Friday, 29 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
I came back to the study this morning after the most amazing Wednesday assembly. Prep 2 took us back in time to 1880 and a Victorian school house. The children in 2J told us all about life at a Victorian school. We all had our hands and nails checked and were told to sit up straight by a very fierce school ma’am in the form of Julia Homersham. She played her part brilliantly and made us all aware of what it would be like to go to school in 1880. We even sang A Victorian hymn in the form of “All Things Bright and Beautiful. All of Prep 2 spoke up well and shared the information they had found out with us.
Following the assembly I was delighted to present Mathletics bronze certificates to Atia Guy and Caelan O’Higgins and a fantastic Gold certificate to Edward Morley. Alec Wilkinson and Joshua Streeter were both presented with Football awards from Northleach and Fairford respectively. Esme Kinch was awarded with a 3rd place rosette for her dressage and show jumping on her new pony and Tia McBain performed at the Croydon Dance competition at the weekend and was [paced in the top in 5 different classes. She competed in her own age group but also in the U125 and U21 class. As a result she won a silver and a gold medal for her modern and ballet and has qualified for the All England semi-finals. She is also looking forward to performing in the West End in a dance show with 50 other dance schools. Bazley were the winners of the house points this week. Well done to everyone.
Prep 4 were very excited yesterday as they had the very first lesson in the new Preforming Arts Centre. Miss Scott tells me they were very impressed and she had to give them the full guided tour.
Monday, 20 June 2016
Another busy weeks had begun here at school. Prep 8 are away on their 3 days of work experience and I hope they are all enjoying the workplace they are in.
I hope everyone in Prep 6, 7 & 8 got their rehearsal schedules. The children should know what scenes they are in and when they are needed, just to make sure, Mr Parkin has supplied them all with full scripts today. Thank you to all the parents for helping me out and supporting the rehearsal schedule.
Parents Evenings happen this week and parents should sign up on line for the appropriate days and for the staff they would like to see. I am very much looking forward to Transition’s assembly on Tuesday morning. The Big Toddle also takes place on Tuesday and any visiting Nursery aged children are welcome to stay and play afterwards.
We are all looking forward to welcoming the Para Olympic athlete, Jack Rutter, to school tomorrow afternoon. Please support him and the G.B Olympic movement with your sponsorship forms. Good luck to our athletes who are going to the IAPS athletics on Thursday of this week. Finally don’t forget the Pool Party on Friday and let us hope the weather improves! A very busy week for everyone; what great fun.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Friday, 17 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
I was delighted last night to be able to go and visit Prep 8 at the end of their second day on the river Wye. Armed with bags full of barbeque food, 2 mobile barbeques and some goodies, including tomato ketchup (especially requested) I set out on what I thought was a 45 minute journey. Two and a half hours later I arrived with them. I gave the food to Mr Bailey and Mr Page to cook and took Prep 8 off to the local pub for a drink (soft, of course) and a catch up. They were in great spirits. Every single one of them was laughing and joking. I got a conducted tour of their camp site, a blow by blow account of the various paddle partners they had been with and a lot of good humour. It was a pleasure to spend time with them and although it proved very late by the time I got back I would not have missed it. Throughout the year they have grown in stature and as people and their sense of fun and their ability to laugh at the weather and themselves will all stand them in good stead as they prepare to face senior school life.
This morning during assembly which was taken by Reception, there was a lot to celebrate. Firstly I want to congratulate Reception who told us all about their “Special Books”. They were so animated and excited and they spoke well and told us why they liked the books they had chosen. Afterwards we made a number of very special awards. Evie McBain, Jaymee Savill and India Till were all presented with rosettes following their recent successes on their ponies. Evie won her recent dressage competition, Jaymeee has a new pony and has only been riding it for a fortnight and beat the current three-day event Olympic and World Champion! and India has qualified for 5 separate classes on 3 different ponies for the Royal International Horse of the Year show. What a talented trio!
