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Chocolate and all things nice 

bgchocolate105We do request that parents do not bring cakes or chocolates into school.

We do have a number of children with allergies and we would respectfully request that our policy is adhered to. 

Birthdays and special events can be celebrated in so many different ways.

Simon Ford, 15/09/2017

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Parking 

Dear All

As you will be aware the parking at school has been an issue. Parking 2Hopefully this will sort itself out by the beginning of next week. Could I ask parents not to park near Harrow View as it does cause congestion. 

Parking


There are many alternatives to parking at the front of school and I would request you use spaces at Tesco or the recreation ground.


Could I ask that parents do not park directly outside school even if they are dropping of their child.

Simon Ford, 15/09/2017

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New staff enjoy their first week.

New staffThe new staff have settled quickly into the school and after three days of induction they met their classes on Thursday morning.  

It was all smiles at the end of the week.


Miss Rajdev - P3R
Mrs Khan - PP1
Miss Shaw - P3S

Simon Ford, 11/09/2017

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Back to School... 

3I4A1824I’d like to start by wishing you all a warm welcome to the new academic year, especially those of you who are joining the Quainton Hall community for the first time.

We welcome four new members of staff: 
Mrs N Khan - PP1 Teacher
Miss A Rajdev and Miss M Shaw  - P3 Teacher
Mrs K Patel – Reception Class  Teaching Assistant. 

All have joined us with outstanding references and I am excited by what they bring the school. 

As the school grows we have had to split a number of classes to accommodate the children. We now have four classes in the Middle School; P3S, P3R, P4C and P4N split. 

We have also made a change to the tutors at the top of the school with Mr Wood now overseeing P8 and Mr Still taking charge of P7. The children’s tutors and class teachers will be introducing themselves very soon, if they have not done so already. 

Over the summer we saw the launch of our new interactive website. This is still evolving, but we hope you’ll like some of the new features and find it a useful tool helping you to navigate school life and provide you with the support you need. You’ll all be sent details soon regarding logins and other features. We will be updating the website with all the latest news and this will replace the old newsletter, so do keep an eye on it!

Laptops will be used throughout the school and we hope that this will be a development that not only makes the education enjoyable but also enhances the curriculum.

On the children’s return to school tomorrow some of them will require games bags. Year 5 and 6 do have games tomorrow and the PE programme starts for P3 on Thursday. Bags at the ready!

Minibuses will be in action tomorrow. Please ensure that you and, more importantly, the children are ready for collection at the time allocated. 

All the staff will be in the playground tomorrow to assist the children in finding their classrooms and form teachers. Please be advised that the bell will go at 8.25 for the beginning of the school day.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.


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Sporting Chance 

Last week was largely dominated by athletics. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Pre-prep event at Old Millhillians.  Although the temperatures were exceptionally high, the children and parents, with the help of shade from the trees, had a very entertaining and successful afternoon. I would like to congratulate the children, in particular, for performing so well and truly giving of their best in such hot conditions. Sports day 2017

The Prep School gathered together on Friday at The Harrow School Athletics track for a most memorable day.  A few parents pitched gazebos on the hill but most sought shelter among the trees on what proved to be another hot day.  As the children set off to run, jump and throw, those of use lucky enough to be on the hill admired the splendour of the setting. Samuel A (P5) set a new record on a very good track; one I fear will take many years to beat. The day was yet again organised extremely well by Mr Bester and my thanks go to him on another successful Sports’ Day event. I am already looking forward to returning next year.

A week ago we were treated to a fabulous gymnastics event run by Miss Nejad in the Susan Milner Hall. Over 40 boys and girls competed to a very high level and in so doing gave the parents and staff a memorable event; well done to them all.

So much has happened in the last week. P4 headed off to the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Durg for organising this trip which certainly enhances the curriculum.

The Leavers and their parents gathered for their dinner on Wednesday evening with drinks in the garden before we settled down to fine food and speeches in the Hall. This is always a special event and it was lovely to see our boys and girl dressed so smartly. It is always an emotional evening and I did see some tears in the pupils eyes as they left.

The Summer Fair was yet again a great success. Mr Still and his team pulled out all the stops to make it a fun day for all. Bouncy Castles to tombola, face 

painting to bric-a-brac - It was all there for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to all of you who made the effort to be there on yet another sunny day. The day was made even more special by having a stand that was selling hearts for the Grenfell Tower Appeal. Mrs Dar informed me that with the help of The Big Give a total of £242 was donated. Thank you!

On Tuesday we were given a superb concert by the Orchestra, the Wind Band, Fun Choir and PP2 Recorders. I am always impressed by the standard of play and the children are lucky to be given such a fabulous opportunity to show off their talents. The trumpeters and clarinet certainly set the scene with their opening piece and we will get the opportunity to hear them again on Friday.

My comments on Wednesday’s staff, pupils and parents cricket match are few as the staff and parents quickly reached the target set by the boys who quite simply had their minds on other things, certainly not cricket. At this time of year it is an opportunity to look back on all that has been done for the leavers and I hope they are proud of all that they have achieved.

The rest of the week needs careful planning. The leavers’ service is at 1.45pm on Thursday followed by the end of term assembly where many prizes will be given out. There is NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY MORNING but pupils are expected to be seated at Trinity Church for Speech Day which starts at 2pm. Children should arrive in time for their form tutors to register them before the start of proceedings. Following the speeches the pupils and parents are invited back to school for tea and a farewell drink. Reports will be distributed at this stage.

The booking form for next term’s activities and minibus bookings will be coming home to you via email in the next few days. Book early to avoid disappointment, by returning the form to the school, completed electronically, or printed and sent to school.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday.

 

Mr Simon Ford, 15/07/2017

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