Newsletter 8th May 2017

Dear Parents

Since my last Newsletter a few more of our annual events have taken place and this term continues to move on apace.

 Poetry Afternoon

We had such an entertaining time listening to such a wide range of poems spoken so confidently by so many children. It was lovely to welcome back Mrs Hardless who for many years has been responsible for ensuring the Lower School remained quiet during this special afternoon and could only guess what was going on in the Hall!  My thanks to Mrs Waite-Roberts for all her hard work in preparing for this event.

Millennium Cup

This was another enjoyable afternoon with the Grey House School at its best as the host. For the other schools who came, there is little to do but just turn up but for us it is an event requiring a great deal of organisation so my thanks to all of the parents who helped in so many ways by giving lifts, marshalling and  helping with refreshments.  Also of course, thanks also to Mr Smith, Miss Smith and to Mr Thompson.

We were delighted to welcome back India Lee as the Guest of Honour; it made the afternoon even more special. All of the children are to be congratulated on their performances but notable achievements were those of the Under- 9 girls who came third with Amelia, Charlotte (IV) ,Caitlin and Georgina securing this result. With the latter two girls being only in Form II, there is no doubt that the building bricks for achievement in sport are firmly in place. The Under -9  boys were placed second, thanks in no small part to Thomas W (IV) who won this race. The rest of the team was: Isaac B, Monty and Patrick all in Form IV.I In the Under-11 girls there were very strong performances from Lucinda (VI) and Lauren (V) and we had several Under- 11 boys finishing strongly.

I am sure we will have a strong entry to the Hook Fun Run coming up on 21st May.

May Fayre

The fine weather for our Fayre helped to make it a highly enjoyable afternoon in every respect.  Thank you to the many who helped contribute, set up and clear up and especially to Mrs Burbage for being at the helm. As always, the atmosphere is such a happy one and it is lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. Thank you also to the children who helped set up and clear up.

The cakes were delicious and several of us are on the search for the baker of the delicious ginger loaf cake so we can have the recipe!

A reminder that all nail varnish and tattoos (I can’t quite believe I am writing this) should be removed by Tuesday evening as we have the School Photograph on Wednesday.

Basingstoke Festival Gala Performance

Congratulations to Ada and Isaac in Form IV who both performed in this Gala Celebration at Queen Mary’s College on Saturday afternoon. The parents who accompanied the children reported that in front of an audience of about 200, both children recited their poems with confidence and aplomb and were true ambassadors for the school.

Music News

Congratulations to Alexandra Waite-Roberts (Mrs Waite-Robert’s daughter and ex Grey House pupil), who took the lead role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Marlow Theatre, Canterbury at the weekend, with just 30 minutes notice as understudy to Natasha Barnes.  She received rave reviews and a standing ovation!

Aldershot and Farnborough Piano Festival

Lewis (V) and Thomas (IV) participated in the Farnborough and Aldershot music festival last week and Lewis won the Primary Jazz class.

Thomas came 2nd and gained a Merit mark in the Own choice 9 years and under class and Thomas and his mother won the Family duet class.

Both boys were asked to play in the Winners’ Concert on Saturday . Lewis unfortunately was unwell and so couldn’t go, but Thomas went and performed his duet and at the end of the evening was awarded a trophy.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

We are also delighted to tell you that Mr Pike’s Band ‘Latino’, were awarded ‘Band of the Day’ at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival held the Bank Holiday Weekend.  Mr Pike is our Saxophone and Chess Teacher. 

Peart Family

Keeping in touch with past pupils and families is part of the joy of being in a close community and it is my pleasure to again give you the link to the Peart family’s most recent blog:

https://lospearts.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/6-month-bolivianniversary/

The Weeks Ahead

Upper School revision starts this week.  Your child will be issued with a revision homework timetable and their exam timetable today. It will also be sent by email. I would ask you to make particular note of the necessity to have all children’s books in school every day as teachers may not follow the usual timetable for lessons.   Form VI have their school exams this week.

Wednesday 10th May

Gilman and Soames will be arriving early in the morning to set up.  All children should come to school in full summer school uniform, bringing sweatshirts whatever the weather.  Hair should be brushed and combed and girls with long hair must be tied back with school colours.  Boys’ hair must be neat, tidy and off the collar.

The Lower School will have PE after the photograph and should bring PE clothes to change into. The Nursery children will also be joining us!

Thursday 11th May

Form K will have one or two visitors as the Early Years part of the school is being moderated for Hampshire. This is part of the county’s ongoing monitoring of the teaching and delivery of the EYFS in Reception and we are well-prepared, thanks to a great deal of time and hard work from Mrs Blore and her team.

Friday 12th May

FOGH Ball at The Elvetham

Week beginning 15th May

Form VI have a number of speakers in and a trip to Airkix on Tuesday 16th.

Thursday 18th May

Stay and Play for new Form K

Do continue to look at the website for reports and photos of the various events there have been recently.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You are welcome to visit the Nursery or the School at any time.  Call 01252 842353 or schooloffice@grey-house.co.uk for the School and 01252 843418 or earlyyears@grey-house.co.uk for the Nursery.

We are currently seeking to recruit a full-time Early Years Practioner for January 2018. Please see under 'Current Vacancies' for more information. We will be very pleased to hear from other Early Years practioners regarding any future vacancies we may have.

 

 

 


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