May 2018 will hopefully stand out in the memories of the children in Class Four and Five as the day they first summited Sugarloaf mountain in our local uplands, the Brecon Beacons. They can be especially proud as they all summitted together, as a class.
Arriving at the peak was not the end of the story; en-route they learnt a new plant (Bilberry), and learnt what to pack for a day out in the mountains. It was a surprise to
SATURDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER – This year’s Advent Fair was another successful day, with a warm atmosphere filling our beautiful new hall. Local vendors and old friends of the school laid out a delightful range of wares for fair-goers to browse and buy, and we have no doubt that some of those wonderful things will be found in stockings and under the Christmas tree next month!
Parents and students of the school came together to serve homemade sweets and savouries in a beautifully-decorated café, while hot soups and
FRIDAY, 25TH SEPTEMBER – Throughout the week, the children have been bringing in fresh produce in honour of harvest time and the change in seasons. The sound of young voices singing Michaelmas songs has been heard drifting out into the corridors, and a general feeling of autumnal warmth has nestled into the corners of the school.
Our hall has once again undergone some refurbishment this summer, with a new floor being put in place to complement the bright look of the walls that were re-plastered the previous
FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year’s St. John’s Fire was held in a field a short walk away from the school. Having finished the school day by 11am, this midsummer celebration was a lovely way to round off the morning and a busy week.
The bonfire was built by our Class 7&8 teacher, and members of his class were chosen to carry flaming torches that were carefully placed in the heart of the pyre. Before long, tall, long, orange flames flared up
SATURDAY, 16TH MAY – After several years’ break, our Summer Fair was finally revived as a charity fundraiser for Acorn Overseas – a charity for children set up in 2010 by Graeme and Sarah’s daughter, Natasha Whiting.
For the past few years, Acorn Overseas has been largely focused on continuous fundraising efforts for the Future Light Children’s Home in Mae Sot, Northern Thailand. We have also been fortunate enough to share a connection with this orphanage through Natasha, and the proceeds
FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year, we were able to hold our May Day festival on May Day itself, which fell on a Friday. Despite the clouds veiling the sun from us that morning, we gathered in the playground to watch as the children took up the colourful ribbons of the waiting maypole.
Dressed in white shirts and floral dresses, and wearing beautiful garlands made of freshly-plucked wild flowers, our young ladies and gentlemen dutifully curtsied and bowed before setting off
FRIDAY, 20TH MARCH – We had a wonderful evening of music for our annual Easter Concert, with many thanks to our brilliant maestra Yael Hochenberg and the students.
The event was a perfect occasion for dressing up, and the students certainly didn’t disappoint on that count, with the young ladies looking lovely in their dresses as they stood beside dapper young gentlemen in suits and ties.
The programme for the evening included performances by Class 3 & 4, the Middle and Upper School
WEDNESDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY – Class 3 & 4 gave a wonderful performance of their play, Joseph and His Brethren, which they staged in the school hall. Dressed in humble robes and Arabian headdresses, our young actors delivered their lines boldly as they played out their parts as Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the Pharaoh who goes on to make Joseph a royal vizier.
The class began working on the play in the Autumn Term, when they were introduced to characters from the Bible stories
It was a quiet week at school last week with the entire Upper School away for their annual Winter Camp. Under the leadership of five seasoned campers who also happen to be their teachers, the students took themselves down to South West Wales to set up camp at the Penquoit Centre.
An initial party arrived ahead of the others in order to make the preparations for the week, and despite a few hiccoughs including a power outage and tidying up in the wake of a
Late in the evening on the day before Christmas, the miserly money-lender Ebenezer Scrooge sits holed up in his bitterly cold office, his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit all but chained to his side as he dutifully works the ledgers.
It is the start of A Christmas Carol, and as the faint sound of carols drifts in from some distant room, the students of classes 6, 7, and 8 make their appearance as carol singers shuffling through the snow-filled streets of Victorian