Newsletter 24 November

Newsletter 24 November

From the Headmaster:

I have been delighted to witness just how quickly and effectively Growth Mindset has embedded itself in the School, and the Nursery and Pre-Prep in particular have embraced this. For those parents still a little unsure as to how important Growth Mindset is within the School, I would urge you to look in the classrooms and on the walls throughout the School.

Congratulations to Sophie C in Year 5 and Rory R in Year 6 who were both worthy recipients of the Radiator of the Week Award for their kind and thoughtful behavior.


Car Parking
Can I please remind parents that there should be no parking in ‘the sweep’ outside the main School front door at pick-up times. This is to ensure the safety of children and adults who are walking across this area at that time. Parents should park in the designated car park.

Decorating the School for Christmas
Please do consider coming along to help ‘dress’ the School for Christmas next Thursday 30 November from 09:00 to 12:00.

As always, we shall be offering our helpers some Christmas refreshments in the Outer Hall at 12:00 and the opportunity to stay for 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 for lunch (and have any food intolerances) by Monday 27 November (her email is

Prep School Carol Service at St Peter Mancroft on Friday 15 December – Seating
Please be aware that there will be approximately 400 seats available at the Church and parents are asked to arrive in good time to ensure that they are able to sit to watch the service. We understand there will also be standing room available at the rear of the church. There will be no tickets for this event and consequently no seats can be reserved other than for Governors, children and staff.

Prep School Drama Production February 2017 – Update
Our next major Drama production in the Prep School for Years 6, 7 and 8, which will run from the 5-9 February, is really taking shape and rehearsals are going very well. We are very excited with the standard of the children’s performances and we have now adapted much of the ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ musical to ensure the children are given every opportunity to really show off their varied talents.

Consequently, we have decided to re-name the production to avoid complications with any specific stipulations set by the original licensing as we will not be performing the show quite as it was first written as this will be very much our own version!

The new title of our adapted production is: ‘A Truly Potty Adventure’. It is a very humorous production involving spies, a mad inventor and a flying car! It is a show for all the family and we look forward to seeing you at one of our performances.

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 20 November
Memos section
Year 8 Leavers’ Programme
Pre-season Netball Coaching letter
School Swimming Clinic

Academic Details
Year 6 Parents’ Evenings
Welcome to Reception presentation notes
Effort & Attainment Grades Clarification
Speech & Language Therapy Drop-in

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:

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.

The older pupils will be relieved that the examinations are now out of the way. The notion of formalising these in the Sports Hall appears to have given the examinations the desired focus for all pupils. All that remains now is for the staff to mark the children’s efforts!

Google Classroom
Google Classroom is the system staff are now using to set Prep tasks in Years 5 – 8. It is working effectively and allows the teachers to set Prep in a more focused manner, uploading web links, video clips and more detailed instructions. To clarify the role of the parent in this set-up, you will need to have the log in details of your child in order to keep track of Prep tasks currently set. There is no option at the present time to use a separate Google account.

Year 4 Visit to St Edmund’s Church, Taverham
Year 4 will be walking up to St Edmund’s Church to visit Rev Seabrook next Monday morning. The pupils will be taking part in Advent activities and looking around the church as they are studying Christianity this year in their RS lessons.

Read about Year 3’s thrilling visit to Duxford:

Learning from our feathered friends, our Prep pupils have been working in teams to build nests in Forest School:

German native-speaker Charlotte Hammer visited the School to give a Global Voices workshop on the history of Germany to pupils in our Year 6 Language Awareness Class:

The Girls’ U11 Hockey side continues to go from strength to strength and after the success at the county tournament last Friday at Gresham’s, the girls represented Norfolk at regionals at Redbridge on Wednesday.

Girls match reports:

Mr Jonty Tan writes
I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of the Year 7s put forward their arguments for and against the preservation of the traditional music of Rajasthan as part of their unit on World Music, many coming to the conclusion that the music itself needs to be preserved but many of their traditions may need to change to keep up with a very modern world.

Magna Voce received a very generous donation of £108.41 from Mrs Lefkaditis who had left a jar on the table at the reception desk at her work and this will contribute towards our sponsorship of Winifred, a 19 year old orphan in Uganda. Thank you to all those who continue to donate towards this sponsorship. The children have started to write letters to Winifred this week and we eagerly await receiving Winifred’s first reply.

Miss Philippa Briggs wowed the children and staff at this Thursday’s Music Assembly, playing ‘Oriental’ from Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados on the piano. Headmaster Mike Crossley made a lovely point about the beauty of being able to listen to music without having to report anything back, allowing the music to ‘wash over’ you as you listen and enjoy it.

Next week’s Music Assembly will be dedicated to practising some Carols for our upcoming Carol Service on 15 December.

