Newsletter 30 June

Newsletter 30 June

From the Headmaster:

Royal Norfolk Show
Despite a very damp start to the morning on Wednesday, Mrs Crossley, Mrs Richardson and various staff members and pupils ensured that the School was well represented at this event on both days.

Both the Prep and Pre-Prep Choirs as well as the Rock Band gave a strong performance and the staff were keen to demonstrate all aspects of School life at the stand, through various displays and activities. On Thursday our winning entrants in the Show’s Schools Art Competition received their awards and these children were delighted to collect their prizes.

I managed to witness first hand our success in the Jelly Tower Competition on day two of the Show. Congratulations to Abbie A, Hannah M, Ellie M and Rebekah H who constructed our winning jelly tower! The event was recorded live by BBC Radio Norfolk and covered online by the Norwich Evening News:

I thoroughly enjoyed my traditional visit to the Year 2 French Breakfast on Friday morning. The children certainly looked the part and, as ever, were keen to impress parents and, of course, Miss Sarah Menegaz, Director of Studies and Head of French, with their spoken French.

Can I please remind parents that they should not be using their mobile phones whilst driving, which whilst being illegal is also incredibly irresponsible, especially around the School site where the safety of parents, staff and pupils could be put at risk.

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

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Year 6 production ‘The Green Day Dream Machine’ this week – twice in fact!  It was outstanding that all the children in Year 6 were participating and on stage at some point and all relishing the opportunity to do so.  It is particularly impressive to note that the entire performance, music and choreography was all undertaken by Mr Jonty Tan, who wrote this play with the children in mind.  Parents have clearly enjoyed it evidenced by the number of emails I have received.

Mr Newton’s History Day on Thursday with Hands on the Past allowed the children the opportunity to learn about the Great Fire of London.  This really caught their interest and involved the children in bringing History to life, which appears to be the real value in such days.  A full report will follow shortly.

The Finals of the Public Speaking competition took place on Thursday and the worthy winners were Grace H-K in Year 4, Reuben F in Year 5, Milly H-K in Year 6 and William M in Year 7.  All the children spoke incredibly well, despite the fact that for many this was their first time in front of an adult audience.  Mrs Beedell was keen to point out that every child from Years 3-8 has undertaken this exercise in class, with wonderful results.

I am delighted to confirm that three of our pupils, Daisy P, Kyran D and Mary L, have qualified for regional final of the Junior Language Challenge.  They will now need to brush up their Japanese for this next stage!  Well done to all three for their hard work in securing their places in the next round.  Full details can be found by clicking on the link below:

The Fastest Egg in the West – DT House Competition
Mr Forsey was delighted with inventiveness of the teams participating in the latest DT House Competition which was won jointly by Owls and Hawks.  For a full report and photos, visit

Our Year 8 leavers relished the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ at Archant, the publishers of the EDP and Evening News, visiting Archant’s headquarters and their printworks.  A full report can be found in the link below:

Prep School Gymnastics Hobby
Parents of the pupils involved in the Junior Gymnastics Hobby on a Tuesday are warmly invited to a ‘showing’ of the children’s work at 16:30 on Tuesday 4 July in the Sports Hall. It will last approximately 5 minutes.

Second-Hand Games Kit Sale
This sale will take place on Thursday 6 July and Monday 10 July between 08:00 and 09:00 in the Inner Hall. Items will be sold on a first come, first served basis, at a discounted rate of 20% off the Tylers Website prices. Items will be sold as seen with no returns. Payment by cash or card. Parents of current Year 7 pupils only may email Mrs Hood to reserve kit, on, but would need to come at one of these times to pay and collect the item(s). This priority has been given to Year 7 pupils as they will only need this kit for one year. A full list of items and prices is attached to this week’s Newsletter covering email and will be on display in the covered way.

Girls’ match reports:

Boys’ match reports:

Mrs Anne Berry-Smith writes:

The Norfolk Show was a musical highlight this week, even though the weather tried to put a dampener on it!  Magna Voce is a choir full of amazing children who are very professional and sing with all their heart.  I was very proud of them and even though they couldn’t sing outside it didn’t stop them and they packed the tent full.  Rock Band truly rocked, with fantastic soloists and ensemble players. You all made me very proud.

Thursday’s assembly truly was a musical treat with Dave Pullin, our Double Bass teacher, talking about and performing on the Double Bass.  He played a piece by J S Bach (our composer of the month), ‘The Elephant’ from the Carnival of the Animals, ‘Potato Chips’ which is a Jazz piece, and his own folk arrangement with piano.  He was very inspiring and showed the children that the Bass line is usually the best part!

