ISSUE:  429 19th November 2020

From the

Dear Parents

Thank you for your support with Children in Need.  Year 6 managed to raise £704.30 for this worthy cause, which is a massive achievement and would not be possible without your support.  Year 6 and Mrs Dickinson had to think "outside the box" and find new ways of providing games and entertainment for different year groups, without mixing our bubbles!  Congratulations everyone.

Last Friday I had the privilege of listening to many children who tried so hard to learn some challenging poems, which they performed in front of their peers.  Congratulations to everyone who took part and well done to all those awarded certificates on the day.

Thank you to everyone who remembered to wear a pair of odd socks last Monday.  It was an excellent way to remind us about "being different" and that we are all unique.  It prompted some useful and meaningful discussions too at the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week.  Everyone should be happy at school and we all need to treat each other with consideration and kindness.

As always in Primary School, Christmas preparations are underway.  It is one of the many delights which come from working with young children.  We hope our Christmas tree will arrive toward the end of next week and our school postbox will come out on the 30th November and disappear on the 4th December.  The cards can then have a weekend of self-isolation before being distributed as usual by Year 6 on Monday 7th December.

Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Korcz
Dates & Events


Fri 4th December 
Local MP to visit school


Mon 7th December
School Christmas Dinner

Tues 8th December
Virtual production of 

Weds 9th December
Christmas Raffle Draw

Thur 10th December
Christmas Top/Jumper Day
Christmas Grotto & Parties

Fri 11th December
End of Term 



Mon 4th January
Staff Training Day - pupils not in

Tues 5th January
Back to School

Thurs 7th January
Junior Club Sign Up Day

Thurs 21st January
WW1 Virtual Experience Day (Y5/Y6)


Academic Year 2020-2021

Spring Term 2021

Tuesday 5th January 2021 - Thursday 1st April 2021
Half Term:  Monday 15th February - Friday 19th February  2021

Summer Term 2021
Monday 19th April - Friday 16th July 2021
Half Term:  Monday 31st May 2021 - Friday 4th June 2021
May Day:  Monday 3rd May 2021
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Autumn Term 2021            
Monday 6th September – Friday 10th December 2021
Half Term:  Monday 18th October – Friday 29th October 2021
Spring Term 2022               
Tuesday 4th January – Friday 1st April 2022
Half Term:  Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022
Summer Term 2022            
Tuesday 19th April – Wednesday 20th July 2022
Half Term:  Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June 2022
May Day:  Monday 2nd May 2022
Inter-House Recitation
Pre-School's Special recording of "Give us a P"
Please sit back and enjoy the following video of our first place winners, from Reception through to Year 6, reciting their poems.
Inter-House Recitation

Last Friday was the annual Inter-House Recitation competition and we were treated to a wide range of poems with large numbers of entrants from every class within the school. All the children throughout the school had learnt their poems well and performed them with confidence. Each child rose to the challenge and spoke with clarity and enthusiasm.

A huge thank you to Mrs Korcz who had the very difficult job of adjudicating the entries. Well done to everybody who took part. Please take time to enjoy the winning performances and a super recording from the Early Years department.

Miss Linehan

The winners this year were as follows:
1st Zara,  2nd George  

Class 1
1st Christopher, 2nd Sophia

Class 2
1st Alexandra, 2nd Isabelle

Class 3
1st Hugo, 2nd Rafferty

Class 4
1st Iris, 2nd Alice

Class 5
1st Olivia, 2nd Matthew

Class 6
1st Felicity, 2nd Tessa and Isobel
Overall Infant Winner
Alexandra H-S

Overall Junior Winner
Felicity C

House Recitation Trophy
Newton  =157 points
Brownlow = 138 points
Hornsby = 128 points
Odd Socks Day
Odd Socks Day

Children and staff came to school wearing their odd socks on Monday.  What a great way to kick off Anti-Bullying week by celebrating everything that makes us all unique.
Children In Need
Year 6 children with their Primary Maths Challenge Certificates on Children in Need Day.
Children in Need Spotacular event 2020

A huge well done to all of Class 6, and their parents. They proudly delivered their games boxes to each bubble on Thursday morning and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children's faces and excitement. They proudly ran the mini games and cake stall for Class 5 and have loved sharing the pictures of the classes enjoying the games and activities that they had provided. 

Yuvan correctly guessed that there were 57 sweets in the jar - don't eat them all in one go Yuvan!

Mrs Thompson's duck saw off tough competition to come in first in the annual Children in Need Duck Race.

Lots of children won some lovely prizes.

Thank you to all of the parents who bought onesies, cakes and raffle prizes - we really do value your support in this annual fundraising event.

The pictures say it all.

Mrs Dickinson
Cross Country Virtual Event

Congratulations to Pippa (Yr 5) who was our only athlete in the Witham Hall School Virtual Cross Country event who managed a medal place. The top 10 athletes in each age category received medals. Pippa was 9th from over 135 athletes in U10 Girls. The event attracted over 800 runners and despite our little group of 30 runners not getting more medals, there were some fabulous performances. George (Yr 3), Benjamin (Yr 3), Mya (Yr 4) and Sofia (Yr 6) all finished in the top 20 in their respective age groups. In the top 30 places from again over 130 runners we had Harry (Yr 2), Eva (Yr 3), Katherine (Yr 5) and Lily May (Yr 5) I am still waiting confirmation of the results of the Daily Mile competition organised by the Grantham and District Sports Association which we entered as a school back in early October - fingers crossed!

