Handcross Park School
NEWSLETTER WEEK 4 - FRIDAY 29th JANUARY 2016
A Message From the Headmaster
The scholars have worked hard during their mock exams this week and I have no doubt they are looking forward to a mental break over the weekend. I would like to draw parents’ attentions to my comments a couple of weeks ago on “Growth Mindset” and the importance of how teachers and parents feedback to children on their achievements (both in and out of the classroom). I won’t spend a great deal of copy space going into the detail, but I would strongly encourage parents to read the information in the following link.
This is important for all ability / achievement levels and especially when developing children’s attitudes to learning for the rest of their lives. It is an area we are discussing in great detail at school presently and I thought it would be helpful to bring parents into this discussion so all our pupils experience consistency in this regard. I am always happy to discuss further with parents – it is an approach I feel very strongly about.
Some of the older children are entering the BBC Radio 2 creative writing competition and I know the English Department are delighted with the quality of the work being produced. Parents may be interested in the following article on developing children’s approach to writing, as this is not a skill only confined to school – some of the best work I have seen has been undertaken by children outside of the classroom for the love of writing in itself.
I will be at the Brighton College Open Morning tomorrow (Saturday 30th January) from 9am – 12.30pm and I look forward to meeting those parents who are attending. Brighton College announced this week that they have achieved a record number of Oxbridge offers this year (39 in total!) and for the right child, it is an exciting learning environment. Do come and say hello – I will be based in the Smith Café.
On the subject of boarding, we are experiencing increased interest from day children wishing to board next year. Mr and Mrs Davis are always happy to discuss this options with parents and taster nights / weeks are available for those children who have a genuine interest in boarding in the future. Places do get filled quite quickly as there are a finite number of bedrooms available so please do discuss this with the House Parents sooner rather than later. Mr and Mrs Davis have also introduced sleepover nights for our full boarders, who are able to invite a friend over to stay in the House on a weekend night, in just the same way day pupils might do at home. The House is a family environment and so day pupils may receive an invitation from the full boarding friends.
The informal music and drama concert this week was an absolute joy; it was such a heart-warming event with a range of instruments and singing styles being performed – we even had an outstanding recital from a harmonica player – another Handcross Park first! This was interspersed by some wonderful drama performances. Well done to all the children who performed and thank you to those parents who were able to come and support. Mr Bourke is our new LAMDA teacher and he has been inundated with requests for taster LAMDA lessons – which I am delighted about. I appreciate that there are only a certain number of places available for Mr Bourke to teach, but we are also able to consider some groups and paired lessons. We will see how the taster lessons go and then respond when we have an idea as to how many want to continue with LAMDA lessons in the future. As a parent of a boy who takes the LAMDA exams, I know how beneficial they are - developing performance / public speaking skills, and ultimately confidence in these situations. I fully recommend the programme.
Congratulations to our sports teams for an excellent week. I know the girls’ matches on Wednesday had to be cancelled but I refereed an outstanding 1st XV rugby match and watched some very impressive cross-country running performances – well done to you all.
We have our own Open Morning next week and if you know of any parents who are interested in sending their children to Handcross Park, do encourage them to get in touch. Whilst we have waiting lists in many of our year groups for September, there are odd places available in some classes.
Finally, Richard Brown will be visiting again next week and will be available for Pre-Prep parents to meet between 2.30pm and 4.30pm – so do please drop in to the Pre-Prep before picking up your children to have a chat.
Have a good weekend.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Sebastian Fraga Pocock
Hugo De Vito
ULTIMATE ACTIVITY CAMPS
Due to the popularity of their fun and engaging programmes, Ultimate Activity Camps and Ultimate Survival are back again during the school holidays at Handcross Park in 2016.
Their dates are as follows:
· Easter: Tuesday 29th March to Friday 8th April
· Summer: Monday 25th July to Friday 26th August
Ultimate Activity Camps offer an exciting range of over 40 activities that are delivered by inspiring and enthusiastic staff who will instruct and encourage children to try new activities and build self-confidence – and naturally have lots of fun!
Ultimate Survival offer fun and adventurous bushcraft courses which will see children aged 7 to 14 years fully-immersed in the natural environment, learning useful skills and of making new friends. There’s even a camp out option in the summer!
Please visit their website (www.ultimateactivity.co.uk) for details of their activities, dates, how to book and their Early Booking Offers - you can also call them on 0844 870 7077.
A Note from The Chair
Teams for the Quiz Night are coming in, but we still have room for more. If you want to join in the fun on 5 March 2016 then please let Cathryn know on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can enter in teams of up to 8 at £5 per person and are welcome to bring your own food and drink.
During the forthcoming week we will be releasing details on how to buy tickets for the FHXP Ball being held on 18 June 2016. We hope that you are able to join us to enjoy a night of Carnavale and Rio themed entertainment. Save the date!
We have had some suggestions for events at the Summer Fair but are still keen to hear more. If you have any thoughts or, would like to help put the event together then please let me know.
Have a good weekend.
P.S. Did you know that Dhaka is the most densely populated city in the world, with with almost 44,000 people per square kilometer, roughly double the density of Hong Kong?
