| ||Junior Boys Bulletin |
|Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 8|
|It has been another very successful week for our boys. From our Reception, Year 1 and 2 classes who have participated in their swimming gala at school, to our Year 3 Vikings and our Year 4 Chembakolli citizens, from our 5 and 6 cricket...|
|From the Office|
|Reminder - there will be early buses on Wednesday 28 June|
Assessment Results - The results of the recent assessments have now been returned to us. Boys in Years 1-6 will be bringing home today an envelope containing their Progress in Maths and Progress in English and Writing scores. You will be able to discuss these results with your son's teachers next week.
End of Term Production Costumes - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
These were due in school today, Friday 16 June. Your son’s costume will be kept in his classroom and should be in a carrier bag which is clearly named. Please could any remaining costumes be in school by Monday. If you have any problems please speak to the class teacher or Mrs Icke.
Activities - Due to Parents’ Evenings next week the following activities have been cancelled. Please note that After School Care will be available for pupils on these days until 5pm.
Monday - Archery cancelled. All other activities will run as normal. Affected pupils may join the study group.
Wednesday - all activities are cancelled. Pupils may be collected at 4pm or will be supervised until 5pm at JB.
Thursday - Newspaper club is cancelled. All other activities will run as normal. Affected pupils may join the study group.
Cricket Photos - Orders should be received at the latest by next Friday 23 June.
Kindly note packed lunches will be required on the following days:
Friday 30 June For all year groups - Sports’ Day
Wednesday 12 July For all year groups - Concert & Prize-Giving
Important Coach Information
On Wednesday 28 June there will be early buses (as per Friday timetable). The reason for this is that our Senior Boys have a New Boys evening, and as all the coaches depart from Senior Boys they need to have the site clear.
Travelling Book Fair details can be found here.
PTA Summer Festival - 24 June
Tickets can be purchased via the Payment Portal and collected on the day. A family ticket is £5, each extra adult entry is £2 and unaccompanied children £1. Further details can be found here.
Tickets online must be purchased by Wednesday 21 June and this will also enter you into a prize draw to win a family photo session by Clare Keylock worth £175! Tickets can be purchased on the day but you will not be entered into the draw.
News from the Sports Master
This has been an incredibly busy week for many, particularly for our Year 5&6 pupils. Last weekend saw the U10A&B teams travel to Weymouth and the U11B team travel to North Devon on Cricket tour. By all accounts both tours were a huge success with all teams returning home unbeaten. All pupils behaved and competed excellently and showed how good both on and off they field they can be. The pupils who did not travel on tour did not miss out as they traveled to Longridge in Marlow for two days of outward bounds activities and camping. Pupils enjoyed a whole range of different activities from - kayaking, raft building, sailing, water zorbing, giant swinging, climbing, dragon boating, bell boating, go karting and leap of faith. It really was an action packed weekend for all of Year 5&6. This week the the U10 & U11A,B&C teams took on the very strong Oratory Prep school. All pupils performed well but it was clear that some were still a little jetlagged from tour. The U10B&C teams performed extremely well both recording convincing wins against strong opposition.
News from the Chess Master
We have been working hard on our notation this week and I am pleased to see the progress being made by the boys. Mistakes still happen but, like all things, practice makes perfect; and it is a pleasure observing how greater care is being taken over games. Boys who started the year playing at a hundred miles an hour are now considering each move, simply because they now have to take time to notate. I have been talking to the boys about check-lists and what to look for every move:
1. Piece safety (are any of your pieces in danger?)
2. Threats (can your opponent play a fork/skewer/pin/discovered attack next move?)
3. Hanging pieces (are any of your opponent's pieces undefended?)
4. Checks (can I play any checks?)
5. Over-worked pieces (are any of my opponent's pieces trying to do too many things?)
Clearly this is not an exhaustive list, but it's a good way to start.
Our Summer Tournament 3/7/17
We are up to 27 entries for the tournament. Entry forms are available from the Chess noticeboard and the entry fee is £1.
The Rabbit winners this week are Christian Bradley and Nyle Cohen. Christian has been spotted helping out a number of boys and staff members this week, and he always tries hard to be his best self. Nyle has been very kind and thoughtful to his peers, helping out those who are in need of a good friend. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit award this week.