St Christopher's 1st vs Windlesham 1st
Windlesham finished their season in style at the lovely Preston Nomads ground with all the Year 8s getting in on the action and the team putting in another performance which showed just how much they have improved over the term.
Senior inter-house public speaking competition
The competition began with Isla SD for Drake house who opened proceedings with a speech about gender equality in sport...
Isla spoke with confidence and a real sense of personal engagement with the subject matter as she drew on her own experience and looked to the future here at school and in the wider world. Isla annunciates beautifully and has an authentic delivery that draws in her listeners. It is always tricky to go first, but she did it admirably and gathered her nerves impressively well.
Alfie followed for Hunt house on the theme of cricket and as I said in my verbal feedback at the end, I very much take my sunhat off to "anyone who can make me listen to a speech about cricket" but Alfie did just that in a wonderful way.
Alfie spoke with a clear love of the sport and it was his personal connection that drew us in. Alfie brought in a nice concise history of cricket with an endearingly honest tone and then invited audience participation with his friends bowling to him while he struck the ball into the theatre curtains. This made sure we were watching and listening. It was a great idea.
The second speaker for Drake was Enzo who stood up with no notes and told us about the time when he was 5 years old and nearly attacked by a lioness whilst on a safari drive with his family. The storytelling was relaxed and fluent and totally compelling. His audience was enthralled throughout. The pace and tone were exquisite and Enzo was able to paint the visual pictures expertly with clear descriptions such as describing his father as having 'stormy eyebrows' and blend these with sensitivity and comedy. It was a masterclass in public speaking.
Finally Maisie spoke for Grenfell. She spoke with confidence and clarity on the impact of the covid pandemic on our ecomony and ourselves. She recognised the losses but spoke of how we could use this time to regroup and rebuild. She struck just the right tone with her honest and thoughtful expression. Her wonderful parting shot was "I hope that one day we will get out of this." It was the perfect optimistic note to strike to close the competition.
After careful consideration, I chose Drake house as the overall winners!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Clark for inviting my adjudication and the many children to whom I have listened and offered feedback to over 15 years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to adjudicate. Read the rest of Year 8 speeches here
Mrs Jenkins, Head of Drama (adjudicator)
Whilst the weather this week has not been favourable, the children in the Pre-Prep are still making the most of their final few weeks of term.
On Wednesday the children enjoyed their final house meetings, spending time with their House Parents and reflecting on their year. Pin the tail on the Raleigh rhino certainly caused some hilarity.
As I write this, the final preparations are in full flow for the Year 2’s Mad Hatter’s tea party. This event is a culmination of their learning in the last term and a wonderful final event as they move into the Prep school in September. The children have all worked incredibly hard with the planning and organisation and I am sure the costumes will be magical. I wonder how many Mad Hatters there will be on the back pitch!
We are very much turning our thoughts to our final week with our forms and enjoying the last activities we have planned. The children will be reflecting on their past achievements as they look forward to what is to come. Keeping everything crossed that the sun shines on us on Tuesday, we will all enjoy the much anticipated ‘Riverdance’ and sports day on Tuesday.
Our final chapel service next week will be recorded with delights from our Pre-Prep musicians and end of term prizes being awarded by Mr Evans. The recording will be included in next week’s newsletter.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Very best wishes
Thank you so much to all the children for helping me celebrate Canada Day on July 1st! We enjoyed listening to O Canada, reading stories about the country, pretending to fly to Canada and enjoying some yummy pancakes with maple syrup! The children had many wonders about Canada including “What animals live in Canada?”, “What do the people look like?” “What music do they listen to?” and “Do they have Tesco in Canada?” - excellent questions!
For the rest of the week, the children continued learning about the ocean and the many plants and animals that inhabit it. They have been busy writing about the ocean and solving addition and subtraction problems all about ocean animals. The children have been working especially hard to practice their handwriting skills getting ready for Year 1. They are very excited to show Mrs. Johnstone their Harriet, Georgia and Rupert letters! This week we also baked some delicious under the sea biscuits, learned more sea creatures in Spanish, sang songs with Mr. Fitt and they had a final sports day practice with Miss Charman. It is so hard to believe that this is the second last week of Reception! We speak regularly about the bittersweet feeling of finishing Reception but being SO excited for Year 1!
Our much anticipated car race finally happened this week! The weather had improved so we did not have to worry about our vehicles being ruined by inclement weather. We discussed where we would hold the race; owing to their recent science investigation into friction, the children opted for the smoothest incline in school that we could think of – the road where the older children skateboard! We marched our treasured cars over to the spot and lined them up. Even I was pleasantly surprised by how well and how far they travelled! A few minor repairs later and the vehicles have been happily retired for the season!
In further learning about transport, we discovered how the Montgolfier brothers invented hot air balloon travel in the eighteenth century. We are in the messy, but very enjoyable, throes of using papier-mâché techniques to make our own hot air balloons. We have designed the envelope and will be painting it as soon as the plaster has dried out enough. We also went on to learn about the Wright brothers and their invention of the first ever aeroplane with an engine. The children zoomed around the class for a count of 12 seconds to see just how short that first flight really was!
We can’t let the moment pass without mentioning that it is Clemmie’s birthday today. Now that she has turned six, we have a complete set of six year olds in year one! The class talks excitedly about this every single day – they all love the fact that they are finally the same age! Happy birthday, Clemmie!
The Year 2 classrooms have been bustling with excitement all week in preparation for our Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea! This much anticipated day has finally arrived! We’ve been super organised… We sent out our invitations at the beginning of the week, we gave careful consideration to the menu, we’ve created the most glorious decorations and we even had training in table service from Mr Johnstone! The tea party is the perfect ending to all of our hard work, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s storytelling and Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole. A huge well done to Year 2 for an outstanding effort!
We’ve been applying our number skills to play some maths based board games in our maths sessions this week. Maths is SUCH a broad subject and we’ve enjoyed recalling our strategies to solve number problems in order to race our friends on the game boards.
After the success of transition morning last week, the children have really been challenging themselves to demonstrate their increased maturity. We are moving around the school in a calm and purposeful manner, we are pushing ourselves to be independent when following our daily routines and, most excitingly, we’re now using trays in the dining hall to carry our lunch to the table - a real sign of being ready for the big move!! Next week will be filled with reflection and joy as we think about all that we have achieved together in the pre-prep.
Miss Rickaby and Mrs Sutherland
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