Kyle Williams, Alexandra Hirons and Lauryn Smith for excellent creative writing.
News From the Boarding House
This week the BSA wanted to know how many boarding houses have dogs. Nelson and Tilly’s pictures were sent in and have been retweeted by the BSA. The children love to see the dogs in the house as it is home from home for a lot of them. Those that don’t have pets at home love to feel as if they have a part ownership in the dogs and spend hours playing and helping to walk them.
Last weekend was exeat and this gave the children an opportunity to visit friends and family. Many of our full boarders now spend time at their ‘day friend’s’ houses over the exeat weekends. It is lovely to hear their tales of excitement when they return. This weekend the children are going to Laser Zone and spending time on the Pier in Brighton. This is one of their favourite activities and pictures will follow in next week’s newsletter. Mrs Davis
Concours du meilleur pâtissier de Handcross Park School!
The last two weeks have been very busy in the MFL department and buzzing with excitement when we studied, in Year 6, the French tradition of the Epiphany to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem -on 6, January- bringing a cake in called “La Galette des Rois”. It was actually two homemade cakes that we all tasted as in France there are two different cakes that can be made for the occasion.
The children were lucky to taste the two homemade cakes in class, a chocolate puff pastry cake – a nut-free alternative to the traditional marzipan one- and a “brioche” cake. They also really enjoyed learning about the tradition of crowning the one who finds the fève (lucky charm) and dancing to the “J’aime la galette” song.
A few lessons later, the children were set the optional prep to bake the galette of their choice from French recipes in order to enter “Le meilleur pâtissier” competition, the French equivalent of the great British Bake off! 7 children rose to the challenge last Tuesday.
We had 3 guest judges for the occasion: Mr Owton, Mr Gayler and Mrs Martin who took their job very seriously, grading each aspect of the galette and of course tasting each one of them! Mr Owton shared his passion for chocolate, Mr Gayler for the French language and Mrs Martin for the decoration. All in all it was a very successful French Bake Off and all efforts were rewarded! However it was very difficult for the judges to choose the three outstanding participants. Dylan O’Brien took 3rd place on the podium, William Carrington 2nd place and Meadow Davies, was the ultimate winner with a scrumptious chocolate galette and beautiful design. Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to their parents and guardians for supporting them in this fun adventure. It was a memorable and tasty French lesson for all.
BETTER EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Well done to Charlie Maynard who passed her RSL Level 1 Award in Musical Theatre Performance (Grade 2) with Distinction! A great achievement.
Several of our visiting instrumental and drama teachers are now offering free taster sessions on their instrument or discipline. Please contact Mrs McMorran for further details.
Prep school pupils took part in our half-termly informal concert/recital on Tuesday, all did themselves proud! A wide range of disciplines were represented, including piano, voice, violin, flute, acting monologues, cello, recorder and even a harmonica! Well done to you all, and thank you to the peripatetic staff involved.
The uptake for the free taster sessions for the LAMDA programme has been overwhelming, a very exciting future beckons for this at HXP! The taster sessions have begun, and we will aim to get through all of them by the end of next week. From there, we will contact those parents and it will be a ‘first-come, first-served’ approach to the allocation of lessons. Thank you for all your interest in this very beneficial and worthwhile activity for the children. Mrs McMorran
RADIO 2 COMPETITION
It's time for the Radio 2 '500 words' competition again and as a fair few of our students are working on their submissions, here is a set of Top Tips as how best to avoid common creative writing pitfalls.
YEAR 4 TRIP TO HERSTMONCEUX SCIENCE OBSERVATORY
On Monday Year 4 went on a school science trip to Hurstmonceux it was very exciting and we all had a great time. The first things that we all did when we got there was go into a large tent and have one of the activities explained to us. The activities we did were bridge building, which was good team work but a little scary we all ended standing on it!
We had a tour inside a observatory, where they had a very large telescope. The floor and roof moved to allow the scientists to look at the stars.
A fun part to our day were the hands on displays and watercourse activities where we had a ride on a vacuum powered chair, made electricity by using our muscles to power a train and the radio and finally experience a dark room with fun light shows.
We watched a great science show explaining how Tim Peake got to and survives in space, including burning rocket fuel, marshmallows in a vacuum and making drinking water from waste liquids on-board the space station.
By Isobel Owen
"A exciting day and my favourite part was the water circuit"- Roseanna Colley
"A good experience, I enjoyed the day and my favourite part was learning about the telescopes"- Sophia Mordant
"Amazing and fantastic, my favourite part was when the telescope roof went around"- Archie Eaton
"Brilliant fun and I learnt lots about space and telescopes"- Alex Dawson
MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS TO CHROME
What is the Calculator% App?
