This will be my last Newsletter of this term and as always contains a lot of detailed but I hope, useful information for the final weeks ahead.
A reminder please at this busy time to park considerately and safely in and around Mount Pleasant and the Cricket Green.
School Day – an earlier start
Please note that on our return in January, we would ask the children are in school at 8.45 am with Registration and ERIC (Upper School) at 8.50 am. This will allow for some additional teaching in the classroom and a more prompt start the school day.
Christmas Soiree- Friday 1st December
This evening marked the start of our Christmas celebrations here at school and there was some wonderful playing from the children with a full and varied programme of events. Thank you to Miss Ueckermann, Mrs Ueckermann, Mr Pike and Mr Mitchell.
It is always incredible to watch the various transformations which take place in preparation for this event, which is such a highlight of the year.
As always, many thanks to you all for your support but especially to Mrs Berwick who masterminded the whole event with support from Mrs Loten, and to Mrs Lewis. Also a huge thank you to the team who were there to put up the marquee, set up Friday and Saturday morning and to those who helped clear up after the event.
Nearly New Uniform Shop
This will not be open at the end of this term but any uniform requirements can be sent to Mrs Mills at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Bowood Landscapes for their kind donation of our Christmas tree which is now in the Upper School Hall.
We are pleased to welcome Chris Sellick of ‘The Green Lawnsmith’ and his team who will be looking after our gardens from now on. They have been looking after the Nursery grounds since it opened and are pleased to be coming here as well.
Oliver M took part in the Farnham Music Festival on Saturday 18th November. We would like to congratulate him on achieving 1st Place in the Own Choice 10 and Under Competitive Class as well as performing in the Junior Recital Class. Very well done Oliver; he has also been invited to play at the Gala Concert for the Farnham Festival.
We have 3 boys who play in Hampshire County Orchestras: Oliver M and Thomas W in the String Orchestra and Hugo S in the Wind section.
The Vine at Christmas
I would once more appeal to you to donate any dried, tinned and long-life food items for this worthy cause. Additionally toiletries and some clothing items are also much needed. The box for donations is in the Lobby part of the Hall in the Main House.
Sports report – Half term
U9 & U11 boys football v Barfield. 18th October
This was a great afternoon of football for the 28 Grey House boys who took part. With 4 matches going on at the same time, spectators had plenty to see! All our boys gave their best on the day, especially Isaac B who was awarded Man of the Match by Mr Smith for his excellent defensive play. Other notable performances came from Patrick M-T and Hector R from the U9s and Nicholas F from the U11s.
U9 boys Challenge match – Barfield 1st Nov
This multi-activity event included a log run, aero-ball and football. Our boys proved to be the fastest in the log run course, with our team carrying a log on ropes around the 400m course. In the aero-ball (basketball on a trampoline) we were narrowly beaten by 1 point. The football was equally as close and we came out as the winners with a final score of 2 -1. A nice victory in our first taste of the event. Well done to the U9 boys!
U10 & U11 Swimming gala v Barfield – 3rd Nov
Our 16 swimmers had a great afternoon of races against Barfield School. All our swimmers performed to a great level and showed real Grey House spirit during the afternoon of swimming. The gala included individual races and relays, and our swimmers won both the U10 and U11 competition convincingly. Well done to all the swimmers who took part!
U10 & U11 Netball v Barfield – 8th Nov
Our U11 girls had a close game, with little between the 2 teams. It was a great chance for our girls to tune into the skills needed to play at a high level, and throughout the match, they got stronger and stronger.
Our U10 girls had another close game where all the girls played well, with more confidence, which resulted in lots of goals. As the game went on, our girls got to learn the importance of quick play and managed to keep their team spirit high!
Both teams played well and learnt a lot during this fixture – well done to all the girls!
U8,U9,U10,U11 Swimming gala v Daneshill, St.Neots, Yateley Manor - 20th Nov
This fixture was a bit like going into the ‘Lions Den’! A small pool with only a small deck surrounding it, filled with around 60 swimmers and 30 or 40 parents and teachers. A very challenging atmosphere, especially for our Form III, first timers! It was with typical Grey House spirit that all 16 swimmers conducted themselves so well. It is always difficult to compete against much larger schools such as Daneshill and Yateley Manor, so our main goal was to out swim St. Neots – in which we succeeded! All swimmers did a fantastic job!
