Weekly Bulletin 16/01/2016

Agincourt Exhibition at Watts Gallery

These pictures show pupils preparing for the upcoming Agincourt Exhibition at the Watts Gallery in March. The exhibition is part of a competition run by the Historical Association which encourages pupils to engage with the curatorial process of creating their own museum exhibits.

Year 6 Castle Competition

This year saw another excellent batch of Motte and Bailey Castles. As you can see from the photos, great care was taken with historical accuracy and the attention to detail was second to none. I would like to congratulate all those who took part for their hard work and hope that they found this a valuable learning experience.

Mr Seeley

Clean Water Challenge

Year 6 were set the challenge of trying to use the limited equipment they were given (some kitchen towel, a plastic bottle, a piece of newspaper, two pieces of filter paper, a piece of kitchen cloth and a couple of plastic cups) to filter some very muddy water . The objective was to produce half a cup of the cleanest water possible. They worked in teams of approximately four and had 30 minutes to complete the task. There were some very interesting techniques and the final results ranged from almost transparent to completely opaque.

Mrs Lock and Mrs Nicholson

Creative Writing Day in Pre-Prep

The Pre-prep staff put on a special Creative Writing Day on Friday. The children were split into mixed aged groups and all had a go at three different activities. Mrs Crabtree's group created a film role based on the story of the Three Little Pigs, and used a home made TV to show the film at a Show and Tell session at the end of the day. Mrs Henry 's group listened to Rudyard Kipling's story 'How The Elephant Got His Trunk' and then went on to create their own illustrated stories about how different animals got their characteristics. Mrs Ragless based her activities on the Julia Donaldson book 'The Stick Man' and children made rhyming trees where each bough had a different group of rhyming words. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities and it was lovely to see them working together in mixed age groups, with the Year 2s helping the Nursery children and vice versa.

Mrs Macdonald

Senior Dungeons & Dragons Activity

The activity continues to be serialised via the VLE After-school activities section of the activities page. Or by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/he2ela7


We have already had a great response to our House Photography and Design Technology competition but I thought that I would take this opportunity to remind students that there is still plenty of time to get more entries in. Students interested in either photography or design are encouraged to pick up a question sheet from the table at the top of the Art Corridor. The design sheets have a space on the back for students to draw their designs and these can be handed to Mr Watson when they are complete. Students wishing to enter the photography competition should sign a camera out from Mr Watson and save their photographs on the school computers.

Students are welcome to enter more than one design and should enter all the photographs they have taken to allow the judges to choose the strongest.

I look forward to receiving your entries.
Good luck!

Mr Watson

Sports News

The senior netball teams have made a great start to 2016. The Under 15 team have had three excellent wins against Box Hill, King Edwards and Christ's Hospital. The Under 14s have played two matches against Box Hill and Christ's Hospital and have had wins in both.

In the games this week against Christ's Hospital the teams put in very promising performances, with some strong team work. The Under 15s have had opportunities to challenge themselves by playing out of position, and it was encouraging to see many having a go at shooting.

The Under 9/8 teams had their first games on Thursday and although not successful against Belmont, all girls put in a good effort and learnt a great deal from the experience.

Though the school pitches were frozen and out of action, the PE department took advantage of the fabulous surrounding bridle paths on Pitch Hill to work on the pupils’ anaerobic and aerobic fitness. All pupils worked extremely hard in very cold conditions.

Mrs Wilson

An Emotional Assembly from Year 3

3N put on the first assembly of the term this week. The theme was emotions and, having explored the book 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today' by Carol McCloud, they demonstrated ways in which you can make other people happy by saying caring words and doing kind deeds. The assembly also included very thought-provoking and beautifully written poems about different emotions by Will, Myles  and George.

Mrs Nicholson

Pre-prep News

Stars of the Week

Year 2

Daisy for joining in with all the activities on offer at Forest School with such enthusiasm and for excellent work with Reading Comprehension.

Year 1 

Annabelle B increased fluency and super expressive reading.


Eddie for showing increasing resilience and a fantastic start to handwriting.


Hubert for demonstrating increased confidence and good listening skills.

Mrs Macdonald