Daneshill Diary 27/05/16

A Right Royal Knees Up!

Like the Queen, Year 4 were both Happy and Glorious as they celebrated Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in true patriotic style with a programme of Music Hall entertainment for their parents and grandparents. The first act of their concert began with a gallop through the Kings and Queens of England since William the Conqueror. They recited poems about the exploits of these monarchs with confidence and panache, interspersing them with songs about the various eras. As they reached the Victorian times, they concluded the first part of the evening with a rollicking medley of songs and dances from Oliver.

 The second act took the audience through the Two World Wars with poignant poems and songs from the time. The proceedings were then dramatically interrupted with a visit from the Queen herself, accompanied by Prince Phillip! The performers had lots of interesting facts to relate about Her Majesty and then proceeded to entertain with a variety of old time music hall favourites, enthusiastically performed with solos, duets and group pieces. The audience joined in with surprising eagerness and the concert concluded with some patriotic strains in a rousing, flag waving finale.

Year 4 royally displayed their musical accomplishments and theatrical panache, with many hitherto undiscovered talents coming to the fore.

Mrs Mannion 

Maths Challenge for Half Term

Do you know any rhymes that help you with your Times tables? What about these?

‘Wakey wakey rise and shine, seven sevens are forty nine’

‘Tell this to the king and queen! Four times four is sixteen’

Your challenge is to make up some rhymes of your own. Each year group should attempt to come up with a rhyme that is relevant to their year group or age. For example, the pupils in Year 8 can do the eight times table or if they are 13 years old, the 13 times table. Let’s see what you can devise!!

Mrs Caratelli

News from the Pre-Prep

This week the pupils in Reception started a new topic entitled ‘Around the World’. We have been learning about Asia and Africa, and have made travel brochures and postcards for a destination of our choosing. We also acted out going on an airplane to these different destinations.  We had fun playing in our ‘jeep’ this week and going on a safari in Africa. We saw so many animals! We also enjoyed tasting foods from around the world and loved eating poppadums. Yum!

It wasn’t a normal Wednesday in Year 1 this week as the children went on a school trip to The Living Rainforest. This amazing learning environment provided the children with the opportunity to see 700 species of tropical plants and animals. As soon as we arrived the children ventured into the hot climate of the rainforest led by our tour guides who were bursting with new information about the ‘Edible Forest’, which helped to further immerse the children with this term’s topic. Following this they were given time to roam free through the rainforest and re-visit points of interest such as the two-toed sloth! Thursday’s English lesson provided the children with the chance to record their memories and what they had learnt during their day out. We hope the children enjoy completing their half-term challenge of researching their favourite rainforest animal.

Year 2 have been utilising their artistic knowledge and ability this week and creating master pieces both individually and whilst working together and sharing ideas.  It has been hard work learning new techniques but it has also developed the children’s fine and gross motor skills, allowing them to use more elements in their pictures.  We have been working through the process from draft to sketch then adding colour and fine detail on top.  The final products will be on display soon as the halls of the Pre-Prep will be transformed once again.  We look forward to welcoming you back very soon to admire our work!

Pre-Prep Teachers

Nursery Corner

How quickly the first half of this summer term has whizzed by.  Those that started in April have settled in beautifully and are familiar with the daily routine.  We are encouraging all children to take responsibility for their early morning tasks so do keep them on track over the half-term week and see how much they are able to do unaided – no need to help with shoes and jumpers our little friends in nursery really are very capable!

We had huge excitement on Thursday with the first BBQ of the season – everyone here gobbled up their burgers and salad and we had no problems getting pudding finished either – delicious ice lollies – and all perfectly timed with the sunny weather.

Our role play has continued to be a delight – the children have learnt a number of signs to use when they are ‘scuba diving’ and we have had some gorgeous quiet afternoons (obviously it’s sign language only underwater) ‘swimming’ round the nursery spotting hammerhead sharks and turtles to name just a couple of the creatures we have here!

Have a super half-term and fingers crossed for sunshine!

