From The Study

We started this week with a second Anti-Bullying Assembly planned and acted out by the Head Boy and Head Girl, and other Year 8 pupils. Poppy and Oscar narrated an excellent story that had embedded within it messages about how we treat each other. All in all this has rounded off a tremendously successful week of focus on Anti-Bullying. Thank you to our most senior pupils.

Poetry workshops took over Year 6 and Year 7’s on Thursday: Rachel Rooney (no relation) managed to draw out highly original thought from these pupils through a range of stimuli. From hearing Rachel’s own poetry (I love ‘My life as a Goldfish’!), to group work and individual writing, the workshops seemed to inspire even the most reluctant young poet to be creative.

Our musical week had a more formal feel in the first few days of this week, as it was time, once again, for the ABRSM instrumental exams. We hope all candidates have acquitted themselves appropriately. The results take a while to come through, so this will be a test of patience. It is a different matter with the Trinity instrumental exams; the results are made available later the same day. Trinity exams start on Monday. But it has not all been about exams in Music School this week. We were treated to the most delightful, and demanding, String Quartet Concert on Thursday. Sophie Kileff, Louisa Paterson and Robbie Stone showed us their musical brilliance, honed to perfection by Louise Wood. They performed a very challenging repertoire that included: ‘Purcell in Miniature (arranged by Forbes), Mozart’s Minuet and Trio (arranged by Nelson), a Schubert Suite (arranged by Allen) and Wednesbury’s ‘By the River’. It was very pleasing to see a healthy number in the audience, with lots of support from the players’ friends (and some parents of course). This was a new departure for us in terms of concerts, and I hope we will be able to put on more of these concerts in future. Well done to Robbie, Louisa and Sophie – and thank you to Mrs Wood.

Tomorrow, Saturday, sees our annual Christmas Fair. A reminder that we have a full morning of normal school for Year 4 to Year 8, even though the Fair will open to parents and younger children from 11.30 am.  In particular parents have been reminded that they must collect their children from form rooms at 12.30 pm, please. Any children who are ‘unclaimed’ will be kept in the Boarders’ Drawing Room, and should be signed out at Matrons Room before departing.  Please could I emphasise that parents are expected to be supervising their children from 12.30 pm onwards – they must be accompanied by parents, who must be responsible for them at all times.

As well as the Christmas Fair itself in the Sports Hall, other particular highlights tomorrow will be: Staff vs parents playing Football and Netball, and the Science Fair, that showcases projects created by pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 as part of a competition. This is being shown in Lab 1 of Science School.

Please may I advertise the  Future Schools’ Presentation taking place on Monday from 5.15 pm to 6.00 pm, in the Mulberry Pavilion. All parents of children in Year 4 and 5 are invited. We will be explaining the processes that should be underway very soon for parents in selecting and registering with senior schools. The presentation itself will be put up on the portal for access by those unable to attend.

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        Emails sent to parents this week:

        21/11 Year 6 Parents;  Fm:  Mrs Faye Re: Letter Writing Competition

        22/11 Prep & Pre-Prep;  Re: Raffle Ticket stubs

        22/11 Years 5,6,7 & 8 Boys;  Fm: Mr Lewis Re: House Football Matches on 23/11

        23/11 All Parents; Fm: TPA Re: Chairman’s Report for 2016 AGM

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answer to last week’s Enigma: 

        The fifth letter of each brother's name is the same as the second letter

        of each sister's name, so Stella is Alistair's sister.

        This week’s Enigma:

        DECIDE, HUMANS, LIKELY, NODDED, REFUGE

        Which one of the following words belongs in the list above and why?

        ARTIST, BAMBOO, CANDLE, SECURE, VOLUME.

        Peter is 20 years old, Raymond is 25, Veronica is 18 and Julian is 12. How old is Yvonne and how do you know this?

        Weekly Calendar
        Year 2 Trip to Watermill Theatre on 25 Nov 2016
        TPA: Christmas Fair 11:30 am - 3:30 pm on 26 Nov 2016 @ 11:30
        Football U8A VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Football U8B VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Football U8C VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Football U9A VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Football U9B VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Football U9C VI vs Stroud School, Romsey (h) on 26 Nov 2016 @ 13:00
        Staff vs Fathers Football Match on 26 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Staff vs Mothers Netball Match on 26 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Trinity Guildhall music exams on 28 Nov 2016
        Year 1 Trip to Minstead Study Centre 'Winter Warmers Day' on 28 Nov 2016
        Swimming U12 Mixed vs West Hill Park School (h) on 28 Nov 2016 @ 16:30
        Swimming U13 Mixed vs West Hill Park School (h) on 28 Nov 2016 @ 16:30
        Year 4 and 5 Future Schools Evening in The Mulberry Pavilion 5:15 pm on 28 Nov 2016 @ 17:15
        House Christmas Tree Decorating Competition on 30 Nov 2016 @ 08:20
        Treehouse Theatre 'Peter Pan' Reception to Year 3 on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10A VII vs Triangular with Eagle House and Lambrook (h) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10B VII vs Triangular with Eagle House and Lambrook (h) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10C VII vs Triangular with Eagle House and Lambrook (h) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:00
        Hockey Sevens U11C VII vs Eagle House (h) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:15
        Hockey Sevens 1st VII vs Eagle House (a) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens 2nd VII vs Eagle House (a) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens 3rd VII vs Eagle House (a) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U11A VII vs Eagle House (a) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U11B VII vs Eagle House (h) on 30 Nov 2016 @ 15:00
        Nursery Christmas Play 11:00 am on 01 Dec 2016 @ 11:00
        Netball U8A VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 01 Dec 2016 @ 15:15
        Netball U8B VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 01 Dec 2016 @ 15:15