eNews: Friday 13th October 2017

From the Head

As we look forward to a two week break following this busy half term, perhaps it is right to focus on the well-being that springs from rest. We were lucky on Monday to welcome Natasha Devon MBE and to listen to her wise and informed presentation about the three core elements that lead to well-being; Critical thinking, stress coping mechanisms and emotional  literacy. In response to this, all the staff have thought about the opportunities we already have for teaching in these three areas and as part of our well-being award we will put together a document so that parents can be clear about the contribution the school makes to the well-being agenda. As an immediate reaction, it is clear that our focus on higher-order thinking, questioning, giving choices to children and listening to their views already makes a strong start. With a wide, balanced and varied curriculum focusing on high-quality experiences and opportunities in sport, music, art and drama, we also enable stress management to take place although I feel as a school we can develop this further and we will.

 

Giving children as much information about the link between chemistry, brain function and emotion is high on our agenda through PSHE and assembly work. But there is inevitably a tension between providing a calm, ordered, regular routine and the events that we plan at school that become the memories of children and so we welcome feedback from children and parents on whether we’ve got that balance right.

 

This morning following on from Natasha’s themes I spoke to Pre-Prep about the different kinds of listening we do and how important it is, whether for pleasure, taking part in conversations, for information, instructions, or to find out how people feel. Perhaps the last thing; listening to people and encouraging them to express their feelings and refocus on experiences that make them feel joyful, is our most important task of all. I have invited children in Pre-Prep, if they would like, to send me a postcard from their holiday destinations or homes and tell me about some of the things they can hear when they listen carefully.

 

Certainly in Pre-Prep there has been an overdose of joyful events and exciting trips this week as each class in turn went out for a day’s adventure. I’m only sorry that the coach of a visiting sports team caused considerable stress and inconvenience for our parents accessing and leaving the site on Thursday evening.  We’ll be in touch with the school to ask them not to use a coach on their next visit to us.

 

Many parents and grandparents in Prep took great pleasure from the performers’ platform and breakfast on Wednesday morning, showcasing a variety of performance-ready pieces across the full range of instruments and voices. The act of listening to performance and appreciating what other people can share is a special and moving part of the life of pupils and staff at St Michael’s and it was wonderful that several of our new students shared performance with us and gave us much pleasure.

 

Yesterday we mailed the results of the 11+ to parents of children in Year 6. For some there is great excitement and relief whilst others may not have quite done themselves justice in this exam. We hope that we can support those families that need to appeal and that we can refocus the children for whom 11+ was a long shot and who will be best served by a non-selective environment. Our own Year 7 and 8 give unparalleled support, challenge and experiences to children who stay and my heartfelt wish is that parents will give this serious consideration amongst all of the choices that lie before them. After the half term holiday we will be exploring with Year 6 the opportunity to apply for scholarships here and to become a senior pupil at St Michael’s and we are holding a coffee morning for those interested in finding out more about Year 7 and 8 both within the community and beyond it on November 2nd. In the meantime, have a super half term holiday, do enjoy the change of pace and scene and come back safely.

 

Jill Aisher

 

 

Staff News

I am delighted to let you know that with effect from November 1st, Mme Juliette Poracchia will take on the role of Gifted and Talented Leader. Apart from the obvious fact that she is herself a gifted and talented leader, we look forward to benefitting from an increased focus on those with high ability and talent, so that we can continue to grow what is offered and achieved by all pupils at the school.

As her own son achieved a top academic scholarship to Sevenoaks School, we also know that she combines parental as well as professional insight and wisdom on the subject of high ability.

Many congratulations to Juliette. We are excited for the future.

Jill Aisher

News from Pre-Prep

·         Early Years Learning Journals – feedback please

·         Booking your child’s activities for the Lent term

·         Year 2 parents Stubbers Information evening 1st Nov

·         Fireworks Night Friday 3rd Nov

It’s the end of the first half term and I am sad to report that Mrs Jill Coulstock will be leaving us at the end of the next half term. After 17 years at St Michael’s Pre-Prep she has decided to wave goodbye, sell up and move to the coast. We will all miss her practical, logical, common sense thinking. I know she has nurtured many of our existing Prep school children and tended to many injuries over the years, as a highly trained first aider. We will be wishing her all the best as we head towards Christmas and I know you will want to do so too.

