Weekly Bulletin 23/10/2015
Sailing Success for Josie
Last week, our very own Josie in Year 9 was selected to represent the
RYA National Junior 4.2 Topper Sailing Team, as well as the South East
Zones in the same sport.
She will begin training for the World Championships held next year in Ireland. This is an amazing achievement that required a lot of hard work in a range of conditions. We wish Josie well in the coming months!
Duke of Edinburgh Practice Weekend
In early October the ‘sunken pitch’ area of the school found itself hosting a Year 10 campsite as they rehearsed for their Duke of Edinburgh qualification expedition. The aspiring explorers were directed to complete two day-walks in the Surrey Hills. The resulting physical and mental toll of climbing Pitch Hill and Ridge Hill on successive days will be remembered (fondly?) for a long time to come. I was very impressed by the efforts of all staff and students concerned. This was a learning experience after all. On the whole, the camping administration was excellent and included some novel (but still effective) cooking skills.
Navigation skills are still developing well but practice will make perfect (or at least ensure completion of a walk within daylight hours). Congratulations to all the participants!
The Senior Chamber Choir, the School Orchestra and the GCSE music students went to Guildford Odeon on Thursday for a special screening of the new BBC Ten Pieces film.
Ten Pieces II features stunning orchestral performances from the BBC Philharmonic, members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Hallé Choir, alongside violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpeter Alison Balsom and DJ Mr Switch. The film is designed to act as a gateway to orchestral music, taking young viewers on a journey and making them hungry to explore and experience classical music through new eyes and ears; and it certainly worked on our pupils (and staff - Mr. Southee was heard commenting 'That was a different gravy!').
Senior Rock Choir continues to grow with 46 children at the last rehearsal! This is an 'open to all' choir with an emphasis on singing rock/pop tunes and encouraging everyone to have a sing. If any pupil is interested in having a go please do encourage him or her to come along. The more the merrier.
The Prep School The Ukes of Kent are busy again this term with new members, new chords and a new song to learn. This is open to all in years 3-6; you just need a ukulele and some enthusiasm!
Watch out next half-term for the must see Calamity Jane Musical. Performances: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th from 7.00 - 9.30pm
Year 2's Trip to Brighton Sea Life
As part of their Topic work on Oceans and Seas, Year 2 visited Brighton Sea Life Centre. The children had chosen a sea creature to study and had already learned facts about these animals. When we arrived our guide took the children to find their chosen creatures and was very impressed by their level of knowledge about each one. The children enjoyed the glass tunnel through the huge ocean tank which is home to lots of sharks and sting rays as well the exciting glass bottom boat which travels over the tank's surface.
A huge thank you to the PADoK team for all their fundraising efforts. Their recent fundraising will be spent on the following:
D of E tents & compasses £500
Video production camera £1000
Big beanbags for Prep school & library & classrooms £500
Bikes and climbing equipment for Pre-prep £1000.
Spotlights x 2 £475, Wireless headset Microphone £495
Halloween Science Fun
Exploding pumpkins and gunge in science today!
Year 1 Medieval Day
On Thursday 8th October Year 1 had a Medieval Day. The children and teachers came into school in medieval dress. This year our outfits included a maid, a jester and some kings! Activities included painting shields designed by ourselves, paper weaving and medieval dancing with our dance teacher Lisa Lee. The children baked some delicious bread which they ate at a banquet in the afternoon, entertained by our class jester, Jamie Cruxton! The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Pre-prep Stars of the Week
Scarlett for trying hard in class all the time and persevering with
Annabelle B for taking care with her handwriting and improving the
presentation of her work.
Tess for reading with great expression and producing super medieval day
follow up writing
Eddie for remembering the correct letter formation and a great painting
of his favourite toy
Penny for enthusiastic mark making and creative use of resources
Stars of the Week from Last Week
Matty for excellent work in maths and kind behaviour
Tilly for super progress with her flash cards and for being helpful in class Millie H for fabulous independent adding work
Johnny E for being consistently polite in class and showing kindness to others at Forest School
Harry L for demonstrating fantastic enthusiasm as a king on our Judaism Day and for being helpful, cheerful and motivated.
Freddie W for brilliant behaviour and a wonderfully enthusiastic attitude.