Bethany Leach and Ben Turner became the U11 girls and boys St Dunstan’s Foil Champions at the weekend. They both went through to the final unbeaten and won their respective finals. It was a great moment to present them with two of the most impressive trophies I have ever given out. Well done to both of them.
I was delighted to present 12 children with our newly devised pen licences. Prep 3 and 4 have been working hard to achieve this and they were delighted to be the first 12 pupils to receive them. Saffron Cool got a silver Mathletics certificate and Arthur Taylor got a bronze.
William Bohdan and Alexa Brodhurst received their green numeracy badges and Lily Taylor got her blue badge. Arthur Taylor was the only child to get 5+ this week and the house point winners were Bazley.
All I can say is how impressive it is every Wednesday to see such talented children being rewarded for all their effort and hard work.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. We are all looking forward to welcoming our colleagues and pupils from Wishford for the Wishford weekend.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
What a splendid few days we have had in two sporting arenas. Last Tuesday our athletics team made the trip to Exeter for the ISA South West trials. Alex Cunningham retained his U11 Long Jump and is the South West champion. Jack Andrews came 2nd in the 600m and 75m sprint and Hattie Backhouse was 2nd in the long jump. Hattie also came 3rd in the 600m girls event. In the girls ball throw Bethany Leach came 3rd, Isabel Thorn was 3rd in the long jump and Felix Asprey was 3rd in the ball throw and 3rd in the 600m. Well done to all those pupils and all the others who competed so well.
Yesterday our fencing team went to the ISA championships in Cornwall and they came back with some excellent results. Ben Turner won a gold medal and the cup for the South West U11 Foil, Amelia Franks won a silver medal and Summer Cooper-Terry won a bronze medal. Thank goodness we made the decision to introduce fencing, because if these children had not attended Hatherop Castle who is to say they would have taken up this sport where they have excelled They have been brilliantly coached by Neil Bromley and we all thank him profusely. Congratulations to all those who made the long journey to Cornwall to compete and thanks to them and their parents who made the commitment to represent the school. I am very proud of them all.
We are now all looking forward to Sports Day on Friday where I am sure there will be a very excited group of children all aiming to do their best for their house. Let’s hope for good weather. Hot off the press Fyfe have beaten Bazley in the first tug-of-war pull offs at break time this morning.
Friday, 20 May 2016
What a fantastic result against Pinewood last night. Both the A and B teams fought very well and achieved some great individual and team results. It was a thrilling 7-7 draw in the B team. 10-3 win for the A team. Unfortunately they ran out of time so were unable to complete all 16 bouts for both teams. Highlights were Freddie Meredith winning two bouts in his first match, Elodie Thomas winning 3 from 3, Noah Goryn doing the same, Lily Taylor 2 from 3 and Hattie Backhouse winning 6 from 6 after Kiplan retired hurt although he still won two contests. Hattie ended up fighting in the A and B teams! The following fencers are representing Hatherop at the ISA Regional Championships in Cornwall on Monday: Amelia Franks, Joseph Nichols, Ben Turner, Bobby Cooper-Terry, Summer Cooper-Terry and Noah Goryn. Best of luck to you all and try your best. What a busy week end for them with Open Morning on Saturday and a trip to Cornwall ready for Monday afterwards.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Huge congratulations to all those children who took part in the ISA South West athletics on Tuesday. Isobel Thorn came 2nd in the long jump. Jack Andrew has qualified for the National finals in the 600m and the relay and Alex Cunningham retained his South West long jump title and is the area champion for the second year running. He qualifies for the National finals and is also in the relay team as well. Edward Morley qualified for the sprint finals in Exeter and as a team they represented Hatherop Castle extremely well. Good luck to those who now go on to represent the South West in Birmingham later this term. More huge congratulations to India Till who qualified for the second time for the Royal Horse of the Year show at the Windsor Royal Horse Show last week. I have just finished reading the article on her in the Horse and Hound magazine; she really is a talented horsewoman.
