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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 24

Dear Parents,

I hope by now that you have all had a chance to read, if not the full report, then at least the summary documentation that has emerged out of our inspection visit last term? It was a great relief to me that we were finally able to release our inspection report to you; we had been privy to its contents for a few days ahead of its publication, as per ISI regulations.

As reassuring as it is to receive such good news here from the inspectorate, thinking about how we can build on our successes, as well as meet recommendations that have been made, is a part of what makes working in a school, for me at least, so exciting. I will be aiming to keep you all updated on how we hope our school will evolve and as ever I welcome discussion on this from you as parents.

I attended Pre-Prep assembly this week and I talked a bit more to the girls and boys there about ‘risk’, our assembly theme for this half term. We looked at pictures of Rosa Parks and I explained as best I could the great risks she took, in her bid to bring equality and greater freedom to her country at a particular point in time. If you are the parent of a child in the Pre-Prep do ask him or her if they can recall what I talked about. We all practised saying the word discriminatory out loud. I hope they can remember what it means!

Mr Arnold will write to all parents of boys in Years 3 – 5 on Monday, a fortnight ahead of our Prep exams, as promised. My colleagues and I have been discussing how important it is to us that we ensure our pupils know what effective revision looks like and how to go about carrying it out independently. We will be explaining a few top revision tips and techniques to boys over the coming school days, along with setting out for them our expectations around how much to revise and how often. Do get in touch with us directly if you would welcome greater clarity on this yourselves.

Have a great weekend,

Tim Smith

Headmaster

 

Sports News

Firstly, I would like to start with an apology to the boys and parents in the Under 8Cs, Under 10Cs, and the Under 9 cricket teams.  We were unfortunately let down this week by Surbiton in those fixtures, but I was delighted to hear that all of those boys who should have been involved got some competitive cricket in matches that were set up by our staff, playing against each other, and having seen the Under 10C game in beautiful sunshine, I can say that the action was fast and furious!

Tuesday was a busy day for all of Year 3 and 4 as our Under 8s travelled to Esher Cricket Club to play Surbiton, and the Under 9s made the short journey by coach to the NPL to face off against Newland House.  Reports from Esher were positive, and Mr Campbell has assured me that the boys are listening well to the key factors that are involved in bowling and batting.  I was fortunate enough to be umpiring the Under 9A performance on a beautiful setting in Teddington, and in five years of taking that age group for cricket, I will be pushed to remember a better display of fielding, batting, and bowling.  Every boy from the twelve who played; contributed, and the future is extremely bright if that level of effort and attitude continues whilst at Hampton Prep.  The Bs and Cs found life a little trickier, but Mr Martin is using his years of playing experience to steer the ship in the right direction.

Our eldest boys donned their pads and helmets on Wednesday against Claremont Fan Court, and with the Year groups rotation policy in full flow, it was great to hear of boys in the Under 11As and Bs playing with a flourish and smile on their faces.  In their final term at the school, all boys involved should relish these afternoons as they will form fond memories in years to come.  Mr Arnold was delighted with a tremendous bowling and fielding showing from his Under 10As, but is continuing to ask the boys to take a few more risks in their stroke play with the bat.  The transition from incrediball to hardball is sometimes tricky, and with more experience will come greater confidence.  The B team had a comfortable victory against Surbiton, and whilst the play was good, reports of their conduct throughout the match, were in even better.  For those that watched Chelsea play Spurs on Monday night, you will know that sporting role models for our boys can be few and far between at times, and whilst winning a fixture is pleasing, the manner in which we do that, is more important to me.

In a bumper week for the Year 3s, they all travelled this time to Surbiton Hockey Club to play against our friends at Weston Green School for an afternoon of cricket where the emphasis was on participation and continuing to learn the complexities of the game.  It is opportunities like this that the greatest learning can take place, and hopefully the sport of cricket can be elevated in the minds of our boys.

On what is looking like a ripper of a weekend, weather-wise, I wish the Under 11As and Under 10As good luck for tomorrow’s matches against Newland House.

Prep News

In assembly this week Headmaster’s Commendations for Art were awarded to Marley Tavaziva (6M) for his drawing of a wolf, Louis Simonds-Gooding (6C) for his curve stitching, Daniel Clarke (6C) for Op Art, Mark McDowell (5B) for Enthusiasm and Achievement in abundance and Alessandro Tafuro (4H) for huge improvement and achievement in Art. Well done to those boys!

