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This week's artist of the week is Mary

Our Prep School Artist of the week is Mary in Year 5.  She painted a colour wheel, using only primary colours, tints and shades. Afterwards, using Mandala designs as her inspiration, she designed her own pattern and added it to her wheel using radial symmetry.  Bravo Mary - it is stunning.

                                           

Fun and laughter sees school raise vital funds for Comic Relief

What a fantastic fundraising day the Rupert House community had today.  The building was adorned with red balloons and our very own giant red nose (courtesy of our talented Head of Art, Mrs Poulter) as well as lots of red nose pictures and jokes. This caused great chatter and excitement amongst the children whilst they waited for the doors to officially open!

We were tremendously impressed by the effort all the children and staff went to – some came in red, some in their home-made super hero outfits and almost all had a red nose.

Everyone laughed at the jokes and we hope that everyone has had a lot of fun helping to raise money for this extremely worthwhile cause.  Remember that families can share photos of their family challenge by visiting https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/fundraise/family-challenge

Very many thanks to our student council and Miss Jones for all their efforts in organising – it was a brilliant effort full of fun and laughter. Our school community is on target to raise well in excess of £300 in aid of Comic Relief so well done Rupert House and many thanks for your support!

Pirating around

What a wonderful week our Year 2 children have had.  We went up to Forest School and, working in teams, made pirate boats.  The children worked brilliantly together and particularly loved the challenge of gathering gold, canons, flags and walking the plank!

Celebrating St Patrick's Day

The Rupert House community came together on Wednesday 17th March to celebrate St Patrick's Day with a specially themed lunch, courtesy of Thomas Franks, our school caterer.  The children were treated to soda bread, Irish stew and colcannon potatoes, followed by Barmbrack, a traditional fruit cake.  It was absolutely delicious and everyone had a really fun time.

It's going to be an 'egg'citing Easter!

What a busy week our Reception classes have had.  Not only have they been learning digraphs and writing sentences in phonics but they've also been very busy at our Forest School creating ‘eggciting’ Easter surprises!  Well done Reception.

Rupert House Celebrates British Science Week

The children have been actively celebrating British Science Week this week (as well as being back in the Science lab!).  Each day, the children have been doing an exciting experiment, ranging from skittle rainbows and bendy water to lemon volcanos, sticky rice and colourful daffodils - each one celebrating and using the 'magic' of Science!  All the experiments are simple and easy to do and it was great to hear that some children were inspired to try the experiments at home, under adult supervision.

We will be holding our own RHS STEM week in the summer term with lots of exciting activities!  If you can’t wait until then, follow this link to find out how to make a rainbow using skittles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0T3KokCFAg 

Navigating with Year 3

Year 3 have been making compasses out of magnets in their science lessons this week. Thy then used them to conduct a treasure hunt around school.

Year 6 get gardening

This week Y6 spent some time working in the school garden, tidying it up and planting seeds in the vegetable patch. We discovered a lots of carrots in the soil! We also did some litter picking and general tidying to make the grounds look spick and span.

Year 1 get baking for Mother's Day

Year 1 children at Rupert House learnt all about weight in their maths lesson last week and then wasted no time in putting their new found knowledge to the test as each of the children got baking to prepare cupcakes for Mother's Day.  Really good work Year 1 - those cakes look yummy!

Artist of the Week

Well done to Yi Jia in Year 3 who is our artist of the week this week - our first week back at school since December!  Very aptly, this beautiful piece of artwork has been created with positive and negative space in mind. It is very carefully planned and extremely effective.      

Welcome back!

Both wanting to celebrate a return to being together and also fully anticipating that, following on from months of lockdown, some children may be anxious by a return to school, Rupert House decided to provide its pupils and staff with a specially planned ‘Reunion Day’ of fun activities on Monday.

Organised by Rupert House’s dedicated pastoral team, the focus was on wellbeing and celebrating being back together.  The first class ‘bubbles’ arrived at 8.15am to find the school adorned with bright balloons and banners welcoming its entire community back.  The joy on the children’s faces and the chatter and laughter outside the school was an uplifting start to the day. There followed a whole school assembly, hosted by Head of School, Nick Armitage, which took place outside within the grounds.

Mr Armitage said of the event:  “I have been so impressed by the enthusiastic approach and the hard work of all our children and the exemplary educational provision our staff have delivered during this latest period of lockdown.  That said, we are very mindful of the impact lockdown has had to everyone’s wellbeing and so, in recognition of this and in celebration of being able to be back together as one school community, we wanted to mark everyone’s return as a special Reunion Day designed for all of us – pupils and teachers alike – to readjust to our school environment, rekindle our friendships and lessen any anxieties some may have felt about coming back to school.”

Throughout the day the children participated in a number of activities and events, specifically designed to promote team building (in classes, year groups and as a school) and focusing on fun.  Amongst them, tasks included the children made shapes and words, including the School Crest, with their bodies on the school Astroturf.  Every child planted their own sunflower seed which will ultimately be planted throughout the school grounds.  The Year 6 class planted an apple tree in the grounds for future years to enjoy. They named it Stanley the Bramley! Each class  decorated a canvas with their names and a symbol or word representing their time in lockdown.  The canvases will be linked together to make one large piece of artwork.  Everyone shared their own lockdown memories which were written on jigsaw pieces which were then connected together.  The school also created a Covid capsule with each class choosing an item to include.  Each class also engaged in a Word Cloud Activity where teachers actively encouraged the children to talk about and create a word cloud to decorate the classroom walls.  All children made their own sandwich lunch which was followed by an ice-cream factory; and the Prep School children wrote down and illustrated growth mindset messages. 

Susie Newman, Deputy Head adds:  “That the Rupert House Reunion Day proved to be a success is indisputable and we have received some extremely complimentary feedback from parents and others within our community.  The focus of our day was intended to be about pupil and staff wellbeing but, ultimately, it proved to be about creating a happy, fun time for all within our school community after months of being separated.”

You can watch a video montage of the day here

 

Ready to Zoom back into School

Continuing their topic of Space this week, our Year 1 classes have enjoyed making jetpacks in Art.  The children can't wait to zoom back to school wearing them!  Well done Year 1.

Year 2 become mermaids for the day

It's Mermaid Day for Year 2 today! 🧜‍♀️ As part of their topic on Oceans this term, they have spent the day dressed as mermaids and had great fun making mermaid peg dolls and masks, a big mermaid tail, writing mermaid stories and decorating mermaid tail cookies!

 

Mermaids Year 2
Friday's live music concert

We are really going to miss hosting our live music concerts on a Friday but we can't wait to hear the children performing in the flesh again as of next week.  Mrs Breen and Miss Lau have been so impressed with the way the children have performed and the effort and enthusiasm they have shown.  We'd also like to thank all our parents who have joined the concerts, some of whom have performed alongside their children.  Don't forget to tune into our last concert this Friday, 5th March.

This week's artist of the week is Zahra

Our Rupert House Artist of the Week in the first week of March is Zahra.  Not only did she paint with the unusual media of coffee and tea, but she also successfully managed to create a wonderful portrait with expression and tone.  Bravo Zahra.

