Newsletter 10 November

Newsletter 10 November

From the Headmaster:

I do hope everyone enjoyed the half-term break and like myself are looking forward to this evening’s bonfire and fireworks display. We wished the U11 girls luck as they departed for Millfield yesterday where they are representing the School in the IAPS National Hockey Finals today. We shall report back on this next week but in the interim do follow their progress via the School’s Twitter and Facebook platforms.

My thanks go to the parents who attended the two ‘Year 5 and Beyond’ Information Events on Tuesday which were well attended and will have provided parents with a good overview of the value and benefit of our top years.

We welcomed Year 1 pupils into Thursday’s Prep School Assembly, where they provided our musical treat with a wonderful rendition of a number of songs all connected with the Growth Mindset characters, who populate every classroom in Pre-Prep. To read more, visit

The Pre-Prep and Prep children had lots of adventures in Snake Wood for Forest School Holiday Club at half term. For report and photos, visit

Dates for your Diary
Please check the Parents’ Portal which lists all latest events and changes:

Open Morning Dates for 2018
Saturday 20 January 2018 and Saturday 5 May 2018

Please note that boarding will be available on the Friday night before each Open Morning and beds can be booked through Matron Ives in the usual way and priority will be offered to our weekly boarders.

Information added onto the Parents’ Portal w/c Monday 6 November:
Memos section
Revised menus
Poster – how parents can help their child thrive at school
Academic Details
Year 7 & 8 Revision Lists

The Parents’ Portal can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

The Parents’ Forum Group
The Parents’ Forum Group will meet on Tuesday 28 November and the list of parent year group representatives can be found in the Parents’ Board section of the Parents’ Portal:

You are most welcome to provide your year group representative with feedback on recent information evenings/mornings offered to parents as well as feedback on the new ‘end of day’ pick-up procedures, the new Effort & Attainment system for Prep School pupils as well as the new three lunch menu options for Pre-Prep and Nursery pupils.

From Mrs Sam Hearn, Head of the Accelerated Learning Department:
We have recently updated our area of the website:

Please take a look at the useful information for parents and list of apps that have been added. Many of these apps can be used by the children at home to support their learning whilst the links to organisations provide helpful guidance and advice for parents and carers.
Any questions feel free to contact me:

From Mr David Sowry, Deputy Head Academic:
An interesting article on the role of parents in ensuring their child’s well-being in school can be found by clicking on the link below:

The article includes advice on sleep patterns, expectations, how to react to success and failure and communication with your child. The poster that appears alongside the article is now available to view on the Parents’ Portal in the Memos section or you can register with the site yourself as there are many other articles of interest.

Headmaster Signature

Excellent – ISI 2016
Open Morning on Saturday 20 January 2018
Flexi-Boarding Bookings for Spring Term 2018 from 09.00 on Monday 11 December
Soirée 2 at the Prep School on Monday 11 December at 18:00 – all welcome!
Carols Around the Yew Hedge on Tuesday 12 December at 18:00
PTFA Christmas Fair for Parents in the Inner and Outer Hall on Wednesday 13 December from 18:30-21:30
Year 2 Carol Service at St Edmund’s Church on Friday 15 December at 10:30
Prep School Christmas Service at St Peter Mancroft Church on Friday 15 December at 14:00

Latest from Prep

Key dates for your diary
This information can be found at the top in the Parents’ Portal on the School website. We would encourage parents to check this each week to stay abreast of the latest events and changes:

ISA East Art Competition Winners
We are thrilled to announce that two of last year’s Year 8 leavers are runners up in the ISA East Art Competition. This is part of the nationwide competition run by Independent Schools Association and the winning pieces from this exhibition will be submitted to the national finals in Coventry. Read more:

Book Fair
Our first Book Fair for this year was on Thursday and once again we were lucky enough to have the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre bring a wonderful selection of both fiction and non-fiction titles for our children to purchase. Years 7 and 8 were given a brief talk from Marilyn, the owner, about books, authors and reading. It certainly helped to expand their awareness and knowledge of current reading material. It was a brilliant day and lovely to see our pupils so inspired by their new books.

I managed to catch most of the Girls’ hockey matches on Wednesday afternoon and was delighted with both the standard and the application of all the girls. A special mention goes to Millie H-K (Year 7) and Summer H (Year 8) who both scored hat-tricks in a resounding victory. The U10 Girls were far too strong for their opposition and showed much promise for the years ahead.

