September 30, 2022

Weekly News Friday 30th September

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

I am writing this fresh from acted-out renditions of Pandora’s Box; Year 6 and I were considering the meaning of Hope. They have had a fun morning because they had previously been assuming the roles of structural engineers in the Spaghetti challenge with Mr. Casey.

Thank you to Ms Nisan and Ms Brimblecombe for the dance assemblies on the European Day of Languages and for the excellent use of the cognitive science of retrieval practice in remembering the moves and words for the new World Cup song.

Senior Leadership passed a busy Saturday at the Southwell Ploughing Match (my thanks for their time) and we had many compliments about our junior entries in the handwriting competition and the Eco-poster competition. Eco-reps also met in school last week and we plan to really do something about water bottles as well as working hard to really improve our carbon footprint. Our next meeting is next Monday.

Prefect teams are up and running and excitedly looking at what the well-being and academic mentoring prefects (and all the other roles) can offer; the Netball team is picking up pace and the general feel in school is purposeful.

Thank you to all Year 7 parents and students who brought in cakes for the Macmillan Bake Sale this morning. Unfortunately, the event was not well attended and there is a lot of cake left so a full cake sale for students is planned for Monday – please bring monies in on Monday for the worthwhile cause. We will look at the timings of this event for next year to see if we can make it easier.

I hope that all parents who attended the NSPCC event found this useful. If you were unable to attend, you can access the resources here. Please do have a look at their slides here. 

I know Y7 are looking forward to their residential next week and we think this is a great bonding opportunity; I know they will enjoy this very much.

As I finish writing this, the rain is tipping down and there is chaos in town which just adds to the joys of the Goose Fair (where apparently many years ago the mayor was knocked down with 100lb cheese!)

I do hope you have a good weekend,

Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon, 

The Southwell Ploughing Match was a great success on Saturday and we had a really enjoyable day there.  Well done to all our children who entered the various competitions.  We did have some winning entries and these will be announced soon!

Thank you to Mrs Maher and all Junior staff for the Harvest assembly this week.  Also, a big thank you for all your generous donations to Emmanuel House- I know these will be very much appreciated.  We are still collecting so please continue to send in items if you wish to donate.

Last night, the NSPCC came into School to talk about internet safety.  Many thanks to them and to Mr Goodhead for organising this.  It was hugely informative and I hope you found it useful.

I look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meetings for parents of children in Years 1 to 6 will all be held in the Year 5/6 building (9 Villa Road) whilst meetings for Nursery and Reception parents will be in their classrooms.  There will be a member of staff at the back gate of Junior School to let you in.

The Junior Poetry assembly is also on Wednesday, commencing at 9am in the Senior School Hall.  All classes will be performing and I am sure this will be a very enjoyable morning – please join us if you can.

And finally, thank you for your co-operation with parking whilst Goose Fair is on.

This week’s Stars of the Week can be viewed here.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Juniors


Key Dates for the Week Ahead

Tuesday 4th October Junior Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 5th October Junior Poetry assembly | 9am | Senior School Hall
Year 7 Kingswood Residential Departs
Junior Parents’ Evening
Friday 7th October Year 7 Kingswood Residential Returns