From the

Dear Parents

In our whole school assembly this week, we talked about the importance of a positive attitude at school and indeed in life.

Many of our children display this every day from the moment they say goodbye to their parents and greet those of us that assist with "Drop off" every morning.  We all agree that learning is so much easier with a positive attitude; and it is such a pleasure to spend time with our friends and peers when those around us also exhibit a positive attitude.  Attitude is something that can make a big difference.  It is the manner we conduct ourselves, the way we hold ourselves and the way we approach our lives on a daily basis.  We can all learn from each other and well done to all children who arrive every day with an excellent attitude, ready to learn.

Remember it's "Jeans for Genes" day tomorrow for those who want to participate.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Kathryn Korcz

Calendar & Events

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Tuesday 4/9/18
Half Term:
22/10/18 - 2/11/18
End of Term:
Friday 14/12/18

Spring Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 7/1/19
Half Term:
18/2/19 - 22/2/19 
End of Term:
Friday 5/4/19

Summer Term 2019

Term Starts:
Tuesday 23/4/19
May Day:
Monday 6/5/19
Half Term:
27/5/19 - 31/5/19 
End of Term:

Wednesday 17/7/19

ISSUE: 346    20th September 2018


Cool Cats Uniform Supplier: TGPS website - Please access the Uniform & Equipment heading on the home page there is a direct link to the Cool Cats website.


Friday 21st September           
Jeans 4 Genes Day
(jeans & school PE tops)
U11/U9 Cross Country @ Wellow House (a)

Saturday 22nd September  
11 + Exams (non verbal reasoning)

Tuesday 25th September      
Inter-house cross country - Juniors

Wednesday 26th September     
Gravity Fields - The Big Space Show
                        Y2 - Y6

Thursday 27th September     
Gravity Fields - The World Changed Here
                      - Science & Suffrage

                        Years 5 & 6

Friday 28th September
"Friends" meeting, 9.00am

Gravity Fields -  Simon Watt "Look Up"
                         Years 1-4
                      -  The Hogwallops

                         EYFS & Reception


Friday 19.10.18              Break up for Half Term

29.10.18 - 2.11.18          October Holiday Camp

Monday 5.11.18             Back to School

Tuesday 13.11.18          Parents' Evening, 5pm - 7.30pm

Thursday 15.11.18         Individual Photos
                                       Parents' Evening, 5pm - 7.30pm

Friday 16.11.18              Inter-House Recitation

Monday 10.12.18           Christmas Dinner, at school
                                       Christingle Service, 6pm
                                       at St Wulframs

Tuesday 11.12.18          Nativity Production, EYFS & Infants

Wednesday 12.12.18     Nativity Production, EYF&S  Infants

Thursday 13.12.18         Infant and Junior Discos & Santa's

14.12.18                         End of Term. School ends


Jeans for Genes Day

We are supporting Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 21st September 2018.

Wear your jeans (and PE tops) and bring in a donation of £1, to help improve the lives of children with life-altering genetic disorders.

There are half a million children in the UK living with a genetic disorder.  Your donations will go towards care, equipment and activities for children in real need.


Off Stage Drama

We are looking at offering Drama on a Saturday morning, this will naturally incur additional charges, however, at this stage, we are just looking to see if parents and children are interested.

We are hoping to be able to offer an hour of Drama, to begin with, with a view to extending this to a morning of Performing Arts in the future. If this is something that would be of interest to you and your child, then please contact the Office, or email Mrs Dickinson on

Friends of Grantham Prep are organising a
When: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Where: Grantham Prep School, School Hall & Music Room

Time: 4pm to 5.30pm 

Price: £4 per child 

Pizza will be provided for children
There will be fancy dress and best carved pumpkin competitions, a disco and much more..

There must be 1 adult present for every 4 children, please co-ordinate with other parents. We will capture this info when you sign up at the office
Residential  - Woodland Adventure - Y3 - Y6
Click on the link above for more details of our school residential, 15th July to 17th July 2019.  Please contact the school office to put your child's name down, a deposit of £50 is required.

There are still some places left, but we will need to pay our deposit next week in order to secure our place.  Please sign up at the school office as soon as possible.
We welcome two new members of staff this term, Madame Balestra, our new spanish teacher and Mr Garrett, our class music teacher.  Mr Garrett will be with us up until Christmas.
The Daily Mile
The Daily Mile Challenge!
This term our school has introduced a new tool to help our children become fitter (both mentally and physically), healthier, more sociable and EVEN raise their attainment and focus in the classroom! What is this wonder tool? Nothing more than a short period of sustained exercise walking, jogging and running. The Daily Mile Challenge has been created Nationally to help the Nations' children to become fitter and improve their general health and well-being. Each class teacher will choose appropriate times during the school day to take their class on a run / jog / walk around the school site for a period of 15 minutes. No special equipment or type of weather is needed and is inclusive of all. The Science says doing the challenge the children will 
  • become better engaged with the outdoors, more connected to nature and the seasons;
  •  more resilient and self confident; 
  • become invigorated, more focused and ready to learn resulting in raised attainment; 
  • may benefit from improved body composition - bone density, muscle strength and cardiovascular health;  
  • build improved relationships, often helping and encouraging their peers
  • they should bring the benefits home - often eating and sleeping better and encouraging their families to be active together. 
We will update you on the progress of everyone and how they are enjoying the challenge of A Mile a Day in future newsletters.

