From The Study

Outdoor pursuits trips have continued this week, with Year 2 visiting Kingswood Outdoor Activity Centre, on the Isle of Wight. While we watched the rain moving over Twyford on Monday, Year 2 had a clear and bright visit ‘across the water’, and returned suitably enthused and tired. Other outings this week have taken Nursery to Marwell Zoo and Year 5 to Portchester Castle. Each of these trips was successful and enjoyable, and will provide a range of opportunities for follow-up work and art.

We were very pleased to be able to welcome Mr Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford School, to speak at our termly Talking Heads evening on Monday. The topic was: ‘What is the Essence of a Modern Education?’.  Mr Vessey started with a thought-provoking clip from YouTube, which may be interesting for those who could not attend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8&feature=share. The discussion was lively and lengthy, and I felt that there was a real engagement in the theme, especially about the stifling of creativity, and the constraints of the admissions and exam systems. I do hope parents continue to support these talks in greater numbers, as we do brief the visiting Heads that they are not ‘pitching’ for their own schools. The talks have always appealed to the widest audience, yet we seem to only attract a maximum of 30 as an audience… Perhaps you can email me and let me know how we can improve things?

On Thursday we had the Pre-Prep Music Concert, involving all children  in Year 1 and Year 2 who learn an instrument. It is wonderful to see this early promise, and above all, the great enjoyment they show in their music. I think we can be very optimistic for the future.

All our Wednesday sporting endeavours took a hit this week; rain put paid to any ambitions we may have had for great achievements. We must accept that we have done pretty well up till then, with no cancellations due to weather at all. But we should be back in action fully this weekend, when we have cricket against Cothill and rounders against West Hill Park.

On Saturday we have the last of our Family Services, this time for Years 6, 7 and 8, with Rev James Hunt speaking. Please do join us: coffee in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am, and the service starts at 8.30 am.

We have School Photographs on Tuesday, so please can parents be sure that children come in with jackets and ties – whereas these would only usually be worn on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also in the coming week we will try out our new format House Song Competition. This gives suitable prominence to the singing aspect of the overall House Music series, but it also permits a much wider involvement than before. I am sure it will be a great occasion, and I am looking forward to it very much. Also, just before we set off for half term, we will have a day of Internet Safety presentations from Years 3 to Year 8, plus a talk for parents (in Music School) 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Please do attend if you possibly can. Karl Hopwood has worked with us for a number of years, and he is fantastic!

I have received a question about dry-slope skiing that interested parties may like to take up: Southern Schools’ Ski Competition is taking place on Sunday 25th June at Southampton. We have two children interested in making a team, but need a third. There are various age-groups, so it could be that even more children would like to get together. If you are interested, please contact Ben White (Billy, Year 2) or James Johns (Thomas, Year 4). The poster is here.

Lastly, I wanted to let parents know of a modification at this end that I hope will aid speed of communication. From now on, all emails addressed to me (headmaster@twyfordschool.com) will also be picked up by Lynne Mohring. She will respond on my behalf to those questions that don’t need a direct and more personal input from me, or will pass on to/consult with appropriate members of staff to obtain the answers you are seeking. I know that there are times when you are waiting for a response to a fairly mundane request, and I am sure this system should improve things. I will always see both the incoming email and Lynne’s reply. I hope this should also make it easier for me to promptly deal with the correspondence that only I can deal with. Let me (us) know how it is working!

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        Tickets to this concert are £10, purchased on the door and includes refreshments.  The concert is in aid of St Mary's Church, Twyford and Imogen's Musical Studies.  

        For futher details please contact Juliet Hawkes,   07887 946830 or juliethawkes@aol.com

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Thank you

        Sincere thanks to all the Twyford parents & staff that wished me well or donated to my cause for running the London Marathon last month. It was an incredible day and I managed a time of 4 hours 8 minutes, more importantly your generosity has helped me raise over £5,000 for Dementia - thank you so much, it is very much appreciated.  

