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Junior Newsletter 20 April 2018

Dear Parents and girls

Welcome back to the new school term. I hope you have all found time for some rest and family time over Easter and that the girls are feeling energised. Our 5th Junior School ski trip was excellent and you may have watched some of the video playing on the entrance hall display screen this week. Fabulous snow conditions for the time of year meant that all girls progressed quickly (and Mrs Long!).  The group of 174 GDST girls was an impressive collective and there was plenty of interaction and many email addresses shared.

Welcome to our new girls and their families in Nursery, Year 1, 3 and 4. For the first time ever the new girls are not the most popular people to arrive in school; I am afraid that honour goes to Betty the puppy. In a few visits this week she has managed to win everyone’s heart and we look forward to seeing her spend more time in school and grow into the role of ‘school dog’.
Sports Presentation Evening was a thoroughly enjoyable event, with girls from year 4 to 6 joining Senior School to celebrate the commitment and achievements of every girl that takes part in sport at school. Our 4 Team Captains – Arianna Hay, Samiha Chaudhary, Emily Horne and Charlotte Urban delivered their speeches with poise and clarity. Their confidence and camaraderie was clear to see and I wish to thank them for their service to Junior School sport this year. The guest speaker was Karen Pickering, a GDST alum and 4 time Olympic swimmer. She left all the girls with no doubt, that determination and hard work can overcome any gap in ability. In her case especially when you are swimming against an Australian in Australia! As a Saints fan I enjoyed listening to the Questions and Answers with Jamal Ford-Robinson and as ever, I was so impressed by Ellie Robinson who was celebrated following her Commonwealth gold success.

I hope that many families will join us on Thursday 26 April at 6.30pm for our Junior School Concert, which is always a joyful event. This will be the last concert for Mrs Miller who retires at the end of term and I know that the girls will want to please her with their performances on this last occasion.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 34  |   Hestia - 47  |   Artemis - 49  |   Demeter - 29

House point badges

Watch this space!

Achievements

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:

Hockey
Charlotte Fordham tournament
Against Leicester Ladies won one and drew one:
Nikki Atife
Harriet Fordham
Emma Bristow
Jessica McClurg
Swimming
Emily Horne competed at Olympic Pool – 6th in 50m back stroke, 12th in 100m back stroke, 7th in 400m
Emma Bristow passed Stage 8
Mary-Anne Waterton Level 4
Modern
Charlotte Urban Grade 2
Guitar
Samiha Chaudhary 95% at Grade 2
Rugby
ON’s v Peterborough 6-1 win
Annie Shelswell
Skiing
Connie Harvey Gold Ski Award
Indiana Ransley Gold Badge
Gymnastics
Abigail Waugh County Competitions
Ballet and Modern Dance Competitions
Ballet Duet 2nd & 3rd:
Lola Andrews
Felicity Lousada
Modern Duet 1st & 2nd:
Lola Andrews
Felicity Lousada
Cross Country Running National Championships
Ella Darby 3rd out of 350
Published Poetry Writing
Arna Kar
Tennis
Lydia Morris Leamington U9,  Dalllington U8, Rugby U9, Berkhamstead U9
Golf
Emily Gates Junior Easter Golf Festival
Dance
Libby Moore – dance competition ‘most promising and versatile girl’

General messages

Summer uniform

Please remember that summer uniform should be worn with white ankle socks or knee length socks.

Dates for your diary

Class Assemblies will take place on a Wednesday:

  • Wednesday 9 May – 5N
  • Wednesday 16 May – 1N
  • Wedneseday 6 June – 4N
  • Wednesday 20 June – Reception
  • Wednesday 27 June – 3N
  • Wednesday 4 July – 2N
  • Wednesday 11 July – Year 6 Final Assembly

Parents information meetings to prepare for transition into the next year group will take place on:

  • Friday 6 July 12.00 – 1.00 pm for new Reception parents
  • Monday 9 July 5.00 – 5.30 pm for new Year 1 and 2 parents
  • Tuesday 10 July 5.00 – 5.30 pm for new Year 3 and 6 parents
  • Tuesday 10 July 5.30 – 6.00 pm for new Year 4 and 5 parents

Betty our school dog

Betty has loved her first week as a High School Girl. She has got to know lots of the girls in Junior & Senior school. Her highlight was definitely being given several sticks (at the same time) by Reception girls at Forest School.

