I hope you all enjoyed the two week half-term break.
We all look forward, with excitement and anticipation, to this next half-term, running up to Christmas. It is a wonderful time of year to work with young children and it's going to be a busy few weeks!
Our Inter-house recitation is next Friday morning (16th November) and we hope that as many children as possible will take part in this event. Later the same day we will enjoy a Children in Need afternoon, organised by Year 6. It is the time of year when we all count our blessings and think of others less fortunate than ourselves.
Thank you to all of you who have filled a shoe box of presents and for your harvest donations. Mrs Dawson and I delivered these a few weeks ago and the contributions were very much appreciated by our local Food Bank. Many volunteers try to support local families at crisis point.
We all have so much to be grateful for.
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: 351 8th November 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 9th November
"Friends of Grantham Prep" meeting, 9am
Tuesday 13th November
Parents Evening, 5pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th November
U11 Rugby v. Wellow House (a)
U19 Hockey v. Wellow House (a)
Thursday 15th November
Individual School Photos
Parents Evening, 5pm - 7.30pm
Friday 16th November
Children in Need Day
Wednesday 21.11.18 Bag 2 School, drop off
Monday 10.12.18 Christmas Dinner, at school
Christingle Service, 6pm
at St Wulframs
Kittle Photographers will be in school Thursday 15th November 2018 to take individual photos of the children and also sibling groups.
If you have a child that does not yet attend Grantham Prep. but you would like them to have a photograph with their older brother/sisters, then please come to the school library/IT room between 8.30am and 8.50am where the photographer will be able to take a photo.
All children will be photographed with their class from 9am onwards.
Next Friday, 16th November, is Children in Need. Year 6 are busily preparing for the fair, organising lots of different fundraising activities to suit all ages. The event will take place in the Main Hall after lunch, and all of the children will have a chance to take part and/or buy a cake.
Please can we ask you to provide cakes and biscuits for the Big Pudsey Bake Sale, preferably individual ones, so that we don’t have to slice them! Can they please be brought in on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning next week – the 15th and 16th November. Children can bring in money, maximum of £5, to spend at the fair. We are hoping to beat last year’s amazing total of £542.91!
Bag 2 School
Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 3.15pm - 4.30pm
By getting involved in our Bag 2 School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided - this can include adults' and children's clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, bags, soft toys. Please note bedding, curtains and household linen cannot be accepted. In addition it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reusing. If you fill the donation bag and still have more, you can use any other bag to donate your items and don't forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!
If you would like to know more about the Bag 2 School fundraising initiative then please log on to their website www.bag2school.com for further details.
Please drop off your bag (or bags!) on Wednesday 21st November between 3.15pm and 4.30pm.
Bag 2 School will be collecting from our school on Thursday 22nd November 2018.
Pre-School and Reception make Poppy wreath for Remembrance Day
The children in Pre-school and Reception have been learning about the importance of Remembrance Day. They have been thinking about the members of the armed forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. They all made their own handprints which were put together to make a special giant poppy. The children and adults were pleased with the results and the special poppy has been put on our entry door to help everyone remember at this special time of year. Well done EYFS!
Back in May, the children who were in Class One wrote some beautiful poems for Prince Harry and Meghan to send congratulations to the couple on the occasion of their wedding. As the months have passed, we all thought that the royals had been so inundated with good wishes that we would not hear from them. Well, imagine our surprise when the postman delivered an envelope franked EIIR Buckingham Palace! Inside the chunky looking correspondence were individually addressed envelopes for each child. How thrilled we all were to receive such royal approval! It's been another memorable day for us all in the Infants. Mrs Bell
During their History session this week, Year One have been thinking about World War One and imagining what it must have been like to be a soldier, or indeed someone who was at home whilst a family member was doing their duty for our country. The children were pleased that all of the soldiers who did not return would be remembered and everyone thought it very important to show how much their efforts were appreciated. The children have been looking at the relevance of the colours of the poppy and the reasons why this flower is so special, having grown in the desolate battlefields after the terrible conflict. The children were very sensible and empathetic with the plight of such young people. Excellent work everyone. Mrs Bell
The start of a new term often signifies the commencing of a new topic. In History up until the break, Class Two are studying the Gunpowder Plot. Our lesson on Wednesday included a retell of the story, a thought-provoking classroom discussion and to finish, an exciting dramatic reconstruction of the moment when Guy Fawkes is caught with the barrels of gunpowder. We had so much fun learning important facts about the event, putting ourselves in the shoes of the characters and exploring an influential moment in British History.
