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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 29

This Week

Dear Parents,

You may well receive this edition of our Bulletin just ahead of our wonderful Hampton Prep Proms event taking place this evening. From our angle, we are all anticipating this event to be every bit as enjoyable and suitably effervescent as last year! The boys have certainly been putting their hearts and souls into rehearsing this week and I am convinced we are in for a tremendous evening of really jolly singing and instrumental performance.

There will be no circus skills in evidence tonight, but after our successful circus skills workshops that took place on Monday of this week, there probably could be! The boys loved seeing a real circus performer show off the sorts of tricks and turns that are a joy to watch. They also managed to do a very good job of learning a few of those manoeuvres themselves. On Monday afternoon Mr Salt took five boys to the London Prep Schools Athletics meet at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, where they all competed with great effort on a hot day against children from a large number of other schools. Jack Price particularly distinguished himself against stiff competition to finish in the top three in the 800m.

Tuesday saw boys enjoying some pretty challenging maths problem solving activities during our maths workshops led by Mrs Clarke, a colleague from the maths department at Hampton School. On Wednesday it was terrific to welcome our new boys into Year 3 for a visit and for all other boys in Years 3 – 5 to move into their new Form groups as of September and spend some time together for the rest of the day. We made it clear to the boys, and it is worth making it clear to you all as parents now, that the Form groups for September will not change but due to one or two matters regarding the deployment of my colleagues, the adults who will be in charge of each Form may have to change. If they do, I will be sure to let those parents of the boys affected know.

On Thursday we welcomed Mrs Tinkler, our new Deputy Head (Pastoral) to the school for two days and it has been really excellent to get to know her more and for her to meet plenty of you, and of course plenty of your children. She is very excited to be joining us! She was able to see the entire school together, on one of the rare occasions we ever are, as we assembled for our two yearly whole school photo on Thursday Morning. This morning saw us all enjoy an assembly on healthy eating and nutrition delivered by one of the chefs from our catering company. Boys in the Prep then whipped us up – or should I say cycled us up – a vast amount of really healthy fruit smoothies during their smoothie bike workshops in the morning.

I have had an email from one of our neighbours this week who is having a plant sale at her home on Wensleydale Gardens on Saturday, starting at 1pm, to raise funds for the Blood Fund at Imperial Health Charity. We were happy to support The Blood Fund at our 2017 Christmas Carol Concert. The neighbour’s address is 12 Wensleydale Gardens – she does have a very beautiful garden and I am sure her plant sale will be just as excellent. Do please support this if you can.

 Have a great weekend,

Tim Smith


Sports News

With half term and then residential the following week it has been a while since I have written a sports bulletin. Last week was busy for all of us but it was clear this week that the boys were keen to get back into their sport.

On Tuesday every boy in Year 3 and Year 4 played a fixture against Willington School. They are a school of similar size to us and also encounter the same problems in terms of finding schools big enough to allow all their boys to play, so we have started to play home and away fixtures against them in order to increase the number of games we get to play.

This was the second leg. In the first leg all the games were very tight, unfortunately the same could not be said this time around for the U9s where all four teams lost. However, I was with the A team and we showed a strong attacking mind set. Much more so than the opposition and so much so, it led the opposition coach to address our boys at the end of the match and tell them how entertained he had been by our batting. He stated that we were by far the best shot making team he had seen all season. In comparison to our 85, Willington scored very few runs off the bat. However, we lost a lot of wickets due to our desire to play attacking shots and in pairs cricket you lose 5 runs for every wicket you lose. So eventually despite the oppositions more conservative approach they were victorious.

That said I would much rather a team attack and lose than defend and win. As the boys get older they will better understand the balls to attack and the balls to defend, but if they start their careers willing to attack they will win more games than they will lose and become all round a better cricketer. You don’t win games unless you score runs!!!

The U8s also had a tough afternoon with 3 losses and one draw but it is evident that the boys in Year 3 are becoming far more confident in their skills, in-particular calling between the wickets. The main thing was all the boys were outside being active, having fun and enthused about playing sport. As the year draws to a close I always start to wonder about the impact we have had on the boys with our provision. However, an afternoon such as that helps to justify our approach and I think we have done a pretty good job.

Today the U9s play their second fixture of the week, as they host St. Benedict’s on Carlisle Park. From there they will be whisked to Hampton to join the other boys for their rehearsals for tonight’s Prom.

Next week may well go down as the busiest week of the year, with a large fixture for the U8s against Staines Prep, House Cricket competitions on Monday (Year 5 & 6) and Friday (Years 3 & 4) and Sports Day on Thursday. I have been busy organising and collating all the races and I hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday afternoon at Hampton School.

It is always my favourite day of the year and I hope that all the boys enjoy it. The emphasis, as always, will be on participation and enjoyment. However, I am sure there will be some very excited boys on Thursday who will be keen to make their mark on the Hampton Prep history books and walk away with a record. Whatever happens we’ll cheer them all on and wait in anticipation for the real event of the afternoon……..the parents’ race!

See you next week.

Prep News

In assembly this week the following boys received Headmaster’s commendations for writing great accounts of their trip to London Zoo; Billy Matthews, Harrison Gilbert, Archie Duggan and Alfie Keller (All 3L).  For excellent story writing in the style of Rudyard Kipling’s Just so Stories; Aaryan Jadoon, Noah Hynes, Ollie Nicholls, Joshua Gibbins, Rocco Freedman and Jasper Miles (All 3W). And to Rory Walker for creating an excellent coordinating game. (3W) Well done to those boys!

