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Rising to the Challenge

Five boys and five girls from Year 6 took part in the Junior Teamwork Challenge Day at Pangbourne College.  It was a fabulous day out and the pupils were all a great credit to themselves and to the School.  Pupils took part in team building tasks and also challenged themselves on the Pangbourne high ropes course.  The biggest test of the day was performing a group balance on top of a tiny platform, 6 metres high up a totem pole!  Well done to all pupils involved for their teamwork skills and for rising to the challenge.

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Tatler Review: Hot off the Press

Buy the latest edition of Tatler and you will read their review of us:

"A lovely, family Prep" says a father.  "Idyllic setting, happy children, outstanding academics, music and sport".  Three cheers for the U9 boys team who didn't lose a single match in any sport last year, and for the hockey girls who reached the national finals.  Bad news for the oppo: those teams are only going to get better now that the new sports centre has opened.  The motto here is Altiora Petimus, to reach for higher things- taken literally at breaktime, when pupils race into the woods to climb tress or whizz down the zipwire.  They hit the heights academically too, winning scholarships to Abingdon, Radley and Magdalen.  And guess what?  They're British Schools Orienteering Champions again.  Newish head, Jonathan Bartlett is one of the school's greatest strengths, we're told.  "He listens- not all heads do" says a mother.

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We were delighted to welcome Damien, an ex Commonwealth paralympic swimmer, from SportsAble to lead our assembly.  Damien led an activity with the Headmaster to highlight difficulties that the visually impaired have when playing sports.  He also showed some videos of all the fabulous work that SportsAble do.  We are delighted that we will be working with them, once our new Sports Centre opens in the Autumn Term.

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FOSA Fun Day

Rain didn't dampen the spirits for our annual FOSA Fun Day on the school fields.  Thanks so much to all who supported this event,  we had a fantastic turn out despite the atrocious weather.  There was lots on offer: circus skills, splat the rat, hook-a-duck, fancy dress, zorbing, teachers in stocks, coconut shy and not forgetting the dog show.  We raised an incredible amount of money and hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

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ISI Excellent School

We were delighted with our recent report from ISI.

Our recent inspection report praised the School's successes both inside and outside of the classroom; recognising very high standards in subject teaching and significant achievements in music, sport and the arts as well as celebrating the diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities available to pupils.

Below are a couple of comments:

"The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent."

"The school actively encourages pupils to strive to improve in all facets of school life and hence it successfully upholds its motto 'Altiora Petimus', or to seek higher things." 

To read the full ISI Inspection Report please click here

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Best of the best!

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!

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Public Speaking Prowess

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

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Shaun the Sheep's Author Visits.

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.  

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Jungle Roadshow

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. 

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