Fantasy Rugby Update

The Fantasy Rugby competition is well underway.  People had to adapt to one game not being played last weekend, but scores are still high.  Here are the latest scores.  Well done to Slick's Machines who has stayed at the top so far.  Will someone catch up soon?  Here are the latest scores. 

 

rugby scores
Year 6 Tackle Tessellation

This week, our Year 6 children worked on tessellation in Maths and created some lovely designs using translation and rotation of shapes.  Here are some examples of their work.  Well done Year 6 - we are really impressed.

Welcome to our New School Council Members

Congratulations to our newly voted school councillors who will start on our return to school for the rest of the academic year.  Year 6 - Isabella and Allegra , Year 5 - Liza and Mary, Year 4 - Chloe-Maya and Charlotte, Year 3 - Tekle and Jemima and Year 2 - Sophia S and Scarlett H.  Our school councillors brainstorm effective ways to raise money for charity and assist with fundraising and fun events at school.  Their first task will be to help organise Red Nose Day on 19th March which we are all really looking forward to!

World Book Day fun!

Lockdown could not deter the energy and zeal of the children at Rupert House School in dressing up and having a lot of fun for World Book Day 2021.

Teachers, admin staff and pupils alike collectively came to virtual lessons dressed up as their favourite book characters and what a lot of effort everyone went to!

In Nursery, the home corner was converted into a wonderful Mr Men book shop where the children could buy, write and sell their own books.  A reading wigwam was set up for quiet reading and the children had some magical adventures in their story playtime, using just a cardboard box, a fleece and some fruit!

Our Reception classes had a fun circle-time sharing their costumes and books and playing ‘Guess the Story’. They also read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and had a busy week sequencing the story and learning about the days of the week, healthy and unhealthy food, symmetry and the life cycle of a butterfly.

In Year 1, each child chose their favourite book, wrote a clue about it and then read the clue out loud whilst their classmates tried to guess which book it was.  Then the children used their creative writing skills to write an additional chapter for their chosen book, as well as creating a new design for the front cover.

In Year 2, the children challenged each other to guess the character they were dressed as – from both their costume and a short excerpt from the book in which the character featurees.  They then wrote their own fantastic book blurbs.

Children in Year 3 attended the live event: ‘Books that make you LOL!’ which they greatly enjoyed.  They also had a whole class book club (including a drink and a biscuit!) where children brought their favourite books to talk about and to recommend to their friends before writing their own book review.

Inspired by some online academy classes, hosted by the authors Abi Elphinstone, Robin Stevens and Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, our Year 4 class were shown objects and had to think about how they could be used in a story.

After listening to authors Derek Landy: 'How to make characters feel real' and Nadia Shireen: 'Bringing Characters to Life’, Year 5 wrote some entertaining school reports for their favourite book characters.

In Year 6, our children joined author Holly Smale’s academy class: 'Bury Deep and use your Emotions' in which they worked on reading extracts from stories using expression, putting on character voices and some acting.

Well done Rupert House – no one could doubt your enthusiasm for, and love of, books.

Mr Malkin's signs of spring

Mr Malkin set us a task to look out for the signs of spring when out on our family walks over half term. We spotted pretty flowers, emerging buds, and even some sunshine! Well done to those that send in your photo collages. 

Sports Update - Virtual Run

We had a great time running around Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand as children in Years 3 to Year 6 have joined Ms Nicholson for a virtual run this week. Children are encouraged to download their certificate of achievement (found on Firefly).

The next destination for Years 5 and 6 will incorporate the Winter Woods in Norway - so look out for the TEAMS link in FireFly. Get your woolly hat and gloves ready, it's chilly out there! 

Snood lockdown project complete!

And just in time to catch the last of the cold weather. Olivia has been working tirelessly during Mrs Breen's knitting club and also in her free time at home. Great job Olivia!

Nursery children making their mark

The Nursery children have been getting creative with chalk outside in the fresh air today. Their mark making is everywhere! They are really looking forward to the other children coming back to school in March.

Nature Photography Competition

Very many thanks to all those who contributed to our Nature Photography Competition. 

There were so many fantastic entries that Miss Gibbon and Mrs Poulter found it incredibly difficult to judge. 

However, after much deliberation, the winners are:

 

Pre-prep:  Flowers by Monty Dougan (Reception S).

We like the bright colours and the contrast of the petals against the moss.  it is a joyful photograph and full of hope.

 

Prep:  Droplets by Lucinda Taylor (Year 6).

The sharp focus of the foreground drew us in, and the glistening jewel-like drops have a magical quality.

 

And very well done to the runner's up which are:

 

Pre-prep:  Moss by Mollie Sturges (Reception B).

This scene sparks the imagination in an abstract way.  The composition has made a wooden post into a character; we particularly liked his lockdown haircut!

 

Prep:  Squirrel by Chloe James (Year 5). 

This cheeky squirrel looks a little bit cross that he's not invited inside with everyone else.  A really unusual and well-timed snap!

The Artist of the Week

The Artist of the Week is Chloe-Maya in Year 4.

Her Notan design is particularly effective as she has chosen Complementary colours (opposite on the colour wheel); they really 'pop'. Chloe-Maya carefully cut and flipped complicated shapes to make her work very successful.

Year 1 Space Rovers

Year 1 have made some out of this world planetary rovers as part of their topic on Space this term. Lego was a very popular choice for  construction, but there were all sorts of other creative ideas too! Next stop... Mars 🚀

What a busy week in Reception!

Reception’s busy week has included making owl on toast (or an owl pancake), weaving fish, designing a sea picture and investigating if the difference between fresh water and salt water by trying to float an egg.  

Making Music

Thank you to all the children who have joined in with our Musical live clubs this week! Here are Singing Club learning their song ‘Lovely Day’. It was brilliant to be joined by some children and teachers in school, as well as pupils at home.

Celebrating la Chandeleur

This week all the Rupert House children were encouraged to make French pancakes (les crepes) to celebrate "la Chandeleur" in France: a day dedicated to baking and eating pancakes! The children have enjoyed celebrating this French tradition. A fun activity away from screens!

Nature Photography Competition

It has been lovely to see what changes there have been in only a few weeks as the seasons continue to evolve. We are so impressed by the quality and diversity of the subjects you are managing to snap. Keep going everyone! Get all photos into us by Friday 12th February.

Monday Registration

Jasper and the teddies took over Year 4 registration today to see how remote learning was going at Rupert House. The verdict was it is brilliant!

RSPB Bird Watch

This weekend was the annual RSPB Bird Watch and several of our Rupert House families got involved!

We hope you all had fun identifying the different variety of birds and helping count so the RSPB can build up a national picture of birds across the country. 

A week in the life of Reception

Reception children have really thrown themselves wholeheartedly into learning at home.  We have baked gingerbread men and made posters to persuade people to buy them.  We have tried science experiments putting water outside overnight in cups containing toys to discover freezing and melting.  We have been learning about birds in preparation for the Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend.  We had a challenge to made a picture using just three different resources.

Year 1 Maths

Our Year 1 children have really been embracing the start of the New Year and the start of lockdown.  The children were asked to create their own maths resources to assist with their on-line learning. What fantastic and creative ideas they have come up with - bravo Year 1!

