Newsletter - Winter Term, 29.11.17
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Newsletter - Winter Term, 29.11.17

 We love ‘firsts’ and we have two brand new ones to report! Cottesmore’s ‘Lion King’ premieres this week with Thursday’s performance to the Prep school pupils. A fabulous and colourful evening is guaranteed, with over 70 pupils talking part. There will be more performances on Friday and Saturday for families and guests before a welcome exeat break. Our extra Open Morning delivered another first for the school; read on to discover why!

Mr Rogerson was honoured to be a guest speaker at the Independent Schools Show in London recently, delivering a talk on boarding. The resulting interest in Cottesmore from that day led to an extra Open Morning which was held last Saturday and we were delighted to welcome so many prospective pupils and their families. In what is surely a Cottesmore first, one family signed up to a Cottesmore education in the morning — with their daughter starting school in the afternoon!  It was a highly successful morning all round, and as always our pupils are excellent guides, receiving many compliments from our guests. 
Our Christmas tree is already occupying its traditional space in the corner of the hall, with its top almost at ceiling height! Beautifully decorated and brightly lit, it’s ready to cast its magical glow over the coming Pre-Prep Nativity, our carol concert and of course, our Christmas celebration The Feast on the final night of the term. 
Academic News
History Field Trips
Our 4th year once again visited Hastings as part of their History fieldwork studies. Setting off from Cottesmore after breakfast, they arrived at Battle Abbey at 10 a.m. ready for a full day. The visitors’ centre has undergone considerable renovation over the past few years and is a fabulous learning resource. An updated video show about 1066 gave the children an insight into the actual sequence of events that occurred during that tumultuous year, followed by a visit to the Discovery Centre, staffed by fantastic and very knowledgeable National Trust volunteers.  
The next stop was a visit to the Abbey and the site of where King Harold died, followed by a visit to Bodiam Castle, a recent addition to this trip’s itinerary. This beautiful castle sits in its own moat and is a classic example of a 14th century moated castle. 
After an action packed and exciting day our tired pupils arrived back at school, with everyone in agreement that lots of new learning had taken place. 
Our 5th and 6th forms visited Canterbury recently as part of their History fieldwork studies. A prompt departure from school meant an early arrival in Canterbury with a full day ahead of them, beginning at the Cathedral. A tour of this famous structure by knowledgeable guides was preceded by a film, giving a detailed history of one of England’s oldest Christian churches. The site of Thomas Becket’s murder and the Black Prince’s tomb were stops on their tour, followed by a visit to the monastery founded by St Augustine. Cottesmorians were given an elaborate history of all the wonderful Gothic architecture and the very impressive stained glass windows. 
After lunch the children followed in the footsteps of Geoffrey Chaucer, walking through the centre of the old town. The Canterbury Tales Experience provided a journey back in time to the Medieval Period, giving pupils an insight into what it might have been like to live during the Middle Ages. Experienced guides offer a real insight into Canterbury itself, as well as   its famous literary connections. “A terrific day!” was the unanimous verdict afterwards. 
Sports Round Up
2nd team v Brambletye: won 27-7
Our 2nd team — who are mostly U12s — had a brilliant victory against Brambletye, winning 27-7. Amour was outstanding and voted their Girl of the Game, while Aurelia and Phoebe’s shooting accuracy was exceptional.   

Pre-prep news
There’s a distinctly festive air in the Pre-prep department this week with a mix of academic work and Christmas craft, including lots of glitter!
Everyone looks forward to watching the Prep school’s production of the Lion King, with a long weekend to follow, before the pace gathers further momentum! The Pre-prep children are excited to show everyone their Nativity play at 2.00pm in the Hall on Friday 8th December.  
Even though Christmas is occupying everyone’s thoughts very fully, attention is already turning to the Easter term and the comprehensive choice of clubs available.  Ballet, chess, Miss Eddie’s club (craft/art/cooking/nature), play dough modelling, French, construction, street dance, multi sports and tennis will provide a fabulous range of activities for everyone to choose from. 

Sunday Fundays
Our annual adventure to ice skate outdoors next to the Brighton Pavilion was as magical and fun as ever. With the sun falling, the majestic architecture of the Pavilion lit up in blues and pinks made skating all the more exhilarating and also helped to detract from the appalling levels of skill displayed by the staff! Some of the pupils, however, showed some cool moves including spins on the ice which was very impressive, although most of the time they did end up, to some extent, falling over! A fantastic time was had by all and the coach was far quieter on the return journey, after all their exertions.
Other News
We were delighted to welcome Julie Wilkinson to Cottesmore again recently. Julie is the Vice Chair for Children England Regional Sub Group, CEOP Ambassador and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, delivering Safeguarding Practice in the Youth Sector. Julie spoke to an attentive audience about bullying and anger, demonstrating skills and strategies which in turn are future valuable life skills. 
Iceland Trip: Spring 2017
Mr Revill reports: “the Easter holiday trip to Iceland is all confirmed and we are busy organising the final arrangements, with parents starting to collect the necessary winter clothing for what will be a cold trip!”
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