From The Study

Firstly some congratulations are in order: well done to Oliver Winter on being awarded a Music Exhibition to Winchester College. Also in line for our appreciation are Owen Wiseman and Lucy Perkins, who entered the Southern Region Fencing Championships last weekend. Owen came 13th overall, while Lucy came 3rd. Lucy’s result places her in the National Age Croup Championships early in the Summer Term. Well done to both of you. An unusual activity for us to celebrate success is skiing – Thomas Johns has had some remarkable results. He competed in the Welsh Alpine Ski Championships, coming 2nd in the Under 10 category. Well done Thomas! AS I have written before, we have two girls who are currently involved in the English Youth Ballet production of the Nutcracker Suite in Salisbury, with performances 12-22 April. Mariella Whittle and Poppy Corbett are working very hard in rehearsals, and I am sure many families will be interested in obtaining tickets for the performances. Please see the website for ticketing information: .


This week saw the launch of our Twitter activities, as many of you  know. In the past five days we have sent out 17 tweets. We have 217 followers so far, and I know many parents have enjoyed these lightweight insights into life at school. Please follow us, and please let us know what you think of how we are doing.


This week we started our Prep Assembly with a very competent and spirited rendition of the Chinese New Year song ‘Gong Xi, Gong Xi’. I think everyone enjoyed the singing, and the enthusiastic gestures and actions that Years 3, 4 & 5 enthusiastically delivered. Continuing from last week’s Assembly and Chapel services, I spoke about the distinction between persecution and bullying in society, and how this should be understood by us at Twyford School. Children were able to answer questions and give examples, and we asked them to consider the particular role of the bystander (agreeing that there is no such thing as an ‘innocent bystander’). These themes have been well complemented this week by the assemblies on Wednesday run by our visiting NSPCC presenter. Who took children from Year 1 to Year 6 through essential considerations about how we treat each other, and how we stay safe, especially on-line.


With a number of visiting speakers and many musical and sporting activities, this has been one of our most complex weeks. The senior three years benefited from talks on Maths from Dr Vicky Neale, from Oxford University. On Tuesday, Year 2 had a very interesting trip to the Medina Mosque, where they were able to see the physical structure that enables Muslim religious worship, as well as hearing from the imam how the community worships.  As you can see from the photo above, we welcomed the Natural History Museum Dinosaurs, with their very entertaining and enlightening ‘keeper’ on Thursday. I know that the children were very excited about their close encounter with these creatures, and they seemed to enjoy every moment of their workshops. We have had three of the four House Music Semi-Finals this week, under the new format. A slightly larger number of competitors performed solos for a place in the Finals later in the term. The support has been wonderful. Today, Friday, for example, Mozzies produced 19 soloists all to play during the lunchtime concert to a very appreciative audience – more than 50 adults and children sat through the whole event. In particular I found myself wondering how many actual notes Louisa Paterson played in her 3 minute piece (Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor 3rd Movement); thousands, I think!


This evening we are looking forward to hearing OT Theo Jones talk about his amazing challenge of rowing across the Atlantic. We are expecting a big turnout, including those who taught him and those at school with him. I want to know how Theo stayed on speaking terms with his rowing partner through all the difficult times…


On Saturday we have our Upper School Family Service, with Lisa Justice talking to us about Naomi House. Parents are very welcome to join us for coffee from 8.00 am in the Mulberry Pavilion. The service begins at 8.30 am.

      Matron's Notes
        General Information

        Ballet Exams

        We were delighted to receive certificates and meals for ballet children in years 1 – 6.  All children received merits and distinctions in the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 2 exams.

        Miss Gemma is now working hard with the children to get ready for their show ‘Thumberlina’ which will be performed at Thornden Schools Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, 14th May.

        Open Dance 

        Please do come along and watch your child’s open tap and/or modern dance class on Monday, 6th February.

        NB.  No open ballet this term as Miss Gemma doesn’t want to spoil the show surprises!

        Toy donations 

        We are still happy to receive donations of brand new toys for the Neuro ward at Southampton Hospital.  Please bring to Prep and Pre-Prep offices.

        Email sent to parents this week

        27/01  Fm Susie to All Parents  re: Active Kids Vouchers

        Dr Bailey's Enigma
        Did You Know?

        Can you guess which teacher this is?  There is a clue in the image!

        "I have been crocheting for the past 5 years or so, having taken up knitting when my son was born. There's a strange link with my other main interest as it's the best known way of creating coral like surfaces and demonstrating hyperbolic geometry.

        I have made blankets lots of blankets and cushions, but I most enjoy making puzzles and toys: sheep, rabbits, monkey, zebra and even a great white shark. WHO AM I?"   

        (Answer in next week's Twyford Link)


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