Issue 12 - Autumn Term 2020
A very warm welcome Issue 7 of the term.
11th December 2020
As we countdown to the end of term, the School dogs have finally donned their Christmas hats and scarves, a sure sign if needed that the festive season has arrived! Excitement is most definitely mounting and the school is alive with the sound of Christmas music and carols at every turn.
We are fortunate at Windlesham to have a passionate and committed music department and I truly believe that a Prep school such as Windlesham should have music at its very heart. We should be able to see and hear pupils involved in creatively making music, whether individually or collaboratively, at every turn. It is worrying to read the new report from the Incorporated Society of Musicians which warns that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an “unprecedented crisis” of music education in schools, with singing, instrumental lessons, extracurricular activities and end-of-term concerts all badly hit. At primary school level, 68% of teachers reported a decline in music provision as a direct result of the pandemic. We have known for a very long time that beyond the intrinsic value of studying music for its own sake, there is a plethora of evidence that studying music builds cultural knowledge, creative skills and improves children's health, wellbeing and wider educational attainment.
It is hugely reassuring to know that the majority of our instrumental lessons have continued this term along with the Samba, Ukulele and Marimba bands, rock bands, string ensemble and various choirs. The opportunities in both class music and for those studying for their ABRSM exams have been outstanding. I am thrilled to report that the 16 pupils taking exams recently all passed with one Distinction and eight Merits. Danny B. is worthy of a special mention for receiving the highest mark in his Grade 4 Organ exam, scoring 132/150 (Distinction) - a fantastic achievement! We have exciting plans to relocate the music school to a more central position at the very heart of the school itself and form a Windlesham Performing Arts department which will have facilities to rival those of any school. I will keep you updated as the academic year progresses. In the meantime, links will be sent to you next week for our much anticipated Carol Service and the whole school Windlesham Christmas Medley – much fun has been had in the filming!
As we begin our final preparations in school for the many exciting Christmas activities before the end of term, our thoughts turn to those children who are at home and engaged with our online learning. It has no doubt been challenging at times, but we are proud of the way these children have applied themselves diligently. Today will be the final day of live online learning; but you will, of course, be able to continue to access all resources in your Google Classrooms should you wish. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hard-working parents who make up the POWs (Parents of Windlesham) for their amazing efforts behind the scenes with the Christmas Fair virtual brochure, raffle and children’s tombola. As a result of your generosity, they have sold a record number of raffle tickets and raised a fantastic sum of money in difficult circumstances – their resilience and determination has been brilliant. The Christmas Fair is, of course, still happening at school for the children and will include Santa’s Grotto, a host of House games, second-hand stall and the year 7 and 8 Diploma company stalls – perfect for stocking fillers.
As I mentioned last week, the staff are embracing the December running challenge and clocking up the miles. Even Alex and I managed to escape for a quick 6 km run on Sunday in an effort to join in. It has been great to receive your updates too and photos – please keep them coming in and good luck to everyone taking part!
A busy and full weekend awaits us here at Windlesham and we are looking forward to ending the term in great style with much fun.
Mr Evans judging the Christmas Cake Competition!
Entrepreneurship Challenge Businesses
Find the wonderful work of Year 7 & 8 where you can buy products & help raise money for charity!
Showcasing the Year 7 & 8 work
Click to view and download the PDF
To make a purchase please email WHS@windlesham.com with your name and contact details, the name of the company and what you would like to order. We will then pass on your order to the children and add the cost of the items to your end of term account.
Notice: Error in the previous document. We have resolved some issues including links only being accessible internally. The issues have now been resolved and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Chapel - Being Generous
This week in chapel the children have been looking at how they can be more generous. We have asked them to consider why doing something for someone else can boost their wellbeing and generate a ripple of kindness and selfless behaviour. Here are Year 6 being led in by Miss Johnson. They are discussing ideas about how to be more generous and reading them from the Generosi-tree.
With Year 7 we have been reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, supplemented by the study of a number of war poems. Each pupil has written a poem in response to The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy. They really have made English lessons a true joy and it is a pleasure to share a little of their passion with you. Below is a wonderful example by Sam S.
