Weekly Bulletin 17/06/2016

Year 4 Isle of Wight

Year 4, accompanied by Mrs Lock, Mrs Wilson and Mr Wilson, set off for a fun filled weekend on the Isle of Wight last weekend. Our first stop  was Carisbrooke Castle. The children were able to climb all the way to the top of the keep - about 79 very steep steps - and see the wonderful view from the top. They watched a donkey go round the treadwheel to pull a bucket up the well and had a chance to dress up in some incredibly heavy chainmail and imagine having to go into battle wearing it.

On Saturday we spent the day at Osborne House, having a tour of the inside; the children were all quite amazed at how many huge rooms there were and very surprised that the Royal children were confined to the top floor! We then walked down to see where Queen Victoria’s children played in their playhouse, Swiss Cottage, the size of a large ski chalet! We were lucky enough to have wonderful weather, so we spent a very relaxing hour or so on the beach, eating ice creams and building very impressive sandcastles.

Well done to all of Year 4 for their impeccable behaviour, ability to go straight to sleep on both nights (phew!), incredible tidiness (which may be a shock to some of their parents!) and their enthusiasm for everything we did.

Mrs Lock

Wild West

Last Saturday, Year 5 donned their finest ‘cowgirl’ and ‘cowboy’ get-up in honour of the annual Wild West Weekend. We began our event with some western themed games such as ‘Sheriffs vs Outlaws’, ‘Lasso the Celebrity’, ‘Boot Knockdown’ and a ‘Hat Toss’. Following some lunch, Mrs Crabtree led the group up to the Forest School site where the children made dream catchers and built shelters, which we later tested for water resistance!

After some well-earned dinner, making ‘Wanted’ posters, a game of Ambush and a late night walk up Pitch Hill, we finished our day with some songs and jokes around the campfire, accompanied by hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The renowned British summer weather made for a wet start to Sunday, but didn't dampen our spirits! A big thank you to Mr Green, Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Crabtree as well as all of Year 5 for their positivity and enthusiasm, which made for a really fantastic weekend! Yee-ha!

Miss Coady

The Great Outdoors

Last weekend, the children of Year 3 had an evening of fun and exploration in the depths of the school woods. Led by Mrs Henry and Miss Munro, they were given several Forest School challenges, the highlight for many being tasked with building a waterproof den. Luckily, thanks to Mr Wright and Mr Monk having already put up the tents, the dens weren't to be their shelter for the night! There followed several foraging games around the woodland, which worked up a healthy appetite for marshmallows and hot chocolate around the roaring camp fire. Before bedtime, we stretched already weary legs up towards Pitch Hill for a brisk night-time hike. For many it was the first experience of sleeping outdoors, and although the sounds of hooting owls and rustling footsteps unsettled a few, everyone bravely saw it through - with a little expert reassurance from Mrs Nicholson - until the birds' dawn chorus at 3.55am!

Mr Wright

Pre-prep Father’s Day Party

Despite unseasonal weather, Pre-prep Dads turned out in force to attend the annual Father’s Day Forest School party on Thursday. Their children escorted them to the site and explained the Forest School rules in the damp conditions. Each class made fare to share including sausage rolls, cheese straws, oaty biscuits and tangy homemade lemonade. Having been refreshed, the Dads took on the challenge of building waterproof dens - not an easy task on such a wet day! However, they were undeterred and an amazing array of structures were made in record time. We tested each one for waterproof qualities by tipping a small bucket of water over the brave children inside the dens! Each year the dens are getting larger and more complicated, next year we may need to get planning permission for some!

Mrs Henry

Pre-prep Garden Party

On the 9th June, Pre-prep held a right royal garden party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The outside area was dressed with bunting and paper chains made in the classrooms and looked lovely. Everyone wore red, white and blue and made some traditional food, including cucumber sandwiches, fairy cakes, red, white and blue biscuits all washed down with homemade lemonade. After tea, the children enjoyed some traditional games with a royal theme: ‘pin the tail on the corgi’, throw the ‘Jewel’ in the Crown etc. The afternoon was rounded off with the children singing the National Anthem.

Mrs Henry

Please email PADoK or contact your class rep to reserve your place for this hilarious, fantastic night out.


Careers Tea

Last week some of the senior pupils were party to a wonderful Careers Tea, where we featured some fabulous presentations by three of our parents. Sally Hughes spoke of her life in law, in business and as an entrepreneur. Jon Craig told us of his incredible experiences as a doctor. Juliette Cheveley spoke of her rise to become one of the world's most sought after stunt women. To have three people from our own community speaking with such passion about their very different professions, providing such inspiration, advice and warmth, was an absolute treat. Thank you so much to the three of you. I hope that this will become the template for many future events of this kind.

Mr Macdonald

Year 11 Girls Fundraising Run

As you know our amazing year 11 girls are taking part in the Guildford Pretty Muddy, Race for Life, 5k run, to raise money for Cancer research. They have already raised over £1000 and are hoping to improve upon that! Donations are welcome from all of you, via the School Office.  

The race takes place at Stoke Park, Guildford on June 25th, at 12.00pm. Any support is more than welcome!

Thank you so much to those who have already donated. Come on, girls!!

Sports News

On Wednesday 8th June, our Under 10 Rounders Team attended a tournament at Windlesham House. After six gruelling matches, we emerged in 4th place – a commendable position out of the 20 teams that took part. It was a fantastic afternoon, where our girls demonstrated some superb batting and fielding skills as well as brilliant teamwork. Well done to Amelie who was awarded the ‘Fielder of the Tournament’ award by the event organisers!

On Friday the U13s travelled the short distance to Westcott CC to play in the Belmont 6-a-side cricket competition. Unfortunately the U13s couldn’t overcome Belmont in their first game but turned it around for the other group games against Priory and Parkside. Toby Hughes led the way with his brilliant batting backed up well by Daniel Purves and Alex Watkins. Archie Lodge, Tom Wood and Luca Ellis bowled with good accuracy, while Sammy Luckett kept tidily.

We finished the group joint first on points but due to run rate meant we came 3rd meaning we played St Andrews, last year’s winners, in the 5th and 6th playoff at Holmbury St Mary’s CC. We won the game comfortably with Toby and Archie knocking off the runs with an over left.

Pre-prep Stars of the Week


Alex for showing a positive attitude towards food at lunchtime.


Erin for working really hard on handwriting and involving other children in her play.

Year 1

Isla for showing increased confidence and speed in numeracy work.

Year 2

Matty for making fantastic progress in his reading.

Malawi Gardening Project

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 5 dug up the first edible object from our outdoor vegetable patch, as part of our shared garden project with our partner school in Malawi, Salima LEA. We have many other items being cultivated in addition to courgettes including: tomatoes, potatoes, ruby chard, chocolate mint, parsley, pumpkins, leeks, onions, beetroot, lettuce, broad beans and peppers!

Alongside gardening, the children have also been researching suitable recipes that our crops could be harvested for, and will be forwarding these, as well as information about the process of growing our produce, to our peers in Salima.

Miss Coady