Pupil for a Lesson - Saturday, 21 January, 2017 at 11:00am
The first Informal Concert of the term will be taking place in the Music School at 4:30pm on Thursday, 26 January, 2017. Ma Savage will contact parents directly in the week of the concert to inform them if their child is playing. We welcome parents and friends to attend these concerts, which provide a performance opportunity in a supportive and informal atmosphere.
Netball Fixture Date Change
The OHS fixture on Thursday, 2 February, 2017 has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, 7 February, 2017. AWAY at OHS 4:15pm start, 13A and 13B.
Additional Netball Fixture
The U10As have been entered into a tournament at Queen Anne’s School, Reading on Saturday, 4 February 2017 and will be departing approximately 8:30am. Please do get in touch with Ma Baugh if you have any questions.
There will be an additional netball fixture for the U11Bard/Chad team AWAY v Cranford House on Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, starting at 2:30pm.
Saturday Morning Swimming
Saturday Morning Swimming is back on, and all members of the IAPS squad are welcome. Sessions will begin at 7:00am every Saturday morning.
Stevensons Temporary Closure
Please be advised that Stevensons, school uniform providers, will be temporarily shut over January, 2017 in order to carry out a refurbishment. Please click here to find out more.
Summer Courses with Dr Norton
DRAGON PRE-PREP NEWS
Year 2 Trip to Pitt Rivers
Year Two have begun their ‘Adventurers and Explorers’ topic with a trip to the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum. Despite there being more than half a million objects to wonder at, an ‘I-Spy’ activity focused our attention on specific artefacts that would help us to explore our topic. We decided on items that we would pack into our rucksacks, thinking carefully about the material it was made from and its properties, to link to our learning in Science. Why not ask us what Captain Cook brought back from his voyage to the South Pacific?
Gingerbread Man Science
Have you ever wondered what would have happened to the gingerbread man if he did fall in the river? In Year 1 this week, the children have been trying to answer this question by investigating how a gingerbread man changes when it is left in different liquids. Lots of great scientific questions were asked and the children were keen to observe the differences over a period of time. They then divided into groups and created a sweetie house (similar to the one in Hansel and Gretel) for the gingerbread man. It took a lot of planning, cooperation and communication, not to mention icing sugar, but the activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all (especially the eating of it!)
Year 1 launched their new topic ‘Tell me a story…’ by taking part in a helicopter drama. The session involved inviting the children to dictate a story, which was scribed by the teacher verbatim and immediately acted out by their peers on a makeshift stage in the classroom. The stories were very imaginative and included some interesting thoughts and ideas. We all enjoyed watching the children’s amazing acting skills too.
Festivities Over Christmas Term
Last term, Year 3 had a fantastic morning of Christmas Activities. They made 3D cards, wrapping paper, and chocolate and marshmallow twizzlers. Once all the activities were complete, and after some very efficient tidying up, the year group had a ball playing musical statues, pin the carrot on the snowman and competing vigorously in a Christmas quiz.
DRAGON PREP NEWS
Leonard Cheshire Disability Celebrates 100 years
Last week, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Cheshire, OD. On Friday, we welcomed to Spectrum Neil Heslop OBE, Selina Mills and Emma Pearce. Neil, CEO of Leonard Cheshire Disability, accompanied by his guide dog Storm, spoke to the boarders about the experiences and events that helped shape Leonard Cheshire’s life and how he embodied the values of courage, kindness and respect throughout his military and philanthropic careers. Building what has become the largest disability charity in the world requires an unusual empathy for the dreams and passions of disabled people, whose daily lives have been transformed by his charity. Children from Year 6 presented a cheque for £3,240, raised through last term’s sponsored 'swim the channel' relay event. The audience were treated to a memorable evening. To read more please click here.
Fun Week Back
The boys in School House have had a full, fantastic and exciting first week back after the Christmas break. Quickly, the boys got back into the swing of term and were eager to introduce to the new matrons just how muddy teenage boys can get in an hour, the rules of pool and the excitement of movie night in house. Friday night saw the first baking session of the year. The boys prepared a delectable millionaire shortbread, filled with chocolate and home-made caramel, which disappeared quickly over Big Tea the following evening. Sunday was a jam packed day for the boys: after singing their hearts out at morning hymn practice, they participated in a multitude of inflatable activities, including laser tag, bean bag bungee and jumping over revolving inflatable poles. The revolving inflatables saw many ‘School House’ victories and a few falls that were all in good spirits. School House put on their dancing shoes for the 7th annual “School House’s got talent”. The judges, scrutinised a variety of performances ranging from human pyramids that rivalled those in Egypt, “happy birthday” from around the world and animated sketches of waking up and dining out.
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