I am not naïve to suggest that next week’s half term break will be a true breather for a lot of families: childcare will continue, as will demanding jobs, many of which I appreciate (in all senses of the word) are in the medical professions. But I do hope that you get to enjoy some moments with the boys away from screens, taking advantage of those recreational activities that we can do safely. Next half term will bring with it some further changes, as we await the government’s response to the changing shape of the pandemic, and will no doubt present all schools with further challenges as we await news on who can come back on site and when, doing what, taught by whom. We will remain nimble, as ever, and will do all we can to keep the boys learning as happily and productively as we can in the circumstances. Your support in this has been hugely appreciated so far; there can be very few parent bodies as supportive, patient and positive as that at NCS. That makes our jobs so much easier in a really rather tricky situation, and the better we can do our jobs, the better things are for the boys. So, for that, we give you enormous thanks.
I wish you and your families and well-earned and happy half-term break.
Congratulations to the following boys:
Isaac - Gold certificate for 300 house points
George - Gold certificate for 300 house point
William - Merit for brilliant cricket skills in games
Alexander M - Merit for designing and building a fantastic marble run
Dominic - Merit for excellent goal keeping in hockey lessons
Ashwin - Merit for excellent reasoning in puzzles and superb communication of his ideas
Ashwin - Merit (Art & DT) for completing a brilliant and imaginative co-curricular project on a marble run inspired by Andy Warhol using STEM and DT skills
Josh - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Benji - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Isaac - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Finn - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Alexander - Merit for an impressive Pop Art project, including an innovative Andy Warhol PowerPoint
James - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Ben - Merit for committed independent work on Memrise in French
Ben - Gold certificate for 300 house points
Timon - Silver certificate for 200 house points
Henry - Silver certificate for 200 house points
Harry - Silver certificate for 200 house points
Kian - Silver certificate for 200 house points
Very well done to all those Year 8 and 8S boys who sat four days of mock exams this week. It has been wonderful to see a lot of hard work paying off, as the boys get to experience a ‘dry run’ of later assessments. The boys took the week in their stride wonderfully and I look to forward to us working together, feeding back, to help the boys ‘review and improve’ even further. And good luck to those boys who will be starting their academic scholarship exams very soon after half term.
Well done to Ashwin (Year 6) whose Haiku about Arty the Gecko, and his 100-word story Unsolved – Tales of Mystery about human trafficking, have been accepted for publication by ‘Young Writers’.
Parents may be interested in the forthcoming Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar Beyond virtual live event on Saturday 13 February, 10:30-16.00. You can watch a number of live sessions with activities ranging from a live science show, microscopy, electric cars to a zumba-style dance session about the Lunar Landing. The Science Bazaar is a free event with activities suitable for ages 5-18+. There are also a number of competitions to keep the boys occupied and entertained!
Many thanks to all those who have been involved with our Charity Week activities this week. Attached to this newsletter’s Parentmail you will find a poster from Mrs Showell-Rogers outlining this term’s ‘Earthshot’ charity projects, including some links to find out more, information about WWF and about how the boys can submit their competition entries. Have fun and good luck!
Our parents’ evenings will resume after half term, with our Year 8 one on Zoom on Wednesday 24 February. Miss Krebs has already been in touch with the relevant families regarding our sign-up appointment system.
Mrs Brown and Mr Gullifer would like to pass on their thanks to all those parents who have donated to our project to help support digital provision in local schools. In addition to ten laptops, we have also received over £2000 in donations to go towards the purchase of hardware for those in need. Thank you!
Street Tag: Congratulations on all the excellent walking. We now have a comfortable hold on 3rd place thanks to your efforts! Perhaps, 2nd place is now within sight?! Tip: pre-book your Power Hour (in Playground) a day in advance as it will earn you triple the points.
Last Thursday: 350k
Last Thursday: 39