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Week 4 - 6th May

Important emails

 

Medical / Absence / Supper & Off Games

matrons@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

Boarding

boarding@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

 

SOCS Queries / Co-Curricular & Prep Late Club

marshj@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

 

Pre Prep Late Club

lateclub@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

 

Prep Trips & Transport

dimmickt@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

Uniform Shop

uniformshop@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

Any Other Queries:

schooloffice@standrewsberkshire.co.uk

A look ahead... Easter Term​​​

Bradfield Group Finance Director Appointment

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Sinclair to the post of Bradfield Group Finance Director from August 2024 after a competitive process which drew a very strong field.

Patrick qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC and is a highly accomplished Chief Financial Officer and leader. Patrick has operated at board level in multiple sectors in both public limited and private equity backed companies and is joining us from 3t, the UK’s largest training company in the energy sector.

Our current Financial Director, Penny Franklin, has done a huge amount for St Andrew’s over many years, having previously been Bursar here, and having sent three children to the school. We are extremely grateful for her tireless work on the School's behalf and wish her a very happy retirement.

Monday, 27 May 2024

Half Term begins

Friday, 31 May 2024

Half Term ends

Friday, 7 June 2024

Year Group Photographs

Monday, 17 June 2024

Dance Performance, 4.15 pm

Friday, 21 June 2024

Pre-Prep Sports Day, 2.15 pm

Saturday, 22 June 2024

Prep Sports Day, 10.30 am

Friday, 28 June 2024

Reception-Year 4 Family Afternoon, 1.30 pm

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Prep Summer Concert, 2.00 pm

Friday, 5 July 2024

Pre-Prep Prize Giving, 2.00 pm

Saturday, 6 July 2024

Speech Day & End of Term, 11.00 am

Here's what has been happening this week...

Year 7 Visit to Chedworth

Year 7 went on a glorious trip to Chedworth Roman Villa this week. They were gifted with a beautiful sunny day which really added to the stunning Cotswold countryside. Famous for its mosaics, bath houses and snails, the children enjoyed the opportunity to not only see some of the largest mosaics in the UK, but also to create a mosaic themselves.

 

Excitingly, we managed to find a Helix Pomatia hiding in the undergrowth, a Roman delicacy and now protected rarity. The children asked our guide some excellent questions and were impeccably behaved. Workbooks were completed enthusiastically as we toured the site and now display a newly acquired knowledge about how the Romans lived.

IAPS Swimming Results

Congratulations to all of the pupils who participated in the IAPS Swimming Qualifiers. The swimmers have all been placed nationally with some events out of up to 173 competitors. A number of pupils made the top 20 nationally and are through to the Finals at the London Aquatic Centre.

 

Matty (Year 8) Boys U13 50m Butterfly Finals

Jack (Year 6) Boys U11 50m Breaststroke final

Gina, Genny, Chloe and Darcey - Girls U12 4x25m Freestyle Relay final.

 

A number of swimmers made it to the top 30 nationally in their individual events and narrowly missed out on the finals, well done to Iona, Charlie, Irem, Connie, Charlie, Gina, Darcey, Xander and Genny.

Pre-Prep this week

Reception enjoyed a delightfully sunny day at Rushall Farm this week, filled with fun engaging activities.  They explored pond life, observed bees and enjoyed a beautiful bluebell walk. In the afternoon, a tractor ride took them to the farm where they met sheep, cows, and fed the chickens.

Nursery became Police officers this week. They created police horses from chairs, researched pictures of different types of police equipment and skills, before riding their homemade 'hobby horses' in the woods. In the afternoon, they made their own police hats, writing their names and ID numbers onto paper and taping it to their jumpers.

Pre-Prep Funky Hair Day

We are pleased to share that Chloe in Year 2, has dedicated the past few years to growing her hair long enough (12 inches) to cut and donate it to the Little Princess Trust. This act of kindness will provide Chloe's real hair to make a wig for a child or young person who has lost their own hair through cancer treatment or to other conditions such as Alopecia, offering them hope and confidence. 

