11 OCTOBER 2019
Nursery and Kindergarten enjoyed celebrating Grandparents’ Day Oakham Prep Schools Music Day “Best of Broadway”
Young Shakespeare Company perform ‘Macbeth’
Form III Engineers are saving otters
Peter Higgins visits to launch our special charity porridge tasting assemblies View photos on Flickr
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Headmaster’s blog What happened to September? The weeks seem to fly by at Beachborough and I can’t quite believe we are already well into October! The old saying is true, ‘time flies when you are having fun’ and there has been a great deal of that over the past few weeks… Our weekly newsletter continues to showcase the vast range of learning activities and events that our children are involved in every day and the remarkable way we manage to squeeze so much in! First-hand learning experiences in and out of school have been a highlight of the past two weeks, with the children taking part in a myriad of different activities that are showcased in this newsletter edition and on our website. We are also heading into ‘scholarship season’ for a number of our eldest pupils and I have been meeting with them in preparation for their senior school interviews. Our children present as confident, articulate, engaged versions of themselves and I am delighted with that! We enjoy celebrating all our children’s successes and achievements and this is a particularly special moment for our oldest pupils as their moment to shine arrives. On the topic of celebrations, it was great to welcome so many parents to the BA Committee’s 80s Disco and Quiz on Friday evening! The Beachborough camaraderie and spirit was in full flow as families enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter together. My personal thanks goes to Lisa and the whole of the BA Team for running such a great night for everyone. Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing many of you at Beachborough’s Eventer Challenge at the weekend. It is going to be another brilliant Beachborough event; good luck to our equestrian riders of all ages! Finally we’d like to congratulate Simon Jack and Ashleigh Carr on their wedding last weekend. Their romance began when they were gappies at Beachborough in 2012 and they have been together ever since. They are currently work in Edinburgh and are planning to relocate to Brisbane in late 2020. Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend. Christian Pritchard
Congratulations to this week’s ‘Stars of the Week’
Stars of the Week Boarding: Kitty H
Junior: Emily A Senior: Kayla F 3
This week in Nursery and Kindergarten we enjoyed celebrating Grandparentsâ€™ Day. We started the day by discussing our own grandparents, what we call them and special times we have shared together. We listened to stories about grandparents.
Then we made shortbread biscuits to share with our families when they came to visit. The children thought carefully about which shaped biscuit their family members would like best. In the afternoon the children enjoyed
showing their relatives around the classroom and playing together. They visited the cafe in the library and shared a snack. Everybody had lots of fun. Report by Zoe Pritchard
Engineers save otters!
In Form III Computing this week we have been looking at Engineering.
Engineers in Scotland recently used their expertise to create a new system to help otters cross the road in safety. Form III had to imagine they were one of those engineers. Using only • One newspaper • Sticky tape • Scissors
They had to be an otter hero and design their own otter bridge! It had to be 30cm long (the length of a long ruler) and at least 15cm tall at its highest point. Here are some of our creations! Report by Susi Blithe
In a performance designed especially for 8 to 12 yearolds, the YSC cleverly weaved the original lines of the play with a modern narration that encouraged us to question the characters’ thoughts, behaviour and their motivation. Sitting around the stage, we were as much a part of the play as the actors; providing sound effects for the heath, weird chants for the witches and the cries of battle.
Report by Anna Howard
The weather was suitably wild and wet on Monday when we welcomed the Young Shakespeare Company back to Beachborough to perform ‘Macbeth’.
Much to the delight of many and the horror of a few, Duncan’s murder unfolded with very realistic fake blood. ‘Fantastic’ William ‘It was amazing and done in a way that made it so easy to understand’ - Molly
The company of five young and dynamic actors put on two performances of Shakespeare’s Scottish play and, with the rain hammering on the roof of the theatre, they brought to life the tragic tale of Macbeth’s self-destruction.
