Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 18
I have been re-visiting the work of Carl Rogers of late; he believed it was critically important to maintain at all times what he called “an unconditional positive regard”. I have found myself drawing deeply on that wise advice this week. Events preceding the move into our extraordinary new facilities will reach their inevitable coalescence on Monday morning when we finally cross the threshold of our new building and we can begin to call it home.
On Monday, our School’s new name came into force and our new website was launched. Later in the week the new Prep building was officially handed over from the contractors to The Hampton Trust…and then we received the phone call from the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) informing us that they will be inspecting us next week (starting Tuesday), 24 hours after we move into our new, long awaited premises. I just don’t think it could get any more exciting than that – this has certainly been a week of history in the making and we are all, as Rogers recommends, still smiling!
I wrote to you yesterday with an update on how to navigate the new website, so I do hope you have all managed to look at it by now. Do also please unfollow our former twitter account and follow us via @Hampton_Prep from now on.
We prefer exciting times at Hampton Prep; this is our lifeblood and we thrive on a challenge, whatever that may be. Boys in Years 5 and 6 certainly rose to the occasion on Tuesday. Two teams of super spellers and English experts attended the Prep Schools’ Spelling Bee hosted by St John’s School, Leatherhead. I was delighted to learn that our boys did exceptionally well against very stiff competition, for we won both first and second places! I am grateful to the boys for giving it their all at this important event but also to Mrs Campbell and her colleagues who teach English here, throughout the school.
English is flourishing at Hampton Prep and a number of key English Department events occurring here later this term will doubtless have an impact on its continuing success. Thursday 3 March is World Book Day. We have had unfortunately to postpone our Prep poetry recital until Friday 11 March (but we are all looking forward to it taking place). Shakespeare Week begins on Monday 7 March. Do encourage your sons and daughters throughout the School to dress up as a character from their favourite book this Thursday; English lessons will have a particular focus on the printed word that day.
All the pupils and almost all of the staff from Years 3 – 6 are off site today as their belongings are being shifted for them from the old Prep building into the new one. They will discover everything they need, in their new rooms on Monday morning! I have already invited you, as parents, to wander in and see the new building for yourselves next week before school. You are still welcome to do that, our visit from the ISI notwithstanding, subject to the usual child protection and safeguarding arrangements that we will have to put in place of course. I suspect there may be a rush of interest from you, understandably, so if, as you approach the main entrance, it is all looking rather crowded we might have to ask you to be patient and perhaps even pop in later in the week.
Have a great weekend,
News from the Games Department
All of Year 4 and 6 had the opportunity to play against King’s House this week, and whilst the Under 11s found the going tough, the Under 9s dazzled all, this afternoon. The Under 11Bs ran the opposition close on Wednesday narrowly losing 30-20, with another positive being the Cs and D’s getting a chance to show all of last half term’s efforts in sessions. Wednesday also saw the Under 10 As and Bs travel to Esher to face off against Claremont Fan Court. Mr Salt and Mr Chilcott returned with good news not only in terms of results, but most importantly, attitude and performance.
As mentioned earlier though, the week belonged to Year 4, with two victories, one draw, and a narrow defeat in the Ds, our afternoon was a tremendous success with the boys displaying fine core skills throughout the teams. Perhaps the visit in the morning to the Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon empowered the boys to do something great with the message that life is short and you must be positive.
I will finish with an admission of guilt that when I was refereeing on Wednesday, I did call the home side ‘Denmead’ just the once, but we have been ‘three-cheered’ by the opposition as Hampton Prep, so in my book that makes it official.
What a busy week for the girls and boys in Pre-Prep ….
In assembly this week a Gold Star was awarded to Harry Ellis (Y2) For being exceptionally brave when he went into hospital and for coming back to school with such a positive attitude. Ollie Nicholls (Y1) For being a brilliant friend to all his classmates this week especially Sam! Reggie McCrow (Rec) For making a fabulous Zig Zag monster poster and working so hard with his reading/phonics at home. The Courtesy Cup and Badge were awarded to Conor Harding (Y2) Conor was holding the door open for members of the public at swimming on Tuesday. Miss Goscomb was delighted to see such beautiful manners. Well done to all those children!
Congratulations also go to the following pupils who received Mathletics certificates this week: Cyril Bellamy 1 bronze, Aarav Tegginamath 1 bronze, Fred Owen 2 bronze, Arin Patel 1 bronze, Jamie Searancke 2 bronze and Archie Duggan 2 bronze and 1 silver. Very well done!
Kindergarten and Reception began the week with a visit from the road safety team from Richmond Upon Thames. The children were taught how to cross the road safely using the ‘ Stop’, Think, ‘Look’ and ‘Listen’ code. We hope that this will be a life-long mantra for the children.
In Kindergarten the role-play area has evolved into the ‘Hampton Vets’ this week and many ‘pets’ have been booked in and treated successfully by the KG vetinary staff. Lots of bandages and injections have been administered! If you happen to have any unwanted soft toy pets that you would be happy to donate to the school, we would love to take care of them in our KG Vets! Also, we would be very grateful to receive small boxes for our 3D modelling activities next week, including egg boxes.
On Monday, we are looking forward to the ‘Living Eggs’ arriving. This is always an exciting time for us all in Kindergarten and we shall keep you posted on the progress of the eggs hatching into chicks. Watch this space! Our story focus will be The Little Red Hen.
Reception continued the road safety theme and designed great Zigzag Monster posters to warn adults that it is dangerous to park on zigzags. In mathematics, we have been working with number bonds, finding all the different ways that two numbers make the numbers to 5.
Year 1 continued to learn about weight and practised adding and subtracting. We have really enjoyed learning about nocturnal animals and we are looking forward to carrying on with this next week. We have been looking at the different clothes that pirates wear and designing an outfit fit for Captain Hook. In science, we have started to learn about different animal groups and playing a matching game to consolidate this.
Year 2 have started looking at books by the author Simon Bartram. We listened to the story of ‘Man on the Moon’ and wrote diaries for a day in the life of Bob the Spaceman. We have also written our own reviews of the book. We have been estimating, measuring and comparing mass in numeracy. This has involved using weighing scales and rounding numbers. In science, we looked at how objects can be changed by using the forces of pushing and pulling, and in topic we designed circuses of the future. The general consensus is that there will be lots of acrobats and technology involved. Some children also liked the idea of human cannonballs and spherical shaped circus tents!
Have a great weekend!