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26th April 2024

With the excitement of the Inspection at the beginning of term, it was super to be able to go back to focusing on the Summer term and all that it holds this week.

Year 6 enjoyed their second rowing session and did a fantastic job with their English Speaking Board assessments yesterday, which entailed them giving a presentation, reciting a piece of poetry and reading an extract from their favourite book. The ability to present confidently is a hugely important life skill and is an important focus for the children at Rupert House. The Year 6 children have also been busy auditioning for the Summer Prep performance and found out their parts this afternoon, so there has been an air of anticipation around the school this week!  

The children across the school have begun preparations for Sports Day and have been focussing on developing their cricket skills, despite the weather. The team from Performance Cricket have been working with the Pre-Prep pupils to either introduce them to the sport, or build on their current experience.  Fixtures begin next week for those in Prep.

Well done to everyone who took part in The Great School Run on Sunday. 40% of our pupils came along which meant that Rupert House were the winners of the Mayor’s Cup for participation! It is such a fun family-friendly event, with no previous running experience required, so hopefully next year we will see even more of the Rupert House community there. You can read more in the news story below.


Next week

Next week sees the Year 6 pupils heading off to France and Year 4 on their three-night residential at Osmington Bay. I am sure they will all have a fantastic time and look forward to hearing all about it. You can follow them on our dedicated school trip Instagram account @rupert_house_school_trips

We also have the move-up morning for children in Years 2 and 3 on Thursday and Reception are going to visit Henley Fire Station on Friday.


A couple of requests

If you have any empty egg boxes at home (for 6 eggs, not 12), please can you drop them into Nursery next week as Miss White and Mrs Steer need them for our upcoming Reception open event. Also, Miss Pavey is looking for any old pots and pans that you no longer need for her Street Drumming Club. Please drop those into the Front Office from next week. Many thanks!


Darcey is raising money for The Little Princess Trust

Darcey, in Year 3, is cutting off her hair to donate to The Little Princess Trust and is hoping to raise some money for the charity too. The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. If you would like to sponsor her, the link is here.

This is a very brave thing to do so well done Darcey!


Drop off and collection

Please can I ask that children are not allowed to climb the trees on the patch of grass outside the front of the school. The trees do not belong to us and climbing them could be very dangerous, given the heights of the children which have been witnessed at times. I would also like to reiterate past requests to not park outside the front of the school when dropping off or collecting (unless in a marked bay), and to only park in the designated spaces on King’s Road. Both the Waitrose and Rugby Club car parks are within a very short walking distance. There are often large groups of parents and children standing outside the front of the school building at busy times and it is not safe to have cars pulling in and out of the spaces in front of the school.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Nick Armitage