Monday, 16 May 2016
Friday, 13 May 2016
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Monday, 18 April 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
I cannot believe it is only the end of week 1. What a week it has been and it is lovely to see the children back at work and full of enthusiasm. None more so than our senior pupils who will all be auditioning tomorrow for parts in this year’s Summer Production of “Dazzle”. This is a relatively new play written by Andrew Bailey for Limelight Musicals. It is very much in the style of a big West End show and has plenty of scope for large parts; singing and non-singing and some great cameo type roles. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Prep 6, 7 and 8 tomorrow morning and would take this opportunity to remind you that day pupils need to bring a picnic lunch and refreshments for throughout the day.
I am delighted to tell you that we have received a certificate from the charity “Shelter” acknowledging the £350 we sent them as a result of Christmas open house morning. With our support they are able to help millions of people each year who go to them for advice. It is shocking that every 11 minutes a family loses their home in Britain and over 100.000 children were homeless at Christmas 2015. With gifts like ours they are able to help these children and ensure their young lives are disrupted as little as possible. Our charitable giving throughout the year makes it possible for the charities we support to help those hardest hit in our country and overseas. The money we sent as a result of our Harvest Festival last year meant that child refugees in war torn countries were given access to clean water and basic food items and it is important for our pupils to appreciate how lucky they are and to help, wherever they can, children at home and around the world.
We are all looking forward to our “Student of the Term” assembly on Monday and to hearing last term’s house point winners. As last year there will be an outing for the winners of the house points in the first week of the summer holiday. Being nominated for a student of the term award is a fantastic achievement in itself and gives everyone something to aspire to. These awards are presented to the pupil who fulfils a number of criteria and it is not just for being the best. They are given for enthusiasm, a willingness to extend their own learning, for reading around the subject, for contribution in class, improved assessment and examination marks as well as commitment to the subject. This makes it a level playing field for all pupils and something that every single pupil can achieve.
I cannot believe that today Sally and I look back 24 years to the birth of our third child. Where did those years go? It is equally hard to believe that in less than 6 weeks we will be the parents of 5 adults and that in 10 weeks’ time we shall have no children at school. This is both a wonderful and sobering thought. Wonderful because after nearly 3 decades of school fees we won’t have any more to pay, but know that it has been money well spent and sobering because it means we are getting old!
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
After their hockey victory this afternoon at Beaudesert by 4 goals to 3, I am delighted that our Firsts seven-a-side hockey team have had an unbeaten season and have notched up victories over New College, Oxford, Pinewood, The Downs, Malvern and Beaudesert today. Well done boys, I feel sure there must be a chocolate reward, or similar attached to this fantastic performance and endeavour. Not to be outdone the senior girls won their netball match against Wycliffe today by 14-12 in a very fiercely and evenly contested match. Well done girls. Although we always promote how important it is to take part, it is also a great feeling to win. One very happy Headmaster who is now off to get ready for the first evening performance of the Middle School Production, “The Blue Crystal”. I can but hope the children do as well as they did yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Monday, 22 February 2016
Saturday, 20 February 2016
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
It is hard to believe it is the week leading up to half term. It is very interesting just walking around the school and going from the silence of exam week to the animated and excited preparations for the House Music competition on Friday; I am really looking forward to it with my usual anticipation. Congratulations must go to our 8 fabulous gymnasts who competed at the I.S.A. National Gymnastics Competition last Sunday. Our U9 girls were placed 7th out of 12 and our U11 girls were placed 3rd out of 15 schools with Annabelle Bath taking overall 5th position out of 65 competitors. A huge well done also to Amy Barrows who at aged 7 was the youngest competitor of the day and was highly congratulated by the judges for her potential for the future. The teams were Isabel Thorn, Ava Morling Sophie Bath and Amy for the U9s and Annabelle, Georgia Morling, Bethany Leach and Ellie Jupp competed for the U11s. What made it even more impressive was that the other schools had large squads to choose from, but our Hatherop girls had to compete in everything as they were just teams of 4. I am so proud of them and delighted with their performance. Thanks also to Miss Scott for preparing them and giving up so much of her time. I have just had the termly Parents Working Party meeting and gymnastics is obviously very popular thanks to Miss Scott’s enthusiasm and incredible ability.