Year 5 Internal Mixed Hockey League

Over the course of this term, our Year 5 children have been competing against each other in an internal hockey league. Many congratulations to the 'Walkers' team who won overall and have received the Year 5 Mixed Hockey League Shield Autumn term 2020! There were some cracking matches, enabling the children to display their skills, and the final table was very close.

It's a wrap!

The EYFS have finally finished filming their Nativity and the video is now being put together. We are all very excited about it and everyone is feeling very festive.

Mrs Steer, Mrs Brown and Mrs Macartney

Henley Virtual Christmas Fayre

Over £1,800 was raised for Helen Douglas House through the Virtual Christmas Fayre last weekend. Organised by Rupert House parent, Mrs Hudson, the event featured local traders and businesses across the Henley community, and not forgetting the carol contribution of our Year 6 vocal group whose performances of 'Oh Come all Ye Faithful' and 'Holly Jolly Christmas' was shown on the Saturday.

As part of the Henley Virtual Shopping event, children from around the Rupert House community have been having a marvellous time finding out about all the unusual places you can read a book whilst also fundraising for Helen & Douglas House. Thank you to everyone who took part and those who sponsored them.  

The School Council were asked to choose the winners of the category 'Reading in an Unusual Place' and there were some fantastically extraordinary locations.  

Very well done to the winners who will be given an age-appropriate book by Mrs Hudson.

reading challenge winner prep
Big Writing in Year 1

The Year 1 children working hard on their end of term Big writing assessment. It was based around the book Dinosaurs in my school. The children’s imaginations have been running wild!

Year 3 Learn How to be an Astronaut in Science

Year 3 built and tested moon landers in Science this week as part of their ‘How to be an Astronaut’ topic. They learned how squashy marshmallows would make good shock absorbers to soften the impact of landing on the moon and then created their own models out of folded paper and card. All of the groups managed to land their astronauts safely in their moon landers, taking Year 3 one step closer to being the first children on the moon!

Helping in the Community

Throughout the two periods of lockdown this year, our catering provider, Thomas Franks, have helped to make and distribute thousands of meals for carer's who are unable to receive any respite.  We are so proud of our catering team who last week cooked 100 meals of sausage and their headline winning mash for a community feeding project to help carer's in rural Somerset.

Anti-bullying Week

This week was Anti-Bullying Week. We kicked off with Odd Socks day on Monday where the children (and staff) wore odd socks, encouraging them to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! A pound was donated by each child in aid of Anti-Bullying Alliance. Pupils also watched the Anti-Bullying Alliance assembly in their classroom bubbles which was hosted by CBeebies Andy and the Odd Socks and broadcast to schools across the country.

Throughout the week, pupils have taken part in various activities including in role play scenarios and in designing anti-bullying jigsaw puzzles. The jigsaw theme was a key part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance theme this year ‘We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying’.

All pupils have also been encouraged to play with different people within their school bubbles at playtimes and have been sharing kind words with their peers.

Anti-bullying week is just one of the many important activities we take part in during the school year which puts a focus on kindness - a key and consistent element of the Rupert House ethos and a trait that is instilled in our pupils throughout their journey through the school.

Bright Young Sparks!

Year 5 have been learning about Electricity this term and we finished off the topic this week by inventing our own switches to use in an electrical circuit and making our own batteries. We didn’t quite get enough power to light up a bulb but we had lots of fun building them!  Well done Year 5.

Miss Gibbon

Year 2 Visit Japan

Year 2 have been 'visiting' Japan in their studies of artists this week. They have been making and painting pumpkins in the style of Yayoi Kusama; learning about Japanese culture; making an origami monster; and have even written Haiku poems. Here are a selection for you to enjoy:

 

Autumn is here now

Different colours coming

Hedgehogs are hiding

Aoife- Rose

 

The trees are swaying

The leaves shimmer in the sun

I lie in the sun

Olive 

 

Ruby red leaves

Beautiful, blowing leaves swaying

The sun shines on me

Alexa

 

Leaves are falling down

Beautiful shimmering leaves

Wet and soggy leaves

Sophia 

 

The Autumn leaves fall

Sunbeams shining through the trees.

Reflecting sunshine

Skye 

Reception ICT

Reception S have been talking about autumn this week.  The children followed a step by step video showing how to draw leaves, which really helped them to develop their listening and instruction following skills!  We made some lovely autumn baskets in ICT where we had to use a computer mouse, rather than our fingers, to change the colours and colour the vegetables.  Really well done Reception!

Mrs Steer

Nursery Discover Forest School

The Nursery children were so excited this week to have their first ever Forest School session. They loved exploring, going on a Bear Hunt and hoped very much that a real Bear might emerge at any moment!

Mrs Macartney

Sport Report

On Wednesday, we took our U10 teams to play Netball against Lambrook in the new High 5 format. The children were so excited to be playing a match and loved the opportunity. It was a super afternoon and both schools were extremely respectful of the England Netball Covid-19 guidelines. Well done to all the players for being so sensible and it was a joy to watch them practice their skills in a competitive fixture once again.

Players of the Match: Clarissa (A team), Freya (B team), India-Jane (C team), Millie (D team).

From Dinosaurs to Recorders - This Week's Music Update

Nursery have been dancing this week with the Elephant movement from the Carnival of the Animals, to go with Grey week! They have also used body percussion to create sounds they could hear from the rainforest.

Reception have been singing their hearts out about oats and beans as they are getting ready for the upcoming Harvest Festival.

Y1 have focused on Dinosaurs these few weeks and we were creating our own song with different dinosaurs jumping, skipping, hoping and running up and down, we look forward to showing our dinosaurs in our assembly next week!

Y2 have recently started to learn how to play the recorders. They have been learning the notes, B-A-G, and have successfully played Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb in our Music Lessons.

Miss Lau

Nursery Matters

The Nursery children have settled remarkably well into their new 'normal' of school life over the past couple of weeks.  As have the parents, grandparents and carers, who have let their charges go at the Courtney’s gate to the ‘choo choo’ of the Nursery train as we work our way to our beautifully set up room of learning through play.

When we arrive, the children all busy themselves in the small worlds of dinosaurs, fairies and farms; or make sandwiches, ice creams and smoothies in the café; or build the tallest tower or the longest line of cars on the construction carpet.

And, how I wish you could see their art, sounds and number work up on the wall and know that they are making friends and learning their way around the routine of the Nursery room and the school at large.  But, as this is not possible in the current climate, I wanted to share these photos which I hope will illustrate how happily engaged your children are.

Amongst them you will find images of the first day of Nursery at the Smoothie café, Launching Pink week, Castle and Fairies, Launching Blue Week, Synthetic Phonics with Tapping sticks, Animal Yoga, Maths longest and tallest towers, Builders site and Smoothie shop open for business, Dinosaur small worlds and the ever popular Handwashing!!!

As ever, feel free to write me a note in the home/school book or email me if there is anything you need or want to discuss.

Mrs Macartney

Black History Month

To continue our weekly theme of celebrating diversity, our Friday assembly focused on Black History Month.  A time is set aside each year to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the past and today. We talked about various black people from the political, medical and sporting worlds.