Music


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Many congratulations to the following girls who took music exams last term:

  • Grace Moulton Grade 1 Flute Distinction
  • Ishika Shah Grade 2 Violin Merit
  • Samiha Chaudhary Grade 2 Guitar Distinction
  • Harriet Fordham Grade 3 Clarinet
  • Elisha Lal Grade 3 Flute Merit

They were all great results. Well done!

We are having the final rehearsals for our “Out of this World” concert next Thursday at 7.00 pm. Please can the girls taking part be back in school by 6.30 pm and meet me in the Music room. Summer uniform with colourful hair accessories. Refreshments for parents will be from 6.30 pm.

Forest School Open Day

We invite all parents to visit Forest School on Thursday 3 May from 2.00 pm till 3.00pm. A letter will be sent out next week with more details. Visiting parents will collect daughters and take them to Forest School, where Mrs Waters will be on hand with planned activities to show them the potential of this area.

Saturday Cricket Academy

This new opportunity has proven popular but there are still spaces available even if you have missed the first session. 9.00-10.00am for Years 2, 3 and  4 and  10.00am – 12.00pm for Years 5, 6 and 7. If you would like to join please contact t.furniss@nhs.gdst.net.

FoNHS

Bookings can now be made for the rearranged Movie Night on Friday 18 May.  Previous bookings do not need to be made again, we will presume these girls are attending.  For this event, any brothers and sisters in Reception to Year 6 are also welcome to attend.

There are still a few tickets left for the 140th Anniversary Ball on Saturday 16th June.  See the office if you require a booking form.

Our week

Nursery

Kipper Room

The girls have really enjoyed the warmer weather, exploring water in the garden and visiting the park.

Next week the girls are going to begin some planting.

Elmer Room

The girls have enjoyed taking part in activities linked to our topic of Super Heroes. They have made masks, measured how tall the super heroes are using blocks and playing with the role play costumes and suited hero characters. The girls were also super heroes rescuing animals that had got stuck up the trees at Forest School.

Next week we will continue our Super Hero theme.


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Reception


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This week we have launched straight into our new topic ‘Minibeasts’. All the girls are showing enthusiasm and enjoyment at looking for and identifying what they find.
Our role play is a Rain-forest, with camping and creatures! In Maths we have been counting in 2’s and thinking about pairs!

If the weather is going to be sunny please ensure that you apply a 24 hour sun cream on your daughter before coming to school. Also bring the school sun cap for extra protection at playtime.

A reminder that for Forest School, a thin long sleeved top and long trousers/ leggings should be worn and a sun hat.

Year 1


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“On Wednesday we went on our Spring Walk to find signs of Spring. We found lots of flowers and blossom on the trees and we took photos of them using the iPads.” Deborah

“When we did coding we had to use bubbles and signs and Miss Brandon-Jones said that it’s like putting in the code for the Beebots. Coding is just giving a computer instructions.” Melodee

Year 2


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Year 3

“I enjoyed coming back to school this week. Our DT lesson was fun as we had to build a structure from different blocks. It needed to hold a glue stick and be free standing. Our’s worked well!”  Fern

“I enjoyed sketching fruit in our art lessons. I drew the watermelon”.  Evie


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Year 4

“I enjoyed finding out that we had to do a project about the Egyptians”. Leela

“My favourite part of the week was learning about Egypt. I learnt that the river Nile flows in Egypt and next to Egypt there is the Red Sea”. Chanan


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Year 5

“My highlight of the week was holding Ellie Robinson’s gold medal and receiving a gold award at the Sports Presentation evening”. Monpriya

“I got autographs from Ellie Robinson and Karen Pickering and Jamal Ford-Robinson at the Sports Presentation evening”. Tara


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Year 6


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GAP Club


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