Congratulations also to Jaymee Savill who last weekend represented HCS at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Dressage Championships at Millfield. Jaymee won her class of 52 competitors and has now qualified to go through to the National Dressage Championships in October. This is a fantastic success for her and for us.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
I am writing this to you as I prepare for my swap day tomorrow. Lila Murray will be Headmistress for the day and I am going to spend part of my day following Lila’s routine. I am rather pleased it is Maths Day as looking at her timetable it would have been P.E and double games – I think I was being stitched up! It will be good to see how the school day runs for Prep 6 and I do hope they will accept me into their midst. I must admit that I am a little nervous about the prospect of being back in the classroom as a pupil. I am not sure I was ever very good at it! Can’t write for long as I need to go and get my uniform ready. I am sure you will hear all about it and for now I am just going to go and practise sitting crossed legged on the floor as it is a long time since I have done so and I am not sure I can!
Huge thanks and appreciation to the Prep 2 parents who turned up for the meeting tonight. I found it very reassuring to hear what they had to say and it reiterated my belief that we are so lucky to have such supportive and appreciative parents. Being a parent is hard work and I speak as a parent of long standing. It is never easy and it is sometimes very hard to keep things in perspective, but we must as we are their role models and sitting in the meeting tonight confirmed for me that our pupils are very lucky to have such positive role modelling. After all we are all here for the benefit and good of the children and I shall continue to strive for the best for all of them no matter how hard or testing it is.
Time to go as dinner awaits and I haven’t seen my wife since Monday evening. Whilst writing can I ask that you all please spare a thought for Mrs Barrows who is very poorly and is currently in hospital. She is a very special lady and we all miss her and wish her well and a speedy recovery. Live each day positively and to the full as none of us know what is around the next corner!
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
I cannot believe that we are in the second week of term and I have not blogged. May I start by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and let us hope it will be a successful and peaceful one too. We have lots to look forward to and at last I think we are ready to go firm on a cast list having seen Prep 5 for the second time today. The enthusiasm of the children for drama productions is always infectious and this year was no exception.
We already are in a position to offer congratulations to two girls; Freya Powell and Imogen Harvey who have both received scholarship call backs for Malvern St James, no matter what happens they have both done incredibly well to get this far. I wish them both well. This week King’s Gloucester is holding its scholarship exams and Harriette Cunningham, Hermione Hichens and Emily Kelly are all sitting for drama and music scholarships at this school so we await the results with bated breath.
Last week’s Christingle service was a great start to the term and we were delighted to raise over £200 for the Children’s Society. I have never heard the Prep 2 choir sound better and they reminded us very sincerely about the reason for holding a Christingle service and the importance of acknowledging the importance of Epiphany; the three kings, reprised from the Pre-Prep nativity were excellent and started the service in a very fitting manner.
I have just passed Reception in the corridor bringing their chairs up for their assembly tomorrow and to say they are excited is an understatement! I feel sure they will have a large audience of receptive parents in the morning. Matches start tomorrow with the U11 and U12 girls first netball match against Berkhampstead, so good luck to them. It is also the Parents’ Association meeting tomorrow night. I do hope you all have your tickets for Burn’s Night as it is always a good evening and the Parents’ Association’s first event of the year.
I am sure you will all be pleased to hear that the new Performing Arts Centre is on schedule and as you can all see the building is going up at a very good rate. I understand that next week we shall see the roof being started. I am so sorry about the mud at the moment but feel sure that it is all in a good cause and that hopefully the rain will cease soon and give everywhere a chance to dry out. I look forward to seeing you all during the course of the next few weeks at either events or when I am on morning welcome.
