Newsletter 23 June

Newsletter 23 June

From the Headmaster:

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the seaside with Nursery 2, visiting Sea Palling yesterday.  As you might imagine, the children were extremely excited and we spent our time paddling, building sandcastles and topped it all off with an ice cream!  My thanks go to all the Nursery staff who contributed to such a lovely day.

I am delighted to confirm that Holly Ellis, currently on maternity leave from the Nursery, has given birth to a baby boy, Ruben, weighing in at 7lbs 5oz. Mother and baby are doing well.

On the back of such a successful ‘Oliver!’ production, Mr Tan has worked extremely hard to both write and produce the Year 6 production of The Green Daydream Machine. The dress rehearsal took place earlier today and all parents are most welcome to attend the two performances on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June at 18:30.  This is a ticketed event and tickets will need to be obtained in advance from the School Office.

We were thrilled to hear that an old boy of the School,  Flight Lt Jonathan Owen, an RAF pilot trainer, was able to visit us and land his helicopter on the School’s playing fields on Friday morning, which the staff and children were able to witness with much excitement. For photos and a report, visit

I was impressed by the standard of swimming in the Year 1 Gala and although I was unable to attend the Year 2 Gala, the reports suggest there were excellent performances all round.

A final plea to parents to ensure that they notify the School Office as soon as possible if the plan is for your child to be absent on Wednesday to attend the Royal Norfolk Show. This is so important as we need to have numbers to plan for activities on the day and lunch.

Speech Day and Prize Giving on Friday 7 July at 14:00 is for all pupils in Pre-Prep and the Prep School. It is a ticketed event as numbers are restricted and therefore could parents ensure that they collect their tickets which will be available in the School Office from Monday.

Each week the newsletter contains information for the whole School, Toddlers, Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep departments. Relevant tabs are provided to each of these below. It is important that parents read the weekly newsletter as it contains latest information and updates.

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

Well done to Benjamin S in Year 5 who was this week’s Radiator of the Week for his kind and thoughtful behaviour. Congratulations should also go to Danny W in Year 6 who competed successfully in the Junior Memory Championships Final and further details on this can be found in the link below:

The Year 4 to Year 5 Transition evening yesterday, whilst fairly sparsely attended, was extremely informative and, as ever, the presentation can be found in the Parents’ Portal.

There has been a number of out-of-school learning opportunities this week which are always of real value. More news about these can be found in the links below:
Year 8’s visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts –

Year 6’s trip to the Green Britain Centre –

 Year 7 Enterprise Challenge – Nearly New Book Stall – Friday 30 June

Joseph G and George B in Year 7 will be holding a nearly new book sale during the Prep School Sports Day on 30 June to raise money for the School’s chosen charities. This will also give everyone the opportunity to get their hands on some new reading material for the summer holidays. Could pupils, parents and staff please look through their book shelves for any children’s books that are in good condition but are no longer required and bring them to the Outer Hall in the Prep School where there will be boxes available from today (Friday 23 June) for all donations. The books can be story books or reference books, we just ask that they are in good condition. The books will be sold during both the Junior and Senior Prep School Sports Day and the book stall will be situated near the refreshments by the Pavilion.  Books will be priced at 50p-£1 each so please do ensure that your children have money with them to purchase books if they would like to.

Pride of place this week must go to Grace H-K in Year 4 who represented the U13 Girls cricket side and was the scorer of a number of 4s. Staggeringly, she also hit a 6 in her very impressive innings! Well done, Grace.

Wednesday’s fixtures resulted in a number of wins and losses and this was alongside some very impressive U9 and U8 performances on Tuesday.

Prep School Sports Day and Interhouse Swimming Galas
The Interhouse Prep School Swimming Galas have been rearranged for Monday 3 July as follows:

11:40 Year 3 and 4

15:00 Years 5 & 6

16:00 Year 7 & 8

Parents are most welcome to come and spectate. Monday 3 July is also the back-up day for the Prep School Sports Day should we have to cancel this next Friday 30 June due to bad weather. If this is the case, then we shall run the Swimming Galas on Friday 30 June instead. Pupils should therefore ensure that they have their swimming kit in School on both 30 June and 3 July.