Wednesday afternoon began with dark clouds and monsoon style rain. Thankfully, quite quickly rainbows appeared and the sun began to shine again as we welcomed Ayscoughfee Hall netball team. Both teams played exciting netball from the beginning, passing the ball accurately. Despite some determined defending by Ayscoughfee, wonderful teamwork and outstanding personal performances enabled us to win the game. A very creditable score line of 9-2 was achieved.
Superb effort everyone involved.
U9 B Team Rugby @ St Hugh’s Tournament
The B team travelled to St Hugh’s this week to take part in a new style of tag rugby. Although scoring tries was still the aim, having fun, learning the team skills of the game and showing commitment was high on our coaching strategy. When endless hours of coaching the intricacies of passing and catching get preferred for one pass and then run through the team to score, you begin to re evaluate why bother. The Grantham Prep way of playing rugby (as many of the children will tell you) is to run straight and pass. It doesn’t matter that a try doesn’t always emerge at the end, the team members feel part of the game and the crowd are entertained. The team played 4 matches (v St Hugh’s A, Highfields, St Hugh’s B and St George’s) and scored 12 tries altogether. We didn’t win any games but progress was evident and every one of the tries involved all 5 players in the team. There were a few nearly tries and a few, unlucky tries but in all 4 games I was very proud of the 5 players who battled hard and tried to play ‘rugby’ throughout the afternoon. Four of the five players were only year 3 and so were finding life tough against mainly year 4 opposition but this seemed to spur them rather than deter them. Congratulations to all five players
U9 Hockey Tournament at St Hugh's
On Wednesday 7th November, the U9’s played in the St. Hugh’s U9 Hockey Festival.
The girls played incredibly well and swapped positions on the pitch, took turns at being substituted and on the whole, focussed and listened to feedback. Considering that this is only their second season of hockey, the girls have grasped the basic skills and have learnt about positional play quickly.
I was very proud of their determination and willingness to get involved with tackling the opponents, supporting each other and learning to space out. This is a difficult skill to master at this age! They only tackled their own team mates a couple of times, in their eagerness to win the ball.
The results were as follows:
St Hugh’s 1: 0-0 draw
St Georges, Boston: 0-1 win to us
Highfields, Newark: 4-0 loss to us
St Hugh’s 2: 1-2 win to us
Well done to everyone. Please remember your thermal base layers now that the weather has turned cold. We had a few frozen players today.
Also, please join a club to complement what you’ve learned. It really is the best way to progress and develop a passion for the sport. We have four more weeks and then we shall be moving onto the Netball season. Let’s keep those hockey skills going if we can.
Annual Pumpkin Patch Field Trip Is A Tradition at Boca Prep
The students from PreK to PYP5 went on a pumpkin patch field trip this past Monday. Before the field trip, each class discussed what a pumpkin patch is and why they are associated with autumn. The students discovered how the pumpkin tradition came from Europe over to America and how it has evolved into what it is today with pumpkins having a leading role each fall.
During the field trip, the students listened to a fall story, took a class picture, and participated in a fall activity. Each student also purchased a pumpkin.
After the field trip, the whole lower school had a good time decorating their pumpkins back at school and letting their creativity shine.
The annual trip is a lovely tradition and it was a wonderful day for all.
Boca Prep International School
Social Media Debate
A debate on Social Media was hosted by SEK Paraguay against The American School of Asunción (ASA). Both our novice and experts teams delivered brilliant speeches using research and evidence to support their arguments. Throughout the battles every student showed superb engagement through their tone and body language. Results were pretty close but ASA won both categories. We congratulate our students for their tremendous effort and the commitment to this wonderful and important learning experience. Thanks also to our guest judges who came to help make a debate a true success.
Colegio Internacional SEK Paraguay
ASUNCIÓN - PARAGUAY
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.