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Junior Newsletter 16 November 2018

Dear Parents and girls

As I write this we are busy making preparations to welcome fifteen families to our Early Years Fun morning and over forty older girls to our STEM taster – the Junior School is going to be buzzing with excitement and activity on Saturday!

Today we are really pleased to be supporting Children in Need by making donations and coming to school wearing spotty clothing. A big thank you to all the girls and staff in Reception who have organised the day.

If you have chance do look at the Flickr gallery of the Year 5 residential to Grafham which took place last week. The girls had a fantastic time and special thanks to Miss Brandon-Jones who got herself into some compromising positions to take such wonderful photographs.

I hope you have had opportunity to visit our Book Fair this week. It was lovely to see girls clutching their carefully chosen text and taking it to the office to pay. As well as the girls being able to enjoy new books at home, the Junior School will benefit from new books bought with the Book Fair profits.

Really well done to the hockey teams who won both their games against The Grove School. Well done, also to Year 2, who wowed us with their ability to present their understanding of the events of the Great Fire of London in such an entertaining and informative way in Wednesday’s assembly.

I wish you a restful weekend and hope the warm sunshine lasts just a little longer.

Jo Purvey-Tyrer
Deputy Head of Junior School

Mrs Petryszak's availability

Mrs Petryszak’s days on site will vary this half-term in order to align with school activities and events:

Week commencing:

19 November: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday
26 November: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
3 December: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
10 December Monday/Tuesday/Friday

She is, however, contactable on or via the school office on any day of the working week.


Each week in Friday’s assembly, girls are invited to share their achievements in activities outside of school. They are listed below for this week:

Elizabeth Aston moved to Piranhas
Gabriella Moffat moved to Piranhas

Gabriella Moffat Red Belt

Fern Almond got her 3rd year, camping, creative and cooking badges

Darcy Watson Parliament Week badge

General messages


Class Assemblies are held in the Junior School hall at 8.35 am on Wednesdays and parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00 am.  Here are the dates for this term:

Year 5N – 28 November
Year 5H – 5 December
Year 1 – 12 December

Dates for the diary

Saturday 17 November:  Early Years Family Fun Morning 10 am – 12 pm

Saturday 17 November:  STEM Day

Thursday 22 November: Year 5 Hobbies Morning 9 am – 11 am

Friday 23 November:  Flu vaccinations for Reception to Year 5

Friday 30 November:  FoNHS Christmas Disco

Friday 30 November:  Year 5 & Year 6 Multi Sport Weekend at Newcastle High School

Friday 7 December:  140th Birthday Gala Concert at All Saints 7 pm

Tuesday 11 December:  Christmas Celebration 7 pm

Friday 14 December:  Christmas Jumper Day & Party Afternoon

End of term

Children in Need

Children in Need 2018

Is there a collective noun for ‘spots’? I need one, because, having just returned from a GDST conference I have been greeted by a sea of spots, or should that be a class of spots, or…? In the spirit of the charity, every person in the building is sporting spots on their clothes or on their Pudsey ears. Conscious of being out-of-uniform, the least I can do is to congratulate everyone for all that they have achieved today and I look forward to sharing the totals with you next week!

Caroline Petryszak

Head of Junior School


There are no teacher-led clubs on Wednesday 21 November due to a whole-school staff meeting.

Running Club

There is a new running club on Tuesdays:

Year 4:  3.45 pm – 4.30 pm

Year 5 & 6:  3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Dance Taster

Monday 19 November:

Year 6:  3.30 pm – 4.15 pm

Primary Maths Challenge

Well done to all the girls in Year 5 and 6 who took part in this year’s Primary Maths Challenge.

Bronze Award Winners:
Vheneka Chimutanda
Eryn Currie
Isla Harrison
Emily Moore
Tanya Murugan
Rose Neville
Lucy Nicholas
Niamh Parkhill
Deeya Ruparelia
Ahriana Shah
Abigail Waugh

Silver Award Winners:
Ella Darby
Charlotte Fordham
Tess Hammond
Sherain Kassie
Roja Lakshman
Felicity Lousada
Indiana Ransley
Sophia Shaith
Charlotte E Smith
Hania Sohail
Izzy Stowey

Gold Award Winners:
Manha Kamath
Arna Kar
Sonya Mittal


Match Reports Year 5 and 6

A team Hockey Report

On Wednesday we played against Grove School and I am very pleased with my team for winning their match 3 – 2. Our Player of the Match was Ella Darby. We all had a great time!

Roja Lakshman
A Team Captain

B Team Hockey Report

On Wednesday we played against Grove School. We played very well together as a team and won 6 – 0.  The Player of the Match was Isla Harrison.  I am very proud of my team.

Charlotte Evans-Hillman
B Team Captain

Photos in Flickr

To view the Flickr photo albums please click here:

Our week


Kipper Room
This week the girls have been exploring water play, seeing what floats and sinks and making cups of tea. They have also made spiders and played different games including sound lotto.

Elmer Room
This week the girls have explored different activities using the colours blue and green. They have decorated dinosaurs using golf ball rolling and made blue collages on square shapes. They loved using the ‘gloopy glue’, especially when it got on their fingers!
After someone bought in a tiara the girls decided to make crowns which they decorated with jewels and then played at being princesses.
The girls also matched three and four objects to the correct number.

