Page 1


November 2018

Welcome from the Headmaster

As I write we are brimming with pride, last night the 4th Form’s performance of Treachery at Traitor’s Quay blew us away, it was simply amazing. Hard work, dedication and perseverance paid off with a stunning performance. Our pupils should be very proud of themselves. As we hurtle towards the end of term, I am sure you’ll agree that this has been an incredibly productive few weeks! What better point than now to look back at some of the highlights...

Brownies & Guides

As part of their World Guiding Badge, Katherine Hancock, another Brownie and Guide Leader, came to tell the girls about being a Brownie and Guide in Oman and Singapore. She had her camp blanket with badges she has collected from Guiding events around the world and over the years. She also told us about Brownie uniforms through the ages; particularly the changes to badges - the girls were then inspired to go on and design their own badge.

Boarders visit to Twycross Zoo


Much like the animals we were later to encounter, some boarders were reluctant initially to leave a warm building. We however wrapped up warm and braved the elements. Mr Hodge and I played ‘spot the animal’ because when we first arrived we couldn’t find any! Twycross is particularly known for its primates and houses a vast array of endangered species. Soon we were all laughing and playing along with the chimps and gibbons who entertained us with their acrobatics or their ability to swing into the glass to make us jump. I think we all got something out of the afternoon; whether that was learning about particular animals, enjoying time to run around with friends, playing with toys or giggling at the silly monkeys. All despite dreadful weather.

On Monday 8th October, the BG Scouts were visited by Karen Handley from Anya Court who talked to them about Dementia. Karen outlined some of the different types of dementia and explained what sorts of symptoms a person with dementia might experience. The Scouts showed great empathy and understanding and were a credit to Bilton Grange with their level of thoughtful questioning. They were all awarded with a Dementia Friends badge which they can wear to show that they have a good understanding of how to help someone with dementia. They will make further visits to Anya Court to talk with the residents there. If you would like to find out more about dementia, you can visit

If you no longer wish to receive this communication please send an email to

Newsletter November 2018

3rd Form Maths

The 3rd Form have been exploring the world of geometry through pin boards and elastic bands to make as many different shapes as possible.

The BiG Saturday

As part of the BiG Saturday programme, our pupils have been busy in the DT lab. Using techniques to shape acrylic, they have been industriously making key rings for our Open Morning guests.

3rd Form English

As part of their creative writing, the 3rd Form have been writing about knights using as many desciptive words as possible and they have also been creating story mountains.

Upper School Art

The pupils in the 5th and 6th Forms have been working on drawings of barbed wire and chains. They have been developing their shading and using pen (biro) to create tonal difference. Each pupil’s work will become part of the larger, collaborative pieces to be used to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. The barbed wire represents the horrors of conflict and the chains, the strength, team work and cohesion.

Newsletter November 2018

From the Head of Pre-Prep

What a time it has been in the Pre-Prep with the children making the most of every opportunity presented to them. The Harvest Festival was a wonderful chance to display our singing talents in the beautiful main school Chapel, and the Year 1 classrooms have been buzzing with all of their learning through full immersion in their Castles Topic week. I know they especially enjoyed touring the ramparts and towers of Warwick Castle and their medieval feast. Year 3 have been enthusiastically telling me that they had excavated sheep and goats skulls during their Romans Day – what an experience and they were certainly bubbling over with enthusiasm.

Year 3 Roman Day

As part of their Roman topic our Year 3 children had great fun as amateur archaeologists, excavating Roman remains and artefacts.

Harvest Festival

The Pre-Prep enjoyed a wonderful Harvest Festival in the school chapel. There was some beautiful singing and lovely readings from the children.

Year 1 Visit to Warwick Castle

Wild in the Woods

Earlier in the term ‘Wild in the Wooders’ got creative making bugs with wooden discs which we drilled and decorated. Pipe cleaner legs and cable tie wings finished off our creepy crawlies.

As part of their Castles topic, Year 1 visited Warwick Castle. They had a fantastic day out which included an archery display. They climbed the spiral staircase to the Princess Tower and helped to reunite the Princess with her Prince. They watched the amazing Birds of Prey which flew very low over our heads. They went into the Time Tower and went back in time to find out how the castle was built and how it has changed over the centuries. Finally, they entered the Great Hall and saw the many suits of armour. It was a great day out!

If you no longer wish to receive this communication please send an email to

Newsletter November 2018

Bonfire Night Once again we had a very successful and enjoyable Bonfire Night at the start of the half term. We had a wonderful turn out of pupils their parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers and the evening was very much enjoyed.

Hoskyn Centre

The Pre-Prep have been collecting food and produce for The Hoskyn Centre as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations. Eilidh and Alfie, our nominated Pre-Prep representatives on the Charity Committee, went along to drop the food off. It was greatly appreciated by those who use the centre and we are very grateful for the generous donations from the members of the Bilton Grange community.

Newsletter November 2018

4th Form Performance - Treachery at Traitors’ Quay

This week we enjoyed an incredible performance of Treachery at Traitors’ Quay. The children were taken back to World War II and became evacuees, the Home Guard, air raid wardens and village folk as the mystery of a spy in the village unravelled. Littered with references to ‘jam’ and Jitterbug dancing, the musical unfolded and the mystery was solved. Our pupils had a great time on stage and we very much enjoyed watching them.

If you no longer wish to receive this communication please send an email to

Newsletter November 2018

Childern in Need

There was lots of excitement for Chidlren in Need day. To fundraise pupils baked cakes as well as donating in order to wear their own clothes in to school. It was wonderful to see so many spotty garments around school.

FAB Update

The Champagne Shopping evening was a great success with fizz and shopping being top of the agenda, we would like to thank everyone who came along and enjoyed the evening. We would also like to extend our thanks to Lucinda, Tracey, Nora, David and Gary for their help on the evening. We still have lots of lovely events to come before the end of term Pre-Prep Movie Afternoon – Friday 23rd November Family Christmas Fair – Saturday 1st December Wreath Making – Wednesday 5th December Prep Family Christmas Ball – Saturday 8th December

The FAB Team Xmas Fair

We have already received a phenomenal response for ticket requests to the 2018 family Christmas ball and we are already 70% full. For those requests we have already received we will be confirming back to you during November. Please note that without your payment via cheque, BACS or addition to your school bill (which must be agreed with the ball team for liaising with the Bursary) we are unable to confirm your request for tickets and we will not be able to reserve you a space. Please remember to reserve your table to avoid disappointment.

Profile for Rebecca Bantoft

Michaelmas Term 2018 - Newsletter 3  

Michaelmas Term 2018 - Newsletter 3