Newsletter 18th June 2018

Dear Parents

This is my final Newsletter of the school year which I would be grateful if you could keep and refer to ensure these last days of the year run smoothly- we will of course continue to send ‘The Week Ahead’ but some of the information in this Newsletter may help with planning.

Sports Day

We had perfect weather for this much anticipated event and congratulations to Winchester on their win. It was such an enjoyable afternoon I think you’ll agree.  We collected £86 for the Oak Centre for Children & Young People at The Royal Marsden and £25 for the Rotary Club. Our Guest of Honour Martin Williams wrote: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and came away quite inspired by the energy and fun that all the children displayed as well as the total commitment to giving their all.’

Swimming Gala

Congratulations to our swimming team who travelled to Winchester last week to take on St Swithun’s.

We had 24 children taking part and we were up against very strong opposition. Our younger swimmers in Forms III and IV rose to the challenge and produced some great swims. Worthy of special praise is Millie S (Form II) who, as a last-minute replacement, did so well in her races.

Our older and more experienced swimmers were well led by Katherine B-S and Daniel W. The performances from the all the squad in the individual events were outstanding. This continued into the relay events where we swam in teams and it is fair to say, we won most of them.

A tense few minutes went by as we waited for the final result and it was pleasing for us to come out on top with 220 points to St Swithun’s 218.

Well done to all who took part.

Mr Smith

Colin Smith

Head of PE

The Grey House School

Hartley Wintney Festival

This was, as always, a lovely event with our children looking so good in the procession; I thought out costumes and the subject were very relevant and topical.  Special thanks to Mrs Lewis, Mrs Berwick, Mrs Loten, Mrs Judge and Mrs Pearce-Molland.  Also to Mr Perkins and everyone else who helped.

Uniform Donation

As we move to uniform with our new logo, if any of you have uniform with the old logo that you would be happy to donate to the Mustard Seed Orphanage in Africa, do please bring in to school in a bag labelled as a ‘donation’.  Many thanks in anticipation of your response.

Upper School – Holiday Work

Children in Forms II, III, IV and V will all be given a small amount of work to complete over the holidays, with reading as the focus.

Additionally, I would like to recommend to you, The Book Trust’s bookfinder tool.  There are so many books on the market and this is a way of helping you select books over the summer which your child might enjoy.  It can be found at  We have also attached a Brilliant Book List which you may find useful.

Speech & Drama (Upper School) – New Pupils September

Mrs Waite-Roberts will confirm Speech and Drama timings for next year when we have more information regarding children involved in After School Clubs, etc.  Please email the school Office if you would like your child to take part in either and have not yet done so.  Thank you.

Music Lessons

Please find attached to the email sending this Newsletter, a letter from Mrs Ueckermann regarding Music lessons next term.

Please note there will be NO Choir this Friday 22nd June.

School lunches

If you know if you will either be stopping or starting school lunches from September, please email as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Information Update

A reminder please to let us know of any address, email or contact number changes (including childminder details).  Thank you.

Monday 25th June

No Form V swimming; ALL Form VI to swim

Last Athletics

Tuesday 26th June

Last Swim Form I & IV  Parents welcome to watch

Last lunchtime Fencing

Last Hockey

Last Judo – parents welcome

Wednesday 27th June

Last Gym Club

Thursday 28th June – Gym Display & Sports Presentation.  All friends and parents welcome.

No Form V swimming; ALL Form VI to swim

The Gym Display will start in the Sports Hall at 1.30 pm and finish approximately at 3.15 pm.  There will also be a presentation by Form K of their Dancing.

Please note Ballet has now finished for the term.

Last Short Tennis & Cricket following the display

Friday 29th July

Choir will be at 8.30 am very promptly in the Marquee.  Please ensure your child is here in good time.

Last Tennis

Saturday 30th June – Annual Prizegiving

Children should go straight to their classrooms and be there by 10 am.  No Grey House School child should be in the marquee unless accompanied by a member of staff.   Please note that seats will be reserved for Form VI parents (3 seats per family).                              

Summer school uniform should be worn with sweatshirts (we will make a decision on the day as to whether these are worn).  Shoes should be polished,  hair for boys should be neat and tidy and above the collar, in line with our school policy, while for girls, long hair should be tied back using school colours for any hair decorations.

For those of you new to the school, Prizegiving is one of our more formal occasions and dress code is ‘smart casual’ – do ask your child’s Form Teacher or the Form Reps if you would like further clarification or information.

