Newsletter 6 October

Newsletter 6 October

From the Headmaster:

At the School, we recognise that pupils who have a positive approach to learning make good progress and are successful. As a result, we are putting a big emphasis on nurturing our Growth Mindset culture throughout the School from Nursery to Year 8. To read our latest Growth Mindset news post, visit http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/wow-great-start-growth-mindset/

Congratulations to Sally Barter, Jess De-Abreu and Diana Tinjala who have now all passed their OCN Level3 Forest School course and consequently add to a very strong team of Forest School practitioners. Jess has also completed her Masters Degree in Advanced Educational Practice which was awarded to her over the summer.

This week’s Junior Radiator of the Week was Freya S and in the senior part of the School it was awarded to Ruby K, both of whom have shown great consideration and kindness to others.

I am looking forward to taking part in tonight’s PTFA Quiz and Chips event. The School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association welcome new members and Mrs Charlotte Wood (a Year 4 and 7 parent) will be available in the Pre-Prep Hall at 08:20 on Tuesday 7 November for a coffee morning after drop off for those parents who would like to find out more. Joining the PTFA is a lovely opportunity to meet other parents in the School as well as to help run exciting events for the children.

WHOLE SCHOOL
Macmillan Coffee Morning
My thanks to the generosity of all those who supported last Friday’s Macmillan Coffee Morning which raised a magnificent total of £221.18.

The sweepstake for the ‘guess the world’s tallest coffee morning cake’ was won by Mrs Smith with a guess of 100cm (the actual height was 94cm). Mrs Smith has won £16 and this can be collected from Karen Utting by contacting her via email at klutting@yahoo.co.uk

Our non-uniform day in aid of Jeans for Genes last Friday raised an impressive £337.81. My thanks to both staff and pupils for their generosity.

Headmaster Signature

Excellent – ISI 2016
Open Morning on Saturday 20 January 2018
‘Year 5 & Beyond’ Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 7 November at 17:00
Non-Uniform Day on Friday 10 November – wear anything blue in support of Anti-Bullying Week
PTFA Bonfire and Fireworks Night on Friday 10 November at 17:00
Growth Mindset Presentation to Parents on Tuesday 14 November at 08:30 in the Senior Dining Room
Boarding events for first week back: Bingo; ICT Exploration; Fun Swim, Onesie & Tuck Shop; Night Walk

Latest from Prep

The Headmaster’s Photography Award 2017
What a challenge it was to decide on the winners this year, as the standard of photography was extremely high. After much debate with Mr Edwards, I am delighted to be able to announce the winners and runners-up:

Senior Winner – Jayden B (Year 8)
Senior Runners-up – Joseph G (Year 7) and Zoe S (Year 6)

Junior Winner – Miles N (Year 5)
Junior Runners-Up – Ethan C (Year 5) and Archie C (Year 5)

All the winners will receive House Points and their winning photographs will be printed, mounted and framed ready to be displayed in the Senior Dining Room.

The Summer Art Competition
Mr Edwards tells me that it is proving equally hard to judge the Summer Art Competition as the standard of the fishy entries is so high this year. We shall confirm this year’s winner shortly.

Crows Jumble Sale
Congratulations to the children and staff in Crows who organised and ran a very successful jumble sale this week which raised money for the School’s chosen charities. Total to be announced shortly.

Year 4 Trip to How Hill
Year 4 had a great time investigating habitats at How Hill. For a report and photos, visit http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/year-4-investigate-habitats-hill/

Congratulations to Joseph G in Year 7 who participated last Sunday in The Autumn Classic – a 25-mile bike race. Well done, Joseph.

Congratulations also go to Henry S (Year 4), Alex S (Year 5) and Harry Heatley (Year 6) who took part in the annual ‘City of Norwich Championships’ – a three-day swimming gala held last weekend. The boys brought home a tremendous medal haul and are clearly swimming stars of the future.

Charlie H in Year 8, Campbell T and Elliott H in Year 7 were all awarded County caps to commemorate outstanding seasons for Norfolk County Cricket in their respective age ranges.

Well done to the U9 girls who had their first match of the season. After some excellent training in lessons, it was a great team performance and a fair result of 2-2.