Girls match reports

Boys match reports

Colts A hold their nerve and triumph at festival!

Badminton hobby fixture

Cheerleaders of the Year:

Mrs Anne Berry-Smith writes:
The pupils are now practising in earnest in preparation for our forthcoming musical performances at the Royal Norfolk Show, our Soiree and the Summer Concerts.

Next week Magna Voce, Rock Band and Pre-Prep choir will be performing at the Royal Norfolk Show and so we have been making sure we have enough pieces to perform that are of a suitable standard!

The following week, there will be three performances that the children are rehearsing for: our Soiree 6 on Monday 3 July 18:00, The Nursery and Pre-Prep Summer concert on Tuesday 4 July 14:00 and the Prep School Summer concert Thursday 6 July 18:00.  Parents and families are most welcome to attend these musical events, all of which will showcase our children’s musical talents.

Some of our children will also be taking their Associated Board instrumental exams on Monday 3 July and we wish them the best of luck with these.

A very busy time but a fun way to end the term!

Norfolk Show School Performances
Magna Voce and Rock Band will be performing at the Royal Norfolk Show next week.  Please note however that there has been a change to the times and they will now be performing at 10:00 and 11:30 on Wednesday 28 June.  Children need to be at Stand 25 Avenue 2 for 09:45 and 11:15.  Year 8 children in the Choir will have the opportunity to spend a short time as a group looking around the show.  Children who are in Year 7 and below will be looked after by an adult who will take them round the show between performance sessions.
Please make sure that the School has been informed if your child is to be taken to the show by the School or if you have made other arrangements.

Prep School Summer Concert
There are many children that are going to be involved in the Prep School Summer Concert this year. It will be taking place on Thursday 6 July at 18:00 in the School Sports Hall.  The ensembles include Samba Band, Neat Beatz, String Group, Woodwind Group, Brass Ensemble, Rock Band, Magna Voce, Chamber Choir and Prep Choir.  There will also be Year 8 solo performances.

If your child is a member of one of the ensembles above, please fill in the Summer Concert letter attached to the newsletter covering email and return this to the School Office on or before Friday 30 June.

Mr Stuart Hood and Matron Ives write:
The boarders have certainly been enjoying the fantastic weather and have taken part in some new exciting activities.  It has been good to see some new faces joining the boarding community this week; some boarding for the first time, others returning for another try.  I am sure all of our boarders thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Please do speak to Matron Ives if you wish to book your child in again for next week!

Onesie Wednesday is proving to be a hit, with all the boarders enjoying our tuck shop and relaxing watching a movie. This will be regular fixture in September where Wednesdays will offer a fun swim, tuck shop and a movie.

Please could we ask that all sponsor money from the Big Boarding Walk is handed in as soon as possible and we will confirm the total raised next week. Photos and news from the walk can be found below.

Things to remember for next week:

·  All boarders have the opportunity to read for 10 minutes at bedtime. Please ensure your child has a suitable book to enjoy before lights out.

·  There are some exciting activities planned for the next few weeks.  Please have a look at the activity list and book a place early to avoid disappointment.  Highlights include Camp fire nights, fun swim session, ten pin bowling and round 3 of the quiz!

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.

Matron Ives writes:
We were delighted to welcome Arthur C in Year 3 into the boarding community this week.  Arthur was very excited about boarding and to be able to take part in the boarders’ sponsored  2.5 mile walk.

We were also very happy to welcome back the following children to boarding this week:
Lois C and Freya S – Year 3
Griffin P, Joe P, Evie G, Sophie C, Grace H-K , Rachel S, Emily B – Year 4
Louis M, William N, Zinhle N, Emily H, Tuesday P – Year 5
Tabitha A, Madeleine B,Milly H-K , James C – Year 6
James H and Neo S – Year 7

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.