Mrs Newman

The Henley Literary Festival

Children throughout the school have been attending the virtual Henley Literary Festival over the course of the week. 

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes did a drawing session with Marion Duchars on Tuesday which focused on Bob the Artist and gave the children the opportunity to draw their own cartoons.  They are definitely all budding artists!

The Reception children heard one of Judith Kerr's well known stories 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', read by Russell and Laura Brand, which inspired the children to invent their own version 'The Lion Who Came to Breakfast'.  The children also enjoyed Katinka's Tail read by Louse Roe and Mackenzie Huskin and then Leah and Ricky Boleto with their baby retelling Mog The Forgetful Cat. 

In Years 2 and 3, the children had a session with Leila Rasheed; whilst Year 4 'attended' the Cressida Cowell; and Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohammed events.  Year 5 and 6 were treated to a session with Chris Riddell, amongst others.  

Year 4 Science

Year 4 have been learning about Sound and this week they have designed and made their own set of ear defenders to block out loud noises. There were some very inventive designs and, when we tested them, they actually worked too! Great inventing, Year 4!

Miss Gibbon

Year 2 French

In Year 2 the children are learning the days of the week in French. Not only they have been fantastic at singing the days of the week but also they have all made beautiful caterpillars!  Well done year 2!

Mrs Sheriff

A warm welcome to our PGCE students

We want to welcome former pupil, Alexandra Dunn, and her fellow Reading university student, Lucy Potts, both of whom are currently undertaking their PGCE.  Miss Dunn and Miss Potts are primarily assisting the Year 1 and Year 2 classes but will also have contact with other year groups when doing games and playground duty.  They will be at Rupert House until the end of this term and we feel very fortunate to have them.

Paleontologists for the day

Year 1 enjoyed pretending to be paleontologists in this week’s topic lesson. We discussed all the equipment paleontologists would use on digs to discover fossils and dinosaur bones. Then we pretended we were on a fossil dig and used a tooth pick to dig chocolate chips out of cookies!  

Miss Ives and Mrs Harris

The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly

At 9am, Rupert House tuned into the Big Anti-Bullying Assembly, pledging, along with schools all over the UK, to put an end to bullying, celebrate diversity and continue to strengthen kindness within our community. 

Supported by a plethora of celebrities, who shared their own experiences of being bullied at school, the children were all encouraged to think about five people they might go to if they experience bullying themselves or see one of their friends being bullied.

Volcano Erupts at Forest School

This week, Year 1 have been learning about volcanoes which culminated in making a real erupting volcano in Forest School on Thursday afternoon. There were lots of 'ooh's and aah's' as the volcano erupted!

Reception Update

We have had a busy, fun filled week this week in Reception. The children have started their phonics lessons and have started to take home reading packs. These come home on a Wednesday and a Friday and need to be returned to school the following day (Thursday and Monday). They have also been very busy learning counting, sorting and number recognition!

We have had lessons with other teachers - Ms Nicholson and Mr Brown for PE and games, Madame Sheriff for French and Miss Lau for Music and ICT.  The children love these lessons, and all the teachers were very impressed with them.

We have been making the most of the dry weather and joining in with whole school assemblies outside on the lawn, socially distanced in our bubbles. The children sit beautifully and listen with the rest of the school.

We have been talking about ourselves and our families in our topic, ‘All About Me’ and the classrooms are full of lovely self portraits and paintings. 

Lunches are going well, and the children are trying new things they are unsure of. They are remembering their manners as well as using their knives and forks. 

Keep up the good work, Reception!

Thank  you,

Mrs Brown and Mrs Steer

Year 5 Inspired by Henri Rousseau

The children are finishing off a marvellous piece of collaborative work, inspired by the French artist, Henri Rousseau. It is big enough to take up a whole display board!

Mrs Poulter

D&T

Year 3 have started to learn about how Pneumatics work. They have been experimenting with the power of air and the next step is to design and make a 'Pneumatic Moving Monster'.

Mrs Poulter

Year 2 Get Arty

Year 2 have used water colours to paint Lowry like figures this week; and they have made street scenes in collage and pencil drawing. They have loved this artist and have been intrigued by his life and how he came to be an artist. They have even written letters to Lowry asking about his work.

Mrs Pepper

Getting stuck in

Our Reception children have been settling into being at school and learning routines.  We have counted dinosaurs and sung phonics songs.  We have tried yoga and rugby, played instruments, sung songs and painted pictures of ourselves.  We even learnt what a mouse is.  We’ve had a very busy week – and now we are exhausted!  

Putting the Fun into Fundraising

Last weekend, Holly (Year 6) and Daisy (Year 4) White; and Elin (Year 6) and Alise (Year 2) Barr hosted a sale in aid of Cancer Research.  The event has been in the planning stages for months and, having been delayed several times, due to the restrictions surrounding Covid, was finally able to safely take place last Sunday outside Holly and Daisy's house in Marlow.  The children sold cakes (which they had baked themselves), books, toys and clothes from 10.30am until 4pm and successfully raised over £570 for this worthwhile cause.  Way to go!

Message from the Head

Having seen how well settled all the children are back at school, it is hard to believe we are only just coming to the end of our first full week of term.

We started the week with another whole school assembly outside on the lawn, making the most of the glorious weather. The theme for the assembly was the first of our values, Courage, and I was ably assisted by Jack in Reception, who very bravely volunteered to take on the role of David, to Harriet in Year 6’s Goliath. In a modern day take on the King insisting that David try on his armour, which he then rejected, Jack gamely donned full cricket kit (see picture above!). I  talked about courage taking many forms – being brave when facing a new challenge, be that a new school, trying an activity for the first time or coping with change. Mrs Newman and Miss Waters led a super assembly this morning, again outside, with a lovely story about a Monarch caterpillar who wanted to be a butterfly with the message that we need to be brave enough to be ourselves and appreciate that we are all different. Please see the picture below of our volunteer actors, Sienna, Catherine and William.

I  very much enjoyed speaking with many of the parents last night in the form of a Zoom ‘drink’, which was organised by Sarah Morbey and Lucy Sheikh, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Friends of Rupert House for the next two years. Sarah very kindly hosted the event and started by welcoming the parents, particularly those new to the school. She talked about the role that FoRH play in supporting the school and asked for any ideas the parents may have about events going forward, bearing in mind the current COVID restrictions. She reminded the parents that they are all most welcome to attend the FoRH meetings, the first of which is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Thank you all for your continued patience this week with the drop off and collection points and times - please see details below of the revised times for Early Years from next week.

Best wishes,

Nick Armitage

Final message from Mrs Lynas

Dear Parents,

Thank you, thank you enormously for all the many lovely cards and gifts – not to mention a tremendously generous gift from the parent body!  The cards and personal messages mean a great deal.  Retiring feels very strange and I certainly have had mixed feelings all week as the days moved inexorably towards Thursday.  I hope those of you who were able to join us for the live-streamed Prize-Giving, enjoyed it.  The event is always very focused on our Year 6 leavers, but this year it may have seemed particularly so, as we were only able to include one ‘bubble’ in the Hall. I felt it was important to ensure that Year 6 had a good send-off as their final term had been such a challenge with lockdown and Covid restrictions. 

