Orchard Weekly
Happy New Year

Welcome back to everyone after the Christmas holidays and good luck to all the children in Form 6 who are taking examinations for future schools over the next few weeks.


Welcome to the new children who have joined this term. We hope they enjoy their time at Orchard House.

Staff news

Congratulations to Mr Cohen (Form 6 teacher) and his wife on the arrival of twin boys on New Years Eve. Congratulations to Miss Daniella Burton (playground assistant) on the arrival of a little girl last Friday. We look forward to meeting the new arrivals!

Miss Magda Coles, Mr George Thomas have joined us this term as gap year teaching assistants. Miss Lauren O’Driscoll has joined us as a playground assistant.


Other top stories…

DEN News from the Den

The children in the Den have made a great start to the spring term! This week they have enjoyed exploring their new Montessori activities based on the topic ‘Transport and Journeys’.

The staff and children are also very excited to have some new cooking equipment. Watch out Jamie Oliver!

CLUBS Art club

The children in Mrs Remuinan’s Form 1 art club had fun drawing portraits in the style of Joan Miró in this week’s session of the club. Each week they will be looking at the works of different artists and recreating some of their pieces.

MATHS Maths puzzle of the week

Each week we will be posing a maths puzzle of the week for the children in KS1 (Forms 1 and 2) and KS2 (Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6). The answer will be published in the following week’s edition of the Weekly. Click on the images above to see this week’s puzzles.


Please may we remind parents that children should bring their full sports kit, including base layers, to school for games lessons and after school sports clubs, particularly during the cold weather. When wet or cold weather is forecast children should bring their 3-in-1 rain jacket, beanie and gloves to school.

All children should always wear either a blazer or 3-in-1 rain jacket to and from school each day.

Lost property

Please can we ask parents to check their child’s uniform and return any items which do not belong to your child. Please ensure that all items of uniform are clearly named to help our lost property monitors to reunite missing items of uniform with their owner.

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:


Isabella Doyl, Freya Gower, Rosie Ruxton, Eli Tziambazis


Poppy Agace, Daniel Asghari, Arlo Trotter, Jasmine Turner


Gigi Matova, Elias Nasim


Melodie Carrier, Charlotte Jenke


Seungmin Lim, India Peregrine


Alexandra Klein, Luke Walch


Beatrice Bradley


Isla Hooker, Capucine Ravix


Shivani Back, Connie Greville


Elsa Mouawad, Isis Thurnham


Sofia Gallardo


George Coles Gazzoli, Ayanna Hickey


Hope Glyn, William Nichols


Kezia Angus, Arrabella Carr

Tidiest Form Award

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

Musician of the Week

Max Dormandy (3B)

Artist of the Week

Oscar Connell (1K), Poppy White (6W)

Computer Whizz of the Week

Oliver Holbrook (6W), Sasha Warre (6W)

Sports person of the Week

Rosa Lamont (2Z), Isaac Macallan (6W)


Date Sent



Monday 8 January

To parents of children in Form 6

Communications, attendance and exams

Tuesday 9 January

To parents of children in Forms 5 and 6

Walking home unaccompanied

Thursday 11 January

To parents of children in the Den

Den coffee morning

Thursday 11 January

To parents of children in Lower 1

Lower spelling talk and coffee morning

Thursday 11 January

To parents of children in Forms 4, 5 and 6

Further auditions for chamber choir

Thursday 11 January

To parents of children in Form 6

Information about the French trip

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 12 January 2018