Activities next week

Monday – Outdoor games

Tuesday – Campfire

Wednesday – Fun swim and tuck shop

Please note: Due to the success of the Year 6 Scientists, who will be competing in the Top Class Science Finals on the evening of the Tuesday 4 July, we will rearrange the High Rope trip for early next term. Pupils who booked to go will have first choice when the new date is arranged. In its place will be Wet and Wild Fun where boarders can bring in water pistols to have some fun; more information to follow.

From the boarding community:

Monday: Hawaiian Luau
With the sun shining, all the boarders were treated to a Hawaiian-themed night!  Hawaiian food including BBQ prawns and pineapple, as well as Hawaiian games and activities including hula and limbo competitions, made a really fun night for all.  Live music was provided by Mr Tan and Mr Hamilton with assistance from Year 8 pupil Oliver M which made the evening complete.  Award for the best paper grass skirt goes to Danny although some of the children brought their own!

Tuesday: Summer solstice craft and outdoor games
Crafts and activities were provided for the boarders to celebrate the Summer Solstice.  Again, the weather was beautiful so all the children ended up playing outside.  Activities ranged from hide and seek to cricket and touch rugby, with some boarders just simply relaxing.

Wednesday: Onesie and tuck shop
A return to onesie Wednesday this week, much to the delight of the boarders!  After 30 minutes of outdoor play, all boarders changed into their Onesies and headed to the common room.  They were greeted by a wide range of activities to suit everyone.  They could play pool, play board games, use the stacking cups, listen to music, watch a movie or simply hang out with their friends. ‘Moana’ was the movie of choice with all boarders ending up watching it and we have finally completed it!   The highlight was the introduction of a tuck shop.

Thursday: Sponsored Walk
This week was the Boarding Schools’ Association’s (BSA) National Boarding Week – seven days of fun activities designed to celebrate and promote boarding schools. We were invited to take part in the BSA national events and decided to join in the Big Boarding Walk on Thursday 22 June.  Our boarders had a great time completing the 2.5 mile sponsored walk around beautiful Ringland with amazing views over Wensum Valley.  The walkers including some of the younger boarders and everyone helped one another along.  Mr Newton kindly gave a guided wildlife talk so we all learnt something new. We all ended up at the Ringland Swan for tea which completed the evening perfectly.  It was lovely to see some parents joining us. Well done to all the boarders for completing the walk and to Mr Newton, Mrs Hood and all of the gaps for joining us. Please bring the sponsor money in as soon as you can!

For photos from the walk, visit

Upcoming themed boarding events:

Latest from Pre-Prep

Mrs Allison Skipper writes:
With the end of term fast approaching, I felt it might be helpful for parents to have a clear outline for the arrangements for the last two weeks of term.

Thursday 6 July will be a normal school day for pupils with a normal finish time.  This is the last day of hobbies but After School Care will run from Monday to Thursday during the Activity Week, which commences Monday 10 July.

Parents are cordially invited to the Prep School Summer Concert at 18:00 in the Sports Hall on Thursday 6 July, which will be followed on Friday 7 July by Speech Day and Prize Giving at 14:00.  The Pre-Prep children are not performing in the Prep School Concert as the Year 2 children have their Disco on this evening.

Pupils will be expected to arrive at School on Friday 7 July at the normal time, in full school uniform in readiness for Speech Day.  Speech Day and Prize Giving will be completed by approximately 15:45 when children will be able to go home following handshake.  Drinks will be served afterwards on the Prefects’ Lawn and we hope you will be able to join us. If you haven’t already booked your tickets for Speech Day please contact the School Office to let them know that you are coming.