Thank you to the Year 6 parents, too, for the stunning framed pictures for Year 6 staff and for their very thoughtful collective gift of a new projector for the Hall.  As my leaving gift to the school, I will match the new projector with a new screen, so the Hall can start in September looking really smart!

All staff have worked astonishingly hard this term and it feels unfair to single anyone out, but I would like to say an extra thank you to Mandy Nicholson for organising such successful and enjoyable sports afternoons for all year groups in their bubbles. Thanks are also due to Jane Lau for pulling together a brilliant version of 'Beauty and the Beast' with Year 6, despite all the restrictions.

I hope you will indulge me if I offer some nuggets of advice gained from experience as a parent and also from watching parents and children over the course of my career.

Enjoy and appreciate your children: they will be off and away (as they should) before you know it.  Worry less and trust more: your children have every possible advantage and will grow into wonderful adults despite your anxieties. You and the school are on the same side.  The teachers want the same wonderful outcomes for your children as you do.

As I said at the end of my speech yesterday, the RHS Vision, known as ‘Our Commitment’ says that: ‘Our happy, confident children are inspired to learn and are committed to their futures and to making a difference’. 

I hope and believe that any child who has been through Rupert House will feel that urge to make a difference in the lives of others. I think they will also want to be ‘encouragers’ and ‘do-ers’, not critics, in line with the spirit of the RHS values. As Teddy Roosevelt said: ‘It is not the critic who counts. ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly ... who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.’  So, I would wish for the children to be valiant, to pluck up their courage and to strive valiantly to make a difference in the lives of others: personally, at a local level and, if they are brave enough, on the international stage, too.  Go on, RHS, you can do it!

There is some practical information below regarding holiday homework, school uniform and such information as we have about timetables for September.

I will miss Rupert House hugely: children, staff and parents – the whole community – and I wish you all a very happy summer holiday and every happiness for the future.

With all good wishes,

Clare Lynas

Sports Day with a difference

This year many events have had to be adapted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and our traditional RHS Sports Day is no exception. So we decided we would hold separate Sports Activity Days for each year group, from Nursery to Year 6, whilst keeping the classes in their separate bubbles.

The format involved some traditional running and novelty races on our lawn and a selection of challenge activities on the Astro-turf. Nursery and Reception children enjoyed their Rugby race, Howler and Quoit throwing, and Target rolling. Year 1 and Year 2 had a Football dribbling race, a Taekwondo challenge, and Howler and Javelin throwing. Year 3 to Year 6 took part in a Sack race, Javelin throwing, Netball passing and shooting, and Hockey shooting. But the most popular event in every year group was the Egg and Spoon!

Points were collated from every year group and the Sports Day House Cup was presented by Mrs Lynas in assembly. Congratulations to the winning house, Everest!

A Tale As Old As Time

Year 6 did a fantastic performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast this week. This was particularly impressive given the social distancing restrictions and the limited time in which they had to learn their roles. It was filmed and is currently being edited ready to be sent to parents to watch in the comfort of their own homes.

Bravo Year 6 and Miss Lau!

The Henley Schools Environmental Science Competition 2020

Year 6 entered this annual competition with our food project, split into 4 strands: Food Wastage, Meat Free Monday, Local & Seasonal Eating and Grow Your Own. We collated all our hard work, much of which we completed remotely, into a blog which the judges said would inspire future entries. https://fwells3.wixsite.com/website

We attended a virtual prize giving held by Greener Henley along with the Mayor of Henley, Councillor Mr Ken Arlett and we were very pleased to be awarded joint first prize along with St Mary's School.

Mrs Wells said "I'm so proud of all the Year 6 pupils who pulled together and were engaged and enthused by this project, even raising money for NOMAD through the sale of their beautifully designed Seasonal Calendar. (which are still for sale from the Front Office)."

First Aid Course

Even during these unusual times, Year 6 were able to complete their First Aid course as part of this term's Science curriculum.  Suzanne from First Aid Matters joined us via the wonder of Zoom and enthusiastically delivered lots of super advice and skills for the pupils to use if they faced an emergency.  Instead of bandaging one another, they bandaged the limbs of a favourite teddy.  Even though I also had to join the bubble via Zoom, from the other side of school, I saw their smiles and enthusiasm following the session. Thank you Suzanne.

Mrs Wells

Anglo Saxons

This week, the children in Year 4 have been creating their own Anglo-Saxon runes (as well as bags to keep the runes in).  Runes were the alphabet the Anglo-Saxons used and were a way of writing messages.  However, the Anglo-Saxons also believed runes had a religious meaning and, if used in the right way, could have magical powers!  Quite often they were used as a charm or a spell and also as part of religious ceremonies.

Prep School Art

In Art this week, the Prep children have been busy taking photographs of their toys. They tried to tell a story with a picture and gave their photographs depth to make their figures look life-sized.  Here are a selection: Sydney's menacing shadow, Aphina's 'Lion King' scene, Luca's terrifying dinosaur and Sophia L's swimming duck.
Mrs Poulter

That's another thing sewn up

Many of you may know of former Rupert House parent, Kristie Shemilt who, six weeks ago, set up HOT Scrubs - a community initiative relying on the work of volunteers to assist in making scrubs and PPE gowns for The Royal Berkshire hospital.  It is quite an undertaking, requiring a large number of committed volunteers to work four hour shifts.  We wanted to give a big shout out to all the volunteers from our Rupert House community who have been helping Kristie - amongst them, our very own Mrs Burns; School Governor, Alison Ashby; and Chair of FoRH, Katrina Judge.  They and many others have been working incredibly hard to produce the high numbers of protective clothing required for front line NHS staff.  Next week on Thursday, when we join together to clap for the NHS, let's also spare a clap for Mrs Burns, Mrs Ashby and all at the HOT Scrubs initiative. Bravo!

Our Virtual V.E. Days

On Friday 8th May, families from the Rupert House community, came together with the rest of the nation to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.  

Many of our pupils made bunting to decorate their homes, many more hosted 40s themed tea parties.  One of our talented pupils spent her day playing music from the era to residents at a care home (maintaining a safe distance!).

Poetry in motion

Year 4 have been doing poetry this week about rhyming couplets (see the poem by Luca under the Sports section) and here is another brilliant example from Orla. 
Mrs Hamilton-Smith

Adapting to on-line learning

Year 3 have been simply amazing since remote school started. As it was Sasha's birthday on Wednesday, they celebrated by wearing funny head gear in their spelling lesson.  It certainly made us all smile and we hope it brightened Sasha's day.
Miss Jones

Authors and Illustrators

Each week during the Summer term, our Year 2 children will be looking at a different author or illustrator.
This week, the children have been looking at the work of Quentin Blake and the style of his illustrations.

Happy Birthday Captain Tom

The children in Reception joined with the rest of the nation this week to wish Captain Tom a very happy 100th birthday.  They used balloons and drawings of balloons to show their appreciation of the inspirational veteran.