Mrs Beeching

Sporting Fixtures

Tuesday 24th May


U.13 vs. Wellington College                L by 7 Wkts

Wednesday 25th May


U.13 A vs. St. Neot’s                          L by 10 runs

U.13 B vs. St. Neot’s                           W by 54 runs

Colts A vs. St. Neot’s                          L by 8 Wkts

Colts B vs. St. Neot’s                          L by 24 runs

Colts C vs. St. Neot’s                          L


U.13 A vs. The Oratory                      L 5 – 11.5

U.13 B vs. The Oratory                       L 7.5 – 13.5

U.11 A vs. The Oratory                      W 19.5 – 6.5

U.11 / U.10 B vs. The Oratory           W 17 – 12

U.10 A vs. St Piran’s T’ment               Won

Friday 27th May


U.9 vs. St. George’s

U.8 A vs. St. George’s

U.8 B vs. St. George’s


U.9 A vs. Lambrook                            L 9 – 12

U.9 B vs. Lambrook                            L 9 – 13.5

U.9 C vs. Lambrook                            L 5.5 – 13

U.8 vs. Lambrook                                L 7 – 12.5

On Tuesday, the U.13 girls played their first cricket match against Wellington College.  The girls were understandably anxious as the opposition were bigger and older plus we were playing with a hard ball.  Daneshill batted first with Olivia Irby and India Fulford opening the batting. Both girls looked confident and some great shots were being played. After India’s wicket fell, Georgia was next in. Olivia and Georgia put the opposition under significant pressure with some big hitting and great running between the wickets. Georgia got caught on 18 after a really good innings. Olivia continued to push on but eventually she succumbed after a decent knock of 22 runs. Grace Ruffell and Claudia put up some strong resistance at the end of the innings and we posted a competitive total of 76 runs.

India Fulford was captain for the match and she did extremely well to set a strong field as well as giving everyone a chance to bowl. All of the girls bowled accurately and after five or six overs they started to believe that they might actually win the match. Coupled with our accurate bowling we were attacking the ball in the field, which resulted in two fantastic run outs from Phoebe and Claudia.  With great relay throws, I was blown away by how well the girls worked as a team. The atmosphere on the pitch was brilliant with lots of encouragement throughout.  With one over remaining Wellington needed 3 runs to win.  Tilly S-K stepped up to bowl but unfortunately the penultimate ball of the game saw Wellington surpass our total. Predictably there were some glum faces but all of the girls can be hugely proud of themselves. Well done all of you!

On Wednesday, the Year 5 girls headed to St. Piran’s for their U.10 tournament. The girls were tentative as they knew they were up against some strong schools. The first two games certainly proved our convictions to be true as we drew both games against The Oratory Prep and Yateley Manor accordingly. The girls went into their last game against St Piran’s knowing that they had to win and tensions were running high! Thankfully they had saved their best for last and ended up beating the hosts by 4.5 rounders to 3 rounders. Having collated all the scores we were tied for first place on points so the next criteria was rounders scored. Thankfully we had scored half a rounder more than anyone else and were crowned overall winners. Well done to all the girls. It was a great performance by all!

The U.11 A girls were relieved to be playing some rounders after three weeks off.  We batted first and got off to a bit of a slow start. Tilly eventually got the team off on the scoring front and suddenly the half rounders started coming nearly every ball. After the first innings we had scored a confident 9 rounders. Maddie bowled superbly and with The Oratory taking a few risks we got their whole team out after 19 balls, starting the second innings with a seven point lead. In the second innings, the Oratory fielded much better but Daneshill hit with power and accuracy, especially girl of the game Rachel and we scored 19 ½ in total, a tough target. We kept their score down, with Issy stopping the deeply hit balls and Katrina catching well at fourth. The Oratory crept to 6 ½ so a very convincing victory and a perfectly played game by us.

The cricket fixtures this week saw us come up against our local rivals, St Neot’s. All the boys were looking forward to the local derby as they often play with each other at local clubs. Unfortunately the results didn’t go our way this year but we will be back next year. Special mention must go to Jake McGregor who scored 47 with the bat and took a hat trick, something that you rarely see. A complete all-round performance!

First XI: Lost STN 104 DH 94ao

Having won the toss we backed our bowlers and elected to bowl with the plan being to restrict St Neot’s to a gettable total and ensure that we wouldn’t feel any scoreboard pressure. St Neot’s started well and an opening partnership of 69 saw us on the back foot. It must be said we bowled nicely as a general rule but some sound striking, the odd extra, and two dropped catches didn’t help our cause. Throughout, however, all the boys were encouraging each other and some of the fielding was majestic. Sami Virji in particular cutting off many 4’s at Deep Mid-Wicket. It was Sami who then got the break through and, as we were to find out later, once the rot set in, it was hard to stop. St Neot’s were bowled out for 104. We had pulled it back superbly and felt that it was a very gettable total. After tea we were straight into it and a solid opening partnership saw us take real control of the match. Both openers then went in quick succession, warning bells were ringing. The rot had set in as the next five batsmen all fell in the space of four overs for a combined total of 5 runs. At 36/6 we were in trouble. Will Wyatt stepped up to the plate who, with wickets tumbling at the other end, was under real pressure and compiled a well struck 36. The tail order then came to the party with the bat and some hard running and intelligent cricket nearly saw us home. It was a great effort to get to 94 from the position we found ourselves in but I can’t help feel we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on this one. We had done so much right but in the end the phrases ‘catches win matches’ and ‘get forward early and play with a straight bat’, cricket truisms both, were never more important than they were today.

