Issue 11 - Autumn Term 2020
A very warm welcome to our newsletter - Issue 11.
4th December 2020
In schools such as Windlesham, there are many special moments each week and last night was certainly one such occasion. The scene was set in the Front Hall; fire roaring, lights dimmed and a special chair in prime position. I then had the great privilege of listening to a number of Year 8 children read their Christmas ghost stories out loud to us all. The setting was magical and the stories were magnificent. Each one enthralled, held us in suspense and on the edge of our seats while the pupils read them with great mastery and sense of audience.
For their age, the level of fiction writing was fantastic and truly demonstrated what children can achieve when taught with passion, inspiration and high expectations. For those of us there, it was certainly one of those special moments that will last in our memories a long time.
It has definitely been a good week and there is always something about an Inter-House Competition to bring the school together. The inaugural tree decorating was no exception. I have to admit that when I first suggested it some weeks ago, I think the idea was met with a certain amount of suspicion and confusion – recycled or upcycled decorations in the House and metallic colours?! As ever, our children (and possibly some parents) rose to the occasion with a brilliant range of decorations and the tree decorating itself was an exciting 30 minutes.
Well done to Scott House who were the worthy winners with Raleigh coming a very close second. Personally, my favourite decoration for sheer ingenuity was the yellow tonic water can hung from a piece of gold ribbon on the Hunt tree, of course! All good things come in threes and for my final highlight, it was being part of history in action in the Pre-Prep who have been learning about the Great Fire of London. It was my honour to set fire to the carefully crafted Pudding Lane as the children learnt further about the combustible nature of Tudor houses, the importance of fire breaks and the fire triangle. Such a brilliant way to learn and a further example of how creative and innovative teaching methods can ensure such high outcomes for our pupils, whatever their age.
Over the last half term, I have been working with Year 7 and 8 on their Windlesham Diploma entrepreneurship challenge designed to develop their leadership and teamwork skills as well as teach them some financial acumen whilst becoming more independent and confident risk-takers. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting them to achieve great team success and you can see the fruits of their endeavours later in the newsletter. Their Christmas companies are all ready to be launched and their products (almost) ready to sell. In addition to their posters and websites, each group has also produced a TV advert as part of their marketing campaign. They now need your support to make a profit which will all be donated to charity – as you can see from this week’s selection, there are lots of great Christmas present and stocking filler ideas and the effort the groups have made has been incredible. My congratulations to them all. If you would like to pre-order any of their products, please write to WHSoffice@windlesham.com with the name of the company in the subject line and details of your order below with the total amount payable together with your child’s name and year group. The Christmas elves will do the rest!
As you can see from the following pages, the pace of life continues at the school and the next week and a half promises to be full of fun and excitement.
Members of Year 8 chilled each other with marvellous original stories in front of the fire on Wednesday evening, very much in the spirit of Mr James! The quality both of their writing and their vocal expression was exceptional.
Just look at the rapt faces of the listeners in this picture! The pieces ranged from poetically vivid descriptions of predatory figures in putrid environments to gleefully gruesome accounts of the deaths of certain children in the year group(!), dispatched in various school locations by an unseen menace with an invention to rival the hilariously hideous imagination of Roald Dahl! We must thank Mr Evans for providing the suitably spooky Christmas atmosphere!
We have been celebrating birthdays in girls' dorms this week and it seems like all of Year 7 have had fun eating pizza, dancing, decorating their rooms, enjoying treats and most of all being with all their friends. Happy Birthday!
Christmas preparations have started!
Christmas preparations are very much underway at Windlesham and this weekend, our boarders enjoyed making spiced biscuits with Mr Sexton, Christingles with Mrs Herring and Advent calendars and clay ornaments with Mrs Parkin in the Art Room.
The junior boarders had a lot of fun decorating the magnificent tree in Pevensey, whilst listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate. Fortunately, Mr Evans was on hand to help put some of the baubles on the higher branches.
The children have been busily decorating their dorms which are now looking very Christmassy - all we need now is a little snow and the picture will be complete.
The Boarding Team
Windlesham Challenge & Diploma
The Year 7 pupils have been working outside using saws for cutting logs and spades to dig holes to create beetle breeding habitats. As well as clearing an area of bramble to create a wildflower area which will help a new environment flourish with bugs to fertilise the ground beneath us.
Creative Expression Challenge
The junior bubble had fun in the chilly Autumn sun searching for inspiration for their poetry iMovie and the Year 6 children began to build their iMovie on their iPads using the images they have gathered and the lines of poetry they have written. They are producing beautiful work.