A special mention must be given to Le’Sean S in Year 6 who, having never played Rugby before, has now scored over 20 tries in three matches for the U11A Rugby side! There were some outstanding performances on the Rugby front this week with resounding victories across the board.

Girls match reports
http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/match-reports-3-4-october/

Boys match reports
http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/match-reports-2-4-october/

Mr Jonty Tan writes
Last weekend’s Open Morning saw our choir, Magna Voce, perform for the first time this year. Parents commented on the wonderful sound they created, the expression with which they sung and the evident enjoyment on their faces. Magna Voce is now working towards a song for our first Soirée and Thursday’s Music Assembly where they will be launching a very exciting fund raising initiative. Year 7 Express taught the School all about the Indonesian music of Gamelan and performed a piece called ‘Sunset in Bali’ at our Musical Assembly this week. We have started a Senior Pop Band, gathering as a Tuesday Enrichment. We are looking for a name for them, so do send through any suggestions! Another full week in the Music Department, with heaps of fun being had by all.

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
Welcome to another week in the boarding community. There is lots to tell you all, ranging from activities, trips and achievements from our children.

Many of our boarders stayed last Friday night in preparation for the Open Morning on Saturday. Pizza, a fun swim followed by a movie made it feel like a nice relaxing Friday evening. We received compliments from staff and parents highlighting how clean and tidy the dorms were Saturday morning. Well done to everyone!

We welcomed some more first-time boarders this week. Oliver D (Year 5) and Ellery F (Year 3) joined us and settled in very well. Daisy S (Year 4) and Archie S (Year 6) returned again and they looked like they had both been boarding for years! A special mention should go to some of the more regular boarders for looking after our new joiners and helping them to settle in. We look forward to welcoming you all back into the boarding community soon.

Activities have been varied this week. We started on Monday with the boarders attempting some night orienteering around the School grounds. It is safe to say some fared better than others! Our weekly Wednesday fun swim was great, with some boarders playing a water polo tournament in the pool. On Thursday, we took the boarders shopping to Chapelfield  shopping centre and once again their behaviour was excellent, with all pupils being a credit to the School. Thanks to Mr Hyatt, Mrs Hyatt and Mr Findley for coming with us.

We have also been impressed by the commitment of many of the boarders this week in terms of completing prep. This is especially true for the Year 7s and Year 8s as they have had a lot to do this week. It was a struggle to get some of them to stop!

Monday: Night Orienteering
In groups, the boarders had to collect specific pieces of information from around the School grounds. This required teamwork, communication and co-operation to be successful as it was not easy in the dark! A great fun activity with some groups managing to complete the course.

Tuesday: Outdoor games and ICT fun
As the weather was lovely, some boarders made the most of the daylight for a game of cricket and rugby. Everyone then returned to the ICT suite to listen to Mr Harris playing Dire Straits and enjoying time playing online.

Wednesday: Fun Swim, Tuck Shop and Movie Night
A great fun swim with all the boarders this week. Our water polo competition was a hit even though there was apparently some ‘dodgy’ refereeing! With sweets from the tuck shop and popcorn provided, we all retired to watch a movie in one of the classrooms. Hopefully we will watch the second half next week.
Note: Boarders can wear any swimming costumes so that their school costumes remain dry for lessons.

Thursday: Chapelfield Shopping Trip
The ever-popular shopping excursion to Chapelfield shopping centre took place on Thursday which saw the boarding house completely full. Everyone appeared to have a great time shopping and spent their money wisely! Excellent responsible behaviour from all the boarders made this a very pleasant trip to run.

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 – Ten Pin Bowling – some spaces still available!
• Tuesday – Mr Hood’s Quiz
• Wednesday – Fun swim, onesie Wednesday, tuck shop and movie night
• Thursday – Pizza making

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 e.ives@taverhamhall.co.uk. Beds will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis as normal

Latest from Pre-Prep

Mrs Allison Skipper writes
We have had an action-packed week in the Pre-Prep with preparations for the Harvest Festival and lots of excitement building up towards our forthcoming trips. We were incredibly disappointed to have our Reception trip to the Dinosaur Park cancelled due to a major power cut in the area but the Reception team are busy organizing another date very soon. Despite this the children still had a wonderful Dinosaur Day here at School!

