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Autumn Half Term 2016 newsletter

8th September 2016

Dear Parents

A very warm welcome back to Eaton House after the summer holidays, I do hope the boys have enjoyed themselves and are refreshed and ready for the term ahead! We welcome 50 new boys into Year 4 this term, many from our Pre-Prep, and I look forward to getting to know them all in due course. I will be teaching Reasoning to all boys in Year 5 and Year 6 and hosting breakfasts for boys in Years 7 and 8 on Friday mornings and will endeavour to get to know your sons as soon as possible.

Staff News

We welcome Mary Christie onto the staff team this term. Mary is our form teacher in 4MC and joins us from Mayfield Primary School in Cambridge where she was teaching Year 5. We also welcome Guy Tillson as our Gap Assistant for the term, fresh from Dulwich College, and one of our distinguished old boys.
Ms Mary Pedder (Year 6 English) is expecting her second baby later this Autumn and will be heading off on maternity leave in October. Recruitment for this position is currently underway and I shall let you know once we have appointed her replacement.

Parents’ Information Evening

There will be a Parents’ Information Evenings for all forms next week which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your son’s new form teacher and to get an overview of the year. The evenings will be split between the Theatre (where I will give a short talk to the year group) and the Form Rooms (where the form teachers will talk in more detail about the routines and expectations within that class). If you have sons in more than one year group I suggest you attend the higher year group session, as hopefully you will be familiar with the younger years. Please see the arrangements below:

Day: Year: Start Time: Location:
Tuesday 13th September Year 4 6.00pm Classrooms, then move to Theatre at 6.45pm. After my talk there will be an informal drinks party for all Year 4 parents and staff.
Tuesday 13th September Year 5 6.00pm Theatre, then to classrooms at approximately 6.30pm
Tuesday 14th September Year 6 6.00pm Theatre, then to classrooms at approximately 6.30pm
Tuesday 14th September Year 7 7.00pm Theatre, then to classrooms at approximately 7.30pm
Tuesday 14th September Year 8 7.00pm Theatre, then to classrooms at approximately 7.30pm

Additional Clubs

I am pleased to announce that there are three new clubs running this term. Please email the relevant teacher to secure a place for your son.

Early Morning Room and Homework Class

I would like to tighten up the arrangements for both these sessions to ensure we have the correct supervision in place. If you would like your son to attend either of these sessions please email Miss Kate Bullock prep.pa@eatonhouseschools.com and she will add your son’s name to the register. Early Morning Room will now take place in the Library with Mr Tillson and boys should make their way directly there at 8.00am.

Building Works

I am delighted to report that the final phase of our development work is on track and due to be finished in April. We are looking forward to our new science lab, DT lab, dining rooms and playground with great excitement. Do keep checking in on the Twitter feed to see photos and updates @BaxallEHS

Presentation

I am keen to ensure the boys present their work neatly. Please may I ask that from Year 5 boys use fountain pens (e.g. Lamy) with blue washable ink for their written work. I understand that some boys in Years 6, 7 and 8 may have used a friction pen last year but I hope that they will not find the transition to fountain pen too onerous. If you think your son may have a particular difficulty with this then please discuss it with your son’s form tutor.

Calendar

An electronic version of the calendar will be sent out today, and the card copies will follow in due course – apologies for the delay with this.

I am very much looking forward to meeting you all at the Information Evenings next week, but in the meantime if you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. My email address is ssegrave@eatonhouseschools.com and I can be reached on the main school telephone number. Appointments may be made through Kate Bullock prep.pa@eatonhouseschools.com

With very best wishes

Mrs Sarah Segrave
Headmistress

 

Summer Half Term 2016 newsletter

22nd July 2016

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Summer Term 2016 Welcome letter

21st April 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a restful break and that the boys are looking forward to the summer term. Although the building works continue at the back of the school (where real progress has been made over the Easter holidays), it is wonderful to see the front walls of the school building beautifully restored and newly painted.

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.