Christmas Fair Entrepreneurship Challenge
All pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 have given us their full concentration and commitment to the Christmas Fair business challenge. We have seen some absolutely fantastic results from the striking effort and time being put into these projects. Teaming up with their best friends and classmates the years have shown ultimate teamwork.
They have completed the next stage and are now marketing their business using different means of technology:
• Website - Completed!
• Advertising - Published!
• Interim accounts - ready!
• Production - Completed!
Here are some fantastic examples of websites and posters:
Christmas in your House Website - Year 8
by Anastasiia & Adelina
Christmas Confections Website - Year 8
by Yasmin, Edwin, Tristan, Grace, Isla, Gertie, Georgie & Dara!
Angels & Co Website - Year 8
By Ruby and Team
This could be the tastiest challenge yet. The pupil's hidden talents have been rising in the cookery room. Do you think Windlesham has any bake-off stars? They sure are camera ready too.
Year 3 have been looking at features of instructional text using the picture book, ‘How to Wash Woolley Mammoth’ by Michelle Robinson & Kate Hindley. We have had lots of fun making up silly sentences using imperative verbs and prepositions for washing a woolly mammoth. They also enjoyed designing products for a mammoth cleaning kit and followed a set of instructions to make a model of a woolly mammoth. We popped on Christmas hats for good measure! Fabulous work!
It's been an interesting week in Year 7 maths, the pupils have been introduced to Bearings. Using the three main rules (always face north, always turn clockwise, and always give bearings in three digits) they all navigated a course using the space we have in our beautiful grounds moving between three locations, recording their bearings and estimating the distance travelled.
This enabled the pupils to gain a better understanding of how bearings really work, and they were then able to produce some excellent written work in the classroom. Excellent work Year 7, some new skills learnt!
Year 8 have been really enjoying the Physics topic of Magnets and Electromagnets. Plotting magnetic fields and constructing their own electromagnet, learning and grasping how to make the magnetic field even stronger. The whole class went on to practise graph plotting skills and aced it!
It has been a busy term for all, and in Latin we have been revising our grammar and vocabulary. Year 8 have been focusing on future tenses, adjectives and irregular adjectives, whilst learning about the Introduction to future tenses.
Year 7 have been learning about subjects and objects in sentences, people, numbers and gender and getting their heads around the rules of translation.
And after all the brilliant work this term, we made it to December and our Year 6 class really enjoyed decorating the classroom with this Christmas Tree.
To mark the beginning of advent and to help focus our minds about what Christmas is really about, the children in Year 3 and 4 all made Christingles.
All the pupils have been working really hard as music exams happen this week, despite all the Covid, and they seemed to go very well - 16 happy candidates!
And while all the serious learning happened we have made sure the pupils are having fun, bringing the Christmas joy to everyone... take a look at this amazing Marimba Christmas Edition!
On the arts & crafts weekend some of the children had a go at glass fusing. They used dichroic glass and bullseye glass. The glass kiln heats up to 800 degrees Celsius and these pieces make wonderful necklaces.
Year 7 have been making pottery poppies and George K and Lucas A also had a go on the pottery wheels.
Wilfred F in Year 3 produced an excellent Stoneage stag in his art lesson using paint and sand. The inspiration came from the cave paintings at Lascaux in the Dordogne.
Now outside the cookery room we have big round wooden planters where we planted herb seeds, it's our new eco-garden. It's where we go to pick the freshest of ingredients for all of our cookery lessons. Year 3 picked and even tasted different herbs, not to everyone's liking.
In this session we picked herbs from the new eco-garden and used them to make delicious bread and dough balls. The class seemed very pleased with themselves. Well done!
Bertie and Jasmine have been making pizza dough in the cookery room. They enjoyed getting messy and Bertie did especially well with only one useful hand. Keeping his cast clean was a task he managed very well. We are yet to find out how to the pizza tasted. I think we know the answer though!
And as tradition goes Year 7 ice the Christmas cake
Computing and Digital Learning
Year 3 have been working on programming animations using an application called SCRATCH Jr. They have created their own backgrounds and sprites using different types of paint tool and then created their own code to run the animation. In the video, you will be able to see Arden’s animation with code running - Great work from some of our young coders.
First Lego League Update
The team has been working hard and have now built their competition robots and completed the table for this seasons tournament. Now the hard work begins, they have to use the robot to solve different challenges and design their own innovation solution to include as part of the overall Replay project... more to come from these guys.
