10th February 2018

Dear Parents

For many children half term has started with illness and hopefully it is an opportunity for children to recover fully. I have been informed this evening that one pupil has been diagnosed with scarlet fever. This involves temperature, sore throat, headache and a sandpaper rash, but with antibiotics it is usually over in a few days. If your child is suffering in this manner it would seem advisable to consult a doctor.

Examination Success

It is with great pleasure and pride that I am able the announce the following successes as our Division Vlll pupils move into Senior Schools in September:

Connor Chauhan-Jennings has been awarded an Academic Scholarship at Wisbech Grammar School.

Ruby Crane has been awarded an Academic Scholarship at The Leys School, Cambridge.

Ellie Dix has been awarded a Drama & Music Scholarship at Wisbech Grammar School.

Piers Henderson has passed to join Oundle School and following the first round of papers he has been invited back for the second round for an Academic Scholarship in May.

Calin Roser has been offered a place at King’s Ely

Well done to all of them.

The Whole School Walk

Thank you to all concerned, notably Lis Haslam for all her planning assisted by Lisa & Bridget in the office, Matthew & Kerrie Page for the fish & chips and Mark & Mike for their minibus services.

Well done to all who walked with such spirit. Lily Hawkins was the only Division lll pupil to do all ten miles, but there were a large number of Divison lVs and above plus parents, staff and dogs.

The money for charity is still coming in and I’ll report on the total asap, but thank you for your donations. Any more will be gratefully received!

Please also let me have any photograps you may have taken.

Farewell to our visitors from Guangzhou

The end of the first half half term also marked the last day in England for our Chinese visitors, who have clearly had a great time with us. Their final assembly in which each child performed either through dance, musical instruments, poetry or martial arts and most gave a speech in English telling us about their experiences.

They have left behind them positive memories, insights into their culture, a wonderful display of calligraphy as well as gifts and we wish them a safe journey home.

Sports Reports

U9A Hockey v Langley Prep @ Taverham Hall - Tuesday 6th February

I won the toss and we had a good start but didn’t make the most of this and started to make mistakes and lose the ball. Langley were putting us under quite a lot of pressure and scored a goal. Caleb was great in defence though and was tackling and clearing well and Scarlett also made some good saves.

In the second half everyone was playing well with some good passes and stick skills. We didn’t keep our sticks down though and let some balls through so Langley scored again and we lost the match 2-0. My man of the match was Caleb for a good all round game.

Will Saunders (Captain)

U9B Hockey v Langley Prep @ Taverham Hall - Tuesday 6th February

The Under 9 ‘B’ team were really excited about playing in their first hockey match. We had lots of chances to score and Freddie passed the ball very well. Unfortunately we didn’t score. Langley scored two goals and then our heads dropped a bit and we lost hope. We ended up losing 4-0.

Well done to Scarlett who played in goal for us and also to Alex for trying hard. Reuben was my Man of the Match for his amazing defending. We started well but next time we must not lose hope if we go behind.

Jaybe Beck (Captain)

U13 Netball v Gresham’s - Wednesday 7th February

We started off with first centre pass and did some quick passes by Molly and Ellie down the court and into the circle and scored 2 goals through Ruby. Then it was Gresham’s centre pass and they got it down into the circle and scored 2 goals.

In the second quarter we did really well with great defending by Alice and doing some all round quick passes to get it down to our circle and scoring 5 goals, 2 from Olivia and 3 through Ruby. The next quarter Gresham’s did some good passes and scored a goal. In the last quarter we continued to work hard, scoring 3 goals 2 by Thaleia (2) and Olivia.

At the end the score was 10-3 to us. Well done everyone. My girl of the game is Thaleia because she had to come on in short notice when Alice was injured and scored 2 goals.

Elinor Macewan (captain)

U10 Netball v Gresham’s - Wednesday 7th February

I won the toss and chose first centre pass. We started off well. Gresham’s were taller than us but we were faster and with a great effort from everyone Annabel scored which boosted our confidence. Gresham’s scored twice in that quarter.

In the second quarter our footwork was getting sloppy and we gave Gresham’s the ball a number of times and they scored because of it. In the next quarter Gresham’s were getting tired, Mabel scored, but even though they were tired they scored again.

The final quarter was our best. We were finding spaces and communicating really well and we were all amazing. Mabel scored 3 goals but Gresham’s did the same the final score was 8-5 to Gresham’s.

I am really proud of the whole team but my girl of the game is Eden for finding good spaces. Well done team.

Sydney Hipwell (captain)

U9 Hockey v Beeston Hall - Wednesday 7th February

The match started in heavy rain and we weren’t playing as well as we can. In the first half we lost the ball quite a lot and weren’t marking Beeston properly and they scored three goals. In the second half Mr Whitehill changed us round and we all played much better and had some shots on goal. We didn’t score though and when we were attacking well in the D, Edward went down injured, so we had to stop play. He was able to carry on though and played some really good hockey. Beeston scored again on the break and won the match 4-0. The score didn’t reflect the game as we were quite evenly matched but next time we need to get in front of the other teams players. We also need to be more confident in our shots to get a goal – we can do it! Edward is my man of the match for good play in midfield and for carrying on bravely after the bump on his head.

Will Saunders (captain)

Other matters


I am pleased that Phil Haslam, who has three children in the school as well as being married to Lis, has accepted Adam Poulter’s invitation to join the Board of Governors with effective from their next meeting in March. Phil brings valuable understanding of a number of areas which will support the work of the Board.

Forthcoming Music Events

On Tuesday 20th of February, the day after we return to school, the European Chamber Orchestra will be performing at Saint Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn a concert intended for children and young families. We have secured 32 tickets for the concert which is at 11am and intend to take Divisions four, five, and six. The concert is only one hour long but promises to be very entertaining and a good introduction for the children to a programme of classical music.

Two days later on Thursday 22nd of February Mrs Crofts will be taking five children to the annual Uppingham schools orchestral day. This promises to be another challenging but extremely fulfilling experience for our young instrumentalists.

Finally from the music department, don’t forget the Inter House music competition which is taking place on Thursday 8th of March. Children and music teachers are aware of this and all entries need to be in by Wednesday 21st of February. It is not necessary at that stage for children to be specific about the piece they are playing but I need a list of names, instruments and approximate grades in order to work out the classes. Children who have their music lessons outside of school are very welcome to see Mrs Crofts in the school office to make their entries.

100 Club

Thank you for your continued support for the 100 Club, new members are always welcome.

The winners for February are : £75 Nigel Flower, £50 Suzette Patrick £25 Elaine Bird

I hope you all have a restful half term and I look forward to seeing everyone for a busy second half of term.

Best wishes

John Crofts

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