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WWI History

WWI History

From the Head’s Office

As October approaches, the teaching team have turned their thoughts to preparations for our Harvest Festival which will be held in the school chapel at 9am Friday 10th October.  This year we will be collecting for the Store House food bank at the Influence Church in Richmond.  Further details will be sent shortly.
The children have also been busy designing and making their Christmas Cards which have now been sent to the printers.  We hope to have the printed proofs ready by half term so that you are able to place card orders in good time before the Christmas rush.
Could we also remind parents of the schools ‘nut free’ policy.  It is lovely to see the joy on the children’s faces when celebrating a birthday with their friends.  Please could you help us to ensure all children are able to join in by keeping any celebratory food nut free.
Finally, thanks to Mr Vaux for coming into school to share family tales of World War 1 with the children.  Also to the Prudhoe family for allowing the children to marvel at their medals and weaponry!  Freddy Vaux has shared his highlights in the centre pages.
With best wishes,
Susie Drake,  Head of Pre-Prep

Last week’s certificates for Being Organised were presented to:

  • Serena Hudson
  • Hecotr Pearce
  • Pippa Ogden
  • Tilda Alton-Taylor

These children’s work was displayed on the Wall of Fame:

  • Lottie Taffs
  • Martha Pybus 
  • Jack Haslam 
  • Will Penty 

These children joined Mrs Drake for Friday lunch.


  • Esme Rowbotham
  • Sebastian Buczacki (Green)
  • Alice Prudhoe (Blue)
  • Kieran Hagues (Red)
  • Buster Preston (Yellow)

Happy Birthday: Martha Pybus, Harry Gawthorpe, Humphrey Hinchliffe, James Castledine

Menu—Week 1

Tuesday—Beef Goulash
Wednesday—Pork Sausages
Thursday—Chicken Curry
Friday—Fish and Chips
Monday—Chicken Goujons

Assembly theme for the week: Self Motivation

Dates for Your Diary

* Friday 10th October: Harvest Festival
* Wednesday 15th October: Opening of the refurbished Reynolds Hall
Friday 17th to Monday 27th October: Half Term
* Saturday 1st November: Bonfire Tea
* Friday 14th November: Pre-Prep Grandparents Afternoon Tea
* Friday 5th December: Pre-Prep Carol Services
Tuesday 9th December: Nursery Christmas Party
Tuesday 9th December: Reception, PP1, 2 and 3 to Georgian Theatre in Richmond to watch the pantomime.
Wednesday 10th December, 12.30pm: End of Term (lunch is not served on the last day of term.)
* Parents are welcome to attend these events.

Our History Topic
by Freddy Vaux

Our trip to Beamish started our topic on WWI with interest and excitement.  PP1 and PP2 went to explore together whilst we went shopping in the old town to find things to put in a parcel to send to a soldier.
In the afternoon we explored the old farm and learnt lots about the food shortages and the role of the land girls.
Then on Friday 26th September my daddy visited PP3 to show my friends some of our family WWI treasures.  It was really interesting and they enjoyed trying on the helmet and gas mask.  They particularly enjoyed listening to the story of my great, great grandfather, Ernest Vaux, who is in our family painting.



Ice Bucket Challenge

Thank you to everyone who donated money to Cystic Fibrosis Trust.  The children had great fun soaking the teachers, I’m not sure that Mrs Drake, Mrs Barlow and Miss Phillips enjoyed the experience as much!

Their bravery has raised £71.50.

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