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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 20

This Week

Dear Parents,

Two exciting events happening off site have concluded this week; well, one of them last weekend really. I was very pleased to know that the Year 5 rugby tour to Manchester was a great success and that boys and staff had a very good time playing some driven, challenging rugby against Altrincham Prep, as well as visiting a couple of well renowned stadia and watching some professional sporting fixtures. At the other end of the scale – no pun intended – colleagues accompanied nearly 40 boys to the ‘Voice in a Million’ singing event at Wembley Arena last night. Boys and staff had a truly tremendous time there too.

As you know, we try very hard to ensure that we maintain excellent positive relationships with our neighbours. One of our Governors, the Deputy Bursar and I met with the neighbours’ association recently, for our termly catch up and one or two matters were raised by them that I am happy to pass on here. May I kindly remind you that if you are driving your children to school or collecting them by car, to continue parking with consideration, care and of course in a legal fashion on the streets surrounding the school. Even if you may not feel that you have blocked a neighbour’s driveway, especially in the morning, it seems that not very much of your vehicles needs to be parked over dropped curbs for our neighbours to feel otherwise. If parents could please ensure that cars are parked a good distance away from the edge of our neighbours’ dropped curbs, especially on Gloucester Road, that would be most appreciated.

A small number of parents attended the ‘Coffee Afternoon’ we organised in the James Hall at the Prep yesterday, to mingle, chat and get to know one another a little more, as well as hear a bit from Mr Arnold and me about the process of establishing next school choices. As ever, these events are really very informal and we hope they provide you with yet another opportunity to come in and talk to the staff here. If ever any parents feel they would like any sort of update from us on the process of selecting next schools, we will always be very happy to chat. I am seeing numbers of parents in Year 5 at present. There is no strong reason why parents of children in lower years necessarily need to come and see Mr Arnold or me at this stage but do please get in touch if you feel you would like to.

For all sorts of reasons, we are marking World Book Day today! Ahead of Miss Leece’s Class Assembly this morning I rather feebly indicated that the stick insects woven into the pattern on my tie were perfectly representative of my love of the story for younger children entitled ‘Good Trick, Walking Stick!’ but it is fair to say plenty of boys and staff went to much more trouble than me. Everyone looks great and I love the fact that this is a school where the seemingly frivolous business of getting dressed up is taken very seriously!

Have a great weekend,

Tim Smith


Sports News

What a busy week! On Friday morning the U10s, along with Mr Salt, Mr Chilcott and I departed for Manchester. It was an early start with the bus leaving at 7.30am, we wanted to get on the road early; what with our infamous road network and the obvious congestion and traffic works we were bound to encounter along the way. Five hours later we were sat at the school two hours early wondering if we had actually hopped on a time machine! However, better to be early rather than late and we soon started our first game against Altrincham Prep. The B team game was a close fought affair with the game being tied at two tries each until the last few minutes, when Altrincham pulled away and scored two late tries. Never the less Mr Chilcott commented on how, without a doubt, that was the best rugby they’d played all season.

The A team were a little more dominant and played some fantastic running rugby demonstrating great handling skills to run out 8-5 winners. Altrincham’s coach, Mr Birch is like me and believes that the ball should be thrown around and not just given to the biggest player to run through everyone and he was impressed with the rugby our boys showed he is keen to invite us back next year for what will hopefully become an annual trip!

The next morning we departed for Old Trafford where a current parent, along with acquiring the tickets for us had also kindly arranged for the boys to have a mini tour of the stadium and walk pitch side. What an experience and what a treat for all involved. The boys then watched as Manchester United took on Bournemouth AFC resulting in a 1-1 draw.  A great time was had by all and I for one cannot wait to do it all again next year.

Whilst we were playing in Manchester the U9 boys were playing King’s House. Up to this point the U9s had been performing very well but on this occasion the opposition proved too strong and we failed to record a victory. But we can learn just as much from losing as we can from winning and maybe it wasn’t a bad thing to have a day like that. It gave all the boys and the coaches things to think about and work on.

The beginning of this week saw the house cross country competition. It makes me very proud to see all the children taking part and most importantly trying so hard. There is nothing like a big crowd and some intense rivalry with your best mate to make you push that little bit harder and we saw some fantastic performances from all the boys. In Year 1 the winner was Teddy Clarke; Year 2 – Rocco Freedman; Year 3 – Marcus Solomon; Year 4 – Thomas Deedman; Year 5 – Jack Price and in Year 6 – Jamie Wilson. The overall house winner was Tudor.

