Orchard Weekly
Deputy head for the day

On Tuesday Maks stepped into Mr Ball’s shoes as acting deputy head for the day. He had an exceptionally busy day, doing gate duty, welcoming parents to the Den assembly, listening to the head girl and head boy rehearse their prize-giving speeches, reading with the Lower 1 children before eating lunch with them, and even handing out one or two reflection sheets!

Form 6 Maths in Motion challenge

This year, the school was thrilled to take part in the Maths in Motion challenge. Using tried and tested ‘Cloud’ based software that simulates the setting up of a racing car, the children in Form 6 completed a series of STEM relevant tasks in an effort to produce the perfect car. This ‘virtual’ car was then entered into a competitive race in the hope of winning it. Maths in Motion provides a framework for children to explore in a fun and engaging way, using a range of essential mathematical concepts. The children were able to learn about scaling up and down, measuring angles accurately, as well as percentages and calculating speed, distance and time, without even realising they were doing any maths at all. The excitement of watching the race back together was an excellent reward for all the children’s hard work. 

This year the children did exceptionally well, qualifying from their heat to get through to the semi-finals, just one place behind our sister school Prospect House! This was a tremendous feat, as Maths in Motion takes place across 13 countries around the world. In the semi-final we produced another fantastic car, which made a late comeback but unfortunately, a little too late to make the finals. Particular commendation should go to George, who created the car which got Orchard House through to the semi-finals and Seojin, who created the fastest car from our school in the semi-finals; Maks also played a key role, working as technical support on this team.

Form 4 French lesson

On Tuesday some children from Form 4 visited the children in Lower 1MR. The Form 4 children have been writing books in French in their lessons and they read these to the younger children. The Lower 1 children really enjoyed listening to the exciting stories, read with lots of expression and very good French pronunciation! The Lower 1 children had to find where the main character was hiding, by lifting flaps made by each author in each book.


Form 6 Royal Courts of Justice

Form 6 visited the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday. There are 90 court rooms in the building and they were ushered into a court room where they re-enacted a case. The children donned wigs and gowns to play the roles of the judge, barristers, solicitors and the jury.

News from Lower 1

The children in Lower 1 enjoyed performing ‘zip-a-dee-doo-dah” at yesterday’s lower school prize-giving. This morning they have celebrated the end of term with a party in the playground!

OHSPA Thank you to Mrs Howard-Wuerz

We would like to express our enormous gratitude to Mrs Petra Howard-Wuerz who is stepping down after three years as the chairman of the OHSPA. She has brought unfailing energy and good humour to the role, which provides a vital link between the school and the parents.

English Success in the Chiswick Book Festival poetry competition!

Huge congratulations to Eleanor and Isabel who have won prizes for their poetry at the Chiswick Book Festival. The prizes will be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony in September. This popular competition is entered by children from schools in and around Chiswick. Mr Burns (head of KS2 English) would like to thank all the children who entered and he hopes for even more entries next year.

Summer holiday

I wish everyone a very happy summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in September.

Lower School prize winners

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Upper School prize winners

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M V Edwards 11 July 2019