Newsletter 26th June 2017

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.

Pirates of the Curry Bean

Another musical extravaganza and an evening to remember! I was, as I am sure you were so very proud of each and every one of the children who gave such an amazing performance. DVD’s will be sent home today; there is still an opportunity to order these.

Sports Day

We had perfect weather for this postponed event and whilst only Winchester might argue a perfect result, it was a great afternoon I think you’ll agree.  We collected £197.28 for the Oak Centre for Children & Young People  at The Royal Marsden……..PS thank you (and all the staff) for another lovely sports day.

Swimming Gala

Another hugely competitive but enjoyable event showcasing the tremendous standard of swimming there is throughout the Upper School; congratulations to Salisbury!

Drumming Demo

This is scheduled to take place on Tuesday; you should already have received a letter from Mrs Ueckermann regarding Private Music lessons.

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.

Many of our children take part in the Fleet Library Reading Challenge which is always enjoyed by all and a member of staff from Fleet Library will be in our Assembly on Wednesday 5th July to speak about this challenge with the children.

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.

Chess & 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, Chess 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.

Hart Leisure Centre

We have been asked by the staff at Hart Leisure Centre to ask for your co-operation in keeping the area around Reception clear whilst you are waiting for our swimming staff to arrive at 8.05 am.  They have suggested moving towards the coffee shop area, thus keeping the thoroughfare clear.  Thank you.

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.

Sainsbury’s Vouchers

Please bring in to school any Sainsbury’s vouchers collected as the promotion finishes next week.  Thank you.

Week beginning 26th June

Children may wear PE uniform all week to allow for ‘ad hoc’ practices for Thursday but again please may we request that a clean shirt is available for Thursday’s performance.

Monday 26th June

Last Athletics

Tuesday 27th June

Last Swim Form I & IV  Parents welcome to watch

Last lunchtime Fencing

Last Golf & Hockey

Last Judo – parents welcome

Wednesday 28th June

Last Gym Club for both groups 3.30-4.30 pm

Last Chess

Last Pentathlon

Thursday 29th June – Gym Display & Sports Presentation.  All friends and parents welcome.

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.

Last Tennis & Cricket following the display

No Gym Club

Friday 30th July

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

Saturday 1st July – 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.  Do 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.

Mrs Alex Neil, Headmistress of Farnborough Hill, 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 3rd July

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 4th July – School Outings

There is no Swimming before school.

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 £4 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 – Finkley Down Farm

Coach Departs 9.30 am         *Return 3.15 pm

Forms III and IV – Marwell Zoo

Coach Departs 9.15 am    *Return   4.30 pm

Forms V and VI – Chessingston World of Adventures

Coach Departs 9.00 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.

The drop off zone will not operate on this day so please be prepared to park and walk to school.

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.

Upper School may bring up to £5 for purchasing gifts, in a named wallet/purse. 

Lower School - NO money to be brought please.

Wednesday 5th July

Swimming as usual; parents welcome to watch

Hart Librarian in for Summer Reading Assembly

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.

Thursday 6th July – last day of term

Swimming as usual.  Parents welcome to watch

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

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

The term starts on Thursday 7th 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 and all other before and after school activities will commence week beginning Monday 12th 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.

From September, we will issue a weekly bulletin by email with key dates and activities similar to ‘The Weeks Ahead’ section of the Newsletter. We are hoping this will allow you to access important information more readily. A fortnightly Newsletter will still be issued to ensure the regular reporting of School events.

Yours sincerely

Mrs C Allen





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