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This week Form 1 visited the London Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford. In the Steam Hall they saw the museum’s collection of different engines, and learned about the giant water-pumping engines and their role in the provision of London’s water supply. In the splash zone they tried not to get too wet trying their hands moving water by turning Archimedes Screw and turning the water wheel. And the highlight of the trip was a ride on a steam train!
On Monday the children in Form 3 joined hundreds of other children in a performance of Dreamtime Tales. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an amazing didgeridoo player, the children performed the songs and words of Dreamtime Tales, which describes Captain Cook’s discovery of Australia and celebrates the spiritual folklore of the Aboriginal people who have always inhabited this land. Their tales which have been handed down orally for at least 10,000 years, describe how the ancestral spirits created the earth and ordained how life should be lived.
On Monday Form 2 visited Windsor Castle to learn about life in a castle and the roles of Kings, Queens, knights, ladies, jesters and servants. The excitement was palpable on arrival when they saw the Royal Standard flying, showing the Queen was in residence, giving them a chance to see her! However, to their disappointment the flag changed to the Union flag at lunchtime meaning the Queen had left the castle. The children toured the State apartments and saw the room in which the 1992 fire started, and visited St George’s Chapel where the marriage of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle took place last year.
The Form 5 production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was the hottest ticket in town on Wednesday evening! Following a day of rehearsals, the play took the form of promenade theatre, in which the audience moved around between acts, watching the action take place in different classrooms as the play unfurled. The play received rave reviews and comments including “Absolutely fabulous – loved it!”, “I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats”, “EPIC!”, “Awesome”, “West End quality”, “You were AWESOME!!!, I loved every minute and didn’t want it to end. I would definitely buy tickets to see it again. Well, well done!”, “RSC can’t match this. Stratford next ! Wonderful!”.
Form 1 would like to thank Mrs Charlton-Meyrickfor talking to them about the Persian New Year, called Nowruz, which is celebrated on the day of the spring equinox. Families celebrate by cleaning the house, wearing new clothes, and eating specially prepared food. One of the celebrations includes jumping over a fire which symbolises the leaving behind of the old year and jumping into the new year. The children tried special biscuits containing raisins.
Yesterday, children in Forms 4, 5 and 6 attended a concert given by the Nonesuch orchestra at St Alban’s church. Members of the Form 5 recorder group were thrilled to join the orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 26 ‘Lamentatione’. Watch a recording of the recorder group performance here
Thank you to Mrs Greville and her amazing team of helpers for running this morning’s very successful second hand uniform sale. It is very much appreciated by all the parents.
Parents are invited to an open session of the last choir of term on Tuesday next week. Please arrive at 8.10am at the church hall.
Lower 1 will be holding a “Pyjama Day” fundraiser next Friday, 29 March to raise money for the school charity, Born to Fly. All children and staff at Rupert Road are invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas. Please bring £2 to donate to the Born to Fly Charity.
Tickets for the OHSPA May Ball go on sale on Monday 25 March! It is going to be an incredible evening… not one to be missed!
The £80 per head ticket price includes a welcome drink, 3 course dinner, half a bottle of wine per person and a cheeky cocktail. We will be selling tables (10 people each) and would kindly ask you to organise your table and appoint a table leader. The table leader should then please contact Ms Fleur Robotham to book a table in the week commencing Monday 25 March. Payments for the whole table (£800) to be made by bank transfer to the OHSPA bank account (please login for details) with your surname as the reference. Payments should be made within 5 days of booking otherwise the table will be released for re-sale.
Please note, the tickets for the last May Ball sold out very quickly. If you are thinking of leaving it until after the Easter break, please don’t as it may be too late!
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M V Edwards 22 March 2019