Year 3 have been ‘shopping’ for gifts for Christmas. They have been learning how to add amounts of money using column addition and also finding change through column subtraction with and without exchanging. It’s been quite a challenge but the children have enjoyed browsing for gifts and working out the maths.
Year 4 have been given the task of making a game which helps them all to practise their mental maths skills. They have been very inventive designing board games, question cards, dice and counters and are looking forward to teaching each how to play their games once they are finished.
To conclude their work on measurement, Year 6 used trundle wheels to measure the fenced netball courts before creating some accurate scale drawings. They had to decide on an appropriate scale and work with care to construct a series of rectangles, circles and semicircle.
In Science, Year 7 have been studying Energy Transfers and this week we enjoyed burning a variety of fuels to measure their energy content by transferring their chemical energy into thermal energy. The children worked safely and accurately and achieved some excellent results.
The Year 6 pupils have been working on both the present and near future tense in the theme of good health. To demonstrate their knowledge and understanding they have produced a piece of work where they have written two paragraphs; in one paragraph they had to describe bad habits and on the second one they had to explain what they are going to do to become healthier.
Je suis très malade Click here for translation
Je suis très malade parce que je ne mange jamais de légumes et je mange toujours trop de viande et de sucreries. Aussi je ne joue jamais au foot. Je me couche tard tous les jours. Je bois trop de coca tous les jours.
Je vais essayer de manger des légumes au moins deux fois par jour. Je vais aussi jouer au foot avec mes amis. Je vais aussi essayer de manger moins de sucreries et de viande. Je vais me coucher tôt. Je vais arrêter de boire du coca et quand j’ai soif je vais boire de l'eau. Je vais être en bonne santé. By Moroti
Computing & Digital Learning
Hour of Code
"Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think."
By Steve Jobs
Our students including those in our blended classrooms, have been participating in a range of coding activities as part of the Computer Science in Education week’s Hour of Code; 7th - 13th December
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1 hour coding activities.
We have had lots of fun with a range of different activities for our students. Dance Party came out as this years favourite activity as the students used different coding blocks to programme dance routines with soundtracks from Katy Perry, Little Nas and even the Village People to name a few.
Others enjoyed the world of Ozaria where they become a hero in an epic adventure. They used the power of coding to defeat a darkness that had taken over the world and were able to practice coding concepts like sequences, loops, debugging, and decomposition.
Luckily there was also an activity in Minecraft which allowed fans to programme Steve around a variety of challenges which saw him mine his way to victory.
In our activities groups, the Code Club sharpened their SCRATCH programming skills to add the finishing touches to their games (really impressive!), whilst our First Lego League team began working out how they would be programming their Robots to complete the different challenges. It was also fantastic to see some of our Year 8s starting to create their own game using Unity and our STEM club setting up their Microbits ready to begin collecting data.
For those of you at home who would like to have a go and see some of the activities we have been working on, please visit the Hour of Code website - maybe even send in a certificate of achievement!
Hour of Code website
Gamification in History
Gamification has become a popular term in education in recent years. The definition of gamification is the use of game design elements and game principals in non-game contexts. The gamification theory in education is that learners learn best when they are also having fun. Not only this, they also learn best when they have goals, targets and achievements to reach for, of course in a way the learner still perceives as fun.
Mr Stephens has been using a platform called Quizziz to gamify his Year 8 students’ knowledge of history in preparation for their Common Entrance exams. He has broken down the content into sections which can then be applied to constructing justified, well-reasoned answers to questions. Using Quizziz, the students are able to reinforce understanding in a fun and engaging, gamified platform. I think we would all agree, we wish we had had Quizziz and Mr Stephens when we were at School!
Year 3 have really enjoyed making beautiful tree decorations to take home. Using a selection of wooden discs, pebbles, moss, sticks and ivy. They may all look the same but each has their very own special character; I’m sure you will agree that they are wonderful!
Year 3 were using recycled buttons in Eco school, threading stacked button Christmas ornaments, carefully sorting the sizes, shapes and colours of buttons to create Christmas tree, Santa and snowman shapes.
Ruby has helped to add some colour and festive sparkle to the Nativity scene. She draped the three wise men in brightly coloured fabric and they look much better and are feeling much more Christmassy. Thank you to Ruby A.
