Welcome back to the Summer Term – I do hope you all had a most enjoyable Easter break.
The school has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks. The old Theatre has been demolished and the site secured with hoarding. The rear playground of the Girls’ School will be out of use during the build, apart from as a secondary fire escape route, and the girls will now play in the top courtyard at lunchtimes. We have created a decked area for the pirate ship and other toys for the younger girls to use. For now scooters and bikes may be stored in their original location to the right of the Girls’ School, please do secure bicycles with a lock should you wish.
Many congratulations to Miss Rebecca who became engaged over the holidays, and to Miss Louise who is expecting a baby in October – such lovely news!
We welcome Miss Natalie to the team as our GAP Assistant this term; she will be involved in various areas, in particular with Games and fixtures.
The girls should be in Summer Uniform all term (green and white dresses, white ankle socks, blazer and panama hat). They may wear their green v-neck jumper, or if you prefer they may wear a plain bottle green cardigan (available from John Lewis and other suppliers). Blazers must be worn to school each day but may be carried home if the weather is very hot. We will apply sunscreen (Boots Soltan) to the children when needed but please inform your daughter’s form teacher if your daughter is allergic or if you wish to provide your own. Sun caps for Games are available from Perry Uniform.
Please see the website for the Summer Term menu. Please note that there will be no pasta option on the baguette day.
The Summer Term is always a very busy one and I would ask that you peruse the calendar carefully. Many apologies but there has been one amendment to the calendar since publication – we have had to move the date of the Summer Drinks Party, which will now take place on Tuesday 9th July. Notable dates for your diary are:
|6/5/13||Bank Holiday – school closed|
|3/5/13||Exam Week starts|
|19/6/13||Parents’ Evening (no clubs)|
|28/6/13||Junior Play (pm)|
|4/7/13||Sports Day (am, no afternoon school)|
|9/7/13||Summer Drinks party|
As always, should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.
With best wishes,
Mrs Sarah Segrave
I hope you all had a restful break and that the boys are looking forward to the new term. The theatre was safely demolished over the holiday and school is open and functioning normally. The building team will be working behind protective screens and they have a separate entry point from the pupils (the path from Wix’s Lane, behind the Girls’ School), so I can reassure you that the pupils’ education will be almost completely unaffected by the works. Assemblies, productions and concerts will take place in the Sports Hall for the next four terms.
Much went on at school in the second half of the Spring Term and I share with you some of the boys’ splendid achievements from February and March.
13+ London Day School Entrance Examinations
A group of Year 8 boys sat entrance examinations to a number of London day schools last term and I am delighted to report that they all performed superbly in the examinations. Many congratulations to the following boys who will be heading to the following schools in September:
|Nikita Gurbatov –||City of London|
|Kunaal Hireker –||Alleyn’s|
|Oliver Mawdsley –||Alleyn’s (also awarded a Sports Exhibition)|
|Zed Wakefield -||Dulwich|
|Geordie Wass -||Emanuel|
Although Anthony Bennett is down for St Paul’s, we must also congratulate him on being awarded an Academic Scholarship by Dulwich.
Young Art Competition
Once again the boys have worked hard on their entries for the annual Young Art competition organised by the Royal College of Art. The following seven boys are to be congratulated on having their work selected to be exhibited at the Royal College later in the year:
Alexander Senior (4AH), Zach Daeschner-Dawson (4LM), Magnus Ellingsen (5JL), Tom Hill (5JL), Alimorad Marandi (6CL), William Richards (7AS) and Kunaal Hireker (8AW).
Primary Maths Olympiad
Theo Chevis, Daniel Kaddaj and Edward Richards (all Year 6) performed brilliantly in the Primary Maths Challenge earlier in the year and were invited to compete in the Primary Maths Olympiad in February. They were part of a very select group of primary-age children in the UK who have a particular gift for mathematics and they again acquitted themselves extremely well in this most challenging of tests. Well done to all three boys.
Year 4 Play : “Puss in Boots”
The Year 4 boys staged a glorious production of “Puss in Boots” in early March. The boys had all worked extremely hard at rehearsals during the term and they gave us a real treat. There were exceptional performances from the leading actors, with Wilf Inglis and Gabriel Levesque sharing the central role of Puss and both boys excelling. The whole cast performed brilliantly and it was a very difficult decision to choose just one boy to receive the Junior Drama Cup, but Bertie Gosling was selected for his confident, stylish performance as the King. Many congratulations to all the boys and to the talented directorial team of Mrs Hardwick, Miss Ferguson and Miss Mackie, with tremendous support from Mrs Freer as Musical Director. To get all 49 boys on stage was a logistical challenge in itself, but it was a really splendid evening. Bravo!
Senior Play: “A Gallop Through History”
A light-hearted look at some major historical events, “A Gallop Through History” was performed by boys from Years 7 and 8 at the end of March. They rehearsed after school for eight weeks and gave us a fast-paced production, full of humour and some unusual insights into history! It was great fun and we offer congratulations to all the cast on their excellent performances. Well done to Gaspard Baroudel on being awarded the Drama Prize in Final Assembly and many thanks to Mr Rixham, as ever, for all his hard work last term.
House Music Competition
After the House Singing competition in February, we enjoyed the second part of the House Music Competition in March – for House Bands as well as individual performers – which provided a fantastically varied repertoire for an appreciative audience of parents and family members. The individual winners of the different sections were Anthony Bennett (piano), Henry Darell-Brown (singing) and Theo Julin (violin). The winning House Band was Balmoral, with the overall prize also going to Balmoral. Many congratulations to all who took part from all four Houses. Particular thanks must go to Mrs Freer who masterminded everything so efficiently.
