From The Study

I am delighted to report that three year 8 girls went to Wolvesey Palace, residence of Bishop of Winchester, to take part in the Winchester Diocese heat of the Cranmer Award (for ages 11 to 15) – a national reading competition organised by the Prayer Book Society - each competitor had to read a passage from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Anna Spearing read the epistle and gospel for Christmas Day, Megan Palser read the epistle and gospel for the Epiphany, Cecilia Kime read the epistle and gospel for the Second Sunday before Lent. All three girls put in a creditable performance, and received praise from the judges. Cecilia was the overall winner. She will now go forward to the National Final, to be held in Worcester in February.

Our sports teams have had some action on the regional stage in the last few days: Our boys competed in the regional finals for football but were unsuccessful in moving forward to the national finals. In hockey, our Under 13 and Under 11 teams both qualified in the regional rounds for the National Finals, being held at Repton and Ipswich respectively. The Under 12s did not proceed through. Well done to all those who represented the School in these competitions.

If you are walking around the campus on a Wednesday, you will now be able to see the extended vista of our children playing their sports both on Home Close Field AND now also across the Hazeley Road on Littlebourne Field. As the banner photo shows, there is something lovely about the activities stretching off into the distance. Please note that we cannot permit any child to return to the main campus once they have been escorted to Littlebourne Field – we have their safety in mind always.

I very much enjoyed adjudicating at the Junior House Reading Competition on Thursday morning, and will also enjoy the Senior Finals tomorrow, Saturday. It is due to this competition that we cannot hold a Headmaster’s Drop-In session this Saturday.

But, on Saturday we do have a meeting of the Pupil Welfare Group; this time with a different approach. The idea is for parents to share their thoughts, tips and concerns about parenting matters – not so much about what we manage here at school, but what parents encounter at home, and how parents approach and resolve those issues. Please do come: 8.45 am – in the Old Dining Room.

Also on Saturday is this term’s informal Pavilion Concert. Please come along and listen to the Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band – 11.30 am for about an hour.

We have just observed our annual Act of Remembrance on Court, with Pre-Prep and Prep present. It is always a moving service, and the children listened and joined in brilliantly. It was also helpful that the sun was bright and warm.

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         We will wear ODD SOCKs on Friday 17th November     to mark the end of Anti-Bullying week- come dressed   in your best coloured socks, the only rule is they must   not match.





        Tomorrow we are presenting an Orchestral Concert in the Mulberry Pavilion at 11:30 am. The Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Band will be playing. All are welcome.

        Next week we begin the process of House Music. All of the children are invited to perform during their class lessons in order to gain some points for their houses. The semi-finals and the finals are next term; parents are welcome to come to the semi-finals and the finals.

        The following week is exam-week in the music school. Anyone preparing for ABRSM or Trinity exams should be putting in all the necessary practice to get excellent results.

        The cost of individual music lessons will be going up to £21.74 per lesson at the start of next term. This is an increase of 1.5%.

         With Christmas coming up, have you thought about buying an instrument for your child? We have only a very few rental instruments at school and we recommend that you should rent for only one or two terms before buying an instrument.  

        David Hall

        Emails sent to parents this week:

        02/03   To: All Parents; From: Bursar; Re: Bonfire Night Arrangements

        06/11   To: All Parents; From: Mrs Johnston; Re: Digital School

        06/11   To: Years 7 & 8; From: TPA; Re: Disco on 17th November

        07/11   To: All Parents; From: Mrs Johnston; Re: PWG Meeting 11th November

        08/11   To: Year 5 Parents; From: Mr Keeling; Re: Trip to Winchester Cathedral

        08/11   To: Year 6 Parents; From: Mrs Mote/Mrs Fay; Re: Theatre Trip

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answers to last week’s Enigma:

        List the five Great Lakes of North America: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Eerie, Ontario

        List the nine major planets of the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

        List the twelve signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

        List the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Pyramids of Egypt, Walls and Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Diana at Ephesus, Statue of Olympian Zeus, Tomb of Mausolus, Pharos of Alexandria, Colossus of Rhodes

        List the nine Muses of Greek mythology: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, Urania

        List the Seven Deadly Sins: Anger, Covetousness, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Sloth

        List the twelve months of the French Revolutionary calendar: Vendemiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivose, Pluviose, Ventose, Germinal, Floreal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor, Fructidor

        List the kings and queens of Britain since 1600 (in the correct order!): Charles II, James II, William and Mary, Anne, George I, George II, George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


        This week’s Enigma:

        This week I am offering a modest prize for the first correct answer I receive on paper on Saturday morning onwards (no email).

        In my family, each girl has an equal number of brothers and sisters but each boy has twice as many sisters as brothers. How many boys and how many girls are there in my family?

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