Another busy week for the Prep boys this week, starting on Monday with the Circus Skills Workshops taking place all day at the Prep. A handful of our boys along with Mr Salt missed out on this however to take part in the London Prep Schools Athletics at Thames Valley Athletics Centre and am told did very well in their various events. Well done to those boys.

On Tuesday Year 5 took part in some maths workshops organised by Mr Campbell.

Wednesday was our new pupils day which saw our current pupils spend a day with their new form tutors and our new Year 3 pupils come into their new classes and take part in some ice breaking activities.

Our whole school photograph was on Thursday morning which was sadly the last one for Mr Arnold and of course Mr Richards after 25 years!

And today we had our special nutrition assembly followed by the smoothie bike workshop in the morning and a busy afternoon of final rehearsals for our Proms this evening!



Pre-Prep News

Well, it has been another busy week here in Pre-Prep with a number of visits to Prep for example the whole school photograph and to an assembly today on the theme of healthy eating.  Walking between sites through Carlisle Park particularly at this time of year is always a joy, but it is even more pleasurable when we are stopped by members of the public making positive comments about the children’s excellent manners and behaviour; it makes us feel very proud indeed!

Sebastian Baker (Year 2) very kindly brought in his Beaver’s uniform this week; we very much enjoyed hearing about it but especially loved seeing the range of badges he has accumulated during his time with them – well done, Sebastian!

Many thanks to Year 2 parents for their contributions to our cake sale on Tuesday, we are thrilled to announce the sale raised £109.70 for Cancer Research.  A special thanks to Mrs Skinner, Mrs Crook and Mrs Thakrar-Vara for manning the stall, too!

Today in assembly, the Courtesy Cup and Badge were awarded Thomas Chivers (Year 1) to for his sensible attitude and always being so polite.

and Stars of the Week  went to the following pupils:

Year 2: Josh Sharma two stars for remembering to slow down and taking care when completing tasks.

Year 1: Joshua Hill two stars for fantastic addition and subtraction work this week.

Reception: Thiyaan Dissanayake two stars for superb progress with his sight words.

Here is what we have been up to in class ….

In Kindergarten this week, we read Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Buringham. We enjoyed the story and had fun making our own Mr Gumpy boat out of cardboard. We painted the boat green and used blue mosaic to represent the river. We have many animals in our boat just like the book does!

We looked at floating and sinking this week and tried our own investigation. We had a tray of various items and guessed whether each object would float and sink. We looked at them in detail, decided if they were heavy or light, soft or hard, and then decided whether they would float in the bowl of water or sink to the bottom. There were moments of suspense as we placed the object in the water to see if our predictions were correct. Using the plastic boast and containers, we estimated how many people we could place on them before they sunk! The children then carried out their individual experiments by putting other objects in the water.

We have talked about the festival of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. The children who are celebrating, spoke to their friends about what they were doing to celebrate this special occasion.  The children were excited to see that Ayman had brought in his prayer mat, prayer hat and The Holy Qur’an. Thank you Ayman for sharing these precious items with your friends and telling us all about the Muslim faith.

Next week’s topic is Road Safety.

What a fabulous week we have had in Reception! We enjoyed a wonderful trip to Bocketts Farm on Wednesday – amongst other things, the children loved our bumpy tractor ride, seeing the sweetest two-week old foal, cheering on the pigs in their race and stroking a tiny mouse called Minnie! The boys behaved beautifully and were a real credit to the School.  Back in the classroom, we were inspired by our visit to the farm and all the animals we saw.  In literacy, the children have written recounts of their trip, and imagined a day in the life of different animals. We thought that rolling around in mud like the pigs sounded rather a lot of fun! In mathematics, we have been combining two groups by adding together all the animals in Farmer Johnston and Farmer Timba’s fields! The children have also painted some beautiful pictures of their favourite farm animals with large brushes.

Year 1 have had a wonderful week, with another moving up morning visiting Miss Goscomb and Miss Horton in Year 2. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Nutrition Assembly over at Prep today.

In English, we have been consolidating spelling common words correctly and have been learning how to put words into alphabetical order.

In maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction sums within 20 and using our problem solving skills to solve worded problems.

We visited the British seaside from long ago in topic, in particular, we watched a Punch and Judy show. The children made their own Punch and Judy puppets and we will be using our puppet show to put on performances next week!


We have had another busy week in Year 2! In maths, we have been learning how to collect information and display it as bar charts and pictograms. We have also been comparing our data sets and answering questions about them.

In English, we have focused on Roald Dahl’s ‘The Magic Finger’. We had to make a prediction about what could happen if the magic finger was placed on someone and had great fun thinking of what power we might have if we had our own magic fingers!

In topic, we began our rainforest dioramas by looking at some example ideas, planning what ours will look like and painting the insides of our boxes.

In science, we learned more about different seed designs and made our own model seeds, thinking carefully about how they could be transported.

In life skills, we thought more about what we could do if we are worried about moving on from Pre-Prep and how we could find out more information about Year 3 (this included asking teachers and talking to the people we live with).

The boys were very excited to go up to Prep to meet their new teachers on Wednesday and all reported having had a wonderful time.

The girls, on the other hand, were superb ambassadors when assisting in Kindergarten on Wednesday – they helped to ease our new Kindergarten children into life here when they visited Pre-Prep this week.

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Tim SmithHeadmaster