 

To support Chloe's admirable goal of raising £700 for the charity, Pre-Prep will host a ‘Funky Hair’ day on Friday, May 17th. On this day, all children in Pre-Prep are encouraged to come to school with their hair styled in any way imaginable—think vibrant colours, fun accessories, and creative designs! We look forward to everyone in Pre-Prep coming together with a funky hair style to support Chloe meet her target and make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need.

 

You can contribute here via the JustGiving page. We will also be collecting cash donations on the day.

Hats off to Paula Weston!

Our grounds were looking phenomenal this week and their upkeep is really down to the work of one person – Paula Weston. 

 

It’s been one of the wettest starts to the cricket season in recent memory, but she’s done a brilliant job to get pitches into the condition they are, and this is the culmination of a lot of hard work and care. Thank you, Paula (and to your son, Martin, who also contributes significantly).

FOSA Fun Day - 18th May 2024

FOSA Fun Day is fast approaching and its success depends on the community pulling together to support the event. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help.

The café relies on your wonderful donations, and we ask all keen bakers to pull up their sleeves and bake some delights. Please contact Clare Richards on 07802 170472 or email for more details.

The hugely popular Tombolas will be returning this year so please leave all donations in the collection boxes in the Front Porch or Coffee Shop. Donations of sweets, alcohol, soft drinks, toiletries, candles and any unwanted gifts would be appreciated.

Please remember for all of the above, NO NUTS.

Jazz on a Summer's Evening at Bradfield College

Everyone in the St. Andrew’s community is warmly invited to Jazz On A Summer's Evening - the annual celebration concert of jazz, pop and soul, staged in Bradfield College’s open air theatre. Bring a picnic, possibly with a bottle of something refreshing, and enjoy a magical evening of cool sounds and wonderful pupil talent.

Children and families welcome. Tickets £10 each with proceeds going to the charity Nordoff and Robbins Music Therapy. 

Summer uniform check

Many of the children have grown a lot since last summer and require a longer dress! Please could you ensure the summer dresses are of a suitable length, just above or below the knee.

 

We also ask that the children wear 'ankle' socks and not 'trainer' socks with the summer dress.

You can visit the school uniform shop online here. 

Hedgehog Awareness Week

During Hedgehog Awareness Week, the Eco Committee is hosting two fundraising initiatives on Thursday 9th May to support local charity, Hedgehog Bottom. The Prep School is going on the BIG Hedgehog Hunt, while  at drop off, the Pre-Prep Student Council will be selling hedgehog food, which they’d like you to put in your garden.

Any sightings of hedgehogs, please take a photo and share on Tapestry (Pre-Prep) and for Prep pupils, email Jane Taylor.

Prep

Bring in £2 to enter The BIG Hedgehog Hunt.


11 members of staff are becoming hedgehogs and you’ve got to find them!

Pre-Prep

Bring in £2 to buy hedgehog food
Find a secluded place to put your food and see if it attracts prickly new friends.

Co-curricular and after school activity survey

Please provide your feedback on the current co-curricular offering in the Prep and Pre-Prep by completing this form. It should take around 10 minutes and will really help to show what we are doing well and what needs improvement. 


Responses will close on Tuesday 4th June at midday.

Book Fair - open for online orders until end of half term

If you haven’t been able to make it to the Book Fair this week, you can still order books online until the end of Sunday 2nd June. 


You can buy books online here. Don't forget, there is a special 3 for 2 offer available and ff you're not sure what to buy, please do take a look at what's on offer here.


To make the ordering process easier, please email Lucy Parkinson-Gadd with your order so we can match your order with the books delivered.


All books ordered online will arrive at school the week after half term and we will alert parents by email. Your support is much appreciated as every penny earnt means more books in our library.

Still time to express interest in September buses

We are exploring new additional bus routes for the areas around Caversham, Aldermaston and Hermitage for the 2024 Autumn Term, alongside our existing routes. Please submit your interest for any of these routes by completing this form.  


NB: Bus routes are being offered to pupils in Year 2 (from September) and above.

