My ears are still ringing from the sounds of Windlesham Rocks which was a true celebration of the musical talent at school as well as a great community event. As someone for whom, singing or performing on stage would be a mild form of torture, I have the utmost respect and admiration for our pupils who took to the stage last night with confidence and presence. They sang and performed with great enjoyment and to the audience’s enjoyment and pleasure who cheered, clapped and encouraged throughout. We were able to properly use our new sound system in the MFT for the first time which only added to the special nature of the event. With a supporting band of professional musicians, backing singers and full technical support, it was a very enjoyable occasion for all involved. My thanks to Richard Fitt and Katie Tuson for their hard work in masterminding it all.
It can’t be denied that the government’s most recent announcement regarding the delayed roadmap out of COVID has caused us a few sleepless nights. It has always been my intention to ensure the final few weeks of this term are as memorable as possible for pupils, parents and staff. I hope that our revised plans will still ensure this is the case and we have tried to continue as normal and involve parents as much as possible. You will have received our outline of the last three weeks of term yesterday and please read the information letter carefully each week where we will publish all the finer details including COVID necessary measures.
It is a big day for our Year 8 pupils as they eagerly await the results of their CE exams. Although we are still waiting for notification from a few senior schools, the initial picture is a very successful one and I couldn’t be more pleased. The children and teachers have worked incredibly hard
over the last two years and through two periods of school closure which has not been easy. Their attainment and motivation have remained high which is testament to the creative and inspiring teaching and learning provided by the Windlesham staff. The children have enjoyed a week of purposeful and fun activities and will prepare this weekend for their camping (most definitely not glamping!) trip to Dorset. They are not only making lifelong memories and cementing their strong friendships but also developing skills that will allow them to hit the ground running and thrive when they join their senior schools in September.
We will still be holding our whole school Transition Day next week but unfortunately not with the 60+ new children who will be joining Windlesham in September. Each class will spend the morning with their new form teacher and take part in a variety of team-building exercises as well as discuss the exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. During the course of the morning, parents will be sent details of new forms and staffing so that you are able to discuss the day with your children meaningfully.
The boarders have an exciting and fun weekend ahead with Jon Stephens at the helm and I hope you all have a restful few days.
This week we have most certainly benefitted from the wonderful weather and have loved being outside in the sunshine. Our pastoral theme for the week has been centered around being a risk-taker and Reception took a huge risk this week by leading our Pre-Prep chapel service. The first time a Reception class has ever taken a chapel service by themselves! The risk paid off and they spoke confidently about times when they have taken personal risks. We continued to reflect in the chapel on how lucky we are to have our wonderful fathers. On Sunday, we hope all of our Pre-Prep daddies love their hand-crafted cards and personal messages. Each card contains a QR code to scan so that our special Father’s day chapel can be watched in the comfort of your own homes. Alternatively, the link to the service is here if the anticipation is too much!
Next week heralds more excitement as we limber up for sports day on Friday morning, please can you ensure that your children have their full Windlesham PE kit, trainers and white socks for the event. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to us. This will be a super way to lead into the long weekend; all children can then be collected from the Pre-Prep gate at 12 noon.
That just leaves me to wish all our fathers a Happy Father’s day and everyone a happy and safe weekend.
This week Reception did an incredible job of leading our weekly chapel. They brainstormed examples of a time they took a risk, tried something new or felt a bit unsure about something and ended up loving it. A few examples included coming to school, going on the drop slide at Fisher’s Farm, going swimming and trying slacklining. The children spoke with great clarity, confidence & enthusiasm which was absolutely wonderful! After they spoke, the children took the lead on the song ‘Peace, Love, Joy Like a Fountain’ and demonstrated the actions needed to accompany the song. They all earned many stars for their efforts and I was a very proud teacher!!
This week we also continued with our water topic and did a focused writing task about all the animals and ocean plants they could see in an ocean scene. We focused on using keywords in our writing such as see, can, the and I. The children continued to share their ocean wonders and ask questions galore. Orca whales, crabs and sharks have been the most popular sea creatures to date. With the lovely hot weather at the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed having refreshing cool water to play with in our garden. We have also been refining our comparative skills in math looking at more than, less than, how many more and how many less using towers.
Cookery this week had the children learning about tuna and using it as a topping on pizzas. Spanish with Senorita Goss had the children singing underwater songs and learning a few more ocean animal names. Miss Charman is helping children with their athletics skills in preparation for Sports Day and Mrs. Jenkins helped the children practice their dance moves for their final performance. It’s been another wonderfully busy week in Reception!
We completed our stories based on ‘Mrs Armitage, Queen of the Road’ at the start of the week and were lucky to each be taken for a spin around the playground in Wilf’s electric car as a treat! We also enjoyed supporting the junior children at the athletics meet on Monday, cheering them on from our lovely cool classroom when the heat became a little too much to bear!
We enjoyed a summer stroll around the grounds of Windlesham tallying car brands, in order to learn how to collect and analyse data in maths. Did you know that a Volkswagen is the most popular type of car at Windlesham? We managed to count 70 cars on-site in total.
Our box model cars are progressing steadily, with extra detail being added to the vehicles’ bodies, before the wheels and axles are attached to the chassis. We hope you enjoy our other artistic effort from this week, which will be delivered to all our daddies on Sunday!
Special mention must go to all of Billy’s brilliant classmates who have been so supportive in helping him since he bravely returned to school after breaking his arm. The children have rallied round and desperate to help, especially with tricky jobs such as holding his jelly pot still for him whilst he devours its contents! Their genuine kindness and thoughtfulness to a friend in need has been incredibly heart-warming to see. Well done, year one!
Year 2 were extremely grateful for the glorious sunshine at the beginning of the week and their green fingers have really helped the garden to thrive. We have sunflowers and tomato plants growing stronger every day and we’re hoping to reap the benefits of what we have sown before the end of term!
Having worked hard on their research skills in our English lessons last week, the children have been pulling together their findings this week to create fascinating fact files about the animals which feature in the story of Alice in Wonderland. These fact files have super organised sub-headings and they are bursting with interesting details and clear diagrams. Even the most knowledgeable of nature lovers could learn a thing or two from having a read of these.
We’ve been polishing our mental maths skills in our maths sessions this week as we are always striving to quicken our recall and strengthen our strategies. Please feel free to quiz us on our mental maths skills - we’re getting much more confident when using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
We very much enjoyed our joint dance rehearsal with year 1 on Wednesday and we are so excited about sharing our performance very soon.
Miss Rickaby and Mrs Sutherland
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