Winterfold pupils and Friends rally for Children in Need

Kind-hearted pupils and parents (the Friends of Winterfold) braved the cold on Friday 17th November to raise money for Children in Need.

Rosie, Henry, Pippa, Eleanor, Alice, William M, William B and Jack entertained Winterfold pupils and staff as they arrived for school with violin pieces, songs and carols.  Videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel –  Winterfold – Children In Need

Over £300 has been raised.  Well done everyone!


Year 8 hone their woodworking skills in DT

“Woodworking matters. It’s more than a pastime or hobby — being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects, and that you’re as interested in the process as the outcome.

Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention, and take the time to do things right” ~ Aimé Ontario Fraser, Your First Workshop: A Practical Guide to What You Really Need, 2005

Watch this space for photos of Year 8’s completed woodworking projects .



Winterfold Music Performance Platform

On Tuesday 14th November, Winterfold Music held a wonderful performance platform featuring a huge range of instruments including cello, french horn, tuba and trombone to name but a few. The performances were of a very high standard with some really sparkling performances.


Well done to everyone who took part.

Discover History – The Great Fire of London

History was brought to life for Year 2 pupils on Monday 13th November when they learned all about the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The pupils were given the opportunity to look at household items made of wood and looked at a map illustrating the damage caused to the city.  After having a go at a fire fighting reconstruction, the children set about rebuilding London house by house which they decided was much easier than cutting down trees and building them the hard way.

After producing a 3D model, the children took on the roles of King Charles, Samuel Peyps and key figures involved in the history of the Great Fire and acted out how the fire started, progressed and eventually ended.  It was great fun and a lot was learned by all!

Leadership Challenge Day

On Monday 13th November, Year 6 pupils participated in the annual Leadership Challenge Day at Cheltenham College.

The Challenge consists of a round of tasks designed to test leadership, cooperation, listening skills and teamwork.

Our Year 6 leaders enjoyed the activities set throughout the day; a tyre relay involving the moving and re-stacking of tyres in the correct order but with other restraints, a shuttlecock challenge, “Patters,” where communication is key, “Blind leading the Blind” – guiding the team through a route without stepping off the path and “Night Fishing” where team members behind a vertical groundsheet are guided to fish in a bucket by two members on the other side of the wall.

Speed and efficiency were important skills learned during the day since the tasks were completed against the clock.

Mr David Aldred, Deputy Head (Pastoral) said, “it is rewarding to see the pupils working together as a team and to see how efficient they become with each task, especially with their listening and team skills”.






Kind hearted pupils donate presents

Kind hearted Jack and Emily have been busy fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  Emily has donated the birthday presents she received for her 6th birthday to the Oncology Unit.  The presents will be shared amongst the young patients who are receiving treatment on the Oncology ward.

Singleton Nurseries organised a Red Balloon Charity Ball and raised an incredible £8,000.  The donation has been paid into the Haematology Oncology Education and Amenities Ward Trust Fund which is used to support facilities, equipment, research and education on the unit for the benefit of their young patients.



Winterfold Mass of Remembrance

On 9th November, pupils from 5R in the Prep School with Father Lamb and Deacon Sean led a very moving Mass of Remembrance.

Father Lamb’s homily focused on the significance of sacrifice and the irrepairable damage caused by the loss of human life during war time.  The orchestra played ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ beautifully, Head Boy, Oliver Bullock read the Roll of Honour and Head Girl, Kayla Newton read the Exhortation.  Finally, Alice Price and Henry Bower played the Last Post marking a two minute silence before playing the Reveille.

A prayer for the Faithful Departed:  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon them

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed

Through the mercy of God rest in peace





The Altar Servers entered the Chapel accompanied by the orchestra and congregation singing Abide with Me.

The Winterfold Roll of Honour was read by Head Boy Oliver Bullock and the Exhortation by Head Girl Kayla Newton.

The Last Post and Reveille were expertly played by Alice Price and Henry Bower.

The readers were Charlie Maguire, Rosie Brookes, Kasey Newton, Robbie Pettican, Annabel Lucking, Holly Davidson.

The offertory was taken by Archie Samuel and Sam Warren and the wreath laid by Tom Arundale and Harry Jones.

The souls of the Faithful departed were remembered by Bessy Hingley. The service concluded with “I vow to thee, my country”.

Winterfold Fireworks Extravaganza

On 9th November, children, staff, pupils and former pupils were treated to a veritable Fireworks Extravaganza by the Friends of Winterfold.

Hot dogs, parkin, hot chocolate and mulled wine and the heat from a very large bonfire kept everyone warm as they watched a magnificent fireworks display set to contemporary and classical music, with Bond themes an added bonus.

The fireworks finale lasted a full fifteen minutes and by all accounts was spectacular.