The U11 Boys had a very impressive victory against Norwich School and I would also like to congratulate the children who swam so effectively in the Gala on Monday – you can read more about our swimming team’s impressive teamwork and victory here:

Girls match reports

Boys match reports

Mr Jonty Tan writes
The other day I stood on a piece of Lego. I winced, but didn’t shout anything or hop around in agony. The reason for this is because I had stepped on several pieces of Lego over half term and my foot was getting used to the feeling. In a similar way we can so often become numb to things we see and feel every day and Monday morning’s performance of ‘Fix You’ by Magna Voce to the whole school was a moving reminder of their aim to sponsor some orphans in Uganda through the charity Watoto. This week we have completed sponsorship of 19 year old Winfred Nakalyango who has been waiting for a sponsor for quite some time. I am so excited to hear from her and am confident that she is the first one of what we hope will be a few children sponsored and supported by our Choir. If you would like to make a donation, however small, please bring this to the School Office or to me. Remember, your loose change can change the world!

Thursday’s Music Assembly was handed over to the children of Year 1, who sang the songs written by Mrs Allison Skipper about our Growth Mindset Superheroes. The children in the Prep School participated beautifully, singing along with the Year 1s and applauding them and Mrs Allison Skipper for the performances.

I am looking forward to launching our lunchtime series of short concerts later this half term. Watch this space for more information!

Next week’s Musical Treat will be brought to us by Holly E in Year 7.

Musical dates for your diary
Soiree 2 – Monday 11 December at 18:00
Carols inside the yew hedge – Tuesday 12 December at 18:00
Christmas Service at St Peter Mancroft – Friday 15 December at 14:00

From the boarding community
A huge welcome back to all of our boarding community and we hope you all had a great break. We have been hearing lots of stories about trips and adventures from the boarders, which has been brilliant. All the boarders have returned fully equipped and prepared for another exciting half term, with lots of new activities planned. A reminder that our new Boarding Handbook is now also available to view on the School’s website in the handbook Section of the Parents’ Portal ( and if you would like a ‘hard’ copy of this please see myself or Matron Ives.

The boarders took part in a wide variety of activities this week, ranging from swimming, to bingo, to ICT exploration and an exciting night walk! All the pupils have also been working hard on their prep, especially the Year 7 and 8s as they are busy preparing for their exams. We still believe it is important for these children to have some time off to relax with their friends and take part in the activities.

I have had the pleasure of watching some of our boarders taking part in a wide range of sporting events this week. There was a swimming gala which involved Ethan C, James H, Joseph G, Zoe S, Harriett M, Isabella S, Edith D and Charlie H (almost a boarder!) competing against, and beating, an excellent Town Close squad. I also watched the U13 and U11 hockey teams play against Glebe House with many of the boarders taking part including Georgia Z, Alice H (almost a boarder!), Evie W and Ruby K. I have been keeping up to date with Neo S as well who was called to London at short notice this week for a drumming audition for the musical ‘The School of Rock’. Well done everyone!

Norfolk cricket trials have been taking place this week and we wish Campbell T, Arthur C, Elliott H, Jayden B, Joseph G, Charlie H and Jack W very good luck for these.

Cameron F, Ellery F and Oliver D joined us again this week too for an evening of swimming, movie and tuck shop. Well done to the members of our swim squad for once again being very organised and getting themselves ready to enjoy their early morning swim.

Lots of fun activities have been planned for this half term leading up to Christmas so please have a look at the activity list as these book up quickly! If anyone has spare, unwanted Christmas decorations we would be very grateful for these (including artificial trees!).

Monday: Bingo
After late prep, the boarders took part in a special bingo event. After a few teething problems everything worked well and the boarders loved it. There were some complaints about the bingo caller but Mr Stuart Hood felt he did a great job! Congratulations to our winners Joseph G, Ethan C, James H and Danny W – don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten your prizes!

Tuesday: ICT Exploration
Once again after prep was completed, boarders were given the opportunity to relax in the ICT room with Mr Kris Harris, watching videos on YouTube, listening to music and creating a program in ‘Scratch’.

Wednesday: Fun Swim, tuck shop and movie night
All the boarders had a great fun swim which saw the return of the ever-popular game of water polo with other boarders practising their diving, underwater swimming and some relaxing on floats. Our tuck shop was as popular as ever with the movie ‘Ice Age 5’ being this week’s choice. We will try and finish this next week.
Notes: Boarders can wear any swimming costumes so that their school costumes remain dry for lessons.
Please can the boarders have £1 if they would like to buy sweet from the tuck shop. Weekly boarders can use the boarding bank.