Wednesday then saw the U10s travel to Bishopsgate where both of the two teams that travelled won with a great performance from the C team boys who are now starting to play quite frequently, which means that more and more boys are staking a claim for a spot in the B team. On the same day the U11s hosted King’s House. Unfortunately, it was a similar story as the U9s the week before and the standard of play which I saw from the King’s House A team is what we must aspire to in terms of performance goals. I have always said winning Is not the point at this age but that does not mean we should not aim to improve and better ourselves and so for us as coaches it is back to the drawing board to see what we can do to help all the boys improve further.

I am sure you are aware that today was House Rugby and I look forward to telling you all about it next week; along with an U9 tournament at Caldicott, which is an addition to the calendar and a full set of fixtures against St. George’s Windsor.

Have a great weekend.

Prep News

In assembly this week Headmaster’s Commendations were awarded to Amar Bajwa, Shreyan Kottala, Aaron Lear, Thomas McMonagle, William McKillop and Oliver Roberts (All 3W). For creating a fantastic poster for Hampton Prep, using a range of persuasive language. Well done to those boys!

Pre-Prep News

We were so proud of our Year 1 and 2 children on Monday as they raced around Carlisle Park with great gusto at the Inter-House Cross Country – very well done to you all!

What a fabulous array of book characters we welcomed to school today!  Many thanks for your support in helping to make the day great fun.

As you know the Travelling Book fair will be open next week – if you haven’t received a letter detailing the opening times, please ask Mrs Murphy for a copy of the letter.

Today in assembly the following awards were made:

The Courtesy Cup and Badge were awarded to James Nunn (Year 1) for always being kind and caring to his friends.

Star of the Week went to the following children:

Year 2: Aaryan Jadoon for trying really hard to work at a speedier pace and getting onto much more ‘challenge’ activities.

Year 1: Niam Thakrar-Vara for his wonderful rhyming and poetry work this week.

Reception: Jasper Olney for working hard with his phonics.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in class …

Kindergarten have immersed themselves in books this week as we celebrated World Book Week. The children learnt key vocabulary, such as, author, illustrator, character and setting and worked  as authors in small groups to develop a story with a beginning, an event and an ending. Not surprisingly, the children themselves were often the heroes of their tales, with Knights, dragons, Kings, queens, princes and princesses all featuring quite frequently! We look forward to illustrating them next week. We had an exciting local trip to the charity bookshop next door to Hampton Station. Each child chose a book from the wide selection on offer and the bookshop assistant praised the children for their beautiful behaviour and charming manners. If you haven’t visited this bookshop before, we would highly recommend it.  Today the class arrived dressed as a wide ranging assortment of storybook characters and had fun taking part in our parade. Just when we thought the week couldn’t get any better, the children in Year 2 came to read us their stories about their adventures in space.

It has been a very colourful week in Reception as we have been reading lots of Elmer stories by David McKee and we have been admiring his flamboyant patchwork. We even sequenced the Elmer story and wrote a sentence about our favourite part of this story, we even made our own patchwork elephant using lots of different coloured squared pieces of paper. We have been looking at elephants from around the world and finding out lots of facts about them. We became very artistic when we painted our elephants. We used different types and sizes of paint brush.

In Mathematics we have been learning to count in 2’s and 10’s and adding 1 and 2 numbers to any given number. We have also been looking at number bonds, finding out different ways to make numbers up to 5 using number bond bracelets and pegs and a hanger!

Friday was a very exciting day as we came to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We drew ourselves and wrote about why we chose the book we did and did some fun World Book day addition. We enjoyed listening to lots of different stories that our friends had brought in.

This week Year 1 continued their work on poetry. We looked at sound poems and revised rhyming words. At the end of the week we wrote our own rhyming poem in the style of ‘Sounds’ by Irene Rawnsley.

In maths, we worked on addition and subtraction sums and learnt about using subtraction facts to find addition facts.

Over the course of the week we have been carefully looking after and closely watching our bean plants grow – some are now more than 8cm tall! Today in science we measured our plants using a ruler and drew a labelled diagram showing the progress our plants have made over the week.

Today we also enjoyed World Book Day and the array of characters in the classroom, the children looked wonderful in their outfits! We talked about the character they had chosen and the reason why they had chosen them.

In English this week, Year 2 have been finishing writing their ‘Bob’ books. Today we were very excited to visit Kindergarten to read them our completed stories. We also took part in Inter House Poetry today as part of our World Book Day celebrations. The children all did exceptionally well to choose and learn a poem. The final will be on Monday afternoon in assembly and will be judged by Mrs Campbell, our Head of English.

In maths we have been learning about data collection and sorting. We have used Carroll diagrams, Venn diagrams, tally charts, tables and bar charts.

In science we looked at the forces of gravity and friction by investigating whether the height and material of a ramp affected how quickly a toy car travelled down it. In topic we discovered that our new famous person is Sir Francis Drake. We learned about his life before thinking about what it means to be brave and have courage.


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Tim SmithHeadmaster