Video Filming and Editing
Year 6 have been learning to create videos in our Computing lessons. They have explored how a range of camera angles can be used to add movement to their films. Using iMovie, they were able to trim and split their clips, add video effects, such as filters and speed adjustments and use a variety of soundtracks to mix the sound. This video shows how one group successfully combined all of their objectives into one final product… I am impressed.
A pic of the winning Scott team from this afternoon’s Year 8 Inter-house Mixed Hockey. A gorgeous autumnal afternoon and some very competitive hockey played in the right sporting spirit.
I have to say, this was probably one of the best inter-house competitions I have been involved with, the children were in such high spirits, they created a great atmosphere! Lots of encouragement and cheers from all of the children on the sideline, and they loved shouting out the 10 second count down to end each game. Considering Year 7 haven't done much basketball this term, the level of play was impressive! Well done to all who was involved!
The final positions:
Lights, camera, action! This week, the whole of the pre-prep took a trip to Hollywood and immersed themselves in a world of glitz and glamour. Christmas is well and truly underway and our blockbuster movie is swiftly coming together. Santa’s workshop has been a hive of industry over at the North Pole; our voices have been in full song and our acting skills have been sharpened. There’s been costume changes, hair and make-up, dancing and plenty of Christmas cheer. Needless to say, when we share our production with the Windlesham community, it will be a Christmas highlight for sure! The children have outdone themselves - their energy and enthusiasm has been second to none and we’re all extremely proud of their efforts.
Without delivering any spoilers, let’s just say that this Christmas has been saved by a couple of cheeky elves and their wonderful friends. Our story is one of friendship, love and a realisation of how very special a caring family is at Christmas time. We look forward to sharing it with you and we’re confident that you won’t be disappointed!
We’re all very excited about the much talked about premiere; an opportunity for us to put on our gladrags and raise a toast to all of our hard work. The red carpet will be rolled out and no doubt the paparazzi will be lining the aisles desperate to snap a shot of one of the many stars of the show. It’s been a lovely start to the Christmas season and we’re certain the Christmas magic will continue to spread as we race towards the holiday.
As you can imagine all of our photos this week are Elf(ves) related so we are keeping them closely under wraps for the moment. Nothing like building up the suspense!
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken in creative expression and knowledge."
Headmaster's Awards & Commendations
Players of the Week
For showing increased maturity in rugby, and working well with his team mates.
For great efforts and commitment with her sport.
Tati G, Millie E, Sophie C, Christina F, Katinka W-F, Isaac J, Edgar K, Alex C, Edwin L, Ethan F.
Musician of the Week
For always attending trumpet lessons on time. He is continuing to make
excellent progress is already cheering everyone up by playing Jingle Bells!
Junior Teacher Kindness Award
For consistently being polite and helpful.
Drama Star of the Week
Alexa N & Imperia T
For scoring full marks in her drama assessments in Windlesham.
Artist of the Week
For her beautiful mannequin drawing.
Boarder of the Week
For being polite, kind and a happy presence in dorms.
Volunteering to fly his drone around the school and kindly helping the marketing team. Finn produced some really professional work he can use for his own portfolio and on the school website. Well done Finn!
For kindly transferring over to Drake house to boost their numbers for the inter-house football competition.
Golden Moments Awards
The following pupils receive a golden moment's award for:
Charlie W for noticing that a very young boarder needed help at breakfast on Saturday and without prompting took his tray and helped clear everything away.
Charles W for helping another pupil who was struggling with a physical task, without being asked to do so.
Shion M for being extremely kind, considerate and generous towards a fellow boarder.
Mirabelle W for being very helpful in dorms, often doing things without having to be asked.
Dara A kindly completed another student's notes whilst they were out of the class so that they didn't miss anything and she did so without being asked.
Emma O Voluntarily missing High Tea to assist a fellow pupil search for his shoes and showing real kindness and care for another child when they had lost their shoes.
Matthew R for offering help to a member of staff without being asked.
Eloise R without hesitation rescued a baby robin trapped in the glass corridor by MFT.
Henry M for being kind and courteous to a teacher.
Laith B for voluntarily and spontaneously giving a compliment about another child's efforts and progress with their writing. He made the child feel incredible about themself.
Enzo W for kindly helping another pupil pick up their things when their box dropped on the floor.
Anne K for showing generosity of spirit and kindness towards a member of staff.
Tallulah P for volunteering to play for Drake in the inter-house football leaving her beloved Grenfell.
Dami A & Nelson W for helping to sweep the laboratory floor after a particularly messy practical without being asked.
Edward S For helping to tidy up after a club.
Making a Eco Friendly Environment
By Pupils of WIndlesham
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