Props to Props Club!

Each Tuesday after school a small band of 10 committed makers have been working to supply the ample needs of the exceptionally demanding cast and crew of “Rock Bottom”, our year 5 and 6 play this year. “Rock Bottom” is a Stone Age comedy, in which there are plenty of chances for us to stretch our creative wings when it comes imagining fun props for the play. So far we have made a giant egg timer, a cauldron, plenty of rocks and bones, dynamite – and this week we deployed some willow bending skills to make a giant egg! I begin to think there is nothing Props Club can’t do, and sincerely wish we could have had two nights a week.
Well done Props Club, you have been fantastic to work with, and Rock Bottom will look ace on stage, thanks to you!

Notre Voyage en Normandie du 3 au 7 Juin 2019.

An Anniversary to Remember!

Rested from their half-term, the Year 6 pupils embarked for a week in Le Clos de l’Ancien Pressoir, a château in Commes, Normandy. They practised their French, ate lovely (and, to them, sometimes strange) food, learnt a lot about history and did some sightseeing.

During the week, the pupils had French lessons to practise vocabulary that they then had to use and apply in real situations. For example, places and directions for a town quiz, fruits and quantity to buy fruits in a market to make fruit salad, role plays to help ordering in restaurants for their lunches in a crêperie and likes and dislike for a cheese tasting!

They visited lots of interesting places, learnt a lot and got a sense of French life. In Bayeux, there was a tour of a French food market, a visit to the cathedral and the old town, lunch in a crêperie and the visit to the Bayeux Tapestry, assisted by an audio guide. The pupils were very interested to see face-to-face what they had studied at school.

Our guide made us relive history during our visits to  Arromanches and Longues. The pupils learnt all about the floating harbour and the reality of the landings and were fascinated and moved when watching some original film footage of D-Day in a 360 degree cinema.

This year, one of the highlights of the trip was being in Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day as the children were fascinated to talk with veterans about their memories of that extraordinary day.

The pupils and staff did not want to leave. Parents, I hope you have received your “carte postale”!

« It was the best week of my life! I enjoyed everything, especially meeting the WW2 Veterans. » Amélie M.

« I loved everything. C’était super ! » Bronwen.

« The Bayeux Tapestry was fascinating and I loved the escargots ! » Yode.

Field trip to our great coastline!

On Friday 10 May, Year 6 took their learning outside the classroom and enjoyed the sunshine exploring the coastal features at Lulworth Cove.

The pupils enjoyed the scenery and learnt a lot about the different rock types, the coastal erosion and had a very informative walk to Durdle Door.

” Our trip was great and I had so much fun! Our tour guide David was amazing at explaining things so that everyone understood.” Amélie

I really enjoyed finding out about all the different types of rocks and layers in the rocks.” Phoebe

I brought back a beautiful piece of chalk!” Yode

Mr Titley commented: “Year 6 benefitted from what
our great coastline has to offer. Whether it’s pirates, geological
features or sea shells, the Jurassic coast provides plenty of stimulation
for the young, enquiring mind. The children have enjoyed their field
trips: strengthening their understanding of this term’s topics and being
out and about with their friends.”

A Great Sports Tour!

Year 6 had an amazing time in Weymouth during their Sport Tour. They played good matches, had fun on Weymouth beach, went bowling and swimming at Splashdown!

Miss Gough commented: “Year 6 had a fantastic time on their Sports Tour last weekend! They played brilliantly in their netball and hockey matches against Sunninghill School. They enjoyed lots of fun activities: games on the beach, ten-pin bowling, eating yummy fish and chips and even had time for a blast down the flumes at Spashdown!”.

 

Vive Mardi Gras!

On Tuesday 5 March (Shrove Tuesday, “Mardi Gras”), Reception to Year 6 pupils had a very busy French Morning!

After an assembly led by Sixth Form pupils on the importance of learning a foreign language, the pupils were divided into groups and took part in 5 different activities led by our Year 8 pupils and some French pupils visiting from Cognac.

They had a French quiz on the weather, practised numbers, months of the year and birthdays, made pet masks for our Carnival and learnt all about the French traditions of “Mardi Gras”.

Our Samba Band accompanied the children to the dining hall where they danced with their masks for our Carnival procession. They then had a French lunch (see menu below) and some crêpes of course!

I loved playing with the Samba Band for our Carnival procession!” Benjamin.

“J’adore les croissants!” Hugo

“I enjoyed learning about the traditions of French Mardi Gras!” Lucy

“J’ai adoré le matin français!” Elizabeth

“Merci classe 8. J’ai adoré toutes les activités!” Rebecca

Mardi Gras was wonderful, I loved making the masks and learning about the French traditions.” Skyla et Tina

We loved the food and singing the Robot Song!” Katherine et Alanna

It was a pleasure playing in the Samba Band!“, Max

I hope I am in France next year for Mardi Gras!“. Olly

Merci aux élèves français de Cognac!“. Yode

 

Our Valentine Dance!

 

On Thursday 14 February, 18 pupils from the Prep School (from Years 3 to 6) took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival, which took place at The Forum Theatre in Bath. The theme this year, given the date, was of course… love!

The group had developed a dance routine they had choreographed to (“What makes you beautiful”, from One Direction), with the help of Caroline, the Dance Lady, during their Street Dance after-school club.

We arrived at the theatre for an afternoon rehearsal slot and the children loved being on stage straight away. They were immaculately behaved backstage and enjoyed preparing for the show, putting on hair gel and make-up and inflating their guitars! They all supported each other and revelled in the buzz of the event, as they performed in front of several hundreds of people with energy, enthusiasm and big smiles on their faces.

We were extremely proud of them and enjoyed the show.

 

An Author’s Visit!

We were lucky enough to have the Visit of the author Maz Evans at our Prep School.

After a wonderful assembly where she talked about her life as an author and how one “yes” can be life changing after years of “no”. Keep trying until you get that “yes”!

Pre-Prep used their imagination to work out what was behind the curtain!

Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant workshop and produced some excellent diary entries. They also asked Maz some great questions.

Maz Evans was inspiring. “We love your books!”

“I really enjoyed writing a diary and asking Maz questions!”, Amélie.

“We thought her assembly was really fun and interesting!”. Year 3

“Maz Evans was a real inspiration and really funny as well!”. Grace M

Our French Poem Competition!

Janey, Amélie M, Olly, Alanna and Skyla were selected by the Year 6 pupils to compete in the Year 6 and 7 French Poem Competition at the Senior School on Wednesday 30th of January.

They performed their poems with a beautiful pronunciation and an amazing delivery. The audience was wonderful and very supportive.

Congratulations to all, especially to Janey and Amélie M who won the competition.

“All the participants were amazing and  sounded like they were French!”. Elizabeth

“I am so proud to my fellow participants and well done to Amélie  and Janey!” Skyla

“C’était super. Bravo!” Rebecca

J’ai beaucoup aimé voir mes amis participer!”. Yode

“Well done to everyone who took part!”. Alanna

Our visit to the Senior Science Lab!

Year 6 had an amazing time in the Senior School lab this week learning all about the heart, witnessing  a dissection.  All were fascinated (and only a couple felt a bit queasy!).

“It was very exciting because we got to see inside a heart.” Katherine and Tina

“Some people struggled  to watch without feeling uncomfortable!”. Rebecca and Yode 

“It was very interesting to see the different parts of the heart.” Elizabeth