At the end of our first week, it is a pleasure to see everyone settled back into new school routines.
Please let us know as soon as possible if your child/children are interested in:
1. Exchange visit to Valencia/Spain in October 2018
2. Exchange visit to Udine/Italy in May 2019
3. Our annual activity residential in July 2019. "The Ultimate Woodland Adventure" (Next to West Midlands Safari Park, near Bewdley.)
We will need to book the flights for the Valencia exchange, as soon as possible and pay the deposit for the Woodland Adventure by the end of September. If anyone has any further questions or requires another letter, please let us know.
All three activities will provide exciting challenges for our children.
This weekend we wish our Year 6 class every success with their first 11+ test. The children have worked hard and now is the time to believe in yourself. If we believe in ourselves, then anything is possible. A positive attitude is so important for us all.
Enjoy the weekend.
Mrs Kathryn Korcz
Calendar & Events
Autumn Term 2018
22/10/18 - 2/11/18
End of Term:
Spring Term 2019
18/2/19 - 22/2/19
End of Term:
Summer Term 2019
27/5/19 - 31/5/19
End of Term: Wednesday 17/7/19
ISSUE: 345 13th September 2018
IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION
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 14th September
PCSO visit to school
Wednesday 19th September U11 Rugby @ Stamford Festival (a)
U11 Hockey @ Stamford Festival (a)
U10 Netball v Ascoughfee Hall (h)
U9 Tag Rugby v Ascoughfee Hall (h)
Friday 21st September U11/U9 Cross Country @ Wellow House
Jeans 4 Genes Day (jeans & school PE tops)
Every week in Class Two there will be awards for the Star Mathematician, Star Writer and a Headteacher Award. In addition to receiving a certificate, each child will have a badge to wear (to return after a week for the next children). Pupils can earn this monumental achievement for continually displaying determination, hard work and achieving individual goals. I am so proud to award the Writer of the Week to Ahaan, the Mathematician of the Week to Kitty and the Headteacher Award to Jessica for her tremdendous start to her Grantham Prep Journey. A special mention should be made to the entire class for demonstrating a positive working attitude.
Please look out for children in the Infants wearing badges and make sure you congratulate them!
RAF 100 Plane Challenge - International Bomber Command
On Wednesday 12th September Mrs Clegg, Miss Belasova and Year 5 girls attended The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln for the RAF's 100 Paper Planes Challenge.
On arrival we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the lovely grounds for the centre. The children were invited to remember the service and sacrifice of those involved with or affected by the RAF bombing campaigns during World War II.
We were shown the various site features such as the Spire Memorial and Memorial Walls containing the names of those who participated in Bomber Command's missions. Also we were taken to the Peace Garden, where 27 lime trees have been planted to represent the 27 wartime airfields of Lincolnshire.
The paper plane challenge involved the children spending time in the exhibition centre creating paper models of the Lancaster, the Vulcan, and our beloved Red Arrows. The challenge was to see whose plane would fly the furthest over the field of the memorial centre.
Sadly, no one from Grantham Prep School squadron won the competition, however the girls put lots of hard work, focus and enthusiasm into the project and a fantastic experience was had by both staff and pupils.
Our STEAM session this week was designed to get the children thinking about weights, forces and measures. Working in teams the children were asked to design a bridge that would span a gap of 20cm. They then had to test their designs to see which would hold the most weight. Each group of children had just 5 sheets of A4 and a metre of sellotape with which to create their bridges. This challenge promoted lots of discussion about the best way to use the paper to create a strong structure. The results of the task varied but one bridge managed to hold 1900g before collapsing.
The first outing of the season for the U11 Rugby team brought some warm sunshine and a visit to our close friends at Brooke Priory School. The format was slightly unusual in that we played 10 minute quarters against both the U11 team and the U10 team changing after each quarter. Some of our team were playing their first competitive, contact match and understandably there were nerves being displayed all around. The opening attack brought a fantastic passage of play stopping just short of the Brooke try line but it was enough to give the coaches a much needed boost of confidence after losing two players prior to kick off due to illness. Mistakes were made, learning opportunities were tackled and developments all around the field were noted. After 10 minutes Brooke had crossed our try line twice and we were yet to trouble the scorer. After a quick tactic break the U10 team took over and again we showed some early attacking promise but alas no scores. Ten minutes of improved rugby was witnessed and eventually a try was secured. It wasn’t until the final quarter that we actually took the lead by two scores to nil and were showing a sudden realisation that there was a reward available for all that effort. Three tries to the good was suddenly reduced to three tries each and a worthy draw was the finishing result. Everyone played their part in this fixture and provided plenty of scope for the coaches to get stuck into next Monday. Well played everyone.
U11 Girls Hockey Workshop with Brooke Priory
Brooke Priory attended our first hockey skills coaching workshop on Wednesday 12th September. The girls intermingled and partook in a series of “fun games” involving dribbling the ball around obstacles (cones) to learn manoeuvres to escape opponents. The girls progressed to playing “Ball Thief” whereby four bibbed players had to steel another player’s ball and dribble it through a goal to eliminate them. The goal keepers were assigned a goal and had the task of blocking the balls.
All the games played (The numbers game, Rob the nest, ball thief), involved an element of competition, as well as learning the necessary skills to play the 7 aside game.
This was a lovely way to re-enforce skills and start off the Hockey season.
Georgina M was nominated player of the session by Brooke Priory.
Our new Hockey captain for this season is Georgie C.
Please could parents be aware that students are not able to participate in any musical clubs such as Band, Clarinet group or Sax group without taking instrumental lessons at school.
I am very excited to announce that Grantham Prep have for the first time, four very keen students learning the trombone. Charlie Collins has transferred to trombone from the trumpet, and Georgina S, Savannah W and Dexter B are brand new starters. They had their first lesson last Friday taking the first step on their trombone musical journey, I wish them the best of luck for the future. I am delighted that we now have low brass in the school and look forward to having a trombone section in the school band in the not too distant future.
I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Samy on passing grade 1 cornet with distinction, well done Samy.
Band in the morning,
Band in the morning,
Band in the morning.
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!!!
Students from all levels; Kinder through to High School, took part in and enjoyed this year’s Drama Week. They were treated to a real variety of plays, from serious Greek Drama to comedies written by the students themselves, each play being adapted to its specific audience. Among the plays presented in English, students from seventh grade performed "12 Angry Pigs", a parody of the famous play "12 Angry Men, third grade presented an alternative to the traditional tale of The 3 Little Pigs, and a piece of dramatized poetry, and twelfth grade took on the gargantuan task of writing, directing, and starring in their own play, taking inspiration from Scooby Doo!
Nathan Jordan – Rowell
Head of Primary
Colegio Internacional SEK Paraguay ASUNCIÓN – PARAGUAY
Thank you to everybody who donated flowers and pot plants on spring day last Friday. The response from the students was overwhelming! You can imagine how delighted the residents of Heritage Manor Retirement Village felt when some of our students presented them with the beautiful posies.
The students performed Eisteddfod individual pieces, choral poetry and although unrehearsed they were persuaded to sing a few songs they had learnt during choir practice.
Our students were a credit to the school and can't wait to return next year!
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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
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.