In early March, pupils from Year 6 and Year 7 took part in the Demosthenes Public Speaking Competition at Bradfield College and the event attracted a good number of Prep Schools, far and wide. The children chose a topic from a variety of thought- provoking topics, rehearsed their speeches during several Rests and, on the day itself, spoke with ‘wit and eloquence.’ Of the four possible subjects that Year 6 pupils could have spoken about, Gustavo and Harry, decided to urge the audience to ‘Please replace my teacher with a robot.’ Whatever would their teachers say?!! The judges were certainly impressed with their performance
We are delighted to appear in The Week Independent Schools Guide magazine. St Andrew's features in the 'best of the best' section and is listed as the top school for being great for all-rounders. The article states "Whether you're sporty, musical or just keen to have a go at everything, no-ones talents will get overlooked." The article goes on to mention how our pupils are "encouraged to be bold and enjoy the freedom" What lovely words from a great magazine!
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.
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. There are no more Open Mornings scheduled until the Summer Term.
However if you would like to visit the school please contact the registrar: Mrs Carolyn Reeves: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0118 974 4276
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!