If you have children in 2FD, please don’t worry as their new teaching assistant from January, will be the very experienced Mrs Barton. Reception R will be gaining Sarah Bailey who already knows the children from being in Kindergarten last year and Ms Frankie Elsey will be returning from maternity leave to take up her position back in Kindergarten in January. Mrs Jones also returns to Kindergarten in January.

We have had children out on trips this week and all have reported back that they have had wonderful experiences. Year 1 went to Knole House for the first time and the teachers were very impressed with the programme, level of supervision and teaching from the National Trust staff. Year 2 had a great time at the Horniman museum. Their robotics exhibition had the children really enthusiastic on their return to school. Reception went to Godstone Farm on a bright autumnal day; perfect!

For those parents with children in Nursery, Kindergarten or Reception you should have now logged into our new style learning journeys via Tapestry. Please feel free to comment on your child’s journal. Feedback, to us as teachers, would also be welcome as we want to make sure we are getting this on-line facility right for you.

We will soon be sending out the new list of activities for the Lent term. Can I ask you to make decisions on these activities carefully, through the booking system. Please do not request changes once they are booked.  Many thanks for your co-operation in this.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the St Michael’s Fireworks evening. One of the best events in our calendar for families. Our fireworks are always the best and being on the terrace at Prep means you can catch other people’s displays too!

 

Overheard: (Child had been to a Christening) My cousin was wet by God.   

Have a lovely half term holiday and see you all again on the 30th October.

Zerrin Leech

 

Upcoming Events at St Michael’s

Date Event Venue
Wednesday 1st November Visit by Belgian Piano Duo Prep & Pre-Prep
 
Thursday 2nd November
18.00-21.00 Year 5 Parents’ Evening Prep School
 
Friday 3rd November O-Pro visit Prep
18.30-19.30 Fireworks Night School grounds
Tuesday 7th November
18.00-21.00 Year 6 Parents’ Evening with Scholarship Information Prep School
Wednesday 8th November HiStory Troupe Assembly Pre-Prep Hall
20.00 Parents & Friends Meeting Prep School Library
Thursday 9th November School Photographs Whole School
15.45-18.15 Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1 and 2 Parents’ Evening Pre-Prep
Friday 10th November
10.40-11.05 Remembrance Service Prep School
14.00-15.15 Kindergarten Trip to Kemsing Library Kemsing Library

Whole School News

Medals galore for St Michael’s girls

Congratulations are in order for four St Michael’s pupils, who achieved an amazing total of five Gold medals, two Silver and a Bronze in addition to finalists medals at the Sevenoaks Swimming Club 25M Festival 2017 Swimming Championship last week.

Year 3 pupil, I Pennington-Legh won Gold in backstroke, breaststroke, fly and freestyle; Year 5 pupil, F Ashdown, won Gold in butterfly and backstroke and Silver in freestyle, Year 2 pupil A Ashton won Silver in breaststroke and Bronze in freestyle and Year 5’s E Collings received finalists medals for butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

 

Well done, girls, fantastic achievements by you all; we’re so proud of you!

Twenty Fingers on a Piano

We are very much looking forward to welcoming an exciting piano duo to school next month to perform for us.  Duo B!zart are Belgian pianists, André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste, who have been entertaining audiences across Europe with piano duets since 2004.  During their visit to St Michael’s on 1st November, they will give two performances of their children’s show “Twenty Fingers on a Piano“, which is specially designed for 5 to 11 year olds.

 

During this, André  and Geoffrey become acting and performing artists, helping children discover famous musical fairy tales (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast …) and forgotten games (spinning top, Blind Man’s Buff).  The show includes music by Percy Pitt, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet and develops children’s imagination and appreciation of music through stories.

 

Mr Baird

Director of Music

Allergy Free Recipes

In response to requests from our families, we are pleased to let you know that a cookery book, which contains recipes suitable for most allergies, will be available for reference in both school offices.

We hope that this will help you if you wish to send in home-made celebration cakes with your children.

 

Mrs Thornton

Director of Admissions and Marketing

 

Fireworks Display

We are looking forward to our annual Fireworks Display which will be held here on Friday 3rd November. All families and friends of St Michael’s are warmly invited.

The evening will start at 6.30pm with the display at 7pm.

Advance tickets went on sale from the Prep School Reception on Monday 2nd October and are available between 3pm-5pm daily. This year we are pleased to offer family tickets.

