Weekly Bulletin 14/03/2016
House Music 2016
Last Friday saw the annual Duke of Kent House Music competition. The day started with a music assembly in which our Brass teacher Mr. Nash and our Bass teacher Mr. Richardson talked about and demonstrated their respective instruments. If any pupils are now interested in learning trumpet, cornet, trombone, french horn, double bass or electric bass please let Mr. Rye know!
Our visiting judge, singer Florence Rawlings, then spent the morning working with Junior and Senior Chamber Choirs, discussing vocal technique and warm ups and answering questions about her career as a professional session singer. The children were fascinated with her insights into the music business and thoroughly enjoyed working with her.
After lunch the finals of the solo and group competition took place. It was incredibly close this year and there was only one point in it in each of the beginners, intermediate and advanced categories. Hannah won the advanced with her amazing loop pedal song, Noah won the intermediate with his beautiful piano solo and Bella won the beginners with a perfect rendition of her boogie piece. The groups were entertaining as always with Dexter and Co. taking the Senior prize and the Boatswain Brothers the Junior. This year’s new composition category attracted plenty of creative and interesting entries with Oscar winning the Junior prize and Antonia the Senior. These two also won the overall Junior and Senior prizes respectively.
The House Song competition was full of imagination and variety this year. We had props, costumes, harmony and hilarity with Hillary eventually taking first place with their version of ‘Hold Back The River’.
The school was then treated to Florence singing two songs - Respect by Aretha Franklin and Valerie – the Amy Winehouse version. In the live band were Adam Martin, who is currently playing guitar in the West End production of Jersey Boys, Mr. Richardson on Bass, and Mr. Macdonald and Mr. Rye on drums and piano. Needless to say she went down a storm and was a huge hit! A great day of music for the whole school, congratulations to Hillary House who won the whole competition and big thank you to Florence for giving up her time.
Artist in Residence Maureen Donomey
Through their art lessons and additional Stretch and Challenge Workshops, a large number of students have had the opportunity to work with the School’s Artist in Residence, Maureen Domoney. Maureen who lives in Cranleigh, studied at Goldsmiths University and for many years worked in theatre, before returning to her true passion of portraiture.
Students have undertaken a number of different approaches to observational and portrait drawing with Maureen, from acrylic painting to ‘blind’ drawing. All these techniques and processes have been designed to develop students' working practice through a Growth Mindset approach to drawing processes.
Maureen has been using The Lodge, situated at the entrance to the School site, as her studio and where students work with her. She was originally due to be with us for a week, but due to the popularity of her workshops, her residency has been extended by a further week. Parents and members of the School community are welcome to visit Maureen to view her work, as well as to see some of the work the students have completed with her. She will be at The Lodge this week from Tuesday to Friday between 9 and 11.30am.
Agincourt Exhibition at the Watts Gallery
On Saturday 5th May, Mr Alex Seeley, our Head of History took eight pupils from Years 8 and 9 to the Watts Gallery at Compton to set up and display their Agincourt pop up museum. The exhibition was carefully planned and curated by the pupils and aimed to tell the story of the battle and examine its significance from both an English and French perspective.
Pupils had the opportunity to create, curate and design the pop up museum. The aim was for them to pay close attention to developing the skills associated with curation and to weigh up the significance and importance of different interpretations in History. They were able to include work from a French class at the School, who provided a useful perspective of the battle from their point of view.
Many visitors to the exhibition commented on the quality and variety of the displays, whilst also remarking on the proficiency of the pupils’ engagement with the curatorial process. One of the key objectives was to take the pupils out of their comfort zone and engage them in a project that would truly challenge them in a wide variety of areas. They stepped up to the challenge and produced a wonderful community event which was engaging, interesting and out of the ordinary. Well done to all those involved.
World Book Day
The Prep School marked this year's World Book Day by creating tales inspired by the magical and mystical illustrations of Harris Burdick. Small groups of children from Years 3 to 6 spent the whole day plotting, imagining, discussing and designing their own stories, each one featuring a pupil in Year 1 as its protagonist. The task required patience, determination and teamwork, and the finished tales reveal a wealth of creativity amongst our pupils. The books - once they've been illustrated by their leading boys and girls - will be added to the shelves of the Prep School library.