Getting Creative at Home

Over the past few weeks we have received some lovely communication from RHS families. We’ve had photos of children doing their home learning, been sent examples of beautiful, brightly coloured rainbows and even videos of cooking tutorials and NHS inspired songs and dance routines. If your child has produced anything at all that they, or you, are particularly proud of and would like to share with the school community, please do send it in to office@ruperthouse.oxon.sch.uk.

Sports Report

Cross Country Report

Last Saturday, many children attended the Oxfordshire Cross Country Championships at Chiltern Edge. We had a good turn out from most year groups and the children competed with great determination and resilience. In Year 1, Oliver Buff and Jemima Watson both won their race, and Alice Vernon came 3rd, and in Year 2 Louis de Kerizouet finished in 4th place.
Our Year 3 runners did brilliantly to finish 2nd overall, and Year 4 finished in 3rd place overall. In Year 5, Allegra Wilson finished in 2nd place, and our Year 6 runners, Sophia Mason, Malika Stubbs and Isabella Miles-Kingston finished in 3rd place overall. This was their last race representing Rupert House, so a big thank you to them for all their commitment over the years.
With the results totaled up, Rupert House finished in 3rd place overall in the school standings. A great achievement and well done to everyone who came.

Netball Report

On Wednesday, our U11 teams and an U10 team played Lambrook.
The A team, captained by Annabel Buff, had a very challenging match. Both teams marked very strongly and finding space was difficult. Their extremely strong attack proved too good for our defence and they won 18 – 5.
The B team, led by Isobel Knight, also had a tough match. They worked very hard throughout the match but the opposition were clinical when shooting resulting in a 15 – 2 loss.
Players of the Match: Annabel Buff (Attack) and Chloe Pendlebury (Defence) (A team), Emma Hillman (B team).
 
The U10 B team, captained by Isabella Lumlock, played inside which was welcome but tricky due to the smaller court size. We played a spirited game but unfortunately couldn’t create enough chances to score and lost 11 – 2.
Players of the Match: Eva Hughes (Defence), Isabella Lumlock (Attack).

Year 4: 'Oceans' Art Workshop 

On Wednesday, our Year 4 pupils undertook an 'Oceans' art workshop as part of the Henley Youth Festival.  The issue of sustainability is in the forefront of our minds as a school, so it was an added bonus that the workshop had recycling at its heart and the children were both excited and engaged by this year’s theme.  We are so lucky to have the Henley Youth Festival on our doorstep. The diverse events are always enriching for our children, and we greatly appreciate the fact that the Henley Art Society are able to fund some of these activities.

Planting for Mother's Day

Reception children have been busy planting edible flower seeds ready for an important upcoming Sunday.  They used soil, seeds and collected rain water.  Now they are excitedly awaiting germination.

Living Eggs

There has been such excitement in our pre-prep this week - following the arrival of the 'living eggs' on Monday, we are delighted to announce that all the eggs hatched and all the school have been enjoying seeing the young chicks.

World Book Day

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day, both within School with a variety of activities and with the listeners of Heart FM! 


During the Heart FM breakfast show, four Rupert House children spoke to Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, providing them with clues to their chosen World Book Day identities.  The children spoke really confidently and we were incredibly proud of them.


Our Whole School Assembly was a joyful affair.  All the children showcased the myriad of brilliant costumes they had chosen and we are incredibly grateful for all the thought and effort which went into creating them.  Staff then spoke about their favourite books, actively encouraging the children to give new genres of literature ‘a go’ and this was nicely complemented by the Book Swap, kindly arranged by the FoRH - very many thanks to Mrs Judge, Mrs Collin and the rest of their team for arranging.


Throughout the day, there were a number of literary activities including story telling in our Early Years classes which included reading a French story.  Our Prep children enjoyed putting speech into a comic; writing news and school reports; and creating menus in a ‘Book Tasting Dinner’ exercise.  During their French classes, they were encouraged to to talk about what they like to read and what their favourite book is. 

Year 1 Go Crazy about Capacity!

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about capacity this week. They used a special green potion to investigate how much different containers held. They counted carefully and were ecstatic when they noticed a ‘bubble’ skin on the top of their filled containers!

Year 6 Visit the Town Hall

On Tuesday 25th February, Year 6 took a trip to Henley Town Hall, as part of their 'Citizenship' provision, to meet Henley’s current Town Mayor, Ken Arlett.  The children were very impressed with the vast rooms within the Town Hall and were shown the Mayor’s ceremonial gown and the ‘Chain of Life’, both of which are worn on official occasions. 

The children were then given the opportunity to participate in a mock council meeting in the Council’s Chamber, where Isabella Miles-Kingston was given the role of Deputy Mayor and Monty Fordham the role of Clerk and all the children were invited to ask questions.  Mrs Lynas took advantage of the moment to ask about designated parking for our minibuses.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and came back to school having learned a lot about the Mayor, what his job entails and our home town.

Year 1 in Space

Year 1 had a fantastic day at the Winchester Science Centre. Highlights of the day were trying on a life-size astronaut suit, visiting space from a comfy reclining chair and watching a space movie on the planetarium ceiling! The children were ecstatic to use real purple rocket fuel and to shoot their rockets across the ceiling.

Prize trees from Greener Henley

Last year, our former Year 6 pupil's came runner's up in the Henley Schools Environmental Science Competition, winning the School a Bramley apple tree and a peach tree. These were delivered into school today by Patrick and Andrew from Greener Henley, and both Mrs Wells and our Year 5 pupils had great fun planting them in the school grounds. The first step towards self-sufficiency.

Visit to the River and Rowing Museum

This afternoon, our Year 3 pupils took a trip to the River and Rowing Museum. They enjoyed doing experiments to get a better understanding of rivers before an informative walk along the riverbank in the brisk February air. We braved Horse Bridge and we were impressed with the power of the water at the weir. A wander through the galleries and the Wind in the Willows Exhibition completed a super day.

Rupert House competes at 'The Oratory Prep Schools Debating Competition'

This afternoon, three of our Year 6 pupils attended a debating competition organised by The Oratory. Although they were pipped at the post in their section of four schools, they spoke very professionally and with much humour, verve and passion. The motion they were given was: ‘This House Believes Books are More Important than Television,’ a subject which they supported and which they, of course, won before an audience full of English teachers! No one knew any of the various topics until an hour before the debate started! In the morning events, Sophia Mason won her ‘Balloon Debate’ (where you are a character in a sinking balloon and you have to persuade the others not to throw you out) against eleven other prep schools. She chose to be Ariana Grande, and cleverly cinched the winning argument by pointing out she weighed the least so there was little point in evicting her! Molly Crichton bravely did ‘Just A Minute’ twice and Annabel Buff teamed up with a pupil from another school in the ‘mini-debates’ section. I was so proud of them all, as were the parents who were in the audience.  They were a great credit to Rupert House and several people commented on how wonderful they were.        

Rupert House School Rated 'Excellent'

Independent school inspectors have found the quality of a Rupert House School education to be ‘Excellent’ – the highest grade on offer - in a report released following an ISI inspection of the school on 14-16th January 2020. 

This was just one of the glowing tributes in the report that judged Rupert House School, an independent prep school for children aged 3-11 in Bell Street, Henley on Thames, to be  ‘Excellent’ in both headline categories:  the pupils’ achievements and their personal development.

