Forthcoming Music Events

Friday February 2nd – String Day – Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School

We will be travelling to Bromsgrove School for a day of ambitious string music culminating in a concert in Routh Hall.

Friday February 2nd – Trip to CBSO at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Year 5 and the orchestra will be travelling to Symphony Hall to listen to the CBSO perform.

Saturday February 3rd – Performing Arts Centre – Open Morning

The Groove Diggers and Girls’ Harmony Choir will be rehearsing and performing during Open Morning.

Monday 5th March – Orchestral Day – Shrewsbury School

The School Orchestra will be taking part in a new orchestral day. Parents are welcome to attend the concert at the end of the day.

Tuesday 6th March – Music Competition – Performing Arts Centre

The School music competition is always one of the highlights of the musical year. We have two classes; Juniors (Years 3 and 4) followed by the Seniors (Years 5 to 8).

3rd, 4th and 16th,17th March – Dudley Music Festival, Dudley College

A large number of children are taking place in the solo classes, and we also have special performances from the Saxophone Group, Chamber Choir and Girls’ Harmony Choir.

Thursday 15th March – Jazz Soiree – Penryn Hall

The Off Beats, Groove Diggers and Girls’ Harmony Choir are performing at this very popular social event. Headlining the event will be the top local band ‘Pulp Function’ who are a 6 piece pop and funk band.

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March – ABRSM exams

Thursday 22nd March – Jazz Rock and Pop Night – Routh Hall

The Groove Diggers are travelling to Bromsgrove School to perform at their annual Jazz, Rock and Pop night.

Parents’ Coffee Mornings on the following Fridays: 9th Feb, 9th March and 16th March.   Various musical delights to accompany coffee and biscuits!


U11 Netball – great performance


U11 girls netball showed some excellent play at Malvern St James this week, resulting in victory for the A team against both The Elms and MSJ in very cold, windy conditions.  The B team, despite losing, showed great courage and determination in challenging conditions.

Swallows and Amazons and a re-tweet from Sophie Neville who starred in the film


Year 3 and 4 pupils are really getting stuck in to their new Swallows and Amazons theme for this half term.  They have collected materials at Forest School and built rafts in CDT.  Great fun, encouraging co-operation and teamwork too.

Arthur Ransome, the author of Swallows and Amazons was born on Jan 18th, 1884 and we have a lot to thank him for!

We are thrilled that Sophie Neville who starred in the film at the age of 12 retweeted Mr Aldred’s post regarding our Swallows and Amazons activities.


Kidderminster Harriers teach Year 2 the benefits of a healthy lifestyle


Kidderminster Harriers Football in the Community scheme is a great success here at Winterfold.  The Football Foundation has established a healthy lifestyle football project for children.

Working in association with the Worcestershire Health Authority, County Council, Local Education Authority and the British Heart Foundation, Kidderminster Harriers Coaches visit schools to provide football coaching sessions, passing on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy living and good diets.

Year 2 are loving their sessions, especially George this week who scored 4 goals!



Year 1 create artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy


Year 1 have been making their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork outside using natural materials.

British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworth OBE is known for his sculpture and land art created in natural and urban settings.  The materials used in his art often include brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns.

Netballers get expert training from Pamela Cookey


On Tuesday, our Year 7 netball players spent an excellent day at Malvern College with Former England captain Pamela Cookey,

Pupils from Winterfold and local Prep schools were treated to a motivational talk about Pamela’s career….from starting to play at the age of 11, overcoming many injuries and gaining 114 caps for England, followed by a Q and A session.

The teams learned a lot from a shooting workshop which was then followed by a friendly tournament  where all the schools played each other.


Willem offered place in National Children’s Orchestra

Congratulations to Willem VdHB who has been offered a place as a full member of the National Children’s Orchestra.

Willem, who is in Year 4, studies violin, singing and piano.  He started playing the violin 3 ½ years ago as a member of the Young Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire, which he attends every Saturday morning.  As part of his programme, Willem has individual violin lessons with Selina Hamilton, attends the Suzuki violin group, Young Strings Orchestra, Dalcroze Choir and individual singing lessons.

At Winterfold, Willem plays with the Junior and Senior String group and School Orchestra and studies piano with the Head of Music Jerry Price.  It comes as no surprise that his favourite lesson at school is music!

Willem competed in the Northfield Festival of Music & Speech in 2016 & 2017, winning a strings class both years running, as well as being a joint winner at Winterfold’s Junior Music Competition in 2017.

Willem is very excited to have been offered a place in the National Children’s Orchestra. As part of the audition, he had to perform two contrasting pieces and play two pieces of sight reading. He will attend his first NCO monthly regional rehearsal in February and as a member of the National Orchestra, he will also attend a residential training course during the summer holidays.

Well done Willem – this is a great achievement!


Hitting the Wall 2018 – Calling all runners (and runner-walkers)

In approximately 128 A.D, the Roman Emperor Hadrian decided that northern Britain was missing something.  He decided it needed a wall….much like modern-day Mexico.  Spanning 84 miles from the east to west coast, it was not only designed to keep the marauding Scots out but also to be something nice to run along.  1890 years later, Mr Loughton and Mr Dieppe have decided that this latter feature makes it a very attractive proposition for a slightly insane charity event.

In the May half-term break, they will be attempting to run (and probably sometimes walk) the entire length of the wall from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway in three days.  They would like to invite Winterfold parents who fancy themselves as long-distance warriors to join them.  At this stage, they would just like to get an idea of possible numbers to help with logistics.  There will be  an informal get-together over the coming weeks to talk through the challenge, so any expression of interest at this stage is just that – no commitment is necessary.

There will be a support team in place to ferry equipment to each night base.  Participants will either be able to camp or take advantage of other accommodation options along the route.

The proposed dates are Sunday the 27th of May to Tuesday the 29th, with travelling either side.

When Principal Armstrong Mthembu visited Winterfold from Ncemaneni Primary in October, staff were shocked to hear that a large number of pupils at the school have a 15–20K round-journey to school each day by foot.  As if this isn’t bad enough, many of these children aged between 6 and 15 don’t own a pair of shoes.  The aim of the Hitting the Wall Challenge is to raise money to buy and transport as many pairs of suitable shoes as possible to Ncemaneni.

If you would like to take part, please email Mr Dieppe on by Friday 19th January 2018 with an indication of your level of fitness/unfitness using the indicators below; you can chose more than one. Depending on how many and who they get on board, it may be possible to have a number of different groups running with different daily time targets.

  • I eat miles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • I have run a marathon recently.
  • I have run a marathon, but when Snickers were still called Marathons.
  • I can manage a 10K every now and again.
  • I have experience of long-distance trekking.
  • The last time I ran was for a bus.


Friendship – learning through Drama

Year 3 have started a new topic of friendship this term. They have been freeze framing situations showing examples of bad friendship and good friendship. The idea is to use body language and position to convey their feelings.

In Year 5, the children were split into small groups and given a last line of a sketch. After completing work on play scripts in English, the groups had to write and produce a script, ending in their particular line.

The children have then rehearsed, organised their own props and performed their “Last Line Sketches”.