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Autumn Term 2017—Newsletter Eleven

17th November 2017

Dear Parents,

The term is whizzing by so quickly and we continue to pack so many exciting events and learning experiences into the school day each week. This morning Class 2 performed a wonderful assembly based on the theme of Habitats! Well done Class 2, Jennifer and Zoe on such a confident, enthusiastic performance. I am delighted to attach the Sport Newsletter with this week’s Insider.

Up-Coming Diary Dates

Please find here a gentle reminder of some up-coming important dates for your information:

  • Monday 27th November: Reception nativity rehearsal at St. Luke’s during the day
  • Tuesday 28th November: Class 3 and 4 Play Dress Rehearsal and Performance at 2pm (see separate letter and below for details)
  • Wednesday 29th November: Class 6 visiting the Imperial War Museum (see separate letter for details)
  • Friday 1st December: Upper School mouth guard fitting service at 10.30am (see separate letter for details)
  • Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th December: Church Service Rehearsal at St. Luke’s Church (see below for details)
  • Wednesday 6th December: Charity Shoe Box Collection Day for children in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (see separate letter for details)
  • Thursday 7th December: Whole school trip to Unicorn Theatre (see separate letter for details)

Achievements

Science Quiz Competition

On Wednesday 22nd November two Cameron House teams of children selected, through a team selection quiz, from Classes 5 and 6, took part in the annual Quiz Club Science Quiz kindly hosted by Broomwood Hall. We had spent four practise sessions preparing for the quiz, running test questions and learning the different strategies. In spite of not winning the children thoroughly enjoyed the event and there was quite a nail biter at the end when Cameron House Team 1 narrowly beat Cameron House Team 2! Excellent team spirit from both teams, well done!

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Science Quiz Report by Alex (Science Prefect)

We had two teams representing Cameron House at the Science Quiz at Broomwood Hall. The questions were really tricky but we collaborated well and ended up doing quite well. Elena, Elisabeth, Idris and I beat Gretal, Sina, Alex P and Olivia on the last question of the quiz! It was a really fun and exciting quiz!

Karate success

Karate success

Edward had a very successful Karate tournament in Sheffield this past weekend. Theo was a great support to Edward. The competition, UK Nationals, was quite difficult and we are all very happy with Edward’s achievement; he achieved a bronze medal.

Class 5 netball match v The Hampshire School By Honor

I loved being the Captain of the Class 5 match against The Hampshire School. The people who stood out today were Olivia and Isabella. Olivia was a great goal shooter and Isabella was very good at getting into empty spaces. We did not win but at half time we were ahead by one goal. We should be proud of our achievements; we worked well together as a team!

Class 2 at St Luke’s

Class 3 Visit to Fulham Palace—Roman Workshop

Class 2 are thoroughly enjoying the sports sessions on Wednesday morning at St. Luke’s church. They are being introduced to netball and football in preparation for Class 3 when they will have their first competitive sports fixtures against other schools.


Charity

British Legion Poppy Appeal

Thank you for your support by donating into the collection box and by wearing poppies over the past few weeks—we are delighted to announce we raised just over £98 for this very worthy charity—thank you for your support.


Notices

Class 3 and 4 Production of The Pirates of the Curry Bean!

Class 3 and 4 will soon be rehearsing and performing their production of The Pirates of the Curry Bean at Kensington Library Theatre W8. Their rehearsals will take place on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd November (for further detail, please refer to the recent letter sent to all Class 3 and 4 families). On the morning of Tuesday 28th November, Class 3 and 4 will perform their Dress Rehearsal to the other children in the school (we will transport the children to and from the Theatre by private coach. The performance for Class 3 and 4 families to watch will take place on Tuesday 28th November at 2pm at Kensington Library Theatre, W8. May we politely remind parents that due to the Theatre’s strict rules, no food or drink should be brought into the theatre and that in order to comply with fire and health and safety regulations, families must remain seated at all times during the performance. We kindly ask that parents and friends take their seats after 1:40pm as we will be making our final preparations until then. Thank you.