Dr Tim Williams, Choir Master at St Wulfram's leads assembly

On Monday morning Dr Tim Williams gave a wonderful presentation about the opportunity of being a chorister at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham. He spent time explaining the role of a chorister and hopefully inspired some of the pupils to think about joining the choir. Dr Williams has sent a letter home with further details on but if you have any questions about your child becoming a chorister please do not hesitate to contact me.
Miss Linehan

Under 10 Netball v Ayscoughfee Hall

It was an exceptionally windy afternoon as we welcomed Ayscoughfee Hall for the first netball match of the school year. Passing, shooting and just standing up at times was incredibly difficult but this didn’t deter either team.

As the match progressed both teams grew in confidence and the passing became more accurate despite the wind. The match finished 2-0 in our favour which was a great result.

Superb effort everyone involved.

Miss Linehan

U11 Stamford Hockey Tournament

The U11 girls were up against some stiff competition on Wednesday 19th September, when they played in the “A” league Stamford Endowed Schools festival of hockey in their first game/s of this season. 

I was so proud of their grit and performance. Bearing in mind that this is only the second season that hockey has been taught in the curriculum here, the results were pretty outstanding! 

Brooke v Grantham: 1-0
Laxton v Grantham 0-0
Stoneygate v Grantham 2-0
Ranby v Grantham 1-0
Copthill v Grantham 3-0
Stamford v Grantham 0-0

The girls showed true resilience and their performance improved with every subsequent game. 

The girls rapidly adapted to feedback. The Defence started putting the Attack under pressure, instead of being pushed back towards the opposition’s goal. 

With continued training and match play, I am confident that the girls will learn to pass the ball more quickly and read the game better.  We can do this by supporting each other and holding our space/positions on the pitch. This is a crucial first step. Also, by anticipating the game play, we can learn to place ourselves in a suitable attacking or defending position, to receive the ball from our team mates, who might be tackling the opposition. This is far more effective than piling in on the action, whereby feet are hit and passing opportunities become slim. 

A special well done to Georgina M in goal! She successfully defended and saved a lot of goals from being scored. This was her first time as goal keeper in a match too. Be proud of your performance today. 

Well done girls. Keep listening and striving to improve. Also, if you are interested and have the time, join a local hockey club. It’s an excellent way to compound your skills and up your game play.

Mrs Klimes and Mrs Clegg 

U9 Tag Rugby v Ayscoughfee Hall

Grantham Under 9 Tag Rugby team started the season against Ayscoughfee Hall on what was a very windy afternoon. The conditions made it extremely difficult to play flowing, expansive rugby and both sides lack of experience certainly showed early in the game. Grantham made the most of the visitors’ poor ball retention winning the first quarter comfortably. After a pep talk by their coach the visitors came out strongly in the next quarter and it took a good fight back from the Grantham side to eventually win the quarter. A much better third quarter saw both sides play more flowing rugby with some excellent passing skills on display from both sides and it was some individual brilliance which secured Grantham the quarter. The last quarter was another close run affair and in the end Grantham managed to complete a white wash winning all four quarters. In all a good afternoon in which were interesting rugby conditions. Both sides will have learnt a lot from the game and will be able to take the experience forward.

Band in the morning,
Band in the morning,
Band in the morning.
Whoop, Whoop!!!!!!!!

Mr Giles's top tip …….. Practise difficult passages slowly and build the speed up gradually. The slower you practise it, the quicker you’ll learn it!!!

News from IES/SEK Schools
6th Graders with Mr. Christopher Southwick & Ms. Kinga Borcsiczky

Sixth graders had an exciting first day.They were getting familiar with new classmates, books, supplies, and their new classroom. Also, they already had their first lessons in their different subjects,meeting new teachers who have not taught them before. First day of school is an important day. It's a new beginning of a year long learning,,and an opportunity to setting new goals as an individual student or as a classroom community.
Mr. Christopher Southwick
Grade 6B English class - conversational skill-building activity.
SEK Budapest International School

Visit to Children´s Museum

On August 28th PreK students had the opportunity to visit the “Museo de los Niños” in San José. The adventure began on the bus. They were very happy and excited just by riding such a big and colorful bus with their friends. At the museum, they enjoyed a healthy and delicious snack and right after this they got ready for the real fun. They explored and learned about dinosaurs, how to be a smart buyer at the supermarket, the relevance of recycling and how important all community helpers are in our lives. They had a great experience that remain in their memory for a long time.
Ms. Aguilar
Preschool Teacher
Colegio Internacional SEK Costa Rica
Lunch Note

Lunches are provided for all children by Edwards and Blake 
(Website: )

If you are selecting your child's lunches on a weekly basis, it must be done by midnight Thursday of the previous week.  Once you have made your choices, unfortunately, you are unable to change them.  However, if your child would like to change a meal, please email the school office ( with the date and meal choice that you would like changing and we will make the changes for you.

The Wise pay booking system for hot lunches is available through the TGPS website.

Thank you.

School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am         Normanton on Cliffe
8.20am         Ancaster
8.25am         Wilsford
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.

Access to the School Building after 4.30pm

As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening.  If you do not have the code,  please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.


Grantham Preparatory International School, Gorse Lane,Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 7UF
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