U8 & U9 football v Elvetham Heath – 28th Nov
The final football fixture this term proved to be a tough one against Elvetham Heath. Our Form IV boys put up a brave display against a very strong opposition. Played on astro-turf, the ball was not easy to control, and goals were not easy to score, although the final score was EH 7 – 2 GH, including a wonderful long shot from William C which dipped in under the cross bar. This training fixture was a great experience for our boys, coming up against such a strong team.
Man of the match – William C.
The Form III game was a bit one-sided with our boys trying their best in what was, for most, their first game in school colours. All our boys had a positive experience and learned a great deal from this challenging game. Well done boys!
Man of the match – Zachary H.
Hart Road Runners Cross Country – Race 2 – Sunday 3rd December.
It was pleasing to see a large number of Grey House children taking part in this race series held at Lord Wandsworth College. Many of our runners were making their first appearance in the series and everyone ran really well and were a credit to their School. The highlight of the day was Thomas W winning the U11 boys race (improving on his creditable 3rd place in the first race back in November). This was a tough race for the U11 boys and girls, with the last 300m going over a muddy ploughed field. Well done to all our runners and thank you to the parents present for their support.
Race 3 is on Sunday 28th January and is open to anyone wanting to give it a try!
A reminder also that there are spaces on the Activity Week if you would like your child to attend.
Arrangements for the final two weeks
The Post Box for Christmas cards for the school community will be in the School Hall later this week. Please remind children to put surnames (if known) and Forms on the envelopes. Lower School children may also come up to post their cards here. They will be delivered next Wednesday 13th December by Form VI.
Monday 4th December
Dress Rehearsal for Lower School Nativity; the Upper School and Nursery will watch the performance.
Last Speech & Drama this week except for Form VI
Tuesday 5th December
Form IV Choir members will not swim to enable them to be at school for Choir practice; non Choir members can still swim.
2.30 pm Lower School Nativity in School Hall. All parents and friends of the Lower School are invited to watch the Lower School performance of ‘The Nativity’. The front row seats are reserved for Form II parents. Please come and park on the school playground if possible after 1.30 pm; we should be able to accommodate approximately 10 cars. Please be aware of residents’ driveways and do not block access. Children may be taken home at the end of the performance but we hope you will be able to spend a little time in the classrooms looking at the Christmas artwork.
We are lucky to have the performance professionally recorded and Bob spends a great deal of time bringing in equipment to ensure a high quality recording of the performance is made. We would respectfully ask therefore that you do not record on your mobile phones or other devices which contravenes copyright of the production.
There will be an opportunity to take photographs at the end.
If you bring younger children, please be considerate about the noise they make. We spend many hours rehearsing and it is not fair on the children performing. Thank you.
Last Judo & Hockey
Wednesday 6th December
The Upper School will be rehearsing at St John’s Church 1.15-3.00 pm. It is expected that everyone has a school coat ie School fleece or plain navy coat. The children will take their indoor trainers to change into at the Church.
Collection from school as usual.
7.30 pm - the Choir will be singing at the Church on the Heath for the annual Lions’ Christmas Party. Parents will receive a separate email confirming arrangements later today.
Mrs Allen is able to take 3 children from school to Elvetham Heath directly. Please let the Office know if you would your child to do this.
Thursday 7th December
Upper School rehearsal at St John’s Church 1.15-3.00 pm. It is expected that everyone has a school coat ie School fleece or plain navy coat. The children will take their indoor trainers to change into at the Church.
Collection from school as usual.
Friday 8th December
Lower School – party clothes should be brought to school in the morning and PE kit worn all day. The teachers will supervise the changing of the children and take them over to the Hall for their Party. The cloakrooms will be left open for you to collect coats and bags after the parties.
Form III and IV children staying should bring an afternoon snack and their home clothes to change into. We will ensure they get to the parties on time. They may leave their bags etc in the Upper School. Prep will be in Form VI’s classroom. There is parking available on the school grounds after 5.00 pm.
