This week senior examinations started with a vengeance. For many pupils these assessments are vital in measuring their progress towards final transfer at 13+ especially those aiming for schools that are increasingly academically selective.
I am delighted to announce that Angus Leach and Harry Hare in Year 7 received very positive news this week following their second round of pre-selection for Wellington College. They have both been given definite offers for Sept 2016. This is a great achievement but they should be in no doubt about the hard work that lies ahead!
One or two others will also be feeling the pinch as we step up the level of expectation for those who are just a few months away from the realities of Common Entrance and the inevitable but exciting opportunity for them to demonstrate their true potential.
Unfortunately the opening of the science block has been delayed another week. The company that we have employed to fit the internal furnishings have mislaid some sinks, which means that Francis Construction are unable to complete their second fix on plumbing. Obviously this is hugely frustrating for all concerned but the end is in sight.
Finally, as a result of recent changes in regulation, I am required to inform you that the following documents are available at the school should you wish to view them:
- Our policy on and arrangements for admissions, misbehaviour and exclusions;
- Our provision for pupils with statements and pupils for whom English is an additional language; ·
- Our curriculum policy; ·
- Our policy to promote good behaviour and set out sanctions; ·
- Our anti-bullying strategy and health & safety provision; ·
- Our academic performance during the preceding school year; ·
- Our complaints procedure and the number of complaints registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year.
I hope to see many of you at the Fireworks later.
Year 5 Chemistry Spectacular
I am sure all the children would agree with me this was a whizz popping, smoke filled science show that certainly went off with a bang. We were guided through the history of chemistry since the dawn of time dating back 4.5 billion years ago to the first chemical element Hydrogen. We promptly covered our ears for an almighty bang as a taster of how loud this number 1 element can be when you light it! From there we moved rapidly on through the ages to Neolithic times where the first humans put their brains together to make the wonderful compound ethanol (otherwise known as beer!) The children learnt a vast amount from this inspiring show ranging from the structure of fireworks and how to make the colours to creating elephant toothpaste and a real light saver from the famous Star Wars films. Year 5 were brilliantly behaved and even came home with a bit of chemistry in their pockets just right to keep our hands warm during our annual bonfire night.
News from the Pre-Prep
The ‘Fireworks shop’ in Nursery has been a huge hit! Having made our rockets, sparklers and Catherine Wheel early in the week the children have enjoyed using the available props to create lovely stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary. There is also a ‘coffee shop’ next door so they are able to relax and enjoy a hot chocolate whilst taking photographs of the beautiful fireworks show – roll on this evening where they will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the real event. They have made a fantastic rocket display too with the accompanying 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF, much to the amusement of all as they see how high the can jump.
The children continue to enjoy the outdoors and we have set up a course over the crates and logs, sometimes with planks to cross, sometimes with large gaps to jump across. They are becoming more confident in their own abilities and more prepared to take on the challenges of balance and agility, it is great to see them experience this in the outside area as well as during their PE lessons each week.
Enjoy this evening and see you all next week.
Weekly Sports Reports
On Friday 31st October we welcomed back Helen Murray from England Lacrosse to lead a lacrosse taster session for the Year 3 and 4 girls.
Helen, who plays lacrosse for Bristol and the South West, taught the girls the fundamental skills of the game such as catching, using the stick correctly and passing accurately. Most of the girls had never played or even heard of lacrosse prior to the session but all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are really looking forward to learning more about the game in the future.
We had a good week of netball fixtures with games against Alton Convent, Highfield and Hawley Place. Our U.13 A team had a close game against Alton Convent on Wednesday. Both teams worked incredibly hard and it was goal for goal throughout. Unfortunately, Alton Convent just pipped us at the end with one extra goal to take the score to 4-5. The U.13 B’s managed to dominate their game and demonstrated a strong work rate throughout the game. They won their match 9-6.
The U.10 A and U.11 A teams were also triumphant, winning both their games confidently. The U.10’s in particular really dominated from the start and with some excellent shooting and interceptions maintained their lead throughout.