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Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a rather wet start to the Summer Term 2012! I do trust that you all had a good break, whether abroad in the sunshine (Rome was even wetter than London€¦) or in the U.K. Despite the weather, sunhats are now available to order from our uniform suppliers,

Just a few dates to put in the diary:

Bank Holiday Monday: 7th May
Parents’ Charity Cocktail Evening: 18th May
Sports Day: the morning of Monday 18th June
Parents’ Evening: 26th June (and possibly 28th June for some)
End of term: 12 noon Thursday 12th July

Clubs will begin next week, 30th April and will end in the week of 2nd July unless you are notified otherwise by the staff running the clubs.

Please note the term dates: 26th April to 12th July (Half term is the week of 4th June). I would urge you very strongly to book holiday dates around these times. If trips with your children are absolutely unavoidable, please let me know in writing. I must also urge you to ensure your children are at school no later than 8.45 am, and that you collect them promptly at the end of the day, either at 3.30 or after clubs.

As ever we look forward to a hard-working, positive term, with plenty to do both academically and socially. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

With best wishes

Mr R. Greenwood

Eaton House The Manor Pre-Preparatory Welcome Letter

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Dear Parents,

I do hope that everyone had a most enjoyable and relaxing break. It has been lovely welcoming the boys back to school so full of energy and enthusiasm for the term ahead.

Staff News
We warmly welcome Jo Darley who is the new Form Teacher for 1A.

Diary Dates
You will see from the Summer Term Calendar that we have a stimulating and busy few weeks ahead of us.  Please do check the dates carefully – particularly important ones to note are:

14th – 16th May    Form Three Residential Activity Trip to Hilltop, Norfolk
1st June    Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
4th – 8th June    Half-term
19th & 20th June    Parents’ Evenings
21st June    Summer Team and Class Photographs
4th July    Sports Day (Battersea Millenium Stadium at 10.00 am, no afternoon school – more details to follow)
6th July    Form Three Play

You will also find a copy of the calendar and other useful information, such as this term’s lunch menus, on the school website.

Parents’ Evenings
We are going to trial holding our Parents’ Evening on two consecutive evenings, this term.  Appointments will start at 4.00 pm for all form teachers, apart from those running clubs, as they will be running as normal for both afternoons.  Appointment slots will be increased from ten to fifteen minutes, so that there will be more time to discuss your son’s progress and welfare with the last appointment at 6.45 pm.  There will be a crèche facility for boys and siblings from 4.00 – 6.00 pm in the Creative Playroom.  Miss Rebecca will be available to talk to parents until 6.00 pm, on both evenings. 

Summer Uniform
Boys may wear white, short sleeved shirts and green ankle socks, to school this term (except on 21st June when we have class photos).  They should also have their sun caps at school to wear for Games and for play on hot days, so please make sure that it is clearly named.

Sun Screen
Please would you apply sun screen to your son, on very sunny days, before he comes to school.  We will apply a top up on Games afternoons.  Please inform your son’s form teacher if your son is allergic to sun screen or you wish to provide your own.

Should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,

Mrs P T M Cawthorne
The Headmistress

Eaton House The Manor Girls' Welcome Letter

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Dear Parents,

I do hope you all had a most enjoyable Easter break and that the girls have recharged their batteries ready for another very busy term.

News from the Spring Term
The last few days of the Spring Term saw a hive of activity in the Girls’ School. Our Spring Music Concert saw many of the girls performing solos and the Choir sang beautifully. The F1 girls walked around Clapham Common in aid of Walk for Water, raising an impressive £1340 in the process – well done to everyone involved!

Unlike the recent rainy weather, the last Wednesday of term dawned bright and clear and the sun shone down on the girls during the Easter bonnet parade. I was amazed by the fabulous creations and by the work done in the four houses to produce banners and props for the parade – well done to Arundel girls for winning the overall prize.
That afternoon we held our Cross Country Competition. The girls made short work of the route and the first girls over the line recorded some excellent times. Miss Charlotte has totted up the scores and I am pleased to announce that Balmoral was the winning house for both the Junior and Senior races!