Karate Gradings and Watching Sessions

On Tuesday 5th December we will be holding the Karate Group 1, 2 and 3 grading’s; parents are most welcome to join and watch during normal club session times.

Drama Club—End of Term “Watching Session” for Parents

Parents are warmly invited to come along to the School Hall on Thursday 7th December to watch a short presentation at the end of their child’s Drama Club session. Watching Session time will be at 4pm.

Little Singers—End of Term “Watching Session” for Parents

Parents are warmly invited to come along to the School Hall on Wednesday 6th December to watch a short presentation at the start of the club session. Children in as normal at 8am and parents from 8:15–8:30.

Fencing “Watching Sessions” for Parents

Parents are warmly invited to come along to the School Hall on Friday 1st December to watch a short presentation at the start of the club session. Watching session time will be 3pm (Group 1) and 3.50pm (Group 2).

Final Club Dates for Autumn Term 2017
Clubs will resume the week commencing 8th January 2018

  • Friday 24th November — Mad Science
  • Friday 1st December — Pins and Needles
  • Monday 4th December — Orchestra, Football, Art
  • Tuesday 5th December — Choral Group, Karate, Touch Typing, Maths Investigations, Cross Country
  • Wednesday 6th December — Little Singers, French, Art, Ballet, Street Dance
  • Thursday 7th December — Drama, Chess, Netball, Tennis, Computer, Class 6 Homework Club
  • Friday 8th December — Gymnastics, Fencing, (the after school clubs will run at a slightly later time in the afternoon (3.15pm approx.) due to Church Service)
  • Wednesday 13th December – Early Birds (morning)

Clubs—Spring Term 2018

The Clubs lists for next term will be going up on the Clubs Notice Board in the Entrance Hall very soon. Please could you check the lists and let Izzy in the School Office know if any changes need to be made. If you are interested in signing up/leaving a Club, can parents please ensure that they write in the Clubs Book that is located in Izzy’s office and not email or write on the Clubs Board. Thank you.

Rugby Club Next Term!

Rugby Club will be taking place once again next term and is open to boys and girls in the Upper School (Classes 3–6). It will take place on a Thursday afternoon in Battersea Park (straight after the Sports lesson) from 3–4pm and it will be run by Hugh Freeland. We require a minimum of 10 children to be able to run this club and places will be on a first come, first served basis. All the necessary equipment required will be provided. The coach would collect the children from the park at 4pm and return the children to school for a 4:30pm pick up. If you are interested, please speak to Izzy in the School Office at your earliest convenience. Also, if you have any queries then please email Hugh, hugh@cameronhouseschool.org.

NEW CLUB! Garage Band

We are excited to announce a brand new club starting next term geared towards our music composers and arrangers! Introducing GarageBand—a club of 8 pupils who will meet each Wednesday from 3:45–4:40pm to compose, shape and record their very own songs using Apple’s GarageBand. GarageBand is a software program that allows you to record, layer and loop live and midi instruments as tracks that can be played together to form amazing songs! Pupils will be using school iPads, USB microphones and USB keyboards to create their masterpiece songs. Let the party begin! Please contact Izzy for cost details and to sign up. Preference will be given to Class 6 and then Class 5. We require a minimum of 8 children to be able to run this club. There are only 8 places available.

NEW CLUB! Robotics Club

Are you interested in building things out of LEGO®? Do you fancy exploring design, engineering and coding using motorized LEGO® models and simple programming? If the answer is yes, then ROBOTICS CLUB is for you! You will sketch, build, and test prototypes of the designs you create using your critical-thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills. If you are in Class 4, Class 5 or Class 6, join us on a Thursday after school from 3.45–4.40pm to get creative with LEGO®! Please contact Izzy for cost details and to sign up. We require a minimum of 8 children to be able to run this club. Preference will be given to Class 5 and Class 6. There are only 10 places available, first come, first serve!

Charity Christmas Shoe Boxes—Wednesday 6th December!