Year 4 Play: “The Pirates of the Curry Bean”
The Year 4 boys staged a glorious production of “The Pirates of the Curry Bean” in March. It was a pun-filled, action-packed drama and the boys all worked extremely hard at rehearsals during the term. There were exceptional performances from the leading actors and the whole cast performed brilliantly. Many congratulations to all the boys and to the talented directorial team of Miss Mackie, Mr Jackson and Miss Howitt, with tremendous support from Mrs Freer, Mrs Dexter, Miss Allen and Miss Freer. To get all 51 boys on stage was a logistical challenge in itself, but it was a real treat! Bravo!

House Music Competition
After the House Singing competition in February, I thoroughly enjoyed the second part of the House Music Competition in March – for House Bands 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 Charlie Hill (piano), Jack Middleton (singing) and Nico Dykes (drums). The winning House Band was Windsor, with the overall prize also going to Windsor. Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to our judging panel (Mr Greenwood, Mr Freer and Mr May) and, in particular, to Mrs Freer who masterminded everything so efficiently.

Young Art Competition
Once again Miss Allen and the boys have worked very hard on their entries for the annual Young Art competition organised by the Royal College of Art. Ten boys (a record number) are to be congratulated on having their work selected to be exhibited at the Royal College:
James Lock (commended) Finn Kennedy, Sebastian Khoo, Thomas Catterall, Louis Clarke, Nico Dykes, Paddy Smith, Jamie Grimstone, Archie Nickerson and Jasper Sodha (commended).

Public Speaking Competition
The finals of the Public Speaking Competition took place last term and the boys performed with extraordinary maturity and poise. In the year of Tim Peake and amazing space exploration, there was a tremendous mix of speeches and reflections from the boys, many of them written by themselves. The following were selected as winners of their respective year groups: Kiran Patel (Year 4), Milo Darley (Year 5), Caspar Fraser (Year 6), Leo Sinclair (Year 7) and Ryan Kara (Year 8).

My thanks, as ever, go to Ms Lively for organising the competition and coming up with inspirational themes each year and to Mrs Segrave for her help with the judging.

Visiting Author: S.F.Said
As part of our World Book Day celebrations we were delighted to welcome to school award-winning author, S.F.Said. He has written three highly-acclaimed novels, “Varjak Paw”, “The Outlaw Varjak Paw” and “Phoenix” and the boys were enthralled by his insights into novel-writing. We could not have chosen a better person to help us celebrate the pleasures of reading books and I thank Ms Lively for organising the event. I must also praise the boys for their splendid literary costumes worn on World Book Day!

Satips General Knowledge Challenge
Our junior and senior teams acquitted themselves extremely well in the national Satips General Knowledge Challenge last term. Tom Klafkowski (21st) and Oliver Lewey (33rd) were awarded individual prizes for finishing in the top 40 in the UK – the first time we have had EHTM boys reaching these heights – and we offer congratulations to all the scoring members of the teams:

Senior Team (14th out of 44 schools):
Tom Klafkowski, Oliver Lewey, Oscar Muirhead, Jasper Sodha and Ollie Trill.

Junior Team (18th out of 68 schools):
Rory More O’Ferrall, Sam Kenny, Alex Tonkin, Nico Dykes and Vincent Muirhead.

House Chess Competition
The House Chess competition came to an end in March and we congratulate our overall winner, Charles Calzia (6JW), on retaining the House Chess trophy, defeating older boys as he progressed through the competition. Magnus Ellingsen (8FL) put up a great fight in the final game.

Westminster School Geography Quiz
A team of Year 8 boys travelled to Westminster School for the annual Prep Schools Geography Quiz and I am proud to report that we were runners-up in a high-powered competition, with all of London’s top Prep Schools involved. Westminster Under School finished just ahead of us, with Colet Court finishing in 3rd place. Many congratulations to our team (Jasper Sodha, Oscar Muirhead, Ron Hentze and Jonathan Moeller-Schwartz) and Miss Emberey.

