Daneshill Diary 10/11/17

Headmaster’s Notes

It has been an amazing week and a half back at school and half-term seems a distant memory.

We returned back with a bang and our traditional Bonfire Night celebrations. It was a pleasure to see so many pupils, both past and present, as well as so many parents enjoying the fun. I’m sure you’ll agree that the display was unbelievable with many, including myself, clapping at what we thought was the end of the show only to find there was even more to come! I would like to pass on my thanks to the Friends of Daneshill and all of the parents who helped to make the occasion such a success.

This week began with our Remembrance Assembly. Our sporting highlights were undoubtedly our success on the hockey field against Dolphin, seven Daneshill athletes qualifying for the National Biathlon Finals, and the U.8 A football team winning our own tournament on Friday.

The children are already gearing up for Christmas with rehearsals well under way for the Prep-Prep Nativity and Carol Service.

Mr Griffiths


After many rounds of selection, we have chosen four pupils to represent the School at the first round of the Science Quiz Club heats. Congratulations go to Dominic Wynne-Williams, Freya Green, Ijoba Olopade and Caitlin Manley who will compete on Thursday 16th November at St John’s Beaumont School. We have enjoyed great success over the past few years with our team reaching the National Final two years running so fingers crossed for this year and we wish the new team the best of luck!

We have embraced the time of year in the Science labs and Years 5 – 8 have enjoyed linking their work to the Science behind fireworks; making sparklers, observing colour chemistry, and looking at the propulsion and bangs produced from these wonderful chemical creations.

Mrs Blomfield

Pre-Prep News

Reception have been thoroughly enjoying their new topic… Superheroes! They have been busy designing their own superheroes who have exciting super powers such as fire, water and the ability to fly! Role play has been a popular activity this week, with the children dressing up in capes and masks and capturing the ‘baddies’ outside! We have also been focusing on how we can be ‘superheroes’ in the classroom by having super behaviour and manners. The children are thrilled to begin practising for their first Christmas Play in Pre-Prep. Another fantastic week, well done Reception!

Our Year 1 scientists went on an investigation around the classroom finding out which materials were magnetic and which were non-magnetic. New vocabulary such as ‘attract’ and ‘repel’ were introduced and each child completed a table recording their observations. We have also been looking at our ten times table and it was great to hear so many of the children notice a pattern when chanting out this particular times table… one child commented “I know the trick! All you do is add a 0!”

This week was full of excitement as the lines for the Christmas Play were taken home and songs have started to be sung! What made the Year 2 teachers proud was the mature nature in which the children received their parts and found out what important roles they would each have. They showed kindness and genuine support for their friends, like a good team, which inspires us to hope for the best production yet! Year 2 also showed a developed sense of understanding as we discussed the significance of wearing a poppy. It is a difficult subject for a young child to be involved with, but they did so with sensitivity and respect. A beautiful moment came in assembly on Friday, as children came together and formed a ‘poppy field’ and said in chorus: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.”

The Pre-Prep Teachers


Weds 1st / 8th November


U.13 A vs. St Andrew’s                       W 1 – 0

U.13 A vs. St Neot’s                            L 2 – 5

U.13 B vs. St Andrew’s                       D 2 – 2

U.13 B vs. St Neot’s                            L 3 – 4

Colts A vs. St. Andrew’s                      L 1 – 4

Colts A vs. St Neot’s                            L 1 – 5

Colts B vs. St Andrew’s                        L 0 – 7

Colts B vs. St Neot’s                            L 1 – 3

Colts C vs. St Andrew’s                       L 0 – 3

Colts C vs. St Neot’s                            L 0 – 7


U.13 A vs. Dolphin                             W 8 – 0

U.13 B vs. Dolphin                             W 7 – 1

U.11 B vs. Dolphin                             W 5 – 1

U.11 C vs Dolphin                              W 2 – 0

U.10 A vs. Dolphin                             W 3 – 0

U.10 B vs. Dolphin                             W 3 – 0


U.9, U.11 & U.13 vs St Neot’s            W 101 – 77

Friday 3rd / 10th November


U.9 A vs. Lambrook                            W 6 – 0

U.9 A vs Holme Grange                      W 3 – 1

U.9 B vs. Lambrook                            W 8 – 0

U.9 B vs. Holme Grange                     L 1 – 2

U.8 A vs. Lambrook                            L 1 – 5

U.8 A vs. Daneshill T’ment                 Won T’ment

U.8 B vs. Lambrook                            W 2 – 0

U.8 B vs. Daneshill T’ment                  DNQ


U.9 A vs. Lambrook                            W 6 – 5

U.9 A vs. Dolphin                               W 18 – 0

U.9 B vs. Lambrook                            L 3 – 5

U.9 B vs. Dolphin                               W 8 – 3

U.8 A vs. Crosfields                            Tbc

U.8 A vs. Dolphin                               W 5 – 1

U.8 B vs. Crosfields                             Tbc

U.8 B vs. Dolphin                               W 5 – 0

U.8 C vs. Dolphin                               W 2 – 1

A super week of hockey fixtures for the girls with a clean sweep of results against Dolphin School.

The U13 A and B teams were both dominant in their fixtures, taking early leads and scoring several goals in the first few minutes. Our play was controlled and disciplined, ensuring we drew upon our training when required and keeping our cool under pressure. Dolphin’s few chances at scoring were swiftly intercepted by a strong defensive unit at the back who cleared the ball powerfully and out of danger in seconds. Our attacking unit was fierce, and took no prisoners when striking at goal. Overall, two very convincing wins for the girls, well done!

Mrs Cowd

The Year 5 and 6 girls played four quick matches one after the other away at Dolphin School. It was very fast paced on their tarmac pitch, which took a while to get used to. The U.11 C team were 0-0 at half time but with some thoughtful, determined movements by Daisy and excellent blocking by Hannah, Daneshill scored three and didn’t let any in. Alaya confidently scored for the U.10 B team, winning 5-1. Milla and Sofia let nothing past them in the U.11 B match. Freya L hit a very hard shot and one dribbled in, touched by Octavia. They comfortably won 3-0. Finally the U.10 A played after supporting the other girls all afternoon. They dominated the right wing and most of the play, with several shots attempted, two successful, winning 2-0. A very skillful, confident and happy afternoon. Thank you girls.

Mrs Barnes