The Senior School also celebrated World Book Day with a 'Mastermind' assembly where each house was represented by a Head of House and a student.
The specialist subject round was contested by the Heads of House with the subjects being:
Mr Win-Pe – Lord of the Rings
Mr Green – Of Mice and Men
Mrs Nicholson – Harry Potter
Mr Wright – The Books of Julia Donaldson
They performed admirably under the lights of the studio. Mr Win-Pe was the standout contestant, scoring 13 in 90 seconds and answering some very obscure questions. The other members of staff all scored highly.
It was then the turn of the student representatives from the houses to add to the teacher’s scores. In a tense final round, where all the questions were based on children’s literature, it came down to a tie between Lexi and Minnie – with Minnie answering the deciding question.
Throughout the day the Senior School had various workshops, including learning from a Charlie Higson video about writing to create tension, during their English lessons.
All students also received a £1 book token to use at participating retailers.
On Thursday the Under 11 netball team went down to Brighton to play at the regional event of the IAPS netball. The girls were not put on by the size of the event with 63 teams playing at Roedean. They struggled to find form in the windy conditions against some very strong opposition but they did very well to win a couple of matches against Farlington and Handcross Park. Kent College won the section.
Year 4 Visit Milestones Museum
On Tuesday 8th March Year 4 visited Milestones Museum in Basingstoke as part of their Topic work on the Victorians.
Here are some of their comments on the trip:
“ I enjoyed sitting in the Victorian tram and seeing the model man sitting on the toilet! I learned that small children sometimes had to stand outside in all weathers, with bare feet and thin clothes for up to twelve hours a day. “ Madeleine I
“I went to Milestones and there was LEGO! It was really fun and the Victorian street looked amazing! “ Max
“I learned that in Victorian times there were a lot of rules for different jobs and that if you were not at your job for two days you would lose it and your home! I thought it was really nice in the tram.” Katyana
“I enjoyed the Lego exhibition because it was interesting. I also enjoyed going on the tram because I had already been on a modern day one. I learnt that they had cigarettes in the Victorian times and that they didn’t have locks on their outdoor loos!“ Charlie
“ I enjoyed looking at the iron works and the sawmill” Alex
Reception visit to Intech in Winchester
Reception visited Intech in Winchester to learn about Space and have fun using lots of hands on science activities. We watched ‘The Cardboard Rocket’ show that took us into Space and around the Solar System. Fortunately we were back in time for lunch!
The exhibits were very interesting and we learnt about magnetism, electricity, the digestive system and a great deal more, in an interactive interesting way.
Brooklands Motor Museum outing for Year 1
On Tuesday 1st March, Year 1 visited Brooklands Motor Museum. Our day began with a tour of the buses and a potted history of how buses have evolved. We then looked around the cars and aeroplanes and were able to sit on Concorde. The children were surprised to find that the Sultan of Oman’s aeroplane contained sofas and a bed.
Other highlights of the day were our rides on the Penny Farthing and our session in the Discovery Room where we were able to learn about many aspects of science through exploration and play.
The day was made particularly informative and memorable by our excellent guide Steve, who brought the history of motorised transport to life with his anecdotes and enthusiasm. A very happy day was had by all and the museum staff commented as we left, that Year 1 were a credit to their school with their listening and good behaviour.
Pre-prep Stars of the Week
Nursery - Emily for careful mark-making and improved independence.
Reception - Elliott for setting a good example to his friends in swimming and an improvement in handwriting.
Year 1 - Devon for detailed and neatly presented follow up work after the class trip.
Year 2 - Tommy for excellent work on using apostrophes for possession.
Year 2 success with Times Tables
Congratulations to Chester for achieving Bronze Level, Jonny P, Tommy and Saoirse for Silver Level and to Ed and Florie for Gold Level.