Category: Prep

Year 1 Trip to the Museum of London & Monument

On Tuesday, year 1 braved the cold weather to explore the Great Fire of London at the Museum of London and the Monument. The Great Fire of London is one of the most well-known disasters in London’s history. It began on 2 September 1666 and lasted just under five days. One-third of London was destroyed and about 100,000 people were made homeless.

Year 1 channelled the spirit of intrepid historians and used their skills of historical enquiry to study a range of primary and secondary artefacts at the museum. They also spent time considering exactly what it might have been like to be caught up in the fire as it blazed through Pudding Lane. We are very grateful to all the parents who volunteered to support this trip.

Year 5 visit the British Museum and present to parents

Year 5 kicked off the new week with a trip to the British Museum where they spent the day exploring the Ancient Maya exhibits. The museum holds thousands of objects from South America, from the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilian to Colombian goldwork and Aztec turquoise mosaics. The pupils also attended a workshop entitled Lives of the Ancient Maya which involved an engaging presentation about Maya civilisation and the sharing of amazing objects from Yaxchilan and other ancient cities in Mesoamerica. It provided a fantastic insight into Maya rulers, buildings, beliefs, writing, food, entertainment and the environment.

On Thursday morning the girls drew together all the learning from the Autumn Term and presented it in a highly polished and well-observed assembly. Drawing on the classroom experience of year 5, the girls relayed their learning from across the curriculum with humour, attention to detail and composure. Well done to all our year 5 pupils as well as Mrs Duffy and Miss Nayler for supporting the learning with such passion.

Success at the Beckenham Festival!

The Beckenham Festival of Speech and Drama, took place on Saturday at the Westwood Theatre where lots of Prep girls were in competition with pupils from local schools. The Festival is one of the largest amateur competitive performing arts festivals in the south-east of England. There are around 450 classes in Music, Dancing and Speech & Drama, with specialist adjudicators in all sections. As well as certificates and medals there are over 200 cups and trophies to be won.

Everyone had a wonderful time and here are some of the results:

 

POETRY YEAR 1/2 CLASS

1st PLACE and GOLD MEDAL:  ORLA HOGWOOD

2nd PLACE and SILVER MEDAL:  LILY MONAGHAN

 

POETRY YEAR 3/4 CLASS:

JOINT 2nd PLACE and SILVER MEDALS:

ANNAM KARIM and CHRISTINE WILKINSON

 

SOLO ACTING YEAR 4

1st PLACE and GOLD MEDAL: CARMEN LAYTON

2ND PLACE and SILVER MEDAL: PRISHA GAURAV

 

DUO ACTING YEAR 5/6

1st PLACE, GOLD MEDAL AND TROPHY:

SABINE HUMAYUN and MOLLY PATTON

 

SOLO ACTING YEAR 7 to 9

Marnie Ugo-Evans scooped the Drama Shield for  for the 3rd year running with her uplifting scene from Terence Rattigan’s, ‘The Winslow Boy’.

Daisy Patton was awarded the Bronze medal in the same category for her emotional piece, ‘A Terrible Rage’.

 

Most of the girls were performing for the first time, to a packed audience of parents, siblings and grandparents, putting the school’s ethos of ‘Fear Nothing’ firmly into practice!

It is wonderful to see the children gaining confidence and pride in themselves before your eyes, and fantastic to see so many parents supportive and appreciative of the event.

– Ms Borge, Teacher of Speech & Drama

Humanities Week at Prep

Geographical and historical skills have been the name of the game this week as Mrs Mitchell-Morgan led us through a mouth-watering Humanities Week. Anchored in the theme of Foods Around the World, pupils from across Prep School immersed themselves in a study of global cuisines. Through research, investigation and collaboration each year group explored the history and providence of foods that originate from outside the UK but have found popularity in our food culture.

The Prep School Hall was transformed into a global food timeline representing the evolution of world food. As the week progressed so did the timeline to reflect the outcomes of the research conducted in class.

The bottom of the playground was transformed by the introduction of a mud kitchen which adopted a different time period each day and provided the pupils with the opportunity to explore cooking in the world war one trenches, a Victorian manor house and a Roman palace.

Throughout the week the school has been filled with exotic foodstuffs from around the world and we are very grateful to all the parents who contributed to this celebration. A big thank you also goes out to Mrs Mitchell-Morgan for masterminding such a marvellous Humanities Week.

Playwrights of the Caribbean

Lunchtimes this week were bursting with fun and excitement thanks to the new Performing Arts initiative spearheaded by Mrs Spence and Mr Welch. Original pieces devised by pupils in year 5 and year 6 were performed in the Outdoor Classroom to a big audience of Prep School pupils.

Inspired by their Autumn Term CONNECT+ topics Chocolate and Kensuke’s Kingdom, pupils took to the stage to perform as part of our Playwrights of the Cocoa Bean and Playwrights of the Caribbean competition.

Pupils in the audience not only offered support to the performers but completed motivational play reviews of each production.

 

#SmileUntilChristmas launched at Prep

Throughout this week we have been looking at the different ways we can develop our resilience. Inspired by the hashtag #SmileUntilChristmas, each class engaged in class discussion and debate about the how we can promote resilient approaches in ourselves and in each other. By exploring the positive effect exercise and physical exertion has upon mental health we have identified lots of opportunities to build a healthy mind through healthy attitudes to movement.

School Council led the way by helping each class make a resilience commitment that they will work towards between now and Christmas. The commitments are all incredibly inspiring and range from creating motivational messages to finding time for mindful colouring sessions and running around the netball court each day.

Have a look at a selection of commitment posters in the gallery below:

Prep School Music Showcase

On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of music in the Senior School Longton Hall. Soloists from year 3 and year 4 showcased the progress they have been making in their individual music lessons. Every performer put a huge amount of effort into their performance and it was a delight to see such a wide variety of instruments on display. The Prep School Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble and Guitar Group also got out toes tapping and set the tone for a vibrant year of music ahead. Thank you to Miss Duval, Miss Bloor, Mr Welch, Miss Brice-Mitford and Mr Harper for their support in preparing the girls for the concert.

Diwali celebrations at Prep

On Wednesday we enjoyed celebrating Diwali across Prep School. The day began with an assembly in which we explored the story of Rama and Sita. During the course of the rest of the day, pupils from across Prep School visited the outdoor classroom to find out more about how the Festival of Lights is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs around the world. Thank you to the families who supported the celebrations with donations of Diwali food, decorations and Diva lamps.

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