Orchard Weekly
EARLY YEARS Nativities

The Christmas spirit has arrived at Orchard House this week. Parents, grandparents and family friends enjoyed performances of ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ by the children in the Den and of ‘A Wriggly Nativity’ by the children in Lower 1. For those who were not able to attend the nativities, please login to the secure area of the website to access a recording of the Den and Lower 1 nativities.


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FORM 2 Science lessons

In science lessons the children have been learning about liquids and solids and the transformation between the two. Miss Ghaddab writes, “We know cream comes from cows and is therefore a dairy product, but when we mixed it for a long time, we also found out that cream has lots of fat in it! The cream separated into buttermilk and butter”. The children spread the butter onto crackers and enjoyed tasting it.

House news

Competition between the four houses (De Morgan, Godwin, Hogarth and Shaw) is hotting up with eight ‘house’ awards up for grabs this term.

In ICT lessons a house touch typing competition has been taking place for children in Forms 3 and above. Next Monday the Form 1 and 2 house cake decorating competition will take place. Entries are still welcome for the Form 3-6 Christmas bauble competition and the Form 1 and 2 Christmas hat competitions. Inter-house netball and football tournaments are scheduled for games lessons next week and there is still time for children to win points for their house to have a chance of winning the ‘smartest house’ and ‘overall house points’ awards.

The results of the house competitions will be announced in the final assembly of term on Wednesday 13 December.

Recognition this week

Each week in assembly children are recognised for achievements in the classroom and in the areas of music, computing, art and sports. This week the following awards have been made:


All in L1B


All in L1R


Manon Kakoty, Amelia Simpson


Tom Stevens, Mees van Boxmeer


Annabel Collier


Olive Tennant


Christina Barclay, Luke Fitzpatrick, Jonah Garistina


Isla Hooker


Shivani Back


Erin Walsh


Oscar Thaysen


Rahul Bhupal, Caterina Vicars


Heath Ward


Sophie Angell, Arabella Carr

Tidiest Form Award

5C (1st), 2G (2nd), 6R (3rd)

Musician of the Week

Ellie Ewart (3W)

Artist of the Week

Elodie Dennison (6R), Tom Stevens (1K), Mees van Boxmeer (1K)

Computer Whizz of the Week

Preyashi Baryan (3B), Max Dormandy (3B)

Sports person of the Week

Chloe de Hemptinne (2G), Seojin Lim (5H)

Headmistress’s Award (for exceptional achievements)

Oscar Connell (1K), Ella Harper (1K), Lila Shorr (1K)


Date Sent



Tuesday 28 November

To parents of children in Form 2

Father Christmas

Wednesday 29 November

To parents of children in Form 1 and above

Gymnastics displays

Wednesday 29 November

To parents of children in Form 3 and above

‘House’ Christmas hat competition

Thursday 30 November

To parents of children in Form 6

Extra examination practice

Thursday 30 November

To parents of children in Form 3 and above

Carol concert and end of term arrangements

Thursday 30 November

To parents of children in Forms 5 and 6

Games lessons in the spring term

Thursday 30 November

To parents of certain children

The Varsity Match

Friday 1 December

To parents of children in Form 4

Residential trip to York

Friday 1 December

To parents of children in From 5

Residential trip to the Isle of Wight

All current circulars and messages can be seen in the secure section of the school’s website. Please always report any difficulty in logging in to the secure area to the school office, or to the email address shown on the website: catalina.basualdo@houseschools.com

M V Edwards 1 December 2017