Orchard Weekly
WHOLE SCHOOL Service of Remembrance

This morning, at 11am, the school held a two minute silence during a service of Remembrance at St Michaels and All Angels church. Our head girl laid a wreath and head boy gave a reading. A Form 6 pupil and Mr Richard Deacon, the school’s brass teacher, played the Last Post and Reveille. The children in Lower 1 made poppies which they wore to the service. Thank you to everyone who donated to the poppy appeal which raises money for The Royal British Legion.


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FORM 1 History innings

The children in Form 1 enjoyed a wonderful day this week learning about toys through the ages. They took part in a workshop run by teachers from the Museum of Richmond. As well as taking part in role-playing activities, the children were shown three boxes of different toys and had to decide if they were from Roman, Tudor or Victorian times.

LOWER 1 Maths lesson

In maths lessons this week the children in Lower 1 were introduced to the concept of halves and quarters. They enjoyed making jam sandwiches which they first cut into half and then into quarters. The children then enjoyed eating their sandwiches!

ART St Mary’s, Calne art workshop

This week St Mary’s School, Calne invited a group of girls to join them at a workshop being held at The Mall Galleries. During the workshop the girls looked at paintings and sculptures created by the staff and pupils of St Mary’s, and were able to discuss the pieces with specialist staff from the school. The children worked in response to these stimuli to create their own work using a variety of ‘dry’ media.

OHSPA Autumn Social

Thank you very much to all the parents who came last night’s OHSPA Comedy Evening. Parents were entertained by three great comedians and everyone had a fun evening. A very big thank you to Mrs Sarah Mellor, Mrs Sharon Paton, Ms Sarah Bernhard and Mrs Anna Eakins for organising a very successful event.

THE DEN Doctor’s surgery

The children in the Den enjoyed dressing up as doctors and nurses this week and attended to the patients who visited their surgery!

FORM 4 Book Sale in support of school charity, ‘Born to Fly”

Form 4 is holding a second-hand book sale in the playground at Newton Grove next Friday, 16 November, and we need your help!

Please bag up all your unwanted books in support of this year’s school charity, ‘Born to Fly’. We would love picture books, fact books, chapter books – anything suitable for children in the Den through to Form 6! Books will be collected at drop-off on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November.

Book donations will be collected by house and the house that donates most books will win 2 book tokens to be raffled off by their house captains!

We would love your support and donations and will be happy recipients of your much loved but now unwanted books!

*All leftover books will be donated to Oxfam.

SCHOOL COUNCIL Dates of meetings this half of term

This half of term school council meetings will take place on Monday 12 November, Monday 26 November and Monday 10 December. Meetings start at 8.30am and take place in the Newton Room at Newton Grove.

Tate Britain – Steve McQueen Year 3 project

Parents may have read about the Tate Britain project being run is association with the Oscar-winning film-maker and artist Steve McQueen to create a mass portrait of every one of London’s Year 3 pupils. The school has signed up to take part in this project and have been allocated a date in the spring term when the photographs will be taken.

More information can be found online at: tateyear3project.org.uk

Love in a Box

Please check your child’s book bag for a leaflet giving details of the ‘Love in a Box’ scheme. Parents should note that £4.00 (in the form of a cheque made out to Mustard Seed Relief Missions), to cover costs, should be put in the envelope and attached to the top of the box using an elastic band. The collection will take place at 16 Newton Grove and 2 Rupert Road early on Wednesday 21 November. Boxes should be brought in on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November.

Further information can be found online at: www.msrm.org.uk/liab

No clubs, squads, choirs or orchestra next week

Due to Upper and Lower School parent/teacher appointments there will be NO after school clubs or squads next week, with the exception of swimming squads.

There will be no Pippin, junior, senior, parent teacher choir and main orchestra next week.

School Council will meet on Monday morning.

Chamber choir on Tuesday will take place.

Swimming squads will take place.

Individual and sibling photograghs

Individual and sibling photographs were taken on Tuesday. Information about how to order copies of the photographs will be sent to parents when received by the office.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Two years ago the school supported the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as the school charity.

The charity is on the shortlist to receive £100K from Animal Friends Insurance and would dearly love to receive your vote to help it win the funding. Click here for more information and to place your vote. Please tell your friends as well…

Parking at drop off and pick up

Please may we remind parents to be considerate to others at drop off and pick up. Please never park (or wait) on the yellow zigzag lines or double yellow lines at pick up or drop off. If travelling to and from the school by taxi, please ask the taxi driver not to wait on double yellow lines on the corner of a road junction as this may obstruct the view of other drivers and endanger parents and children crossing the road.

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 Czernek, Charlotte Thorneycroft


Louisa Fay, Gael Giraldo, Sarah Sodervall-Takenoshita, Petra Walsh


Arlo Trotter, Josephine Wright


Aiush Back, Isabella Doyle


Lara Fletcher, James Frantz, Miu Miu Qian


Isla Booth, Vinnie Johnson


Coco Gower


Lachlan Carroll, Alfred Gabb


Candela Gallardo, Rupert Trewby


Alana Bryn, Arthur Tremlett


Lara Mills, Ben Sheddick


Shivani Back


Eve Blenkinsop, Scheherazade Nasim


Adam Scrase

Tidiest Form Award

2Z (1st), 5B (2nd), 4S (3rd)

Musician of the Week

Arun Bhandari (6W)

Artist of the Week

Oscar Connell (2B), Freja Macallan (3B)

Computer Whizz of the Week

Daniel Jansen (6R), Luce Sambor (6W)

Sports person of the Week

Eve Blenkinsop (6R), Adam Scrase (6W)


Date Sent



Tuesday 6 November

To the parents of certain children

ABRSM examinations

Tuesday 6 November

To all parents


Tuesday 6 November

To the parents of children in Form 6

Final school choices

Tuesday 6 November

To the parents of children in Forms 4 and 5

Trip to Tabard Theatre

Wednesday 7 November

To the parents of certain children

U9 swimming squadve

Wednesday 7 November

To the parents of certain children

Quiz Club science quiz

Wednesday 7 November

To the parents of children in Form 2

Trip to National Gallery

Thursday 8 November

To the parents of certain children

PHS U10 football tournament

Thursday 8 November

To the parents of certain children

PHS U10 netball tournament

Thursday 8 November

To the parents of certain children

RPPS U11 netball tournament

Thursday 8 November

To the parents of certain children

KGPS U11 football tournament

Friday 9 November

To the parents of children in Lower 1

Booktime 2018/19

Friday 9 November

To the parents of children in Form 1

Nativity – Busy, Busy Bethlehem!

Friday 9 November

To the parents of children in the Den, Lower 1, Form 1 and 2

Anti-bullying week – 12 – 16 November

Friday 9 November

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

Effort and attainment grades

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 9 November 2018