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Dear Parents,
 
I would like to begin by thanking you all for your continued hard work in supporting your children to access their online learning this week. Having exchanged emails and spoken over the phone with a number of families this week, I know how difficult this can be; particularly for those of you who are working and looking after young children. Since online learning is still very new, we are conducting a number of short pulse surveys.  Your children have already been surveyed, and we will be sending out a survey to parents this week.  This feedback is invaluable to my team and I in improving the quality of our provision.
 
As we are not preparing meals at school at the moment, I’m delighted that we have been able to put our kitchen to good use and support the Mayor's Fund to prepare meals for families in the local community who are struggling at the moment.  A big thank you to Rita, and all her team for going above and beyond here. You will find a photo of their incredible efforts further down this newsletter.

Please note that next Friday (8th May) is a bank holiday and school will be closed.  Children will be learning about VE Day in their form periods. 
 
Accompanying this newsletter, here you will find an additional letter from me about the school fees for the forthcoming academic year.  As ever, if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


With warm best wishes

James Stenning
@NBHPrepHead

NBH Netiquette 

Please click on the image below to view a copy of our online etiquette guidelines.
Key Information
ALL YEARS

Trips update
It is with regret that we inform parents and students that our programme of residential trips in the summer term has been cancelled. Please accept our apologies for what is clearly going to be disappointing news for your children. Learning outside the classroom is of great importance here at NBH Prep and we look forward to planning a robust scheme of trips in more certain times.

All families will receive a full refund on any money paid so far and the finance team will be in touch within the next week with a copy of the credit note applied to your parent account and a refund form for you to complete where appropriate. We would like to thank you for your patience during this time.


Virtual Choir
We are very excited to be launching our very own Virtual Choir project next week on Tuesday 5 May. This project is open to all staff, pupils, parents and grandparents. Our aim is to collate recordings all of our voices singing the Marvin Gaye classic 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' to create a recorded choir track.
 
Each week a new part of the song will be released with video instructions, a sing-along tutorial, options for harmonies and how to correctly record your voice. There will be a few voluntary solo opportunities for pupils, staff and parents but most voice recordings will be blended together to make one beautiful choral sound. For pupils, all materials can be accessed via the NBH Virtual Choir Team using code yso6163
 
To register interest, parents can simply email Miss Greenham (helen.greenham@northbridgehouse.com) before the 5 May and materials will be sent directly each week.

We hope as many of you will join us as possible to make something really incredible. No singing experience necessary! 


Please note, all recordings will be sent directly to Miss Greenham and only she will hear them before mixing them in. If any recordings are selected to be used as a solo, Miss Greenham will ask for permission to use it beforehand.  

School Council
The school council will be meeting at 8am on Monday morning. All members have been added to the School Council Team, but if anyone has been omitted, please contact me. I look forward to seeing you all.
Mr Le Tissier


Cognita Webinars 
Thank you to all those who attended the first Cognita parent webinar on Moving into a world of online learning. Please do share any feedback that you have on these first two sessions and let us know if you have any ideas for future topics. For anyone who missed the webinar, you can find a recording on the Cognita website here

We would like to invite you to attend our second webinar on “How to make screen time and technology work for your family”, which will provide tips and advice on how to make the most out of the technology available and how to balance screen time. Beth Kerr, Cognita’s Group Wellbeing Director, will be joined by Simon Clinch, Computing Lead at St Margaret’s Prep School near Halstead in Essex, and Tim Evans, Educational Technology Coordinator at Stamford American School Hong Kong. This webinar will be held on Thursday 7 May at and Tuesday 12 May.

We suggest that you test out the relevant event link below 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar for a smooth experience. NB: The webinar will not be live until the specified start time. If you are using the same computer that your child uses for their online learning, you may want to make sure that your child has signed out of their Teams account before you click on the relevant link below.  