‘It was very real! Especially the blood and the battle scenes’ – Milly ‘I thought it was really dramatic’ - Percy ‘The witches were scarily funny’ – Ciara
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Oakham Music Day
After a scrumptious lunch, we had more rehearsals in our sections and then assembled for our final rehearsal with band and choir together to sing a rousing rendition of “You’ll never walk alone” from Carousel. The day culminated in a fantastic concert performed by the prep schools’¬ band and choir, together with items from Oakham’s Chamber Choir and Jazz band
On Tuesday morning ten singers from our Chamber Choir and eight wind, brass and percussion players set off to Oakham School for their annual prep schools music day. This is always a wonderful event and this year we were transported to the glitz and glamour of Broadway. We were treated to some wonderful choral and concert band performances from many Broadway and West End shows.
Well done to Darcey; Greta; Bridget; Sophie J; Sophie N; Hana; Emilia; Daniella; Alice and Mia for singing so beautifully and to Lucy; Ollie; Morgan; Kayla; Christian; Felicity; Zeb and Toby for their fantastic playing in the massed concert band. A great opportunity and platform to perform their music.
In the morning the children split off into choral, wind band and percussion sections to rehearse their pieces, the singers rehearsing in Oakham Castle and the band in the School Chapel. The singers were conducted by Mr Peter Davies, Director of Music at Oakham and the concert band by Mr Steve Foster and Mr Keith Slade, head of brass and woodwind.
My thanks to Peter Davies and his team at Oakham School for putting on another marvellous day and to parents for making the journey to Oakham to support the children.
Report by Judith Dunkley
Battle of Hastings Form VI have had great fun enacting the Battle of Hastings in History this week.
All hands on deck!! On Wednesday, a lucky group of children had the chance to meet Nick Aldworth who, as a passionate sailor, passed a huge amount of information and surely managed to inspire some future Dame Ellen! Nick explained the basics of sailing, the effect the wind has on the sails, the different names of the sails, the role of each team member on board.
managed to sleep 2hrs in a row in a bunk? As for toilets facilities, well… it is not that at all that ‘facile’! Nick also challenged the children to compete, in two teams, to fully dress one of their team member with jackets, trousers, goggles and of course life jacket. The children had then to inflate their life jacket for real!
Did you know that to save weight, each sailor only take… half a tooth brush, and that luxury on a boat is when you
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A huge thank you to Nick for his time and for sharing his passion with us through another exciting and inspiring FDA lecture. We would love to see a bigger audience for lectures as they are fantastic opportunities to discover extraordinary experiences. The FDA Team
Mental Health Awareness
REMINDER: In recognition of this week’s World Mental Health Day, parents are warmly invited to Beachborough’s Mental Health Presentation TODAY, at 5-6pm in the Whybrow.
As part of Form VIII’s PSHE lessons they have been busy thinking about the causes, effects and management of stress. Their response to the topic was fantastic! Some of their ways to manage stress were really quite unique, ranging from talking to friends and family, a bubble bath, reading fictional stories to eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream whilst snuggled on the sofa!
They then made lavender bags and charms as a reminder of their stress busting techniques. This linked incredibly well to Mental Health Awareness Day. Report by Chantelle Harrison
Rugby U9 s
Playing on an all too rare sunny afternoon this past Tuesday, amidst the onlooking spires of Oxford, the under 9 B’s proved too strong for our MCS hosts. Despite trailing at times in the first half, the boys fought back to a delightful victory 13-8, the team’s third straight victory! Ernie and Thomas scored four tries a piece and were worthy recipients of the man of the match award. Supporting tries from Ethan, Dylan and Harrison L J and great running and support passing play from Freddie, Lucas and Jonty helped enormously to boost our total. On occasion as soon as we’d scored our lack of tackling opened the proverbial door to allow our hosts several chances to get back into the game, but thankfully we proved to be too strong on the day. Well done boys. Our next opponents are our local rivals Winchester House at home, KO 2.15pm.