Thank you so much to those of you who purchased books for their children at the book fair. We are delighted to have taken over £400 already. All the money raised will go towards new books for the Nursery and Pre-Prep.

Please don’t forget to book your child’s place in the holiday clubs for Nursery and Pre-Prep over half-term from 23-27 October. We are also fortunate that Mrs De-Abreu and Mrs Buckley from the Prep School, who are both fully trained Forest School practitioners, have offered to run a Forest School Club from the 30 October through to the 3 November. This is for Pre-Prep and Prep School children and will hopefully give siblings in either part of the School the opportunity to spend some quality Forest School time together. Further information and a booking forward can be found in the Memos section on the Parents’ Portal.

We have added the dates for holiday clubs for the whole year and now have 6 weeks of Clubs running during the Summer Holidays in the Pre-Prep to help busy parents.

The School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) welcome new members and Mrs Charlotte Wood (a Year 4 and 7 parent) will be available in the Pre-Prep Hall at 08:20 on Tuesday 7 November for a coffee morning after drop off for those parents who would like to find out more. Joining the PTFA is a lovely opportunity to meet other parents in the School as well as to help run exciting events for the children.

Last week I announced the School Council members from Year 2 but must pass on my apologies regarding the names; they are Taylor B and Sasha L rather than Taylor B-S as stated last week!

Mumbles the Behaviour Bear was presented to the Crows Team this week after they won the most behaviour tokens. Well done, Crows!

This week our Composer of the Week has been Handel. Next week we will listen to the music of Beethoven. We would be delighted if you were able to play some of his works to the children at home.

We have introduced our Growth Mindset Characters ‘The Collaborative Twins’ and the children have very much enjoyed singing and talking about Mac and Mabel and how they work together.

PARKING: It has come to our attention that there are a small number of parents using the disabled parking space that is required each day for a little boy in Reception so that the walk into School is achievable for him. We would ask that parents/carers refrain from parking in this space unless of course they have a disability themselves.

As I am writing this we are about to go to the church for the Year 1 and 2 Harvest Festival and hope that many of you will have joined us for this event. A full report will be on the website next week along with photographs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children from Nursery through to Pre-Prep for their generous donations which will be collected by the Salvation Army next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Looking Ahead
• 9 October 19:00 Meeting with Peter Sheppard (Chairman of the Governors) – Parents welcome
• 11 October Year 1 Trip to Bressingham – details have been sent to you for this
• 17 October Individual and year group photographs
• 18 October Visit from local Author Karl Newson
• 19 October Year 2 trip to Nelson Museum, Great Yarmouth
• 19 October Reception trip to the Dinosaur Park
• 20 October Break up for Half Term
• 23 October to 27 October Half Term Holiday Club
• 6 November return to School
• 6 November ‘flu nasal spray
• 7 November 08:20 Coffee in the Pre-Prep Hall for those interested in joining the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) –
Everyone welcome
• Week Beginning 13 November Parent Consultations – please see your child’s Class Teacher to book these
• 10 November Non-Uniform Day in aid of our chosen charity to be elected by the School Council
• 10 November 17:00 Firework night. Please purchase tickets from the School Office
• 1 December Christmas Fair
• 6 December 14:00 Reception Christmas Show Pre-Prep Hall – letter for tickets will go out after half term
• 7 December 14:00 Year 1 Christmas Show Pre-Prep Hall – letter for tickets will go out after half term
• 8 December 14:00 Year 2 Christmas Show Pre-Prep Hall – letter for tickets will go out after half term
• 11 December Pre-Prep Trip to the Pantomime and Christmas Party
• 12 December Carols Around the Yew Tree – Pre-Prep Choir will join this event. Times to be confirmed
• 14 December Christmas Lunch
• 15 December 12:15 Break up for Christmas
• 15 December 14:00 Service at St. Peter Mancroft Church. All parents and children welcome to attend. Choir will perform at the service and
be transported to the church. All other children should be collected from School at 12:15 as above.
• 18 – 22 December Christmas Holiday Club

Reception Team News
It is lovely to see how happy and settled the Reception children are. They are loving their ‘Read Write Inc’ lessons and are making good progress in learning their letter sounds and blending their letters. They are working hard to learn the correct letter formation and thoroughly enjoy the rhymes that help with the writing of these letters.

