Newsletter 17 November

Newsletter 17 November

From the Headmaster:

It was lovely to see so many of you at last Friday’s Fireworks event. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed ‘hacking’ up the hog roast, and serving lots of hungry customers, I won’t be giving up the day job! There are so many people to thank for the success of the evening and in particular Mrs Charlotte Wood, our new Chair of the PTFA, the Grounds team and the team of parents gathered by Mrs Wood, who worked tirelessly all evening. Last of all, the children who behaved impeccably, and ensured the evening was a safe and happy one:

This week our Year 5 pupils enjoyed a special collaboration day with students from Langley Senior School Sixth Form. To read more about the exciting masterclasses that took place, visit

Congratulations to Alex S and Harry S (both in Year 5) won their ISA Regional Swimming events at Ipswich this week and are now through to the National Finals:

Can I remind parents to adhere to the speed limits which are clearly signposted around the School site and in particular at the zebra crossing by the Sports Hall where pupils are crossing all through the day and evening. We have also constructed a clear crossing in the car park itself which the children now use when heading to and returning from Games on the pitches.

We have run two successful information events this week which have been well received by parents: one on the transition from Year 2 to Year 3, presented by the Year 3 teaching staff, and the other was a follow-up on Growth Mindset, summarising how this has been embedded into the School in recent times.


Decorating the School for Christmas
Every year we decorate the School ready for Christmas and our decorating will take place on Thursday 30 November from 09:00 to 12:00, so that the School is looking its Christmassy best in time for the PTFA Festive Fair the following day on Friday 1 December.
As always, we shall be offering our helpers some Christmas refreshments in the Outer Hall at 12:00 and the opportunity to stay on to lunch in the Dining Hall at 12:30 should you wish to do so. Could I please ask you to let my PA, Aggie, know if you would like to assist with the decorating and also if you would like to stay on to lunch (and have any food intolerances) by Monday 27 November (her email is

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

Autumn Term 2018 Dates
Please note the start of the Autumn Term 2018 will be on Wednesday 5 September. Staff INSET days will be Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September. Term will finish on Friday 14 December, with half-term from Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November.

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 13 November:
Memos section
Pre-Prep Carol Service letter
Pre-Prep Nativities ticket booking form
Nursery Christmas Show permission letter and ticket booking form
Growth Mindset Song Lyrics
Langley Senior School Newsletter
Academic Details
Year 7 & Year 8 Examination timetables
Year 5 Parents’ Evenings

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

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:

Algebra tricks and collaboration in Assembly
Collaboration was the theme of one of this week’s assemblies, using the key messages delivered around School by our Growth Mindset characters, Mac and Mabel:

procedure for pupils arriving late to School:
Can I please remind parents of the procedure for signing in children arriving late to School. Please can you ensure that your child is taken to the School Office in the first instance so that they can be registered as ‘present’ and we can ascertain their going home time.

School Cups
Please can I remind parents to return any School cups that their child(ren) may have at home to the School Office. These will be needed for this term’s Final Assembly.

Mrs Fiona Hambidge writes:
Year 6 will be visiting the Norwich Buddhist Centre this month – one group will visit on 23 November and the other on 30 November. These visits have been organized as part of the curriculum and will take place within the School day.

The U11 Girls Hockey side performed extremely well at Millfield on Friday but just fell short at qualifying out of the group, although they managed two victories and a draw in addition to two losses.  Of paramount importance was the experience they gained at such a high level and Mr Iain Martin is convinced they will be back to fight another day.

The U13 Rugby sides recorded impressive victories on Wednesday with both sides winning comfortably.

Girls match reports

Boys match reports

Mr Jonty Tan writes
It has been quite a week in the Music department. On Monday we announced a new concert series starting this term, the Lunchtime Series. These are short lunchtime concerts for our ensembles that will take place in the Music Room at 2pm on various days. In order for parents to be able to see them they will be broadcasted live on Facebook. The first will be Hobby Rock Band performing on Monday 27 November at 2pm and then on Monday 4 December at 2pm will be the Brass Ensemble.
On Tuesday the Year 2 children played their instruments for the first time as part of the String Scheme that started in September. The children are learning ‘cello and violin as part of the scheme.
Thursday’s Musical Treat was provided by Holly E in year 7, who sang with a huge amount of maturity and emotion the song ‘Read All About It’ by Emeli Sandé.
Preparations are under way for this years Carol Service which I am very much looking forward to. Next week’s Thursday Music Assembly will be Miss Briggs, showing us her musical talents.

