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EAL Pupil of the Week Dance Lessons Diary Dates 4-Mality Percussion Workshop Year 7 Production Rehearsals Prt a Portrait School Photo Sale Green Corner
Boarding Life Year 6 Thoughtful Learner - Skill 4
Sports News 4
Pre-Prep & Minis News 5-7
Issue 558 22 January 2015
If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Editor: [email protected] or call 01458 837763
Boarders Go-Karting Trip See Page 3
4-Mality Workshop Fifteen percussionists from Millfield Prep were invited to participate in a percussion workshop last Friday at Millfield, run by professional percussion ensemble 4-Mality.
The quartet is one of the world's most innovative quartets and was formed by previous BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Adrian Spillett. Page 2
Exeat Weekend Friday 23 Sunday 25 January
Boarding pupils can be collected from Houses at 3.45pm
Years 3, 4 & 5 3.30pm from Martins Lane
Years 6, 7 & 8 3.45pm from Martins Lane
Please inform Mrs Guidi if you require coach travel: [email protected]
Maths Olympiad Triumph Year 8 pupil Max F has outsmarted hundreds of Britains brightest teenage mathematicians with an outstanding score at the British Maths Olympiad.
The exam paper 12-year-old Max sat is aimed at Sixth Form pupils and is taken by 1500 of the very best mathematicians in the country, with several international schools now also entering the competition.
Maxs result of 25 placed him in the top 700 of those who sat the paper and he was only one mark off a distinction, which is only awarded to 25% of pupils.
Congratulations to Max on his fantastic result.
This weeks Picture of the Week is this colourful and textured abstract landscape by Freya L 8EIS
Cricket EPP and Excel Selections
Above l-r: Will S, Max H, Harvey M and Harriet D
Congratulations to cricketers Will S, Max H, Harvey M and Harriet D.
Will and Harvey have been selected for Somersets Emerging Player Programme (EPP), and Max has been selected for Dorsets EPP programme.
The EPP provides a pathway for cricketers who have the potential to become members of the full County Academy.
Players involved in the EPP have further opportunities to develop through the aid of specialist coaching.
Harriet has been invited to join Somersets Excel Elite coaching programme. She joins players who are considered to have key roles in County Age Group Cricket with the potential to get on to the EPP, and be added for ECB Talent Identification.
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Millfield Prep Newsletter Issue 558 22 January 2015 Page 2
Year 7 Production Rehearsals NO SCRIPTS!
Tuesday 27 January
5.30-6.00pm The Homestaff, The Wrinklies and Sir M
6.00-6.30pm The News Crew, The Wrinklies, Aristos and Co and Sir M
Thursday 29 January
Venue Assembly Hall
5.30-6.00pm WHOLE CAST! ACT TWO
Thursday 22 January
Art Scholarship Day
Potential Music Scholars Concert, 6.30pm, Recital Hall
Friday 23 January
Exeat Starts at 3.45pm
Sunday 25 January
Boarders return from Exeat, 5.00pm
Monday 26 January
Music Scholarship Auditions for Millfield, 9.00am, Millfield
Tuesday 27 January
Year 8 Sports Scholarship Transfer Assessment, Millfield
Music Scholarship Auditions for Millfield, 9.00am, Millfield
Friday 30 January
Informal Concert, 6.30pm, Recital Hall
EAL Pupil of the Week
This weeks Pupil of the Week is a girl who has gone from strength to strength. In the first term, one could have been forgiven for thinking that she wasnt reaching her true potential, but towards the end of last term and especially the start of this term, she has shown us what shes really made of. Within the first two weeks, she has already proven to be an expert on how and when to use be used to and used to, as well as tackling comprehension exercises given to native English-speaking children better than some native speakers themselves! She has developed into an impressive English-speaking machine, ready for anything the curriculum has to throw at her. At the start of the term, she began chemistry and physics and has already taught me things I had forgotten about science. She only comes to EAL classes now instead of English, geography and history. At this rate, shell soon try her hand at history and geography with her study group. Well done, Maria L!
A few people have mentioned that they would like dance lessons offered in Pre-Prep to continue for the Juniors. If any Juniors are interested in the possibility of formal dance lessons (ballet, tap etc.) being offered after school can you please contact Mr Henderson (Assistant Director of Sport) at [email protected] and he can gauge if there is enough interest to bring in a dance teacher. Please note that this would be a chargeable activity.
