From The Study

What a fantastic finish to this term’s round of scholarships – with news that both Sophie Kelly and Lucia Kendall have been awarded Academic Scholarships to St Swithun’s. Lucia adds this to her Sports Scholarship. While we have several candidates still focused on next term’s scholarship exams, the results already put us in the position, again, of about a third of pupils gaining awards to their Senior Schools. Well done everyone!

This week the Prep has been affected by preparations for ‘Joseph’, with rehearsals dominating each day. It is going very well, and I am sure we will all be treated to a wonderful event – involving more than 70 pupils. My thanks to James Christie and David Hall in particular, but many other staff have been involved to a large degree. I am also looking forward to trying out our new banked seating system; a late decision from the Bursar and me that hiring it in was not sensible when buying it would provide a great asset for the longer term. 

The U11 and U13 Netball teams played brilliantly in the National Finals, but each was unable to sustain their early excellent form to move through to the last stage. More information is to be found below. By all accounts, the level of play from our girls was at its very best, and everyone felt really good about this.

On Wednesday we put out an amazing 26 sports teams against Farleigh, which must be nearing a record for a single outing. The amazing thing is that we had to hold another 7 matches against Farleigh on the Tuesday due to a shortage of pitches/courts on the Wednesday! To cap it all, the U9s enjoyed some more rugby on Thursday, with four teams out against Portsmouth Grammar School.

Our swimmers have been hard at work, with the Hampshire Relays Competition being contested this week. As you will see below, we have had great success, coming out as Hampshire Champions! Well done to those involved.

Also on Thursday, we welcomed a team of three from NSPCC, leading workshops through the day for the children in Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 on how to keep themselves safe, and how to help others who may be at risk of suffering bullying or abuse. There was universal appreciation from the children for these workshops; they were interesting and thought-provoking.

Today, Friday, Pre-Prep is very busily engaged in its own Twyford Triathlon, with a range of adapted fundraising activities (combined into threes) to raise money for Sport Relief. I know that lots of thought has gone into this event, and I hope it works well. We could certainly build on it in future years.

I hope many parents of children from all age groups will join us on Saturday morning for our second Family Service. Our own Chaplain, David Owens, will be leading the service. We offer coffee in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am – 8.30 am, when the service in Chapel will begin. Do come and join us.

Our TPA Chair, Camilla Richardson, is stepping down at the end of this term. Camilla has been an integral part of the TPA for some time and we would like to thank her for her hard work and organisation of all the wonderful events put on throughout the year. 

Lastly, as we head into our shortened final week, we look forward to performances of ‘Joseph’ on Monday and Tuesday evenings. We then swiftly head into Team Feast and Mark School. Before we know it term will have ended! Everybody has worked extremely hard through this short but frantic term, and I know pupils and staff need the break that is coming. I hope you will be able to find time to take a breather with your children. Have a very Happy Easter.

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      Matron's Notes
        General Information

        Twyford Easter Camp:

        Booking form 

        Fundraising

        Ashley Wright, a Twyford staff member in the sports department, is admirably taking on the April London Marathon challenge in aid of Dementia. If you would like support Ashley please visit here

        Emails sent to parents this week:

        10/03  To: Year 4 Parents; From: Mr Mathar;  Re: Year 4 Trip to Calshot

        13/03  To: Year 7 Parents; From: Mrs Clarkson; Re: Year 7 Trip to Calshot

        16/03  To: Year 5 Parents; From: Mr Smith; Re: Year 5 Trip to Ferny Crofts

        Years 3-8 Parents; From: Mr Smith; Re: Summer Term Clubs

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Here are some short puzzles for the end of term:

        1.    You leave home and go to your right. You reach a corner and turn left. You reach another corner and turn left again. You reach another corner and turn left again and go home. When you get there, you celebrate. Can you work out what is happening?

        2.    An old man had been browsing for some time. He finally walked up to the girl behind the counter and handed her a book. She looked at the tag on the inside cover and said, "That's £4.50 please." The man handed her the money and promptly walked away without the book. The girl saw him leave empty-handed but she didn't call out to him in any way. Why?

        3.    This riddle is in the form of a poem. Can you find the name of the ancient king?:

        500 at the beginning, 500 at the end, 
        5 in the middle is seen,
        The first of all letters, the first of all figures
        Take up their stations between,
        String them all together, and you will see
        The name of an ancient king.

        There are eight chairs around a table. There is a mother, grandfather, sister, brother, aunt, grandmother, uncle, another sister, another mother, another brother, a father, a father-in-law, a mother-in-law, another father and one more uncle. They're all seated comfortably. How is this possible with only eight chairs?

        Did You Know?

        Did you know that the Beehive has been in that same place since the 1920's?  Here are two photos showing it as it was then and how it is now.  The only change is that the thatched roof has been replaced with felt.

        Weekly Calendar
        Winchester College Election on 26 Apr 2017
        Cricket U10A XI vs Canford U10 Cricket Festival (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 10:00
        Rounders 1st IX vs U13A Westbourne House Tournament (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket 1st XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 2nd XI vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 3rd XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 4th XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts A XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts B XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U10B XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U9A XII vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U9B X vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders 2nd IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders 3rd IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U10A IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U10B IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U10C IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U11A IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U11B IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U11C IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U9A IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U9B IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 26 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Uk Junior Maths Challenge 8:30 am - 9:30 am on 27 Apr 2017
        Year 8 Girls 2nd HPV vaccinations in the Boarders’ Drawing Room 12:30 pm on 27 Apr 2017 @ 12:30
        TPA Reps Meeting in The Sports Pavilion 8:20 am on 28 Apr 2017 @ 08:20
        Reception Assembly to Parents in The Mulberry Pavilion 9:15 am on 28 Apr 2017 @ 09:15
        Headmaster's Drop-in (Sports Pavilion) 8:15 am - 8:45 am on 29 Apr 2017 @ 08:15
        Rounders U10A IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Rounders U10B IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Rounders U10C IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Rounders U11A IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Rounders U11B IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Rounders U11C IX vs Year 5 & 6 House Rounders Matches (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 13:30
        Cricket Girls U12A vs Lord Wandsworth College (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket Girls U12B vs Lord Wandsworth College (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket Girls U13A vs Lord Wandsworth College (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket 1st XI vs Horris Hill School (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 2nd XI vs Horris Hill School (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 3rd XI vs Horris Hill School (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts A XI vs Horris Hill School (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts B XI vs Horris Hill School (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U10A XI vs Horris Hill School (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U10B XI vs Horris Hill School (A) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U9B X vs Horris Hill School (H) on 29 Apr 2017 @ 14:30
        May Bank Holiday on 01 May 2017
        Winchester College Entrance Exams on 02 May 2017
        Year 2 Visit from Sir Teachalot in The Mulberry Pavilion on 02 May 2017 @ 09:00
        Winchester College Entrance Exams on 03 May 2017
        Year 5 Twyford Explorers Trip to Ferny Crofts 8:30 am departure on 03 May 2017 @ 08:30
        Rounders U12A IX vs U12A Westbourne House Tournament (A) on 03 May 2017 @ 14:00