Rugby U10 Bs
The under 10B’s hosted Abingdon on a cold, wet and blustery afternoon this past Wednesday. The entire match was a hard-fought battle between two evenly balanced sides. The wet ball did not allow at times for smooth handling which lead to errors initially. Joseph opened the scoring for Beachborough as the sun came out, but before half time with a chill in the air Abingdon had scored twice. For the first time this season we were behind at half time - the boys showed great character and determination to get back into the game with good tries from Zac and Tapi before man of the match Joseph scored his second of the match. Great support play, tackles and runs from Ben, Joe R, Peter, Stephan, Joe S, Lucas and Noah ensured the team remain undefeated thus far this term. Well done boys! Next week sees the under 10 B’s play another tough match against Wellingborough at home, with a 2.30pm kick off.
Reports by Nick Blithe
Charity Porridge Day We were delighted to welcome back Peter Higgins, a representative from Mary’s Meals, to our special charity porridge tasting assemblies this morning. Thank you to everyone who donated a £1 to help us launch this year’s fundraising for the desperately hungry children at our sponsored school, Thola Primary.
A huge well done to Charlotte O, Penny H and Abigail J from Form V who have written this special prayer for today’s assembly.
Dear God, Thank you for making us loved and giving us all that we need. Help us to cooperate and raise money for our sponsored school in Malawi. We must remember to be grateful for all the food we have. Thank you for family, friendship, education and love. Let us be thankful for all that we have and think of ways to help and be kind to others. You may find things difficult like finishing your food when you are full up; but think about the struggle that the pupils at our sponsored school in Malawi go through to get enough food so
that they are not hungry every day. Lord today is a day when we think not just about ourselves but for other people who are less fortunate than us. We pray that people will be more determined to end world hunger, not waste their food and someday step up and make a difference. We ask for this so that we can continue to help our sponsored school, Thola Primary, through raising money for Mary’s Meals. Amen Written by: Charlotte O, Penny H and Abigail J (Form V)
Join us for the
Boarders’ Malawian Charity Supper Beachborough Dining Hall
7.30pm THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Chef Mr Neil McClusky
£15 per person
Hosted by The Kites’ Boarders
(includes dinner & half a bottle of wine)
Thank you for supporting our sponsored Thola Primary School in Malawi
Boarders’ Malawian Charity Dinner TICKET ORDER FORM
Total number of tickets required
Drinks Choice: Red Wine
Names of Guests (including dietary requirements)
Please enclose cash/ cheque payable to ‘Beachborough School’ for the sum of £ Please return this form and payment to Emma Shannon, in the School Office by Tuesday 29th October.
Sports results Team Opposition Results Player of the Match Tuesday 8th October Boys U9A Rugby MCS, Oxford Won 16-12 Matteo B U9B Rugby MCS, Oxford Won 13-8 Ernie E / Thomas W U9C Rugby MCS, Oxford Lost 5-10 Andrew H U8 Rugby - Red Team MCS, Oxford Played 4 matches Edward C U8 Rugby - Blue Team MCS, Oxford Played 4 matches George H U8 Rugby - Green Team MCS, Oxford Played 4 matches Joshua S U8 Rugby - Yellow Team MCS, Oxford Played 4 matches Lucas C Girls U9A Hockey Chandlings Drew 3-3 Bea B U9B Hockey Chandlings Won 4-1 Ellie S U8A Hockey Chandlings Lost 2-7 Florence H U8B Hockey Chandlings Won 4-1 Charlotte N Wednesday 9th October Boys U13 Rugby Abingdon Prep Lost 0-50 Arthur D U12A Rugby Abingdon Prep Lost 10-35 William E / Oscar G U12B Rugby Abingdon Prep Lost 10-60 William No U11 Rugby Abingdon Prep U11B Won 35-5 Jesse M U10A Rugby Abingdon Prep Lost 0-25 Charles A U10B Rugby Abingdon Prep Drew 20-20 Joseph H U10C Rugby Abingdon Prep Drew 15-15 Joseph P Girls U13A Hockey Swanbourne House Lost 2-3 Alice L U13B Hockey Swanbourne House Lost 2-3 Kitty H U13 Cavaliers Hockey Swanbourne House Won 1-0 Ines de la C N U11A Hockey Swanbourne House Won 1-0 Emilia K U11B Hockey Swanbourne House Won 2-0 Elodie M U11 Cavaliers Hockey Swanbourne House Lost 1-5 Violet H U11 Tigers Hockey Swanbourne House Lost 2-5 Bunny H
