Weekly Newsletter 11 November 2022

In the Newsletter this week ..... Head Master, Pre-Prep, Remembrance Day, Music, Art, Oundle Balloon Debate, Maths, Eco Club, Non-School Events, Lost Property, Online Safety

From the Head Master

Staff News

Very many congratulations indeed to Miss Morrell who was married during the half term break.  Miss Morrell will now be known as Mrs King (the second new king in the space of two months!).  I do wish her and her husband, James, all the very best.

I am very sad to report that Miss Blason will be retiring at Easter.  Miss Blason has led Girls’ Games at Spratton for many successful years and we will be extremely sad to see her go.  There will be plenty of time between now and Easter to say a proper thank you and goodbye.  I will keep you updated with new teaching appointments in due course.  I very much hope Miss Blason enjoys her final few months at Spratton before her retirement.

Oundle School Balloon Debate

I was delighted to hear how well our team of four Year 8 pupils who took part in the Oundle School Balloon Debate did yesterday.  In a very tough competition against many other schools, I am delighted to report that Teddy Green won through to the final and came runner-up.  Teddy was ably supported in the team by Hester Milne, Alfie Fowler and Charlotte Suggitt.  Very well done and congratulations to all of the team.

IAPS National Finals

Our Jets A Hockey team are, as I write, taking part in the IAPS National Hockey Finals at Cheltenham College having won through from the regionals.  The standard of hockey will be extremely high and I know it will be a great challenge for them and I do wish them the very best of luck.

Year 7 Trip to London

I was due to spend the day yesterday with Year 7 for my annual trip to London but, owing to the tube strike, we had to postpone it.  Having seen the transport chaos in London yesterday, I am very glad indeed that it was postponed, but very sorry for the children who, I know, were looking forward to it.  We have a provisional new date of 14th March 2023.

Remembrance Day

This morning, we held our usual Remembrance Day service in the car park in front of the flagpole.  This is always a very special and poignant occasion as it is one of the few times in the year when the entire school community comes together as one.  Thank you and well done to those children who took part in the service, whether laying the wreath, giving a reading or indeed playing the ‘Last Post’, which Finn Coker did beautifully.

Earrings

I would like to just reiterate that which I wrote in my letter at the beginning of term – just a reminder that children should not wear earrings of any description at school (including the plastic earring retainers).  This is largely a matter of safety but also we have had a number of items that have become misplaced as the children have to remove them.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

SHSPA Quiz Night

I am very much looking forward to the ‘Curry & Quiz Evening’ tonight.  I am delighted that the evening has sold out and I am sure it will be thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend. May the best team win!

Thank you

Simon Clarke

PRE-PREP

It’s Nativity Season!

No sooner have we returned from half term, than the key is turning in the Pre-Prep costume cupboard and staff begin scurrying back and forth with armfuls of tunics, tinselly crowns and shepherd crooks.  The conversations that can be heard trickling from the inner depths of the cupboard never fail to tickle me … “We’re missing a camel!”  “Brown donkey or grey donkey?” and even, “That’ll never do for the angels!” Our nativity preparations are truly underway!

Remembrance Poppy Pebbles Art Installation

In the hazy, damp Autumn weather, our Spratton Hall Remembrance Service proved to be a most moving occasion, for which the whole school gathered together.
With Remembrance in mind, the children had each been busy painting a pebble with a vibrant, red poppy shape and, this week, the painted pebbles were carefully laid out on the terrace in a large spiral. With a contribution from each pupil in the school, the results proved both thought provoking and beautiful in equal measures.  If you get the opportunity to pop into school to see this art installation, inspired by Mrs Moreton, please do!

Year 2 Visit to the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre

The second half of this term was kick-started for our Year 2 children with a visit to a local Buddhist Centre. Arranged as a rich introduction to the Buddhist faith, the children completed a range of activities including making their own mandala, which they accompanied with ideas for what would make a perfect world. There were some very thoughtful suggestions, from having plenty to eat for everyone, to having a loving family and a safe home. The children even had a go at meditation and you could have heard a pin drop!

Next Tuesday 15th November, it is Year 1’s turn to venture out when they head off on their visit to Gallone’s Ice Cream Factory and Parlour.

Pre-Prep Pupil Achievements

Congratulations to Alice Evans (2A) who has gained her 25m Swimming Award.

Well done to Bertie Brady-White (1S) who was awarded, ‘Star Player of the Week’ at his rugby club.

Congratulations to Sophia Hodgkins (2L) for gaining her Level 1 Gymnastics Award.

Final congratulations go to Dakshan Premkumar (2M) who was awarded a trophy and a certificate from a local MP for his dancing and acting performance in a Deepavali cultural celebration.  Dakshan also achieved an amazing set of results in his Tamil language examinations.