Out 6th and final Soiree of the year will be held on Monday 3 July at 18:00. It will be a packed one, so come along early.

I am looking forward to next Tuesday afternoon when the Nursery and Pre-Prep will be performing their Summer Concert in the walled garden (the ice cream stall will be there!).

On Thursday evening at 18:00 in the Sports Hall, instrumentalists from the Prep School will be performing in their Summer Concert.  This will be a lovely celebration of all the hard work the ensembles and Year 8 instrumentalists have put in this year.

It has been a great year of music making!

Mr Stuart Hood and Matron Ives write:
Despite this week’s torrential rain, the boarders still took part in a wide range of activities with a huge smile on their faces!  All the boarders really enjoyed the School production of ‘The Green Daydream Machine’.  It was great to see some of their boarding buddies performing in front of a packed house. Special mention to Campbell, Joseph, Marcus, Myles, Elliott, Danny, Arthur and Trinity.  Well done, fantastic stuff!

Boarders also took part in Thursday’s public speaking competition.  Once again great to see the boarders fully immersed in School life.  Well done to al boarders who took part.  Many boarders also visited the Norfolk Show to support the School on both Wednesday and Thursday and enjoyed their day.  Some came back a little soaked!

Our Chapelfield shopping trip was a great success with pupils enjoying the opportunity to spend their pocket money.  We were very impressed with the responsible behaviour shown by all the boarders which made the trip very enjoyable.  Well done to everyone.

Things to remember for the final two weeks:

  • 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.
  • Some exciting activities are booked in for the final two weeks of term. Please have a look at the activity list and book a place early to avoid disappointment. Highlights include Wet & Wild night (bring water pistols), 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:
The boarders extended a warm welcome to Harvey E in Year 6 who boarded for the first time this week.  The community also welcomed back the following pupils:

Rachel H and Alex S (Year 4)
Cara F, Oliver W and Hugo S (Year 5)
Charlie H (Year 6)
Jimmy M (Year 8)

Next week, we will look forward to welcoming Cameron F (Year 3), Henry S (Year 3), Archie R (Year 3) and Max M (Year 4) who will be joining the boarding community for the first time.

We are delighted to confirm that following last Thursday’s sponsored walk the boarders who participated raised an impressive £314 which will be donated to the pupils’ chosen charities: Walking with the Wounded, Cancer Research UK and WWF.  Very well done to all those who took part:

Alice H, Bertie C, Ethan C (Year 4)
William N (Year 5)
Myles M, Marcus L, Campbell T (Year 6)
William M,  Jack W, Charlie H (Year 7)
Carys G, Ellie S (Year 8)

If you still have sponsorship money to hand in, please do give this to Matron Ives or Mr Hood who will ensure that this is included with the other sponsorship money raised.

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 – Sports Hall games
Tuesday – Wet and Wild night (bring water pistols)
Wednesday – Treasure Hunt and tuck shop
Thursday – Outside Art

From the boarding community:

Monday: School Play and Outdoor Games
A brilliant evening as the boarders watched the School production then ventured outside into the sunshine to let off steam afterwards.  Congratulations to all those involved in the show, the boarders were very complimentary.  Outside activities included basketball, cricket, football and simply time to relax.

Tuesday: School Play and Sports Hall Games
Another opportunity for the boarders who missed the play on Monday to watch the Green Daydream Machine performance.  As the weather was very wet and miserable, we ventured to the Sports Hall.  After some basketball, cricket and gymnastics, Mr Hood organised a Dodgeball competition.  What a success this was!  Different variations of the game were played with the children very disappointed when it had to end.  Definitely an activity to repeat for the future.  The younger girls also made up a gymnastic routine for us to enjoy – well done!

Wednesday: Fun Swim
After a different day at School due to the Royal Norfolk Show, the boarders appreciated the chance to enjoy a fun swim. The girls were happy swimming and relaxing however the boys designed a game of water polo carefully watched by the lifeguards. This Wednesday swim will become a permanent fixture in September as many boarders said how much they enjoyed it.

 Thursday: Chapelfield Trip
Once the buses returned from the Norfolk Show we made our way to Chapelfield. The children were all really excited about the chance to go shopping (something Mr Hood doesn’t understand!).  In groups they enjoyed browsing and buying a wide range of things.  Behaviour was excellent with the children returning to the meeting point regularly to let us know everything was OK.  This was the most enjoyable activity for Mrs Hood so far this year so we may be organising some more!

