Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you safe and well.
Attached to this newsletter you will see some communication from me with regards to some small changes we are making to the Class Reps system from September 2020.  Please do take the time to read this, and I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a Class Rep to get in touch with me.

We have had Year 6 pupils back in school for almost two weeks now, and I am really pleased with how smooth the transition back to school has gone. I would like to extend a particular thanks to the members of staff who have been in to teach the children; Penelope Lee, Dana Vivian, Sinead Holt, Hamish Cooper, Stephen Knibbs and Netty Purchase.  They have been supported by Simon Columb, Simon White, Richard Branch, Charlotte Watson and Lisa Todd.  I cannot thank them enough for all they have done.  There have been a few complaints about the quality of the food, which we have been working hard to rectify.

Earlier this week the Government indicated that schools could re-open for other year groups if it could be done safely.  To that end, we are looking to re-open on a part-time basis for Year 4 and Year 5.  Year 4 are at a particularly important transition point as they move from a class-teacher based model at the moment to a subject-specialist model in September, and there is some important work we want to do with them to ease that progression.  Year 5 are at a crucial juncture in terms of preparation for 11+ and 13+ examinations which will take place next academic year. A number of parents have been in touch with me asking what the plans will be for these year groups; please can I ask that you bear with us for the time being.  We are working hard on plans and will be in a position to share these next week.

Wishing you all the best for an enjoyable and restful weekend.

James Stenning

Key Information
Parent Class Representatives 2020 – 2021
Please click here to view the letter from Mr Stenning on the structure of the Class Reps system next year and email Mr Stenning directly should you wish to be involved. 

Year 5 Summer School
Pupil Achievement 

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:

3Colledge: Ilan D
3May: Leah M
3Truesdale: Eliza M
3Gomez: Misha M
3Purcell: Rohan D

Year 3 have been learning how to write newspaper reports. Last week, they reported on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Here are some excellent examples from our future journalists.
Well done to Kiki C in 3May for her excellent writing in English on country causes.

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:
Sebastian I / Noah D
4Barrett-Brown: Alessandro D / Gabriel M
4Malone: Tara T / Oscar D
4Truasheim: Gaia B / Cassidy C
4Power: Elfie H / Mark N-C
4Foster: Chloe T / Michael W

Tom in 4Power has been using his time productively, building a model Mosasaurs, an extinct reptile. Tom had help from his mum and plans from Jurassic Park to help him design and create it. A wonderful example of creativity, Art and History together!
Tom in 4Power has been using his time productively, building a model Mosasaurs, an extinct reptile. Tom had help from his mum and plans from Jurassic Park to help him design and create it. A wonderful example of creativity - art and history together!
Year 5 have been producing some excellent studies on habitats for their unit of work with London Zoo. Well done to Cameron B, Adan, Victoria C, Cameron M and Joseph OH.
Year 5 have been producing some excellent studies on habitats for their unit of work with The London Zoo. Well done to Cameron B, Adan, Victoria C, Cameron M and Joseph OH.
Faith and Philosophy
Year 5 have begun a new topic focusing on Religion and Social Justice. Here are some examples of the posters they have been creating to explore the definitions of ‘prejudice’, ‘discrimination’, and ‘human rights’. Well done Aksel K and Sam K in 5Sassery, Dash B in 5Knibbs, Iris B in 5Lianou and Ula C in 5Delaney. 
Above: Aksel K (left), Sam K (right)
Below: Ula C (top left), Dash B (right), Iris B (bottom left)
Pupils in 6Lee are continuing to produce some fantastic work for their English poetry unit. Before returning to school Oliver F wrote this beautiful acrostic poem, while Rufus P (bottom left) and Theo S (bottom right) have continued their creativity since being back in school.
The year 6 children in Miss Holt's bubble have written a series of lockdown poems and have created this display to brighten up their room and to show support for those not yet back to school.
YEARS 7 & 8

