Half Term Newsletter - Lent Term, 09.02.18
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Half Term Newsletter - Lent Term, 09.02.18

Half term is here already and this first half has been full of achievement and enjoyment for pupils from our seniors to the youngest members of the Pre-prep.

Academically we end this half on particular high as two of our senior pupils have already had scholarships awarded: a choral scholarship to Wellington and a choral award to Shrewsbury. Our congratulations to them both for their hard work and enthusiasm. Scholarship entrance examinations continue after half term and we wish every candidate success.  
We are delighted to have recently received an excellent report in the Good Schools Guide — which may be read on our website — and have just been lauded by Tatler as ‘one of the UK’s top prep schools’. 
Other highlights from this packed period include an inspiring talk by wildlife photographer Fergus Beeley, a trip to London’s West End to see ‘The Lion King’ and a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to the Natural History Museum. Our very popular 6th form lecture series continues with recent topics including the Beat poets, personal finance and women’s suffrage.  
Sundays ‘in’ have provided some fantastic treats both in and out of school.  Trips to Laser Quest, Airhop, ten pin bowling and a climbing centre have provided both fun and challenges, while in school a broad selection of activities have guaranteed both fun and relaxation. 
In sport, our teams have displayed their customary ‘can do’ attitude and have been rewarded with some well-deserved victories. The 1st XI rugby squad produced their best win in over 30 years (75-5) for a final flourish at the end of the season.  The junior teams also produced some excellent results and all are commended for battling some poor weather and playing conditions. 
The girls’ netball teams have also produced some excellent results with the U10s producing their own pre-holiday flourish with an 18-0 victory.  A Staff v Girls fixture produced a tight finish at 34-33 to the girls, with the match declared ‘a fun contest’. 
The Pre-prep 
The Pre-prep pupils have had another busy and productive half term, rounding off with some fabulous flipping of their pancakes on the last day before the holiday, ahead of Pancake Day itself which falls during half term. They are also rehearsing hard for a very special Mothers’ Day assembly. 
The Reception class has been learning all about fairy tales, producing some beautiful pictures, playing fairy-tale related games and making gingerbread men. They have been fascinated by Chinese culture, learning about the Year of the Dog in readiness for the Chinese New Year. Making lanterns and using chopsticks were especially popular activities!
Year 1 has been working on their ‘Under The Sea’ topic and the children have learned a great deal about a wide variety of sea creatures and their habitats. 
Year 2 has been learning about materials and also about bats, studying non-fiction text as well as stories and also composing their own poems. 
Year 3 has been learning all about the rainforest and the animals which live there.  They undertook some topic work on The Snowman and have been exploring the different elements which help to create a successful story. 
Our boarding team goes from strength to strength and Head of Boarding Mr Revill is delighted with all aspects of life ‘above stairs’. 
The second half of term
After half term our annual World Awareness Week will focus this year on Thailand and we can expect a wide-ranging selection of study topics.  The Poetry Declamation is always hotly contested and at the end of February, Cottesmore will host the Annual Cottesmore Chess Congress, which in 2018 will celebrate its 41st anniversary.  
Musically the second half of term is especially vibrant with the Music department’s concert showcasing both individual and group performances, while at the end of term we participate in a Chapel service always moving and uplifting as new choristers are admitted to the Chapel Choir.
Other News
We have welcomed four new gap students to Cottesmore this term, who all provide invaluable help in sport, activities and in the dormitories.  They have settled in very well to the school community and ‘the gappers’ were thrilled to (briefly) see some snow!  They have all made substantial contributions the life of the school in their short tenure. 
All that remains is to wish everyone a relaxed and happy half term break.
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