Our Prize Giving at the end of term is always a special event for the girls. Arundel proved to have won the most house points over the term, and this was greeted by a deafening round of applause. We are fortunate to have a number of silver cups and trophies presented to the school by current and past parents which we award, together with books and certificates.
We would love to be able to award more cups and if you are interested in presenting one please do get in touch. In particular we would really appreciate cups for History, Geography, Junior and Senior Drama and many of the House events. Well done to everyone who was awarded the Form, Subject and Effort prizes last term and particular congratulations to the following girls who were awarded external prizes:

Rose Halstead    Grade 2 Singing
Victoria Gordon-Brown    Selected piece for Royal College of Art Exhibition
Ella Barker    Commended piece for Royal College of Art Exhibition

Summer Term News
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Louise Nickalls to the staff this term. Miss Louise has previously taught at Burntwood School for Girls and Prospect House and she takes on the role of Head of Science. I am sure the girls will benefit greatly from her experience and enthusiasm for her subject.

We are also pleased to welcome one new girl into the school this term. Miranda Holroyd joins us from The Family School and will be in 1B.

I hope the girls have enjoyed taking part in the Readathon for Harrison’s Fund over the holidays. Please may I ask that all sponsorship money is in by Monday 30th April. We are hoping that Harrison’s father, Alex, will be able to join us for an assembly later this term to award t-shirts and certificates to classes who have reached their target.

Please do peruse the term dates which accompany this letter carefully – we have a lot of exciting events planned for this term. Particular dates for your diary are:

2-4th May    F4 and F5 residential trip to Juniper Hall
14-16th May    F3 residential trip to Hilltop
23rs May    Olympics Day
1st June    Jubilee Celebrations (school ends at 3.00pm)
22nd June    Junior School Play 2.00pm
28th June    Parents’ Evening
3rd July    Sports Day 10.00am (no afternoon school)
9th July    Summer Drinks Party

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any queries or concerns.

With very best wishes

Mrs Sarah Segrave

Eaton House The Manor Preparatory Welcome Letter

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a restful break and that the boys are looking forward to the new term. Much went on at school in the second half of the Spring Term and I share with you some of the boys’ splendid achievements from February and March.

13+ London Day School Entrance Examinations
Two Year 8 boys sat entrance examinations to a number of London day schools last term and I am delighted to report that they both performed superbly in the examinations and were in the happy position of having a choice of senior schools. Many congratulations to the following boys:
Toby Morrison :  Whitgift
Oles Morris :  Emanuel (also awarded a music scholarship by Royal Russell School)

Senior Play: “Macbeth”
An abridged version of “Macbeth” was performed by boys from Years 7 and 8 at the end of March. It was a brave choice of play and the boys rose to the challenge manfully. There were some excellent performances and, in particular, we congratulate Milo Osborne-Young (Banquo) and Charlie Broad (Lady Macbeth) who were awarded Drama Prizes in Final Assembly. Many thanks to the boys who made up a highly efficient technical team and Miss Allen who offered invaluable help with the props and backdrop. To Mr Rixham we say “Bravo!” for having the courage to offer the boys the chance to tackle serious drama in their Prep School years.

Young Art Competition
Once again the boys have worked hard on their entries for the annual Young Art competition organised by the Royal College of Art. Young Art is now the largest annual exhibition of its kind in London where young artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues. The following eight boys are to be congratulated on having their work selected to be exhibited at the Royal College in May:
Peter Gilbey (4AW), Ben Walsh (4KF), Aman Shirgaokar (4KF), Pedro Azagra (5JL), Henry Darell-Brown (5JL), Mikhail Fedotov (7KJ), Philip Kaddaj (7KJ) and Max Lieberman (7KJ).

Final Assembly
At Final Assembly prizes were awarded to the following boys:

Form Prize    Form    Effort Prize
Jonathan Moeller-Schwartz    4KF    George Wrather
Ron Hentze    4AW    Jude Burton
Victor Wong    5NM    Edward Richards
Henri Dubois    5JL    Charlie Allison
Rory Muirhead    6CL    William Richards
Joe Morrison    6FN    Julian Hoyle
Nicolas Gardner    7SA    Tom Stewart-Smith
Zed Wakefield    7KJ    Guy German
David Heriot    8FL    Charlie Davies
Milo Osborne-Young    8AW    Thomas Westlake

The following cups were awarded to pupils who made a positive contribution in all areas of school life last term:

Year 4 Industry Cup  :  Barend Donkersloot
Year 5 Quaich  :  Gulliver Woods
Year 6 Discipilo Egregio  :  Benedict Griffin
Year 7 Greenwood Cup  :  Nikita Gurbatov
Year 8 Headmaster’s Cup  :  Casper Woods
Good Show Cup  :  Kulraj Soor

Many congratulations to all those listed above.

