From The Study

I wanted to start my piece this week by announcing a change of arrangements for picking up Year 3 children. For a little while we have been looking at more rational ways of dismissing the younger children so as to avoid their having to carry such unreasonable loads around the School.  I have been very pleased to receive input and suggestions from parents about this, and we have full agreement from staff for a change in practice. From this Monday onwards, please would parents assemble on Court, as usual. A member of staff will then come to Court to let you know that the children are ready to be collected from their form rooms. Teachers will ‘hand over’ each child to a parent or carer in the usual fashion. We clearly need to ensure there is not too much disruption to all other lessons going on at this time, so I would ask parents all to go through the arch from the ‘toast rack’ car park and to walk past Science School to get to the classrooms. Any other route will mean parents are not walking past all the windows of other classrooms. If the weather is inclement, parents will be directed to wait in the Boarders’ Drawing Room.  We will look closely at how this goes, with a view to shifting the same practice to Year 4 before long.

The second topic I wanted to alert parents to is Twitter. We will be activating our own twitter feed this coming week, managed by Rebecca Andreae, Sam White and Damien Digby. More information is given elsewhere in this edition of the Twyford Link, but we hope that this will allow for a greater communication to parents about activities and events here at School. We will use it for alerts of forthcoming events, as well as to highlight what the children have been doing. Please give feedback to the team on how you think we are doing. 

In my Assembly this week I told children about a Year 4 girl I had met while on Inspection in Sussex. She was a refugee from Somalia, having travelled all the way across Europe with her mother a year before. In her case, she was escaping religious persecution rather than civil war - it was important to distinguish for our children that people sometimes leave their countries for differing reasons. I described Julie’s home life as a Somali Christian, and how she and her mother came to be separated from the rest of their family, who are now waiting for the opportunity to come to UK. The theme of persecution blends in with our look at some Bible stories in Chapel this week as well (particularly the Flight to Egypt and the Israelites in the Wilderness). As ever, we link our assemblies and Chapel services to our School Values: tolerance, kindness and friendship, in this case. Tutors have also been steered to make the same connections during the Tutor periods.

Our sporting week was once again affected by weather, with the boys’ rugby against Westbourne House cancelled due to frozen pitches. However, the girls managed to have some very energetic and enjoyable competitive matches against PGS and Lambrook. On Wednesday things had warmed up enough for a full programme of 23 matches to be played against Cheam School, home and away. Sadly two additional matches were cancelled due to a sickness bug at Cheam claiming one age group.

Pre-Prep have enjoyed having a Storyteller in, as well as Year 1 presenting their Assembly to parents, grandparents and carers. Further excitement has been added today, with all Pre-Prep children, plus 30 Prep ballet pupils, attending the Northern Ballet’s Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre.

Next week is really very busy – even more so than usual: we have the Perform 4 Schools drama workshops; Swimming v Farleigh and a second match against Bishop’s Waltham; a Maths day for Years 6, 7 & 8 with a visiting Oxford Professor; three out of four House Music Semi-Finals, Year 2 visit to the Medina Mosque and NSPCC assemblies with Yrs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! Our sporting output is equally monumental: 19 matches on Wednesday, including tournaments and matches against PGS, Walhampton, Dumpton, Westbourne, Durlston Court, Horris Hill. On Saturday we then put out 22 teams against Highfield.

Today ends early, and then Years 3 and 4 get their glad rags on for their TPA Disco! Enjoy the Exeat.

      Matron's Notes
        General Information

        New Toy Donations for G2 Children’s Neurosurgery Ward, Southampton Hospital

        Twyford are supporting the Children’s Neurosurgery Ward at Southampton Hospital where one of our Reception pupils has been receiving treatment since July.  The ward is desperately short of toys, books and DVDs for babies, toddlers, young and older children and teenagers.

        They would be grateful for any (new) unwanted toys particularly things children can do sitting up in bed or in a chair.  They look after babies from just a few days old right up to 16 year olds.

        Particular things they thought of were board or card games (Uno cards are a common request), puzzles (in particular they are currently short of the chunky wooden ones for younger children), small world play/figures, dinosaurs, craft supplies.  Anything that children would think they/their older or younger siblings would want to do/play with if stuck in hospital for a while.  Sticker books, activity books, picture and reading books, audio books on CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, games, Lego sets, small activity and art sets, anything really!!

        Parents at the hospital say there is little funding and very little to break up the boredom for children at this difficult and stressful time.

        Please turn out those present drawers and gather up any unwanted Christmas presents and bring into Susie Bellasis in the Prep or Mandy Parker in Pre-Prep by Friday, 3rd February.  We will mini-bus all donations straight to the hospital.

        Charitable Donation

        Thank you very much for your generosity during the collection at the Carol Services in December.  We presented Noami House with a cheque for £1,011.67 which they were extremely grateful for.

        Emails sent to parents this week:

        21/04:    Email to All Parents;   Fm:  Mr Lewis;   Re:  Rugby Matches

        25/01:    Email to  All Parents; Fm: Mr Lewis; Re: U10 Rugby Matches

        25/01:    Email to  Parents; Fm: Mr Lewis; Re: Rugby Fixtures Update

        21/04     Clarion Call to All Parents Re: Rugby Matches  

        25/01:    Clarion Call to Relevant Parents Re: U10 Rugby

        27/01:    Email to All Parents;  Re: Sainsbury's Active Kid Vouchers

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Last week’s answers: 20, 48, 54, 29, 24, 6  Well done to Sam Cummings on getting them all right!

        This week’s Engima:

        For the Exeat weekend I thought you should try a more time-consuming logical puzzle. Four students, all studying at different schools, decided to travel to different locations for their holidays. You have to try to work out the full name of each student, where they went for their holiday, and what city they returned to after the holiday to go back to school!  The tables below will definitely help you work this one out.

        1. Holly, who returned home to spend the holidays with her family, didn’t go to school in London. Cindy’s last name wasn’t Warner.

        2. The student who went to Spain didn’t go to school in Miami. Dave’s last name wasn’t Parker.

        3. Bruce Rourke didn’t go skiing. Dave didn’t spend his holiday at the beach. The person whose last name was Parker went to school in Boston.

        4. The student whose last name was Warner spent the holidays in Europe. Cindy vacationed in Spain.

        5. Bruce didn’t go to school in Miami. The person whose last name was Parker didn’t go to the theme park in Florida for the holidays.

        6. The student who went to the beach returned to school in New York. Miss Zwicker didn’t go to Colorado for the holiday vacation. Holly’s last name wasn’t Warner.

        It is useful to put this information into a table, click here to download.

        Did You Know?


        Myke Smith found out this week that he and his wife Helen, are expecting their third boy in June, a brother to Dylan (7) and Ethan (4).   A Smith football team in the making!


        Easter Camp will run from Monday, 3rd – Friday, 7th April and Monday, 10th – Wednesday, 12th April for Nursery to Year 6.

        We will be visiting Moors Valley Country Park on Tuesday, 4th, Beaulieu on Thursday, 6th and Perfectly Potty near Marwell on Wednesday, 12th April.

        click here for booking form

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