First of all may I welcome everyone to the start of what promises to be an exciting new academic year. The teachers have been working very hard preparing everything for the term ahead and it has been lovely to see the boys so full of energy and enthusiasm as they enter their new classrooms. I am sure that the boys will quickly settle into their new routines.
A special welcome must go to our very new boys who have joined us in Kindergarten and in Years Two and Three. I am sure that they will soon feel part of the Pre-Prep family and we will do everything we can to ensure that they are very happy here.
We have also welcomed some new staff to the Pre-Prep. New Class Teachers are Miss Emily Day in 1A, Miss Lauren Smith in 2A and Mr Simon Cassell in 3C. Mr Cassell is also the Year Co-ordinator for Year Three. Miss Naomie Lemay will be teaching the boys French.
The new Assistant Teachers are Miss India in KG1, Miss Lucy in KG3, Miss Lorraine in 1A, Miss Hayley in 1B and Miss Kerry and Miss Philippa in 1C. Miss Raquel remains with KG2. Classes in Years Two and Three will continue to be assisted by our subject specialists, when they are not teaching their own subjects.
Next week you are invited to attend an Information Evening with your son’s class teacher. It will be a good opportunity for you to get to know the teachers better and to find out about the curriculum for the year and classroom routines.
The Kindergarten Information Evening will be held on Monday, 12th September at 6.00pm and we hope that you will be able to stay for a social evening afterwards when you can get to know the other parents in your year group.
Information Evenings for parents of boys in Years One, Two and Three will be held on Tuesday, 13th September from 6.00 – 6.45pm. There will be a talk about entry into Eaton House The Manor Prep School with Mrs Cawthorne and Mr Edwards, in the theatre, for parents of boys in Year Two at 6.45 pm.
You will see from the Autumn Term Calendar that we have a stimulating and busy few weeks ahead of us. Please do check the dates carefully – particularly important ones to note are:
12th September – Kindergarten Information Evening and Social
13th September – Information Evening for Years One, Two and Three
16th September – Second Hand Uniform Sale
7th October – Jeans for Genes (jeans may be worn for a donation to charity)
15th October – Open Day (some boys needed for music and games demonstrations)
24th – 28th October – Half-Term
18th November – Long Leave Day (no school)
24th November – Parents’ Evening
1st December – Kindergarten Nativity 11.00 am (KG boys may go home afterwards)
13th December – Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity 2.00 pm
15th December – End of Term 12.00 noon
You will also find a copy of the calendar and other useful information, such as this term’s lunch menus, on the school website.
Trips and Workshops
Payment for trips and workshops will now be added to the school fees bill, in arrears.
We do offer early morning care from 8.00 – 8.30 am. The boys are supervised by Mrs Narjot Gill or Mrs Emma Tillson, who are fully qualified nursery assistants from our very own Nursery. Each session costs £1 and is charged to parents retrospectively, each half term.
The main doors to the school open at 8.30 am and boys should not enter their classrooms until this time, unless they have a coaching lesson, as this is vital time for staff meetings and lesson preparation. If your son is invited to attend SRA or handwriting with Miss Rebecca, the boys do not need to come into school early as these sessions do not start until 8.35 am.
These will be taken next Thursday, so I hope the boys will look particularly smart for these.
Uniform and Equipment
Please check that every item of uniform and equipment that your son brings to school is named. As you can imagine, the boys quite often mislay things but if they are clearly labelled then we can get everything back to the right place.
With very best wishes to you all for the new academic year and the term ahead!
Mrs P T M Cawthorne