All good wishes for this term
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Good evening everyone. Have just finished getting Prep 8’s “assembly” ready for tomorrow. Parents of Prep 8 are most welcome but as it is tight in the Dr Moorhead room family only please, I know that does include some grandparents. It is a fun assembly and hopefully will get our Christmas festivities for the day underway with a bang!
Congratulations to all our pupils who were nominated for Student of the Term this morning and to the individual house point winners. Also congratulations to Ben Turner for his fantastic gold medal win at the Brentwood School Winter tournament 2015 - mixed u9 foil. A fantastic result for Ben and we are so proud of him.
Tomorrow it is Christmas lunch and the Carol Service in St Nicholas Church at 6.30pm. We had the OAP’s and Grandparent’s service this afternoon and it was one of the best ever and the children and Chris Page excelled themselves. Believe me you are in for a real treat.
Please remember it is Christmas Open Morning on Friday and we shall be collecting your charity money at the door. £2 to wear a Christmas jumper and £3 if you are not! Thank you for supporting the charity “Shelter” who will ensure that all out money goes to supporting and helping people far less fortunate than ourselves. At this time of year we spend a lot of time encouraging the children to think of the true meaning of Christmas and that it is not all about receiving presents but is about thinking of others and putting ourselves at the back of the queue. In this period of Advent I can but hope that we can all enter into the spirit of Christmas and I hope you will all enjoy the morning. All the children will be singing their Christmas songs and there will be a number for stalls for you to buy including the senior pupils’ Business Enterprise stall and the Hatherop Christmas stall as well as the raffle and the café. I am looking forward to seeing you all at this event.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Friday, 27 November 2015
Wow! What a busy and successful time we have been having. Hot on the heels of the ISA awards came the fantastic results that all 3 boys who sat from Prep 7; Saul French, Joseph McIntosh and Jack Thornton have all been offered A list places at Abingdon school following academic papers and interviews. This means that Hatherop Castle has shown everyone that we can achieve excellence in our academics and that our pupils are wonderfully prepared for the top senior schools our parents choose. As one parent said, “It just shows Mr E that you just have to have faith and stick with Hatherop”. I could not agree more. We are so pleased for the boys and the staff and I much appreciate the thanks and accolades given to us from their parents. Hatherop Castle School is a great place to be educated and it is these sorts of results that make it all worthwhile. There are many aspects to the education of our pupils and I was delighted to witness the enthusiasm of our Prep 3 boys (and their parents) at our U8 Tag Rugby Festival on Wednesday afternoon. I could not believe my luck when my early afternoon appointment cancelled and I was able to get out and enjoy an hour of rugby. The boys played magnificently and despite have missing players due to illness they battled on all afternoon and came away with some great results. I just loved the way they all looked at me when they scored and grinned. I did not let them down and cheered until hoarse! The parents who were lucky enough to attend had a great afternoon too and it was lovely to see so many of them there.
Well done to Prep 4B for their beautiful assembly this week on animals. They shared their lovely, well-written poems with us and they spoke clearly and read really well. Congratulations to Inigo Fleming on his footballing award for his goal-keeping and to Lucas Murphy for another Judo award. Charlotte Wood was awarded with a medal for being her rugby club’s Player of the Week and Rory Mackellar, Saul French, Freya Powell and Ava Dean-Smith received commemorative programmes following their participation earlier this term in the Monmouth School’s Prep Schools’ Challenge quiz. Bronze Certificates were awarded to: Annabelle Bath, Lucy Cunningham, Esme Kinch, Margaux Kinch and Petra Nunn and 5+awards went to Amy Barrows, Annabelle Bath, Ava Dean-Smith, Tia McBain, Petra Nunn, Jaymee Savill, Jemima Vesey, Poppy Welch and Francesca Williams. The winning house this week was Moorhead. Well done to all of them.
Dates for your diary:
Week Commencing Monday 30th November:
Wednesday 2nd : 1TF assembly. Girls hockey U10 & U11 v Westonbirt (H)
Thursday 3rd : Last Pre-Prep swimming session.