Next week our colours are brown, black and white, the shape is triangle and the numbers are 5 and 6.


Our number focus has been 8, shape octagon and colour grey. The girls have enjoyed making octagon animals and splitting the number 8 into different combinations of numbers. The formation of number 8 is tricky so if you have any time to practise with your daughter at home that would really help.

We have been learning about nocturnal animals and also been thinking about the weather, recording daily temperatures. Our letter sounds have been v, w and x.

We finished the week by Reception Class leading the fundraising for ‘Children in Need’. All the girls had the opportunity to visit another class and help to promote the two games that they had prepared. ‘Guess how many spots on Pudsey’ and ‘Which number is Pudsey behind?’. The winners of the games will be announced in Monday’s assembly, along with the total amount raised.

Year 1

Year 1 have had a very busy week, working on number bonds to 10, such as 10+0=10, 9+1=10. We have used our fingers, cubes, counters and many other resources, including an abacus to help us find all the number bonds. Some girls are even beginning to work on number bonds to 20!

We have also been writing weather poems, creating mind maps and learning about adjectives, to add detail to our writing.

In Science we are finding out about how the Earth’s movement in space creates different seasons and weather types.

Year 2

This week we had our first class assembly!  It was all about the Great Fire of London, which is what we have been learning about in our History lessons this term. We had all worked extremely hard to learn our lines to ensure everyone could hear us nice and clearly.  We had so much fun sharing our learning with the rest of the school and showing everybody the amount of effort we had put in to create such a great performance.  We had some lovely feedback from the other teachers, parents and Dr. Stringer too! Miss Scott-Evans is very proud of us.

Year 3

“I enjoyed completing my chocolate box and evaluating it.” Ayana

“It was very exciting to start rehearsing for the Christmas play. I’m looking forward to the ‘Sheep Shimmy’!” Alice

Please can all the girls bring in the following for their costumes:

  • Sheep – white T-shirts and white or black leggings.
  • Shepherds – a dark T-shirt and black leggings.
  • Angels – white vest, white tights and ballet shoes.

Year 4

“My best part of the week was doing the Christmas play rehearsal.” Miraya

“I liked it in Science when we had to use a certain type of tooth to eat the cracker.” Emily S

Year 5

We are all looking forward to Hobbies Morning on Thursday 22 November. Do please come and visit us from 9 am – 11 am if you can. Speeches will be 9.30 am -10 am.
Please help your daughter to prepare by listening to her speech and discussing what will be on her display board. Items for display can be brought in from Wednesday onwards.

“We all had a great time last week at Grafham. My favourite activities were sailing, archery and crate stacking. We played lots of fun games and in sailing we had to sing ‘Let it Go, Let it Go’ really loudly. The food was yummy and one night we got ice cream.” Caitlin 

“My favourite activity was sailing because I got to steer the boat and Isla and Sherain were pulling the rope for the sail and when we were going too fast all you need to do is yell ‘Let it Go, Let it Go’.” Izzy 

“At Grafham Water we did activities like rock climbing and archery. My favourite activity was climbing because when I first looked at the wall I thought I could only get up to the 4th block out of 10 but I went to the 10th block which was surprising and made me feel really proud of myself!” Moriah

“In crate stacking, when it was my turn I was with Anna and Vheneka. When Vheneka fell off she was wobbling our towers and then she went to the floor. Then when Anna fell off her tower stayed up but she kept bumping into my tower by accident, so I stepped onto her tower and then Kieron (the instructor) pushed my tower over and I was flying in the air and spinning round and round. It was amazing!” Lilybella

“My favourite activity at Grafham Water was cycling because my group did just under 10 miles cycling and we got all the way around the reservoir. I like cycling but I didn’t think we were going to go all the way round and I didn’t know I could do 10 miles! I felt really happy and excited to keep cycling.” Poppy

Year 6

This week we have enjoyed varied activities including playing hockey, finishing our cushion templates, continuing work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Drama as well as working out complex percentage problems in Maths, learning about persuasive techniques in English, why the Ancient Greeks are so important even today and how to locate the major organs in the human body in Science.

“I really enjoyed attending Dr Stringer’s Tea Party where we talked about Year 6 as well as paintings. We had delicious tea with some yummy chocolate biscuits.”  Abigail

“This week in Drama we had a go at creating an extract for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on the character, Veruca Salt going down the chute – we got to use the stools which made it even more exciting!”  Deeya

“I enjoyed designing my final cushion template in D.T. Our cushion designs are very special to us as they incorporate many special memories.”  Charlotte

“In Music we created posters about our chosen instruments. I chose the french horn because I love the way it looks and I really enjoyed researching about it.”  Gege

“This week we created our backgrounds for our mythical creature. I designed a cave for my sleeping siren surrounded by water and bones. It was educational and fun!”  Tara

“I loved our hockey match against Grove School. I was defender and I think it was the best I have ever played!”  Felicity

GAP Club

The younger GAP Club girls have been making and exploring different types of dough. The older girls have continued thinking about upcycling and have made some fantastic Christmas stars and wreaths. The girls have also decorated biscuits for Children in Need.
Two older girls have shared their highlight of the week:

“Making a Christmas star for my mum.” Gabby Year 4

“Making salt dough, I enjoyed moulding it.” Poppy Year 5

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