Inspectors observed the pupils’ excellent personal development with regards to general behaviour, self-confidence, self-awareness and social skills, as well as noting that the children exhibit ‘extremely proficient communication skills’.  They attributed this strength of self-confidence and resilience to the teachers’ encouragement and ‘have a go’ attitude.

Staff were also commended for their ‘highly enthusiastic’ and ‘highly effective’ teaching, offering a high level of challenge and support.

The school was praised for its attitude towards learning and achievement.  Pupils’ achievement is deemed to be ‘Excellent’ overall with their reading, writing, comprehension, mathematics, knowledge and understanding all being advanced for their age.  Non-academic achievements were adjudged to be ‘outstanding’.

The report highlights the strong emphasis placed on the Arts and Sport by leadership and governance. It also states that ‘Rupert House fully meets its aim to deliver excellent opportunities for every pupil’ and underlines the fact that ‘pupils are highly successful in obtaining places at the destination schools of their choice’.

Mrs Lynas, Head, is extremely pleased with the findings. She said: ‘This report has recognised both the commitment and the caring approach of our excellent staff team and the personal development and rounded achievements of our pupils.  The inspectors were quick to perceive what a magical place this is.  I couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.’

You can read the full inspection report here

Rupert House Live On Heart FM Breakfast With Jamie Theakston And Amanda Holden

Our Kindness Week was a HUGE success: the children managed to achieve over 1,000 acts of kindness in just over 4 days, which was astonishing.  Many thanks, indeed, to Leonie Brown for instigating this and to all the staff who encouraged the children and helped display all the multi-coloured hearts around the school so beautifully.  There is nothing more important than learning to be kind, so the initiative will certainly continue.
 
Heart FM Breakfast show, with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, came to visit us, LIVE, in assembly on 31st January, as our 1,000 Acts of Kindness matched so well with their 1,000 Feel-Good deeds!   We also had a rather exotic producer with us for an hour or two, which livened up the morning, and the local press came along to catch the fun.  All rather nerve-wracking for Mrs Lynas, but it went very well in the end and the children were great.  

You can listen to the show on demand and Rupert House is featured approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes into the Breakfast Show.

Rupert House 2nd in the Oxfordshire Schools Cross Country Finals

Congratulations to our fantastic team of U11 and U10 runners who competed in the Oxfordshire Schools Finals, the day after we broke up last term. The event was held at the stunning Radley College. The race had 17 schools represented by over 100 runners, who had all qualified by finishing in the top 3 in their regional event. The race began on a running track and it was the fastest start to a race that I have seen in a while. However, our runners all completed the challenging course, and when the results were announced we finished in 2nd place, just 3 points behind Woodcote. A fantastic achievement! Ms Nicholson, Head of Sport

Happy Halloween!

Many thanks to our catering team who excelled themselves today, creating sumptuous food with a spooky Halloween theme. 

Recycling Plastic in Nursery

Nursery children have started a little project all about recycling plastic. We are trying to understand that not all plastic can be recycled and it can be harmful to our environment. The children in Nursery are bringing in their clean plastic from home to squash into 2 litre water bottles to make Eco Bricks. Eco Bricks are strong as the plastic has been compacted in the bottle so tightly it becomes solid. They can be used to make walls in some poorer countries. Our aim is to make a small seat or stool for our play area by the summer. So far we have completed 1 brick and we have 3 more on the go as we have so much plastic to fill them with! Thank you to all the families who are helping us to fill them up. Nursery are amazed at how much plastic is going in the bins.

Year 6 Eagle House Maths Challenge

On Tuesday afternoon Millie Newman, Zoe Brindle, Ella Knight and Lilian Graham took part in the Eagle House Year 6 Maths Challenge. This is always a very popular event and this year 40 schools took part, represented by 81 pairs of mathematicians in total. Several different rounds were completed, with everyone working at speed to try and gain as many points as possible. The afternoon ended with the exciting build up to the results, where it was announced that a pair from Rupert House, Millie and Zoe, had come first! Huge congratulations to them on a fantastic achievement.

Year 4 Hit Tropical Climes

Although Rupert House received a peppering of snow this week, Year 4 solved the problem of being chilly by paying a visit to the Living Rainforest near Newbury.  The aim of the trip was to help support their studies on ‘Rainforests’ which they had started this term. The children had a wonderful day, perusing the different plants and creatures that you might find in a rainforest and even learned about adaptation in a specialist workshop.  The trip was well worth the journey and they were interested to hear that the centre aims to breed endangered creatures before releasing them into the wild.

Visit from the Deputy Ambassador to the Congo Republic

Today (Friday, 18th January) Mr Nick Woolley, Deputy Ambassador to the Congo Republic (and godfather to Alice Vernon!) visited Rupert House School Reception classes as part of our topic ‘Around the World’.
 
Mr Woolley spoke about the role of the Foreign Office and an Ambassador helping to keep people safe and healthy.  He told us about the animals that live there, and we all enjoyed playing a game of Nzango. 

Year 1 Birdwatching

On Thursday 17th January, Year 1 took part in the RSPB’s Big Bird Watch. Children recorded lots of Red Kites, Wood Pigeons, Magpies, Crows and Black Headed gulls in addition to a small number of Robins, Collared Doves, Blue Tits and Chaffinches.

Rabbi visits Year 4

Year 4 welcomed Rabbi Zvi Solomons to school today to consolidate their learning on Judaism.  The Rabbi is a regular visitor to Rupert House and asked the girls some insightful questions about religion and spirituality in general. He was incredibly impressed by the girls’ mature and thoughtful questions about Jewish practices and customs. Year 4 enjoyed wearing and learning about the significance of some of the garments Jewish followers wear, as part of their faith.

Another fantastic Christmas Tea Concert

This afternoon we enjoyed a wonderful Tea Concert by pupils in the Prep School. There was a tremendous feeling of mutual support and enthusiasm amongst the Prep pupils and they all performed their songs or pieces with huge poise and flair. It takes great confidence to sing a solo to a room full of people and we were thrilled at the number of pupils willing and eager to undertake that. Our kitchen provided lovely cups of tea and mince pies at the beginning and, in all, it was a super event. Many thanks to Mrs Rincon and, particularly, Mrs Field, for taking it all on in the absence of Mrs Breen and producing such an impressive afternoon’s entertainment.

Tea concert Y6
Rupert House raises record total for Children In Need

On Friday morning, we honoured the annual ‘Children in Need’ day, with lots of excited dressing-up and face paint, designed to raise money.  Miss Jones and the School Council had worked extremely hard and there was lots of home-made ‘Pudsey’ bunting decorating the Hall.  The School Council explained why we were raising money.  Each class had covered a large Pudsey with coins and we had a fun fashion show for each group in turn.  We raised the fantastic sum of £833!  Many thanks to Miss Jones for her tireless leadership of the School Council.  
 

Year 4 tell us all about ‘Settlements’

Year 4 entertained the whole school and their parents on Thursday 15th November, when they performed their assembly on  ‘Settlements’.  Following on from some thorough and informative work undertaken in their Geography and History lessons, and at home, the children not only performed how and why the Anglo-Saxons invaded and settled in Britain, but they also presented work on their own ‘Settlements’. This was the result of a research project set for half-term where the children had to show their independence and creative skills and find out the origins of where they lived.  The quality and variety of the projects that greeted Mrs Earp on the return to school, was outstanding! 

