Happy Easter!

Kindergarten 2 children have enjoyed their Easter egg hunt, story and all of their Easter themed activities this week.  Wishing all parents, staff and pupils a very happy Easter!

Charitable Ambassadors

During the Lent term at Winterfold, the children have been busy raising money for Father Hudson’s Care.  The effort made by our pupils during this time has been amazing, and Year 4  stood out as charitable ambassadors this time around, raising £221 between the two forms.  Well done and a huge thank you to all children who contributed to our charity collection this year.

Finally, ‘Name the Easter Bunny’ is a competition launched by Róisín H in Year 5, to raise money for her friend who is severely disabled and in need of a medical bath costing thousands of pounds.  She wrote to Jelly Cat toys, who donated a bunny to her cause and the winner of the competition was announced today.  In total, Róisín managed to raise £130 in a week, which is rather impressive.  We also keep this family and all families facing hardships, in our prayers here at Winterfold.

Over the last few weeks, Worship Leaders have been busy compiling ‘The Good News’ which reports good news from our School community, in an attempt to counteract some of the gloomy news reported to us in the media so often.  This will be printed and distributed to each form next term… watch this space.

MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum and Shakespeare’s Birthplace

This week, Year 5 visited the MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum, the country’s only permanent venue for mechanical art in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Museum combines inspirational imagination with clever and witty design – think Wallace and Gromit meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  The experience encouraged the children to experiment with marble runs and was very interactive, giving Year 5 a true sense of cause and effect – if I press the button….what happens next?

It was a great opportunity to see beautifully crafted, moving sculptures made either to have a specific purpose or just for fun.  They encompassed Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Art and Design.

After lunch and a walk around the grounds of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the day continued with a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The tour was filled with facts about Shakespeare’s life, family and upbringing.  The pupils were treated to actors performing extracts from Hamlet, Macbeth and Comedy of Errors.

The children’s inquisitive nature and natural curiosity were excellent and they demonstrated a thirst for knowledge throughout the day.

 

 

Year 7 & 8 Tour to S.Africa

Our tour group has arrived in South Africa for the start of a great adventure. An online version of the tour brochure including tour itinerary can be found on our Ncemaneni News page. In addition to our Winterfold Twitter account, don’t forget we have @winterfoldtrips and Facebook @winterfoldhs.

Year 6 Ron Mueck sculptures

Year 6 have been looking at the work of Australian sculptor Ron Mueck.  The pupils have been inspired to create sculptures of themselves using only sticky tape.

We think they are superb.

Year 1 compare and contrast Worcester with Chaddesley Corbett

Despite the inclement weather, Year 1 have spent the morning studying the difference between a city and a village by visiting Worcester and Chaddesley Corbett.

The children looked at how Worcester has changed over time, why there was a wall around the city and why the roads have names such as ‘The Shambles’.  They also compared and contrasted the different buildings and the materials used to build them, in addition to counting the number of cars in each place.

On their return, the children have continued their studies in the classroom and created their own depiction of what they have seen during the morning.  They have also chosen whether they prefer Worcester or Chaddesley Corbett.

Pre-Prep Mother’s Day Assembly

Our 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.  We heard On Mother’s Day by KG1 and When Mummy Says Get Ready by KG2, Reception children sang Love is All Around Me, Mummy I love You, Year 1 Mamma by the Spice Girls and Year 2 gave us a lovely version of You Raise Me Up from Boyzone and an encore of My Mum by the whole of the Pre-Prep.

The children made presents for their mothers – hand prints, sunflowers, Mother’s Day plaques, sweet and clay pots, coasters, daffodils and lovely cards.

 

The Orphan’s Way Home

The boards were well and truly trodden as Years 7 and 8 performed The Orphan’s Way Home based on the story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, with music by Lionel Bart. The musical told the story of a young orphan named Oliver as he rose from the depravity of Victorian London to his rightful place in his family home. The play was substantially rewritten my Mrs Miles and the music arranged by Mr Price and performed by the peripatetic music teachers.

The heart of the story came from the amazing cast comprising of Years 7 and 8. Each one of them brought the story to life with some incredibly emotional acting, singing and dancing, and even the odd cameo from Mrs Miles and Mr Price!

Isla C’s Oliver was performed beautifully, complete with the innocence the character possesses coupled with the mind-blowing rendition of ‘Where is Love.’ Harvey P looked absolutely at home in the role of the Artful Dodger as he led the young Oliver to the lair of the elderly Fagan, capably played by Louis M.

Louis’ stage presence was something to behold, and his ability play a villain, whilst at the same time make the audience pity him and will him to succeed, was a quite a skill in itself. Finally Olivia G’s Nancy – tough, fiercely loyal with a heart of gold, delighting the audience with famous numbers such as ‘It’s a Fine life’, ‘Oompah pah’ and ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ left not a dry eye in the house. The four principle protagonists, supported by an excellent cast gave everyone who watched it something to take away forever.

The play would not have been a success if it had not been for the astute stage management by Alex W, making sure all scenes were set correctly, props in the right place and actors coming on at the right side.  He was ably assisted by Felix J and Gabriel P, who jointly ran the whole lighting system for the duration of the play and the air of professionalism and sophistication shown by the actors themselves.

 

Orienteering Success

 

 

Our orienteering team set out on their first competitive fixture of the year on 23rd March.  They were invited guests at the Warwick and Coventry Schools’ annual competition, this year held at Memorial Park in Coventry.  In total, there were eighteen map readers from Years 4 to 8, competing on white and yellow courses around the park.

We enjoyed individual successes, with Bella, Amber, George, Oliver, Fredrik, Ethan, Clemmy and Lily all placing in the top three for their age group and class.  With such good results, we went on to be named as the winners in the Primary Schools category!  Our Year 7 and 8s, whilst not achieving such individual success, all recorded scoring times and overall came second in the lower secondary age group. The young athletes celebrated in style with doughnuts and hot dogs!

The next competitive event is the West Midlands Schools’ Championships on Saturday 11th May.  Registration forms for anyone interested in this event will be coming out next week.

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.

Staying at the YHA opposite St.Paul’s Cathedral, the group started with a Plague and Fire walking tour of the City, ending up at The Monument near the infamous Pudding Lane. Despite the fact that very little of the original pre-1666 buildings still remained, the pupils were given a feeling for what the old, medieval streets might have been like, and an idea as to how the fire spread so quickly.

After a quick climb up the 311 steps of The Monument and dinner, Year 8 were enthralled by a superb rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre.

Day two was spent at Fulham Palace, where pupils were treated to a ‘mudlarking’ experience, scouring the foreshore for historical artefacts. Items found included a 17th century smoking pipe, parts of an 18th century port bottle, a Tudor mug handle and lots of oysters – the fast food of bygone London.  Following this, there was an opportunity to sort through a selection of previously scavenged objects to determine material, use and age. It was a hugely interesting experience and a fantastic introduction to practical archaeology.