Newsletter - Winter Term, 09.10.17
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Newsletter - Winter Term, 09.10.17

 Pigs, strings and stamps can only mean one thing: it’s Conker Week at Cottesmore! Let battle commence....

Theatre visits, Maths challenges, a visit from the Norfolk Book Centre and a coaching session from a Wales hockey international are just some of the diverse events that have broadened Cottesmorians’ horizons recently.  Read on to discover more. 
Academic News 
Pupils in forms 1,2 and 3 along with Year 3 from the Pre-prep enjoyed fabulous theatre trips recently when they visited the Capitol Theatre in Horsham’s inaugural performances of David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie’. The show incorporated slapstick comedy, a quintessential megalomaniac villain and puppetry, delighting its young audience. Walliams' novels first appeared on the literary scene in 2008 with The Boy in the Dress and he has continued to release subsequent eccentric tomes, leading many to see him as this century’s Roald Dahl. His books are extremely popular with the Cottesmore children and they were thrilled to be able to see their favourite characters come to life. 
Mrs Marilyn Brocklehurst returned with her Norfolk Book Centre to engage the children and share her extensive knowledge of books. She always has a rapt audience as well as sound advice to offer as Cottesmorians browse the fabulous range of books on offer. 

A very happy Mr Ellis reports on our Mathletes’ activities!
“There has been a flurry of activity on the maths front recently, with two teams of Cottesmore ‘Mathletes’ heading off to the annual round of Maths Challenges”.
“First up was form 2, in the shape of Atticus, Tom, Robert and Meer, who went to Christ’s Hospital in an event comprising seven different problem solving activities, all designed to test the students’ ability to think logically and work together as a team”.
“The competition this year was fierce, with 39 schools participating from across East and West Sussex.  Team Cottesmore performed admirably in a number of the activities, with Atticus and Tom coming joint first in the “Catch the Train” task, and “Domino Jigsaw” activity, and Robert and Meer coming joint first in the “Tangram Shape” activity”.
“Both teams did really well, coming 8th and 9th in their respective halves of the draw, but the most pleasing part of the day was that when the scores from both teams were combined, Team Cottesmore came 6th overall, out of the 39 schools.  A fantastic effort from all involved”.
“Next up was form 3, this time in the shape of Rufus, Humphrey, Heeta and Huw.  The format of this event was very similar, looking for students to work together to solve problems of ever increasing difficulty”.
“Once again the competition was fierce with 35 schools participating and once again Team Cottesmore did themselves proud. Heeta and Huw were placed 3rd in their half of the draw, and Rufus and Humphrey 5th. The strength in depth was again revealed when the teams’ scores were combined, with Cottesmore coming 3rd overall with a total score of 410, with only the narrowest of margins behind 2nd place (414 points), and 1st place (415 points)”.
“Congratulations to all our young mathematicians for their excellent work in helping Cottesmore secure our best set of results in a number of years, well done!”
Sports Round Up
2nd XI v Lancing Prep: drew 3-3
A great game: we were 2-0 down at half time but fought back well. In a nail biting finale, Nicholas scored with the last kick of the match to earn us a well deserved draw. Juan scored 2 goals and was awarded Man of the Match.
2nd XI v Duke of Kent School: won 3-1
This was another good win against a strong side. There really was not much between the two sides, the big difference was that we took our chances and they did not. The highlight of the game was Arthur’s goal struck from well outside the penalty area into the top corner of the net. The other scorers were Pablo and Jaime, with Arthur awarded Man of the Match. 

