From The Study

This has been a very musical week in the Prep, and in Pre-Prep there has been a very successful Space theme throughout the week. Olly Heath, well known to us for his Beat Boxing, took the challenge of delivering according to the Space theme on Monday, and children really enjoyed his entertaining show. As the week has come to a close we have been treated to a significant number of Pre-Prep children dressed in full astronaut uniforms, but with the occasional fairy mixed in with them. Our musical activity has been in the form of three concerts taking place: Brass and Percussion on Monday, Strings Concert on Thursday and Woodwind Concert on Friday. With all of Year 6 away in France this week, the numbers of performers has been lower. But, we still have ahead of us next week a Piano Concert on Tuesday 11th, a Guitar Concert on Thursday 13th and a Singing Concert on Friday 14th October. At the same time I would like to flag up a date for your diaries: on Monday 7th November, when our new Music Gap Assistant, Imogen Baker, will be giving a Singing Recital at 6.45 pm. Please do come and support.

Year 6 have had this week in France, and we have had regular reports of their activities and fun. All seems to have gone very well, and we wish them a straightforward journey as they return tomorrow afternoon to Twyford. While one year group has been away, we have seen Year 5 for their trial boarding night on Monday. This went very well, with lots of activity and fun. Year 6 themselves will have a trial boarding night next week.

On Thursday evening we welcomed Adam Williams, Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College, to talk about ‘Pupil Voice’ in our series of ‘Talking Heads’. He spoke with considerable passion about the great input pupils can make to the successful operation of a school. This is not only in functional terms, but in generating and maintaining the correct ethos. Those in attendance were struck by the wide ranging examples given; good evidence that more can certainly be done. We need to translate this into the particular age group of a prep school.

There is another Headmaster’s Drop-In session tomorrow morning – I would love to welcome you there 8.15 am – 8.45 am. We had a great turn-out last week, with 16 parents in attendance. Do join us.

A request please for parents to only phone through to Matrons with medically related matters (press 3), selecting the General Enquiries option (press 1) for administrative questions and messages relating to children. At the moment our matrons are really being hindered in their main role of looking after children because they have to interrupt their direct care to respond to phone enquiries such as: ‘please could xxx be reminded to bring her flute home to practise for the exam?’, ‘please could xxx be told that Auntie Y is coming for tea’ etc. Susie Bellasis will respond in exactly the same way if these messages come through to her; she will ensure that all appropriate adults know about particular arrangements, and can get messages to children.

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        Emails sent to parents this week:

        3/10/16:  To: Prep/PrePrep;  Fm: TPA; Re: Fireworks Ticket Application

        3/10/16:  To: Prep; Fm: Mrs Johnston;  Re: ICT & Internet Use Policy

        3/10/16:  To: Prep; Fm: TPA; Re: Talking Heads

        6/10/16:  To: Prep/PrePrep;  Fm: Mrs Johnston;   Re: PWG Meeting Notes

        3/4/5/6  To: Year 6 Parents Fm: Mr Brett; Re: French Trip Daily Bulletin

         

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answer to last Week’s Enigma: Emma 28, Vernon 21, Alex 14, Sue 7, Angela 6, Jenny 4, Mike 2

        This Week’s Enigma:

        Look closely at the following words: CALLED, DAMAGE, FLYING, MODERN, RHYMES.

        Only one of the words in the following list belongs in the list above and why: BEAUTY, GADGET, PHRASE, STUDENT, TAILOR.

        TPA Fireworks Night

        ticket application

        Christmas Camp

        Christmas is coming!  

        Christmas camp will run from 8:30am – 5:15pm from Monday, 12th – Friday, 16th and Monday, 19th – Wednesday, 21st December.  Please return booking forms to Mrs Parker in Pre-Prep and Mrs Bellasis in Prep or email to mparker@twyfordschool.com.

        School Diary
        Twyford at Work morning (for parents of children attending 2017 assessments) on 07 Oct 2016
        Woodwind Concert on 07 Oct 2016 @ 12:45
        Football House Matches Years 3 & 4 on 07 Oct 2016 @ 13:30
        Year 6 return from Château de la Baudonniere on 08 Oct 2016
        Headmaster's Drop-in (Sports Pavilion) 8:15 am - 8:45 am on 08 Oct 2016 @ 08:15
        Yrs. 6,7, 8 House General Knowledge Competition on 08 Oct 2016 @ 08:20
        *Timings tbc. Football 1st XI vs ISFA / IAPS 6-a-side Regionals (N) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 12:00
        Football U10A VII vs Stroud U10 6-a-side Tournament (a) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Hockey Sevens 2nd VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:15
        Football 2nd IX vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football 3rd IX vs Highfield Preparatory School (a) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football 4th IX vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U10B VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (a) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U10C VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (a) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens 3rd VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (a) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Netball U10A VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Netball U10B VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Netball U10C VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens 1st VII vs Highfield Preparatory School (h) on 08 Oct 2016 @ 15:00
        *Timings tbc. Football U10A VII vs Winchester College 6-a-side Tournament (a) on 09 Oct 2016 @ 12:00
        Year 6 Parents' Evening from 5:15 pm on 10 Oct 2016
        Year 6 Trial Boarding Night on 10 Oct 2016
        Year 3 Parents' Evening with Form Teachers in Form Rooms on 10 Oct 2016 @ 16:30
        Yera 4 Parents' Evening with Form Teachers in Upper School Hall on 10 Oct 2016 @ 17:30
        Year 1 Visit to Weald and Downland Open Air Museum on 11 Oct 2016
        Year 6 Parents' Evening from 5:15 pm on 11 Oct 2016
        Piano Concert on 11 Oct 2016 @ 12:45
        Year 3 Parents' Evening with Form Teachers in Form Rooms on 11 Oct 2016 @ 16:30
        Year 4 Parents' Evening with Form Teachers in Upper School Hall on 11 Oct 2016 @ 17:30
        Reception Visit to Chandlers Ford Library on 12 Oct 2016
        *Timings tbc. Football Colts A VII vs ISFA / IAPS Regionals (N) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:00
        Hockey Sevens U11B Farleigh Hockey Tournament (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Hockey Sevens U11C VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Hockey Sevens U12A Westbourne House Hockey Tournament (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10A VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10B VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Netball U10C VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:00
        Football 1st XI vs Castle Court Preparatory School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football 2nd IX vs Castle Court Preparatory School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football 4th IX vs Castle Court Preparatory School Boys-U13C (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football Colts B VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football Colts C VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U10A VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U10B VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U10C VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (a) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U9A VI vs Castle Court Preparatory School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U9B VI vs Castle Court Preparatory School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Football U9C VI vs Castle Court Preparatory School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U11A VII vs The Portsmouth Grammar School (h) on 12 Oct 2016 @ 14:45
        Year 6 Parents' Evening from 5:15 pm on 13 Oct 2016