Thursday: Night Walk
After tea, we took the boarders out around the grounds to enjoy the beautiful evening. Everyone was well wrapped up in warm clothes and carrying torches we set off to enjoy the stunning parkland that the School is set in. We were looking for wildlife, but we can only assume the noise of the boarders gave them a head start and they all ran away! It was wonderful for the boarders to get outside on an autumn night and enjoy the fresh air. Thanks to Mr Irving Newton for leading the way!

Things to remember for coming weeks
All boarders will be asked to read for 10 minutes at bedtime. Therefore, please ensure your child has a suitable book with them to read. Ideally their school reading book.

Activities next week
• Monday – Sports Hall activities including badminton
• Tuesday – puzzles and board games
• Wednesday –girls’ pool party and tuck shop
• Thursday – ‘Art Attack’

Can we please remind boarding parents that all items (uniform, home clothes and bedding) should be clearly labelled with sew-on nametapes in a visible position (shirts should be labelled on the collar, skirts/trousers on the inside back of the waistband). This is in preference to ‘iron-on’ labels or permanent marker – pen vanishes and iron-on labels become detached during the wash, making it very difficult for our staff to then determine who items belong to.

Flexi-boarding bookings
Please note that regular flexi-boarding bookings must be renewed each term so please email Matron Ives at Beds will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis as normal.

Latest from Pre-Prep

Mrs Allison Skipper writes

Key dates for your diary
This information can be found at the top in the Parents Portal on the School website. We would encourage parents to check this each week to stay abreast of the latest events and changes:

Mrs Allison Skipper writes:
We have had a wonderful first week back following the half-term break, and the children are very much in the throes of learning lots of Christmas songs ready for our Christmas performances. Many of the children are excitedly learning lines and are already getting into the ‘Christmas spirit’. We are all very excited about our firework display later this afternoon. Mrs Ruth Fry led this morning’s Assembly about the importance of Remembrance Day and Mrs Janine Daws also spoke to all the children about Anti-Bullying and why we are all wearing something blue today.

Parent consultations have gone very well this week. Please let your Class Teacher know if would like to book another appointment time if you were unable to come along this week. Mrs Zoe Hyatt will be undertaking her consultations with the Holly Class next week.

We have enjoyed having Mrs Louise Daniels in School with us this week who joined Mrs Betsy Brown for her parent consultations and we hope that the Olive Class parents have now all met her. Please let us know if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so and we will arrange a convenient appointment.

I would like to clarify the arrangements for the afternoons for the Year 1 classes. These are amalgamated in the afternoons for PE, Music, PSHEE and Forest School sessions and small groups are set up for computing and then topic work is covered by Class Teachers. From January, Mrs Nancy Rivett will be returning from her maternity leave and will join Year 1 each day as an additional Teaching Assistant. Mrs Louise Daniels will be in School to cover the core subjects each morning when the children are in small focused groups. In the afternoons, Miss Jemma Holmes and Mrs Penny Banks will register the Year 1 children and then the children will be taught as they are currently for Music, PE, Forest School, Swimming and PSHEE with Mrs Penny Banks and Miss Jemma Holmes taking the lead for Science, History and Geography.

We hope that you all enjoy the Fireworks this evening. Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

Reminder: Children should bring in named hats, gloves and scarves to school as the weather is getting a little chilly!

Reception Team News
For Literacy this week in Reception the children all talked about the exciting things they did over half term and then they wrote about this in their Literacy books, thinking about finger spaces and letter formation. They also created pictures of their family and friends.

We began our new topic of ‘light and dark’, looking at sources of light. They talked about bonfire night and thought about all of the beautiful fireworks they had seen. They then created their own firework pictures by creating a collage effect of dark buildings with bright lights and then filled their skies with glistening fireworks using PVA glue and glitter.

For Science the pupils continued their new topic of fireworks as they thought about what sounds they might hear. They then created their own rockets exploring texture, shape, form and space in 2D and 3D shapes.

For PSHEE they talked about the different feelings they might have. They discussed what might cause these feelings and how they can cope with them. They then enjoyed the story ‘Angry Arthur’ and thought about how they could use a teddy to help when they began to feel these emotions.

Year 1 Team News
A huge well done to the Year 1 children who joined the Prep School children for Assembly this Thursday to share the Growth Mindset songs with them. It was a lovely opportunity and the children all sang beautifully and behaved impeccably earning themselves three behaviour tokens each!