As tickets sell fast and to help with catering, we encourage you to buy them early. Tickets include a hot dog, hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Ticket prices: Adult £12, Child £10, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £40

A limited number of tickets will be available on the night at £15, £12, and £50 respectively.

We would ask you to car share wherever possible so that we can accommodate everyone.

Mrs Birmingham

Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra

The Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra are putting on two performances of the very popular Family Concert on Sunday 15 October at 2pm and 4pm. The concert is aimed at primary school children and their families and is a great introduction to live classical music in a format designed specifically for children. We are playing snippets of music based on the theme of magic and each piece is introduced by our charismatic conductor, Darrell Davison.

Parents and Friends

Looking for Stall Holders – St Michael’s Christmas Bazaar

The St Michael’s Christmas Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday 2nd December from 12.00noon-3.00pm.  As always, we will be looking for stall holders to come and join us to sell their products.

If you know of a family member, friend or acquaintance who may like to book a stall, please ask them to email us at xmasbazaarstm@gmail.com and we will make contact with them.

Thank you.

St Michael’s Parents & Friends

International Club

From a warm and welcoming coffee morning to a chocoholic’s paradise the International Club have been saying “hello” to our new families.  Click here to read more and to see how to contact them if you’d like to join in.

The Hive

Seasonal crafts are well underway in The Hive, with Count Dracula, witches’ fingers (for which read hot dogs!) and Christmas wreaths.  Click here to read all about their week.

Pre-Prep Awards

 

Gold Stars were awarded to:

Aiden W for always working so hard

Xavier N for making some really good choices this week

Nicholas S for great learning in French

Mojola A & Alyssa K for great word writing in phonics

Edward N for a fantastic start to his story

Pearl G & Hugo H for trying hard to change for games independently

Liza B for a stunning performance in assembly accompanied by her mother

Alex C for enthusiasm and hard work in class

Bronwyn T for fantastic work on shape and Venn diagrams

 

Music Awards

Music Practice Cup: Emilia P

Music Practice Award: Oliver S

Star Violinist Cup: Florence L

 

House Point Cup

Awarded to Windsor House with a total of 128 points

   Evie S collected the Cup on behalf of the House

Judo Certificates

Judoka of the Week Award: Lincoln M

Best Effort of the Week Award: Alex C

Rulesmaster of the Week Award: Amelia MacR

Gamesmaster of the Week Award: James R

Lexia Awards

Level 4

G Binskin

 

Ella played ‘Train Ride’ on the piano in Assembly on Wednesday – well done, Ella!

Pre-Prep’s Lion Queen

Mrs Smith not only enjoys arts and crafts after school with the children in the Hive, but she then goes home and produces all sorts of creative projects for herself.

Her latest masterpiece is a lion made entirely from Hama Beads! We persuaded Mrs Smith to bring this picture into Pre-Prep so we could all be inspired.

Mother and Daughter Netball

Ball skills galore and some future England players? Click here to view our gallery of action photos from a fun and exciting games lesson with Year 2 and their mummies.  The girls took great delight in showing off everything they have learnt in netball this term, demonstrating footwork, passing, dodging and shooting.  Continuing the match spirit, we finished with a match tea!

Thank you to all the mums who joined us for the event.

Miss Rawlinson

Year 2 at the Horniman Museum

Year 2 have been adventuring into the realms of animal adaptation, stuffed dodos and robot zoos!  Read about their trip here and see our photos in the gallery.

Prep News

Headteacher’s Stars

L Bowen For a wonderful speech at Open Morning
O West For a fantastic speech at Open Morning
L Blincoe For making a super speech at Open Morning
T Neville For making a fabulous speech at Open Morning
R Saini For making a superb speech at Open Morning
S Friis For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
O Crane For making a fantastic speech at Open Morning
H Nix For making a fabulous speech at Open Morning
R Friis For making a superb speech at Open Morning
A Anglin For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
D Little For enthusiasm to learn, an excellent vocabulary and a fabulous description of your trip to Butser
H Soper For a wonderful book poster
A Peterkin For a fabulous book poster creation
K Denny For designing the front of the prospectus envelope

 

 

Year 7 2018 Coffee Morning

Are you looking at your options following the 11+ results? Come and chat to us at an informal coffee morning on 2nd November from 10.15-12.00 noon. You’ll have the chance to meet our Year 7 & 8 pupils, chat to Mrs Aisher, Mrs Bridges and Mrs Shield, Head of Years 7 & 8, about the curriculum and life in Years 7 & 8 at St Michael’s and to ask questions.