Public Speaking Competition
The senior finals (Years 7 & 8 ) of the Public Speaking Competition took place at the beginning of March and the finalists performed with great panache. The following were selected as winners of their respective year groups: Kulraj Soor (Year 7) and Kunaal Hireker (Year 8 ).
House Chess Competition
The House Chess competition came to an end in March and we congratulate our overall winner, Oliver Vincent, but we offer commiserations to our former champion, Nikita Gurbatov, who was very unwell in the last few weeks of term and was unable to defend his trophy.
Visiting Author : Damian Dibben
As part of our World Book Day celebrations we were delighted to hear from Damian Dibben,
author of “The History Keepers” series. The boys were enthralled by his insights into being a
novelist and gripped by his reading of extracts from his first two books.
General Knowledge Challenge
Our junior and senior teams acquitted themselves very well in the national Satips General Knowledge Challenge last term. Rory Muirhead was awarded the General Knowledge Cup in Final Assembly and we offer congratulations to the five scoring members of both teams:
Senior Team : Rory Muirhead (top scorer), Oliver Vincent, Freddy Campbell-Gray, Nicolas Gardner and Luke Player.
Junior Team : Tom Klafkowski (top scorer), Oscar Muirhead, Oliver Gordon-Brown, Sebastian Clarke and Oliver Lewey.
The cross-country races in March brought bright sunshine and excellent support from parents as the boys raced around Clapham Common. Gaspard Baroudel won the senior event, with Zakariya Gaunt in 2nd place and Jack Hunter-Lees 3rd. Sam Smith was the highest-placed Year 6 boy, in 8th place overall. Max Eastwood won the junior event, with Ben Walsh in 2nd and Tom Hill 3rd. Lucas Jones was the highest-placed Year 4 boy, in 5th place overall.
The rugby and hockey matches were badly affected by the rainy weather last term, but notable rugby successes were chalked up by the under-9s against Thomas’s and Oakfield, the under-10s against Oliver House, the Hall and Harrodian, the under-11s against St Philip’s and 1st XV against Northcote Lodge (12 – 0). Oliver Vincent was awarded the Rugby Excellence Cup in Final Assembly.
At Final Assembly prizes were awarded to the following boys:
|Form PrizeForm||Effort Prize|
|Leo Sinclair||4AH||Edward Pagani|
|Nicholas Lewey||4KF||Patrick McCourt|
|Joshua Amoako||4LM||Zach Daeschner-Dawson|
|Jasper Sodha||5NM||Jack Middleton|
|Tom Hill||5JL||Louis Foster|
|Victor Wong||6CL||Alimorad Marandi|
|Gulliver Woods||6FF||Alexander Tsang|
|Zakariya Gaunt||7AS||Henry Schmeltzer|
|Louis Chevis||7KJ||Joe Morrison|
|Guy German||8FL||Jack Hunter-Lees|
|Eric Appen||8AW||Alex Gilbey|
The following cups were awarded to pupils who made a positive contribution in all areas of school life last term:
|Year 4 Industry Cup:||James Tobin|
|Year 5 Quaich :||Jude Burton|
|Year 6 Discipulo Egrecio :||Charlie Allison|
|Year 7 Deputy Head’s Cup :||Sebastian Ellis|
|Year 8 Headmaster’s Cup :||Oliver Stevenson-Smith|
|Individual Housepoint Cup :||Nicholas Lewey|
|Good Show Cup :||Rory Muirhead|
|Termly House Point Cup :||Windsor|
Many congratulations to all those listed above.
I am sure you will want to join me in congratulating Mrs Louise Nickalls (and her husband) on the news that she is expecting her first child in October.
Summer Term Events
I trust your son has brought home the new Summer Term calendar for you; please highlight the key dates that affect you and your son.
I wish the best of luck to the Year 8 boys doing their Common Entrance “mock” examinations next week.
I say “Bon Voyage” to the boys heading off on residential trips next week (Year 6 to France and Year 7 to Flatford Mill) and to the Year 5 boys who are travelling to Osmington Bay in Dorset on 29th April. As well as being great fun, these trips are so important in developing the boys’ collaborative skills and teaching them how to work and live together harmoniously. My thanks, as ever, go out to the organising members of staff.
I hope that the boys have a happy, successful term and that the sun shines throughout the summer months!
A very warm welcome to you all, I hope you had a lovely Easter! We are looking forward to the busy and
hopefully sunny term ahead. The calendar for the term is attached. Dates of note are: Parents’ Evening on Thursday 20th June 5.00 – 7.00pm, our fete on Wednesday 26th June and Sports Day on Tuesday 9th July.
We would like to welcome Miss Helena to the Yellow Room who will be with us for the term from the Girls’ School.
The Girls’ School guinea pigs are coming to visit while the building works are in progress. We will be looking for a home for them every holiday. Please see Miss Sarah in the Yellow Room if you would like to have them to stay.
We have an open door policy where you are very welcome to speak to the class teacher and assistants for
a few minutes each day. Please arrange a different time for something that might take longer to discuss.
The majority of correspondence will be emailed to one parent so please keep us informed of any address
changes and let me know as soon as possible if the family is not receiving emails from us.
Sign In Sheets
We will no longer be asking you to sign your child in and out every day. This will now be the responsibility of the class teacher. Please make sure your child shakes hands with their teacher or an assistant in the room when entering and leaving every day so that we know they have left with you, or their designated carer.
The children love to share their time at nursery with a close relative. We appreciate any volunteers who
would like to come and read to the children, help out with cooking, swimming or out of school visits so do contact your child’s teacher if you feel you have something to offer.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me.
Head of Nursery
Read our Spring 2013 Pre Prep Newsletter (PDF, 2Mb)