Month: March 2019

Pre-Prep Mother’s Day Assembly

Pre-Prep held a wonderful Mother’s Day assembly on Friday 29th March.  The children, some of whom are just 3 years old knew their words perfectly and sang magnificently. The children have been busy making presents; hand prints, sunflowers, Mother’s Day plaques, sweet and clay pots, coasters, daffodils and lovely cards.

Orienteering Success

Our orienteering team have had their first competitive fixture of the year at the Warwick and Coventry Schools’ annual competition, Memorial Park, Coventry. Eighteen map readers from Years 4 to 8, competed on white and yellow courses around the park. Eight of our young athletes were placed in the top three for their age group and class and our Year 7-8 orienteerers came second in the lower Secondary age group. With such good results, Winterfold were named as winners in the Primary Schools category. Well done everyone!

Year 8 History and English trip to London

Year 8 enjoyed an exciting combined History and English trip to London on the 21st and 22nd of March. Highlights of the trip were the Plague and Fire walking tour of the city, a superb production of Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre and discovering 17th and 18th century items on the foreshore, near Fulham Palace. It was a hugely interesting experience and a fantastic introduction to practical archaeology.

Urban Study Trip to Birmingham

Year 7 journeyed to Birmingham to investigate its Big City Plan, an exciting and innovative initiative to change the urban fabric of Birmingham City Centre. The City’s plan is to create a sustainable city fit for the 21st Century.  The pupils looked at developments near to Brindley Place, followed by a boat trip to explore some of the recent canalside developments and learn about Birmingham’s industrial heritage. A full day of exploration followed, including a trip to Digbeth, the next phase of the Big City Plan. Year 7 had a great day, which finished with a traditional Pakistani meal.

Reception explore Dudley Zoological Gardens

Reception children have had a wonderful trip to Dudley Zoological Gardens.  Following a workshop about the food the animals eat and how they survive in the wild, the children visited the reptile house, where they saw a variety of snakes, West African dwarf crocodiles and a rhinoceros iguana.  Highlights were the magnificent peacocks joining the children for lunch and feeding pots of nectar to the colourful lorikeets.

Netball skills workshop with Team England star

Our Year 7 and 8 girls enjoyed a great afternoon of netball with Team England star Eboni Usoro-Brown (nee Beckford-Brown). Following a motivational talk about Eboni’s inspirational netballing career and a chance to see the Commonwealth Games Gold medal, the netballers enjoyed a friendly tournament and excellent skills workshop with the star.

Music Scholars

We are delighted to announce that four of our Year 8 pupils have been offered Senior School Music Scholarships. Tuba player Luke C, trumpet player Will M and French horn player James D have all been offered Music Exhibitions, whilst Head Boy and Tenor Sax player Alex W has been awarded a Music Scholarship. Credit must be given to the excellent instrument teaching, supportive parents and the huge range of ensembles and exciting performance opportunities that are offered on a weekly basis at school. Well done everyone.

59th Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance winners

Over the course of the last two weekends, Winterfold has been competing at the 59th Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. We are proud to announce that this year, the School has accumulated a record breaking 10 trophies for individual and group classes. Both the Winterfold House School Chamber and Girls’ Harmony Choir came home with The Coseley Male Voice Choir Trophy and the Cecil Drew Trophy for ‘excellent choral work’. The Girls’ Harmony Choir in particular, wowed the adjudicators, as they attained a phenomenal 91 marks from 100 for their close harmony renditions of Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and For Good from the musical Wicked. The adjudicators’ comments for the Individual Vocal and Instrumental winners ranged from ‘a beautiful portrayal’ to ‘thought provoking and well articulated’. Huge congratulations to all.

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