On Thursday, Year 2 had a thrilling day at London Zoo. They did not let a bit of rain dampen their spirits! They saw a wide range of animals from beautiful butterflies to mischievous monkeys. The children learnt all about the different life processes for all living things.
Last weekend, 20 children from Years 4-8 joined us on an adventure to Bryanston School in Dorset. The children experienced an action packed weekend which saw them horse riding and learning from the experts how to be the perfect groom; picking their hooves, washing their tails and brushing their coats, as well as clearing out and cleaning their stalls! It was wonderful to see how much the children progressed, from tentatively mounting their horse to confidently trotting round the arena by the end of the session. In addition to this, the children ventured into the woods for a Forest School session, learning how to use tools safely to create some beautiful jewellery as well as a fantastic bug hotel and bird hide that we were able to bring back for our NHP woodland. The highlight for many was our Saturday film night, where the children cosied up on bean bags with hot chocolate and marshmallows to watch Matilda. On Sunday morning, children were able to select their activity, with some choosing to learn a new skill at the skateboarding park, while others took part in the competitive forest treasure hunt. Sadly, the weekend had to come to an end, and after one final fantastic lunch served down by the river, we had to pack up our coach and head home. Overall, the weekend was a great success and the children’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We will be running more adventure weekends in the spring term so keep your eyes on the newsletter for the opportunity to sign up!
Children in 3C have shared some of their highlights of their trip to Whipsnade Zoo
IsaacYesterday, Year 3 went to Whipsnade Zoo for a school trip! We saw the cheeky chimps, lovely lemurs and a rolling otter. I really enjoyed the trip! My favourite part was seeing the lemurs sleeping.
ChloéYesterday, I went to Whipsnade Zoo. I saw 3 giraffes while we were up high observing them! We observed a giraffe named Bashu. We had a timer and every 15 seconds, we had to check what he was doing at that time. I also saw penguins and emperor penguins! Some were swimming, others were waddling and others were picking at their feathers with their beaks. We had so much fun!
SofiaOn our trip, we started off by going to see the chimps! We learnt about how clever they are. There was a lady who did a big talk about the chimps. They are so clever and they know how to open cans! Can you believe that? Next, we went to see the bison. I took a look and they were fed a lot! Because of this, they were very big and a bit stinky! Next, we went to see the penguins. We saw two different types and they were so cute! We did a giraffe workshop to learn about how they eat and behave. I really enjoyed my trip.
This week, our Year 8 pupils began their two week long post 13+ programme; a chance for the children to build on personal skills and to have fun before they leave NHP. Take a look at the exciting activities they got up to!
The Year 6 French trip to Normandy has been a great success! Throughout the week, pupils have learned about culture, history, life skills, and more through the medium of French. From market missions and historical discoveries, to farm and coastal explorations, it has been wonderful to see how pupils have grown in confidence using their language skills with real French people. I have been so proud of how pupils have conducted themselves and made huge efforts with their French, on which they have been frequently complimented. It has been a great trip that pupils will remember for a long time to come!Read More
On the first day of the trip, our Year 7s demonstrated their resilience to make it to the summit of Moel Siabod in the glorious sunshine. The weather was roasting (as the photos demonstrate!) and the children had to persevere and push themselves to conquer the mountain which resulted in smiles all round!
On return to our base, we decided a dip in the lake was called for and highly deserved after their hard work. This was a fun and refreshing treat to celebrate the end of their walk and cool them down for their evening activity of orienteering.
Later on, half the group went to gorge scramble and the other half took part in paddle sports and wall climbing.
On Wednesday, we had another action packed day in sunny North Wales. Groups 1 and 2 got stuck into a full day of gorge scrambling, exploring local rivers and caves by getting waist deep in freezing water! They then completed the low ropes course in the afternoon developing their team work and communication through a series of fun group challenges.
Groups 3 and 4 spent the entire morning paddle boarding on the lake in glorious conditions followed by an afternoon climbing some incredibly challenging rock faces. The days excitement didn’t end there with both groups coming together to take part in an evening activity of abseiling before settling down to bed.
It was wonderful to see both groups impressing their instructors yesterday and receiving compliments on their positivity and willingness to give everything a go, even when feeling pretty exhausted after our mountain climb the day before!Read More
The children had the greatest time at the weekend, with activities such as running wild in the forests of Sussex, building dens, competing in orienteering challenges and leadership games, getting competitive with tag archery and enjoying the glorious sunshine!Read More
Over the Easter break, we returned to Saas-Fee, Switzerland for our annual ski trip; a jam-packed week full of fun, excitement and adventure. After settling into our hotel and picking up our ski gear, we were up early the next morning to eagerly hit the slopes. Our fantastic group consisted of 30 children from Y5-8, ranging from complete beginners to skillful experts. The children were accompanied at all times by their dedicated and exceptional instructors who worked tirelessly to make the week an amazing experience for us. It was wonderful to watch the children grow and develop their ski ability over the course of the week by listening to their expert advice and feedback.
We experienced a rollercoaster of conditions, starting the week with blazing sun and blue skies that showed Saas-Fee off in all its glory. However, on the third day the weather conditions took a dramatic turn with snow storms and high winds hitting the top of the mountain. The slopes were closed due to avalanche risk so instead of skiing, we filled the day with a whole assortment of snow fun including a snow ball fight verses Reigate Grammar School, tobogganing, snow discos and a whole assortment of other competitive games.
The storm left us with some fantastic conditions for the next 3 days, with thick powder that all the children got to enjoy, including the beginners who by the end of the week were successfully skiing red slopes at the top of the mountain – incredibly impressive!
The evenings were packed with a variety of activities, including bouldering, torch-walking and enjoying the leisure centre complete with slide and jacuzzi! My personal highlight was witnessing the children embrace their artistic side with our team ‘auction’ night. This firstly saw the children working in their groups to bid on increasingly bizarre and random objects using their ‘Viamonde tokens’ without knowing what they would be needed for. The children were then set the task of creating fashion outfits and then performing a selection of ski-trip related comedy skits using these objects where much hilarity ensued. The children’s impressions of the teachers and instructors were particularly hilarious to witness!
The final night was given over to a dance party and karaoke session – a chance for the children to celebrate the amazing week and memories they have made with some enthusiastic, and somewhat interesting dance moves and singing. The less said about the teacher’s performances the better!
With so much activity packed into our evenings, and so much exceptional skiing crammed into the days, the children arrived back to London exhausted but brimming with stories of their adventures to tell their parents. Many thanks to all the children for being such a pleasure to look after and a very special thank you must go to the staff, Ms Kirkland, Miss Pizzi and Emma Kalis, for all their hard work throughout the entire week, making the trip so much fun for all!
We will be advertising for next year’s ski trip in the Autumn term.
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As part of their Post 11+ Cryptography week, Year 6 spent Wednesday at Bletchley Park visiting the historic site of Operation Ultra and taking part in some hands-on codebreaking at The National Museum of Computing – enjoying the perfect mix of maths, computing and history!Read More
This weekend 15 of our children from Years 4 to 7 went on a proper adventure! They experienced hiking through the beautiful scenery of the Peak District as well exploring caves, and finally climbing up and abseiling down the rock faces of Hope Valley. Two days of intense adventure later and we have some very happy but completely exhausting children who to quote “wish we could have stayed for longer!” Thank you so much to Miss Sweeney and Mr Ashmole for supporting the children over the weekend and for driving them safely to the Peak District and back!
Miss KirbyRead More