The event is open to both current and prospective families.

Please contact Jane Thornton for further information and to book in to our coffee morning, jthornton@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk or 01959 526042.

Scholarships and bursaries are available. Mrs Bridges and Mrs Shield will be speaking to our current Year 6 pupils about applying for a scholarship into Year 7 on the morning of 2nd November.

 

Reminder O-Pro Mouthguard Fitting 3rd November 2017

Mouthguards

The mouthguard fitters, Opro, are coming to school on Friday 3rd November to fit mouth guards for the boys in preparation for the rugby season. St Michael’s boys from Years 4,5,6,7 & 8 will all need a mouth guard by Monday 27th November. A letter has been e- mailed out to parents with information but to book a fitting, please visit the Opro web site at – www.opro.com

Thank you.

Mrs C Wade

Director of Sport

 

Hallowe’en Hot Chocolate and Cookie Sale in aid of the Jersey Tour

Year 8 will be starting their Jersey Tour fundraising on Tuesday 31st October with a Hallowe’en hot chocolate and cookie sale at break time.

Pupils’ Ski Trip 2018

We are pleased and excited to announce details of the pupils’ ski trip for 2018.  Our ski company, Equity, have secured our booking in the pretty Italian village of Claviere, which sits right on the French border.  We will stay at the traditional Hotel Savoia, which is in the heart of the village, very close to the ski lifts and beginners’ slopes.  Claviere is in an excellent position – linking into the huge “Milky Way” ski area, which boasts over 400km of skiing.

 

The trip will depart  on Saturday 24th March, returning on Saturday 31st March.

 

The pupils’ ski trip is traditionally for children in current years 5 to 8, but depending on  numbers, it may be possible for us to accommodate some families (although we are unable to offer crèche facilities).  Numbers are quite limited, so a speedy reply is required to guarantee a place.

 

Further details can be found by clicking here.

 

Mr Wade

Poetry Live for Years 5 and 6

The semi-finals of Poetry Live took place this week, with children in Years 5 and 6 learning a poem by heart and reciting it in their English lessons.  A winner and runner-up from each year group will go through to the final at Caterham School on 17th November, at which St Michael’s children will be competing against children from other Prep schools in Kent and Surrey.

 

Good luck!

Stop press – our winners are (first and second place in each year group will go through to the final at Caterham School):

Year 5

3rd place:   A Peterkin

2nd place:   E Ward

1st place:    T Elliott

Year 6

3rd place:   T Lister-St George

2nd place:  A Martin

1st place:    G Goodwin

 

 

Mrs Andrade

Head of English

Global Ambassadors

From environmental damage and endangered animals to malnutrition and lack of education, our new Global Ambassadors have been working out ways of helping around the globe.  Read more about their plans here.

U11 Girls Reap Hockey Success in Three Tournaments

Our U11 girls’ hockey team played in three tournaments in six days. Last Thursday they went to the IAPS at Hurstpierpoint and came 3rd in a strong group; on Saturday they were bronze medal winners at the Hawthorns tournament and on Wednesday they won another bronze medal at the Sutton Valence tournament. They had notable 2-0 victories against Holmewood House, Ardingly College and Dulwich Prep (full results are on SOCS). I am very proud of their progress and their commitment and desire to get better. They thoroughly deserve their success and their medals. Well done girls!

 

Mrs Bingham

See below for our photos

Bronze Medals for U11 Team in Hawthorns Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to our U11 Girls’ Hockey Team, who won bronze medals in last weekend’s Hawthorns Hockey Tournament.

 

U11 Hockey Team  reap more success at Sutton Valence

In yet another Prep Schools tournament, this time at Sutton Valence, our U11 team once again came 3rd. They competed against fourteen teams from other schools.  Well done!

More Sporting Success at the IAPS Cross Country Event at Schools at Somerhill

A perfect day for running. Not too hot, not cold and fairly dry underfoot our runners all took on the course with great gusto! All of our teams tried their hardest and there some excellent individual performances.

The U11 boys were 3rd overall, the U11 girls were 10th, the U9 boys were 8th and the U9 girls were placed 7th.