Sports Round-Up
The EHTM cross-country races in March brought bright sunshine and excellent support from parents as the boys raced around Clapham Common. Oliver Hogbin (6JW) won the senior event in real style, with Ben Walsh (8FL) in 2nd place and Toby Makin (6CS) in 3rd. In the junior event Max Williamson (5AJ) was the overall winner, breaking the course record by one second, with Adam Poliakov (4LM) in 2nd place and Luke Rosati (5KF) in 3rd . The excellence of our runners was emphasised when our U.11 team of Oliver Hogbin, Toby Makin, Bear Cooke and Henry Shippey won the Epsom College cross-country competition.

Rugby matches took place throughout the Spring Term and highlights from the second half include a victory in the Plate Final of the Thomas’s Sevens Tournament for our Year 5 rugby players, runners-up medals for our Year 6 boys from the Plate Final of the Thomas’s Sevens and hard-fought victories for our 1st and 2nd XVs over Arnold House and Harrodian.

Our hockey players enjoyed much success at all age levels during the Spring Term with our Year 4 teams winning many times and suffering just one defeat. There was also a clean sweep of victories for the senior teams against Arnold House and a handsome 6-2 victory for the 1st XI over Tower House.

Staff News
We welcome our new Gap student for the term, Mr Alex Combe, who left Marlborough College last summer, with first-rate A level results. He was also captain of cricket at Marlborough and will be helping our cricket teams this term.

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

Form Prize Effort Prize
4RH: Milon Kalia Bryn Bond
4LJ: Luke Keppel Louis Peck
4LM: Boris Shippey Nikhil Shirgaokar
5TD: Rohan Kapisthalam Alex Levitt
5KF: Ollie Catt Luke Fox
5AJ: Archie Young Ned Samuel
6CS: Toby Makin Treve Ninnes
6FF: Oscar Turpin Henry Shippey
6JW: Rameen Power Robert Sloan
7AGS: George Potter Albert Gosling
7EE: Doriann Landry Patrick McCourt
7RE: Charlie Grimstone Rohan Nightingale
8FL: Oscar Muirhead George Balmer
8AW: Geoffrey Zimmerman Ben Hopley

Trophy Winners

Rugby Excellence Cup: Finlay Koessler
Public Speaking Cup : Ryan Kara
General Knowledge Cup : Tom Klafkowski
Chess Cup : Charles Calzia
Year 4 Drama Cup : Dante Stacpoole
Individual House Points Cup : Thomas Catterall
Good Show Cup : Alexander Snook
Industry (Yr 4) : Ludo Clark
Quaich (Yr 5) : Max Williamson
Discipulo Egrecio (Yr 6) : Alexander Squire
Deputy Head Cup (Yr 7) : Louis Badoy
Headmaster’s Cup (Yr 8) : Oliver Lewey
House Points Cup (Spring Term) : Arundel

Many congratulations to all those listed above.

Summer Term Calendar
I trust your son has brought home the new Summer Term calendar for you; please highlight the key dates that affect you and your son.

Common Entrance “Mocks”
I wish the best of luck to the Year 8 boys doing their Common Entrance “mock” exams next week and to other boys sitting their Eton Scholarship examinations.

Residential Trips
I say “Bon Voyage” to the boys heading off on residential trips next week (Year 6 to France, Year 7 to South Wales and Year 5 to Osmington Bay). 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.

I hope that the boys have a happy, successful term and that the sun shines throughout my final term at Eaton House the Manor!

Best wishes,

Jeremy Edwards
Headmaster

 

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Spring Term 2016 Welcome letter

11th January 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas and New Year celebrations and feel refreshed and rested. Before looking ahead to the Spring Term, I will reflect for a moment on some of the school events that took place in the last four weeks of the Autumn Term.

Mind Over Manor Quiz
A splendid Mind Over Manor Quiz Competition ended in November, with Windsor defeating Balmoral by a convincing margin in the final. Congratulations to the victorious Windsor team – James Wingfield, Ollie Catt, Edward Middleton, Charlie Grimstone and Oscar Muirhead (captain).