        Ashley Wright

        Emails sent to parents this week

        15/05   To: Year 8;  From: Mrs Johnston;  Re: Post exam talks

        17/05   To: Years 4-8; From: Mr Lewis:  Re: Fixtures cancelled

         

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answer to last Week’s Enigma:

        The Spanish ship goes to Port Said and the French ship carries tea. However, tea could be carried by the Brazilian ship, too.

        The full grid solution would be:

        This week’s Enigma:

        I thought that, with the House Song Competition coming up next week, I would set a musical quiz (possibly needing some research). See how you and your family do:

        1.Which song gave Madonna her first No 1 hit?

        2.Since featuring in the film Rocky III, which song has been closely associated with boxing?

        3.Which famous piano-playing singer-songwriter is the featured pianist on ‘I can’t tell the bottom from the top’ by the Hollies?

        4.Who is hidden in this anagram: LISP SEVERLEY?

        5.Which planet did David Bowie sing about in the early ‘70s?

        6.Which song has topped the UK singles charts a record four times, firstly by Jimmy Young in 1955, the Righteous Brothers in 1990, Robson and Jerome (the Headmaster’s cousin!) in 1995, and Gareth Gates in 2002?

        7.What links: Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, David Byrne and Paul Simon?

        Did You Know?

        Did you know that every summer Mr Lewis plays his harmonica at a Blues Festival.

        Answer to last week's Did You Know? was the Chapel flooring.

        Weekly Calendarr
        Year 1 Assembly in The Mulberry Pavilion 9:15 am on 19 May 2017 @ 09:15
        Upper School Family Service - Speaker Rev. J. Hunt 8:30 am on 20 May 2017 @ 08:30
        Rounders 1st IX vs West Hill Park School (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Rounders 2nd IX vs West Hill Park School (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Rounders U10A IX vs West Hill Park School (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Rounders U11A IX vs West Hill Park School (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Rounders U9A IX vs West Hill Park School (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket 1st XI vs Cothill House (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket 2nd XI vs Cothill House (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket 3rd XI vs Cothill House U13D (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket 4th XI vs Cothill House U13E (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket Colts A XI vs Cothill House (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket Colts B XI vs Cothill House (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket U10A XI vs Cothill House (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket U10B XI vs Cothill House (H) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Cricket U9A X vs Cothill House (A) on 20 May 2017 @ 14:15
        Rounders U8A IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 22 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U8B IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 22 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U9A IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 22 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U9B IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 22 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Swimming U10 Mixed vs St Swithun's Junior School (A) on 22 May 2017 @ 16:20
        Swimming U11 Mixed vs St Swithun's Junior School (A) on 22 May 2017 @ 16:20
        Swimming U8 Mixed vs St Swithun's Junior School (A) on 22 May 2017 @ 16:20
        Swimming U9 Mixed vs St Swithun's Junior School (A) on 22 May 2017 @ 16:20
        Whole School Photographs 9:30 am on 23 May 2017 @ 09:30
        Rounders U8A IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 23 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U8B IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 23 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U9A IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 23 May 2017 @ 13:15
        Rounders U9B IX vs Year 3 & 4 House Rounders Matches (H) on 23 May 2017 @ 13:15
        House Song Competition 8:45 am - 10:00 am in the Sports Hall (Years 1-8) on 24 May 2017 @ 08:45
        Rounders U10A IX Westbourne House Tournament (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:00
        Cricket 1st XI vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 2nd XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 3rd XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket 4th XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts A XI vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Colts B XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket Girls-U11A vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U10A XI vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U10B XI vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U9A XII vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Cricket U9B X vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders 1st IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders 2nd IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders 3rd IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U10B IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U10C IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U11B IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U11C IX vs Farleigh School (H) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30
        Rounders U9A IX vs Farleigh School (A) on 24 May 2017 @ 14:30