delights, give feedback on treats and also feature in some of their adverts (a job reserved for only the most handsome pooches!)
Right, must go and pack.
Have a lovely break and see you all soon.
Bye for now
Academic Life - Science
We’ve had a busy half term in science with all the classes making the most of being involved in experimental work again.
Year 3 have been enjoying looking at the structure of flowers, sketching and labelling them and using our digital microscope to observe them in more detail. It was really interesting to look closely at some aphids that were on some of the wildflowers that Mr. Hands collected.
Year 4 have been focusing on electricity and have recently been investigating conductors and insulators.
Year 5 have been studying the topic of Interdependence and Adaptation in readiness for their trip to Plymouth Aquarium. They were all very excited about going rock pooling and how lovely it was to have some sunshine!
Year 6 have been studying forces and have been catapulting tomatoes across the school grounds so they could calculate speed - much fun was had by all!
The Year 7s have been learning about atoms, elements and compounds and more recently thermal decomposition.
Year 8CE classes are preparing for their exams, but we have still managed to fit in some fun experiments to aid the revision process.
8S are currently in the middle of completing their CREST Bronze Award challenges. CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Investigations include – Making your own toothpaste (and testing it on egg shells!), treatments for dehydration and which is the crispiest crisp? The experience has definitely enhanced their investigative and data handling skills as well as promote independent learning.
Another exciting project for this term has been the completion of our new science magazine. I don’t want to give too much away before you see it (it’s being distributed imminently), but it has been edited by a group of Year 7 boys and really is an impressive piece of work. Thank you to all those who have contributed and I hope that you enjoy reading it!
The Newt Scientist
Today is a very proud day for the Science Department as it marks the launch of our new termly science magazine, 'The Newt Scientist'. The publication, edited by Toby B, Barnaby M and Adam L, features several interesting articles submitted by pupils who are interested in science and other STEM subjects.
This edition features an exclusive interview with the President of AstraZeneca UK!
There are competitions to enter as well as a fun experiment to try at home.
If any pupils would like to submit articles for the next edition, please send the information to Mrs Cole.
Every tutor group has several copies of the magazine, but if anyone would like further copies, please ask the science staff.
Year 5 Trip to Plymouth
Thursday 27th May 2021
Plymouth Sound and Aquarium
On Thursday Year 5 visited Plymouth as part of their science curriculum on Interdependence and adaptation. The weather could not have been better, as the children exited the coach for some rock pooling in Plymouth Sound. They have been studying this special habitat in their classroom lessons.
Looking up the beach the children were able to see clearly the zonation of the intertidal zone and experience the different species in the various rock pools. An impressive array of invertebrate animals was found, in the hour and a half of beach trawling.
The afternoon was spent in the aquarium carrying out more in-depth studies of different marine zone from across the globe. The children impressed the centre guides with their back-ground knowledge of marine environments.
Mr Sprague's Tutor Group - Year 6
Its been exam week this week and all of the children have coped superbly. This led me to create my own version of a popular little ditty which I feel adequately reflects the feel from Year 6 and indeed the rest of the school this week...
‘Twas the week before rest, when all through the school
Not a feature was stirring, not even the pool;
Heads were bent low over papers with care,
In hopes that answers might reveal themselves there;
The children wrote factions and words of all kinds,
While visions of better days danced in their minds;
Not too soon was all their work done,
And away like a flash, for a week in the sun!
With acknowledgement and apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.
Well done everyone!
Plus Rewards Fun!
Here are some of our children enjoying some Plus Reward fun time today.
My Chosen Piece of Music
by Clare Masters
One of my favourite pieces of music is Mozart's Horn Concerto No.1. My brother used to play the French horn and I remember listening to him play this in a concert when he was a pupil at King’s College.Mozart: Horn Concerto No.1/Baborak, Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker
This week in Sport...
What a glorious day we had for cricket this Wednesday at last!
A big thank you to Clifton College and Blundell's School for a brilliant set of cricket fixtures.
We have had some welcome sunshine for matches this week, playing against Clifton on Saturday morning, U10/11 House matches and U12/13 girls against Blundell’s on Wednesday. All the games were played in good spirits, with the children learning the etiquette of the games as well as honing their skills.
In PE the hurdles have finally been set up now the ground is hard and dry enough, with Year 7 having the first run over them in PE on Thursday.SPORTS UPDATE
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UNICEF COVAX Fundraiser Result
Father Mark would like to say a massive THANK YOU to you all for the kind donations received for the UNICEF COVAX fund raiser. We are sending £1775.93 to UNICEF in the next few days. A wonderful total from both schools, pupils, staff, parents, family and friends. THANK YOU!
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