Primary Maths Challenge
All the boys in Years 5 and 6 sat the Primary Maths Challenge last term and we were delighted to learn that 35 boys (a record number) qualified for a gold, silver or bronze certificate. We offer particular congratulations to Charles Calzia who has been invited to sit the Primary Maths Olympiad and the other gold certificate winners: Ethan Ford and Rameen Power (Year 6) and Sam Burnett, Charlie Hill and George Krinks (Year 5).

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” : Senior Play
Once again the senior boys involved in the Shakespeare Project joined forces with hundreds of schools from all over the UK to celebrate Shakespeare’s extraordinary talent. The boys had the opportunity to perform an abridged version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on 17th November. There were some terrific performances from the cast who showed great commitment throughout the term. The Drama Cup was awarded to William Hunt (7RE) who played Bottom with gusto and great comic timing, but the success of the production was down to the wonderful team effort. Many congratulations to the boys and to the directors, Miss Jacklin and Mr Rixham, for all their hard work. Bravo to all involved – it was a huge success.

Music Concert
Our Christmas music concert took place on 30th November in the theatre. There was a splendidly diverse selection of pieces from the boys, with all age groups represented, and there were some extraordinary individual performances, notably from Tom Klafkowski (8AW) and Milon Kalia (4RH). However, I congratulate all who took part for rising to the occasion and providing us with such high-quality entertainment. There was a suitably festive atmosphere at the end when our band performed “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” and every boy got up on stage to give a stirring rendition of our new school carol, “Christmas Carol”, with the music composed by Mrs Freer. I know the boys loved singing and playing to a full house, so thank you for your support and excellent participation. Many congratulations to all the performers and Mr and Mrs Freer.

“Mr Scrooge” : Year 6 Play
The Year 6 Drama Group performed “Mr Scrooge” on 7th December, a short play based on Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”. It was performed in the round and this gave a charming intimacy to the production. The boys performed with real style and clearly had great fun throughout. There were strong performances from the uniformly excellent cast and the Middle School Drama Cup was awarded to Nico Dykes who played Scrooge with energy and subtlety. Many congratulations to all the boys and to Mr Rixham, the director.

Carol Service
The whole school attended our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church on 9th December and it was a delightful occasion, with the Year Group choirs, Junior Vocal Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble and all the readers performing brilliantly. Jack Middleton set the tone for the service by delivering the opening verse of “Once in Royal David’s City” quite beautifully and Tom Klafkowski gave an equally impressive lead to Vocal Ensemble’s performance of John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol”. I was particularly struck this year by the fact that every boy in the school was so engaged throughout the service. Lines were word-perfect; every pupil sang his heart out. It was a very special occasion and I warmly thank Mrs Freer, ably assisted by Mr Freer, for her tremendous work in masterminding proceedings so wonderfully.

Football News
The 1st XI chalked up many famous victories during a hugely successful term – against Rokeby, Harrodian, Ibstock Place, Northcote Lodge, Thomas’s Battersea and Whitgift. The team has also progressed impressively through to the 4th round of the ESFA Cup competition and gave the staff team a run for their money in the traditional end-of-term match!

There were great performances from all age groups during the season and I offer my congratulations to all boys who represented the school over the last term. I also thank Mr Russell and all the coaches who give so much to school sport.