House Music Competition
After the House Singing competition in February, we enjoyed the second part of the House Music Competition in March – for House Ensembles as well as individual performers – which provided a fantastically varied repertoire for an appreciative audience of parents and family members. The individual winners of the different sections were Hugh Spaughton (piano), Tom Klafkowski (singing) and James Tamlyn (cello). The winning House Choir was Balmoral and Windsor’s Ensemble was victorious, with the overall prize going to Arundel.

Many congratulations to Arundel and well done to all who took part from all four Houses. Particular thanks must go to Mrs Newbery and Mr Freer who masterminded everything so efficiently.

General Knowledge Challenge
Our junior and senior teams acquitted themselves very well in the national Satips General Knowledge Challenge last term. Nicholas Hamber was awarded the General Knowledge Cup in Final Assembly and we offer congratulations to the five scoring members of both teams:

Senior Team
Nicholas Hamber (top scorer), Charlie Broad, Oliver Vincent, James Tamlyn and James Maidment.

Junior Team
Rory Muirhead (top scorer), William Richards, Gaspard Baroudel, Luke Player and Oliver Gordon-Brown.

Sports Round-Up
The cross-country races in March brought bright sunshine and excellent support from parents as the boys raced around Clapham Common. Oliver Fox won the senior event in a new school record, with Gaspard Baroudel in 2nd place and James Sloan 3rd. Sam Smith won the junior event, with Kit Bellman in 2nd and Christopher Sloan 3rd. The rugby and hockey matches were keenly contested throughout the term, with victories hard to come by for some of the teams, but notable rugby successes were chalked up by the 1st XV against St Philip’s (31-5) and the under-9s against Ibstock Place (10-0) and James Tamlyn was awarded the Rugby Excellence Cup.

House Chess Competition
The House Chess competition came to an end in March and we congratulate our overall winner, Nikita Gurbatov (7SA), who retained his title for the fourth time, and the year group winners – Jasper Sodha (Year 4), Oliver Gordon-Brown (Year 5), Max de la Guerra (Year 6) and Alexander Spencer (Year 8).

Staff News
We welcome Mrs Louise Nickalls to the staff this term. She has joined us from Prospect House School and will be teaching maths within the Learning Enrichment department and will also teach science in the Prep School from September.

I am sure parents and boys will be keen to congratulate Miss Worthington who got married on 31st March and will now be known as Mrs Hardwick.

Summer Term Events
I trust your son has brought home the new Summer Term calendar for you. I expect you will be highlighting a number of key dates, but I would like to draw your attention to a few events:

I wish the best of luck to the Year 8 boys doing their Common Entrance “mock” examinations next week.

I say “Bon Voyage” to the boys heading off on residential trips next week (Year 6 to France and Year 5 to Osmington Bay in Dorset). As well as being great fun, these trips are so important in developing the boys’ collaborative skills and teaching them how to work and live together harmoniously. My thanks, as ever, go out to the organising members of staff.

The Year 4 boys will be performing “Wind in the Willows” in the Theatre on Thursday 10th May at 6.00 pm. I hope you can be there to support them and I look forward to seeing you all then.

Please note that the Charity Quiz Night takes place on Friday 25th May at 7.00 pm in the Theatre – an occasion when parents and staff can get together and have a bit of fun, whilst raising money for Trinity Hospice. Tickets can be reserved through Jane Doxford and I do hope you will be able to come along.

I hope that the boys have a happy, successful term and that the weather improves very soon!

Best wishes,
Jeremy Edwards

Eaton House The Manor Nursery Welcome Letter

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Dear Parents

I hope you had a wonderful Easter and a lovely break.

Miss Victoria’s baby boy arrived on April 21st, he is called Ray. Miss Gabi has returned from her maternity leave and is looking forward to meeting her new class in the Yellow Room.

We really appreciate and encourage parents to help out with reading stories, cooking mornings and coming on outings and hope you continue to do so throughout the term. Please see your class teacher if you would like to volunteer.

We have a new white board before you enter the nursery under the lean to. Please check it daily for information. We have an open door policy and encourage constant communication between you and ourselves. I will continue to send letters via email and home with the children. Please let me know if you are not receiving emails.

We have a busy term ahead. Please see your nursery calendar for the full terms events. Parents evening will be held on Thursday 21st June, our nursery fundraiser will be Wednesday 4th July, details to follow.

May I remind all parents to sign the daily sign in sheets at the door of each classroom, we need these to show the exact hours of attendance in accordance to our previous inspection.

Myself and all the nursery staff are looking forward to a busy, fun and hopefully sunny term!

Kind regards
Miss Roosha

Eaton House Belgravia Welcome Letter

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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