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What’s New? School News

From a charity runathon to a special choir performance, these schools have been busy lately ...


Breaside reach new heights of SATisfaction!

The best schools in Bromley have been revealed in a guide released by the Sunday Times.  Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018, ranks the 2,000 top schools in the UK.  The guide is based on exams results and features both independent and state schools.

Staff from Breaside Preparatory school were celebrating their ranking as being the 16th best school in the country.  Executive Principal of Breaside Preparatory School Karen Nicholson said: ‘We are very pleased to share with you that we have been placed 16th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Schools list – an absolutely fantastic achievement of which we are incredibly proud!

‘It is wonderful to be recognised for all of the hard work that the staff and children put into Breaside to make it the very special place that it is.’

Breaside Preparatory School is part of the Cognita Schools Group.


Bede’s Pupils Selected for a CSAD Ceramics Excellence award

Four Upper Sixth pupils from Bede’s Senior School have been selected for a CSAD Ceramic Excellence Award. The awards celebrate the best in emerging ceramic talent.

Bede’s pupils will have their pieces exhibited at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, in June 2018. On the evening of the private view, a panel of experts in the field of ceramics and education will award an overall winner and three recommendations across three categories.

Anthony Hammond, Head of Ceramics, said: ‘I am delighted that our pupils have received this well-deserved recognition for all their hard work. To have four pupils selected for a CSAD Ceramics Excellence award is a huge achievement, and we very much look forward to seeing their works exhibited in Cardiff later this year.


STEM challenge success for Beech Hall School

Enterprising pupils at Beech Hall School recently battled it out and secured a much-coveted place at the grand final of a creative competition, in association with International technology brand, Siemens. Talented pupils dedicated several weeks to designing, testing and improving a working model rollercoaster. During the preparation phase of the competition, an expert from the global brand visited the school to offer guidance and support, before returning to judge which teams would progress to the final stage.

Both a junior and a senior team achieved a highly sought-after place in the concluding leg of the challenge. The victorious senior group based their design on Halloween, and the successful junior team took inspiration from outer-space.

Headteacher James Allen commented: ‘The challenge was a great way to educate and enthuse our pupils about engineering and STEM subjects. The pupils produced some interesting designs and their dedication to the project was reflected in the final masterpieces.’


Caldicott wins Food for Life Award

Recently the school was awarded the Silver Food for Life Served Here award from the Soil Association in recognition of the fantastic catering provision at Caldicott, the first independent school in Buckinghamshire to gain this level of award. The school has always placed priority on providing high quality food for the boys and staff at Caldicott, that is freshly prepared, locally sourced and containing organic ingredients where possible.

The Food for Life Served Here award helps schools demonstrate that they are providing fresh, local and varied food choices on school menus, which has a positive impact on the health and well-being of the boys and staff. Food for Life brings communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food.  They support schools that take a whole school approach to educating children and adults in healthy eating and food production, themes that Caldicott has embraced.

Chef Manager, Julie Ayling, said, ‘We are all so very proud and pleased to receive this award.  It is a great achievement after many months of hard work and dedication and making sure all the meals we serve at Caldicott are healthy, fresh and above all, enjoyed by the whole school community.’


King Edward’s Witley Chapel Choir performs at the Worshipful Company of Horners’ Ceremony

Although this choir is used to receiving prestigious invitations to perform across the UK and around the world, they recently received a very special request. It presented the Choir with the opportunity to perform at the Annual Service for the election of the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Horners, which, by tradition, takes place on the Feast of Candlemas in St James Church, Garlickhythe in the City of London.

The Chapel Choir performed two iconic pieces in the church; Parry’s, ‘I was Glad’, which has been performed at every Coronation, and ‘Call of Wisdom’ for the Queen’s Diamond Anniversary performance at St Paul’s Cathedral. During the formal dinner which followed the service, Max, one of King Edward’s Music Scholars in Year 10, performed a solo recital on the trumpet.

Stasio Sliwka, Director of Music at King Edward’s Witley said, ‘Music is at the heart of life at King Edward’s and our Choirs form an important part of our musical activities. It was an honour and pleasure for the choir to be invited to participate in this special commemorative event and a wonderful experience that each pupil will be able to look back on years from now.’


Student all set for the next Winter Olympics!

At the age of just three, Imogen Smith already had dreams of one day representing her country at the Winter Olympics and this month she took a step closer to achieving her dream when, amongst worldwide competition, she came 4th and 7th at the Women’s Audi Skicross Tour event in Lenk, Switzerland.

Alongside her A Levels Imogen, aged 17, has trained in France, Norway and at the Snozone Castleford this year whilst keeping fit at Queen Margaret’s taking part in Netball, Tennis, Athletics and specialist fitness sessions with QM’s personal trainer. Next year, Imogen is hoping to move up to Europa Cup Level and has her sights set on competing in the World Cup circuit to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

Imogen is thrilled with her progress so far, as is Queen Margaret’s Director of Sport, Anne Davies, who agrees that she will go far: ‘Imogen’s sheer grit and determination will see her through. This month’s competition has taken her success to the next level.’


Dauntsey’s Pupils Raise Funds for Africa in 24-hour Runathon

A team made up of pupils and staff from Dauntsey’s has completed a 24-hour Runathon to raise money for the school’s chosen charity for 2018, Malayaka House, an orphanage in Uganda. Some 735 miles were run over a total of 1,915 laps of the running course, raising more than £1,000 in sponsorship. Special mention must go to Hugh and Henry, two pupils who each completed 69 laps, meaning they both ran more than a marathon.

Jane Hubbard, Head of Charities, Dauntsey’s, said: ‘The Runathon has become an annual fixture in our fundraising campaign and this year the pupils and staff surpassed themselves in reaching almost 2,000 laps of the course. Thanks must go to all the – now exhausted! – runners but also to those who cheered them on and sponsored them.’

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