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.
BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
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.
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.
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:
YEAR 1 ASSEMBLY - KINDNESS THIS CHRISTMAS
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!
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR 'UNITS OF INQUIRY'
A MIDWIFE CRISIS - YEAR 1 NATIVITY PLAY DRESS REHEARSAL
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.