From The Study

We started this week with a fantastic Assembly for Prep pupils. It was led by Mr Mathar, who has been training our Peer Supporters. The first part of the Assembly consisted of various numbers of pupils having to take on Mr Riddle at tug of war. Eventually we all understood that things were greatly improved by working together and sharing the load. The ten Peer Supporters than introduced themselves to the School. They explained what their role is, and assured everyone that they are out during every break time, wearing brightly coloured badges, so that anyone can approach them if they need to. I am sure everyone was comforted to know that these volunteers are available, and to know how they may help. I am grateful to the Peer Supporters for undertaking this role, and also to Mr Mathar for overseeing the programme.

Also on Monday we had the start of this year’s entrance exams for senior schools, with the 11+ Common Entrance. At the end of the month another group will be taking KES admissions tests, and then we are quickly into scholarship exams and auditions after half term.  There is a certain sadness to what this signals each year: that our pupils are starting to face the momentous change of their exit from Twyford, after so long feeling that this is our big, strong community. We hope they all are calm and feeling prepared for these assessments.

In keeping with the exams taking place, we also had to administer the first round of the Townsend Warner History Prize. This is a very significant competition in the Prep School world, now in its 131st year – even older than IAPS itself! The first round consists of 100 short answer questions (if you’d like to see what this looks like for yourself, this link will take you to the 2012 paper http://townsend-warner-history.co.uk/Townsend-Warner/Recent_Papers_2012_Paper_1.html). We wait to see which Twyfordians will have earned the privilege of taking the final round.

While sport for the girls has been largely unaffected by the severe cold, and they have managed some stunning Netball tournament successes (see below), the boys have been saddened by the cancellation of matches on Wednesday – and all boys’ matches are of again on Saturday afternoon. We love the sharp and clear atmosphere that comes with this weather, but would appreciate warmth that defrosts our pitches in time for the afternoon activities, please.

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        Emails sent to parents this week:

        16/01       To: Yrs 3 & 4;       From:  TPA;        Re:    Disco 27th Jan

        16/01       To: Yrs 3 to 8;      From:  Mr Hall;  Re:    House Music Competition 

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answer to last week: 

        Peter 42, Gloria 21, Tom 12, John 9, Linda 7, Susan 6, Jake 3.

        This week’s Engima:

        Can you find the correct number to be the next in each sequence? Use the simplest mathematical operations. There may be more than one way of doing this, and more than one answer, so you must be able to explain why your answer is correct.

        ·         11, 19, 14, 22, 17, 25, ?

        ·         3, 8, 15, 24, 35, ?

        ·         2, 4, 5, 10, 12, 24, 27, ?

        ·         1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, ?

        ·         99, 92, 86, 81, 77, ?

        ·         0, 4, 2, 6, 4, 8, ?

        Weekly Calendar
        Reception Assembly to Parents, Grandparents and Carers on 20 Jan 2017 @ 09:15
        Headmaster's Drop-in (Sports Pavilion) 8:15 am - 8:45 am on 21 Jan 2017 @ 08:15
        Netball 1st VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 2nd VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 3rd VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11A VII vs Lambrook School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11B VII vs Lambrook School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11C VII vs Lambrook School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts A IX vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts B IX vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10 C VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10A VIII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10B VIII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 / U13 XII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 A XII vs Westbourne House School Boys-U12A(A) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U13 A XIII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9A VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9B VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9C VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 21 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        CE 13+ Exams on 23 Jan 2017
        CE 13+ Exams on 24 Jan 2017
        CE 13+ Exams on 25 Jan 2017
        Hockey Sevens U10C VII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey Sevens U10B VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U9A VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U9B VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 1st VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 2nd VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 3rd VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11A VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11B VII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11C VII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts A IX vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts B IX vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10 C VII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10A VIII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10B VIII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 / U13 XII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 A XII vs Cheam School Boys-U12A(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U13 A XIII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9A VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9B VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9C VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9D VII vs Cheam School(A) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U10A VII vs Cheam School(H) on 25 Jan 2017 @ 15:00
        CE 13+ Exams on 26 Jan 2017
        Storyteller visiting Nursery - Year 2 'Cinderella' on 26 Jan 2017