Daneshill Diary 04/05/18

Headmaster’s Notes

What a beautiful end to the week after the mid-week rain that wiped out the Wednesday fixtures. Certainly the U.8s and U.9s enjoyed basking in the sun during their Rounders and Cricket matches and we could not have asked for a better day for Open Morning. The sun always adds the finishing shimmer to an idyllic setting and it brought a glorious end to a terrific week where we enjoyed visits from Florence Nightingale and the prolific author Alan Durant. I hope all of our children have enjoyed a fun filled bank holiday weekend and are now ready to get back to a busy few weeks ahead.

Mr Griffiths

Musical Notes

It has been another busy week in the Music department with rehearsals in full swing for the Year 4 production of “Shakespeare Rocks!” with a tudor/rock theme, alongside auditions for the Year 5 production of “Go for Gold”. With many talented pupils to choose from, casting makes for a hard decision indeed!

The highlight of this week was, of course, our termly coffee concert which provides a platform for our younger players to perform pieces that they have been learning in their weekly instrumental lessons. They were absolutely amazing and all thirty performers were confident and professional. Thanks again to our wonderful team of instrumental and singing coaches!

Mrs Jonathan

Pre-Prep News

This week in Reception has been great fun, we have been focusing on rhyming and lots of work has been done! We read ‘Room on the Broom’ and the children enjoyed the rhymes, their own rhymes were written and we took our time! In maths we have been filling in number lines, counting on and back to 20 – we did just fine! Our adventures continue as we have been enjoying our art, making beautiful creations to make our classroom look the part! We look forward to more activities next week, with the sun shining we will have forest adventure treats!

Year 1’s rainforest knowledge is ever expanding, and this week they became experts on its four layers. Why not ask your child what sorts of animals might be found in the emergent or understory layers of the rainforest? Their artistic skills have been put to the test, producing careful drawings of some of the rainforest creatures. English got tricky this week with Year 1 being asked to have a go at including conjunctions in their writing to improve their animal character descriptions. It was tough, but they are most certainly rising to the challenge.  Well done children for working so hard!

The Year 2’s were transported back to the Victorian era on Thursday for their Florence Nightingale Day. As soon as they stepped foot into Florence’s house, Miss Nightingale told them the terrible tale of the Crimean War and horrendous conditions which the soldiers faced. They were put to work on various stations making things such as pill boxes, broaches, clay lamps and Scutari Hospital sashes. Their journey ended in Turkey where they got hands – on experience at being nurses, doctors, gardeners, chefs and wounded soldiers. The vision of the children with wooden splints on their legs, whilst sitting on a bed pan, was a sight to be seen! Again, a huge thank you to our parent helpers, without whom the day would not have been such a success.

The Pre-Prep Teachers


Weds 2nd May


U.13 A vs. Holme Grange                   All Cricket Rained Off

U.13 B vs. Holme Grange

Colts A vs. Holme Grange

Colts B vs. Holme Grange


U.13 A vs. St. Neot’s                          All Girls’ Cricket Rained Off

U.13 B vs. St. Neot’s

U.11 A vs. St. Neot’s


U.11 B vs. St. Neot’s                           All Rounders Rained Off

U.11 C vs. St. Neot’s

U.10 A vs. St. Neot’s

U.10 B vs. St. Neot’s

Friday 4th May


U.9 A vs. St. George’s                         W by 20 runs

U.9 B vs. St. George’s                         W by 20 runs

U.8 A vs. St. George’s                         W by 28 runs

U.8 B vs. St. George’s                         D 230 – 230


U.9 A vs. St. Neot’s                            L 1.5 – 2

U.9 B vs. St. Neot’s                             W 8 – 7.5

U.8 A vs. St. Neot’s                            W 14.5 – 11.5