This coming Monday we have the first of our Lunchtime Series of concerts, in the Music Room. This will be broadcast live on Facebook, so please do log on and watch the Rock Band hobby showcase some of their more recent songs.

Lunchtime Concerts at 14:00
Monday 27 November – Rock Band Hobby
Monday 4 December – Brass Ensemble
Friday 8 December – Neat Beats Drum Ensemble

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

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Flexi-boarding bookings for the Spring Term 2018
Flexi-boarding bookings for the Spring Term will be taken from 09:00 on Monday 11 December 2017. Bookings will only be accepted via email to Matron Ives at Due to the high demand for boarding beds, bookings will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and any emails received before 09:00 on the 11 December will not be accepted.

This week, the format of our boarding activities has been slighty different as the Year 7 & 8s have been busy with examinations so we included lots of time for them to revise and relax. We have been impressed with how they all have coped with this extra pressure, all of them taking their studies very seriously. Having to stop some of them revising has been our biggest problem, as relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as revising.
We did include a new activity ‘Nerf Wars’, which enabled the boarders to show their ability to follow rules and work together in teams. This was a great success and will certainly be on the activity list again after Christmas.

We all welcomed new boarders Amelia R, Calan W and Georgie L into our community. We hoped they enjoyed their first boarding experience and look forward to seeing them all again soon. We welcomed back Harry T, Oscar T, Oliva B, Theresa B, Summer B and Daisy S who returned to board for our movie night of ‘Despicable Me 3’ and popcorn.

We are delighted with how the older children have looked after the younger boarders this week as boarding for the first time can be quite overwhelming. They have been helpful, showing them the ropes and checking to see if they are ok during their stay. Keep it up!

Monday: Sports hall – Nerf Wars
Our Nerf Wars activity was a great opportunity to let off some steam in the Sports Hall. A course was set up, the rules were explained and then the boarders got to show of their teamwork! All the boarders thoroughly enjoyed this activity and, with a few suggested improvements, this will be making a return after Christmas. Thank you to Harry S and Mr Nigel Edwards for supplying much of the Nerf equipment.

Tuesday: Movie Night
As we changed from our original cinema trip to a movie in School, it was a great opportunity for boarders to relax and enjoy ‘Despicable Me 3’. The movie was a great success, with the boarders really enjoying the treats provided in the interval.

Wednesday: Fun Swim and tuck shop
This is now a regular boarding activity on a Wednesday and gives the boarders a chance to relax in the pool and then enjoy our tuck shop. This has proved really popular with everyone, with activities ranging from a game of water polo, a diving competition and some boarders simply relaxing on the floats. A great mid-week activity.
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 sweets from the tuck shop. Weekly boarders can use the boarding bank.

Thursday: Mr Stuart Hood’s Quiz – Round 5
The return of the world-famous quiz! Rounds included chocolate, Disney, countries and anagrams. Great fun was had by all with James Bond making an appearance in the observation round. The boarders who had a Geography exam were surprisingly good at the countries round!

Things to remember for the 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 – Volleyball
• Tuesday – Girls’ pamper night and boys’ pool competition
• Wednesday – Boys’ pool party and tuck shop
• Thursday – Bake off

Dates for your diary
• Monday 4 December – High Altitude trip
• Thursday 7 December – Boarders’ Christmas Party (by invitation only)
• Thursday 14 December – Panto trip to Sleeping Beauty

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.

Latest from Pre-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:

Mrs Allison Skipper writes:
We are very busy with Christmas activities, and tickets for our Nativity and Christmas shows are going fast. We are also looking forward to the PTFA Festive Fair on 1 December when the children can wear a Christmas jumper over their uniform and bring in a tombola prize instead of the usual £1 donation. There is a box in the foyer of Pre-Prep and Nursery where tombola prizes can be left. Please can you ensure that you have completed and returned your slip informing us whether or not you will be taking your child around the Festive Fair.

The wonderful Christmas card designs made by the children have also been sent home – don’t forget to visit to order your copies. The final order date has been amended to Saturday 25 November.

Can I please ask that all children come to School with named hats and gloves for playtime, now that the colder winter weather is with us. For any missing items, we have ‘Lost Property’ boxes located in the main foyer of Pre-Prep and Nursery 2 (Oak) and any named items are always returned to the children.

Carol Practice
We would be most grateful if parents of children in the Pre-Prep Choir could please practise the Christmas carol words (attached to the newsletter’s covering email) with their children at home. The Pre-Prep Choir will be singing carols inside the yew hedge at 18:00 on Tuesday 12 December and at both the Pre-Prep and Prep School Carol Services.

