The Voice of st leonards junior school

Congratulations to our Girls for a superb display against Kilgraston on Wednesday. Both teams played extremely well with goals scored by Katie, Harriet, Niamh and Eva.


I must confess to two things. Firstly, at this time of year I do love the various top 100 lists that get published in the papers. One that has got me gripped is The Telegraph's top 100 sports people of all time. As a keen sportsman, I have been following this over the last two weeks (they are about to release 40-20 on their list and with no sign of Andy Murray yet, excitement is growing...). My second confession is that I love to listen to Radio 2 on the way to School each morning, and it transpires Vassos (Chris Evans' sidekick) is also following this top 100 list. He highlighted number 80 on the list, a man called Max Woosnam (1892-1965). He won an Olympic Gold and Silver in tennis at the 1920 Olympics, having won doubles at Wimbledon. This is a pretty good achievement. However, Woosnam also made a century at Lords, captained Manchester City and the England Football Team. This surely makes him one of the greatest sports person of all time, and I am staggered that he only reaches 80 on the list. A quadruple Cambridge Blue, Woosnam also fought alongside Siegfried Sassoon in World War I. He found the idea of becoming professional "vulgar" so remained an amateur. I wonder what he would have thought of the way sport has gone now with sponsorship deals and transfers reaching millions of pounds and multi-talented sports men and women having to focus their talents to one sport.

Max Woosnam

Why am I wittering on about Max Woosnam, apart from the fact I am still staggered that there lived such a gifted individual, only to reach 80 on the list? There is another list I would like to draw your attention to. This is far more important than any other list we might get drawn into over the Festive period. It is Toppings' top 10 Children's book list.

Here goes:

Clare Balding's The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop (8-12 yrs)

Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down (7+ yrs)

Santa & Sebag Montefiore's Royal Rabbits of London (6-8 yrs)

David Walliam's The Midnight Gang (8-12 yrs)

David Baddiel's AniMalcolm (7-10 yrs)

Chris Riddell's illustrated Hunting of the Snark & Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Robin Steven's New Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (8-12 yrs)

Fleur Hitchcock's Murder in Widwinter (11+ yrs)

Paul Torday's There May Be a Castle (8-12 yrs)

Laura James' Captain Pug, the Dog Who Sailed the Seas (6+ yrs)

To encourage adventure, a thirst for knowledge and good old fashioned skills, may I wholeheartedly recommend:

I urge you all to devote time over Christmas to reading, and dip into your local bookshop with your children to browse and capture their imagination. There is nothing more exciting than discovering what books everyone has been given for Christmas and there are some wonderful fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages. As Michael Morpurgo passionately says: "reading widens and deepens knowledge and understanding, develops the ability to empathise, explore, discover, be comforted, excited, provoked and challenged".

I can't wait to hear what the children have read over the holidays. Please encourage them to complete a book review (blank copies will be sent home with the reports) and we will display these in January. I have many plans to generate even more of a love for reading at St Leonards, including our book week next term and a Literature and Story Telling Festival in September 2017, more details to follow.

Oh, and Max Woosnam also defeated Charlie Chaplin at table tennis, apparently playing with a butter knife instead of a bat! Surely that propels him to number 2 (just behind Andy Murray of course).

I much look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Fair tomorrow, the Nativity Play on Sunday and at some of our Christmas events next week.

William Goldsmith, 9 December 2016


Half of the year 7 students have had their first taster term of learning German and as a final activity learnt a traditional German St Nicholas song. They practised hard for two weeks with the help of Yr 13 student Bjorn Franke and performed in the St Nicholas service in the St Leonard chapel. Their reward for all their hard work, chocolates from St Nicklaus in their shoes.

Year 1 reminded us of the importance of Kindness at Christmas time in their assembly on Wednesday


This week Year One put on a fantastic performance with their first ever Class Assembly. We were given the opportunity to see just how far they have progressed since starting school with us in September. First of all, we heard about the book they have been reading called Have You Filled A Bucket Today? We learnt how important it is to show kindness to others and look after our friends. We then watched an impressive display of their artwork and reading skills as they retold the story, The Snowman and the Snowdog. What an excellent display of their learning so far. Well done, Year One!


Year 5 have built their ships based on the Explorer 'Unit of Inquiry'
Call the Midwife - Lower School Nativity Play


The School were treated to a sneak preview of our Lower School Nativity, 'A Midwife Crisis' today in the School Hall. After weeks of dedicated rehearsal, the dress rehearsal was a great success and we much look forward to the performances on Sunday, 10 December at 2.00pm & Monday, 11 December at 10.00am, in the Senior School Hall.

A full report with pictures will feature in next week's newsletter.


Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in their Awards Day display as part of the Dancing Club. Performing a mixture of ballet, highland and freestyle, their performances were most impressive.

Many congratulations to the following:

Grace, Anona, Evie, Emily, Marta, Ishbel, Kamilah, Isabella, Paula, Cara, Cameron, Lucy, Rachael, James, Marko, Riya, Eabha, Thea, Rachel, Eva, Corinne, Shelagh, Isha, Zachary and Maya.


We wish Polly a very Happy Birthday for next week

Christmas at St Leonards

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the following events next week:

Saturday, 10 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm: Christmas Fair, St Katharines Hall

Sunday, 11 December, 2.00pm: Years 1-3 Nativity Play, Senior School Hall

Monday, 12 December 2016: Wear your Christmas Jumper to School (over School uniform), £1 donation to RNLI

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 3.00pm: End of Term Celebration Assembly, St Katharines Hall

Friday, 16 December 2016, 9.30am: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Holy Trinity Church, South Street

This year's St Leonards Christmas Card is now on sale for staff and parents to buy (see above). You may recognise the design - Charlotte Baillie's (Yr 13) beautiful sketches can also be found on the curtains in Bishopshall. The Christmas cards are being sold in packs of ten - each pack costs £6 and has 10 cards in total; 5 cards of the red design, and 5 cards of the blue design. To place your order, please email Connie Williams:

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