Form Nursery & K 2.30-3.20 pm
Form I & II 3.30-4.45 pm
Form III & IV 5.00-6.30 pm
Form V & VI 6.45-8.15 pm
Week beginning Monday 11th December
Please also see the Week Ahead diary which will be issued on Thursday
Private Music Lessons – individual tutors will inform their pupils when their last lesson is.
Swimming – parents are welcome to watch these final lessons of the term
Final Carol Service rehearsal for Lower and Upper School 1.15-3.00 pm. No change of shoes is necessary but all children must have a School coat.
There is no PE for the Upper School.
Tuesday 12th December
The Lower School will depart at 9.30 am to Camberley Theatre to see a performance of ‘Peter Pan’. Lunch will be served as usual on their return. Ice creams have been ordered for the interval. Children should bring snack as usual to eat before the performance and a small drink.
1.15 pm Upper School depart for the Watermill Theatre to see production of ‘The Borrowers’.
Return approximately 6.30 pm.
All children should come to school wearing full school uniform and must wear a school fleece. There is no PE but Form IV and I will swim in the morning as usual.
Ice creams have been ordered for the interval but children should bring a small disposable drink which will fit in their pocket.
Wednesday 13th December
We have a very informal end of term concert in the afternoon, which your child may have referred to, and which is for pupils and teachers only. Please make sure the children have their instruments if they are performing.
No Upper School PE but swimming as usual.
All children require 2 named plastic carrier bags.
All bags etc should be taken home today. Your eldest child will be given an envelope containing an end of term report and accounts for next term. Please let the Office know as soon as possible if you do not receive this.
Thursday 14th December
Last Day of Term
This is the first time that our Carol Service has been on the last day of term so please note the following:
Carol Service - St John’s Church. 2 pm start - Parents and Friends are all welcome
1) Winter school uniform for all – Boys: long, grey trousers, grey shirts & ties and sweatshirts
Girls: Grey tights/long grey socks and sweatshirts
NB. Please ensure all boys have long trousers.
All hair bands etc. to be school uniform colours
Please provide your child with a brush/comb and ensure boys’ hair is neat, tidy and above the collar.
2) ALL children are to wear a named school uniform fleece or waterproof to the Church.
3) Snacks and packed lunches should be disposable.
NO lunch boxes, drinks flasks etc, please. Hot lunch as usual.
4) No school bags/reading folders are required for school.
5) Children should be collected from the Church after the Service (approx. 3 pm).
6) Please use the form attached to order a DVD of the Service at St John’s. Please note if your order today, the cost of the DVD will be £15 each, thereafter £18.
7) Lower School will have PE but no PE kit is needed
8) Form VI will swim as usual and swimming bags can be collected on Friday at ET!
I do understand that everyone wants to be able to see their children taking part in our Christmas Service but would ask that the front pews are left for Form VI and Form III parents. Thank you.
Please note: The afternoon falls somewhere between a service and a performance; the children work very hard to reach a high standard and, whilst we welcome all families, I would ask that any noisy,
restless, younger children are taken out from the church to enable everyone else to enjoy the afternoon.
I would also respectfully ask that you refrain from recording the performance on your mobile or other devices.
The Church has asked that parents do not park in Green Lane, on the roads around the Cricket Green, or in the bus stop outside the church. Thank you.
Please note: Before and After School Care and Prep continue as usual including the final day of term but;
please email the Office if you are not able to collect your child from the Church and would like them brought back to school for supervision until 5.00 pm.
Spring Term 2018 – Monday 8th January 2017
Before School Care/After School Care, Prep, Swimming and all After School/In School Activities will start the week commencing Monday 8th January
The PE programme is likely to run as this term – details to follow. For those of you wishing to start a new activity, the first session will be a ‘taster’ and Mr Smith will take a register of those attending. Please let us know if, after this taster, you do NOT wish your child to continue with this activity. Many thanks.
The Dates for the Spring Term will be emailed to you before we break up and posted on the website at the end of term.
This has been a busy time of year for us all but the excitement in school is growing and it is lovely to be with the children in the build up to Christmas.
Mrs C E Allen
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