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October 2018

Welcome from the Headmaster

It has been another busy and productive period of term either side of a restful exeat weekend and I am always delighted to share the news of what Biltonians have been getting up to in, around and out of school. Each and every experience forges a positive memory and helps to keep the fire of enthusiasm roaring away in all of our pupils – I hope you enjoy reading some of the highlights of their endeavours!

Boarding - Drayton Manor

Cubs & Scouts

Over the past fortnight or so the Cubs and Scouts have been enjoying a range of experiences; Cubs have been developing their knowledge of First Aid, whilst Scouts visited Anya Court, the residential centre situated near school, and will be learning more about dementia next week. We celebrated National Cupcake Week by the Cubs decorating, and the Scouts baking, over one hundred cupcakes which were sold in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness – a charity chosen by the Scouts themselves. This week the Cubs went on a mini-hike around the school grounds and we invested new Cubs around the campfire, under the awesome parachute that Mr Gedye has installed in the Bath Spinney. The Scouts marked World Vegetarian Day, cooking a delicious meal of roasted vegetables, couscous and harissa! The kitchen staff will be delighted to know we have no further cooking plans, the chef badge is well and truly earned…!

Juniors - Sulgrave Manor

The boarders’ first outing of the new school year, led by Miss Bird, saw them heading off to Drayton Manor in anticipation of a day of thrills, hopefully without the spills. Stomachs were soon churned in the ‘drunken barrels’ and ‘Maelstrom’ provided the opportunity for even greater disruption of their constitution. Stormforce 10 succeeded in its aim of soaking those who dared to ride the waves. A coach full of happy BG boarders returned to school but Mr Nicholson was still disappointed that no one would keep him company in Thomas Land; perhaps, next year!

The Juniors thoroughly enjoyed their day out at Sulgrave Manor where they learned about life for the rich and poor in Tudor times. They had great fun dressing up in Tudor style clothing and experiencing what life might have been like for them as Tudor school children. They used quills and inks to write their name using the Tudor alphabet and played games such as ‘Three Men’s Morris’ and ‘Nim.’ They also had a tour of the Manor House and found out about the many uses of the ‘board’; why a canopied bed was needed and how they would have been caned if their handwriting wasn’t neat enough.

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Newsletter October 2018

1066 and all that...

Our 4th Form have been sharpening their debating skills whilst trying to determine who should be king in 1066…will the outcome avoid the threat of a Battle at Hastings, we wonder…?

The BiG Saturday

The BiG Saturday at Bilton Grange has doubled in size this year, with Juniors and Third form taking part. Our Michaelmas activities include fitness, football, printing, environment and life skills. Lawn mowing was the first life skill to be tackled (while we still have the weather in which to mow!) and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Other skills to follow are cooking, sewing, cleaning and even a bit of decorating! Mrs Dodsley is open to suggestions for other skills to polish up on and has already had requests for tie tying and ironing!

Book Week

We’re in the middle of Book Week and the school is a-buzz with excitement. The pupils were honoured to welcome author John Harris who came in and treated them all to a wonderful storytelling session.

Sports High Fliers

On Thursday, our Sports High Fliers attended an MT13 Hockey course at Dragon School as part of their preparation for their forthcoming Sports Scholarships. As well as the MT13 team, they had the privilege of being coached by Kate RichardsonWalsh OBE (2016 Olympic Gold medallist, 375 caps for GB and England and 13 years as captain), Crista Cullen MBE (2016 Olympic Gold medallist, 197 GB and England caps), and Barry Middleton (Captain of GB team and most capped (418) England and GB player, 2009 European Championship Gold medallist). It was a very worthwhile day with the players developing their technical skills and applying these to game play scenarios and tactical considerations of a team. The High Fliers had an excellent day, learning a great deal and receiving some very favourable comments from the coaches, including ‘the players were brilliant’ and ‘the best players we had seen’.

4th Form Art

Over the last couple of weeks, the 4th Form have been looking at changing their work from real to abstract whilst learning about harmonious colours and how to use different materials. They have experimented with poster paints, felt pen and added water to make it bleed and oil pastels with ink (and the odd pinch of salt).

