The children in the Prep School have started their cooking lessons with Mrs Breen and Mrs T this week. Here are Ellla and Georgie from Year 6 waiting patiently for their Flapjack to cool down! If your child is doing cooking this term, please can they have a box or tin with them every week. Next week Years 3 and 4 will be making Greek Salads and Years 5 and 6 will be making Pasta Salad.
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!!)
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.
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.
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!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
4W staged Swan Lake in the whole school assembly this week. Mrs Williams was really impressed with how they learned their lines over the holidays and came back ready to act it out. In December, we read the story together and described the lake for our creative writing, so the girls were really motivated to learn their words and they are fabulous actresses.
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.