Upcoming themed boarding events:

Latest from Pre-Prep

Mrs Allison Skipper writes:
What a wonderfully busy week we have had!  We started with the Individual Musicians Concert where the children performed amazingly well; for a report and photos, visit

‘Mad Science’ visited us to take the assembly on Tuesday and we were all spellbound – look out for the hobby booklet for the Autumn Term as they will be holding a club on Wednesdays. For a report and photos, visit

Year 2 had their trip to Thrigby Hall and they were very lucky and missed all the rain and we finished the week with a fabulous French Breakfast for Year 2 parents.

Next week looks to be just as busy!  On Monday we have the final Soiree of this year and children may be collected from the Dining Hall after their performance.  We have an ice-cream cart coming to our Summer Concert on Tuesday, so bring some extra pennies for treats for you and your child.  Hobbies will not run on Tuesday, but if you require After School Care please email to confirm.  Year 2 children need to bring party clothes to School if they are not going home prior to the Year 2 disco on Thursday and Reception children are invited to come along to School dressed as pirates for their special day.  Finally, children must arrive at School on Friday at the normal time, dressed in full Summer uniform in readiness for Speech Day – please remember to get your tickets for Speech Day from the School Office; these are limited, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

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.  Term will officially finish on Friday 14 July at 15:30 in both the Prep and the Pre-Prep.  In future years the School will revert back to ending the academic year on the first Friday of July.

On a separate note, can I please ask parents to leave their children’s Fidget Spinners at home. Should there be a real need for your child to have one at School please come and see me.

Taverham Tigers Holiday Club:  Please return your form as soon as possible to secure a place, as some dates are almost full.  Children cannot turn-up on the day without prior booking, due to restrictions on staffing ratios.

Second-hand (current) Canterbury Games kit for pupils in Year 3 to 8 will be on sale at 20% off the RRP on Thursday 6 July and Monday 10 July at 08:00 – 09:00 in the Inner Hall of the Prep School.   A poster is attached to the newsletter covering email and is in the Parents’ Portal Memos section.

As this is the last newsletter this year, I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your family a wonderful summer holiday.

Next Week:

3 July         18:00 Soirée for Pre-Prep Choir                                      Inner Hall, Prep School

4 July         14:00 Nursery & Pre-Prep Summer Concert                 Walled Garden

4 July         No hobbies will run – email if your require After School Care

6 July         Reception – Pirates Day!

6 July         17:00 Year 2 Disco                                                                      Pre-Prep Hall

6 July         18:00 Prep School Summer Concert                                          Sports Hall

7 July         14:00 Reception – Year 8 Speech Day *Tickets required        Sports Hall

For reports and photos about our Year 1 & 2 Swimming Gala and Reception Open Swim, visit


On our wonderful trip to Fairhaven Gardens last week, the children walked through the woods past ‘King Oak’, an oak tree a thousand years old, and ‘Queen Oak’, a slightly younger tree.  These trees fascinated the children and several of them painted pictures of them in their follow up work.  They also enjoyed writing about their trip and accompanied their writing with bright colourful pictures. For a report and photos from the visit

In Maths the children have been learning about capacity. They enjoyed using the water trays to measure the capacity of various containers, finding which ones held the most and pouring water to illustrate full, empty and half full.

Year 1:
We have had a lovely week in Year 1.  We have enjoyed researching our Victorian topic further and finding out more about Victorian schools, homes and toys.  This has built on our visit to Gressenhall where we had a real taste of what life would be like in Victorian times.  In Maths we have been consolidating our calculation strategies and we are looking forward to a visit from Year 4 pupils who will be helping us to revise 2D shapes and their properties. Our Summer Concert is coming together nicely and we have enjoyed practising our dances and songs.

The exciting changeable weather has led us to explore some interesting adjectives to describe the rain and some children were inspired to write rain poems.  We had a fascinating visit from the Mad Scientist and we are very much looking forward to her visiting us again in September.

The children’s comments below indicate just how much the children enjoyed the Mad Scientist’s visit:

 Raffy P: “She showed us how you shouldn’t put fat in your drain because it might explode!” 

 Taylor B: “It was very exciting and she showed us how strong baby wipes are by getting two girls to hold them and pull really hard but they didn’t break.”  

 Thomas H: “She put some toilet paper in a pipe and it blocked the toilet!”

