Daneshill Diary 25/03/17

Headmaster’s Notes

It was a particularly busy week in school with the ISI Inspection Team visiting from Tuesday until Thursday. The inspection report will not be officially published until after Easter but I can confirm that everyone is extremely pleased with the feedback. Thank you to all the children and staff for making the inspection team feel so welcome and to all the parents who took part in the questionnaire.

Many congratulations to all the children in Year 5 for a brilliant production of ‘Rattattack,’ a musical version of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. There were some exceptional individual performances, but it really was a wonderful ‘team effort.’ Huge thanks to Mr Soper and Mrs Mannion and all the teachers involved.

I hope all the children enjoyed ‘Red Nose Day.’ Thank you to everyone for your support of Comic Relief.

Many congratulations to all those children who participated in the Biathlon at the weekend. This was a national competition with a very strong field. Special congratulations are awarded to Nicholas Thomas in Year 5, who came second overall in his age group.

Next week is of course a three day week and I do wish everyone a very happy and restful Easter break.

Mr Wansey


Daneshill was invaded by rats this week – rats that sang and danced! Luckily, a mysterious stranger turned up with a pipe who managed to get rid of the pesky rodents. No, the school hasn’t got a pest control problem – it was Year 5’s production of Ratattack!

The pupils took to the stage for three performances of the captivating musical adaptation of the story of The Pied Piper. The Sports Hall was turned into Hamelin and the weeks of hard work definitely paid off. It was a joy to see the pupils acting, singing and dancing with such flair and enthusiasm – I don’t think I have ever witnessed such rascally rats or uppity townsfolk! The performances were greatly enjoyed by all those who came to watch. The show was not only entertaining but it also delivered a clear and relevant message about being a good citizen.

Mrs Mannion

Year 7 Spanish Exchange

On Wednesday Joey McGregor and Archie Beresford-Davies headed off on the return leg of our new exchange programme. Having survived the challenge of a lost suitcase at Madrid airport, we headed to Santa Maria del Camino where the whole school greeted the boys on arrival. I think it’s fair to say that Archie and Joey enjoyed their celebrity status before heading to lunch and then onto their first lessons of the day. Katrina McNair-Scott flew out independently on Thursday and Emily Goor is set to join them next week. All of the pupils will be living with host families whilst they are attending the school who will be ensuring that they get an authentic taste of life in Madrid. We are very proud of these four pupils and very much hope that this cultural exchange proves to be a success and one that will continue to be offered to pupils in Year 7 for years to come.

Mr Spencer

Pre-Prep News

Is it a bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s Superworm! Julia Donaldson’s wriggly worm creation made a rousing appearance in Year 1 on Thursday, ready to be quizzed by our mini interviewers. The children were so excited to meet ‘Superworm’ who made a fabulous effort – even leaping out of his pot to get a little closer to his new friends! The children were able to practice their questioning skills on their very own – slightly sugary versions – of Superworm’s friends’! Capturing their imagination with activities such as these is a joy to witness as a teacher, and we were very proud of how well the children took on their roles.

This week Year 2 have been as busy as bees learning all about similes and how to use them in their work. As plump as a puffer fish and as wet as ten thousand waterfalls were just some of the ideas the children enjoyed coming up with. They even popped up in the final draft of some fantastic stories that have been 3 weeks in the making! All thoughts are now on the next few days hunting for eggs, wearing bunny ears and getting ready for Easter, what an EGGxciting time it is going to be! Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you all in the Summer Term.

The Pre-Prep Teachers


Wednesday 22nd March


U.13 A vs. Bishopsgate                                   W 9 – 4

U.13 B vs. St. Neot’s ‘A’                                 L 7 – 12

U.11 A vs. St. Neot’s                                      D 6 – 6

U.11 B vs. St. Neot’s                                       W 8 – 5

U.10 A vs. St. Neot’s                                      W 15 – 4

U.10 B vs. St. Neot’s                                       L 3 – 4

U.10 C vs. St. Neot’s                                       L 3 – 7


U.13 vs. Holme Grange                                   L 5 – 12

U.11 C vs. Holme Grange                               D 4 – 4

U.10 vs. Holme Grange                                   W 8 – 6

Friday 24th March


U.9 A vs. St. Neot’s                                        W 8 – 2

U.9 B vs. St. Neot’s                                         L 3 – 6

U.8 A vs. St. Neot’s                                        W 16 – 1

U.8 B vs. St. Neot’s                                         W 6 – 0


U.9 A vs. Holme Grange                                 W 8 – 7

U.9 B vs. Holme Grange                                 L 14 – 18

U.8 Red vs. Holme Grange                             D 7 – 7

U.8 Blue vs. Holme Grange                            L 7 – 11


U.11 B

The Daneshill team took the lead in the first quarter and were able to maintain this throughout. They marked their opponents with determination and consequently made frequent interceptions. Their movement off the ball has also improved resulting in several pleasing passages of play.

POM: Attack – Millie, Defence – Eliza.

Mrs Gill

U.11 C

The U11Cs fell into complacency and relinquished a 3-0 lead to draw with Holme Grange. It was a highly competitive and enjoyable match and the boys were fully committed to the cause. Tries from Robin and Harry S and a brace from Edward and a strong showing in defense from Oliver and Luca were particular highlights. Well played boys. Let’s ensure we maintain the intensity for the entire match the next time we pull on our boots.

Mr Webster


A sluggish start to the game saw us trailing early on with a slight lack of intent with our tackling. However, as the game progressed the boys upped their game and soon were looking much healthier with a 3-4 deficit going into the break.

What was to come in the first few minutes of the second half was an epic turn around. Two very quick and well worked tries and dogged determination from all, saw the team ascend to an awesome command of the match. A see-saw passage of play then emerged between both sides and as Daneshill stuck to their task of less unforced errors, meant they finished victorious.

A fitting end to superb term of rugby. All the boys should be proud of their efforts!

Mr. Soper