4-Mality Percussion Workshop Along with pupils from six other prep schools, our percussionists had the chance to learn Samba rhythms and were split into two sections: one on an array of different samba instruments including large drums, tamborims, agogo bells and ganza shakers; and the other on various tuned percussion - marimbas, xylophones and glockenspiels. All pupils then worked together as a large ensemble to deliver a compelling and thrilling performance of their interpretation of Sicily by Chick Corea.
I was absolutely amazed by how good 4-Mality were and it was really fun playing alongside other schools. Ollie B
Best music day ever! James B
It was really fun playing alongside year 8s. Lola M
I was really excited to play all the different instruments. Ellis J
It was absolutely incredible and gobsmacking! Alex L
I didn't know many of the instruments but now that I know what they are I really like playing them. Charlie M
The part was challenging and awesome. Harriet J
Green Corner Charge your mobile when you get back from school and unplug it before you go to bed. Leaving it overnight zaps lots of unnecessary energy. Even better, get a solar powered charger!
School Photo Sale Prt-a-Portait is running a New Year school photo sale which offers discounts of up to 30% off any individual school pictures they have taken in the last few years.
The following discounts will apply to any orders placed between now and Thursday 12 February:
10% OFF pictures and 15% OFF JPEGS from 2014
20% OFF pictures and 25% OFF JPEGS from 2013
30% OFF pictures and 35% OFF JPEGS from 2010 - 2012
Order online at prt-a-portrait.net
If you no longer have your Sitting ID and you have not registered on the website please email [email protected] or call 0800 021 7626
Prt-a-Portrait will need the following information to identify your pictures: School name, pupil name, class name when the pictures were taken, year/term the pictures are from.
Millfield Prep Newsletter Issue 558 22 January 2015 Page 3
The Junior Chestnutters invited a day friend to stay at the house last weekend. Every minute was full of fun and hilarity. On Saturday evening Its a Knockout in the Assembly Hall was followed by pizza making and ice cream and then a late night movie.
We lay in on Sunday, breakfasted in house and then enjoyed
a day out at Tropiquaria. They played with spiders and
snakes, fed the meercats and raced around the adventure
playground. The regulars enjoyed hosting their friends in
their term time home and all the day boys went home
exhausted but enthusing about all they had done in so short
Boarders go-karting trip
Hollies fondue night - A treat for the number of recognitions and HMCs the girls have been getting in school for their academic work. A delicious chocolate fountain with lots of different types of fruit to dip in!
Year 6 Thoughtful Learner
Good learners can see different
possibilities from a single source,
and will know how to generate,
explore and evaluate ideas.
TRAMPOLINING On Sunday 18 January ten of the trampolining squad travelled to Abingdon to represent the South West region at the Southern Zone Competition.
Ellis J came 8th and still has three more years in this age group.
In the U14 Boys Novice competition Sam W came 10th.
The U14 Intermediate team of Eloise L, Tamara B, Phoebe C and Lily D came 6th.
U11 Girls Novice team of Philippa L, India-Rose O, Charlotte T and Emily B came 3rd narrowly missing out on qualifying for Nationals. Emily B came 9th individually.
Millfield Prep Newsletter Issue 558 22 January 2015 Page 4 HOME
Millfield Prep Newsletter Issue 558 22 January 2015 Page 4
HOUSE FOOTBALL Results as follows:
Having lost to Danes in the round robin, Saxons managed to turn round their performance and beat Jutes in the final in a closely fought match.
Angles were the outstanding team winning all their matches and Jutes turned on the show to win an easy 3rd place beating Danes.
FixturesPro Full sports results can be found at
For team sheets, including start times and match location, please follow the link to Results and Fixtures.
Dont forget you can synch your childs sports team to your mobile device.
If you require the password, please contact the school office at [email protected]
FOOTBALL Cancelled matches:
Tuesday 27 January U13A v Whitstone
Thursday 29 January U12A v Whitstone
U13A 2-1 v Beechen Cliff School
U13B 3-6 Beechen Cliff School
EQUESTRIAN Open Unaffiliated Show Jumping (Mid Somerset Riding Club) Sunday 18 January
Issy B completed clear rounds and Susan R on her youngster, Seamus, had just four faults.
Class 1 - 23
1st - Sophie B on Danny
2nd - Georgia N on Casper
4th - Issy B on Mr Winky
6th - Freya L on Louella
Class 2 - 26
1st - Amelia H on Dee Dee
3rd - Sophie B on Billy
6th - Georgia N on Casper
Class 3 - 29
3rd - Amelia H on Dee Dee
5th - Sophie B on Billy
6th - Darcy Z on Archie
Class 4 - 30
1st - Darcy Z on Archie
CROSS COUNTRY Change to diary
The next Mendip Junior Cross Country on Tuesday 3 February is now at Downside School, Stratton-on-the-Fosse and not Mill on the Brue.