The following boys were awarded cups in Final Assembly:

Junior Footballer of the Year : Thomas Catterall
Golden Boot (top goal-scorer) : Max Eastwood (runner-up: Oscar Quinton)
Footballing Excellence Cup : Magnus Ellingsen
Senior Footballer of the Year : Max Eastwood

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

4RH: Form Prize Effort Prize
4RH: Daniel Hunt William Bradley
4LJ: Oscar McDonald Conor Lang
4LM: Hugo Turpin Friedrich Pleschiutschnig
5TD: Vincent Muirhead Sebastian Khoo
5KF: Sam Burnett Thomas Catterall
5AJ: Alexander Tonkin Oscar Quinton
6CS: Alvaro de Calonje Robbie Foster
6FF Moritz Pleschiutschnig Addison King
6JW: Charles Calzia Edward Middleton
7AGS: Archie Nickerson Oscar Peters
7EE: Max Phillipson Edward Pagani
7RE : Alex Miyake Isaac Glassbrook
8FL: Jasper Sodha Peter Gilbey
8AW: Milo Kenny Tom Klafkowski
Industry (Yr 4): Christopher Lettich
Quaich (Yr 5): Mansour Alfaisal
Discipulo Egrecio (Yr 6): Oliver Hogbin
Deputy Head Cup (Yr 7): Jack Schaafsma
Headmaster’s Cup (Yr 8): Finlay Koessler
Individual House Points Cup : Christopher Lettich
Good Show Cup : William Hunt (21) (runner-up: Oliver Hector on 20)
House Points Cup : Stirling

We offer congratulations to all the boys listed above.

Year 8 Examinations in January
The school examinations went very well at the end of November and, for the boys in Year 8 only, there are more practice CE papers to sit next week. The boys already have their timetable, but you may also find a copy on the Intranet.

New Staff for the Spring Term
We welcome Miss Kimberley Thomson to teach French to Years 4 – 6 and Latin to Year 5. Miss Thomson is a graduate of Southampton University and has been teaching French and Spanish for the last two years at Salesian School in Chertsey.

We welcome back Mrs Naomi Pearson from maternity leave. She will be providing maths support part-time (three days a week).

We also welcome Mr Maurice Gilbert as our Gap Student for the term.

New Homework Diaries
We have issued all the boys with smart, new EHTM Prep Homework Diaries today. They are larger than the old diaries which will enable the boys to record their homework in more detail and with greater accuracy! They have hard covers which should make the diaries more durable and there are lots of interesting facts and figures at the back for the boys to enjoy. I hope the boys like them and that they look after them, perhaps with greater care than some used to take with the old diaries!

Spring Term Calendar
I hope your son remembers to bring home the new Spring Term calendar and that he is excited by the many events planned for this term. Over the next eleven weeks the boys will be able to enjoy many competitions at lunchtime or after school, including Public Speaking, Maths, General Knowledge, Chess and Music – it promises to be an action-packed start to the New Year!

I hope the boys have a successful term and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,
Jeremy Edwards

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Congratulations to the Under 11 A Team for Winning the Northcote Lodge 5-a-side tournament

Congratulations to the Under 11 A Team for Winning the Northcote Lodge 5-a-side tournament

The under 11a Team played in the Northcote Lodge 5-a-side tournament at Trinity Fields on Wednesday 23rd September. The boys passed through the group stage undefeated and went on to the 1/4 finals meeting the hosts Northcote Lodge. A game that ended up with the Manor boys winning 2-1 in extra time with a winning goal from Ethan Ford. The semi-final provided another fantastic performance with Ethan Ford once again scoring in a 1-0 victory over Tower House school. The final gave us the boys’ best performance of the day, a 2-0 win over Newton Prep, the goals coming from R Sloan and J Grimstone. A huge congratulations to the Under 11s who not only gave us a brilliant display of football but were also a credit to themselves and the school with their sportsmanship showed.

 

Headmaster’s Newsletter Autumn Term 2015

10th September 2015

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back to the new academic year at Eaton House The Manor. I do hope that the summer holiday was enjoyable for you all and that the boys are looking forward to the new term.

Building works
The final phase of our building works began over the summer with the demolition of the old nursery and dining room areas. The new eGreen block will house dining areas, nursery classrooms, a third science lab and new DT lab. During the course of the project the boys will have lunch in the temporary dining room block on the site of the old astroturf and juniors will play on the new sky playground, as well as the common. We are delighted with the new classrooms on the top floor of the Prep School which will be history and geography teaching rooms and Year 7 form rooms.