New Bradfield Group role: Group Director of Marketing and Communications

The Bradfield Group, incorporating Bradfield College, St Andrew’s School and Bradfield College Enterprises, is seeking an experienced Group Director of Marketing and Communications to lead strategic and operational marketing, communications and public relations and to take a key leadership role in helping to position the Group for future success and development.


You can see more information about the role here.


If you would be interested in having an informal, confidential, conversation about this position, please contact David Stephens who is overseeing the process.

Music Timetable

The music timetable for after half term is now uploaded on the Parent Portal

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Book Look

A date for your diary for the final opportunity to look at work for this academic year: Year 1 and 2 – Wednesday 26th June 8:00-8:35 or 3:30-4:15pm Reception – Thursday 27th June (following the 'dance watch')





Year 2 'Passport to Prep' update

Year 2 will be completing their 'Passport to Prep' programme after half term. On the following dates they will be attending Prep School assemblies so we ask that they are in School by 8.20 am. 


Tuesday 4th June 

Monday 10th June 

Friday 21st June


Pre-Prep Funky Hair Day fundraise total

Thank you again for your support last week with Funky Hair Day. Chloe is delighted to have raised over £1,500 for Little Princess Trust and will be visiting the hairdresser during half term. Good luck, Chloe!

Half Term postcards

Enjoy the half-term break and please do let us know what you have been up to by either writing and sending a postcard to school or posting a picture on Tapestry.

Year 7 and 8 core subject exams

Download Year 7 core exam timetable

Download Year 8 core exam timetable


Download Year 7 core exams revision guides

Download Year 8 core exams revision guides


Please find above exam timetables and revision guides for the Year 7 and 8 core subject exams that are due to take place in the week after the half term break. The children have been given a paper copy of this timetable (and it is on Teams) as well as a revision planner that they may use if they wish.


This week, Dr Neil spoke to the children during senior assembly and covered the following points:


Where to revise? Does your child have a designated space for revision? A bedroom or a study, perhaps, that is clear of clutter, away from disturbances and therefore conducive to effective learning?


When to revise? There is clearly little point in sitting down to revise in the evening if they are more effective in the mornings. When asked about this in assembly, most children seemed to know when they are at the best, but some weren’t sure. Next week is a good opportunity to find out because they will undoubtedly have other exams to sit in the future.


Why not download a revision timetable template?


Who to revise with? Revision doesn’t need to be an individual endeavour, with the children tucked away in a room somewhere poring over their books. It may be helpful to set up an out of school revision session with another child in the same year. Can an older brother, sister or other family member test your child on what has recently been revised?


How much to revise? Dr Neil recommends somewhere between 2 to 3 hours of revision in each of the four core subjects for Year 7 children, and between 3 and 4 hours for Year 8 children. These figures are likely to vary from subject to subject. Try to work out which subjects require the most attention.


What to revise? This has been outlined in the revision guides that are saved in your child’s tutor group on Teams. These guides should be your child’s first port of call before dipping into text books, exercise books, and online work.


How to revise? This is arguably the most important question of all (second only to what to revise). In Year 6 study skills lessons, your child has looked into the different ways our brains work and what this means for revision. Many children have already purchased a set of index cards to organise their studies. Other aides include colourful post-it notes which could help turn revision into a game or could be stuck onto windows or mirrors (or walls or ceilings) around the house. Mind maps also can be effective as a way of organising information. No one approach to revision fits all, so the key is to make revision as active as possible.


Dr Neil’s final message to the children in assembly was the importance of balancing work, rest and play. They have all worked very hard throughout the course of this year and these exams will be a good opportunity for their efforts to be recognised. We hope that next week’s revision and the following week’s exams go well for all.

Year 5 and 6 non-core exam revision guides

Below are revision guides for Year 5 and 6 exams (both core and non-core) that take place after half term as well as the exam timetables.


Year 5 Core Exam Timetable

Year 5 Core Subject Revision Guide

Download Year 5 non-core exams revision guide


Year 6 Core Exam Timetable

Download Year 6 non-core exams revision guide

Year 6 Core Subject Revision Guide 


Although there are no formal expectations in terms of revision over half term, it is likely that some children will want to revisit their work in preparation for their exams.  Therefore, please also see the revision guides that we have produced to accompany the exams.