U9 Triangular Tournament v Hurstpierpoint and Handcross. Won v Hurst B 4-0; Won v Handcross B 4-0; lost v Handcross A 0-3
The U9 boys travelled away to Hurst for this three-way competition. Cottesmore were drawn in the first match against the Hurst B team, and looked assured and confident from the outset: passing the ball well, utilising the space and creating lots of goal scoring opportunities.  Hurst had no response to the teamwork of the boys, with the majority of the match being played in their half of the field.  Cottesmore finished the match as worthy 4-0 winners, with four fantastic goals from Lukas.
The second match against Handcross B was a similar affair, with the whole team working together to put in another dominant performance and another 4-0 win.  Goals this time came from Xavi, with another hat trick from Lukas.
The final match against Handcross A provided us with much stiffer opposition and a real test for the boys.  Once again they did not disappoint, keeping a very able attack at bay, and producing some lovely passing moves when under pressure.  Special mention must go the William for another outstanding performance in goal, and pulling off a couple of the finest diving saves Mr Ellis has ever seen at U9 level.  The game ended with a 3-0 victory to Handcross, but the day overall was a huge success, and congratulations go  to Man of the Match, Lukas — and to the whole team for their effort and commitment in all three matches.

Senior Girls Hockey v St Christopher’s 
Mr Kerr reports: 
“Cottesmore 1st and 2nd hockey teams hosted their equivalent teams from St Christopher’s on a glorious autumnal afternoon which saw the hard courts bathed in sunshine. The first team took the honours and their match opened the afternoon’s spectacle. Both teams appeared to be evenly matched however the Cottesmore girls started in rather hospitable fashion so by half time they were trailing by 5-0. Following a rousing team talk, which focused on desire and pride in the school shirt (true Churchillian prose), the girls raised their performance immeasurably and were soon raining down shots on the St Christopher’s goal. The side netting was hit on numerous occasions and the post was struck twice as the girls strove brilliantly for a well-deserved goal. Sadly, it was not to come, however the girls finished the game truly buoyed by their performance and have vowed to start the next match on Saturday in the same fashion with which they finished this one”.
“The second team took the field and they proved to have been inspired by witnessing the performance of their friends and squad-mates. An extremely well-marshalled and resolute defence, led by Emily, with Amour in goal, ensured that St Christopher’s never really threatened our goal and as the first half progressed our attack began to look increasingly more coordinated. With the score tied at 0-0 at half time the girls came together to plan to move the ball more directly to the wide channels, where Kitty was playing brilliantly, and then to strike through the centre of the pitch with speed when space was created. This plan brought immediate reward as the ball was moved to the right wing by our superb defence and then crossed with great accuracy for the defence to have to scramble away, conceding a penalty corner in the process. Some excellent vision from Gabriella saw her pass the ball neatly to Isobel for her to sweep our opening goal into the net. This was just the boost to their confidence the girls needed and their performance increased by another level as they struck two more times to secure a thoroughly well-deserved 3-0 victory. Congratulations to Isobel for earning the Girl-of-the-Game award for the second week in succession”.
“The entire squad was genuinely lifted by this second result, as well as the second half performance by the first team, so morale is high as we look towards the weekend. It was wonderful to have all of the remaining senior girls supporting the second team in their final half and I am sure the positivity taken from this afternoon’s performances will be evident from tomorrow’s training session”.
1st VII v Cumnor: won 6-1
The girls were eager to make their mark as a team and with the new additions of Amour and Gabby, went into this game feeling a strong unit. 
Thanks to team captain Abigail for her match report: 
“We worked the ball well down both wings with Millie and Clara, and some hard hitting from centre and midfield gave us the advantage.  In the first half we scored 2 goals, one from Lilia and me. Our great defending from Ella and Aurelia contained Cumnor in the second half; Tierney and Poppy coming on this gave us further motivation. Two more goals each from Lilia and me, with Cumnor  having scored one left us with a fantastic win of 6:1”. 
Girl of the Game was awarded to Abigail, although as she modestly said later, “I would have chosen Amour”.
Our latest guest speaker was Marina Gardiner Legge, Head of Heathfield School in Ascot. Mrs Gardiner Legge addressed a packed chapel with a sermon that was full of fun, before meeting our parents over informal drinks in the drawing room afterwards.