Click here for Thursday 7 May at 10:00

Click here for Tuesday 12 May at 17:00

You can join this meeting using a computer or a mobile device and you will find instructions attached for both options. However, from experience, we know that parents usually find it easier to watch these events via a desktop or laptop. 

Online Saftey
Please note the following Online Safety website:

  • The Children's Commissioner for England, in association with the privacy law firm Schillings, has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help keep children safe and well online during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Read the news story / Download the kit / Download the guide.
A useful resource to support children with their worries and anxiety at this time:
  • Emerging minds
    In collaboration with the University of Reading and the University of Oxford, EM has published evidence-based advice for parents and carers supporting children and young people with worries about Coronavirus. A resource list from trusted sources is also available, which includes links grouped by age category and resources for children and young people with specific needs. Emerging Minds has shared a podcast from a recent webinar on supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety.
  • Read the news story / Read the advice / Read the resources list / Listen to the podcast.
Summer Term Assembly and Quiz
Please click on the image above to watch Mr Le Tissier's Summer term assembly and make sure you fill out and submit your answers to his quiz in the form here.
We are very proud of our incredible kitchen staff who have been working hard this week to prepare meals for the Mayor's Fund Kitchen Social - an initiative that aims to reduce the food insecurity of children from low-income backgrounds during times of school closures and school holidays. 
Home Learning Stars
YEAR 3 

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week

3Colledge: Jill E
3May: Jack C
3Truesdale: Ivan M
3Gomez: Agnia M
3Purcell: Leo S
Daniel C in 3 Truesdale has been spreading seeds on his walk after reading about them.

This half term in their Science lessons, Year 3 are learning all about plants. Faris K in 3 Colledge has been planting basil and Ilan D in 3 Colledge is growing a lettuce plant.

Above is Michael G from 3 Truesdale pictured with a float he made from recycled odds and ends. His father has a small company, Poubelle Design, selling recycling bins and they are due to launch a YouTube channel very soon. Michael has also been helping to write some stories on the theme of recycling.

YEAR 4
4T have been using their show and tell time this week to share with the class something they are proud of. The theme was ‘their favourite thing made of paper or cardboard’. A range of items were presented, including a paper cardboard cat, origami, books, an origami show, a cash machine and even some of the pupils' own creations! It’s been wonderful to hear how resourceful the children have been with their time at home.
YEAR 5

We celebrated Shakespeare’s 456th birthday last Friday, and some of the Year 5s in Ms Baria’s class wrote Sonnets, but not necessarily in the typical style of love, politics and mortality... They decided to have some fun and select a theme or topic of our own. Here are some of the results (click to enlarge):
These are two great holiday homeworks from Rocco (left) and Adan (above) on why we burn fossil fuels. Much of the world's energy comes from fossil fuels but at a great environmental cost. Last week however, we went over 18 days and 11 hours without using coal for the first time since 1882, when records began.
YEAR 6

Remote Learning Rock Stars:

 
6Encinar: Stella MR – for being an enthusiastic participant in ‘Wake up/Shake up’ this week.
6Todd: Joseph S – for producing some great work in maths and Latin.
6King: Sophie P – for writing and presenting a fantastic persuasive speech about why homework should be banned!
6Holt: Theo B – for producing a very high standard of work in science.
6Ralph: Mira S – for presenting a well-researched and passionate speech about gender equality in English this week.

 
Hadi designed a great poster based on work he is doing in his Faith and Philosophy lesson.


Theo wrote this fantastic science report this week. 
Amelie (6King)
Sophie G (6Ralph)
Samantha L.G
Amaya (6Tood)


Talia (6Ralph)
Katie C (6Encinar)
Ezra I (6Holt)
Mira (6Ralph)
The Year 6 boys have been doing some great analysis work in their Lost Words poetry in English, culminating in the poem on the right 'Buttercup'
Above is Giorgio L’s fantastic acrostic poem on Trees and to the left, Oliver F has created his acrostic poem around Bees.

