Weekly Bulletin 25/11/2016
The Senior School Musical - Just So
After working their socks off for 10 weeks the cast and crew of Just So performed to sell out audiences last Friday and Saturday evening. Both performances were rapturously received and the positive feedback has been overwhelming! All involved have put in huge amounts of effort and stretched themselves considerably, achieving a very high standard on the stage and most certainly learning a lot along the way.
The Performing Arts Hall was transformed in to a professional theatre, with a live band of professional musicians; wonderful costumes and make up, an imaginative set that saw a jungle magically appear half way through the show and a committed and focused cast and crew putting on a difficult but thoroughly entertaining and brilliantly successful show.
Huge thanks are owed to everyone that helped but Lisa Lee, Mrs Honey, Mrs Douglas and Mr Kaye put in many long hours so I would like to express my gratitude to them; and of course to the children, of whom we were all so proud and once again pulled it out of the bag!
Watts Gallery Takeover Day
Twelve students from Year 8 and 9 took part in the Watts Gallery Take Over Day on Friday 18 November. We had a detailed tour around the gallery and Church looking at Watt’s paintings, sculptures and art works. The marketing team gave an insightful brief into how they branded material and how they chose the colours to represent the brand of Watts Gallery. Inspired by all they saw and heard, the young artists designed a flyer to attract students of their age group to the Gallery. They fed back their designs and ideas to the marketing team, and Marketing were so impressed they will be using some of the ideas in their own campaigns! One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to see a highly skilled art conservator at work, restoring a painting that had a tear in the canvas. She showed us the instruments and paints she used in her work, explaining the process of restoration. She then answered a number of questions.
Year 6 visit The National Theatre
On Monday the 21st of November, Year 6 went on a trip to the National Theatre in London.
Once we got to the theatre, Amy (our tour guide) took us to the Olivier theatre, which has the biggest stage at the National Theatre. It has a revolving floor that can sink five floors down! We also saw part of the prop making department for Peter Pan.
We then went to the Dorfman Theatre, and passed around some objects that were used in some plays. We were also lucky enough to try on some costumes that famous actors had worn.
After lunch we were allowed to do a workshop with Debbie (an actress who performs in plays for the National Theatre).
The games we played with her were extremely fun, and in some of them we got to show off our acting skills.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in London, and at the end we were allowed to go to the gift shop. We had a safe journey on both train and bus back to school, and everyone enjoyed the trip.
Marcus D and Charlie C, Year 6
Beauty and the Beast
The Prep School together with Year 1 and Year 2 were treated to a wonderful performance of Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday. Image Theatre visited the School, with four actors setting up the stage and ably playing different parts to create the well loved tale. They were helped by a number of volunteers from the Prep School who had minutes to learn their lines and get into costumes. As you would expect there was no shortage of pupils keen to take part but our performers did a super job rising to the occasion and seamlessly playing their parts from wolves to the manservant - Marcus who was armed with a very large plate of fruit, which he was told must not be dropped! The audience too played their part, learning the chorus of three songs, and again when the moment came they sang with gusto to help create the story. The Christmas celebrations had started!
Prep School Talks
On Thursday 24th November the Prep School was entertained with two very interesting talks. The first on was on "broccoli" or was it? In fact this title was a joke played on the school by Ava W and Annabelle R - it turned out the talk was actually on baking! We discovered what cakes they like to bake and some very interesting and unusual facts about baking.
The second talk was on "Cricket”, clearly a sport which is enjoyed by both Toby T and Rufus B. They spoke clearly about their favourite batsmen and explained how cricket is played. Both talks were very well organised and enjoyable to watch.
A few match reports from this week's matches
Football: U12 v. Box Hill
The U12’s carried on their tremendous form by following up last week’s humbling of King Edward's, Witley with an even more emphatic victory away at Box Hill. Archie B opened the scoring with a trademark long range free kick before Alex P, with one of the best tackles of the season, was adjudged to have fouled a Box Hill attacker in the box! The injustice was compounded by a successful penalty for the opposition. 1-1. Spurred on by this our boys battled hard to find their rhythm on a large pitch, but slowly began to make inroads. Oisin W’s harrying of their back line eventually paid off when one of his crosses was turned in by one of their own players! 2-1 to us. In the second half, with the slope on our side, we moved up a gear and scored another 4 goals against an increasingly demoralised opposition. Dylan M scored his first for the As, as did Harry S, whose strong performances throughout the season were finally rewarded with his name on the score sheet. Jonathan H capped off a powerful display in the midfield with two excellent late strikes. Final score 6-1. Well done boys!
