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.
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.
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 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!
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.
We're super excited to be introducing new Stay and Play sessions for children aged around 18 months (walkers) to 3 years at Rupert House School. These sessions will enable you and your child(ren) to spend some time together and facilitate play alongside other children in a fun, safe environment. Baby brothers and sisters are welcome to come along too. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Call us on 01491 574263 or email email@example.com.
Year 1 have had a busy term learning all about Space. We have learnt many interesting facts from planet sizes to how astronauts live on board a space station! To finish off our topic we had a ‘Space Morning’ and dressed for the occasion! We were lucky enough to have an actor from the company ‘Perform’ come to do a workshop with us and then we spent the rest of the morning designing and making our very own space buggies!
Congratulations to our Year 6 girls...
100% success in securing a place at their first choice senior school for September 2018
15 scholarships won by the class of 12 girls*
2 art prizes and 1 science prize awarded
We are very proud of you all!
*includes pupils who won more than one scholarship
The whole of Year 5 visited Queen Anne’s yesterday afternoon for a Music Festival. They were joined by other schools in the local area and had a fantastic time drumming and singing with Mr Marshall. Thank you to all parents who were able to come along to watch our concert at the end of the afternoon and to Queen Anne’s and Mr Marshall for such a great afternoon.
We are particularly proud of Willam Bryant in Reception. It was his 5th birthday last week and he decided that, rather than receive birthday presents from his friends, he would love people to donate a small amount to the charity Water Aid. William had seen an advert on the television and was so shocked to realise that many children and people around the world are not lucky enough to enjoy safe water to drink and running water for washing and toilets. This charity works together with partners to help provide clean water, taps, and toilets and sets of tools. If you would like to know more about this charity go to: www.wateraid.org/uk
Our Year 3s have been immersing themselves in the Worlds Largest Lesson this week. They learnt about the Global Goals and how they can play their part to reach Goal number 2: Zero Hunger, as part of their work in Science on healthy diets.
We have each created a pledge and /uploaded these to http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org? to join our international community in working towards creating a more sustainable planet by 2030.