Individual performances were as follows: –
K Cameron – 4th
K Smith – 28th
H Wilkinson 42nd
C Kern – 34th
H Medlen – 38th
A Goodwin – 21st
M Cameron – 22nd
J Wiseman – 43rd
E Bingham – 26th

…and the best result of all was by V Kern who came running in strongly to finish in 1st position! Very well done to her and all of our runners.

Mrs Wade

Director of Sport

Thanks to Mrs Kern for the photos

 

Sailing Success for Year 4 Pupil

Congratulations to Year 4 pupil, I Johnson, who has recently won two adult sailing competitions, crewing her father, Dom Johnson.  Together they won the Chipstead Sailing Club Firefly Open Meeting and the Papercourt Firefly Open Meeting at Papercourt Sailing Club.  They also won the Firefly M25 Series Trophy (the large wheel you can see in the photo).  Mrs Johnson told us “These are adult competitions and we are really proud of her achievements”.

 

As are we – well done!

Performance Breakfast 11th October

Twenty four musicians, a breakfast concert, a great audience and talented teachers.  Click here to read our article and here to see our gallery of photos of the event.

 

 

Year 7 Chemists look at Diffusion

Our Year 7 chemists discovered that Skittles aren’t just for eating, tasty though they are. They can also be used to help you understand science! Or to be more precise … diffusion.

Mrs Neylan

 

Year 3 go mountaineering!

Crampons, waterproof sleeping bags, helmets and special gloves were just some of the equipment Year 3 were lucky enough to see up close when mountaineer Mr Gandy came in to talk to them.  Click here to read our article and see our photos.

Sports News

Players of the Match – week commencing 9th October

Team Name
1st X1 Football H French
2nd X1 H Madden and K Denny
Colts A The whole team
Colts B The whole team-all excellent
Colts C T Petersen
Colts D W Deacon
Colts E B Sanderson and J Wright
Colts F R Gallagher
U9 A No Match
U9 B A Green and G Kelly
U9 C D Little and N Brown
U9 D B Emery and L Clapham
U8 A J Pathiwill and B Cosgrove
U8 B S Bendle and O Gasson
U8 C The whole team – scored their 1st goal
U13 A Hockey M van Slingelandt
U11 A The whole team-came 3rd in another tournament
U11 B R Gray and S Stokes
U11 C No game
U10 A No game
U10 B No game
U10 C C Colgan and F Ashdown
U9 A Netball No game
U9 B N Dolton and M Noopuri
U9 C F Merralls
U8 A E Newton
U8 B R Bedzrah
U8 C T Ward and D Patel

October Half Term Soccer and Netball Camps

Soccer Camp

The Archway Soccer Course will run from 23rd -26th October inclusive, 10am to 3pm. There will be pure football training, competitions and matches all day. All courses are delivered by our qualified, talented football coaches.  Head Coach, Carlos Lopez worked for Arsenal F.C in their Academy, as a coach and scout, for 8 years.

The course will be structured as follows:
Morning – First touch, team play, individual skills, finishing/defending/support play and games.

Afternoon– Tournaments, skill tournaments, penalty shootouts, small-sided games.

The course costs £120 for the four days. Spaces are limited, so book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Booking forms are available from both school offices and are downloadable here.  To guarantee your child’s place, please return your form together with payment; cheques should be made payable to C Lopez.

If you require further information please contact Carlos on 07429 065067 or email archwayfootballacademy@hotmail.co.uk

Netball Camp                  

Miss Rawlinson will be running her netball course for girls in classes from Year 1 to Year 5 from 23rd-26th October.

With practice in netball skills, matches competitions and fun, the course will run from 10.00am – 3.00pm each day and costs £120 for the four days.

Booking forms are available from the Pre-Prep office or by clicking here.  Cheques should be made payable to C Lopez.

October Half-Term Hockey Camp

Mr Thomas and Mr Young will be running a three-day hockey camp during the October half term on  Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th October at Hollybush. The course will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm and will run similarly to previous camps.  To book your place or for further information, please email Mr Thomas on jnthomas88@outlook.com.

Senior School Open Days

(listed in order of upcoming events)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weald of Kent Grammar School (Tonbridge)

Tuesday 17th October 9.30am-11.30am

Another opportunity to tour the school with a student guide and to see the wide range of activities, subject displays and interactive workshops taking place in classrooms – feel free to join in!

www.wealdofkent.sch.uk

Sevenoaks School

Saturday 18th November 2017 9:30am-12:15pm

Sevenoaks will be holding four Open Mornings for pupils applying to join them in 2018 and beyond.  The first is above; the other dates are 17th March 2018 and 16th June 2018.  All Open Mornings are suitable for pupils and parents interested in Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form entry.

