Orchard Weekly
FORM 4 Visit by Henry VIII

Yesterday the children in Form 4 were royally entertained by King Henry VIII! They learned about life in Tudor times, took part in a jousting tournament, and interviewed the King about his loves and life!


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SCIENCE Quiz Club science quiz

On Monday, two teams of children from Forms 5 and 6 travelled to Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School for the local heats of the Quiz Club national inter-school science championship. The quiz was extremely challenging and the competition tough, but the two Orchard House teams performed extremely well and were a credit to themselves and to the school. The children worked brilliantly as a team to navigate through a range of questions on topics ranging from dinosaurs to the stars.

To any children in Forms 4 or 5 who would like to try to make the team for next year’s Quiz Club challenge, it is never too early to start brushing up on your scientific knowledge!

Love in a Box

Thank you to everyone who donated a box for the ‘Love in a Box’ project, and thank you to the parents who volunteered to help to collect and check the boxes. Over 140 boxes will soon be on their way to be given as Christmas presents to under-privileged children in Eastern Europe. The school has been supporting this project for over fifteen years and more details about the Mustard Seed Relief Mission and the work it does can be found here.

Power of One’ message

This week in assembly the children were reminded about the ‘Power of One’ message which was first shared with them in anti-bullying workshops. Through rôle play, teachers performed scenes which demonstrated physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying. The children were reminded that each one of them individually has the power to prevent bullying, and to ensure that no one is a bystander, victim or bully. They retook the ‘Power of One’ oath: “I will not bully others. I will not stand by whilst others are bullying. I will report and deal with bullying wherever I see it… because I have… the Power of One.”

The ‘MM’ challenge

Last week Mrs Edwards set the children a challenge to guess what the initials MM stand for, giving them a hint that the phrase is related to the six Orchard House values. Congratulations to the winner of the challenge who was announced in today’s assembly! There were many different suggestions, including many who guessed Mrs Majic, but the correct phrase was “Manners Matter”. In today’s assembly Mrs Edwards reminded the children on the importance of good manners.


Reading lists have been set up for each year on lovereading4schools. The website provides an easy and fun way for parents to access many suggestions for a wide range of books. It also allows you to download extracts to see at a glance if a book appeals to your child. You may need to register for a parent account when you first visit the site. Once logged in you will see reading lists for each year, favourites lists and lists for different genres.

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:


Lupo Bürk, Joshua May, Neel Mowdhgalya, Elizabeth Tziambazis


Freddie Duckett, Edward O’Bryan, Wilfred Tennant, Jasmine Turner


Leon Kossoras, Gigi Matova


Beno Dormandy, Chase Kiernan


Max Lottmann, Freja Macallan


All in 2Z


James Cocker


Sebastian Howard, Silvia Sikorska


Aryana Bhuchar, Isabella Eakins, Maya Fraser


Matilda Thompson


Ellie Keegan


Luce Sambor, Milo Wilcock


Sophie Cuthbert, Freddie Richardson


Dasha Sukhanova

Tidiest Form Award

6W (1st), 4JS (2nd), 2Z (3rd)

Musician of the Week

Aryana Bhuchar (4DS)

Artist of the Week

Vinnie Johnson (1G), Tabitha Warre (4DS)

Computer Whizz of the Week

Adrian Eliasov (2G), Rosa Lamont (2Z), Anya Stern (2G)

Sports person of the Week

Isla Booth (1K), Carlos Harte (2Z)


Date Sent



Monday 13 November

To parents of children in Form 2

Ms Zackey’s absence

Monday 13 November

To parents of certain children

Music lessons with Miss Bennett

Tuesday 14 November

To parents of certain children

Invitation to join Advanced Music club

Thursday 16 November

To parents of children in Form 2 and above

School sports website – fixtures and team lists

Friday 17 November

To parents of children in Forms 1 and 2

‘House’ Christmas bauble competiton

Friday 17 November

To all parents


Friday 17 November

To parents of certain children

London Swimming League heats

Friday 17 November

To parents of children in the Den, Lower 1 and Forms

Carol concert, nativites and arrangments for the end of term

Friday 17 November

To parents of children in Form 1


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 17 November 2017