Congratulations to our Leaders of the Week:

The below boys have continued to show a wonderful attitude during online learning. The upper school teachers have been hugely impressed with each of the boys, who are showing what leadership is all about and delivering excellent work. Well done, keep it up.
Mr Lockwood 

Merlin: Lucas D-S and Eliott W
Niniane: Theo W
Guinevere: Ben E
Lancelot: Aidan D
Year 4 have been enjoying exploring how to read different forms of musical notation. They have created instruments from buckets, spoons, rice, cardboard and even bottles over the last few weeks! Their latest challenge has been to try out their rhythms and clap along with Tchaikovsky's ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’.  Thanks to Year 4 for lots of lovely videos of all your work! 

Year 5 have been learning new notes and rhythms on their recorders in their live and pre-recorded lessons. They've been using different speed backing tracks to accompany new songs and we've seen some really amazing practice and work during our live sessions. 

Year 6 have been able to continue learning their trumpets, trombones, flutes and clarinets in their live online lessons at home, which has been great!  We have really enjoyed being able to see their individual progress each week.  As they return to school, we are continuing these lessons live online at home on Wednesday afternoons, with pupils leaving school at mid-day to attend.

Years 7 and 8 have been creating (rather fiendish) quiz questions on the Elements of Music for their peers to tackle over the last few weeks. The boys have shown impressive research skills, with Ms Greenham and Ms Feiler enjoying learning more of the boys' musical tastes through their questions!

Virtual Choir has been meeting each Tuesday at 4pm for our live 30-minute sessions. We have had a hugely positive response from the children and lots of brilliant recordings sent in each week. Our live sessions are a real highlight and lots of pupils from all year groups have been attending. We've heard solos, danced a little bit and sang lots of fun things together. It's been really wonderful to see so many pupils involved! Thanks to all parents that have and continue to send in their recordings too - they're fantastic.

Virtual Orchestra has been meeting each Thursday 4-5pm to practise pieces which will culminate in a recorded performance for the end of term.  It has been so lovely being able to continue our music-making together albeit in a different manner; thank you to everyone for being so resourceful in continuing to contribute to our vibrant musical community. 
Yadin in Year 5 has been really missing the school band and so has set up the next best thing: a duo called The Elvis Twins. The duo perform song covers and here they are with Demons by Imagine Dragons.
Over the last few weeks, Year 3 have been learning about instruments in the orchestra and the different families they belong to. They have also been creating some of their own instruments using items from around the house. Here are some string and percussion instruments they have been using to practise their pitch and rhythm. Keep up the great work, Year 3!
Artists of the Week
Leah in Year 3 (Patterns)
Dash in Year 5 (Fruit)
Ali in Year 7 (Fox)
It’s been another busy week in the PE Department. Our online learning continues at pace every morning, with workout sessions from the team designed to get the heart pumping and us all ready for the day. Our pupils are going to be returning fighting fit! We’ve also seen some fantastic athletics preparation focusing on our technique and not letting the lack of equipment or facilities hold us back. We’ve seen some incredible photos and videos of our pupils attempting their standing board jumps and some improvised javelin too.

The welcome return of our Year 6 pupils has been amazing. They’re active every day and sampling a huge number of activities each week. So far we’ve covered some table tennis, athletics, fitness circuits and cricket. We look forward to hopefully seeing some more pupils very soon!

Sports Personalities of the Week:

Year 3
- Milo M posted a great video of his long jump. His technique was excellent and his landing very balanced.

Year 4 - Jai S was fantastic in his athletics lesson, throwing himself into all of the challenges and encouraging others.

Year 5 - Lena A is always the first person out of their seat and puts 100% effort into their wake up/shake up.

Year 6 - Dan C showed great technique and effort in his fitness circuit lesson. He proved to be a superb role model for his classmates.

Year 7 - Ali A for scoring 50/50 on the tennis quiz in his PE lesson.
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