Newsletter 13 October

Newsletter 13 October

From the Headmaster:

I would like to start by congratulating the U11 Girls’ Hockey side who have qualified for the IAPS National Finals at Millfield, after regional success in Ipswich last week. A full report can be found under Sport in the Prep Section of the Newsletter.

Year 3 enjoyed their annual Poppy Line day on Thursday and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Dinosaur Park with Reception again this year.

My thanks go to Peter Sheppard, our new Chair of Governors, who spoke to parents in an informal capacity on Monday evening, and also to Mrs Charlotte Wood, who has kindly stepped forward to take the reins as Chair of the PTFA. If you are available, please do come along to the PTFA Meeting on Monday morning at 09:15 in the Senior Dining Room in the Prep School. All parents most welcome to attend.

Directly before this PTFA Meeting, Mark Wilkinson, Head of Science, will be speaking to parents at 08:30 in the Senior Dining Room on the topic of ‘relationships and sex education’. This is a highly informative talk and all parents are most welcome to attend.

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 changes.

Well done to Crows who ran their jumble sale last week, successfully raising £117.50 which will be distributed to the pupils’ chosen charities.

Four of our budding linguists challenged themselves at an annual Language Detective day and solved a mystery in record time. For report and photos, visit

Year 3 had a thrilling day travelling back in time as child evacuees in WW2. To read more, visit

Mr Jonty Tan writes
Our Year 8s have been creating some very catchy riffs and hooks using the software on the iMacs in the Music Department this week. Lyrics are coming along well too for their pop song project where they are writing and recording every part of their songs. Our Year 5s have begun writing some piano pieces using the treble clef and I loved my Year 2 session this week as they prepare for the start of their string lessons in the second half of term. Magna Voce shared their plans to raise funds for charity this year with a very moving performance in the Music Assembly this week. They will be officially launching this initiative at the Soirée on Monday evening – all are welcome. I very much look forward to the final Thursday Music Assembly of the half term where we will showcase a highlight from Monday evening’s Soirée.

Musical dates for your diary:
Soiree 1 – Monday 16 October at 18:00
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
This was a busy week for everyone and we were delighted to welcome many new boarders as well as those returning for their second boarding night. It was great to see so many new faces and the way the regular boarders have helped them all settle in.

We welcomed Charlie D, Daniel F, Ryan W, Amelie T and Alex S, who boarded for the first time this week and settled in very well, enjoying the activities and being part of our boarding community. Returning boarders included Rebekah H, Suzannah H, Archie W, Ben S, Cameron F and Archie R. Many of these pupils boarded so that they could then attend our swim squad sessions bright and early on Thursday and Friday morning, which meant they had to be very organised first thing! Well done to you all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our activities this week included a ten-pin bowling trip, a swim night with a visit to our tuck shop, Round 4 of Mr Hood’s quiz and pizza making. We are also very conscious that we are nearing the end of this half of the term so there has been lots of opportunity for prep to be completed and for the boarders simply to relax.

This week also included our first Boarders Forum meeting of the academic year. We had a good number of representatives from the entire boarding community who met with Mr & Mrs Hood and offered helpful suggestions. Thanks to Harry T, Suzannah H, Connie C, Bertie C, Tashinga M, Millie P, Alex M, Edith D, Elliott H, Isabelle S, Danny W, Campbell T, Harriet M, Will M, Jack W and Charlie H for their time and ideas.

Next Thursday we have our Boarders’ Halloween Disco. The boarders are very excited and it will be a great way to end the half term. Halloween costumes for boarders are compulsory please!

Monday: Ten Pin Bowling
Good fun was had by all with Joseph G scoring an outstanding 160! Once again excellent behaviour from all boarders made this trip very enjoyable for everyone. Thanks to Elliott H’s parents for bringing him a birthday cake.

Tuesday: Mr Hoods Quiz Round 4
The ever-popular quiz returned this week and was enjoyed by all the boarders after prep was completed. The quiz covered a variety of subjects this week, ranging from ‘Blackadder’, and Elvis, to flags of the world. The boarders also learnt how many days it was until Christmas. Congratulations to Mr Sowry’s team who were the winners.

Wednesday: Fun Swim, Tuck Shop and Movie Night
Another fun swim session with all the boarders this week. With increasing boarding numbers on a Wednesday evening, the pool was near capacity this week so we may need to look into splitting the swim into two sessions. Everyone will still get to swim and enjoy ‘Onesie Wednesday’, our tuck shop and a movie.
• 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 something from the tuck shop. Weekly boarders can use the boarding bank.