Having launched their fund-raising initiative for Ugandan charity Watoto, our Choir are excited to announce their sponsorship of Winfred. To read more, visit

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
This has been another fun-packed week in the boarding community and we were delighted to be joined by new boarders and ‘returners’. We all welcomed Daisy L, Sky H and Daniel T  – we hope they enjoyed their first boarding experience and look forward to seeing them all again soon. We also welcomed back Rebekah and Suzannah H who also stayed with us this week.

There has been a wide range of activities on offer but with the Year 7 and 8 exams just around the corner, we have been careful to make sure the boarders have had ample time to revise as well as relax. With this in mind, we have also decided to replace next week’s cinema trip on Tuesday to a movie night here at School, watching ‘Despicable Me 3’. We will rearrange the cinema trip for the New Year.

There are lots of fun activities coming up over the next few weeks so please have a look at the activity list and book up quickly! If your child has booked for Nerf Wars next Monday, don’t forget to pack their Nerf gun and ‘bullets’.

Monday: Sports Hall – Badminton
The boarders went into the Sports Hall after tea and prep to play badminton and short tennis. There are certainly some talented racket sport players among our boarders! Good fun was had by all ending with a large game of ‘badminton killer’.

Tuesday: Puzzles and board games
Once again after prep was completed, boarders were given the opportunity to relax in the Year 8 Common Room. Board games, puzzles, pool and a movie were all enjoyed by the boarders at the end a tiring day. There are plenty more jigsaws waiting to be completed.

Wednesday: Girls pool party and boys pool competition
The boys relaxed in the Common Room with a pool competition while the girls enjoyed their fun swim. With lots of girls boarding, we had a very busy pool. Again, the children’s excellent behaviour enabled everyone to have a great time. Only a couple of children made it onto the giant unicorn though! Thanks to Mrs Marie Hood for acting as lifeguard.
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: Art Attack
Year 7 and 8 pupils completed some prep then joined Mr Nigel Edwards for his art competition which involved creating a boarding logo for our new noticeboard. Mr Stuart Hood will be judging the entries and we will be using the winning entry very soon. There were some great imaginative ideas and we clearly have some very talented artists in our midst.

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 –Nerf Wars (bring in your nerf guns and ‘bullets’!)
• Tuesday – Movie Night – ‘Despicable Me 3’
• Wednesday – Boys’ pool party and tuck shop
• Thursday – Mr Hood’s Quiz Number 5

Dates for your diary
• Tuesday 28 November – Girls’ pamper night
• Monday 4 December – High Altitude trampolining trip
• Thursday 7 December – Boarders’ Christmas Party (by invitation only)
• Thursday 14 December – Panto trip to see Sleeping Beauty (1 boys’ bed left)

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:
Mr Dave Pullin, our double bass teacher, visited the Pre-Prep for their Assembly on Tuesday and the children were fascinated. They were very keen to answer any questions:

“What is this instrument called?” Lots of hands, but Thomas H knew the answer.
“What might it sound like?” Reception – “a dinosaur!”
“What is the difference between a Double Bass and a violin?” Hugo H – “It’s smaller!”

Mr Pullin played a piece of music by Bach, our composer of the week and other popular tunes. The children loved the ‘Pink Panther’ and clapped along clearly enjoying themselves. They identified the lowest notes and were very impressed by how low the double bass could go! A fabulous Assembly – something to aspire to.

Whilst we are on a musical note, the children are all having fun singing the Growth Mindset song and the words are attached to the newsletter email for you to sing along with your child.

Reception team writes
The Reception children are getting excited about their nativity play and have started rehearsals. They can’t wait to wear their costumes and are busy learning their lines. Alongside this excitement they are continuing to enjoy their ‘Read, Write, Inc’ lessons and are working hard to form their letters correctly and position their letters on the line.

In Maths, they have been ordering numbers and completing counting activities. The role play areas in the classrooms have been turned into post offices and the children have been doing lots of writing and counting in their play.

In Topic, they have been investigating sound, playing games identifying different sounds and identifying loud and quiet sounds. They have played a variety of percussion instruments, singing along to their music and using a selection of boxes and containers they have made their own instruments which they also played.

