Spring Half Term Newsletter 2018


Spring Half Term Newsletter

It has been a long half term but with many exciting events and loads of learning experiences. It is a term where teaching and learning happens in bucketfuls!

At Prestfelde learning is an active process – it is not a matter of passively receiving knowledge; instead it is a matter of our learners engaging with the world and constructing meaning as they learn. Our Guide dogs visit today supported our younger minds and our older children were inspired by Susie Jutsum’s great presentation. She shared her civil engineering career and the opportunities within the field of engineering. She encouraged the children to be curious and ask questions…. who designs bridges, tunnels, chocolate factories, and who designs and creates the lipstick colours?

Learning happens in the mind – it is a reflective activity. It takes time to learn – it is not something that happens in an instant. It is a matter of repetition, reflection and deep thought.

Motivation is key to learning – we need to know why we learn and how the knowledge we are acquiring can be used.

Susie is a member of Women in Science and Engineering Young Women’s Board with the aim of supporting and promoting women within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Today she raised awareness to another challenge we could take part in – an essay competition of 500 words – written about a woman in Science, Technology Engineering or Maths who inspires you.

The STEM prize is a day in industry which would be a most inspirational opportunity for a child.

As your children recharge their batteries, they will learn as they reflect on their experiences this term and return after half term, I hope with their vitality and enthusiasm renewed.

After Rose Farquharson’s successful week in winning the Young Thinkers Award in the Darwin Festival, Prestfelde children are on a roll….

The school news and excitement from across the school is spread through social media, if you have an account on Twitter and Facebook you can follow Prestfelde School ….. don’t miss out – make your account today and keep in touch with the buzz of activity and fun!

Recognition from Prestfelde

Fabulous news this week, Mr Haswell has been nominated and recognised by the Queen for his great service to Prestfelde School and its community.

Mr Haswell was invited to a Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday evening – The Reception was ‘held to recognise the contribution of those in the Commonwealth diaspora from across the UK who have made a notable contribution, either to their own or the wider community.’

We are so proud of him, another great learning opportunity – true Mr Haswell style the Queen now knows all about Prestfelde! He’s spoken to Theresa May and brushed shoulders with Boris!

11+ Scholarships

This month scholarships have been awarded to our 11+ pupils; congratulations to those who have gained awards and also to those who didn’t for taking the challenge and having a go! 


Fergus Scholes-Pryce

Academic Exhibition

Joshua Froggatt, Taliesin Constandinou Williams, Nikhil Atreya


Freya Cooper, William Daly, Jack Kinrade

Sport Award

Charlotte Taylor


Charlotte Taylor, Yasmin Tyack

Art Award

William Venezia, James Boughey

All Rounder

Clemmy Sowden, Gabe Downes


Oliver Connell

Term dates for next year 2018 – 2019

Please note the changes to previously published dates, due to information gathered in the Parent Questionnaires. It is easier for parents to manage full weeks of holiday, rather than holidays which start and end mid-week. We have tried to accommodate this where we can around the Staff training days. Holiday Club dates are published alongside these term dates to help with your holiday planning and organisation.

Please note – the end of the Autumn term will now be extended by two days so that we finish the full week in school. October half term remains the same as 2017 – we finish at the end of Tuesday 16th October – starting back on Monday 29th October.


We are looking to recruiting more Governors to our School Council – all Governors are Corporate Fellows of the Woodard Corporation.

Governors are recruited on the basis of nominations from school contacts and from selection when a post becomes available. The governing body look to ensure a mix of skills and select new governors on the basis of background, competence, specialist skills and, in the case of Fellows, Christian commitment.

Governors are provided with induction training by the Head, Bursar and staff and a wider

programme of training events is organised by the Woodard Corporation. The school also

encourages governors to attend events run by the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).

Where possible the governors consider that the skills and experience of the Board should comprise the following:

  • A Governor with a legal background.
  • A Governor with a financial/accounting background.
  • A Governor with education experience.
  • A Governor with senior managerial or business experience.
  • A Governor with experience of equal opportunities or disability needs.
  • At least one female Governor and at least one male Governor.

One Governor may have one or more of these skills.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in this role, please let me know and we would follow an interview process.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 26th February – Team Photographs. Please bring in clean sports kit.

Monday 12th March – The Cookery School will be having an Indian Cookery Demonstration evening. Further details to follow after half term.

Thursday 1st March – World Book Day. This will be a pyjama/ onesie day for Little P and Middle School. We will be doing lots of lovely book-themed activities throughout the day to celebrate reading. Children are also invited to bring in their favourite book to share. Please make sure that any books have the children’s name in or written on a post-it note inside the book.

We hope you have a lovely half term with your children and thank you for all your tremendous support this half term.

Best wishes

Fiona Orchard
Head of Prestfelde