This week has been about two things: Hairspray and heat! The Year 6 and 8 learners have enjoyed their drama week under the expert guidance of our drama teacher, Miss Prestifilippo and our Music Director, Miss Tulloch. Despite the heat, they have shown a single- minded determination to ensure the children were at peak performance level, on Thursday evening and for tonight’s performance. The props have really added to the occasion and an equally big thank you must go to our art teacher Mrs Skinner. The backdrops and scenery really are amazing. We are equally grateful to Mr Catmur. Not only is he a parent, he is also a production lighting expert who works in the West End. The professional lighting has helped to elevate the quality of this production to another level.
This week the children in Reception have been recapping our learning on doubling and halving, looking at spots on a ladybirds’ backs and on butterflies’ wings! They have made beautiful butterfly creations using tissue paper, which will flutter home to you this weekend. They have made life cycles of a butterfly independently using pasta shapes in the correct sequence – they clearly used their knowledge from their homework well! Thank you so much for all the effort that was made at home. At the writing table, they have created a visual re-telling of the Very Hungry Caterpillar into a beautiful accordion style book. We have enjoyed hosting some nursery children this week while they make way for the new children visiting for their induction morning. It was a real pleasure and they all enjoyed playing with each other!
It has been a busy week for our Senior pupils as they continue to prepare for their production of Hairspray. This is the first time that the Senior School has attempted a musical. They have been rehearsing under the expert guidance of our drama teacher, Miss Prestifilippo and Director of Music, Miss Tulloch. The productions take place on Thursday and Friday next week. Please make a note of these dates in your diaries!
After weeks of training, our moment finally arrived! The children in Nursery tried their best and had great fun.
The children have returned from their half term break with renewed vigour! They have set about immersing themselves in curricular and extra-curricular activities with enthusiasm. They may be excited at the prospect of some better weather. They may even think that if they work really hard, the time will fly and they will soon be on their summer break.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, there are a number of events and functions to enjoy. This began on Thursday with the naming ceremony of our dining hall. The plaque, you will notice, is inscribed with the words "In honour of Gordon James". For those of you who do not remember him, he was the headmaster of the School from 1993 to 2013.
This week, the Reception children were buzzing to come back and tell us about all the adventures they’ve had during the half term. Our new topic is ‘Moving On Up’ where we are looking at life cycles and transitions amongst animals and ourselves. We have read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and have made butterfly kites to test in the windy weather that we’ve had this week (someone tell Mother Nature it’s June!) The children loved running around the playground watching their butterflies flap in the wind.