Performance at prestigious Mayor Making Ceremony, Kidderminster Town Hall

On Wednesday 8th May, the Girls’ Harmony Choir and Groove Diggers were invited to perform at the prestigious annual Mayor Making Ceremony, Kidderminster Town Hall.

This was a very high profile event, with nearly 200 guests and many civic Mayors and dignitaries from the surrounding areas present. The children sang and played with real confidence, producing a wonderful sound for a very appreciative audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PGL adventures

Year 4 have spent three action packed days at PGL Hillcrest in Ross-on-Wye.  With activities ranging from canoeing and kayaking, to archery, zipwires and the Leap of Faith trapeze, the pupils had truly exhilarating experiences requiring personal courage and determination, whilst supported and encouraged by the rest of their group.

This residential has helped the children develop key skills in leadership, teamwork, communication and problem solving combined with a lot of fun.

South Africa Tour

The eighth sports tour to South Africa was a great success and pupils will be talking about it for many years to come.  Without doubt, the highlight of the tour was the visit to our sister school, Ncemaneni. This was a very humbling and emotional experience for everyone.  It was a privilege to meet Mr Duma who had been a pupil at the School during Winterfold’s first visit in 2005. As a result of the partnership between the two schools, Mr Duma had been able to realise his ambition of going to University, training as a teacher and returning to Ncemaneni as a teacher.

The whole Winterfold community is very proud of the positive impact that our partnership has on both the Ncemaneni learners and our children. Not taking things for granted, appreciating a good education, caring for others through actions are just some of the lessons that we learn. It really was an inspirational day and we will continue to do as much as possible to help the learners at Ncemaneni. We have the Chiltern Challenge coming up next term, which will help to raise money for the Media Centre, which will contain a library and computer room. This will have a much-needed impact both on their English and I.T literacy skills. We will also be fundraising for a new toilet building, which will greatly improve the hygiene for the children at Ncemaneni. Please keep an eye on the Ncemaneni board for more details.

The tour was like a highlights package right from the word go, with something interesting and exciting to look forward to every day.  An article on the tour will feature in the next News Review.

A huge thank you to the supporters’ group who were such great company and support on the tour and really added to the atmosphere.  Final thanks also go to Mrs Humfress, Mr Dieppe and Madame Farrell for their energy, professionalism and enthusiasm. The children were a fantastic group to take on tour and will have lifelong memories and lessons to take from it. Their behaviour and organisation for 12 and 13 year olds on the other side of the world was superb.

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare Day

On Friday 3rd May, pupils from Years 7 and 8 visited Shrewsbury School to take part in a day of Drama and movement, focusing on a number of Shakespeare’s plays.

On arrival, the children were split into three groups. Team Gold spent the day focusing on Henry V, learning how to show emotion and anger, through the use of movement and intonation of voice. Team Blue looked at The Tempest and recreated the storm and life on a doomed ship. This was achieved through soundscapes and movement. Team Red studied Macbeth and in particular, the witches’ spell.

The workshops looked at the use of language, sound and movement, with the day culminating  in an impressive performance from all three groups.

Winterfold stood out for its discipline on stage, enthusiasm and conviction when playing key characters. Our pupils learnt lots of new Drama techniques, made some interesting friends and had a fun filled day.

The Crowning of Our Lady

On Thursday 2nd May, the Pre-Prep and Prep school gathered in the Secret Garden to crown the statue of Our Lady.  Traditionally, the month of May is set aside for praying the Rosary and special devotions to Mary, our Mother in Heaven.

Ela in Year 8 led us in the Angelus prayer and Mr Price played the accordion to the tune of Immaculate Mary whilst the children and parents joined in heartily.  Sofia in Year 3 had the honour of crowning the statue with flowers and Father Lamb ended the ceremony with a Marian prayer.

Mrs Howarth said “this was a fine example of the Winterfold community coming together in honour of a religious occasion, with every child contributing reverently and enthusiastically”.

Year 6 at the Islamic Experience Exhibition and Central Jamia Mosque

Year 6 spent a very informative day at the Islamic Experience Exhibition at the IPCI and Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Birmingham.

At the Islamic Experience Exhibition, the children explored five topics; Faith and History, The Five Pillars, Family Life, Islam and Science, Activities and Questions Answered.

The pupils learned a great deal during the day and were really looked after by the whole team at the Islamic Centre.

All Stars Cricket Workshop

Budding cricketers from Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a workshop with All Stars Cricket on Wednesday 1st May.

The children, most of whom are new to cricket, were taught the basic skills of the game adapted to their age group, which ranged from catching bean bags and balls, throwing, batting, to teamwork with friends.

 

Author Molly Arbuthnott visits Winterfold

On Tuesday 30th April, children’s author Molly Arbuthnott visited Winterfold to share her experiences of writing with children from Kindergarten 1 through to Year 2.

Molly, who is the niece of former Headmaster Simon Arbuthnott and a primary school teacher, has recently written two children’s books based on a cat her parents lost on a ferry five years ago – Oscar the Ferry Cat and Oscar the Hebridean Cat.  Having worked with children, Molly understands what young children relate to and enjoy; namely repetition and simple, catchy language.

The children thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the story of Oscar the Ferry Cat.  We wish Molly the best of luck with the People’s Book Prize nomination and her future career.

 

Old Winterfoldian treads the boards at Greenwich Theatre

Old Winterfoldian Olivia Wormald has been very busy over the last few months.  She is currently in the production of ‘Our House’, the Madness musical at Greenwich Theatre until 4th May: https://www.mountview.org.uk/whats-on/show/our-house/

Olivia performed her West End showcase at the Soho Theatre, and in a new Actor-Musician production of ‘Dead Dog in a Suitcase’ in Peckham. She has also recently signed with Nic Knight Management.

Musically, she has been playing with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra – and depping on various musicals over London.

Olivia says that Winterfold and Bromsgrove set her up with a great foundation for her drama school training and still remembers some of the lessons she learnt here.