The week commencing Monday 10 July will be our final week of term, in which there is a plan to run a number of free-flow activities for the children to enjoy.  In future years the School will revert back to ending the academic year on the first Friday of July.  Term will officially finish on Friday 14 July at 15:30 in both the Prep and the Pre-Prep.

We are all enjoying this lovely weather and have spoken to the children about being safe in the sun; drinking lots of water, staying in the shade and wearing suncream and sun hats.  Please ensure your child is sent to School in their Summer Uniform including the correct socks and hair ties/accessories for girls with shoulder length hair or longer.  Please note that nail varnish and children’s tattoos are not appropriate for School.  On that note, can you please check that your child has the correctly named uniform; Georgia’s Swim kit is missing and Coen’s hat has not been seen since before half term.

We have enjoyed watching the children swim with such confidence and enjoyment throughout the week at our Pre-Prep Swimming Galas and the Open Swimming Lesson for Reception. Detailed reports will follow.

Forest School Hobby:  On the 3 July, Forest School hobby will finish a little later than usual. They have been promised a bonfire and cooking! If you are happy to do so, please collect your child at 17:00.

Norfolk Show:  After the Pre-Prep choir performance on Thursday 29 June at 14:00, parents who would like to take their children home from the Show would be most welcome.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish to do this.

Next Week:
26 June                  14:00 Individual Musicians concert
27 June                  Y2 Trip to Thrigby Hall
28 June                  Royal Norfolk Show Day
29 June                  14:00 Pre-Prep Choir performing at the Norfolk Show (Stand 25 Avenue 2)
30 June                  09:30 Y2 French Breakfast in Big School


We have been learning all about measure and weight. We used the balancing scales to weigh items around the classroom using cubes and then we made our own play dough cookies and weighed each one to see which was the heaviest.
We also continued our minibeast theme and were busy writing about minibeasts, making ‘bee’ Father’s Day cards and went out spotting minibeasts in the environment.   We all become quite expert at spotting and naming different creatures.
For a report and photos from Reception’s outing to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, visit

Year 1:

What an exciting week it was with our trip to Gressenhall Rural Life Museum.  The children were involved in a range of activities that depicted life in Victorian times. For a report and photos from Year 1’s visit to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, visit

We have also be learning about the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his bridge and boat building. The children used hacksaws to fashion pieces of balsa wood to make bridges. They worked in teams to decide how we could build taller models just using masking tape to fix.

The Forest School session saw one of the classes involved in pond dipping.  The water is now full of an exciting range of creatures including snails, water boatman and tiny newts.  Imagine Theo C’s delight when he captured a large frog in his net.  The water was covered in skimming mayflies with flashes of blue.

The summer weather has lent itself to lovely outside activities.

Year 2:
We have continued to look at habitats with this week’s focus on tree habitats.  The children have observed the different insects that live among the tree branches.  They loved watching the teachers shake the branches and get covered in insects!  Mrs Hyatt found a toad in her potting shed and brought it into school for the children to see.  They could then use their notes to decide whether it was a toad or a frog.

In Maths we continued our topic on measures.  We have been weighing in grams and kilograms and have been measuring in centimetres and metres.

The children have all got together to rehearse for the French Breakfast and we are looking forward to seeing you next week.

Latest from Nursery

We started our week in Nursery 1 & 2 in the most special way; we welcomed our Dads into the classrooms to celebrate Father’s Day with them.  We all enjoyed bacon sandwiches cooked specially by Chef Joe and a cool glass of orange juice. For report and photos, visit

Nursery 1
Miss Sarah Sayers writes:
Our book of the week this week was ‘Fix it Duck’ and we had lots of fun making toolboxes and tool belts just like the ones in the book.
What a lovely week it has been all round. We have been extremely creative, making some fantastic cars and caravans that we managed to hook up to each other. We practised our Maths skills by counting the amount of windows and doors we stuck on our works of art.  We also tried our hand at making perfume from petals. This was very exciting and we made lots of lovely scents.

