Daneshill Diary 06/06/14
First impressions are supposedly significant so I am not sure what the parents attending the New Children’s Morning would have made of our visiting samba drummers and dancers. They were here to train our inter-house teams who will be competing against each other at the forthcoming World Cup Family Fun day.
At least the weather was bright and sunny to match the beat of the drums and also ensure all our pupils were able to enjoy their picnics outside.
The School is close to being full for September and we have an exciting bunch of new children who will complement our existing pupils and thereby strengthen the ambitions of our thriving school.
After a week of examinations there is both a sense of relief and delight after a job well done. Many of the senior pupils are now looking forward to an exciting programme of residential trips and taking advantage of all of the opportunities that they offer.
Art & Books in the Spotlight – Creative Writing Competitions
I am delighted to announce an opportunity to get those ideas flowing and pens scribing for our Creative Writing Competitions. All prep school pupils will be introduced to the idea of taking a piece of artwork to inspire them to write a poem or story of up to 500 words in their English lessons, but will bring these home to work on too.
I have also heard how creative many of our parents are too, so they are also invited to write a poem or story of up to 500 words, based on a piece of artwork. I can recommend the National Gallery website as a source of some truly beautiful paintings, but maybe you already have your own favourite. The final entry date is Friday 20th June.
Good luck – we look forward to reading them!
News from the Pre-Prep & Nursery
Weekly Sports Reports
On Saturday 24th May, twenty Daneshill pupils travelled to Aldershot Garrison Stadium to compete in the Pentathlon GB South Schools Biathlon Championships. Over 300 athletes from across the South of England took part in the competition, which required Years 4-7 to run a distance of 800m and swim 50m. The Year 8’s had to run 1,600m with a swim of 100m.
It was a well spirited day. Lots of spectators braved the rain to support their children and Daneshill pupils put on a gutsy performance, working extremely hard to gain the fastest times possible. The Daneshill team did incredibly well with special mention to the following pupils who all finished in the top ten in Hampshire in their respective age groups, Anna Swart (7th), Alex Spiers (7th), Charlie Miller (8th), Matthew Ruffell (9th), Billy Pocock (10th), Holly Smith (2nd), Georgia Lea (8th), Tom Swart (3rd), Sam Jefferson (3rd), Jack Pocock (6th), Guy Stevens (4th), Archie Beresford-Davies (7th). Huge congratulations to all involved.
The U.13 rounders teams did very well this week against a strong St Andrews side. The U.13 A team performed some outstanding catches with some brave running round the bases. They fought hard to secure a draw of 17.5 all. The U.13 B’s did brilliantly; fielding safely and batting long hard balls into deep field. The girls dominated the game from the start with a final score 22.5-10.5.
Disappointingly, the weather has impacted negatively on this week’s cricket again. All of the fixtures against our local rivals, St Neot’s, were cancelled as grounds at both schools were unplayable. We have managed to get some training in during the week, however, and we have been focusing on our decision making when batting. Topics have included where to look for ‘ones’, what balls to hit and how to pace our innings in order to ensure our eye is in and we can maximise any run getting opportunities. Next week will see some different fixtures in the Colts as Year 5 are away at Heatree so we will be playing two Year 6 teams against St Piran’s.