If you would like to read the revision advice that I have given to our older children, please see the Year 7 and 8 exams message above 

Atom Learning for Year 5 children

Over the break, your child can expect to find a selection of verbal and non-verbal reasoning activities on Atom Learning. Throughout the year, it has been encouraging to see that the children have begun to develop an understanding of which types of question they find easy and which they find more challenging.  In response, the children have been set Atom activities that focus on particular areas tailored to them.  These activities will typically contain fewer questions, but offer more focused practice.


Sign up for 3 free Atom lessons here. 

Year 3 Music Concert - Tuesday 4th June in the Chapel

Year 3 parents are invited to watch their children perform in front of their peers in an enjoyable music concert in the Chapel at 4.15 pm on Tuesday 4th June. 

Year 7 & 8 PSPQ Celebration Evening - Thursday 6th June

From 5.30 to 7.00 pm on Thursday 6th June, St Andrew's is hosting its inaugural 'At Our Best- PSPQ Celebration' evening (click the invitation here).


The PSPQ is a Pre-Senior Project Qualification - the planning of an extended essay and a presentation. This event is for Year 7 & 8 pupils and families in which Year 8 pupils will showcase their communication skills, following completion of their PSPQ projects to inspire Year 7s for the following year, and to celebrate their achievements. 


Please email if your child is unable to attend.

PSHE and RSE in the Summer Term

The school's upcoming PSHE topic for the next half-term will be 'Changing Me', which will be taught to all year groups. The focus will be on the changes that occur throughout the various stages of the human life cycle, and in the older year groups, the impact this has physically and emotionally. 


We encourage discussions on these topics at home, and to aid in this, we are providing a preview of the topics that will be covered by each year group. We will be sending out more detailed information about specific lessons (attached and highlighted in yellow), including key vocabulary, activities, and delivery dates after the half term break.

School General Election

Following the announcement that a General Election is to be held on Thursday 4th July, we are pleased to announce that Prep school pupils will be enjoying a flavour of politics later this term and will get the chance to vote in our school General Election. The timing is not perfect as the children are so busy in the run up to the end of the Summer Term, but hope this will give them some insight into the election process. Further details to follow. 

We are intergrating the newsletter with our SOCS Calendar.
Below, you will find event and sports information for the next 7 days.

Please click 'View 7 Days' at the top of the section for Pre-Prep, Prep and Sports on the left.
If you would like more information or to look further ahead, please visit the SOCs calendar.

Missed any news? Go back and see previous editions of The Messenger in the Archive page

Chess Match

On Monday, St Andrew's Chess Club travelled to Elstree. The level of concentration was impressive and the only sounds were the shuffling of pieces, carefully manoeuvred into place and the occasional murmur of ‘Check.’ 12 pupils took part and the following should be congratulated on their excellent performances: James, Freddie, George, Robert, Archie, Megan, Arthur, Henry and James.
Special mention to Arthur who won all of his 4 matches.

U11 Mixed tennis triumph

6 pairs of U11 pupils played really well this week to win 15 out of 18 matches in their first games against Cranford House. It was a mixed doubles match and the children improved their communication skills as the matches progressed. Congratulations to all the players and best of luck for the rest of the term in future matches.

Great Golf

Last Thursday, St Andrew's golf team headed to Datchet Golf Club and played a fixture against St George's Windsor. What started off as a great match-up, with some excellent golf all around was unfortunately cut short due to rain.

 

Then, on Friday, Kimi and Jack (Golf Captain) took part in the annual Golf Tournament at Bradfield.  With the introduction of the new chipping range, extra-curricular clubs and hopefully more fixtures to follow, golf is on the rise at St Andrew's.

On Wednesday, the U10A Girls Cricket Team participated in the St. Edwards Tens Festival, putting out a stellar performance. The team won three out of four matches and tied one. Their skills were on full display, excelling in both batting and delivering precise bowling. Although the competition was tight, two players received special recognition: Jemima was named Bowler of the Day and Georgia, Batter of the Day. Well done to all the girls that took part.

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