Well done to Year 6 who raised a total of £106.63 with their cake sale last Friday in aid of Cancer Research.

We are still totalling up the money raised from our mini marathon and so far we are doing tremendously well! Hopefully there will be a grand total in next weeks bulletin so just a reminder to bring in any outstanding sponsorship forms next week.

Pre-Prep News

What a difference a week makes – we have made the most of the sunshine and have enjoyed taking our learning outside this week!

In Kindergarten, we have continued to observe the changes taking place with both our beans and our tadpoles. We decided that our beans perhaps needed a little more sunlight than they were getting in the classroom as their growth rate was a little slower than expected. We hope that by putting them out in the playground during the day, the sun will help our plants to bloom. We have reminded the children about watering them and, as you might guess, they have been very generous in their administering of water and many beans are now floating, but this is how children learn about the natural world!  We spent time collecting leaves in the front garden in a variety of shades of green and have threaded with a range of natural objects to make caterpillars and necklaces. Our caterpillars arrived and we have begun talking about the different stages of growth and development that will take place. They seem to have grown a little fatter already! The story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ is leading us very nicely into next week’s main focus on healthy food.

Reception have been looking at and learning about the life cycle of frogs and their habitats. We enjoyed Mr Smith reading us the fairy tale ‘The Princess and the Frog’ and discussed the importance of keeping a promise. The next day as a class, we acted the fairy tale out using puppets and props, some children chose to put on voices of the different characters, others suggested various endings to the story. The children chose their favourite part of the story, which they recorded by illustrating and independently writing sentences. In mathematics, we have been learning about estimation as well as watching our runner beans grow. We measured them in centimetres using a ruler and made a record of the length. On Thursday the plants went home and we are looking forward to hearing how they fair! We have been busy measuring items around the classroom with our hands, feet and rulers. What can you measure at home?

We are still looking for one more lovely parent helper for our trip to the farm!

This week in Year 1 we retold common fairy tale stories and wrote sour own versions. Today, a few of us read our stories to Kindergarten. Next week, we will be moving on to writing about Superheroes in English!  In maths, we have been noticing patterns in numbers and making up our own number sentence using different patterns of numbers. We enjoyed our art lesson this week, adding features to our portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. During our PE lesson, we carried practised some new hockey skills. In topic, this week we have been focusing on the weather again and we were all very keen to learn about climates in different parts of the world. We have also been investigating Kenya and how it is different to the United Kingdom.

Year 2 have been exceptionally busy this week! In mathematics, work has continued on capacity and the children have been estimating, measuring and comparing different volumes. In Literacy, they have been learning how to proof-read a piece of text, looking carefully and editing mistakes. The big event this week, however, was our trip to the Living Rainforest. On Thursday, the sun came out for us and we had a wonderful time exploring the rainforest, looking for different plants and animals and learning about how they have adapted to survive. The highlights were seeing the sloth and the Chinese water dragon (a type of lizard) as well as the other creatures (Harry the Armadillo, Goeldi monkeys, toucans, fish, tortoises, poison dart frogs… the list goes on!). The children were inquisitive, polite and wonderful ambassadors for our School – well done Year 2! As ever, we were extremely grateful to the parents who gave up their time to accompany us on the trip – thank you Mrs Harding, Mrs Kandeepan, Miss Nowosad and Mrs Searancke.

In assembly this week Teddy Clarke (Rec) was awarded the Courtesy Cup and Badge for his caring and kind manners. Miss Wakeling was also super impressed with his tidying up at playtime! The Stars of the Week were Jamie Searancke (Y2) for working at a much speedier pace and getting on to challenge activities. Freddie Brisbane (Y1) for working hard learning about number pairs and Archie Skinner (Rec) for working hard in the Easter holidays writing and recording his amazing trip to Brazil. Well done to those children!

Mathletics certificates went to Sebastian Baker (1 Silver), Izzy Gray (4 Bronze), Monty James (1 bronze) and Conor Harding (1 bronze and 1 silver) – congratulations to you all!

Also, Alfie Keller was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ at Cricket on Sunday – very well done. We are still totalling up the money raised from our mini marathon and so far we are doing tremendously well! Hopefully there will be a grand total in next weeks bulletin so just a reminder to bring in any outstanding sponsorship forms next week.

Finally, we hope that you all enjoy the beautiful sunshine this weekend!

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Tim SmithHeadmaster