Orchard Weekly
Music The Petter Music Cup

On Wednesday parents and children enjoyed listening to wonderful individual performances from some of the school’s talented musicians who took part in The Petter Music Cup. Congratulations to the winner, who sang ‘Smugglers’ Song’, and well done to the two runners up who were also commended. Miss Hester Goodsell, Director of Music at Notting Hill and Ealing High School, was delighted to be invited to judge the competition and was very impressed by the standard of all the performers.

Form 6 Debate

On Wednesday Form 6 took part in the final debate of the series against Garden House and Glendower Schools. To prepare for the debate, the children undertook research on the whether children should be allowed mobile phones before secondary school.

For the debate the children from the three schools split into two teams representing the government and the opposition. In a lively parliamentary style debate, the government proposed a law that mobile phones should not be allowed in secondary schools, with the opposition giving arguments against. Each child taking part in the debate represented a different constituency, and were called upon by the speaker to give their point of view. After some discussion, the children voted in divisions, resembling the voting method followed in the Houses of Parliament. The overall winner was the opposition, who supported the motion that mobile phones should be allowed.

OHSPA May Ball

Mrs Petra Howard-Wuerz writes, “What a fantastic night! Thank you to all who came, bid and danced the night away. With the very generous help of our wonderful OHS parents, staff and the indomitable Mr Jackson Creegan we have managed to raise in excess of £25,000 (exact numbers are yet to be confirmed) for the OHSPA! This money is in support of our school charities and as we learnt from Mr Gower’s moving and very informative speech about Born to Fly and its aims, it will make a huge difference to the children in Kipsing whose lives will be transformed by the school the charity has built. Thank you all for your incredible generosity and support of a truly worthy cause!”

Enormous thanks to Mrs Emma Czernek, Mrs Petra Howard-Wuerz, Ms Fleur Robotham, Mrs Holly Griffin, Mrs Kat Barclay, Mrs Laura Duckett, Ms Alexa Koch, Mrs Anna Nichols and Mrs Kirsty Cocker for all their help organising such a successful evening.

Form 4 The Tudor Rose

Recordings of the recent Form 4 performances of The Tudor Rose can be viewed at:

Wednesday (4G): please login to view the link

Thursday (4S): please login to view the link

Walk to School Week

Next week is Walk to School week. Children are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school as part of national Walk to School week. A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school and now it is less than half. Where possible, we want to encourage children to make walking or cycling to school their natural choice.

Lower 1 Maths lesson

The children in L1GR have been learning about weight in maths lessons.

Form 6 Metrobank financial workshop

This week, the children in Form 6 took part in the first of a series of four weekly workshops provided by Metro Bank. The workshops will introduce the children to financial skills, helping them understand how money, saving and banking work. The sessions link to the Orchard House PSHCEE curriculum, and also to the wider government curriculum guidelines.  The Money Zone programme is delivered over four sessions by a member of Metro Bank staff and will culminate in a visit to the Metro Bank on Chiswick High Rd where pupils will meet Metro Bank cashiers, step inside the vault, experience the Magic Money Machine and more!

Staff news Fundraising for Born to Fly

During half term Ms Noble, Ms Curran, Miss Duncan, Miss Furneaux, Miss Ndoca and Miss Webb will be taking part in the 2019 UK Ultimate Triathlon & Half taking place at Blenheim Palace to raise money for BLUE Marine Foundation, the school charity. If you would like to sponsor them please click here

OHSPA Summer Fair Art Competition

All OHS pupils are encouraged to enter the OHS: Think Outside the (Money) Box 2019 Summer Fair Art Competition. Cube Money Boxes will be on sale for £2 at the gates at Newton Grove and Rupert Road next Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday morning at drop off only. In keeping with the theme of the school’s nominated charity – Born to Fly – this year the children are encouraged to decorate their money boxes with safari/african scenes using any medium they choose (paint, collage, felt tips, etc.)  – the sky is the limit to your child(ren)’s creativity!

*Please make sure to include your child’s name & class on the bottom of your Money Box.*

Members of the Summer Fair Committee will be collecting the completed boxes after half term at drop off on the mornings of Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June. There will also be a collection box in the school office on Monday 17 June for any final entries.  One winner will be selected per year group.  All of the submissions will be proudly displayed at the Summer Fair on Saturday 22 June. We will do our best to return submissions to students after the Summer Fair.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Lisa Walch.

Many thanks for your support,

The Summer Fair Committee


Please login to the secure area to see details of this week’s recognition.

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 May 2019