Following the ‘Welcome to Reception’ presentation to parents, the notes from this can be found in the Academic Details section on the Parents’ Portal.

Our Pre-Prep pupils are aiming to be bucket-fillers, not bucket-dippers after this week’s Kindness Assembly:

The Reception Team writes:
This week in Maths the children have been learning to calculate ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ numbers. They have used number lines to hop up the line for ‘more than’ and down the line for ‘less than’. They have also worked with Numicon to spot the patterns when adding ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ numbers.

For Topic the children have been continuing to learn about Light and Dark as they created their own sky light pictures. They painted paper plates to create different affects of day and night including sunlight, moons and stars. They then painted their own skies using a mixture of colours and cut out dark buildings, trees and objects to contrast with the light.

The children also made their own yummy window biscuits. They talked about the importance of hygiene when cooking and the need to wash their hands, roll up their sleeves and use a clean surface to work on. In groups they then took it in turns to measure the ingredients required to make their biscuits. They included scrummy boiled sweets in the centre of their biscuit dough which once baked, then became transparent to look like beautiful stained glass windows.

The Year 1 Team writes:
We have been continuing our practices for the Christmas production which is making it seem like the festive season is nearly upon us. We are, of course, still maintaining the curriculum as much as possible.

Autumn has been the main focus of our topic work, considering the weather, features and colours that we see at the moment. Much art work and creativity has taken place in connection with this including collages, sewing and pastel work which may be seen around the Year 1 classrooms.

Read Write Inc sessions continue in full swing and the marked improvement in the children’s reading and spelling is very pleasing to witness. We have also been learning how to write poems and that these do not necessarily need to have proper sentences.

The Mathematics project has been doubles, counting in twos and odd and even numbers. Again, working with a hundred square quickly shows the children the patterns that depict the concept.

The Year 2 Team writes:
In Maths this week the children have begun to learn to read digital time. We have discussed where we can see digital times and analogue times and the importance of being able to read and understand both. We have enjoyed counting in fives around our clocks. The children have put digital times in order and also matched analogue and digital pairs together.

The children are continuing to make excellent progress in their Read Write Inc lessons and it has been wonderful to see the children using these skills in their independent writing. Please continue to support these skills at home by asking your child to look for special friends when reading and also use their Fred fingers when writing.

The children have been working very hard on their pantomime ‘Aladdin Trouble’. Please continue to support your child to say their lines at home with expression and volume. We are looking forward to entertaining you soon!

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:
The rehearsals for our Christmas show have been in full swing this week; the children have enjoyed practising their songs and dancing on the Pre-Prep stage. Each rehearsal is building the children’s confidence in preparation for the real performance on Tuesday 12 December. We are looking forward to seeing the children’s costumes and would politely ask for these to be in Nursery in a named bag by Friday 1 December. We invite the children to dress up as snowmen, Santa, angels or reindeer.

Acorn news:
This week in Acorns we have been making rainbow fish with lots of colourful scales. The story is about being kind and sharing, which is something we are trying very hard to do in Acorns. We have made rainbow pictures and have had lots of discussions about the colours, as well as colour sorting activities for the children. We have also made our own rainbow fish to display in the classroom. The children used CDs which they decorated with glitter and gems. They are very sparkly and perfect for this time of the year.

Next week we will be reading the story ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’.

Oaks news:
This week in Oaks we introduced our new sound ‘P’. The children have enjoyed making some parrot plates using fluorescent paints and colourful tissue paper. This activity encouraged colour recognition and developed the children’s fine motor skills. During our phonics session, we put lots of different objects and toys from the Nursery into a feely bag and invited the children to come to the front and pull one out, they then identified the beginning sound of the object.

In our circle times, we have been focusing on number recognition with numbers 1-5. The children were given the task to order these numbers correctly and count the teddy bears to match the numeral on the card. Following on from this, Teddy and Tristan enjoyed exploring the Nursery computer by playing counting, matching and ordering games together. This activity encouraged turn taking and allowed the children to explore technology independently.

Next week our sound of the week will be ‘G’. We encourage children to bring in an item or toy from home starting with this sound.

Toddler & Parent Group
Toddlers was very busy this week and we welcomed some new children. It was lovely to have the opportunity to talk with the parents and introduce our Nursery environment offering lots of fun opportunities to try different experiences. We finished the session with a little singing and our favourite rhymes.

If you would like to join our Toddler & Parent Group, please contact The session runs on a Tuesday afternoon (during term time) in the Little Acorns classroom of the Nursery for children from 6 months to 2 years old from 13:45 until 15:00. The cost is £3.50 per session. A FREE trial voucher is available for new starters whilst parents who have already registered to join our Nursery as well as our Reception class are able to attend the Toddler & Parent Group free of charge.

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