Eloise R has designed a beautiful Christmas card design. She painted it carefully using watercolour and very fine brushes. It is beautiful. Well done Eloise!
During this term in design technology Year 7 have been making lamps out of different materials and shapes and really showing off their own unique designs. They have taken inspiration from their hobbies and interests. Take a look at some of these examples...
Running for Charity
Pupils and teachers have been getting stuck in running for charity, with the options running of 25km, 50km or 100km in December. Here's some proof of Mr Duncan and the Year 7 pupils out yesterday for a morning run each ticking off another 5km.
Year 6 Inter-House Rugby
Year 6 boys and girls joined forces to compete in, what I have been reliably informed was, the first-ever mixed inter-house touch rugby tournament. Having had just one games session to prepare themselves, the girls gave an excellent account of themselves, resisting the netball urge to land a pivot foot, and running some excellent attacking and support lines. It all came down to the final game, played in almost darkness, with Referee Duncan presiding over an epic 20-20 draw between Drake and Scott that left Drake sitting at the top of the table.
Year 7 Inter-House Basketball
Take a sneak peek at the fantastic Year 7s in their Inter-House basketball games. Great work from all players!
Year 8 Inter-House Basketball Results
1st Grenfell 4th Scott
2nd Raleigh 5th Drake/Hunt
The final full week of term has flown by and brought us to a weekend full of festive fun! The Year 8 boys and girls are readying themselves for the Christmas dinner and disco on Saturday night; a very popular addition in the absence of our usual boarding Christmas party. The junior boarders also have hot chocolate, music and ‘build-your-own’ Christmas tree to look forward to!
Following last weekend’s record-breaking attempts and funhouse events, the weekend programme continues to be very popular. Planning has already begun for next term and we look forward to sharing this with you all soon.
In the boarding houses, decorations continue to go up and spirits remain high. The excitement is building for the end of term and the busy schedule of events in the final few days. It has been an amazing term for so many reasons and the celebrations are much-deserved by all.
The Boarding Team
What an incredible term it has been in the Pre-Prep as we reflect on all our learning experiences. I find myself in awe of how the children have thrown themselves into all the opportunities on offer to them and I am always excited to have visitors at my classroom door wanting to share their successes with me. This week has been a hive of Christmas activities in each classroom in addition to the wonderful art carousel, which saw the whole department mix up into groups and visit each classroom throughout the morning to complete a fun Christmas craft activity.
I was immensely proud of my form leading our Wednesday chapel service with a nativity theme, reminding us of why this time of year is one for special celebrations.
Wednesday afternoon then saw the official opening of the new climbing frame and I could not let the children down when they challenged me to be the first person to climb it! They have all enjoyed going to the field during playtimes to try it out.
It’s hard to believe that this is our last full week of Autumn term! The children, despite being tired and very excited by the countdown to Christmas, have had a brilliant week. There has been great excitement with two curious pheasants visiting our garden this week while we played indoors. Safe to say our excited shrieks scared them off! The children’s writing in play has really taken off this week - we’ve had stories and books galore, menus, open and closed signs, food orders, notes, Christmas cards and doctor’s notes. It’s incredible how much progress they have made this term and I love the way they see themselves as confident and capable writers. Play themes of ailing queens and magic doctors captured everyone’s imaginations inspiring crown making and superb acting skills. This week the children also did their December self-portraits so they could see how far their writing and drawing skills have come on since September. It was amazing and we all felt incredibly proud!
We have also been busy making Christmas presents and cards (parents you are in for a real treat, let’s hope your gifts this year don’t run away!). We also made a whole plethora of crafts on Wednesday’s Christmas Crafting morning from wreaths to beaded ornaments, Santa cards and lolly stick tree decorations. It was lovely to see the Reception children divided into mixed groups and spending more time with our year 1 and year 2 friends. The final week of specialist lessons this term saw a fantastic swimming session with Miss Charman, Christmas acting games in drama with Mrs Jenkins, Christmas carols with Mr Fitt and the final week of throwing skills in PE. The children have all earned the short week next week and we cannot wait for Santa’s Grotto, Elf(ves) premiere and our class party!
