Daneshill Diary 02/12/16

Headmaster’s Notes

Well done to everyone for another busy and successful week. Congratulations to the twelve children who took part in the British Biathlon Championships last Sunday.

It was lovely to see so many budding musicians at the music recital on Tuesday and also to meet many Year 6 parents at the Parents’ evenings this week.

Thank you to the Friends of Daneshill for organising a highly successful Christmas Ball. I know everyone who attended had a wonderful evening.

Finally we wish the Chamber Choir every success on Saturday when they perform at Blenheim Palace.

Mr Wansey


In October, twelve Daneshill children qualified for the British Biathlon Championships that were held last weekend in Solihull. A very chilly and early start on Saturday morning began with the Year 5 girls running 800m and the boys starting with their 50 metre swim.


U.10 girls

Eloise Henwood                      53rd

Isla Lock                                 37th

Lily Moore                               36th

As a team they finished 3rd and were awarded a bronze medal. Well done on a fantastic achievement!

U.10 boys

Sam Arnold                             48th

Dominic Wynne-Williams       44th

Nicholas Thomas                    9th

U.11 girls

Emily Baugh                            91st

Alice Evans                             83rd

Fechi Okafor                           36th

U.11 boys

Alex Williams                          45th

U.12 girls

Grace Ruffell                           77th

Chi Chi Okafor                        24th

It was an extremely enjoyable day. Thank you to all our supporters. The next competition will be held at Crystal Palace on 25th March 2017.

Mrs Barnes

Pre-Prep News

The focus in Reception this week has been on our Christmas production. Giving every child the opportunity to learn poems, sing on a stage and dance has boosted everyone’s confidence. We can’t wait to share this learning journey with you next week.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly….It was December 1st on Thursday which meant it was time to start decorating our classrooms in the Pre-Prep! In Year 1 we created ‘Wish Lists’ for Father Christmas which, as you can imagine, needed some time and discussion particularly as many children could not decide which pet they would prefer – a monkey or perhaps a pterodactyl. The activity also provided the children with an opportunity to reflect upon what they are grateful for and think about those who are less fortunate than themselves.

Year 2 have been reading the Nativity story in the Bible and discussing the true meaning of Christmas.  They have also been wearing Father Christmas hats and reindeer antlers while being creative and producing detailed and beautiful Christmas cards which they cannot wait for you to receive!  Spirits are high as the excitement is building towards next week and the main performance of ‘Straw and Order’.  Rumours of future ‘West End’ stars are now circulating…

The Pre-Prep Teachers


Wednesday 30th November


U.13 A vs. Bishopsgate                      L 2 – 9

Colts D vs Bishopsgate                      W 2 – 1


U.13 A vs. The Oratory                       L 0 – 3

U.13 B vs. The Oratory                       W 3 – 1

U.11 A vs. The Oratory                       L 2 – 3

U.11 B vs. The Oratory                       L 0 – 2

U.10 A vs. The Oratory                       D 4 – 4

U.10 B vs. The Oratory                       W 3 – 2

Thursday 1st December


U.9 A vs. Eagle House                        W 5 – 1

U.9 B vs. Eagle House                        W 2 – 1


On Wednesday 30th November the U.13 A&B, U.11 A and U.10 A took on The Oratory at Daneshill. The U.10 A’s started the afternoon off with a very exciting and close game. Both teams played some fast paced hockey of an exceptionally high standard.  Notable performances came from Isla in defence, Lola with a hat trick and Jemima contributing from everywhere on pitch. Girl of the game did, however, go to Claudia who was outstanding in goal. The game ended in a 4-4 draw which was a fitting end to a fantastic season.

Next up was the U.11 A’s girls who also had a very close game, with two well matched schools. Our girls had lots of shot on goal but they were up against an inspired goal keeper who kept us at bay. The girls used the right wing to perfection and created lots of pressure.  Ava Lee also put in an outstanding performance in goal and kept the game close. Grace Weedon had a brilliant game as well and scored two great goals. Unfortunately in the closing stages of the match The Oratory snuck in a final goal meaning the game ended with a 2-3 loss to Daneshill. Hopefully the girls will finish with a win next week.The U.13 B played the best game of their season. Everything fell into place: great use of the right wing, building pressure and ensuring we shot on goal as regularly as we could. Emily Goor scored two fantastic goals with Claudia Davies-Jones converting our third. Overall it was a fantastic game and it was brilliant to see the girls playing so well together. Final score was a 3-1 victory to Daneshill, well done girls.

The final match was the U.13 A game and we were prepared for a difficult match. The girls started very strongly and played some of the best hockey we have seen them play. They created lots of chances, were very strong in defence and moved the ball quickly. However, the Oratory goal keeper was fantastic and we couldn’t quite hold them off. The final score was a 3-0 loss for Daneshill. The girls have one more match next week to hopefully we can end the term on a high.

On Thursday 1st December the U.9 B’s played Eagle House. Daneshill got off to a great start pressuring the opposition goal with lots of very close chances but the Eagle House defence stayed strong. As we pushed for a goal we left ourselves exposed at the back which Eagle House were able to take advantage of and finished the first half 1 nil up. In the second half the girls played fantastically. Francesca McNair Scott and Tabitha had an outstanding game passing the ball well, making great dribbles down the pitch, and they both deserved a goal each. Thankfully for us Hedy Jiang was the poacher in the box so when the first shot got saved Hedy would be there to put the ball in the back of the net, which was fantastic. Hedy finished the game with two goals and the team were 2 – 1 winners. Well done!