Staff News
I am very pleased to be able to welcome new staff into the fold. Miss Rebecca Emberey is our new Head of Geography and also form tutor to 7RE. Ms Mary Pedder is our new Year 6 English teacher and Mme Marie-Pierre Denaro will be teaching junior French for the Autumn Term. Our Gap Student is David Fincham who left Dulwich College this summer.

We welcome back Mrs Laura Williams from maternity leave to be our maths support teacher this term and Mrs Elizabeth Emerton goes full-time this year and will be teaching science to the Year 6 boys, as well as maths to Years 6 and 7.

Welcome Evenings
On the calendars you will note that we have welcome evenings for parents coming up very soon. Please come to the theatre for a glass of wine at 5.30pm, a talk from me at 5.45pm followed by an opportunity to meet your son’s new class teacher. I do hope you will be able to attend and I highlight the dates below:

September

Tuesday 15th : Year 5
Wednesday 16th : Year 6
Monday 21st : Year 4
Tuesday 22nd : Year 7 & 8

Learnpads
We are launching learnpads this term (a tablet set up for schools, similar to an ipad) and many classes will use these during the course of a normal week. If you have any questions regarding their usage please get in touch with Mr Jeans.

Bikes and Scooters
Although we are very excited about the new building plans, it has created a problem for the safe storage of bikes and scooters. We are looking into ways to resolve this issue, but in the meantime please do not allow your sons to cycle or scoot to school. Thank you.

Calendars
I remind you that there are no after-school clubs in the first and last weeks of term and that bus boys must catch the 4.00pm bus today and tomorrow. All pupils have been issued today with two school calendars; one to be kept at home for your benefit, while the other can be left here at school. Please make a note of the key dates that affect your son, but I highlight some important events that involve the whole school:

September
Friday 18 : Jeans for Genes Day (boys may wear jeans to school on this day)

October
Thursday 15 : Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity Church (am)
Saturday 17 : No Open Morning this year because the building works are ongoing (please delete this from the calendar)
Monday 26 : Half-term begins (until Friday 30 October)

November
Monday 9 :School Examinations begin (until Thursday 12 November)
Friday 20 : Long Leave (No school)

December
Wednesday 9 : Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church (5.30pm)
Thursday 10 : End of Term (12.00 midday)

I look forward to seeing you all very soon at the Welcome Evenings and wish the boys a very happy and successful year.

Yours sincerely,
Jeremy Edwards

 

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Headmaster’s Newsletter Summer Term 2015

23rd April 2015

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.

Year 4 Play : “Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies”

The Year 4 boys staged a glorious production of @Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies@ in March. It was a pun-filled, action-packed re-telling of the Robin Hood story and the boys all worked extremely hard at rehearsals during the term. There were exceptional performances from the leading actors and the whole cast performed brilliantly. Many congratulations to all the boys and to the talented directorial team of Miss Lowe, Miss Howitt and Mr Day, with tremendous support from Mrs Freer, Mrs Dexter, Miss Allen and Miss Wilkinson (what a fantastic Squisher you created!). To get all 48 boys on stage was a logistical challenge in itself, but it was a real treat! Bravo!

House Music Competition

After the House Singing competition in February, I thoroughly enjoyed the second part of the House Music Competition in March – for House Bands 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 Joe Downing (piano), Tom Klafkowski (singing) and Ethan Lim (guitar). The winning House Band was Windsor, with the overall prize going to Balmoral. Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to our distinguished judging panel (Mr Greenwood, Mr May and Mr Freer) and to Mrs Freer who masterminded everything so efficiently.

Young Art Competition

Once again Miss Allen and the boys have worked very hard on their entries for the annual Young Art competition organised by the Royal College of Art. The following five boys are to be congratulated on having their work selected to be exhibited at the Royal College later in the year: Sam Burnett (Year 4), Henry Shippey, Robert Darell-Brown and Bear Cooke (Year 5)