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Friday 22 March 2013 IS S U E 23 6

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

In this issue, House News P.2 Golf Success P.3 Netball Triumphs P.3

Forthcoming Events

Key Stage 2 Easter Concert

MON 25 MAR Year 5 ESB Examinations

‘A Musical History of Chelmsford’

TUE 26 MAR 9.00—9.30am Foundation Stage Easter Treat 11.00am—2.00pm U9—U11 Partnership Cross Country Final 2.15—3.15pm Key Stage 1 Easter Treat THU 28 MAR 9.00am Final Assembly Term Ends MON 22 APR Trinity Term Begins TUE 23 APR 4.15—6.00pm Years 5 & 6 Swimming Gala v St Cedd’s School THU 25 APR 3.45—5.00pm U9A/B Boys Cricket v Elm Green Preparatory School 3.45—5.00pm U9A/B Girls Rounders v Elm Green Preparatory School

On Wednesday evening, Years 3, 4 & 5 performed in their annual Easter concert. The evening was a wonderful showcase of music, drama and dance across the year groups. The first half of the concert included delightful performances by the School Orchestra, string ensembles and the Junior Choir. The quality of the children’s playing and singing was truly outstanding and very few preparatory schools would be able to boast having ensembles of such a high calibre. The second half of the concert took the audience on a musical journey entitled “A Musical History of Chelmsford”. This journey featured songs telling the story of how Chelmsford has grown and developed through the ages and one could not help but feel quite patriotic! The children shared with us the skills they have learned in their music lessons which have had cross curricular links with their topics: Romans, Tudors, & Victorians. The evening culminated in a finale, ‘Many Minds, One Heart’. We were thrilled to have the composer of 3 of the songs from the cantata Caesaromagus in the audience, Mr Eric Witham.

Many thanks to all the children and staff who worked so hard towards the production, particularly, Mrs Roe who created the concept. SWIMMING SUCCESSES NATIONAL SELECTION Congratulations to William Banks (6M) and John Barber (6M) who have been selected to attend the National IAPS final in May. They are part of a group of only 16 swimmers selected from the county to attend this stage of the competition. Olivia Buckland (5T) narrowly missed out on getting through as well. All of the New Hall swimmers were ranked in the top 50. HOLMWOOD HOUSE GALA On Tuesday 19 March, Years 3 and 4 took part in an exciting swimming gala against Holmwood House. The atmosphere was electric, with lots of parents coming to support the swimmers and cheer them on. The New Hall swimmers all did brilliantly and won the gala with 139 points to Holmwood House’s 89. The Year 3 and 4 boys each scored a total of 34 points, the Year 3 girls scored 25 points and the Year 4 girls scored 36 points—beating Holmwood House in every group. Well done to everyone that took part.

HOUSE NEWS ST MARK By William Banks & Darcy Courtney-Cook This term has been very successful, with many awards in St Mark’s House. Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 entered the Melbourne Gymnastics Competition and St Mark’s pupils Lara Clark (6M), Darcy Courtney-Cook (6S), Sarah Coxon and Coco Wilkins (2E) took part. There was recently a swimming gala where New Hall came 1st against St Cedd’s School, with many St Mark’s members contributing. Darcy Courtney-Cook came 1st in a horse riding competition, doing dressage. Alex Gibbon (3R) had a netball tournament in which she came 3 rd. Marie Hui Nok (6S) passed her Stage 2 swimming certificate. All in all we have had a very successful term and look forward to more exciting events to come! ST JOHN By James Holt & Samantha Whetstone This term, there have been some fantastic achievements. Ralph Carroll (6M) received a trophy from a golf competition; John Barber (6M) broke seven club records at Chelmsford Swimming Club; Samantha Whetstone (6M) received a merit in her Grade 5 cello examination; Daniel Holt (4B) made it into Chelmsford Golf Club and James Holt (6S) made it into Essex golf. Other House news to share - Euan Wilson’s (3R) auntie is pregnant and Eden Waite’s (6M) auntie got married. Congratulations to all! ST LUKE By Luke Harding & Eloise Winsor This term St Luke’s House has been very successful. Isabella Warren (5T) was awarded a Distinction in her Grade 2 tap examination; Elizabeth Murphy (6S) came 1 st in the inter-house cross country competition; 1G, pupils have enjoyed using the new iPads in the school library; Ella Phelps (6M) came 1st in the Deanery cross country race; Lily Raindle (3R) has been playing tennis for Essex and won a number of awards. The Year 5 and 6 girls came 1st overall in the inter-house cross country race and the boys from Years 5 and 6 came 2nd! Overall, St Luke’s House has done very well in the past term, so keep it up! ST MATTHEW By Matthew Cook & Emma Shannon Charlie Murray (6S) came 1st in a cross country race; Matthew Cook (6M) got into the Essex U11 district squad for cricket; Emma Shannon (6S) came 2nd in a handy craft exhibition out of 64 competitors; Aaron Stone (6M) came 1 st in the inter-house cross country race; Sascha Oxlade Creswell (3R) is going to have some fun in the sun at the end of March.

Notices FINAL ASSEMBLY All are welcome to join us this Thursday for the last assembly of the term. CLUBS Fun swim is cancelled on Thursday 28 March due to swimming galas. Gymnastics club is now finished for the Lent Term.