Our final full week has been filled with festive fun! Monday maths saw us investigating the difference between cubes and cuboids. When trying to spell them, Jeremy and Landon became our experts - their surname helped! Trying out the new adventure play equipment was exciting on Tuesday, after Mrs Sutherland’s initial ascent! We loved the Christmas carousel of art on Wednesday where we mixed with friends from different classes in Pre-Prep and made lots of crafty bits together. Thursday saw us trying our hand at sewing in order to make our families a special decoration to hang on your Christmas trees forevermore! Will they be running stitches or over stitches is the current class conundrum?!
Hopefully, the sewing will be finished by Friday and in order to celebrate, there will be no homework this weekend - hooray! We simply cannot wait for our final three days next week - premieres, parties and pigs in blankets! What a way to celebrate the end of a brilliant term together!
Year 2 has been alive with all things Christmas this week. The children have been busy making and writing very special invitations to our Premiere next week in addition to creating fingerprint Christmas cards.
Christmas maths challenges have been set whereby number sentences needed to be solved in order to make the hidden picture appear on the page; we had reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees appear after a great deal of working out! It certainly kept our maths brains ticking over.
In addition to the art carousel on Wednesday, the children also ventured out for a forest school adventure in the afternoon. They explored the grounds and created some wonderful collages and stick stars. Great fun was had by all.
Perhaps the highlight of the week was visiting the Prep school DT department on Thursday morning where the children were met by Mr Edwards and his team. All manner of DT skills came into play in order to create wonderful Christmas trees that will undoubtedly take pride of place in your homes this Christmas.
Following on from that the challenge was set to create a 3D paper snowflake. Whilst looking incredibly complicated to begin with the children soon rose to the challenge and felt quite rightly proud of what they had achieved.
As we look forward to next week, the children and staff are buzzing with excitement for the party, visiting Santa and yummy Christmas lunch. First and foremost we cannot wait to walk the red carpet to the flashing lights of the paparazzi on Monday afternoon and enjoy the premiere of Elf(ves). There is talk of Mr Evans putting on his black tie for the occasion! A link to the film will be emailed to you all on Monday after school which will allow you to share in the magic with your children from the comfort of your own homes. I am off to find a suitable outfit for the occasion and I wish you all a restful weekend.
I hope you enjoy the photos of all that has happened in the Pre-Prep this week.
Head of Pre-Prep
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Headmaster's Awards & Commendations
Players of the Week
Harry P-S - For great commitment.
Mia C - For outstanding play in the inter-house basketball.
Bertie F, Max K, Lev R, Laith B, Wilf F, Grace D, Tallulah P, Rosie J, Molly G, Dara A
Musician of the Week
Rose C, Year 8 - For all her effort before her piano exam allowing her to perform well under pressure.
Junior Teacher Kindness Award
Bertie M, Year 4 - For being extremely kind and sensitive by helping another child when they were struggling with a sporting activity.
Christina F, Year 3 - For being very helpful and kind to another child when they were not finding things easy.
Drama Star of the Week
Mia C & Eloise R, Year 8 - For sensitive and mature acting.
Artist of the Week
Danny B, Year 8 - For his fantastic zoomed-in mannequin study.
Danny B, Year 8 - For always being polite and helpful.
Eloise R, Year 8 - For always being kind and considerate.
Sofia W, Year 6 - For creating her own board game, it is amazing! Sofia has worked very hard.
Leo J - For helping a fellow pupil who was feeling unwell.
Harry P-S - For his calm and caring approach towards the other children in the class.
Sophie C & Florence C - Both girls volunteered to tidy trainers up that were left in front of the door.
Tym M & Alexander S - For offering help to a fellow pupil when their iPad wasn't working.
Wilf F & Leo J - For excellent displays of sportsmanship during games and inter-house matches.
Edward S - For helping another pupil in the playground so she could take her turn on the zip line.
Clara P - For being polite and helpful to children who were trialling boarding, helping to explain what to expect.
James H - For volunteering to clear up without anyone having to ask.
Sidhanth P - For kindly offering up his bean bag to another child during reading period.
Wilf F - Being kind and caring by supporting a friend who had lost an item and also for instinctively helping the teacher.
Bertie M - For supporting and encouraging another pupil.
Robin R - For noticing that a fellow pupil was sitting on their own at lunch and sitting with them so they didn't have to eat alone.