For the Mad Science assembly report and photos, visit

We have been developing our fine motor skills and having great fun at the same time playing with playdough and kinetic sand.

Mrs Banks’ class visited the pond to do some pond dipping.  The other classes will be visiting the pond over the next week.  They had a lovely time and managed to catch a range of wildlife including frogs, newts, pond skaters and little worms.

Year 2:
Year 2 had a wonderful day at Thrigby Hall.  The children were very well behaved and everyone commented on what a delight they were to be with.  The gibbons were not so well behaved and were so vocal that they made us all laugh at their whoops and howls!  We were so very lucky that the rain stayed in Norwich, so we only got wet walking from the bus to the classrooms. For a full report and photos, visit

The children have continued to have great fun weighing and measuring the length of objects.

Rehearsals for the French Breakfast continued all week, making the actual French Breakfast a superb occasion on Friday.   All the children sang and spoke really well; we hope you all enjoy many more French-style breakfasts at home.

Latest from Nursery

Nursery 1
Miss Sarah Sayers writes:
Our book of the week this week was ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ which we found very funny indeed; we just couldn’t stop laughing at the thought of aliens in our pants!  We made our own pants this week and decorated them in all kinds of ways and hung them out on the washing line.  We also made some pretty funky aliens, which somehow ended up on the washing line inside the pants. We had lots of fun getting extremely sticky in a variety of different alien slimes, it ended up everywhere – even on the walls!   One of our favourite activities was the pant races.  We put pants on our heads (which looked very funny) and we raced each other around the garden.

Also this week we have made some lovely friendship photos and handprint poems, ready to take home at the end of term.

Nursery 2
Miss Sophie Tudor writes:
This week in Nursery 2 we have been busy with our ‘Under the Sea’ topic and have learnt the sound ‘qu’.  The children have been in high spirits following our brilliant trip to the beach at Sea Palling last week. For a report and photos, visit In connection with this, we have all been busy making some lovely pictures using sand, paint and shapes with Mrs Chamberlin, in order to recreate the beach we visited last week.  We used the different shapes to make the sun and the sail of a boat which the children carefully drew around.

In Miss Tudor’s class, the children have worked hard practising writing the ‘qu’ sound independently, and these are displayed on our phonics wall.  We spoke about how ‘q’ never appears in a word without its ‘special friend’ ‘u’ then thought of some words which began with this sound.  In Yoga, Mrs Cole taught us a new pose which is called ‘Tree’ which requires good balance.  She stood on one leg with the sole of the other foot against her inner thigh.  We began the pose by placing the sole of our foot on the inside of our calf and will increase the difficulty over time, so we work up to our thigh!

In Mrs Tinjala’s class, the children have been busy painting their self portraits in order to create a lovely graduation card.  They have been busy singing number songs and practising adding and subtracting.  They have also talked about their favourite stories and described their favourite characters as a next step from their lovely story writing last week.  In the water tray the children had fun blowing through straws, making lots of colourful bubbles.  They have also been experimenting with ice and have been watching the scientific process between solids and liquids and floating and sinking.

On Thursday, the children from both classes made a birthday card for Mr Crossley, our Headmaster, which he was thrilled to receive.  We have all been busy practising our songs for the music concert which is on Tuesday 4 July and when the weather improved, we had fun walking around the School grounds, exploring the dragons and shields situated on the main School building.  We then visited ‘the three bears’ house’ near the walled garden; some of the children were brave enough to look in, but luckily enough the bears were not at home (phew!).

Next week we will be learning the sound ‘X’.

Dates for Nursery:

Tiny Tigers Holiday Clubs:  Please return your form as soon as possible to secure a place, as some dates are almost full.  Children cannot turn-up on the day without prior booking, due to restrictions on staffing ratios.

 Dates for Nursery:

4 July         14:00 Nursery & Pre-Prep Summer Concert         Walled Garden

6 July         Prep School Summer Concert                               Sports Hall

Latest from Toddlers

Miss Sarah Sayers writes:
As part of settling into Nursery, we got together with some of the older children to get used to being with them next year.  We also really enjoyed getting messy and exploring the texture and feel of jelly this week.  We even decorated some lovely pictures with sequins and cut out paper. We all enjoyed some yummy carrot cake and finished off the session with some music making.



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 26 June:

Academic section

Year 7 Senior Schools & Scholarships Booklet

Memos section

Second Hand Sports Kit sale information

Prep Forest School Activity Club – 1 to 3 August 2017

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