In Maths they have enjoyed using the Numicon and have been busy writing and ordering their numbers. They have ordered dinosaurs according to their size and have enjoyed the challenge of finding larger or smaller dinosaurs to add to their dinosaur sets.

One of the highlights this week should have been a trip to The Dinosaur Adventure Park which had to be cancelled because of a major power outage. The children were amazing and, although they had been very excited about the trip, they accepted the fact that we were unable to go and happily took part in all the dinosaur activities in School instead. They collected twigs, conkers, horse chestnut shells and fir cones from the grounds and used them to make very imaginative clay dinosaurs, they also made dinosaur head dresses which they went home in. All in all they had a very happy day. Our trip has now been rescheduled for Thursday 19 October.

Nursery and Reception performed a wonderful Harvest Festival Assembly this week to a room full of proud parents and relatives. To see photos and read report, visit http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/wonderful-nursery-reception-harvest-assembly/

Year 1 Team News
We have been practising for Harvest Festival this week and we are sure it will be a lovely service to celebrate this time of year. Each class have chosen a poem to learn and will recite it on the day.

Our topic this week is ‘space’ and all things connected with it. The most exciting part was watching an excerpt from Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks. We have never known children to have so many questions after seeing it – lots of invaluable learning about the universe followed.

We have continued our Science project on bodies and investigated living or non-living creatures and objects in the outside environment. Forest School obviously links with this.

Maths has found us dealing with coins and learning that money has a value and how we use it to pay for items and accept change.

Year 2 Team News
Year 2 children have had another busy week full of fun and learning. They enjoyed making their own scones and butter as part of their Science work. As a class we discussed different dairy products and had a fantastic time making our own butter using double cream, a jar and a lot of shaking!

In Art the children have continued their self-portraits topic. It is incredible the amount of detail the children are adding to their work. The children have enjoyed using a range of media and different artistic techniques.

In Geography the children have thought about the similarities and differences between the countryside and towns. The children created a list of different things they might see and do in these different localities.

Throughout the week the children have worked hard to perfect their Harvest Festival poems and prayers. Well done, Year 2, for another wonderful week.

Latest from Nursery

Nursery team writes
This week in Nursery the Acorns have been reading the story ‘Hippo has a Hat’ and have based their arts and craft activities around this. The story is about a hippo dressing up so the children have made lots of different hats ready for sale in their hat shop within the classroom. The hats were made in all different shapes and sizes and were decorated beautifully using precious gems and glitter. The children then made some handbags to match which were also lots of fun to make. The kitchen role play area is always a very popular option in Nursery; the children made real tea and did lots of cooking for one another.

The Acorns also joined the Oaks for their Harvest Festival on Tuesday and they all did really well to learn the words and actions to the songs.

In Oaks, our Harvest Festival was a huge success and the children sang beautifully. Their boxes were gorgeous and filled with so many goodies. We worked hard to create the different items in the Prayer that Reception read out and were so brave to stand up in front of all of their mummies and daddies to present them. We were so proud of them all. To see photos and read report, visit http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/wonderful-nursery-reception-harvest-assembly/

The children in Oaks have been learning the sound ‘S’ and have brought in lots of objects beginning with this sound. We painted a giant ‘S’ which is now proudly sitting on our ‘Read Write Inc’ display board surrounded by the lovely objects brought in by the children. We have had snakes and spiders (plastic ones, thankfully!), scarves, stripy socks, shells and lots of stones. This is such a brilliant way for the children to identify certain objects with their sound of the week from the environment around them and bringing an object in to Nursery encourages the home to school partnership which is so important. We explained to the children that although shells starts with the letter ‘S’, it makes a different sound as it is ‘special friends’ with the sound ‘H’ creating the sound ‘SH’.

The children recognised that a square begins with the sound ‘S’ so we used some large square blocks to measure how tall we were. This encouraged the children to count up the blocks to see how many blocks tall they were whilst also becoming more familiar with the shape of a square.