Mr Park

The Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Starting on Thursday 12 November with world number one female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club - Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. Follow us using #YSTAfterSchool and click below for more information.  
Class 1 Firework pictures
These bright and colourful pictures were completed by class 1, linking in to Bonfire Night, and Firework celebrations for Diwali.

Pupils added lots of sparkle with glitter gel, and really captured the colours, excitement and spectacle of fireworks – super work Class 1, well done!

Mrs Jackson

Here’s the completed display of Class 5’s studies of Footwear.

Pupils worked hard to observe the shapes, proportions and character of their trainers.
By using 2b grade pencils, they added tonal and textural shading, developing their ability to blend, refine and add depth and detail to their work.

The finished work is brilliant – very well done, Class 5!

Mrs Jackson
Our week in Pre-School

Our third week into the term and our Pre-school children continue to settle into school life. As the photos show a lot of learning is done through play and fun. At the beginning of the week the children were introduced to the celebration of Diwali. The children heard a story about Sita and Rama and before making their very own Divya candle collage and under Mrs Atkins lead, a clay candle pot. On Wednesday, the children visit the ICT suite and library to select a book to borrow and then worked on the computers on the Simple City ICT program. The children are quickly learning to use a mouse independently and how to use the program effectively. As you can see Vivienne was particularly proud of her picture! Well done everyone for a busy but very fun week!

Mrs Whinney
Diwali and Doubles in Reception

This week the children in Reception and Pre-School have been learning about Diwali ‘The Festival of Light’ in our Understanding the World lessons. The Hindu celebration started on Saturday 14th November and lasts for five days. The children have been trying on some special clothes, reading the story of Rama and Sita and making some lovely clay diva lamps, which are still drying. They also enjoyed painting some decorative mehndi hands and creating some colourful rangoli patterns.

In maths the focus this week has been doubles. We have been working with Numicon and mirrors. The children held up one coloured number Numicon up to the mirror and they could see its double. This helped them solve some tricky doubling challenges that we had set for them both inside and in our outdoor classroom.

A great week of learning Reception, well done!

Mrs Ives
Year 1

Everybody knows their body!

 'Animals including Humans' is the Science topic this term in Year One. The children are now very knowledgeable about the 6 main animal groups and the characteristics by which they are grouped. Everyone can describe components of the diet for carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and following a lively rendition of 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes,' the children were challenged to neatly label the body parts on a human child. Many children did an exceptional job, carefully cutting and sticking the names of key features before drawing straight lines (using rulers) to attach the labels correctly.  Super work, Class One. 

Mrs Bell
Year 2
A Journey of a Lifetime

Class Two have thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the Christmas Production which includes both a Story and fantastic Musical Hits!

In addition to this, the children have been exploring the ideas and themes behind the Nativity story. They considered that many people had to travel a long way in order to see baby Jesus and each gave him precious gifts. To compensate this, the children had to imagine if they went on a long journey, what important items would they pack in their suitcase and why? What is value? Can something be valuable even if it does not cost a lot of money?

All important questions, especially at this time of year!

Thank you for the continued support and kindness from everyone: teachers, parents and, of course, the children!

Mr Mytton
Year 3 & Year 4
STEAM Roly Polys!
Over the past 2 weeks in their STEAM session Class 3 and 4 have been designing and making their own push-along roly poly toys. The children had to consider both the performance and the appearance of their rolling toys. The children had to think about the different sorts of rolling motion and how these could be achieved by particular arrangements of wheels and axles. After the design process they then had to set about the construction of the toys and finally each child had the chance to test out their designs and evaluate the performances.

Great job Class 3 and 4.

Miss Linehan and Mrs Jackson.
Year 5
Children in Need

Last week class 5 were treated to their own special Children in Need activity afternoon with the thanks to year 6. The children really enjoyed playing the games the children in class 6 had put on and they also enjoyed purchasing the wonderful selection of cakes! Even more so, all the money raised going to a wonderful cause.

Mr Tranter
Music Lessons
News from our other IES Schools
Coping Strategies
In this time of pandemic in which we must be at home, adapting new routines, stopping doing our daily and preferred activities outside the home, it is very important to be attentive to our emotions and feelings.
The 2nd grade students have worked together:
Literature when meeting a funny character from a book that teaches us the complications of having all our feelings and emotions in a tangle.
Breathing and meditation when learning to identify each feeling and emotion, to separate them in a small bottle, to name it and to identify the secret message that each emotion gives us.
Arts and crafts to make a fun, accessible tool that we can also share as a family to promote communication and empathy. This "Mood-mometer" is very close to each student and every day they and their family are pointing out how they feel.
Miss Lucia Mendez
Tutor & English 2nd. Grade Teacher
Colegio Internacional SEK
Egypt Day
I want to see Egypt and raft down the Nile.
I want to see all of their stones in a pile.
I’ll meet an old Pharaoh and wear his cool hat
Or eat with the woman who knew the first cat.
But while I wait (since it might be a while)
I’ll dress my dog up in that white mummy style (by Steve Hanson)
And that is exactly what our Year 3’s did and boy did they dress up to the nines!  After weeks of learning all about the history, geographical features, Egyptian society, pharaohs and pyramids, it was finally time to hold our iconic Egypt Day!  We were graced by the presence of pharaohs, queens and even a few mummies.
Blouberg International School
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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