The formal proceedings will start at 10.30 am.  Prior to that there will be some informal musical entertainment in the marquee and whilst this is not a performance as such, I know you will be appreciative of the musicians playing. There is considerable talent in our musicians and I would urge you to feel free to leave your seat to gather round the piano area to hear the music.

The crèche will be open in the School Hall from 10 am.  Please ensure you have booked your place.

Mr Adam Williams, Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College will present the prizes.

A reminder please, to park considerately in Mount Pleasant and the surrounding area so that residents are able to enter and exit their driveways freely.  Please do not park on the corner at the entrance of Mount Pleasant from the Fleet Road or on the verge around the Cricket Green.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Monday 2nd July

No Form V Swimming; ALL Form VI to swim.  Last Swimming for Form K and III – Parents welcome

Form VI Leavers’ Outing pm – children should come to school in uniform and bring home clothes to change into. 

Tuesday 3rd July – School Outings

There is no Swimming before school.

Before School and After School Care on as usual.

Please note that all children (including those who usually have a school lunch) need a disposable lunch today.  All children should come to school in PE kit (with sun-cream on)

The following should be brought by all:       a named blue waterproof

(school 2 tone for Upper School )    in a light,

                                                                        a named school sunhat        )             named,

                                                                        Disposable snack and lunch)             rucksack or similar

                                                                        (no fizzy drinks or chocolate)


A waterproof should be brought whatever the weather and a school sun hat.  Children who do not bring a school sun hat on the day will be given one and the £5 added to your bill.

A reminder that Travel sickness medication should be given before you bring your child to school and any medication for the return trip put in a named envelope and handed to the Form Teacher.

Lower School – Marwell Zoo

Coach Departs 9.15 am         *Return 3.15 pm

Forms III and IV – New Forest Wildlife Park

Coach Departs 8.45am    *Return   4.45 pm

Forms V and VI – Legoland

Coach Departs 9.15 am    *Return 5.30 pm

Please note the above departure times and ensure you leave enough time to get here.  Thank you.

* All return times are approximate.  You will be kept informed of any significant delays.

Please contact the Office if your child is going to be absent on the day as soon possible.

Please remember not to park on the corner at the top of Mount Pleasant otherwise the coaches cannot turn in and a very dangerous situation is created.

Form III & IV may bring up to £5 for purchasing gifts; Form V & VI may bring up to £10 in a named wallet/purse.  Lower School - NO money to be brought please.

Wednesday 4th July

Swimming as usual; parents welcome to watch

Form VI Leavers’ Match 1.30 pm - Form VI must bring PE uniform.

No Form K Dancing

Please send your child in with two carrier bags or similar.

Last Gardening Club

Last Golf

Thursday 5th July – last day of term

Form VI swim only.  Parents welcome to watch

Form VI parents only, are invited to our Final Concert/Assembly at 2.00 pm in the Hall.

Last Art Club

There will be Prep and After School Care as usual.  Please inform your child’s Form Teacher if your child is staying.

Your child will be given a sealed envelope containing end of term reports, a Moving Up letter containing the information you need for the beginning of next term and your bill.    Please make sure you are in receipt of this envelope and let the Office know if it does not reach you.

Next Term

Please refer to the Information sheets sent after Move up Day for more details.

The term starts on Thursday 6th September at 9.00 am.  Before School Care is available.

There will be Prep available for the Upper School after school and After School Care for the Lower School.

Swimming (Club and Class) and all other before and after school activities will commence week beginning Monday 10th unless advised otherwise.

A list of PE after-school activities and details will be issued shortly; there is always the opportunity for a taster session for new activities.

Please note that during the holidays the best way to contact the school is via email.

The ‘Diary’ for next term as it stands at the moment, will be published on the website during the next week or so, with the events coming up to enable you to plan your time.  Please note that this is by no means a final list and we will let you know via email or other Newsletters of any new dates or changes to the existing events.  We will also include a copy of this in Report envelopes.

Thank you for reading to the end of this Newsletter; it really does help the Office at this very busy time if you could refer to the above information before calling the school with any queries.






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It is with great sadness that we announce that the decision has been made to close The Grey House School and Nursery in December 2018. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the school over the 69 years it has been in existence, for their support and hope that your  memories are happpy ones.

All past staff, pupils and parents are invited to join us on the afternoon of Friday 14th December here at school. Tea and cakes will be served from 2.30 and the school will remain open in the evening for those unable to get here for the afternoon.

The buildings will all be open for you to wander through for a trip down memory lane; I look forward to seeing you here.

Chrissie Allen


We have just raised an amazing £1073 for Children in Need today witrh just 6 boys - we are so proud of them!


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