The first week back after half term, Ciaran Murtagh, a successful children’s author, came to visit to present a series of writing workshops to the pupils of Years 1 – 8, including a session where children ripped up dictionaries! Ciaran was an extremely entertaining speaker. The children were impressed with his impressive list of achievements. As well as writing over 30 books, he has also written for TV shows including Shaun the Sheep, Mr Bean and The Amazing World of Gumball.
Year 3 and 4 children had the excitement of a visit from a Jungle Roadshow with Jungle Jonathan on January 30th. The pupils were allowed to hold snakes and even have them lick their faces, have frogs sit on their shoulder and handle some creepy crawlies. Pupils had learned about vertebrates and invertebrates in their Science lessons, but it was so much more fun to see the animals for real.
St Andrew’s was delighted to welcome author, Colin Parsons to school for our ‘Able Writer’s Day.’ 14 Year 6 pupils represented the school at this whole-day event which was also attended by 19 pupils from Moulsford, The Oratory and St Neot’s. Before becoming a full-time writer in his 40s, Colin explained he had tried many different jobs including working at a Christmas tree ‘factory’, as a driver and on a farm. He is proof that it is never too late to fulfil your dreams! During the day, he gave the pupils valuable tips on how to develop characters, describe locations and extend descriptive language. Colin signed and donated collection of his books to the library including his most well-known ‘House of Darke’ and ‘The Curious World of Shelley Vendor.’ The children really enjoyed this literary event and we look forward to a follow-up visit sometime in the future
Year 5 were absolutely outstanding in their drama production of 'Just Like Us'. All of Year 5 had speaking parts in the play about evacuees. The play was rehearsed in a very short period of time as forms and the whole year group only performed together for the first time on the actual day. The play was very polished and very funny. Well done to all of Year 5.
In October, our girls orienteering team became National Score Champions and our boys took the silver. The team built on this earlier success and in November they ran in the British Schools Orienteering Championships. Fenella gained an individual bronze medal and the whole team were National Champions for the fifth time. Well done to all who took part on this amazing achievement.
The 'breaking of the ground' ceremony was only a month ago and the site of the new Sports Centre is now a hive of activity. New machines arrive on site regularly, much to the excitement of all of Pre-Prep! The next couple of weeks will be even more exciting as the steels are due to be erected soon.
At St Andrew's we hold regular Open Days throughout the year. Our next Open Morning for prospective parents is on Friday 24th February 2017 at 9.15a.m.
If you would like to visit the school please contact the registrar: Mrs Carolyn Reeves: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0118 974 4276
St Andrew's are delighted to appear yet again in the Tatler Schools Guide. The 2016 guide which came out last month, and is proudly on display in the School Office, mentions our beautiful woodland and is complimentary about our new Headmaster. They mention how we provide 'plenty of opportunity for outside fun.' and describe us as 'riding high'. We couldn't have put it better ourselves!
Three of our musicians at St Andrew's have once again been accepted into national ensembles. The three talented pupils were selected last year and have repeated their success this year. Isabella Worthington has been selected to play her bassoon in the National Children's Main Orchestra. Getting a place in the Main Orchestra is the ultimate NCO achievement. This is a full symphony orchestra for children up to the age of 14. Annabella Dawkins has been selected for the National Children's Choir of Great Britain - the premier children's choir. Her brother Jonathan has been selected for the National Children's Training Orchestra which is for string players aged 7-10 years old. Congratulations to all three of them!