Orchard Weekly
Music Benedetti music sessions

Last Saturday, ten children took part in the Bendetti Sessions weekend at the Royal Festival Hall, organised by internationally renowned violinist, Nicola Benedetti. Not only did they hear her and other organisers perform, they took part in a general musicianship workshop where they developed their rhythmic, listening and singing skills.

Life in the Den

This week the children have continued to learn about their topic of transport. The children created a large piece of art using paint and vehicles. They then washed the cars in their own homemade car wash and set up their very own garage with a car wash!

School Council OHS aims to go Plastic-Free!

The School Council very proudly launched its bid to become for OHS a plastic-free school this week.

The School Council leader and a Form 6 pupil gave a persuasive and impressive presentation on the dangers and damage done by single-use plastic pollution.

The children responded enthusiastically to their call to support the initiative, organised by Surfers Against Sewage, our school charity. The team will produce an action plan based on ideas generated by Orchard House pupils and we will be hearing more from them in the very near future!

Form 5 fundraiser Foreign Currency Wars - NEXT WEEK!

Dig out all those foreign coins from holidays past and bring them to school at drop off and pick up next Thursday 23 and Friday 24 January. For those without foreign coins, bring along £’s and sabotage the other teams’ chances of winning! The House team with the most foreign coins will be named the winner (£’s put into house team buckets are deducted from the total – so you want to be putting those £’s in the buckets of the opposing houses).

OHSPA Surfers against Sewage charity ski gear sale

Are you off skiing soon and just realised the kids have outgrown all their old gear? Don’t worry, we have some fantastic ski gear that has been donated to show you.

The Surfers against Sewage Charity Ski Gear Sale takes place next Friday 24 January. Ski gear will be on sale at morning drop off at Rupert Road and at afternoon pick up at Newton Grove.

Please dig deep into your attic this weekend and donate any unwanted ski gear for the Surfers against Sewage Charity Ski Gear Sale. Parents will be collecting any items next Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 January at the school gates at drop off.

Please can we ask that all ski gear is in reasonable condition and clean.

All proceeds go to the school charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Dates for your diary

Please make a note of the following dates:

Wednesday 25 March – 5.45pm – Form 5 play in a day – 16NG

Tuesday 31 March – 10.00am – Form 3 production – St Albans church

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May – 6.00pm – Form 4 production – Chiswick Playhouse (formerly Tabard Theatre)

FRIDAY 8 MAY – Bank holiday (school closed)

Friday 22 May – Sports Day

Wednesday 3 June – 6.00pm – Summer concert

Saturday 20 June – 12noon – 2.30pm – OHSPA Summer Fair

Thursday 2 July – 7.00pm – Form 6 production

Uniform and games kit during cold weather

Please may we remind parents that during the cold weather children should come to school with a beanie hat, scarf, gloves and their blazer or 3-in-1 rain jacket with the inner fleece attached. Children attending early morning sports squads and after school clubs should also bring appropriate clothing, including skins. If rain is forecast please ensure your child brings his or her rainjacket to school.

Please may we remind parents that all items of uniform should be clearly named to help our lost property monitors to reunite missing items of uniform with their owner.


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M V Edwards 17 January 2020