From The Study

This has been a very unusual week: such contrasting days of sunshine and heavy rain, that we have had to have alternative programmes on hand at all times.

Sadly our block fixture against Cheam (26 teams) had to be cancelled. We managed to offer a varied and worthwhile mixture of activities and study that meant everyone let off steam and had some fun. I enjoyed coaching water polo to the boys…  It was quite a surprise to look out of the pool at the Astro, to see the girls training for netball wearing swimming caps!

We have thoroughly enjoyed the first two semi-finals of the House Music Competition. On Thursday the qualifiers from the Bees performed; divided into three age groupings. The same routine applied on Friday for the Hornets. The soloists were very polished, and quite varied in what was on offer: 7 singers, 6 pianists, 4 violinists, 2 drummers, 2 saxophonists, 2 clarinettists, 1 cornet player and 1 flautist. Next week we will hear the remaining two houses, and then we will have the line-up for the Finals.

On Thursday afternoon most of Year 8 were treated to a very special English lesson in the Mulberry Pavilion, delivered by Chris Wheeler, Headmaster of Monkton Combe School. Mr Wheeler is a Chaucer scholar, and his very lively lesson introduced the children to the Miller’s Tale. He used many different methods, but captivated the audience with his manner, and his complete fluency in Middle English! The lesson concluded with the children drawing a picture of their idea of the Miller, on the windows of the Pavilion, using glass markers. They had to label the various characteristics of their Miller using the original Middle English words of Chaucer from the text. A suitably raucous judging followed.

Later on, after Mr Wheeler had joined the boarders for supper, he spoke to parents in the Mulberry Pavilion as part of our ongoing Talking Heads series. With a respectable number (45) present, Mr Wheeler explored the best ways of helping a school pupil thrive: principally through well-focused pastoral care and pupil-centred reporting. A number of initiatives were outlined and demonstrated – with the help of Dominic Hall and Bonnie Fisher from Year 8, acting as guinea pigs. As with his talk to Year 8, the parents were well entertained by Mr Wheeler’s many anecdotes, and his sense of theatre.  Thank you to those who supported this initiative. Next term we have Mr Simon Henderson, Headmaster of Eton College, coming to speak under our Talking Heads banner.

We have an Exeat beginning this evening, which will be a welcome respite for the significant number of pupils and staff who are a bit under the weather at the moment. But before the day is actually finished, Year 3 and Year 4 will be able to enjoy their Disco. Thank you to the TPA Disco Team for their hard work, especially Helen Synott, who has borne the brunt of this organisation for some years now, and is passing on the baton.

Have a good weekend.

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        This week’s Enigma

        A modest prize will be awarded to the first correct answer presented on Monday morning.

        When Mr and Mrs Thompson gave a dinner party, they invited Mr and Mrs Johnson, Mr and Mrs Edmundson, Mr and Mrs Richardson and Mr and Mrs Stevenson.

        The ten people were seated at a circular table, and no man sat next to his own wife. Mr Thompson sat next but one to Mrs Stevenson. Mr Edmundson sat between two ladies, and so did Mr Richardson. Mrs Johnson sat next to her sister, while Mr Johnson sat next but one to Mr Stevenson, who was immediately to the left of his father-in-law. Mrs Edmundson sat next but two to her husband, and Mrs Johnson sat next but two to Mrs Richardson. Three of the ladies each sat between two men.

        Can you say in what order the ten people were seated at the table?

        Emails sent to parents this week:

        25/01     To: Year 5 Parents;  From:  Mr Riddle;  Re: Year 5 Parents’ Evening

        Weekly Calendar
        EXEAT on 27 Jan 2018
        EXEAT on 28 Jan 2018
        Year 7 Exams on 29 Jan 2018
        Swimming IAPS Qualification Round Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 at The Pilgrims' School (a) 9:00 am on 29 Jan 2018 @ 09:00
        3C Twyford Explorers Trip to Golden Gecko Climbing 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm on 29 Jan 2018 @ 13:15
        Year 7 Exams on 30 Jan 2018
        Year 2 Visit to Medina Mosque on 30 Jan 2018 @ 09:00
        Year 7 Exams on 31 Jan 2018
        Netball U11A VII Twyford Tournament (h) 1:30 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 13:30
        Netball U12A VII Westbourne House Tournament (a) 1:30 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 13:30
        Hockey 7s U10B VII vs Prince's Mead School (h) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:00
        Netball 1st VII U13A Walhampton Tournament (a) 2:00 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:00
        Netball 3rd VII Dumpton Tournament (a) 2:00 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:00
        Netball 4th VII Dumpton Tournament (a) 2:00 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:00
        Netball U9A VII Durlston Tournament (a) 2:00 pm on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:00
        Hockey 7s U10A VII vs Hampshire Collegiate School (h) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Hockey 7s U10B VII vs Hampshire Collegiate School (h) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Netball U11B VII vs Prince's Mead School (a) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Netball U11C VII vs Prince's Mead School (a) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby Colts A IX vs Horris Hill School(H) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby U10A VIII vs Horris Hill School(a) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby U12A XII vs Horris Hill School (h) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby U13 A XIII vs Horris Hill School (a) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby U13B IX vs Horris Hill School (a) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Rugby U9B VII vs Horris Hill School (h) on 31 Jan 2018 @ 14:30
        Prep Ballet Trip to 'Sleeping Beauty' at The Mayflower Theatre on 01 Feb 2018
        Mozzies House Music Semi-Final 12:45 pm on 01 Feb 2018 @ 12:45
        Swimming U10 Mixed vs Bishops Waltham (h) 4:30 pm on 01 Feb 2018 @ 16:30
        Swimming U11 Mixed vs Bishops Waltham (h) 4:30 pm on 01 Feb 2018 @ 16:30
        Swimming U8 Mixed vs Bishops Waltham (h) 4:30 pm on 01 Feb 2018 @ 16:30
        Swimming U9 Mixed vs Bishops Waltham (h) 4:30 pm on 01 Feb 2018 @ 16:30
        Cross Country House Matches Years 3, 4, 5 1:30 pm Years 6, 7, 8 3:15 pm on 02 Feb 2018
        Pre-Prep Trip 'First Steps' a child's Sleeping Beauty at The Mayflower Theatre on 02 Feb 2018
        SATIPS General Knowledge Challenge on 02 Feb 2018
        Year 1 Assembly to Parents in The Mulberry Pavilion 9:15 am on 02 Feb 2018 @ 09:15
        Wasps House Music Semi-Final 12:45 pm on 02 Feb 2018 @ 12:45