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From STEAM to animal fun, check in to keep up to date with the latest independent school happenings

Taunton School, Somerset

Flying visit by top Colonel for school inspection

 Taunton School hosted its annual Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Inspection Day with Royal Marines Colonel Phil Kelly being flown in by Wildcat helicopter to inspect cadets, including his daughter.

In an exciting start to the day a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter landed on the front pitch at the school bringing with it Colonel Phil Kelly, the Inspecting Officer in charge of the Air Group on board the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. His job was to review the school’s cadets, including his own daughter Mary Kelly.

Colonel Kelly saw the cadets demonstrating many of the skills they had learnt whilst in the CCF including camping and cooking, life-saving, casualty treatment and evacuation, and field guns.

Shiplake College, Oxfordshire

Olympic Gold Medal Alumni Pull Together To Raise Funds For New Rowing Building Development

Shiplake College alumni, rowing Olympic gold medallists Will Satch MBE and Ben Hunt Davis MBE, supported a fundraising dinner for a new boathouse and multi-activity centre on Saturday 17th March 2018. The pair took part in a Q&A session, led by BBC Sports Presenter and former pupil James Burridge, and enjoyed dinner with over 200 guests at the College in Henley-on-Thames. A raffle and auction included stays at a Soho House Hotel, a boat naming opportunity and a coaching session from Will Satch. Funds raised will go towards an ambitious world-class boathouse facility and multi-activity centre building development.

Brentwood School, Essex

School travels to Ypres for Great War rededication

Brentwood School staff, governors and students past and present travelled to the famous Belgian town of Ypres on the last day of term to rededicate their plaque in St George’s English Church to those who fell in the Great War 100 years ago. The last time the School visited in such numbers was in 2009 to unveil the plaque originally.

In a moving service led by the School chaplain, Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie, the names of 59 Old Brentwoods who gave their lives were read out by current pupils in the third year, who were visiting the region on an annual Battlefields History trip.

Tonbridge School, Kent

CCF Inspection Day Prompts HM The Queen to Write

A spectacular Chinook helicopter fly-past was one of the highlights of Tonbridge School’s recent Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Inspection. Two hundred Tonbridge cadets took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the RAF Section at the school. The Queen, as Captain-General of the UK CCF, wrote to congratulate the Tonbridge School RAF Section on the celebration of its 80th anniversary.

Papplewick School, Ascot

All About Animals at Papplewick’s Arts Festival

The theme for this year’s Arts Festival at Papplewick School, Ascot, was ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’  A selection of creatures visited the school’s playgound on Thursday, 15th March when boys enjoyed workshops including Dog Handling, All about Bees, Animal Drawings, Animal Quiz, Animal Percussion, Reptile Park, Design an Animal and Animal Detectives.

There was an Arts Festival Music Competition (both singing and instruments) with individual winners from different year groups and also house competitions culminating in a ‘sing off’ – the House Shout! The Arts Festival culminated with a Grand Variety Performance on the evening of Thursday 15th March.

Downe House, Berkshire

Downe House Crowned Barnardo’s National Senior Choir of the Year

A Downe House choir was crowned Senior Choir of the Year at the finals of the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 12 March. At the end of a day in which they competed against seven other school choirs, the 18 Downe House girls in Senior Choral were announced as winners to great applause, bringing their competition journey to a phenomenal conclusion.

Senior Choral sang I Lift Up my Eyes by Bob Chilcott and the hit made famous by Aretha Franklin, I Say A Little Prayer.

Downe House Director of Music, Dr Charlotte Exon said, ‘Senior Choral gave an utterly captivating and inspiring performance and I couldn’t be more thrilled! They are a truly impressive choir who have worked incredibly hard. They sang with such integrity and warmth, conveying the true transforming power that music can bring.’

Highfield Prep, North Yorkshire

A Ugandan Trip of a Lifetime for Highfield Pupils

Pupils, parents and staff from Highfield Prep School have returned from the trip of lifetime to Uganda. The trip was the third to be undertaken by Highfield as part of an on-going project to support a school in the village of Bombo which they initially helped to build. Vital sponsorship of the local children enables them to receive an education, food and healthcare at the school.

The two-week trip began with a guided tour of the bustling capital, Kampala before travelling to the village of Bombo where Highfield teachers led maths activities in the classrooms which their Ugandan counterparts observed. Pupils also spent time with the children they sponsor, visiting their homes and meeting their families. The trip was rounded off with a safari at Murchison Falls on the River Nile where the children learnt about the wildlife, geography and history of the region.

James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “Highfield’s link with the school in Bombo not only helps the families in Uganda but also develops our children’s understanding of cultures and communities whose lives are a world away from their own. It’s key to our overall ethos at Highfield and sometimes, the lessons learnt outside of the school are the most powerful.

Hampshire Collegiate School, Hampshire

STEAMing ahead at Hampshire Collegiate School

Hampshire Collegiate School has celebrated its first science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fortnight. Across the school, from Nursery through to Sixth Form, pupils took part in over 25 STEAM learning adventures in 10 days. The school has partnered with universities and industry to provide a wide range of fun and hands-on workshops, talks, trips and special school assemblies to help pupils challenge themselves and learn more about the STEAM subjects.

A Level biology, chemistry and physics students brought practical experiments to life during Prep School and Senior School science lessons; pupils and parents took part in a crash test dummies workshop where they had to design and build machines before testing them against a crash wall; and in the Art Faculty, pupils enjoyed experimenting with the use of liquid, dyes and light in photography.

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