From the Head’s Office
Christmas seems to have begun quite spontaneously in the Pre-prep this week. The children in reception decided to remodel their home area into Santa’s Workshop, Nativity rehearsals are in full swing and tomorrow children in the choir from PP2 and 3 will be singing at the Millings with Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shaw. PP2 have been applying their newly acquired skill of designing the nets of 3D shapes to make Christmas tree decorations, the tinsel and glitter can’t be far behind!
Could I remind you that parents are invited to the E-Safety talk tomorrow evening which will be hosted by Karl Hopwood, a well-regarded speaker on the subject (see email from Mrs Pinkney). It is astounding how quickly children can find themselves in difficulty on line and whilst our children in Pre Prep are still young, we hope the information Karl will share will help you to keep your child safe online as they grow older.
With best wishes,
Susie Drake, Head of Pre-Prep
Dates for Your Diary
* Friday 5th December, 9.30am: Pre-Prep Carol Service in the Reynolds Hall. Coffee served from 8.45am in the Prep School Dining Room.
· Tuesday 9th December: Nursery Christmas Party.
· Tuesday 9th December: Reception, PP1, 2 and 3 to Georgian Theatre in Richmond to watch the pantomime. There will be no swimming club this week.
· Wednesday 10th December, 12.30pm: End of Term (lunch is not served on the last day of term.)
· Thursday 8th January: Pre-Prep Spring Term Starts
* Tuesday 20th January: U8 Football v Terrington Hall (a) and U8 Netball v Queen Mary’s (h)
* Monday 26th January: APPA Big Lunch
· Thursday 22nd January: PP1 Class Visit to Kiplin Hall
· Thursday 29th January: PP2 Class Visit to Bedale Fire Station and Leyburn Chocolate Factory
* Thursday 29th January: U8 Football and Netball v Richmond House (h)
* Sunday 8th February, 2.00pm: Aysgarthian Run
* Wednesday 11th February: U8 Football v Barnard Castle (a)
· Friday 13th February, 3.30pm: All of Pre-Prep finish for Half Term
· Monday 23rd February: Pre-Prep resumes
* Tuesday 24th February: U8 Football and Hockey v Gateway and Lyndhurst (h)
· Thursday 26th February: PP3 Class Visit to Jorvik and DIG!
* Tuesday 3rd March: U8 Football v Terrington (h)
· Thursday 5th March: PP2 trip to Wensleydale Creamery and Dales Countryside Museum
· Monday 9th March: Wensleydale Tournament Begins, children will take part during the following week.
* Wednesday 18th March: U8 Football/Netball v Chapter House (h)
* Wednesday 25th March, 1.00pm: Spring Concert
· Wednesday 25th March, 2.15pm: End of Term (lunch will be served as usual)
* Wednesday 25th March, 2.15pm: APPA Easter Egg Hunt
* Parents are welcome to attend these events.
Last week’s certificates for Creativity were presented to:
Evie Skye Taffs
These children's work was displayed on the Wall of Fame:
All of PP1
These children joined Mrs Drake for Friday Lunch
Reception Table: Esme Rowbotham
Blue Table: Isobel Heagerty
Yellow Table: Georgie Bell
Green Table: William Wyvill
Red Table: William Biker
Happy Birthday to Flora Favell and Lucy McGrath
· Tuesday—Celebrity Chef Day
· Wednesday—Roast Pork
· Thursday—Beef Stroganoff
· Friday—Fish and Chips
· Monday—Meatballs and Spaghetti
Assembly theme for the week: Considering Others
Don't forget to bring in items for the Christmas Hampers which will be raffled at the Christmas Play. Donations of wine, chocolates, preserves and other Christmas treats will be gratefully received to make up the usual luxury hampers.
The date for The Big Lunch has been announced: Monday 26th January. Eearlier than usual because of the Wensleydale Tournament later in the term. Mrs Pinkney will contact everyone by email early January to take orders for tickets.
£450 was raised at the Bonfire—thank you to all who helped.
All children should have NAMED wellingtons, navy waterproof coats with hoods, gloves and hats in school every day. In order to concentrate in lessons children need a run around and breath of fresh air at break time whenever possible.
You may also send in a pair of waterproof trousers for them to wear at playtime to keep legs clean, dry and warm.
The poppies have become a very important part of World War I. PP3 wanted to create their own design and so we went to the art room in the main school. Each child was given some clay and they began to design their own creation taking inspiration from the poppies at the Tower of London. Once the poppies had been designed by the class they left them to dry out and then they were put in the kiln. The following week we painted them using special glaze. They were then put back in the kiln and when they came out the glaze became very shiny. The result has been spectacular!