2nd XI: W by 54 runs – Daneshill 96ao St. Neot’s 42 ao

‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’. This was certainly the case for Daneshill’s 2nd XI on Wednesday afternoon. Having lost the toss we were put into bat by St Neot’s. The wicket at Stratfield Turgis CC looked immaculate and we were confident that a sizeable total was achievable. Jake and Harry Hare opened the batting and got off to a decent start until Harry was bowled for 5. Riley came to the wicket and added a few runs before he got a straight one. This was followed by the loss of two, quick wickets. Thankfully Jake was playing some confident shots though and whilst wickets were falling at the other end, he was ensuring our proposed run rate of 5 an over was remaining on track. Joseph Shippen-Davies played a supportive role as the scoreboard kept ticking over. Jake was on 47 runs before receiving a great delivery, which took his middle stump. It was a great shame he didn’t reach his 50 but his innings meant we were in a strong position with 96 runs on the board. Joe Stickland opened the bowling and in his second over took a wicket. Joseph K-D then removed their other opener, who looked like a good player. The momentum was with Daneshill and in Jake’s second over of the day this was confirmed as he skittled through their middle order with a hat trick. The rest of the St Neot’s batsmen didn’t put up too much of a fight and we finished convincing winners. It was a great effort from all with Jake deservedly taking the match ball home.

Colts A: lost by 8 wickets – Daneshill 83-8 St Neots 86-2

The Colts As took the short trip to St Neots to play their first match in a couple of weeks due to the adverse weather conditions. Coming off the back of 2 wins from their first 2 games, the team was confident and hoping to continue their success. On a grey and overcast day, Daneshill lost the toss and were put into bat on what was a dusty and grey surface, which looked as though it would suit the bowlers. Within 2 overs, St Neots’ decision to bowl first looked extremely good, as they tore through the Daneshill top order, leaving the score at 6-4 after 2 overs. A combination of wicket to wicket bowling and the Daneshill players playing too early on the slow surface contributed to this start and meant that some calm heads were needed. Step forward Thomas Dyer whom, after coming to the crease for the 3rd ball of the innings, batted through until the 18th over showcasing how patient batting allows you to score runs, and who finally lost his wicket just 7 runs short of a well deserved half-century. Some partnerships were well built along the way, with the stand out moment coming from Lucas Darragh as he hit the first 6 of the season with great timing over mid-wicket. Unfortunately wickets continued to fall fairly regularly and the early setbacks meant that it was difficult for the boys to get after the bowling, so they finished on a slightly below par total.

Colts B: lost 94-118

It was a dreary afternoon weather-wise, but very much a favourable outlook in terms of the quality of cricket played. It was the first time the chaps had played a full 20-20 hard ball game, and they acquitted themselves with dignity, bowling well on a sedentary wicket, and keeping a batting opposition with some real depth down to a mere 118 runs. It got off to a flying start with a quick wicket from Will Swart, and then some very tight bowling from Harvey and James Bloom. Our form slightly dipped during the middle of the innings, and we gave away a few extras. That, coupled with some very tactical running from St Neot’s, allowed the opposition to sneak away a bit and put together a tidy total. However, towards the end of the innings, when batsmen have their eyes in and fielders are getting tired, the boys bounced back with some tremendous fielding to save boundaries. Of particular note was Barnaby, who stopped a few cuts which were crunching their way to the rope.

Our turn with the bat came, and our openers Will Swart and Freddie Cullen held their own and put together a decent partnership. But Will succumbed to his early success and pulled one to midwicket. A couple of quick wickets and we were looking a bit shaky, but Solomon’s 13 singles and a four, and his energy in between the wickets, helped Daneshill find our footing again. James Bloom came back from a shaky start to hit some lovely shots, as well as Barnaby and Cameron fighting it out at the end of the innings. We tried to reach the total, but it kept creeping further away each over, until Barnaby went for glory in the final over and lost his leg stump to call an end to proceedings. A delightful afternoon’s cricket with focusing on running between the wickets and calling clearly remaining targets for next week.