Cordelia D - For going above and beyond and showing great kindness in helping members of Year 7 with their knitting.
Elliot C-P - for consistently outstanding effort with your prep.
Severin S – for working hard to improve your clear narration voice for our Christmas production, showing much-improved confidence.
Summer M – for returning to in-classroom learning with such confidence and happiness.
Bruno S – for using words to express his thoughts and feelings with peers and adults.
Tommy G – for being an excellent role model to the other children in the department.
Marlin Q – for showing great enthusiasm and positive attitude to learning your lines and performing in the Christmas production.
Tassia D – for your consistent enthusiasm for learning, limitless imagination and impressive writing efforts
Azahara B R – for scoring full marks in her spelling quiz each and every week since starting in September. An amazing effort!
Billy B - for scoring full marks in his spelling quiz each and every week since starting in September. An amazing effort!
Benjamin G – for offering kind words to a friend when they were feeling upset about their work.
Agata K – for always offering a helping hand in the classroom and around the school.
Josephina T N - for following instructions, working carefully and calmly to create a Christmas tree on our visit to the DT department.
Joseph B – for independently writing many different sentences during play.
Wilf M – for excellent focus in phonics.
Apollo K K – for being kind and caring to all your friends, making sure they are happy and cheering them up when they are sad.
Seth E – for showing perseverance with making your 3d snowflake.
Max L – for writing a wonderfully entertaining story about a Brussels sprout! The story was full of fabulous vocabulary and thoughtful details.
Citizens of the Week
Fintan M – for inviting others to join in and create a book with him.
Simmy C – for a wonderful term of work in Year 1 at Little Windlesham. We are so proud of you!
Thomas E – for helping another child who was struggling to complete their 3d snowflake.
Yusuf A – for showing a calm and mature attitude to his work.
Find out if you have won!
Raffle Prize Winners
1 Tickets for Shipley Arts Festival Tser and Lia Sac
2 Polo lesson Polly Nuttall
3 Higgidy Hamper Julie Leitch
4 Temple Spa A Milchan
5 Cristal Champagne Debs Ormrod
6 Sussex Dry Gin Natalia Samarina
7 Christmas Hamper - Findon Julie Thom
8 POWS Wine Hamper Oliver Jing
9 POWS Wine Hamper Thomas Harding
10 POWS Wine Hamper Capusa
11 POWS Wine Hamper Li XiuFeng
12 POWS Wine Hamper Emilia Middlemas
13 POWS Wine Hamper Tammy & Peter Tadman
14 POWS Cocktail Hamper Becky Meaker
15 Silver Earrings Ca - rest of the name cut off!!
16 Pom Pom Scarf Jacqui Tolhurst
17 Clothing Voucher Ikkara Helen Carson
18 Oarsum Washbag Tom Spannring
19 Wild Whiskers Cushion Adrian Wallis Adams
20 Coastal Candles Diffuser Jon Farrer
21 Pure Chocolates - Truffles Laure Capel Dunn
22 Cheese Basket Natasha Chappell
23 Hand made Pen Jane Gestetner
24 Famous Grouse Whisky Adrian Baillie
25 CK One Set Sarah Griggg
26 Sanctuary Set Amanda Kaetser
27 Bracelet Rosie Lee
28 Cufflinks Roger Colvin
29 Beauty Pie Candle & Bath oil Nina Nash
30 Pollyanna's Kitchen Chutney Olivia Norman31 Windlesham Umbrella Pollyanna Hutchinson
32 Windlesham Umbrella Nicky Roberts
33 Windlesham Umbrella RHT
34 Windlesham Umbrella Andrew Stevenson
35 Windlesham Umbrella Nicky M
36 Windlesham Umbrella Kerri Hawke
37 Crabtree & Evelyn set Laura Davie
38 Dove Cards Antonia
39 POWS Wine Amanda Kennett Jackson
40 POWS - Stella Sally - 2's
41 POWS - Stella Mickey Dai
42 POWS Wine Mel C
43 POWS - Doom Bar Vicky Eaton
44 POWS - Doom Bar Paul Denny
45 POW Recipe Book Wilf Harrald
Gerald R. Ford
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them - a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”