Year 1 team writes
We have had a lovely week in Year 1. We are working on fractions and counting in 10s in Maths and the children have impressed us with their knowledge of 2D shape names. In Literacy we have written some beautiful autumn poems using our senses to explore the wonderful aspects of autumn.

In our Topic/Art lessons we have made some clay leaf bowls that are looking fabulous. We have also started our sewing project and the children have been really eager to do this. We have been amazed at how well the children have completed their running stitches and cross stitch. The children have really enjoyed learning songs for our upcoming Nativity play.

Year 2 team writes
There has been a ‘Time’ theme in Year 2 this week. In Maths, we have been telling the time using analogue clocks. The children have made their own paper clocks, drawn times on blank clock faces and have been quizzed on the time throughout the day.

In Design and Technology the children have begun their project of making an analogue clock. The children have designed their clock face and have transferred their fabulous designs onto their clock. The children have thought about their senses when writing about bonfires and fireworks and all the experiences that accompany them.

The children were very excited to play their cellos and violins this week. We are sure they will enjoy telling you all about their music lessons and the skills they are learning. We have also had a busy week with lots of singing and acting rehearsals for ‘Aladdin Trouble’ and it is all starting to come together nicely.

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:
Please could we politely remind parents that the Nursery day begins at 8:20; if you wish your child to begin their day earlier then an Early Bird charge will apply. Could we also ask that your child is supplied with a change of clothes to be left at Nursery please, this helps if children need to be changed.

This week in Acorns we have been following on from our fabulous Firework display and have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next!’. We dressed up as the main bear character in the story as he shot off into space in a rocket. All the children had great fun putting on his yellow wellies, a colander for a space helmet and whizzing off to space in a cardboard box. The children then worked on their ever-improving fine motor skills and added dried spaghetti to the holes in the colander. This activity encouraged the children to further their Personal, Social and Emotional skills as they took it in turns to play the main character and helped each other to dress up.

We made our own rockets from lots of different materials and in a variety of sizes. We made a 3D rocket using shapes and had different shapes to play within our homemade play-dough which encouraged basic mathematical language. We also made a large rocket using large toy bricks which helped the children to practise their counting.

We had a lovely time in Forest School where the children enjoyed getting messy in the mud kitchen. They made some mud pies and potions which we followed up back in the classroom by making magic potions for our fairy garden. The children all helped each other to add different ingredients such as paint and glitter to water and gave it a good mix ready for the fairies.

Next week we shall be reading the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’.

This week in Oaks we have been practising spelling our names; as the children are learning a different sound each week they are beginning to notice these different sounds in their everyday life. The foam letters that we used were all in a big basket so the children had to dig deep to try and find the letter they needed.

Our sound of the week was ‘N’ and the children participated in a lot of different games like drawing the letters they’ve learnt so far on our big Interactive Whiteboard. Gabriella had fantastic formation when drawing the letter ‘A’ on the board and noticed that she had two in her name. We also used a feely bag with the familiar sounds where each of the children had a turn to pick out one of the foam letters and see if they could match it to the correct sound card. Teddy then continued this on his own accord the following day and was able to match all 6 sounds we have learnt so far, perfectly. Next week we shall be learning the sound ‘P’.

On Monday our circle time was particularly important as we were all speaking about how we can be kind to one another. During the week the children had the opportunity to draw around their hand and cut it out with their act of kindness written on the reverse. They are going to be displayed on our Oak Tree display which links to the Pre-Prep’s kindness tree.

Like Acorns, we also had a lovely Forest School session on Tuesday morning; we went up to the laurels and sat in a circle under the trees and Mrs Amy Cole introduced the ‘feelings stick’ which linked to our ‘World Kindness Day’ discussion from the previous day. The objective of this was to pass the stick around the circle and when holding it to reveal how you are feeling that day.

Latest from Toddlers

We welcomed Summer to the Toddlers group this week who was able to play with Sophie and the children from Acorns class. Both Summer and Sophie enjoyed a variety of sensory toys and the playdough table was very popular. Using rolling pins and cutters really helps hand-eye co-ordination, developing muscles and fine motor skills. It was a lovely afternoon and nice to meet the new parents to tell them about Acorns and how Toddlers really helps with the transition to the next stage.

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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