After the great success of the shoe boxes last year, we have decided to donate them once again to The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Many children are in hospital over Christmas, unable to share in all the festivities that we so enjoy, so this term we have decided to bring a bit of Christmas joy to them. We are asking each child to prepare a Christmas shoe box for a child in hospital, filled with small inexpensive presents to help brighten their day as they may be away from their families and friends and feeling unwell. As we are sure you understand there are many regulations that the boxes must follow to be able to be donated to a hospital. A clear outline of what the boxes can contain is in the letter which has been sent out separately; if you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to ask. The completion and delivery date for the boxes will be Wednesday 6th December. Please can the children bring their box into school on the morning of this day (not before please) and place them under our Christmas tree which will be appearing in the Entrance Hall. The boxes will be delivered to the hospital later that day. Once again thank you for continued support. Sian Barraclough, Charity Coordinator

Carol Service

As you will be aware, we will be holding our annual Carol Service on Friday 8th December 2017 at St. Luke’s Church Sydney Street, SW3 at 2pm. We would be very grateful for your support with the following:

  • Please can children bring their snacks and lunches on that day in disposable bags
  • Please can children ensure they are in complete smart school uniform
  • No School Bags will be necessary
  • Class 6 Homework Club will not run after the service; however Fencing will run directly after the service for those who would like to attend—children attending should be escorted back to school by a parent or guardian.
  • Children playing instruments at the Carol Service will need to bring their instruments in to school on Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th December.
  • Children will go home with their families after the Carol Service (please ensure they say “goodbye” to their Class Teacher before leaving)
  • We kindly ask that parents and friends take their seats in church after 1:40pm

We very much look forward to welcoming friends and parents to our service. Thank you for your support.

Uniform

We have noticed a small number of non-regulation items of uniform are being worn, such as coats and jumpers. Please can you kindly ensure that children are wearing the correct and smart Winter uniform and that all uniform accessories (such as gloves, scarves and hats etc.) are the official Cameron House items and correct colour (gloves must be cherry red or navy blue only) and are named—such items have a tendency to wander around the school from time to time but we can help return them to the correct owner if they are clearly labelled! Thank you for your support.

Bluebird Carol Singing Event—Tuesday 12th December!

We are thrilled to announce that once again this year, Cameron House children have been invited to sing some carols in the courtyard at Bluebird to help mark the start of the festive season. The event will take place on Tuesday 12th December at 6:30–7:00pm. Siblings and parents are of course also very welcome to come along and join in. All those taking part will need to meet in the courtyard at Bluebird by 6.20pm (in school uniform including school coats, hats, gloves and scarves). We will be sending out a letter in the coming weeks. If you and your family would like to take part please complete the slip on the bottom of the letter and return it to Alice in the School Office at your earliest convenience. This is such a lovely Christmas event to take part in; we look forward to seeing many of you there. Thank you for all your continued support.

Cameron House Foundation Plea

If you are interested in getting involved with the Cameron House Foundation and would like to find out a bit more about the charity, please contact the office for further information. Please contact Mary-Anne if you are interested in supporting this very worthy charity.

Learning Friends

Well done to Yassine in Reception, for being awarded Snowball the penguin for ambition. He has made great efforts to use the diagraph sounds in his writing. Congratulations!

Well done to Jean in Class 1, for being awarded Copper the dog for kindness. She has been sharing with her table and showing thoughtful kindness. Congratulations!

Well done to India in Class 3, for being awarded Benzi the elephant for collaboration. In science, they were doing fair testing in pairs; she took into account all her partner suggestions and discussed ideas Congratulations!

Well done to Alex in Class 5 for being awarded Ivy the owl for reflectiveness. He has become more reflective and positive about the presentation of his work. Congratulations!

Well done to Gretel and Massi in Class 6 for being awarded Sparky the dragon for creativity. Their thoughtful, well-researched design of the Christmas post-box is superb! We cannot wait to see the final product. Congratulations!

Please do return your learning friend to school on Tuesday morning.

Mary-Anne — Acting Headmistress

Mary-Anne Malloy
Acting Headmistress

Suzanne — Deputy Headmistress

Suzanne Haigh
Deputy Headmistress


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