 
Ms Rodgers wanted to share these two excellent homework submissions on experiments conducted at home by Ida G (left) and Sophie G (right).
YEAR 7
Above is Gulio's drawing of Kakashi Hatake from an anime series called Naruto. If you look carefully, Gulio has even drawn in the powerful "Sharingan" on his left eye. 
Rishad created these impressive models this week.
YEAR 8 

Honvig treated his street to a beautiful outdoor viola recital of Glazunov's Elegie, accompanied by (yet socially distanced from!) his talented neighbour who is a concert pianist.

When it was still bright and sunny Honvig also painted this tree outside his window. We love the bright colours he has used - this piece really made Miss McGirr smile. What views could you paint?

Click here to check out and play a video game Sasha created while doing his science homework. The idea is to move around the playground and ride down the zip wire.
As part of #ShareYourShakespeare, and in conjunction, with the Royal Shakespeare Company the drama department enlisted the help of some talented teachers and even more talented students in the creation of this video which is a speech from ‘As you like it’. The students involved are Rufus , Talia, Amaya, Giorgio, Lea, Kiko and Jacob and they are all in year 6. Look out for more videos from our Summer of Shakespeare.
Student Initiatives
Eco Warriors 
I am delighted to announce that despite lockdown and learning from home, the Eco Warriors are keeping the environment front of mind and looking for ways we can continue to protect and sustain our beautiful world. This week NBH signed up to become a member of a local action group called Camden Climate Change Alliance and we are exploring ways the Eco-Warriors might be able to interact online together with representatives from the Alliance to discuss what we can do to keep everyone aware of the environment during this difficult and unusual period of history. We will tell you more next week.
 
In the meantime, here is a link to a website that gets us thinking about the fact that we are all still connected globally and what we do here in London impacts the entire world. Watch the video here and then open this file and see what activities you can do while you are at home. Please share any outputs or adventures you have with me at netty.purchase@northbridgehouse.com. I will be delighted to hear from you.
 
Dr Netty Purchase  
Artists of the Week
Spencer, 3May
Kyle, 5Knibbs
Adam, Year 7
Don't forget to follow the Prep Art Instagram account to keep up-to-date with the art department’s top tips for young artists working from home, as well as to view the beautiful work that is produced on a daily basis by pupils.
Sport
Home PE lessons
It’s been fantastic to hear about all the great stuff going on at home. We have been impressed with the effort our young sportsmen and women have been putting into their PE lessons. Above we have Felix S in Year 4 ready to work on his batting and below Seraphina in Year 3 delivering up an excellent bowl!
Wake up Shake up!
We all know how important it is to maintain a level of fitness and to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. We continue to be impressed by those boys and girls taking part in our morning wake up shake up sessions. Please remember to keep sharing with us videos and/or photos of our pupils getting involved. Here is a link to something we posted on Twitter earlier in the week showing our key worker children getting stuck in at school - well done!
The PE department’s weekly challenge
This week’s challenge is to try and beat Mr Cooper’s cricket bat challenge! If you don’t have a cricket bat at home, try and find something else to use instead. Ben Stokes, the England International, used a roll of paper towels to complete the challenge!

Sports Personality of the Week Winners
Well done to all of this week’s winners; your efforts in PE and during your home workouts have been so impressive - keep up the good work!

Year 3: Seraphina G – for fantastic effort in her PE lesson and looking smart in her cricket whites.

Year 4: Felix S – for going above and beyond and putting in some extra cricket practice.

Year 5: Dalil O - for being super energetic and always giving it his all during the morning wake up shake up.

Year 6: Joseph T – for superb effort in his PE lesson and wake up shake up each morning, as well as getting 100% on his cricket bowling quiz.

Year 7: Joseph UW – for being a star during wake up shake up with massive efforts each morning.

Year 8: Edoardo G – for getting 100% in his sprint start quiz and having the quickest time.
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