Fiona Sanchez
Head of Pre-Prep

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Remembrance Day at Spratton is a time to gather the whole school together and collect our thoughts whilst The Last Post is played.

This year, children have also painted Remembrance pebbles as part of their PSHCE project which have been placed in a circle on the Terrace as a beautiful memorial display.

MUSIC

Rugby Music Day

Members of our Junior Wind Band and Concert Band had a great time at the Rugby Music Day yesterday. They were joined by musicians from Bilton Grange, Maidwell Hall and St Anselm’s to form a massed Concert Band led by Mr Ian Foster, the Director of Brass. We had a wonderful day learning a range of pieces to perform. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

ABRSM Exams – Monday 14th November

Slips have now been sent home to all pupils taking an exam. Exam times can also be checked on the ABRSM portal. Pupils need to arrive approximately 30 minutes before their exam time to warm up.

Music in Quiet Places Concert – Monday 14th November

We are looking forward to our next Informal Concert, ‘Music in Quiet Places’, which will take place on Monday 14th November in St Andrew’s Church, Spratton. Performers and siblings will have tea at 4.00 pm, they will then go to their normal clubs and activities after school. Years 7 & 8 will go to prep instead of team practice. Performers and siblings will walk down to the church at 4.50 pm. Pre-Prep siblings will need to be collected from school. Siblings must sit with their parents for the duration of the concert please. For performers and siblings in Year 4, please check the letter sent out on Monday.

Christmas Concert – Monday 12th December

All of our music ensembles will be performing in the concert, please keep the date free!

ART

On Wednesday, Archie, Niku, Josh, Hannah and Ameila took part in Stowe School Art Day which included workshops on the theme of ‘Sea Creatures’.

They made sculptures from plastic junk, made stencils of coral and sea animals and sprayed them onto a large canvas, tried out Google Tilt Brush, where you paint in 3D space with virtual reality, and made an etching of small fish.

It was great fun!

OUNDLE BALLOON DEBATE

Hester, Alfie, Charlotte & Teddy competed in the Oundle Balloon Debate yesterday. After successfully making the final round, with Teddy leading the way with his passionate speech about the credentials and success of Billie Jean King, we secured the Runners-Up position. It was a fantastic event and we produced an outstanding collection of speeches with all four entrants worthy of a place on the finals table. Huge congratulations to Teddy for securing another top table finish for Spratton Hall!

MATHS

We are celebrating ‘Maths Week England’ with an England Rocks competition!

From Monday 14th November to Wednesday 16th November, Spratton Hall pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 can compete against others across England in answering as many multiplication and division questions correctly as they can.

The winning school and class will be based on the highest average number of correct answers per pupil. Every correct answer that a pupil gives, in any game type, between the hours of 07:30 to 19:30 each day within the competition period, will contribute to their class and school score.

There is a 60 minute limit playtime per player, per day. Those 60 minutes do not need to be played in one block – they can be spread throughout each day.

There are prizes up for grabs for top scoring classes, but the real winner, as always with TTRS, will be our times table knowledge!

Best of luck to all pupils. Rock on!

ECO CLUB

Eco Club have been planting bluebells this week in the Forest School and we are looking forward to seeing them pop up in the Spring!

SHSPA

Christmas Fayre

We require a number of donations for a variety of stalls at the upcoming children’s Christmas Fayre please:-

Nearly new toys (no books)
Clean, soft toys
Tombola prizes
Jolly jars (no nuts or chocolates, no jars that have had nuts in)
Lucky dip prizes (small, wrapped gifts)

All donations to be left in the box in the Hunter Hall foyer please.

Many thanks for your support.

Christmas Baubles

The deadline date for ceramic baubles has been extended to 25th November.

NON-SCHOOL EVENTS

Christmas Advent Music – Boughton 3.12.22

Dancespirations – Carrie Bianco Stage School at Countesthorpe Community College 25/26.11.22

Please click this link to the Non-School Events section of the school website for further information.

LOST PROPERTY

Riav Wright-Levy (RY) – school coat (named)

Found – ladies black leather gloves found in dining room

 

NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY GUIDES

The National Online Safety website provides weekly guidance for parents on the platforms and websites used by children, together with hints and tips for internet safety.  These guides give parents knowledge about a number of issues including age-appropriate content, sharing location, visible personal data, scammers and trolling etc.  Parents can also follow them on social media which enables their weekly ‘Wake Up Wednesday’ campaign containing these guides, to pop up on their feed.

Here is the link to the school website where you will find more details and further helpful information.

This week’s guide: How to Combat Online Bullying