The children loved making their own sultana scones this week; they helped to weigh out the ingredients and used their strong muscles to mix, mix, mix until the ingredients had formed a dough. They then took it in turns to cut out two scones each ready to be baked and enjoyed. For snack on Thursday the children had jam sandwiches; another example of how the children are continuously exposed to the sounds they learn.

On Tuesday morning, we all went on a lovely walk into the woods and picked up hundreds of conkers! They are now back in our classrooms in our sensory trays to be explored. Mrs Amy Cole and Mrs Linda Jones taught the children the difference between a sweet chestnut and a horse chestnut. We are so lucky here at LPS@TH that Amy was able to show the children in physical form the differences between them. In Forest School, we revisited a more open area opposite the main school entrance as there had been stronger winds early morning. We talked to the children about staying safe near a road and explained that we stand still when a vehicle is passing. All the children were really good at following these instructions with adult support. Please can we remind parents that all children must have their legs covered for Forest School sessions so we would really appreciate it if the children have some named waterproof trousers to be kept at Nursery.

Next week the Acorns will be reading the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ following the children’s’ interests and the Oaks will be learning the sound ‘D’.

Please don’t forget to book your child’s place in the Holiday Clubs for Nursery and Pre-Prep during the week beginning October 23 through to October 27.

The School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) would like to welcome new members and Mrs Charlotte Ward will be in the Pre-Prep Hall on Tuesday 7 November for a coffee morning at 08:20 after drop off for those of you who would like to chat with her about how you could get involved. It is a lovely opportunity to meet other parents in the school and to help run exciting events for the children so please come along.

Thank you so much to those of you who purchased books for their children at the book fair. We are delighted to have taken over £400 already. The money raised will go towards new books for the Nursery and Pre-Prep.

Looking Ahead
• 9 October 19:00 Meeting with Peter Sheppard (Chairman of the Governors) – Parents welcome
• 17 October individual and year group photographs – Please make your way to the Pre-Prep Hall for 08:25 if your child is not in the Nursery on a Tuesday morning and you would like them to have their photograph taken. If they have a sibling in the Pre-Prep please also bring them to the Pre-Prep Hall with you so that they can be photographed together.
• 20 October Puppet Show in Nursery
• 20 October Break up for Half Term
• 23 October to 27 October Half Term Holiday Club
• 6 November return to School
• 7 November 08:20 Coffee in the Pre-Prep Hall for all those who would like to join the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) -Everyone welcome.
• 10 November Non-Uniform Day in aid of our chosen charity to be elected by the School Council
• 10 November 17:00 Firework night. Please purchase tickets from the School Office
• Week Beginning 13 November Parent Consultations – please see your child’s Key Worker to book these
• 23 November 8:45 Welcome to Reception Talk in the Pre-Prep Hall for those of you moving into Reception after Nursery.
• 1 December Christmas Fair
• 5 December 11:00 Acorn Christmas Show Pre-Prep Hall – letter for tickets will go out after half term
• 5 December 14:00 Oak Christmas Show Pre-Prep Hall – letter for tickets will go out after half term
• 12 December 14:00 Nursery Christmas Party
• 14 December Christmas Lunch
• 15 December 12:15 Break up for Christmas
• 18-22 December Christmas Holiday Club

Latest from Toddlers

Our Toddlers had a wonderful afternoon playing with the children in the Acorn class. This is a lovely opportunity to let the children become used to the Nursery surroundings and the Nursery staff before their entry into the Acorn class.

If you would like to join the Toddlers please contact admissions@taverhamhall.co.uk. 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.

GENERAL

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Meeting with Peter Sheppard, Chair of Governors – Monday 9 October at 19:00
‘Year 5 & Beyond’ Parents’ Information Evening – Tuesday 7 November 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

Memos section

Relationship and Sex Education Information Meeting – Monday 16 October 08:30
Y2 Trip to Nelson’s Museum Great Yarmouth
Y3 Poppy Line Trip
Y6 Caythorpe Court Trip
Y4 Science Festival Workshop permission slip
Y5 Science Festival Workshop permission slip
Y6 Science Festival Workshop permission slip
Pre-Prep, Nursery and Prep School Forest School half-term Holiday Clubs

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

http://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/parent-portal/

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