Newsletter - Winter Term, 17.11.2017
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Newsletter Winter Term - 17.11.2017

It’s been a time of contrasts at Cottesmore with the hush of exam week versus the excitement at our teams’ sporting successes. We have respectfully remembered all who have given their lives in conflict at our Remembrance Service and made merry at our Bonfire Night celebrations. 

 
Academic news
Two weeks of exams are drawing to a close. The 5th and 6th forms took their exams last week with the rest of the school following this week, including CE trials for the 4th form. It’s always an interesting moment for the 4th form as they move from norm-related exams lower down the school to criteria-related exams, such as Common Entrance.  
 
For the first time the 6th form pupils sat scholarship exams, which was a huge step up for them.  The children are all looking forward to the exeat after two very intense weeks and  some very positive results are starting to come in. 
 
Sports Round Up
 
Soccer
 
2nd XI v Pennthorpe: won 9-1
This was a fantastic performance, with Digby winning Man of the Match.  He’s our hat-trick hero!
 
2nd XI v Christs’ Hospital: drew 2-2
A really gritty performance against strong opponents, with drama a-plenty and a last minute penalty scored by Nicholas.  No pressure!
 
The scores for 2nd XI’s season are:  played 11, won 5, drawn 3, lost 3.  Goals: for 25, against 14. The leading goal scorers were: Jaime (6); Pablo and Nicholas jointly (5).
 
3rd XI v Christs’ Hospital: lost 3-2
Buoyed by their 2-1 victory before half term, the boys were in determined mood as they faced CH for the last match of the season. Fursey rattled the upright in the first 10 minutes before scoring a tremendous goal.  The opposition came back to lead 2-1, then 3-1. The last goal of the season came from Alan, who spotted that the goalkeeper was a long way from his line and volleyed him from the middle of the field, over his head and into the goal. Frequently seen on TV, not very often from the 3rd XI!
 
Rugby
 
The end of the football season signals the start of the rugby season and everyone is preparing for the coming matches. The 1st team have one fixture before the end of the term. The boys have been training vigorously: rucking, mauling, kicking and passing. The signs are that they will be a coherent and forceful group, especially following a high-note end to the soccer season for everyone. 
 
Netball 
There were victories for both the 1st and 2nd teams as the new season got under way. 
 
1st team v Copthorne: won 13-2
Mrs Watkin felt that this score line may well have been 23-2 had the shooters got off to a better start.  However there was rapid improvement in the second quarter, with a half-time score of 8-0. The defence played exceptionally well, passing cleanly and with total confidence.  Emily played with tremendous energy, and was Mrs Watkin’s pick for Girl of the Game for her personal performance. Poppy was strong and positive as Wing Defence, with Clara in the centre and Ella as Wing Attack. 
     
All the girls gave their best, but it was Abigail as an influential Goal Defence who was chosen   as overall best player and she was also the opposition’s choice as our Girl of the Game.        
 
The second team also scored a resounding victory at 11-6, with Amour selected for the Girl of the Game award.     
 
Chapel: Remembrance Sunday
 
A special service of remembrance was held last Sunday in our chapel, which was decked with poppies. Cottesmorians joined in with the minute’s silence held across the country to honour the dead of both World Wars and other conflicts, and the Last Post was played. 
 
Pre-prep news
 
Mrs Baker and the team have been delighted by the response to the Operation Christmas Child appeal and would like to thank everyone for their support.  The children will also be involved in Children In Need Day this Friday. Spotty snacks and Pudsey’s ears will be the order of the day!  
 
We are sorry to say that Mr Lewis, our fantastic music, drama teacher and private music teacher for the last four years is leaving Cottesmore at the end of this term, due to a change in his personal circumstances.  His last day at school will be Friday December 8th. Choir will continue to the end of this term. 
 
Here are some future dates for your diaries: 
The Prep school play performance to the Pre-prep will be on Friday 1st December at 6.30pm and invitations will be issued from the school office.
 
The Pre-prep nativity play will be on Friday 8th December at 2.00pm. This year’s play is called ‘The Nativity’, and we hope that everyone will be able to attend.  
 
The Prep school Carol service is in the Hall at 6.00pm on Sunday 10th December, with Pre-prep families warmly invited to attend.
 
On Tuesday 12th December the whole of the Pre-prep will be going to see Jack and the Beanstalk in Horsham in the morning, with a picnic lunch on their return.  
 