Next weekend we will celebrate Harvest Festival, giving thanks for all that we have and remembering those less fortunate by giving food gifts which will be donated to Age UK in Horsham. Our guest on this occasion will be Father Robert Easton, Chaplain at Brighton College. As always, drinks will be served in the drawing room after the service. 
Pre-prep news
This year the Pre-prep children will be supporting Samaritan’s Purse, inviting everyone to fill a shoe box with lovely toys for a boy or girl to give them a Christmas they wouldn’t otherwise have. Please see this link for information:
This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to be able to relate to the positive effects charity can have on lives and we will be sharing filled boxes with the children in special assemblies to engage them at school in this special cause. The leaflets will arrive soon at school with information on to explain what can and can’t be put in a box and how to seal it when filled. Please follow these instructions carefully; leaflets will be in book bags soon. We would like to collect the shoeboxes in any time from Monday 6th November to Monday 13th November.
Excitement grows for the Pre-prep Harvest assembly on Friday 13th October at 0840, with coffee served afterwards.  Donations for Age UK are being collected this week and gifts of dried and/or tinned goods will be greatly appreciated. These will be added to by the Prep school during their service on Sunday, and distributed to Help the Aged after the weekend. 
Here’s the latest class news:  
The Reception children have been learning the days of the week and the months of the year, including finding out when their birthdays are. They have been using positional language and giving directions using left and right. They have also begun to understand about o’clock times and show times to the hour on an analogue clock. In literacy, the children have been thinking about what they can do, writing some ‘I can’ sentences and learning the new sounds j,v,w,x,y,z. In ICT making shape pictures has been very popular and a listening walk was much enjoyed, where the children noted all the different sounds that they heard. 
Year 1
Year 1 has been finding out about the Harvest and writing stories about the autumn. In Maths the children continued working with number bonds to 10 and 20. The children also made pictures using 2D Shapes and practised their cutting out and sticking skills. In Science the children have been looking at light and dark colours and discovering why light is so important for us.
Year 2
The children have been watching a theatre performance of ‘Robin Hood’ and in their English work have been using adjectives to describe the characters from the play. In Maths they have been finding a number halfway between two numbers, write the missing number in subtraction sentences and double and halve numbers. In Religious Studies they have learned about books that are special to different religions. In Science, the class considered what all animals need to survive. In History, they have encountered Neil Armstrong and discovered why he is remembered today. In their Art sessions Year 1 has really enjoyed making leaf animals. 
Other News
Official Astroturf opening 
Leah Wilkinson, member of the Wales national hockey squad was our guest of honour at the official opening of our Astroturf recently. As well as cutting the ribbon, Leah coached our girls in an excellent training session – and the staff were invited to join in too.  As well as being a senior international hockey player, Leah is also a Level 3 hockey coach — and a History teacher too. A multi-talented lady!
World Aware Evening
Last Saturday evening was a celebration of foods and cultures from around the world. Pupils and staff sat down for a three course extravaganza created by our talented chefs Sunil and Kay. The menu was suggested by the pupils, with the favourite meals decided as the sumptuous paella and tasty chimichanga. Of course, the desserts were incredibly popular and there were only empty plates at the end!
An eclectic menu included English pea soup with ham; Malaysian chicken satay with rojak salad; Chinese sweet chilli noodles and Indian bean thoran.  The truly scrumptious desserts included crepes and cherry clafoutis from France and South American churros with leche sauce.  
Following the meal, pupils gave presentations on a selection of countries, where we learned many weird, wonderful and amusing facts about different cultures.
Conker Week
And they’re off!  The rules have been learned and string and conkers are much in evidence as the annual battle gets under way.  Good luck all!
Looking Ahead
5th & 6th forms to visit the Watts Gallery
Next week our 5th and 6th form pupils will head to the Watts Gallery near Guildford for a sculpture workshop and gallery visit. This very popular venue on our visits programme is always a fascinating source of inspiration and learning; we look forward to seeing the results!
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