We have had an exciting week as we started rehearsing for our Nativity. The children were given an opportunity to choose their parts and are all very enthused to do their best. We have been really impressed with children’s clear speaking voices and acting skills.

Maths lessons have focused on place value particularly writing teen numbers. Numicon resources and a range of other practical resources have helped our understanding of this area. We will be revisiting this area throughout the year. ‘Read, Write Inc’ lessons continue to help children to improve their reading and writing skills. In Literacy we have been exploring fireworks vocabulary and creating some gorgeous poems. In Science we went on a learning walk to find materials in our environment and recorded our findings in different ways in our Science books.

Year 2 Team News
A warm welcome back. The children have been hard at work this week starting rehearsals for ‘Aladdin Trouble’. They have been learning songs and going through some of their lines. A big thank you to all those who have helped the children to learn their words.

Our Science topic this half term is Electricity and the children have spotted the electrical dangers in a kitchen and recognised why things are dangerous. They have talked about battery and mains operated electricity and compared how different appliances operate.

We are continuing to learn about Lord Nelson and the children have written a thank-you letter to The Nelson Museum containing lots of the information they discovered about him.

The children have settled into their ‘Read Write Inc’ groups well and spellings came home again this week. In Maths the children have been using Numicon and bricks to support their addition work and learning strategies to count over a ten.

For photos and a report about our recent Nelson Museum trip, visit

Latest from Nursery

Key dates for your diary
This information can be found at the top in the Parents Portal on the School website. We would encourage parents to check this each week to stay abreast of the latest events and changes:

The Nursery team writes:
Welcome back. This week in both Nursery classes we have been getting into the festive spirit (it’s never too early!) and have been making our special Christmas cards which will be available to purchase soon. It is so lovely to see each card slightly different in appearance, making the cards unique to each child.

We went for a Forest School walk and kicked leaves to make them fly. Next week we will take a parachute and make the leaves fly higher! We truly are so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful grounds where we have the opportunity to look at different shaped and coloured leaves and it really does make a wonderful sight when we go for our walks.

Mrs Allison Skipper and Mrs Dawn Chamberlin worked with the Nursery teachers and began preparations for our upcoming Christmas show. All the children who practised their singing and dancing were absolutely fabulous and followed instructions beautifully. We really are all in for a treat!

This week in Acorns all the children returned really happily and were pleased to see their friends. We had two new children who have joined our group who have siblings in Oaks and they have settled well. This week our story was ‘The Gingerbread Man’ so we acted out the story together, taking it in turns to play each of the parts in the story. We also made our own gingerbread men. The children helped to weigh out the ingredients and give it a good mix before rolling out the dough and cutting out their own gingerbread men. After this, we all joined in with a collage of a large gingerbread man which encouraged counting up to 5. In the sensory tray we had gingerbread crumbs which enabled good mark making from the children; it was a nice texture to touch, a lovely smell and even tasted quite pleasant for some!

Next week we will be reading the story ‘Whatever Next!’ which is about a teddy bear who shoots to the moon in a rocket.

The children in Oaks have also returned happily and have loved telling their teachers about their adventures over the half term break. Teddy went to Centre Parcs with his mummy and went in a yellow carriage for a ride which he thoroughly enjoyed. We came back to Nursery to learn the sound ‘I’ and we recapped the five sounds we had learnt before half term. The children all joined in the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ session and have started to differentiate between bouncy sounds and stretchy sounds. They are able to demonstrate these using their hands; bouncing their hands on their knees for bouncy sounds and widening their arms for stretchy. Our sound of the week next week is ‘N’.

The children began a colour mixing activity where they chose 2 out of the 3 primary colours and dipped one hand in each. They printed them next to each other onto paper, then rubbed both of their hands together to see which new colour would appear and print that too. We made green, orange and purple as secondary colours; the children were all amazed at the different colours they created.

Now all the children are thoroughly settled into Nursery, we have introduced daily circle time where we learn a new colour, shape and number every week. This week we all focused on the number one, the colour yellow and a circle as our shape. On Friday we had a special ‘anti-bullying’ circle time talking about ensuring we not only use ‘kind hands’ with others but use ‘kind words’ too.

Some of the children have mentioned their excitement about our Firework display tonight which starts at 17:00. It will be lovely to see them there.

Latest from Toddlers

If you would like to join the Toddlers please contact The session runs on a Tuesday afternoon in the Acorn classroom for children from 6 months to 2 years from 01:45 until 15:00. The cost is £3.50 per session.

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