The timings are:
4.00pm-Year 3 and 4 Girls
4.10pm-Year 3 and 4 Boys
4.20pm-Year 5 and 6 Girls
4.35pm-Year 5 and 6 Boys
Please can parents park in the designated car park which is a turning on the left before the main entrance.
Issue 558 22 January 2015
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Reception had a wonderful time at Fleet Air Arm Museum. They saw planes that were used in the past, including biplanes and sea planes. They went on Concorde and were pilots in the cockpit of a Vampire jet. They helped to build a model of the plane that the Wright Brothers made and explored the deck of an aircraft carrier.
An impressive week... This week has been a hardworking one for everyone but there has still been plenty of time for fun and enjoyment. Year 2 presented a short play to their parents and told the story of King Arthur. It did not run perfectly to plan, but as my assembly this week was about accepting and learning from your mistakes it was quite fitting that there were a few hiccups along the way! I had the opportunity to observe a lesson in Reception class this week and was very impressed by their levels of concentration and focus. They have been learning about flight, and our trip to the Air Museum was a great success. I think I enjoyed it as much as they did. There are some lovely pictures up in the corridor if you would like to see them.
Pre-School continues to be very busy and some morning sessions are now completely booked up. With transition into Reception for many this year, if you do wish to add sessions for after half-term or summer term then please let us know sooner rather than later, as we do have Open Day looming and have some prospective families touring Pre-Prep and Pre-School on this day. I can update you on availability of places at any time.
Please use Early Birds if you need to arrive in school before 8.20am. We have to be able to evacuate the building efficiently in the event of a fire and need to know who is on the premises at all times. Children should never be left unattended in any classroom. Please could you also ensure that your children are not running up and down the ramp area at pick up time as we do have a number of very small children going home every day and it may cause an accident. The children have been reminded about this and we would welcome your support to reinforce this request. Many thanks for your consideration. Mrs Blasdale
Something to think about Rev. Allen gave us plenty to think about in his assembly this week. Can we smile more? Have we got some nice words we can say to someone? Can we talk to someone different? Can we open the door for someone? Can we share something today? There were many more excellent thoughts which we will be working on.
I is for Insect Pre-School have been making insects to support our new sound i during our Forest School session.
And, we have been pretending to be Andy Warhol and have created our very own Pop Art master pieces
Millfield Pre-Prep Newsletter Issue 558 22 January 2015 Page 6
Diary Dates Friday 23 January EXEAT school finishes at 3.45pm (no activities or late club)
Friday 30 January Sir Teachalot visits Year 2
Sunday 8 February 10.00am Year 2 sponsored swim in aid of Lions Club See Mrs Neeve for sponsorship forms
Monday 9 February 9.00am Pre-Prep Music morning at Senior School
Tuesday 10 February 9.00am Year 1 Parent Assembly All welcome, coffee available from 8.30am in the Pre-Prep Hall
Wednesday 11 February Pre-Prep Explore Day: Creative and Expressive Arts
Friday 13 February Pancake Races
Half term begins No clubs but free Crche until 3.45pm if required
Our Own Cheddar Caves
Year 1 have enjoyed getting messy and making caves from cardboard boxes and Modroc (used to plaster broken bones). We went out to find natural materials to decorate the caves and added charcoal paintings and cave people. Do come and see our creations in the classroom.
Year 2 News
The Year 2 children were introduced to the use of iPads for research when making their non-fiction bird books.
Notices Children need hats and scarves in this cold snap. Please ensure that they are school issue or plain navy.
Calling all Pre-School. We seem to have some named and unnamed items of clothing missing, therefore, please can you all check that all your child's uniform is named and the correct uniform is in school (please see the back of the Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook). Thank you.
Performing their play The sword in the Stone for their
Parent Assembly on Tuesday...
Problem solving in the woods! Finding Winnie the Poohs hidden honey pots using positional and directional clues.
The Minis had a busy morning exploring the room full of hands on activities and toys
Diggers, cranes, sand, giant Lego blocks, tools, Duplo and even a
cement mixer full of soil was on offer this week! Everyone had a fantastic time and got stuck into building and constructing.
We shared a yummy snack of sandwiches and watermelon!
See you next week for Mini Me!