• Another busy programme of fixtures this week with all of our age group teams in action on both Tuesday and Wednesday. • Our U13A girls hockey team played at one of the IAPS Regional qualifying rounds at Tilsley Park, Abingdon on Tuesday and returned home with medals after progressing through the Plate competition. Well done to the girls involved! • Photo of the U9A rugby team after their victory against MCS on Tuesday (photo courtesy of Helen Fennell)
Next Week’s Fixtures Team Opposition Venue Start Time Tuesday 15th October Boys U9A Rugby Winchester House Home 2.15pm U9B Rugby Winchester House Home 2.15pm U9C Rugby Winchester House Home 2.15pm U8 Rugby - Team 1 Swanbourne House Home 2.30pm U8 Rugby - Team 2 Swanbourne House Home 2.30pm Girls U9A Hockey Winchester House Home 2.15pm U9B Hockey Winchester House Home 2.45pm U8A Hockey Swanbourne House Away 2.30pm U8B Hockey Swanbourne House Away 3pm Wednesday 16th October Boys U13 Rugby Wellingborough Away 2.30pm U12A Rugby Wellingborough Away 2.30pm U12B Rugby Wellingborough Away 2.30pm U11 Rugby Grove Festival Away 2pm U10A Rugby Wellingborough Home 2.30pm U10B Rugby Wellingborough Home 2.30pm Girls U13A Hockey Wellingborough Away 2.30pm U13B Hockey Wellingborough Away 2.30pm U13 Cavaliers Hockey Wellingborough 4ths Away 2.30pm U11A Hockey Wellingborough 5ths Stowe School 2.30pm U11B Hockey Wellingborough 6ths Stowe School 2.30pm U11 Cavaliers Hockey Wellingborough Stowe School 2.30pm U11 Tigers Hockey Wellingborough Stowe School 2.30pm
• The U9 girls hockey matches against Winchester House next Tuesday will take place at 2.15pm (A team) and 2.45pm (B team) here at Beachborough. • The U8 girls hockey matches away at Swanbourne House next Tuesday will take place at 2.30pm (A team) and 3pm (B team) here at Swanbourne. • On Wednesday 16th October, due to the fact that Wellingborough’s Year 6 year group will be away on a residential trip, alternative plans have been made to ensure our pupils don’t miss out. Our U11 boys rugby team will take part in a festival at The Grove School starting at 2pm and our U11 girls will play Wellingborough’s 5th and 6th teams at Stowe School.
Great collaboration from our U8A girls’ hockey team to score two goals in their first away fixture at Chandlings on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Anna Troup)
Week Ahead MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER *8.15am – 9am School Clothes Shop open *4pm – 6pm Nursery, Kindergarten & Reception Teacher Consultations TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 9am – 1.30pm - Pre Tests taking place Form V STEAM Day *8am – 9am Pre-Prep 1 – Form IV ‘Show & Share’ session for parents 9am – 3pm ‘History off the Page’ – Great Fire of London Day for Pre-Prep 2 9am – 3pm Reception trip to Green Dragon Eco Farm 9.45am – 11am Form VII Study Skills Workshop 11.30am – 12.45pm Form VIII Study Skills Workshop 12noon – 3pm Form VI trip to Milton Keynes Synagogue WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER *8.15am – 9am School Clothes Shop open 9am onwards Individual and sibling photographs *5.30pm – 7.30pm Nursery, Kindergarten & Reception Teacher Consultations THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 10am – 12.30pm Performance Poet Breis visiting Forms III – VIII in The Whybrow *3.30pm – 6pm Open Afternoon & Tutor Consultations for Forms V – VIII 3.30pm Half-term begins for children in Nursery – Pre-Prep 2 4.30pm Half-term begins for children in Forms III – VIII Aftercare available until 6pm, tea served (NOTE: there are no Pre-Prep or Forms III & IV Cocurricular activities after school on Thursday)