From The Study

We had such a sad start to term – the tragic passing of Anthony Loudon – that most other aspects of routine just quietly got underway without fuss. I know Catherine and the children have appreciated the enormous outpouring of kindness and practical assistance from many Twyford families. Anthony’s funeral will be held next week in the family chapel, with family and his oldest friends. There will be a memorial service in due course at St Peter’s Church.

A very warm welcome to all our new parents and children. We hope you will have a very happy time with us at Twyford. The TPA is energetic and extremely welcoming, as you will already have discovered through various events and communications. In particular the Prep Curriculum Evening and TPA Drinks were very successful, and I know the Pre-Prep meetings are straddling the weekend. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s time with us, please talk it through with your child’s form teacher in the first instance (for children in Years 7 and 8 this should be the Tutor). The Parents Handbook shows the next steps if you still are unsure of things.

As many parents will know, we were able to put our new Pre-Prep playground into use on the first day of term. It was a massive project that spanned the entire Summer holiday, but the facility is brilliant! If your children have moved up to the Prep age groups, I would advise you to go to the Pre-Prep and have a look at how we have revived the southern aspect. I am sure you will be impressed.

Our rich offering of trips, activities and clubs began as usual. Pre-Prep welcomed ‘Perform for Schools’ with the Under the Sea theme for their drama. They also were suitable entertained by a prize-winning wildlife photographer who showed images of animals from his many overseas trips – as well as a few animals we are more familiar with. We managed to establish a new record for the number of teams put out on one day, when we fielded 28 different teams on Wednesday! We have often reached 14 or 25 teams over the years, but this was truly amazing. 

As is reported elsewhere, the Senior Choir had an early return to school, coming in a day early to rehears for recordings being done this week of the Christmas carols we commissioned last year from Alexander l’Estrange. It is a very positive experience for musicians to work with new music, and to have the chance to meet and be directed by the composer is exceptional.

Last night we were treated to a talk by Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College. He spoke of his wide ranging experience in boarding education, in Canada and England. I know that the audience of 40 or so parents were very engaged, as the question and answer session went on for 45 minutes! I am grateful to Mandy Cooper and members of the TPA for serving refreshments before and after the talk.

Finally, a couple of requests:

1.  NUTS! We have several children with severe nut allergies at Twyford. Children really should not be sent to school with any food or sweets at all, but please be very conscious of anything that may contain nuts. Even a trace of nuts can be life-threatening to a few of our children.

2.  Admin: please would you email me if you wish a child in Year 5 to Year 8 to take prep home on one night a week, for any reason. It is best to consider that any permissions from last year need to be renewed.  Thank you.

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        General Information

        Emails sent to parents this week

        11/09     To:  Year 7; From: Mrs Clarkson; Re: Tutor Group

        13/09     To:  Prep & Pre-Prep; From: Mrs Johnston; Re: PWG Meeting on 30/09

        Link to Hope Schoolbox Appeal

        The TPA are once again supporting this worthy cause, leaflets will be coming home soon with more details, please keep your shoeboxes.

        Twyford Mum's netball every Wednesday at 8.30am
        Come and join in for fitness and fun netball on the Twyford netball courts or astro every Wednesday morning from 8.30 - 9.30am. We need more players and all ability/fitness levels welcomed.   We have a 'Back to Netball' coach called Sonia who is fantastic. Any questions please email: lucyheyman@hotmail.co.uk.

        Dr Bailey's Enigma
        You are standing next to three switches. You know these switches belong to three bulbs in a room behind a closed door – the door is tight closed, and heavy which means that it’s absolutely impossible to see if any bulb is on or not. All three switches are now in position off. You can do whatever you want with the switches and when you are finished you open the door and go into the room. While in there you have to tell which switch belongs to which bulb. Explain how you will do that?

        Chapel

        Please note that, because of a clash on the calendar, the order of the family services this term will be reversed:

        Saturday 7th October:  Middle School Family Service, at which the speaker will be Revd P Jack, chaplain of Canford School.

        Saturday 25th November: Upper School Family Service, at which the speaker will be Revd A Mepham, vicar of St Thomas' Church, Fair Oak and Horton Heath.

        We do apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.

        David Owen

        Weekly Diary
        Pre-Prep Curriculum Talks for Parents: Nursery & Reception 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Year 1 & 2 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm on 14 Sep 2017
        Year 3 Curriculum Information Evening 6:00 pm on 14 Sep 2017
        TPA Talking Heads: Mr Jonathan Leigh, Headmaster, Marlborough College 7:00 pm in The Mulberry Pavilion on 14 Sep 2017 @ 19:00
        TPA Reps' Meeting in the Sports Pavilion 8:30 am on 15 Sep 2017 @ 08:30
        Twyford Tots Start 8:30 am in Pre-Prep Hall on 15 Sep 2017 @ 08:30
        Swimming U12 Mixed vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 15 Sep 2017 @ 17:15
        Swimming U13 Mixed vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 15 Sep 2017 @ 17:15
        Headmaster's Drop-in (Sports Pavilion) 8:15 am - 8:45 am on 16 Sep 2017 @ 08:15
        Bushcraft: All Year 4 Girls 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm on 16 Sep 2017 @ 13:15
        Hockey 7s 1st VII vs West Hill Park School(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:00
        Hockey 7s 2nd VII vs West Hill Park School(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:00
        Hockey 7s U11A VII vs West Hill Park School(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:00
        Football 1st XI vs Cothill House(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 2nd IX vs Cothill House(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 3rd IX vs Cothill House(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 4th IX vs Cothill House(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts A VII vs Cothill House(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts B VII vs Cothill House(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts C VII vs Cothill House(H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10A VII vs Cothill House(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10B VII vs Cothill House(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10C VII vs Cothill House(A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10D VII vs Cothill House (A) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9A VI vs Cothill House (H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9B VI vs Cothill House (H) on 16 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Y8 Visit to Houses of Parliament on 18 Sep 2017
        Child Protection Training for Pre-Prep parents in The Mulberry Pavilion on 18 Sep 2017 @ 08:45
        Presentation for Reception - Year 2 "The Living World": Wildlife in Photos on 19 Sep 2017
        *Timings tbc. Football 1st XI vs Highfield U13 6-a-side Tournament(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 12:00
        Hockey 7s 1st VII vs U13 Highfield Tournament(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:00
        Hockey 7s U11A VII vs St Edward's U11 Hockey Festival(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:00
        Hockey 7s 2nd VII vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s 4th VII vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s U11B VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Netball U10A VII vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Netball U9A VII vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Netball U9B VII vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:15
        Football 2nd IX vs Walhampton Boys-U13A(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 3rd IX vs Walhampton Boys-U13B(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 4th IX vs Walhampton Boys-U13C(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts A VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts B VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts C VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10A VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10B VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10C VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10D VII vs Walhampton(H) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9A VI vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9B VI vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9C VI vs Walhampton(A) on 20 Sep 2017 @ 14:30