Orchard Weekly
Science Week

Making magic potions, eating bugs, robot demonstrations, making a clock fuelled by a potato, and learning about the amount of sugar in the snacks we eat have been some of the activities and topics the children have taken part in during this week’s Science Week, organised by Miss Ghaddab, Mr Blyth and Mr Cohen. The children in Forms 5 and 6 opened an amazing ‘science museum’ which the children have visited to learn facts and to watch experiments take place. At the start of the week each class took part in a ‘inventors’ science workshop (KS1 and KS2) in which they made a rocket launcher, or a ‘slime’ (EYFS) workshop in which they made slime!


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Science Week…continued

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who have visited to speak to the children about different topics: Dr Back (potions), Mrs Charlton-Meyrick (static), Dr Collins (insects and bugs), Mr Gullett (robots and virtual reality), Mr Hampson (lasers), Dr Hickey (sugar), Mr Wright (mechanical planetarium) and Ms Ventrakaman (walking water experiment).

In this afternoon’s assembly Ms Sarah Jane Skinner and Ms Morven Robertson, representatives from BLUE Marine Foundation, spoke to the children about the work being done around the world by the Foundation and told them how the money raised by the school will help to save the world’s oceans and marine life.

Congratulations to the winners of the house science poster competition.


Over the past few days the children and teachers at Rupert Road have been very excited to watch the ten eggs hatch into chicks. The chicks will be going home with a teacher for the weekend but will return on Monday morning. Thank you to the OHSPA for funding the chicks.

SPORTS Fixtures this week

It has been a busy week in the sports department and the sports teachers would like to congratulate everyone who has represented the school this week. Fixtures have included the Elstree School U7 boys football tournament, Finton House U7 boys football tournament, OHS hockey festivals, U9 hockey v The Harrodian, U10 rugby v Finton House, St James U10 rugby tournament, U8 netball v Kew Green Prep School, Heathfield School swimming gala and the London League swimming finals.

SATIPS General Knowledge Challenge

Congratulations to one of our Form 6 boys who came joint 31st in the SATIPS General Knowledge Junior Challenge 2018. Over 2400 children took part so it is a fantastic achievement! All children in Forms 5 and 6 entered and answered 100 questions on topics including geography, history, science, sport and games, religion and mythology, and a category including ‘random’ questions. Example questions from this year’s challenge include:

  • The most googled question is how to tie which item?
  • What is the name of Poe Dameron’s droid?
  • Which great military leader and king died in 323 BC?
  • What is the largest 2 digit prime number?
  • In which country would you find Pyeongchang?
FORM 3 History – Ancient Greece

In history this week Form 3 have been learning about the city-states of ancient Greece. The children conducted their own research to write campaign speeches to argue which is the better state: Athens or Sparta.

LOWER 1 Visitor to Lower 1R

Dr Asghari visited Lower 1R this week to talk to the children about the importance of healthy eating, drinking water and exercise. He showed the children the different instruments in his medical bag and how he uses them. Dr Asghari also talked to the children about the different types of doctors who work in a hospital.

One True Grit – charity mud run

Well done to the boys who last weekend took part in a 3K Mud Run called One True Grit. The boys were raising money for their two chosen charities: Blue Marine Foundation (this year’s school charity) and Prostate Cancer UK.

The boys found the run challenging, but great fun too. They attacked all the obstacles with gusto, crawled through mud, and swam across an icy pond over a 3k course. They completed the run in 52 minutes. Thank you to all the family, friends and classmates who sponsored them.

Library books

Next week will be the last week during which children may borrow a book from the library. ALL library books should be returned by the last day of term; books should be returned to the blue returns boxes in the library at Newton Grove or to your child’s class teacher at Rupert Road.

If a book is not returned by the end of term parents will continue to receive overdue reminders by email during the Easter holidays. Mrs Pierzchala will be doing a stock check of library books during the Easter holidays.

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.

Second hand uniform sale

Thank you to Mrs Greville and her team of helpers for running this morning’s very successful second hand uniform sale.

Lost property

Please log in to the parents’ section of the website to view details of items of lost property. Please check your child’s uniform.

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:


Lupo Bürk, Isabella Doyle, Johnny Morrison, Jasmine Tahmassebi


Freddie Duckett, Eveie Townson, Josephine Wright, Annabelle Wong


Lara Fletcher, Amaira Murphy


Penelope Collins, George Fotakakis


Isabella Dawson, Max Lottmann


Lily Davies, Grace Loring, Olive Tennant


Max Dormandy, Charlotte Perry


Scarlett Chambers-Jones


Rosa Holbrook, Sebastian Rautenberg


Erin Walsh


Sammy Ewart, Sofia Gallardo


Ayanna Hickey


Henrietta Howard


Poppy White

Tidiest Form Award

1G (1st), 3W (2nd), 3B (3rd)

Musician of the Week

Emma Jackson (5C), Scheherazade Nasim (5C)

Artist of the Week

Tilly Gower (4DS), Charlotte Jackson (1K)

Computer Whizz of the Week

Hope Glyn (6R), Dasha Sukhanova (6W)

Sports person of the Week

Lucas O’Callaghan (5C)


Date Sent



Monday 12 March

To the parents of children in Form 5

Play in a Day – Romeo and Juliet

Monday 12 March

To the parents of certain children

OHS U9 hockey tournament

Monday 12 March

To the parents of certain children

OHS U11 hockey tournament

Tuesday 13 March

To the parents of children in Form 5

Trip to the Tabard Theatre

Wednesday 14 March

To all parents

11+ examination results

Wednesday 14 March

To the parents of children in Form 3 and 4

Form 3 and 4 ‘house’ hockey tournament

Wednesday 14 March

To the parents of children in Lower 1

Lower 1 club in the summer term

Wednesday 14 March

To the parents of children in Form 1 and above

After school clubs – Summer term 2018

Wednesday 14 March

To the parents of children in Form 3 and above

M:Tech – creative composition and music technology club

Thursday 15 March

To the parents of children in Form 4


Friday 16 March

To the parents of certain children

St James U10 netball tournament

Friday 16 March

To the parents of children in Form 6

Debate with Garden House

Friday 16 March

To the parents of children in the Den and Lower 1

Online assessment record for children – Look@Me

Friday 16 March

To the parents of children in gymnastics club

Gymnastics club display – Monday 19 March

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 16 March 2018