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What’s New? Weekly Newsletter from New Hall Preparatory School

In this issue, Lunchtime Concerts P.2 Cross Country Triumph P.2 Year 2 Rugby P.3

Forthcoming Events

MON 18 MAR 3.15—4.15pm U9 Netball v Gosfield Preparatory School TUE 19 MAR 9.00am—12.00noon Pre-Reception Story Teller Visit 2.45—6.00pm U10A/B Boys Rugby v St Faith’s School 4.15—5.30pm U8/U9 Swimming Gala v Holmwood House WED 20 MAR 7.00—8.00pm Years 3—5 Easter Concert THU 21 MAR 2.15—5.45pm U9A/B Boys Rugby v St Faith’s School FRI 22 MAR Year 6 Visit to Dawes Hall Nature Reserve SUN 24—SUN 31 MAR Holy Week

A New Pope is Elected! To celebrate the election of our new Pope, Francis I, Year 6 examined video clips and thought about what it would be like to be a newspaper reporter in Rome on Wednesday 13 March 2013. Here, Lucy Barrett, (6S), recounts her imagined experience: “I sat down patiently, waiting hopefully and watching the rusty, red chimney avidly. Slowly, I turned around looking to the never ending crowd. I laughed at the irony of a bird flying past the Sistine Chapel chimney; he would have a bird’s eye view of the action. It seemed everyone, for a mile around, was staring in a hypnotised fashion. There were many flags gently swaying in the wind. Though it was raining heavily, I was very hot. It felt like the Amazon rainforest! Finally, a puff of white smoke climbed smoothly out of the chimney. It made ripples of excitement come through the anxious crowd. Many people were crying with happiness; some people were waving flags enthusiastically; others were praying. However, everyone was looking forward to seeing the new leader of 1.2 billion people! It was a long wait with an ever-growing crowd. At no point did the excitement die! There was only one thought that was going through peoples’ minds: who is the next Pope?”


On Friday 8 March, the founding religious community, the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, hosted a special art and archive exhibition in the Preparatory School Hall. The exhibition was a celebration of the Canonesses’ past, at New Hall, and their present day work in the local community. During lessons on Friday, pupils from the Preparatory School had the opportunity to view the exhibition and talk to the members of the community. All of the pupils were very enthusiastic and intrigued by the pieces of history on display, such as an old hymn book, that was much larger than the ones we use today, and a video of pupils in lessons at New Hall many years ago. Pupils were also invited to contribute to one of the pieces of artwork by writing a prayer on a piece of paper and adding it to a prayer tree.


Music CELLO SUCCESS Congratulations to Samantha Whetstone, who achieved a merit in her Grade 5 cello examination, which is an outstanding achievement for someone her age. ASSEMBLY RECITAL Thank you to James McBurney (4D) who played Bach’s ‘Minuet’ beautifully in assembly on Friday.

On Tuesday 7 March and Tuesday 12 March, Year 5 went to the Europa Centre in Hornchurch for the day. The centre is set as a small French town called ‘Haricot ville’ and has shops, a market, a café, a newsagent and even a petrol station! On arrival, the pupils had their lunch in the café, then were put into groups of five to explore the town and it’s different shops. Everyone stopped off at the café and enjoyed eating some croissants, pains au chocolat and crêpes. To end the day, the pupils were treated to a Punch and Judy show—all in French! Thank you to Mme MacLeod, Mrs Thorogood, Mrs Smith, Mrs Greenland and Mrs Claridge for all their help. “I bought three sausages (saucisses), a hat (un chapeau) and a baguette!” Hannah Greenland (5T) “Everyone had a lot of fun.” Myles Coyne (5S) SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS Congratulations to all the pupils who performed in our lunchtime concert on Tuesday and Friday this week. Niamh Wright (4R) on the violin, Sophie Kingston (3R), Sylvie Smith (4D), Grace Murray (6S) and Libby Murray (4B) on the piano, Isabella Warren (5T) and Matthew Jones (5T) on the clarinet, Lilianne McCorry (4R) on the flute and Toby Warren (6M) on the cello and Sahira Carbon-Oyalowo (5T) who sang. They all played confidently and beautifully and we wish all these children every success in their forthcoming music examinations. Amber Whitehorne (5T) also played us a piece from her Grade 1 examination that she took last term. Thank you to all those parents and grandparents who came to support the children and to Mrs Romhany and Mr Oakley for giving up their time to accompany them.

