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Pre-Prep News, Friday 24 March


Happy Easter!

​​​​From Mrs Ross

Thank you to the Pre-Prep boys and staff for such a fantastic term of teaching and learning. Our Celebration Assembly this morning was a wonderful culmination of an exciting term's work. I am sure that parents felt as proud as I did to hear the boys' Poetry Recita.

I wish you all a Happy Easter and enjoyable Spring break.

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Pilgrims' Shell Awards

  • Year 2 – to Darcy for his individual, imaginative approach to his work. You always approach your work from a unique perspective. Well done, Darcy! 
  • Year 1 - to Digby for fantastic progress with his reading and writing. 
  • Reception - to Tymur for his progress in his spoken English.

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Diary dates upcoming for next term:

Diary dates Times The week ahead
Tuesday 18 April  0815-0830 Summer Term starts
Friday 21 April



Pre-Prep Open morning for prospective parents

PPA Spring Drinks party for parents

Monday 24 April all day Reception trip to Marwell Zoo
Thursday 27 April 1315 St Swithun's Year 2 girls join Forest School


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Menus for next term will be available towards the end of the holidays.
Message from the Head Nurse, Nicki Beaumont: Reminder: no food is to be brought into the school and/or given to boys at any time, especially at sign-out.

Booking for Pre-Prep Wrap-Around-Care:

is now available on My School PortalPlease go to the Bookings tab and select the form you wish to book. There is a SchoolPost email of Friday 24 March at 1830 containing all details.

The School Bus morning pick up service is also available to re-book for the Summer Term if required. 

The PPA Spring Drinks Party on Friday 21 April is available to book now on My School Portal under the Bookings tab.
For any queries please contact the PPA directly.

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From the PPA



Year 2

Following the boys’ hard work on their Mother’s Day cards last week (and success, I believe!), the boys were extremely keen to get started on their Easter cards. We read a book called I am Henry Finch illustrated by the award-winning Viviane Schwarz. She uses fingerprints and simple black fine liner to create all manner of characterful birds. The boys were enamoured with her illustrations and created their own distinctive chicks with just a few strokes of a black pen! We all had A LOT of fun with this activity. I hope that you enjoy spotting all their chicks… some may be asleep, some may wear glasses and some might not have even hatched yet. Their creativity was hugely inspiring.  

We practised our fine motor skills to create the cover to our Easter card as we did some pom-pom painting! Perhaps not an artistic technique you have heard of! We used pegs to hold pom poms and drew upon Monet’s pointillism phase to create different patterns and textures.  

Our handwriting pens were out again in force to write our Easter messages. I am very proud of how well the boys are coping with this grown-up piece of stationery.   


Our handwriting pens were out again in force to write our Easter messages. I am very proud of how well the boys are coping with this grown-up piece of stationery.  

Holiday idea 

I have encouraged the boys to write a postcard from a place they visit over the Easter holiday. They might like to write more than one and bring them into school during the first week back to share with the class in a Show and Tell session together. The writing on a postcard does not have to be long – it may even comprise just a few sentences. I would love to hear about your holidays together, but it is also a great way of gently keeping up writing skills over a long holiday. 

A very Happy Easter break to you all. 

*Please can all boys have a pair of gardening gloves for the Summer term.* 

Mrs Ford 

Year 1

Ta Da!!  Well done, Year 1 boys!  Here are our finished Knight's helmets all painted and decorated.  What a work of art these are.

What a fabulous end to our topic on Knights and Castles this term, and what a lot of fun, laughter, learning and exploration we have had.  

The boys have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their work with you this week during our open classrooms.  They are very proud of all they have achieved, as am I.  


I wish you all a very Happy Easter break, whatever you may be doing and very much look forward to welcoming you back to school with lots of news to share I hope.

Happy Holidays!

Mrs Huntley


Year R

It has been a week of 'getting ready' for Easter and our poetry recital. The boys have enjoyed numerous crafting activities and are very proud of the Easter cards they have made. Each chick was uniquely painted with a fork, and we hope you like them.

The boys have enjoyed learning our chosen poem and worked hard collectively and individually perfecting each line. We are very proud of them.








‘Seasons’, by Steve Turner

Spring, summer, autumn, winter
Every year the same –
Round and round the seasons go
Like a party game.
Spin the leaves from green to brown
Spin them on to gold,
Turn the weather up to hot
Turn it down to cold.
Chase the clouds across the sky
Paint a yellow sun,
Then the rain comes tumbling down
Spoiling all our fun.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter
Every year the same –
Round and round the seasons go
Like a party game.

Well done, boys! Have a wonderful Easter break, and we look forward to hearing about your adventures when we return for the Summer term.

Mrs Kent

Forest School

To finish off the term’s Forest School sessions, both Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed time around the fire pit. Once again the boys went through the appropriate safety procedures, collected fire wood and of course cooked popcorn! Year 2 boys also spent some time preparing our raised beds, so they are ready to plant up when we return in the summer term.

Year R discovered how difficult and challenging it is to build a suitable nest for a bird. The boys were only allowed to use their thumb and forefinger to collect sticks. The idea behind this, was to try and replicate a bird’s beak and to help the boys understand how hard birds work when nest building, and that sticks need to be chosen carefully. Once a comfy nest was created, the boys had fun placing their eggs in their nest!



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