Newsletter October 2018

From the Head of Pre-Prep

I hope your children have all now well and truly settled back into the routine of term time – they were certainly all ready for exeat when it arrived and I hope they enjoyed the long weekend. Getting out and about and into classrooms this week, it has been lovely to witness such a purposeful, busy and engaged atmosphere pervading the Pre-Prep. Last week saw the children coming to school in their denim for Jeans for Genes day; the Pre-Prep raised £128.10. We have also had the Scholastic Book Fair this week and its prominent position in the Cloisters makes it hard to avoid! Thank you so much for all of your support with these two worthwhile events.

Year 3 Roundhouses

Year 3 have been finding about about Celtic life from food and

clothing to life in roundhouses. They have honed already their weaving skills and today tried their hand at constructing a home. After considerable problem solving we have a respectable hill fort settlement and are much in awe of the Celts skills.

Wild in the Woods

Year 3 children have been enjoying getting out to the Wild Gardens for their Wild in the Woods activity. The first week saw us designing and making flags using leaves, berries and other natural materials. Bashing the materials with the camping mallets to release the dye was very therapeutic!

Year 3 Lunt Fort Trip

Year 3 had an exciting trip to Lunt Fort to explore Celts and Romans. It’s always exciting to find out that Boudicca battled close by us and her horses brought her back to Lunt Fort in AD60! Honing our battle skills was even more fun and despite the teachers putting on a brave Celtic show, they were beaten by the organisation of the Roman army.

Year 2 Nature Walk

Year 2 enjoyed a lovely walk today in the sunshine, collecting treasures and interesting objects. They were amazed to find the enormous parachute in The Spinney and a very slimy frog hiding under a log!

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Newsletter October 2018

Year 1 Nature

We went exploring in the Wild Gardens to look for items in nature that help to create the wonderful, diverse world we live in.

Year 2 Sewing

The Year 2 children have been looking at work by the contemporary Textiles artist Elizabeth Pawle. They then had to try and thread their own needles and create a series of running stitches in their fabric, remembering to go up and down with their needle as they went.

Year 1 Lavender Tea

Year 1 Forces

As part of their forces topic in science, Year 1 are amazed as they see the results of adding sweets to a bottle of fizzy drink...We also looked at Friction: How do vechicles move? We investigated how vehicles move and the effects of friction. We rode our bikes on the rough stone path, the hard court and the grass. We even tried the slopes and used friction to stop.

Year 1 have been thinking about why we are amazing (because we are amazing you know!) and what else is amazing in our world. This led us to discuss the variety of plants and how they are able to drink, feed and respire. Some of the children had brought in lavender from home and Caya suggested that we made lavender tea with it; so we did!

Newsletter October 2018

Macmillan - World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Friday morning saw a host of visitors welcomed to the Conservatory to take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. A variety of mouthwatering cakes and brownies appeared…and then swiftly disappeared! All in a good cause…So far an impressive £633.05 has been raised and contributions are still coming i!

Christmas Card Competition!

This year we are holding a Headmaster’s Christmas card competition. We would like the children to design the front of a Christmas card based on a theme of ‘Giving’. This can be interpreted in any way and ideas can be created around the theme. Children can take inspiration from presents, wrapping paper, feelings associated with giving, links to faith, etc. The size of the work can be A4 (21cm x 30cm) or A3 (30cm x 42cm). The choice of materials can be anything and could include: Pen, paints (various), inks, crayons, collage, printing (block / potato) and even photography. The deadline is Friday 12 October at 1:30pm. All entries are to be clearly labelled and given to Mr Green on or before that time. The children will be expected to complete their design in their own time. In addition, they could make use of time in appropriate Option sessions, milk breaks and/or specific lunchtimes (information regarding the time available in school will be communicated to pupils via the school’s daily bulletin). We are really looking forward to the range of creative and imaginative ideas the children here at BG always respond with.

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