· The “Private Photo (Calculator%)” app is designed to help students hide photos and videos behind an innocent looking calculator app
· This application looks like a calculator but entering a passcode opens a private area
· All files are securely stored in the app and cannot be viewed in the default iPhone camera roll
How to find other secret apps on a phone
1. Get your student’s phone
2. Visit the App Store
3. Type in “secret” or “calculator” (or any other app name)
4. If it says “open,” your student has this app
5. If it says “get,” your student doesn’t have this app
6. The cloud logo means your student used to have the app
LOWER SCHOOL PRIZE WINNERS
Effort: Olivier Moseley-Davis
Dining Room Etiquette: George Rhodes
Courtesy: Eve Clarke
Effort: Archie Eaton
Dining Room Etiquette: Maudie Watts Williams
Courtesy: Frances Iveson
The boys’ hockey season is fast approaching, with training beginning on Friday 5th February. As you may have noticed, hockey sticks are now part of the boys kit list for Years 5 to 8 and these can be purchased from the School Shop at a very reasonable price or via a sports shop. Please ensure that these are clearly named in order that we can return any lost sticks. These are to be stored on pegs in the changing rooms. Boys will also require mouthguards and shin pads.
Thank you for your support. Mr Evans
ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS
Active Kids vouchers are back! Thanks to your generosity we were able to order lots of sports equipment in 2015 which the children are now benefiting from in their Games and PE lessons. Active Kids 2016 promises to be better than ever and we would again be very grateful for your vouchers. Please place these in the box on the table in the Front Hall of the Prep School.
Thank you for your support. Mr Evans
SCHOOL SHOP - NEW OPENING TIMES
Second Hand Sale – Including Summer Uniform & Cricket kit
There will be a second hand uniform sale on Friday the 26th Feb from 8am – 10 am & 3pm – 5pm
If your child has outgrown any of the summer uniform or cricket kit this would be an ideal opportunity to bring it to the school shop for re-sale prior to this date.
PREP HOUSE POINTS
100 House Points: Charles Brookes
200 House Points: Lily Bendall, Zaara Rahim, Edward Broadley, Elsa Bertelsen, Edward Hartley, Alexandra Hirons
100 House Points: Ben Bead
200 House Points: Alex Kennell, Ben Hardman, Nigella Broackes, Maya Loder, Lucy Ma, James Carmichael, Biba Bentley
400 House Points: Henry Boyle
200 House Points: Isobel Owen, Rosie Roff, Thomas Iveson
300 House Points: Alvaro De Cevallos
200 House Points: Poppi Spivey, Orlagh Guirey, Alex Dawson, Niamh Guirey, Freddie Wiseman. Brooke Tusler, Maria Subinas, Cecilia Subinas
300 House Points:
Another busy week for Reception! This week’s fairy tale was Snow White and the Prince needed Reception’s help filling his boats full of soldiers to go and rescue Snow White from the Wicked Queen. Reception learnt all about place value and soon the Prince was off on his mission. We have developed our rhyming skills through writing poems to mend the Queen’s mirror and trying to crack the code that locks the forest gate where Snow White is being kept. We have built a castle and chosen our favourite parts of the story to act out developing our skills in drama. Reception then received an apple which the dwarfs thought could be poisonous, we tested it and sure enough it was. Having noticed that where Snow White had bitten the apple had begun to turn brown.
Reception then carried out science experiments to see which liquid would keep the apple stay fresher for longer and observed the apples in different states. Some children even made colourful potions to inject into our own apples to turn the Queen into a friendly person instead of a mean one! Not stopping there, the children also wrote rhymes for the magic mirror and painted portraits of themselves.
Finally we planned our trip to Sainsbury’s next week and have a shopping list ready for Monday.
This week year 1 have been learning about star constellations, names and shapes. We were inspired by Greek and Roman myths to create our own constellations and make up exciting stories to go with them. We have thought about light and dark, daylight and night-time, and found out about how telescopes work. We love stargazing!
LEAVES OF ACHIEVEMENT
Danielle Ikhide, Lucy Ball (2), Max Dinning, Eleeha Makeem (2), Ciara Olney (2), Thomas Reynolds, Lucy Skerrett, Alexa Spivey, Samuel Trott, Kevin Cheng and Jemima Hirons, Hugh Crocker, Zachary Stein, Molly Cumberland, Henry Williams, Alexander Tsitoura, Oliver Trowell, Jemimah Davies
LEARNER OF THE WEEK
MR GAYLER'S LEARNER OF THE WEEK
This week the Little Owls have been talking about Safari and Jungle animals, learning their names and talking about the colour and patterns on their coats. The children have made some wonderful collage animals for the wall display and have also painted animal skin patterns.
Following on with the theme, the children made some elephant shortbread biscuits, practising their cookery skills and learning how to use a rolling pin. A sample batch of biscuits was also enjoyed at snack time!
Making the most of a very windy day, the Little Owls had lots of fun running around in the fresh air with their wind streamers which had been made earlier in the day.
WISE OWLS ........
It is always wonderful to see children engrossed in their imaginative play and we are pleased to announce that the Wise Owls Medical Centre has been successfully treating many patients this week. Bandaging has proved the most popular form of treatment and the stethoscopes have also been a favourite medical instrument.
We are delighted that our Wise Owls are developing a growing interest in mark-making and many have been working hard on their pencil grip. This has also been evident in the self-portraits they have been producing as part of our ‘All About Me’ theme. The children have been looking in mirrors and studying their features and the colour of their eyes and their hair and we have been learning about similarities and differences between us.
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