It is difficult to believe that we have only been back at school for one week since half term. The boys have returned, for the most part, fresh-faced and ready for another busy half term. There are many events in the calendar over the coming weeks, from Company music and sports events to the Year 6 play and an author visit thrown in for good measure. The next few weeks promise to be fun packed.

Please do read the information given each week with great care to keep up to date with the upcoming events.

Georgia Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School.

World Book Day
On Thursday, 7 March the whole school will be celebrating World Book Day. There will be a variety of activities occurring throughout the week and on the actual day.

 

New Blue Rucksacks
It has come to our notice that many of our boys are carrying all their books and files around the school in their rucksacks. They are regularly reminded by their form teachers that when they arrive at school in the morning, they should pack only the books that they will need up to first break into their bags. When first break ends, they have sufficient time to pack the books needed for lessons up to lunch. After the lunch break, they then pack for the final session of the day. There is absolutely no need for them to carry all their books around throughout the day. It is a routine that needs to be learnt.

Parents should reinforce this message at home, please. The last thing we would want is for boys to suffer prematurely of back ailments.

 

Update to SOCS
We have enabled a new feature on SOCS which allows coaches to not only publish their teams but also email you the team sheet with all the relevant information on it.

That will come into effect from next week. If it is a weekend fixture or a trip/tour, we will ask for a Parents consent where you will have to sign in to SOCS, but this will not be often.

 

Company Hockey – 28 February 2024
We are delighted you can attend the company hockey showcasing your son/s hockey ability. It is an all-inclusive event from the 2-x field hockey on the astro to the indoor Euro hoc in the Sports Hall with every boy if able participating. You will be able to spectate from around the astro for the outdoor games and the studio for the indoor matches. Pupils will stay on their specific pitches for the duration of the event so that they are ready for their next game. Please ensure your son/s have hockey shin pads, mouthguard, hockey sticks (if you have one, school can provide if not), a water bottle and a warm waterproof coat. Refreshments will be served in the studio for the duration of the afternoon. We are looking forward to seeing you for an afternoon full of fun and competitive matches.  All Year 5 & 6 Boys will head to activities after company hockey and cannot be taken straight home.

Company Hockey Programme

 

Outdoor Shoes and Reflective Armbands

Your son has been given a further reminder that he must have his outdoor shoes in school and stored in the rack provided. He will not be able to play on the playing fields without them, especially when the fields are slightly damp.

You may dispense with the reflective armbands from the school blazer as this need no longer be worn. You may want to store them away for use next year.

Iceland Adventure 2024
If your son has signed up for the Iceland trip which departs on 23 March, please ensure that he gives you a copy of the form that he will have received today. There is a return slip for information that I will need by 1 March.

Please note the departure and arrival times from Gatwick Airport on Saturday, 23 March.

This form also contains information relating to ‘what to pack for Iceland’.

 

Traffic on the Campus
Motorists are requested to please adhere strictly to the speed limit whilst driving on the school premises. A further reminder that you should not be using your mobiles when your vehicle is moving.

As much as we educate our boys to be vigilant when using the traffic crossings which are clearly marked on the drive, boys will sometimes forget to look before crossing.

 

Year 5 & Year 6 Spring Term Games Session: Hockey
Please ensure that your son has the following bits of equipment for all Hockey session this term:
Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, blue games shorts, reversible games top), trainers & boots

Year 5 Games: 
Wednesday: Hockey/Invasion Sport – Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, blue games shorts, reversible games top), trainers and boots.
Thursday: Hockey – Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, blue games shorts, reversible games top), trainers.

Year 6 Games:
Tuesday: Hockey: Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, Blue games shorts, reversible games top), trainers.
Wednesday: Hockey/Invasion Sport:  Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, Blue games shorts, Reversible games top), trainers and boots
Friday: Invasion Games: Mouthguard, shinpads, games kit (long blue games socks, blue games shorts, reversible games top), trainers & Boots.

If in doubt please bring mouthguard, shinpads, trainers and boots. Thank you very much.

 

Games Bags & Kit
Please ensure that all Games bags are taken home every evening. The changing rooms are cleaned every night and currently they are unable to be cleaned due to numerous bags being left each evening.

A few boys are currently turning up to PE and Games with their school socks on and in their school shoes. Please ensure that your son has white socks and white-soled trainers for PE and blue games socks and trainers/boots for Games.


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