Please book online at www.sevenoaksschool.org/openmornings

www.sevenoaksschool.org

Whitgift School

Open Afternoons

Open Afternoons are by appointment only. Please contact the Admissions Office to book a place on 0208 633 9935 or by email, admissions@whitgift.co.uk

Monday 16 October 2017 – FULL
Wednesday 8 November 2017
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Thursday 16 November 2017
Monday 20 November 2017
Tuesday 21 November 2017

Key Dates for 2018 admissions are available by clicking here.

Latest News

The International Club has been busy this term, organising events to welcome new families to St Michael’s and introduce them to the current families. We had a coffee morning and a cookery workshop.

 

The coffee morning was held on Thursday 14th September to welcome new families and introduce current families. Eleven new families joined the International Club and we were delighted to meet them.

 

On Tuesday 10th October, we organised a Raw Chocolate Cookery Workshop, run by Naomi Buff, a parent from the International Club who just joined St Michael’s this year. We haven’t set a date for the next workshop yet but I’m sure Naomi wouldn’t mind running more of these workshops in the near future! Proceeds were donated to the International Club fund. To those who are interested, please email your interest to naomi@naomis.kitchen.  The Raw Chocolate Cookery workshop was absolutely amazing! The Raw Chocolates, Raw Chocolate Mousse and Healthy Hot Chocolate were absolutely divine…and importantly, very healthy and nutritious! (Gosh, just looking at the pictures is making me crave for those chocolates!  Will give them a whip now!)

 

We have also donated £250 to the piano fund.

 

Waty Friis, Patricia McCall Ogle & Marina Whitelaw

Co-chairs

International Club, St Michael’s Prep School

 

If you would like more information about the International Club please see our website or email them on intclubstm@gmail.com, they’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

The Global Ambassadors are a group of children representing each class from Year 3-Year 7. Over the last few weeks we have been getting to know each other, for instance playing Global Citizen bingo – attached here. We have signed a contract about the ways we want to work as a team and our responsibilities. We have lunched together on Mondays and we have learnt more about what global citizenship means. We have identified what some global issues are and shared our ideas about what concerns us most. Some of the issues we have identified are:

Environmental damage and lack of sustainability

Endangered animals

Homelessness

Lack of access to education

Malnutrition

Water shortages and lack of access to clean water

 

We have thought about some of the actions that individuals, groups and organisations can take to address these issues. Over the year, we will build teams to try and take action to make a difference with some of these issues.

 

Annabel in Year 5 said, ‘I like that we are going to work together to take action like writing letters to important people like our MP.

 

Mrs Chugg

Head of Geography

Year 3 are learning about explorers in their topic work. They were delighted to welcome Kit and Tom’s dad, Mr Gandy, on Tuesday. Mr Gandy is a mountaineer and explorer and he shared his experience, knowledge and some hair-raising stories in a fabulous presentation.

 

The children were mesmerised by his photos of mountain environments, past and present, and learnt so much. A highlight was seeing a huge range of Mr Gandy’s equipment and even getting to try some of it on. The children’s engagement was evident through their many questions such as Olivia’s, ‘Is the new equipment better than the old?’ and Lucas, who asked ‘Who inspired you to be an explorer and a mountaineer?’

 

Mr Gandy certainly inspired a new generation of climbers on Tuesday and we are very grateful to him for giving up his time to enrich our curriculum in such a multi-sensory way. 

Mrs Chugg

Head of Geography

 

On Wednesday 11th October, Year 2 visited the Horniman museum in Forest Hill.  We had a fun-filled day linked to our topic of ‘Amazing Animals’.  We took part in a workshop where we found out how different animals have adapted to their habitats around the world – as part of this we got to handle real, stuffed animals.  Next we explored the galleries and aquarium, where we saw all kinds of weird and wonderful animals, including a model of a dodo!  We explored the mechanics of animals in the ‘Robot Zoo’ which had all kinds of hands on things for us to have a go at.  We ended the day in the musical play area, which was fantastic and a little noisy! 

Miss Salmon

Take a look at more of our photos in the gallery.