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Newsletter

21 September 2018

Welcome from the Headmaster

Welcome to this first newsletter at the start of another academic year at Bilton Grange; as ever the children are back into the swing of their lessons and activities, and our many new pupils – our highest number of new starters for many a year – have all been settling in and finding their feet. The Senior Leadership Team are reviewing the start of term, and are scrutinising as to how we could do even better. We are also anticipating the development work we plan to do during the year ahead, further enhancing the children’s learning experience throughout the curriculum, ensuring that we are being the very best school we can be: we never rest on our laurels! There has been a huge buzz of positivity and purpose around the start of this term, which has been exhilarating and invigorating, providing even more energy to sustain us through what will be a very busy term.

Scout Trip

Last Friday the BG Scouts headed off to Hathersage for an action packed training weekend. They spent Friday night on a farm, with Mr Osiatynski cooking up some delicious food. They then tackled the hills of the Peak District on Saturday, braved the elements and faced their fears as they went rock climbing on Burbage Edge on Sunday and disappeard 450m under the Hills of Castleton into Speedwell Cavern. They all had a fantastic time – thank you to all the staff who went along.

Rugby in Bloom Gold Medal 4th Form explore the globe

The 4th Form launched their new topic, global locations, with a fun and interactive session outside catching and locating areas of the world simulateously.

For the seventh year in a row, Bilton Grange has been awarded a gold in the Rugby in Bloom annual competition. Congratulations go to Mick Turner and the rest of the Estates Team who maintained the school’s gardens and flowers so beautifully during the Summer Term and holidays.

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21 September 2018

Boarding

The Boarding House has had a busy start of term welcoming all the new pupils and getting everyone settled into new routines. After the rush of the first week back, the children spent the weekend getting to know each other and playing bubble football in the grounds, even Mr Tovey had a go!

Swimming Juniors

The Juniors have settled really well into life in the Prep. As part of their Humanities topics they have started their study of the Tudors. They brought this period of British history to life as they dressed up as historical figures and re-enacted famous events.

From the Head of Pre-Prep

I am delighted to be writing my first newsletter article at the end of what has been a hugely busy and positive start to term. Having spent a number of weeks settling in as a residential staff member here at Bilton Grange, it was with great excitement and anticipation that I welcomed back the Pre-Prep children for the start of the new academic year. Our new Reception children amazed us all with such confidence as they waved goodbye to their parents on the first day. Visiting classrooms this week, seeing them in assemblies and out on the playground it feels as though they are already so secure and settled. It has also been wonderful to witness our pupils welcoming new children into their peer groups. I could not be prouder of the way they have gathered to ensure our new children feel truly part of the mix so quickly. On this note, I would like to extend a huge thank you to our parent body who have extended such a warm welcome to new parents over the last couple of weeks. Bilton Grange is well known on the circuit as a school that boasts of having that sought-after family feel. The motto ‘More than a school to us’ could not have been more in evidence to me as I and other new parents and staff were welcomed to the community. It is this sense of belonging and warmth that make this school stand out as such a special place to be.

Swimming for parents and staff in the newly tiled BG pool starts again this term on a Tuesday morning. Meet at the pool 8.15 am and we have to be out of the building at 9.20am. The supervised session is for anyone of any ability – it is fun, welcoming and warm!! The cost is £3.50 a session. Please contact gdc@biltongrange.co.uk with any questions or concerns.


Newsletter

21 September 2018

Reception

Reception children have settled so well,they’ve made friends, developed new relationships with teachers and orientated themselves in a new place. They have already progressed positively along their school life and we are very proud of how they have adapted.

Year 3

Year 3 have also been busy in the science labs. Using a variety of techniques they have been identifying several types of rocks and minerals.

Sports News / Sharing Success Year 1

In their Science lessons Year 1 have been having great fun learning about which objects sink or float. They learnt about the force of water and the ‘upthrust’ that helps objects float. They took a range of objects and investigated which objects float and sink and discussed why.

Ffion topped off a superb County cricket season with the all-time highest innings (99 not out) and highest season run total for a Warwickshire U13. Well done Ffion! George and William have been competing in the Summer Championship at Whilton Mill Junior Karting Club since April and had their last race of the summer season today. George had a 2nd place and was awarded the “most improved driver” whilst William received a medal for his rookie season and finished a very respectable 10th, mid table. Well done boys! Harry as ever was kept busy, he passed his PADI open water diving course and performed in Rugby Theatre’s Summer Production of Aida - a moving Egyptian Love Story.

Year 2

Following a walk around the grounds where the Year 2 children collected a variety of natural and man-made objects, they headed to the science labs to test which of their objects was the most absorbent.

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Charity News

Fundraising for Barnardo’s

We were delighted to hear that Chiara and Ignatia have been raising funds for the children’s charity Barnardo’s. By selling lemonade, cakes and books outside of their house they raised £31 for the charity. The girls were sent a certificate of appreciation by Barnardo’s and they should feel very proud of their efforts.

Barbados trip raises £800 for ‘Make a Wish’ foundation

This is the charity our children supported on our summer tour to Barbados. We raised over £800 for this charity and met up with the team when over there. Yesterday, a little girl named Akinya, was given her wish – a big doll’s house and two dolls. These were bought with the money we donated and she was absolutely thrilled. A big thank you to everyone who supported us.

Cancer Research Fundraising

Over the summer the 3rd Form girls used their entrepreneurial spirit and made and sold ‘mocktails’ in order to raise money for Cancer Research. They raised £63 and want to give the money to Cancer Research in memory of Anna’s mum. It was very moving and the maturity they showed in organising themselves, working as a team and selling their wares was quite remarkable. Well done girls.

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