From The Study

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  I hope you had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break with your children.  They have certainly come back to school with bundles of energy ready for the term ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a few additional members and families to our Twyford community.  We have two pupils that have joined us in Year 5: Tristan Hall and Jeffrey Chan.  Also, three Gap Assistants have arrived from overseas: Sophie Jones, Isabelle Stringer (both from Australia) and Edward Campbell from New Zealand.  We look forward to helping them all settle into life at Twyford School.

As term began we were immediately back into our busy schedules, with a trip by Year 3 to the Nuffield Theatre to see Fantastic Mr Fox. I was pleased to hear that a dozen or so had already been to see the musical over the holidays – supporting live theatre. This production has now moved to the West End, where they will play for a month before embarking on a national tour, in conjunction with Roald Dahl’s centenary year celebrations. I know that our children enjoyed the show, and also having the chance of meeting Mrs Fox afterwards to try on her ‘fox ears’ and find out more about what it is like being involved in such a production.

Our first Saturday of term saw the start of our more widespread Twyford Explorers Bushcraft programme. All of Year 5 and the girls from Year 6 spent the afternoon moving around a number of stances, where they had to tackle problems using teamwork; they built different types of cooking fires; they were introduced to specialist equipment; and they managed tents and other kit. On Wednesday Year 4 boys followed another busy programme of Bushcraft as well. There will be plenty more of this sort of activity to add to the already popular Monday evening Twyford Explorers Club and the curriculum time Outdoor Pursuits.

Also on Wednesday, in the absence of external fixtures, we took the opportunity of embarking on a significant number of house competitions. The Year 5 & 6 boys competed in House Hockey, while Year 5 & 6 girls fought out the Netball. In the pool, Year 7 & 8 boys played their House Water Polo tournament.  It was telling in the Water Polo that there had not been time for the boys to practice in their lessons, as the event was so early in the term: the first few matches were frantic and less skilled that the last rounds. But everyone worked extremely hard, and there were some excellent phases of play.

While we did see a flurry of snow late on Thursday afternoon, our concerns about transport disruption were not played out, thankfully. However, there have been some difficult icy patches around on the roads, and we expect this will be repeated. We all need to take care as we move around.

On Saturday we have the start of our full fixture programme, with girls having block fixtures in Netball and Hockey against Westbourne House, while the boys play Pilgrims’. As is our usual way, we will have 22 teams out there competing!

Please do come along to the Headmaster’s Drop-In session on Saturday morning (8.20 am – 8.45 am), if you can. We promise coffee and tea, usually with pastries and biscuits. The meeting is informal, and parents are encouraged to bring along any topic for discussion that does not need a more private setting.

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        General Information

        Chapel Services

        The dates for this term's family chapel services are:

        Saturday 4th February, Upper School, when the speaker will be Lisa Justice, an ambassador for Naomi House.

        Saturday 18th March, Middle School, when the speaker will be David Owens.

        Refreshments will be available in the Mulberry Pavilion from 08.00 am. the services start in the Chapel at 08.30 am.

        We look forward to welcoming you.

        Cold Weather

        Please ensure children have their school coat, fleece and school beanie hat with them each day during these cold months.  Children may wear their own gloves and scarves, named please.

        Emails sent to parents this past week:

        04/01/17   To: Prep Parents;              Fm: Mr Lewis;         Re: Start of Boarding

        04/01/17   To: Prep Parents;              Fm: Matrons;           Re: Lost Property

        05/01/17   To: Years 3 to 7 Parents;   Fm: Mr Welham;    Re: Mathematics

        06/01/14   To: Years 3 to 8 Parents;   Fm: Mrs Johnston; Re: NSPCC Assembly

         

        Dr Bailey's Enigma

        Birthdays

        The seven people in this puzzle have a birthday today. Peter is twice as old as Gloria, who is three times older than Linda, who is five years younger than Tom, who is twice the age of Susan, who is twice the age of Jake, who is six years younger than John. Their combined aged is 100 years, so how old is each person?

        Did you know?

        Dr Bailey has a different tie for every teaching day of the year!

        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. 

        Valentines Charity Disco

        Last year we passed on details of an externally organised charity Valentines Ball that many Twyford children in Years 7 & 8 attended.  The ball is being held again this year to raise money for the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Sport 4 Kids and Yabonga Children's Charities in Cape Town. Please click here for more information and here for the booking form.

        This is not a Twyford School sanctioned event, and we cannot endorse the safeguarding and supervision of such events, as they are external. Parents need to assure themselves that they are happy with the management and supervision of these occasions.

        Weekly Diary
        Townsend Warner History Competition on 13 Jan 2017
        TPA Year Reps' Meeting in Sports Pavilion 8:20 am on 13 Jan 2017 @ 08:20
        Headmaster's Drop-in (Sports Pavilion) 8:15 am - 8:45 am on 14 Jan 2017 @ 08:15
        Hockey Sevens U10A VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U9A VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U9B VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 1st VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 2nd VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 3rd VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11A VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11B VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11C VII vs Westbourne House School(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts A IX vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts B IX vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10 C VII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10A VIII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10B VIII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 / U13 XII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 A XII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester Boys-U12A(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U13 A XIII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9A VII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9B VII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9C VII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(A) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9D VII vs The Pilgrims' Winchester(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Hockey Sevens U10B VII vs Westbourne House School(H) on 14 Jan 2017 @ 15:15
        CE 11+ Exams on 16 Jan 2017
        Swimming U10 Mixed vs Prince’s Mead School (H) on 16 Jan 2017 @ 16:30
        Swimming U11 Mixed vs Prince’s Mead School (H) on 16 Jan 2017 @ 16:30
        Swimming U9 Mixed vs Prince’s Mead School (H) on 16 Jan 2017 @ 16:30
        CE 11+ Exams on 17 Jan 2017
        Year 1 Visit to Royal Victoria Country Park 9:00 am departure - 12:30 pm return on 17 Jan 2017 @ 09:00
        Netball U11A Bryanston Netball Tournament(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:45
        Netball U13 Bryanston Netball Tournament(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 11:45
        Hockey Sevens U10 Westbourne House Tournament(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 13:30
        Hockey Sevens U10B VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey Sevens U10C VII vs Farleigh School (A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey Sevens U9A VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:15
        Hockey Sevens U9B VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:15
        Netball 2nd VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball 3rd VII vs Farleigh School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11B VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11C VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Netball U11D VII vs Farleigh School(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts A IX vs Lambrook School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts B IX vs Lambrook School(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10 C VII vs Lambrook School and St Piran's @ Lambrook (A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10A VIII vs Lambrook School and St Piran's @ Lambrook (A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10B VIII vs Lambrook School and St Piran's @ Lambrook (A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 / U13 XII vs Lambrook School(A) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12 A XII vs Lambrook School Boys-U12A(H) on 18 Jan 2017 @ 14:30