Friday 4th: Senior Chapel Choir singing at Fairford Christmas market at 6.30pm.
Saturday 5th: Lego Robotics competition at Newbury. 7:45am depart from school.
Week Commencing Monday 7th December:
Tuesday 8th: Pre-Prep Nativity at 9.30 and 10.30am.
Wednesday 9th: O.A.P’s and Grandparents Carol Servicel in St Nicholas Church at 2.15, followed by tea in the dining hall.
Thursday 10th: School Christmas lunch and Post boxes. 6.30pm Candlelit Carol Service.
Friday 11th: Christmas Open Morning for all. Christmas Jumper morning £2 for wearing a Christmas jumper and £3 for not doing so. All funds raised from the jumpers will go to “Shelter” Please remember there will be a raffle and a number of stalls for you to buy from. Term ends at 12.30pm
Have a lovely weekend everyone. I do hope you enjoy the final China Newsletter.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Monday, 16 November 2015
Friday, 13 November 2015
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
It is good to be back at the helm and a huge thank you to all those parents who have asked about my trip to China and who have said how much they enjoyed the blog. It means a lot! I am putting together a diary of my trip and hope that you will enjoy reading it, probably in instalments over the next few weeks in the Newsletter.
We have experienced the most powerful and moving assembly this morning on Remembrance and Armistice Day by 5P. They presented their research and the poems they had found about Remembrance and they spoke with such clarity and feeling that several people were visibly moved and we certainly emphasised the fact that we at Hatherop Castle will not be forgetting the incredible sacrifice made by those men and women who have fight and still fight to keep us safe and free.
As always there were a lot of presentations and I was delighted by the achievement of all the children. Jaymee Savill demonstrated quite clearly her ability in two very different sporting events; she received a gold medal for the Southern Regional team U14 foil championships and a bronze medal for the Wycliffe Junior U12 Open Foil competition. Jaymee also received a huge bag full of rosettes for competing over the last 4 weekends and she won 5 classes and came 2nd in one other. She also received a 1st and 3rd rosette and a 1st and 2nd rosette for competing on two ponies in the same classes at the same competition. Finally Jaymee achieved her Pony Club “C” standard efficiency certificate which tested both her practical and theoretical knowledge of her riding skills and horsemanship. Amy Barrows was presented with a trophy for being named Gymnast of the Year at her club for the 5-8 year category. Lucas Murphy was awarded a judo medal for his recent participation in a club competition. Tia McBain won a Gold medal for her Modern dance and a Bronze medal for her Lyrical dance at a recent Eisteddford. Well done to all those individual awards.
Numeracy badges were given to Freddie Marsh and Ned Welstead who achieved red, Julia Homersham received her yellow badge and Hamza Komiljonov received his blue badge. 26 children were presented with 5+ pens for housepoints and the following children received their 25 housepoint bronze certificates. Amy Barrows, Noah Goryn, Molly Meredith, Venisha Nembang, Oliver Slater and Henry Thorn. A special mention to Elodie Thomas who received her bronze certificate last week and was the first pupil to do so this academic year.
Once again a huge well done to 5P and Mr Parkin for giving us all a lot to think about and to be grateful for. We as a school will be acknowledging the 2 minute silence at 11 o’clock and I must say I was appalled to hear on the news this morning that 40% of 18 – 25 years olds did not know what Armistice Day was! I do hope as many of you as possible will be attending our Remembrance Evensong at 4.30pm today. Can we actually afford to forget?
Monday, 2 November 2015
Saturday, 31 October 2015
|My journalist interviewers...|
|The Yangtze River with the Mercedes Benz theatre that looks like a spaceship has landed!|
Friday, 30 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
|Edina was my welcoming pupil at the Shanghai Experimental School|
|Dance at the school|
|Percussion and afterwards he met me have a turn. He was better than I was!|
|Pottery which this delightful little girl offered me but I would never get it in my suitcase!|