Mrs Earp was very proud of them all for working independently on their projects and collaboratively on their assembly where they supported each other in saying their lines mostly off script!

Official opening of the Rupert House astroturf pitch

On Tuesday 13th November, we were excited to welcome Team GB and Reading Hockey player, Jo Ellis, to officially open the school’s new all-weather astroturf pitch. Our Chair of Governors, Charles Lowe, accompanied by other governors, parents and children from local primary schools were invited along for the occasion. Jo Ellis spoke to the children before cutting the ribbon across the entrance to the pitch.
 
Jo has represented GB & England 87 times. She played in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as part of Team GB, she was European Bronze medalist in 2009 with England, part of the GB Hockey Centralised Programme from 2009-2011 at Bisham Abbey and she then captained the World Cup Masters Gold medalist team in 2018.
 
Twenty eight Year 4 pupils from both Nettlebed and Valley Road Schools then joined our Year 4 girls for a hockey masterclass held by Jo Ellis, accompanied by our own Olympic hockey internation, Ms Nicholson.  The children had a great time practising their dribbling, tackling, shooting and defending skills. They then had the chance to watch Jo in action as she demonstrated the different methods of shooting at the goal followed by a Q&A session and a delicious match tea.


 

Year 2 go back in time

Year 2 tested their creativity and resourcefulness this week by making authentic Victorian toys. They gathered materials from home and have followed well thought out plans to put them together. We’ve had doll houses, spinners, tea sets, a rocking horse and much more!
 
They also went on an adventure into the past, at Milestones Museum, where they went shopping in a Victorian shops, explored a Victorian train station and tried not to get the cane in school! The children really enjoyed seeing the real steam engines and machinery and imagining life as a Victorian!

Halloween at Rupert House

We enjoyed a lovely Halloween-themed lunch on Wednesday 31st October, with super decorations, masks and little toys supplied by the kitchen. Our toad in the hole worked well as ‘witches fingers’ and we finished lunch with delicious ‘pumpkin’ cupcakes.  Many thanks to Thomas Franks and our kitchen staff.

Also for Halloween, the children in Nursery had fun hollowing out and carving a class pumpkin. They felt the flesh and the seeds from inside and all drew on it for Mrs Steer to carve! We turned all the lights out in our room and drew the blinds, to see it glow with LED lights. Some children designed their own cauldrons too.

Nursery Halloween

 

 

Henley Children’s Literary Festival Dragonfly Short Story Writing Competition 2018

We were very excited to have three of our Year 5 pupils in the finals of the 8 -12 year age group of ‘The Dragonfly Short Story Writing Competition.’  This competition was run by The Dragonfly Tea Company, in conjunction with the Henley Children’s Literary Festival, and was open to all children between the ages of 8 and 11.

The children were asked to write short stories of 500 words (or less) about ‘The Wild Garden’.

Making the final was wonderful, and our three girls, along with their families (and Mrs D and her husband), were invited to a special Prize Giving Event at Henley Town Hall. It was beautifully done, with little published books of all the finalists’ stories left on the chairs, an impressive stage set up for the presentations and, of course, tea being served.   

Isabella and Imogen won runners up certificates, which was great, and … to our great delight, Georgie won!

Her story was read out to the audience, along with Floella Benjamin’s very flattering comments about her story. Georgie was given £50 for herself and £100 for Rupert House.

Summer Holiday Music

In the first week of the holidays 28 RHS pupils took part in the ‘Complete Musician’ Summer School. There were children from Year 1 to Year 6 and they spent the 3 days doing a vast array of different musical activities; singing, drumming, ensemble performance, ‘boom whacker’ playing and instrument making to name but a few! All of the girls were a credit to the school and we were particularly lucky to be joined by Mr Marshall and Mrs Jones for the 3 days. The course will be running again this year, so please watch this space for more details. Thank you to all the parents of the children for their support and encouragement with this course.
 
The week after this course, my family and I were lucky enough to be invited by Mrs Jones and Mr Marshall to watch the Last Night of the Welsh Proms in Cardiff where Mrs Jones was the headline performer. As well as some stunning performances from Mrs Jones and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert was also the first performance of Mr Marshall’s newest orchestral work which was incredible! As I was watching the concert, it made me realise how lucky we are to have such fantastic world-renowned musicians teaching our children at Rupert House! (Mr and Mrs Jones flew out to America the next day for a two week harp course!!)

Earth We're in it Together

The talent of the Lower School never ceases to amaze and they excelled themselves with a fantastic production on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Despite the climbing temperatures in the hall the children were just super and remembered their lines and songs.  The play was written by Anne Wheeler and Susie Newman as we wanted to engage the children with the need to look after our planet and they certainly succeeded in that, as anyone who witnessed the final song ‘Earth We’re In It Together’ will testify.  Jennie Breen wrote some of the music.  Thank you to everyone for all their hard work  - you were just amazing. 

Alison Shawcross

Rupert House's Got Talent

At the end of a very busy week at Rupert House the children showed their PSB skills off beautifully in Rupert House’s Got Talent. Collaboration, independent working and presentation skills were seen in abundance. On the lawn, in the sunshine, there was singing, dancing, musicians playing, acting, gymnastics and comedy, an enthusiastic and attentive audience and a happy, encouraging panel of judges.

A huge congratulations to all the entries and to the student council for coming up with the idea, creating posters and sign-up sheets, helping to organise and judging in such a positive way. 

Choosing the winning acts was the final, incredibly difficult act for our student council this term. The winners were...

  • Libbie White, Mia Rosai, Jemima Brewer, Hope Hawkins, Madeleine Tooley and Sophie Pendlebury, amused us all with the duck song.
  • Darcey Hogan, Charlotte Lumlock, Ellie Dent and Tilly Heverin sang and told us a lovely story.
  • The granny gymnastics from Freya Hillman, Mary Yan and Millie Cullen-Highway was very funny
  • Leila Cranstoun, Malika Stubbs, Annabel Buff, Chloe Pendlebury and Molly Crichton sang and danced a super routine.

And a huge well done to all the other entries who practised and worked so hard on their acts. We all loved watching them.

The Rupert Ramblers Moonwalk for charity

On Saturday 12th May a group of brave Teachers and Assistant Teachers from Rupert House walked the 26.2 mile Moonwalk around London in aid of breast cancer research. The 'Rupert Ramblers', made up of Mrs Lynas, Mrs Burns, Mrs Lamb, Mrs Stirling and Mrs Newman, walked through the night raising a total of nearly £2000 between them. Mrs Newman said "we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt it was a big achievement. It was wonderful to support and encourage each other throughout what was a long night, and we developed a real camaraderie. It was hard work, but worth it knowing how much money we have raised for such a worthy cause. For both of these reasons it was very emotional crossing that finishing line. The organisation of the event was excellent and we were helped through the night by an army of cheery volunteer marshals. Would we do it again? Ask us when the aches and blisters have subsided!"

Rupert House School Phonics Lesson