Nursery 2
Miss Sophie Tudor writes:
We have continued with our ‘Under the Sea’ topic in both classes and have been busy making lots of wonderful things.  In Mrs Diana Tinjala’s class, the children have had fun exploring different seeds such as rice, different coloured lentils and sunflower seeds.  They have been creating some special cocktails for their Dads and mixing the seeds with play dough to make pretend birthday cakes.  The children have also been practising really hard to write their name independently; they are very proud to display their writing on the ‘special achievements’ board in the classroom!  They are getting so confident now in recognising most of the sounds and trying hard to blend sounds together and read small words.  They have been busy this week making up their own story; the children have had to choose how many characters appear in the story, what their names are, what they look like and if they have a positive or negative attitude.  The children decided on Princess Rapunzel, Queen Poppy and Prince King Bobby.  They remembered the key beginning and ending to fairytales ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘They lived happily ever after’ and all agreed to call their new story ‘Happy’.

In Miss Tudor’s class, the children invited Mrs Banks’ Year 1 class into the Nursery to do some still life observational paintings, chalk pictures and drawings of some beautiful roses from Mrs Cole’s garden.  They all spoke about the different sized petals and stems and the variety of shades of yellow they could see.  The Year 1s paired up with a child from Nursery which was a lovely opportunity for the Nursery children to see what the Year 1s were capable of and how their interpretation of the roses differed to theirs.  We have also been learning lots of new exciting things this week; we have now learnt five ‘red’ words from the Read, Write, Inc programme which are: I, like, me, of & to. The children particularly liked ‘I’ and ‘like’ and began making their own sentences between themselves; “I like butterflies!” said Mollie H.  In Yoga, Mrs Cole taught the children the ‘half lotus’ and ‘downward facing dog’ poses which encourage both stretching their bodies and breathing deeply to promote calmness.  Our sound of the week was ‘ch’; the children thought of lots of lovely words including ‘chocolate’, ‘cheese’, ‘cheeky’ and ‘Charlie’!   Charlie G was extremely smart and told us “lunch has ‘ch’ at the end!”  A definite ‘WOW’ moment for him this week.

In Forest Schools, the children have had great fun climbing trees, looking for mini-beasts, making fans to stay cool in this hot weather and finding small ropes and sticks to create fishing rods.

Next week we shall be learning the sound ‘qu’.

Dates for Nursery:

28 June                  Norfolk Show
29 June                  09:00 Pre-Prep Teas & Tour

Nursery 1 & 2 Sports Day Photos:

To view some of the great photos taken by DE Photo, visit

Photographs of the Nursery 2 Sports Day can be purchased from DE Photo by clicking on the link below:

Schools\Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall\2017\Nursery 2 Sports Day June 16th

The event code for this event is: Alex

Pre-Prep Teas and Tours

Nursery parents are welcome to come for a tour of Pre-Prep on 15 and 29 June at 09:00. It is not necessary to book but it is always helpful to know if you plan to attend, please email

Latest from Toddlers

Miss Sarah Sayers writes:
We thoroughly enjoyed exploring a variety of animals and different textures in this week’s session. We found some animals buried in the sand and then used the water tray to give them a good wash. The children particularly enjoyed making a splash in the water tray.  We had some lovely fruit cakes as a snack and had fun learning some new songs at the end of the session.



Nursery and Pre-Prep Summer Concert – Tuesday 4 July at 14:00 in the Walled Garden

Prep Summer Concert – Thursday 6 July at 18:00 in the Sports Hall

Speech Day and Prize Giving for all Pre-Prep & Prep pupils – Friday 7 July at 14:00 in the Sports Hall

Open Morning Dates for 2017/2018

Saturday 30 September 2017

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 week commencing 12 June:

Academic section

Presentation notes of  the Year 4 to Year 5 transition information evening for parents

Memos section

Revised holiday club letter for Taverham Tigers

School Summer Concert letter

Year 6 Top Class Science Quiz letter

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