From The Study

It is amazing how early we all have to start in our preparations for Christmas. At any school this is particularly true in the number of events that need rehearsal and early performance. We have come to that point where carols are being sung in our daily Chapel services, and the readings that will fill our Carol Services are being tried out in front of pupil audiences. Very soon the Christmas trees will arrive for the Inter-House Christmas Tree decorating competition (!), and then we know it is a slippery slope to Christmas lunch and then no turning back.

This Saturday morning we will welcome Rev Ali Mepham, vicar of St Thomas’ Church, Fair Oak. I do hope that you will join us for this Family Service. Coffee is available in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am, with the service beginning at 8.30 am.  Of course we are also geared up for the TPA Christmas Fair. There will be plenty on offer that will solve your Christmas shopping headaches…  Additionally, we have our annual sports fixtures in football and netball: Staff vs Parents.

The week has been full of activity and excitement: music exams for ABRSM candidates on Monday and Tuesday, Year 3 to the Great Western Railway Steam Museum, Years 7 & 8 did Bushcraft, 20 x teams out for sport on Wednesday, and a great poetry day with Rachel Rooney on Thursday. Meanwhile, House Music competition first round auditions have been taking place in every class music lesson.

Next week there are two very important events for parents:

Monday               Future Schools presentation for parents of children in Year 4 or 5, in Mulberry Pavilion 5.15 pm – 6.00 pm This is essential for parents to be introduced to the complex processes of senior school entry, especially as the pre-testing regimes begin so early now.

Friday                   Parents’ Internet Safety Talk with Karl Hopwood 6.30-7.30pm in the Mulberry Pavilion. I cannot imagine that any parent can afford to miss this expertly presented and informative guidance on how to keep their child safe, as well as taking you through the detail of how to act responsibly in provision of access to internet and social media. All pupils in Years 3 to 8 will also have sessions with Karl during the day.

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      A big thank you to all our amazing artists out there.  We have had a record number of entries this year for our Christmas Art Competition and the matrons had a very tough time choosing, but the winners are:
      Leo Francis
      Melita Timmis
      Alfie Leyland
      William Hunt
      Francesca Bradley
      Oxana Bossley-Charrier
      Cecily Morrogh
      Evie Smither
      Nina Loudon
      Congratulations to you all.
      A final ask for all you budding bakers out there.  We would love any cakes, biscuits etc. to sell on our cake stall.  Collection will be on Friday and Saturday morning outside the Sports Hall.  
      And finally please don't forget to give in your filled out stubs and money to Reception for the Charity Raffle - all monies will be going to great causes and there are fantastic prizes to be won.
      We are really looking forward to seeing you on Saturday at the Fair.  


      Emails sent to parents this week:

      20/11  To: All Parents; From: Mrs Johnston; Re: Internet Safety Talk 1st December

      21/11  To:  Pre-Prep Musical Theatre Club Parents; From: Lucy Hutchings; Re: Cancelling club on 22/11

      22/11  To: All Parents; From: Rebecca Andreae; Re: Twyford Apple Juice


      Christmas Jumpers

      A reminder that children can wear Christmas jumpers to School on Wednesday 29th November instead of their school jumpers.  A suggested donation of £1 will go towards our chosen charities.






      Dr Bailey's Enigma

      Answer to last week’s Enigma:









      This week’s Enigma:

      Add 6 to a certain number and then divide it by 10. The result is the same as it would be if you had subtracted 4 and divided by 8. What is the number?

      First correct answer handed to Mrs Bellasis on Monday morning will win a modest prize…

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