Notices CLUBS Fun swim is cancelled on Thursday 28 March due to swimming galas. SAINSBURY’S VOUCHERS We are collecting Sainsbury’s Sport Vouchers again this year. Please leave any vouchers in Reception, thank you. LOST PROPERTY  Freddie Warn—named tracksuit trousers


The Young Shakespeare Company visited Years 3 and 4 on Thursday 14 March to give a fast-moving, fully-costumed, interactive production of Shakespeare’s enchanting comic tale, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Throughout the performance the storyteller enabled the children to become actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities. Thank you to the Young Shakespeare Company and to all of the children for their enthusiastic participation.

CRICKET ESSEX SELECTION Congratulations to Oliver Cohen (4B) on being selected for the Essex U9 cricket team. Oliver will now take part in intensive professional training with Essex Cricket. CROSS COUNTRY DEANERY COMPETITION The New Hall runners faced a very muddy and challenging course at the Deanery Cross Country Competition this week. The U11 girls team ran well, with Ella Phelps (6M) beating Eloise Winsor (6S) in a closely contested sprint for 1st place. The extra distance was a bit of a shock to a few of the less experienced runners, but all of them did very well. For the boys, a resurgent Charlie Murray (6S) enjoyed the extra slippery surface and went

on to a comfortable win. Felix Ruiz (5T) was closely followed by all of the other New Hall runners. The boys team were victorious overall and the New Hall team finished in 2nd place, narrowly loosing out to St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School.

YEAR 2 TAG RUGBY TOURNAMENT Year 2 went to a very wet and muddy Galleywood Infant School to take to the sodden pitches for Year 2’s first ever competitive sporting fixture. Spirits were not dampened by the dismal weather as both the A and B teams got off to fantastic starts in their respective groups.

U10 & U11 CROSS COUNTRY The cross country teams enjoyed plenty of success on the last team event of the year this week. Georgia Tombs (5S), Isabella Warren (5T) and Amelia August (5S) finished high up in the standings. They were well supported by Danielle Sirett (4R), Verity Winsor (4B) and Ana-Cristina Mead (4R) who ran very well and gained more crucial experience.

The A team formed a strong bond instantly and won each of their 4 group stage matches. Albert Smith (2E) demonstrated great leadership and there was a real show of athleticism and tenacity from Ochenehi Daudu (2E). Combined with the determination and drive of both Isobel Haresnape (2K) and Zoe Neal (2E), the A team were a formidable side.

For the U10 boys, Joseph Murphy (5S), Jake Adams (4D), Max Lawes (5T) and Max Morrish (5S) led the way, with some of the younger runners, including Matthew Fullerton (4R) and Harrison Hooker (4R) working well for the team. Aaron Stone (6M) finished in 2 nd place in the U11 boys race. Toby Warren (6M), James Holt (6S) and Charlie Murray (6S) they were closely followed by Matthew Cook (6M), Aidan Turner-Wallace (6S) and Ethan Doyle (6S).

The B team proved themselves to be just as formidable as the A team, with 3 victories and a draw in their group matches to mirror the A team in topping the group. Frankie Christopher (2K) led the way with his steam train like runs, and Hugo Ruiz (2K) demonstrated fantastic agility, with some nimble footwork both going forward and in defence. Some great awareness and enthusiasm was demonstrated by Anna Dunk (2K) and Coco Wilkins (2E), which was supported by the knowledge and passion of Alexander Tomlinson (2E).