SAINSBURY’S VOUCHERS We are collecting Sainsbury’s Sport Vouchers again this year. Please leave any vouchers in Reception, thank you. LOST PROPERTY  Darcy Courtney-Cook—tracksuit trousers lost at the Gymnastic Competition ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY Residents of the Springfield Parish are invited to attend the Springfield Parish Council’s annual Parish Assembly on Wednesday 8 May at 7.30pm in Chelmer Village Hall, CM2 6RF. TAKE BACK THE REINS Runningwell Equestrian Centre are running a 7-week course for those who have had a break from riding and wish to rekindle their hobby. The course starts on 17 April, 11.30am—1.00pm and will run for 7 weeks. For more information, contact Runningwell Equestrian Centre on or 01268 711 221.


Holly Haslam (Year 7), Max Owen (Year 8) and James Holt (Year 6) played in a friendly fixture against The Perse School this week at Little Channels Golf Club, in the first fixture for the New Hall Golf Academy. Holly played very well and won her game convincingly. James Holt, who has been awarded a Special Talent Scholarship for Golf at the Senior School, played very well against a Year 10 student from The Perse School. Max played a great game, in his first competitive fixture for New Hall. GYMNASTICS CHELMSFORD SCHOOL SPORT PARTNERSHIP COMPETITION On Tuesday 12 March, New Hall gymnasts took part in the Chelmsford School Sport Partnership Gymnastic Competition. Competition is tough at this event, with lots of competitors in attendance. The squad faced 16 other teams and thoroughly enjoyed competing in front of the large number of spectators. Everyone performed their very best routines, including all the necessary components with control, discipline and excellent synchronisation. The Year 2 squad was particularly successful this year and the

A team brought home silver medals. A fantastic achievement! Congratulations to the squad: Katie Bateman (2E), Rebecca Bentinck (2E), Amelie Collins (2K), Anna Dunk (2K) Jasmine Grimes (2K), Madeleine Jeffrey (2E), Zoe Neal (2E), Oluwademilade Olawoyin (2K), Isabella Sidwell (2K), Ina Vaeremans (2K), Niamh Westwood (2E) and Coco Wilkins (2E). NETBALL U10 NEW HALL RALLY On Friday 8 March, New Hall's annual U10 netball rally took place, with 12 teams entering this year. In the group stages, the New Hall girls had five matches. They started the tournament with a great 4-2 win against Howe Green House School. The team then took this confidence into their next match against Chigwell School and won 3-0. The next match proved to be more challenging, against St Cedd’s School, and the girls lost 5-8. New Hall then won their match against Elm Green School, 3-2, a pivotal moment in the group stage. In the final match of the group, New Hall beat Alleyn Court 5-1. With such success in the group stages, this meant that New Hall were positioned second in their group behind St Cedd’s, taking the New Hall team into the semi finals. Unfortunately, New Hall faced the eventual shield winners, Littlegarth School, and they lost 0-2. However, this still left New Hall to play in the third place play off match against St Cedd’s. After the first five minutes, St Cedd’s had a 2-0 lead. However, New Hall recovered and on the final whistle the score was a 3-3 draw. This then meant the girls had to continue to play until the next goal was scored and unfortunately that goal was scored by St Cedd’s.

draw. Then New Hall faced St Margaret's Preparatory School and won the match 3-0. This meant that in the group stage, New Hall were at the top of the table and went into the play offs against Holmwood House A and Barnardiston Hall. Although the girls lost both of these matches, 0-3 and 0-2 respectively, this was when they played some of their best netball. The girls finished in third place overall but more importantly gained valuable match practice in preparation for next year. Well done to Rosie Clements (3RE), Ruby-Mae Coyne (3RE), Evie Fisher -Cook (3RE), Alexandra Gibbon (3R), Felicity Jeffrey (3R), Lily Raindle (3R) and Tianna Yagnik (3RE). TENNIS ESSEX SELECTION Congratulations to Lily Raindle (3R) who has been selected for the Essex under 8 girls team. She recently played with the Essex Eagles, in an inter-county event, where they finished 4th over all.

The New Hall girls played consistently well throughout the whole tournament and came a very respectable fourth. Their matches were an absolute pleasure to watch and the staff and parents alike were very proud of the players. Congratulations girls, you were fantastic. U9 V GOSFIELD SCHOOL The U9's last match of the season was against a mixed age team from Gosfield School. The girls got off to a great start and by the end of the first quarter were 2-0 up. The team continued to play mature netball and showed how well they can work as a team. Goals were scored regularly, especially by Francesca Tomlinson (4R), who had a great match. The final score was a 6-1 win to New Hall. The following girls won Player of the Match for showing themselves to be the most improved players over the course of the netball season: Renée Horwitz (4B), Sophie Hughes (4B) and Ellen Thompson (4D). Congratulations to all of the team; you are looking very promising for the year ahead! U8 TOURNAMENT On Saturday 16 March, the Year 3 netball team went to the Holmwood House netball tournament, along, with eight other teams. Despite the miserable and cold day, the New Hall girls enjoyed the morning. The first game against Ipswich Preparatory School resulted in a 2-2

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Prayer Corner

Golden Book Awards

Last Sunday was St Patrick’s Day and we pray for all the Irish members of our school community. 6M

May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Salvation, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and evermore.







This Sunday is Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, and it marks the beginning of Holy Week. Lord Jesus, As you approached Jerusalem The crowds welcomed you with loud ‘Hosannas’; May we welcome you into our homes and our hearts As our Saviour. Amen


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Brain Challenge Brain Challenge 20—Another Try As it has been such a busy week, there were no solutions this week. I would like everyone to make use of their Learning Habits to try it once more and think laterally. Clue: Think about the use of letters in the alphabet! 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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Preparatory School Newsletter Issued 22 March 2013