Thursday: Pizza Making
The boarders were in charge of making their own dinner yesterday evening, with all the ingredients for a pizza kindly provided by Chef Joe. He made it easy for everyone this time as he provided ready-made pizza bases! The boarders then had a good opportunity to relax in the Common Room or to watch a movie.

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
• Tuesday – Girls Pamper Night
• Wednesday – Fun Swim, ‘Onesie Wednesday’, tuck shop and Movie Night
• Thursday – Halloween Disco

We will be completing the activity list for next half term this weekend so it will be available for you all next week.

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 in the Parents Portal on the School website. We would encourage parents to check this each week to stay abreast of the latest changes.

Reception Team News
Reception finally managed their trip to the Dinosaur Park on Thursday after last week’s cancellation due to power failure. Read more here

Year 1 Team News
We have been studying our senses this week in Science and great fun was had by all in tasting different varieties of crisps. The children were given several substances to experience and smell and pictograms were completed to record the information.

The high spot of our week was our trip to Bressingham Steam Museum which tied in with our topic on transport. It was really interesting and you can read all about it here

Year 2 Team News
We have been really pleased with the children’s doubling skills in Maths. They have used a doubling ‘machine’ to double 2-digit numbers. We are hoping that the children will begin to use their recall of some doubles to help with their adding.

In Science this week the children have continued to learn about Healthy Living by thinking about the importance of exercise. We have talked about the exercise we do in School and activities that we do out of School. All the children found their resting pulse and compared it to their pulse after some exercise.

In Geography we have continued to look at maps of Norfolk and we have located seaside towns that we have visited.

The children have thought about friendships and how we can feel if someone upsets us and ways to deal with arguments.

Latest from Nursery

Nursery team writes

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

Our book this week was ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’. We have had lots of fun this week exploring all the different textures mentioned in the story. The children made snow storms with shaving foam, ‘swishy swashy’ grass painting, mud pies and, of course, endless activities with water play.

The weather has been lovely, so we went on a bear hunt ourselves, read an autumn story and walked through the woods to identify the trees and leaves we found. We made scrapbooks in the woods and lots of lovely leaf prints. The Growth Mindset character Creative Connie is certainly strong in Nursery!

We have had a great week, all enjoying the amazing autumn weather. The children are all really growing in confidence and are showing much more willingness to ‘have a go’ and do things for themselves. We are building on our self help skills such as putting on our own boots to play outside. The children are also very good at helping each other and giving instructions to each other.

The children are getting into a good routine with practising their sounds each day. The objects that the children bring in from home really capture the children’s interest in sounds. We have had lots of conversations about ‘d’ for ducks and duck families. Rafe brought in a baby duck which he explained was a duckling. Our sound next week is ‘t’.

We have been developing our ever-growing autumn display. Harrison brought in some lovely autumn ‘treasure’ from a walk at home. We all really value hearing about experiences the children have out of School. The children really like talking about their lives and it is a great opportunity to build confidence to speak in front of a group. We have been discussing with children what we need to remember in Nursery. The children thought of some great ideas including using ‘kind hands’ and all ‘tidying up!’ The children’s awareness of how to look after each other is so evident and is testament to what they learnt in Acorns last year and all that families do at home with their children. We look forward to our final week before half term – it has gone so quickly!

Latest from Toddlers

Ella D came for a taster afternoon on Tuesday and had a lovely time. Ella remembered us all from Imogen’s time in Nursery and has settled really well. More Toddlers will join us next week.

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.



PTFA Fireworks: A fun social event for all the family on Friday 10 November from 17:00

Tickets for the annual Fireworks event are now available to purchase from the School Office.  This is a wonderful social event for adults and children alike. Tickets: Adults £7.50 and children are free.  Refreshments and food will be available to purchase on the night.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 16 October – Relationships and Sex Education talk for parents at 08:30 in the Senior Dining Room

Monday 16 October – PTFA Meeting at 09:15 in the Senior Dining Room

Tuesday 7 November – ‘Year 5 & Beyond’ Parents’ Information Evening at 17:00

Open Morning Dates for 2017/2018

Saturday 20 January 2018
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

Key Dates for your Diary

Prep Book Fair Permission Letter

Academic section
PGL Caythorpe Presentation
Year 8 Parents Evening

Boarding Handbook for Pupils, Parents and Guardians

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

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