Each team that ran won their own age group. More importantly, the consistency of the runners across the leagues we have attended over the Michaelmas and Lent Terms has put New Hall in 1st place for U10 boys and girls and U11 boys and girls. Well done to all of those children who have put in so much effort into running club and in the races; we are very proud of these achievements! RUGBY U10 V BRENTWOOD SCHOOL After many cancelled fixtures due to the winter weather, the U10 rugby team faced Brentwood School this week in what felt more like a pre-season match than an end of season fixture. Brentwood School took an early two try lead, however the New Hall boys regained their confidence and began to show their formidability from before. The introduction of Max Morrish (5S) helped to increase pressure on the Brentwood attacking line, and with real grit and determination, Max timed tackle after tackle. This spurred on the rest of the team and the second half was much better for New Hall. There were some great break away runs from Benjamin Bajowa (5T) and Joseph Murphy (5S), who both started to make quick decisions. With two penalty retreats issued by the referee to the Brentwood defence, Joseph Murphy managed to work a gap to run home for a New Hall try. The final score was 5-1 to Brentwood, however, despite the slow start; New Hall did show signs of the good form they had been in before the wintery weather hit. Man of the Match was awarded to Max Morrish.

With both teams having gone unbeaten and topping their respective groups, they marched forward into the playoff finals, along with the other group winners Galleywood. The fans looked on in excitement at the prospect of a fantastic grudge match between the New Hall sides, and after both beating Galleywood convincingly, it all came down to a ‘winner takes all’ scenario. The final match got off to a ferocious start, with some great running from both teams. Within just a couple of minutes the score was 3 tries a piece. Defending had inevitably become a lot more difficult, with the tags having become extremely slippery from the rain and mud. The two teams continued to battle it out, but at the end of the day there really was nothing to separate them. The match ended in a welcomed draw, with all the children exhausted, yet extremely pleased with their efforts throughout the day. Due to a tie on points in the final playoffs, New Hall A & B had to be separated for 1 st and 2nd by tries scored throughout the day, with the A team taking the title by just a single try! Overall it was simply amazing to see all 9 children have so much fun and participate with such great attitudes, even when miserably cold and wet. Thank you to all the parents who braved the conditions to come and watch, and also to Mr Leech for helping to guide our budding young stars with his knowledge and wisdom.

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Prayer Corner

Golden Book Awards

Dear Lord,


We give thanks for appointing new leader to your Church, Pope Francis, the successor of St Peter. We ask that you inspire him to be a faithful servant to the Church and a witness of Christ’s love to the whole world.


We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.


Amen 4R





John Barber Samantha Whetstone Matthew Cook Rebecca Jeffrey Ella Phelps


Darcy Courtney-Cook Jack Daly Sarah Coxon Elizabeth Murphy

Myles Coyne Amelia August Douglas Gibb Ciaran Chambers


Sophie Carter Lucy Merry Finley Westwood Hannah Greenland

Jake Adams Adam Warne Maisie Cussen Uchenna Ihuoma


Jake Bain Sophie Hughes Verity Winsor

Felix Russell Fabianna Bartella Robyn Moody


Oliver Haslam Benjamin Buckland Anthony Macleod

Zak Dennison Felicity Jeffrey Euan Wilson Macy Sharp


Ina Vaeremans Isabella Scully Hugo Ruiz

Niamh Westwood Albert Smith Harry Turnbull


Sajida CarbonOyalowo Harry McLaren Sophia Hoogakker Darcie Meechan

Oliver Radley Elisha Burns Natalie Romero Amelia Spurr


Sienna Sando Preston Taylor Jacob Dennison Enya Grummit


Gospel Values

Robson Stevens Edward Padbury-Clark

Sophie Beaumont Leni Giles Francesca Bartella Isabella Hoogakker

Harry Harle Euan Wilson Lily Ulyatt

To view the full list, visit the website here

Brain Challenge Brain Challenge 19 Solution There are 7 winners this week: Jasmine Grimes (2K) created the word PIGEON and Danielle Sirett (4R), Coral Dunk (4B), Sophie Hughes (4B), James McBurney (4D), William Wakeman (4R) and Apollo Wilkins (4D) all created the word OPENING from the 7 letters N,P,O,G,N,E,I. Brain Challenge 20 This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing is wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching. Please show all your workings and hand in your solution to Mr Shah in the Prep School Science Lab. New Hall Preparatory School, The Avenue, Chelmsford, CM3 3HS Tel: 01245 236 192 Fax: 01245 451 671 Email: Headteacher: Mrs S H Conrad BA(Hons) PGCE NPQH

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