Orchard Weekly
Family and friends’ afternoon

The school opened its doors to the parents, friends and family of children in the Den, Lower 1 and Forms 1 and 2 on Wednesday afternoon. The children showed off their work and we hope our guests enjoyed their visit.

FORM 6 National Archives

This week the children in Form 6 visited the National Archives. They were given a tour and told about the amazing resources which are kept at the archives. They attended a workshop on primary sources, saw original propaganda documents and learned about their importance in history. The session aimed to help to prepare the children to study history at secondary school and showed how different types of sources are used to find out about the past, and how historians use these sources as evidence.

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FORM 1 Toy workshop

Yesterday the children in Form 1 took part in a magical toy workshop. The children were taken on a journey through time and explored how toys have changed over time. They learned that older bears have longer arms than more recently made ones! Using their bodies, voices and imaginations they brought to life a range of toys, both old and new, including china dolls and threadbare teddy bears.

LOWER 1 Cooking

This morning the children in Lower 1 enjoyed making pancakes with the new cooking equipment.

SPORT Rugby fixtures

The children in Form 5 enjoyed a great afternoon of rugby during yesterday’s fixtures.

New arrival

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Alcaraz-Gomez (art) on the arrival of a little boy who was born on Friday 9 February. We look forward to meeting him.

MUSIC Visiting musicians’ concert

In today’s assembly, parents and staff were treated to a wonderful concert by some of the school’s visiting music teachers who showcased their talents. Thank you to Miss Ashby (singing), Miss Ambrose Evans (singing), Miss Curran (singing), Mr Deacon (trumpet), Ms Rusu (piano), Mrs Warren (cello) and the parent teacher choir for helping to inspire the children to pursue their musical dreams.

No clubs, squads, orchestra or choirs next week

There will be no after school clubs, early morning squads, Pippin, junior, chamber, senior, parent teacher choir and main orchestra next week due to Upper and Lower School parent/teacher appointments.

UNIFORM Warm clothing, coats, hats and gloves

The Met Office predicts that a blast of cold air known as ‘The Beast from the East’ will set temperatures plummeting over the coming days. Bitterly cold air will sweep in from Siberia, leading to a very cold week next week. Please may we remind parents that children should wear both parts of their 3-in-1 rain jacket, gloves, scarf and a beanie to travel to and from school, and to wear during games lessons which take place outside.


Start saving your 1p coins now to win the Penny Wars for your school house!

The fundraiser will take place every day from Monday 5 March until Thursday 8 March with the winning house being announced in assembly on Friday 9 March. The money raised will be donated to this year’s nominated charity, Blue Marine Foundation.

GOAL 1: To be the house with the most points at the end of the contest by donating the most pennies.

GOAL 2: Sabotage your opponents!


1. Each house will have a designated container. The containers will be colour-coded and labelled with the name of each house.

2. The containers will be made available for donation during pick up and drop off at both Rupert Road and Newton Grove and placed in central locations within the school during the day.

3. Pupils should put their pennies in their respective house’s container. One point is received for every penny in the container.

4. SABOTAGE OPPORTUNITY: Students may put other coins and paper currency into the containers of OTHER houses. Each non-penny coin or bill reduces the number of points from that container by the amount of the money. (E.g. a 5 pence reduces the points by five, one pound by 100, etc…) This is where strategy counts. Have fun with it!

5. Containers will be emptied and counted daily. The total monetary amount of silver coins and paper currency is deducted from the total number of pennies for the day.

6. The totals for all classes will be announced daily to encourage friendly competition.

HST – OHSPA QUIZ NIGHT Bid for your chance to fly in a WW2 Spitfire

Bid for your chance to fly in a beautifully restored, two-seater WW2 Spitfire plane, generously donated by Xcalibur Aerospace on behalf of the House Schools Trust. Experience the exhilaration of flying over the White Cliffs of Dover. Live out the dream of flying in this vintage fighter jet seen in movie classics like Dambusters, Battle of Britain and Dunkirk.

The two flights will form two lots in the OHSPA auction being organised as part of the Quiz Night. All proceeds from the two lots will be donated to the school charities: the House Schools Trust and Blue Marine Foundation.

The silent auction will open at 6pm on Friday 9 March and run as an online bidding platform until 6pm on Thursday 15 March. Click here for more information.

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.

The answers to last week’s puzzles can be found by clicking these links: KS1 answer and KS2 answer.

Lost property

Please log in to see details of lost property.

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:


Kitty Cooper, Darcy Doherty, Rufus Gilman


Poppy Agace, Daniel Ashgari, Amelia Lake, Arlo Trotter


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this weeky


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week


No recognition this week

Tidiest Form Award

Not awarded this week

Musician of the Week

No recognition this week

Artist of the Week

No recognition this week

Computer Whizz of the Week

No recognition this week

Sports person of the Week

No recognition this week


Date Sent



Tuesday 20 February

To all parents

Visiting music teachers’ concert

Tuesday 20 February

To parents of children in Form 6

Secondary school decisions

Wednesday 21 February

To parents of certain children

IAPS netball regional round

Thursday 22 February

To all parents

Book Week

Thursday 22 February

To parents of children in Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6

Visit by author Karen Inglis – Wednesday 28 February

Thursday 22 February

To parents of children in Forms 2 and 3

Visit by author Molly Arbuthnott – Thursday 1 March

Thursday 22 February

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

Visit by author Lotte Moore – Friday 2 March

Friday 23 February

To parents of certain children

Individual musicians’ concerts – 2 and 9 March

Friday 23 February

To parents of children in Form 2

Ttip to Windsor Castle

Friday 23 February

To parents of children in Form 3


Friday 23 February

To parents of children in Form 5


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 23 February 2018