Swimming: Senior Girls' House Swimming Gala
A new event was held on Wednesday in the Girls PE programme. The inaugural Senior Girls' House Swimming Gala. It really was a super event and my thanks go to all the girls and in particular the work of the House Captains, Millie K, Erica K, Holly B and Sophie C who 'rallied the troops' to create a great atmosphere. The standard of the swimming was really high throughout the four houses, with teams from Year 7 to Year 11. The event was won by Armstrong but it was very much the taking part and the way you take part which was the most memorable part of the afternoon. Thanks to the many parents who braved the warmth of the pool area to bring their support. I did ask one pupil (who shall remain nameless and not our strongest swimmer) whether she had enjoyed it. She said, ‘not really but I'll say to you I liked it,' - definitely the right answer!
Football: U16 v. Frensham Heights
On a wet and windy afternoon the U16’s took to the field in buoyant mood, keen to preserve their 100% record this season. With 'safe hands' Pablo 'quick feet' A C, Jamie S and the team's talisman Lucas W all ruled out through illness this looked a tough challenge. Sure enough the first goal was conceded within just two minutes as a speculative cross was headed in from the edge of the area for Frensham Heights. Duke of Kent School rallied. Led by their combative captain Jonah H they broke quickly and after the opposing keeper fumbled Noah T was on hand to nonchalantly tuck the loose ball home with a back heeled volley. Surely the furious pace that had led to two goals in the first five minutes would relent and as expected the rest of the half remained fairly uneventful with both teams battling to cope with the heavy pitch. At the start of the second half Bastien H held off a defender's robust challenge and sprinted away to finish with aplomb, low and hard across the keeper. What felt like relentless pressure ensued from the home side but with a focused backline of Rory W, Robbie R, Marcus H and Nick P the team held out for a hard fought win. A great performance all round.
Prep School Reminders:
Friday 2nd December:
Prep School Christmas Show from 19:00-20:00pm
Friday 2nd December:PADoK Mulled wine and Minced Pies from 18:00-19:00pm
Matty S races into the Sussex Cross County Team
Matty S, Year 8, has been selected to run in the Sussex Cross Country Team in the forthcoming South of England Inter Counties event at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday 10th December 2016.
This is a result of Matty having consistently performed well this year in Cross Country and Middle Distance races. These include two races in the Sussex Cross Country League. The first was at Goodwood where he came fourth out of 55 boys and the second was at Lancing where he came fifth out of 68.
He has been working hard to improve his running and has been training regularly with the Horsham Bluestars. He is really looking forward the day.
Matty S, Year 8
Alex B Photo Finish
You may or may not know that I have been shortlisted for The Cairngorms Nature Competition for which I had to create a 1 minute 30 second documentary on a chosen species of wildlife. I chose to do mine on foxes. I was fortunate enough to be shortlisted and now, to decide the winner, it is up to people to vote. I would be extremely grateful if you were able to vote for me on the RSPB website. Due to the nature of the IT I don't think it is possible to vote in school. The link to the page where you can vote is here:
My one has a slightly dark video thumbnail of a mother fox and her two cubs, and when you click on it, it should say 'Alex Bayley.'
Alex B, Year 10
Prefects Charity Day
On Monday the 24th November the prefect’s hosted their charity day, to raise money for our chosen charities, which was a huge success. We managed to raise around £850 which was more than double our original target. This will mean that each charity will receive around £210 each. We held a range of activities throughout the day including a bake sale, face painting, a limbo competition, penalty shoot-out and an obstacle course. All the activities were a huge success, especially Nick P’s face painting which individually raised around £70. Thank you to all of year 11 for their help, it made the day better than we ever thought it could be.
Pippa G and Bastien H, Heads of School
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Olivia for displaying such a positive attitude towards group activities such as phonics, crafts and puzzles.
Emily for good letter formation in first attempts at independent writing.
Patrick for much improved speed and confidence in numeracy.
Lucy for showing a fantastic attitude and excellent effort during Christmas Production rehearsals.
Jamie for an excellent effort during maths this week, particularly during our work adding and subtracting 11.
SMART TVs are becoming increasingly popular. They are great as you can play content from Netflix, Amazon, BBC all off your TV through your Wi-Fi! With this comes the risk of students viewing age inappropriate content. BT have put together a web page that provides links to where to find the information to set the security settings on SMART TVs. The page can be found here:
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