From The Study

Year 6 returned to the fold on Saturday afternoon after a busy week in France. While the outward journey had been a bit bumpy, the return ferry crossing was definitely less comfortable. But the children were all cheery and talkative. My thanks to all the staff for supporting this expedition, especially Mr Brett for his meticulous organisation. 

We have continued to be treated to brilliant music concerts this week: piano, guitar and singing soloists bringing this series to a close. I have been particularly impressed with the much greater audience numbers than for last term’s concerts; averaging 35+. It is always rewarding for the children to see a large number of their friends in attendance, as well as their parents when possible. But I have noted that more senior pupils are supporting the younger ones as well; House Captains in evidence this week.

Almost all children in the Prep have been completing their CAT tests in the past two weeks, and we will let parents know as soon as results can be accessed. A small portion of Year 6 children have also been subjected to pre-testing for senior schools; the start of ‘the season’!  It is such a pity that these assessments come early in a child’s development, but senior schools are in the driving seat.

Food worries.  It is a longstanding school rule that children may not bring in to school any food or sweets. However, some parents are sending children in with snacks or items of food that they might consume independently. Of course, if a child has a specific dietary need we usually already know about it, and cater for it. But the current growth of ‘snacking’ is problematic: the biggest issue is that we have no means of ensuring that what is brought in is absolutely nut-free – which it MUST be due to the small number of children with life-threatening allergies. There are other reasons for this rule, that I don’t need to rehearse with parents. If you have a genuine concern about the amount of food your child is consuming in school, or any other worry about food/dietary matters, please contact Susie Patten (matron@twyfordschool.com). It should be possible to sort out any issues this way. Please would parents not provide any food or sweets for children to bring in to school from the re-start after half term.  We will be emphasising this to children.

Do you have any unwanted/outgrown children’s sports clothing in good condition? If so, please click on this link, where you will find out how we might help children at a local school.

Finally, our best wishes to those travelling to Spain for the Sports Tour. I’m sure it will be a worthwhile trip, but we’re watching that it doesn’t get ‘too’ interesting with regard to the political situation.

Have a great half term.

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        Open Dance Lessons

        All parents, grandparents and carers of children who take tap, modern dance and /or ballet lessons are invited to come in to watch the lessons on Monday, 6th and Tuesday, 7th November.

        Please see details of timings in the Pre-Prep News section above.

        Emails sent to parents this week

        09/10  To: Prep & Pre-Prep Parents; From: Rebecca Andreae; Re: Twyford Society Talk

        10/10  To: Year 8 Parents; From: Mlle Pidebois; Re: French & History Trip to France

        11/10: To: Prep & Pre-Prep Parents; From: TPA; Re: Fireworks Night

        Half Term House Points Standings

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Answer to last week’s Enigma:

        (we weren’t told what the third pet was)

        Clara: Older age, blue toy, dog

        Josh: Younger age, white toy, rabbit

        Mike: middle age, red toy, ‘other’ pet

        This week’s Enigma:

        One and a half silkworms eat two and a half mulberry leaves in three and a half minutes. Assuming that it eats constantly at the same rate, how many mulberry leaves will one silkworm have eaten?

        Calling All Detectives!
        Have you seen these painted pebbles that keep appearing mysteriously around the school?  Where have they come from?  Do we have our very own Banksy?  Please help Mr Mathar to solve this mystery!

         

        Weekly Diary
        Hampshire Anti-Bullying Conference on 13 Oct 2017
        Music: Singing Concert on 13 Oct 2017 @ 12:45
        Pre-Prep Term ends 4:00 pm on 13 Oct 2017 @ 16:00
        Half-Term commences 5:15 pm on 13 Oct 2017 @ 17:15
        Woodpeckers finishes 5:15 pm on 13 Oct 2017 @ 17:15
        Half-Term on 14 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 15 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 16 Oct 2017
        Sports Tour to Barcelona (Year 7 & 8) departs on 16 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 17 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 18 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 19 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 20 Oct 2017
        Sports Tour to Barcelona (Year 7 & 8) returns on 20 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 21 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 22 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 23 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 24 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 25 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 26 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 27 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 28 Oct 2017
        Half-Term on 29 Oct 2017
        No Breakfast or Early Morning Club on 30 Oct 2017
        Breakfast Club and Early Morning Club start on 31 Oct 2017
        Hockey 7s U11A VII vs U11 IAPS Hockey Regionals(A) on 31 Oct 2017 @ 09:30
        Football 1st XI vs Winchester College(H) on 31 Oct 2017 @ 15:30
        Football 2nd IX vs Winchester College(H) on 31 Oct 2017 @ 15:30
        Hockey 7s 2nd VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s 4th VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s 5th VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s U11B VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey 7s U11C VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:15
        Football 1st XI vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 2nd IX vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 3rd IX vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football 4th IX vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts A VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts B VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football Colts C VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10A VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10B VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10C VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U10D VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9A VI vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9B VI vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9C VI vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Football U9D VI vs Farleigh School(H) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U10A VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U10B VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 01 Nov 2017 @ 14:30