 
Here’s the latest class news: 
 
Reception
The youngest members of the Pre-prep were thinking about fireworks in the run-up to our celebrations.  The night sky, safety around fire and the contrast between light and dark were among the topics; they also decorated their Diwas that were made before half term and talked a little about the festival of light, Diwali. They have created some lovely artwork of the night sky lit up by fireworks using black paper and chalks, looked at some displays on the interactive white board and used some descriptive language to distinguish between the fireworks. The children have also been making poppies and discussing a little about Remembrance Day. 
 
Phonic learning has continued and a new topic of Traditional Tales has begun with the story of Little Red Riding Hood: acting out the story and looking at characters, setting and plot. The children will make finger puppets and explore new ideas to change the story. In Maths they will learn about 2D shapes, beginning to identify the properties of circles, triangles and rectangles including squares. Revision of the days of the week continues and the children will begin to learn the months of the year and the seasons, including key months when festivals and their birthdays occur. 
 
Year 1
Year 1 has been writing and learning about Remembrance Sunday, as well as and making poppies.  They have also been writing about their half term holiday and painting pictures to go with their writing. In Maths Year 1 has been working on double numbers as well as subtraction. In Art they really enjoyed painting Firework pictures!
 
Writing about the Christmas story will soon begin, starting with Mary and Joseph and then adding to the story each week in the run up to Christmas.  In Maths the children will continue working with 2D Shapes, as well as doubles and number bonds to 10, and writing their numbers to 20. Christmas Art and Craft gets under way this week, making stained glass windows and also starting on their Nativity scene.

Year 2
Year 2’s fireworks poems included the use of onomatopoeia and similes, and their Creative Writing sessions have also included drafting replies to a letter from the story of The Jolly Postman. In Maths they have continued their angles work, sorted shapes and pictures into Carroll diagrams and found greater and lesser than a number. In History, the children wrote a diary entry as if they were Neil Armstrong. In Science, they began studying teeth and in Geography they learned about the continents of the world. 
 
Nativity rehearsals have begun amid great excitement!  In English/History Year 2 have continued to work on, and then complete their Neil Armstrong diary entries. They will also design and create a 'Wanted' Poster for the Wicked Witch from the Jolly Postman. In Maths, the children will find 10 more and 10 less, using a bead string and hundred square, including money. They will also learn about ordinal numbers. In Science, they continue learning about human teeth and their own teeth. In Geography they will find out about what a cross section of the world would look like. In their artwork they will weave using natural materials. 
 
Year 3
During their Maths lessons Year 3 has been learning about 2D shapes. They have recognised and named shapes, identified regular and irregular polygons, sorted shapes and found perimeters. Classic poems will be a feature of future English sessions and began with Macavity by T S Elliot. The children first identified adjectives and rhyming schemes found in this famous poem and began to write their own cat poems.   'Children in World War II' is the History topic and during the first lesson Year 3 has looked at the outbreak of the war. They have also learned about the significance of Remembrance Day and made their own poppy wreaths during Art sessions. 
 
This week’s famous poem is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, and as last week the children will analyse its rhythm and will also use its content to practise writing expanded noun phrases. During Maths lessons Year 3’s attention has turned to length. Here they will revise measuring items accurately, estimate lengths and will finally compare and order lengths using more than an less than signs. During Science they will look at the role of muscles in the body. In History they will learn about the Blitz and will write a diary entry about a night sheltering in an Anderson shelter. In Art they will paint their own interpretations of a night sky during the London Blitz.
 
The Play
Rehearsals are well under way for our production of ‘The Lion King’, with our cast fervently learning their lines and the set under construction. It promises to be a memorable event!
 
Sunday Fundays
Last weekend the ‘Ceramic Shack’ from Horsham came to Cottesmore and many pupils chose and decorated a pottery item for themselves or for Christmas gifts. They will be returned, fully prepared, prior to the Christmas holiday for the children to pack and take home.  We also had a ‘Game Wagon’ visit the school for the first time. This was a large van decked out with floor to ceiling screens for pupils to play games against each other. The pupils loved being able to challenge each other in high definition games!
 
The seniors continued to rehearse for the school play and many others enjoyed their free time, as well as taking the opportunity to revise for the school exams.
 
Bonfire Night 
Bonfire night was another spectacular display: fantastic fireworks, a wonderful bonfire and extra sparklers for everyone, including all our young guests. Sunil and the catering team provided super traditional bonfire food of burgers and hotdogs, which were also very popular! Miss C organised a band that provided lively accompaniment to the barn dancing, called by Miss Eddie. Mr Rogerson joined the band towards the end of the evening before Cottesmorians warmed up indoors with hot chocolate at the end of a full and fabulous evening. 
 
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