Newsletter - Winter Term Half Term
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Newsletter - Winter Term Half Term

The first half of the Winter term has passed by — seemingly in a flash —  with all the cheerful ‘pep’ which characterises Cottesmore. 

40 new pupils have really found their feet and we were also delighted to welcome a new Head of English to the staff, Miss Amy Flower, who is also Form 2’s tutor.  The first Open Morning of the new academic year was well attended and was its customary success, with a large number of families expressing interest in a Cottesmore education for their children. 
Some highlights of this first half of term have included academic outings led by the English department to our local theatre for the premiere of David Walliams’ play ‘Awful Auntie’, and a superbly successful visit to the Watts Gallery near Guildford, where our 5th and 6th form pupils enjoyed an instructive and immersive day of art and sculpture. 
A new innovation this term for our senior pupils has been a weekly lecture series, delivered by Cottesmore staff. Topics so far have included Economics, Italy and the Sustainable Environment. 
Our visiting lecturers included authors Cherry Healey and Alex Preston, who kept their audience in rapt attention. Mrs Marilyn Brocklehurst has returned with the Norfolk Book Centre, always a highly popular and much anticipated event!  The climber Ben Heason provided a truly inspirational finale to this half term’s visitors with tales of adventure travel, combined with an extraordinary tally of mountain climbing adventures. 
Sunday outings have included a trip to the seaside, where there was all the fun of the fair on Brighton Pier and thrills — but no spills — at Chessington World of Adventure.   A World Awareness Evening for the whole school saw everyone enjoy delicious dishes from around the globe, followed by presentations by the pupils which were full of interesting and fun facts.  News of leisure activities would be incomplete without a mention of Conker Week!  There’s no shortage of conkers in our gorgeous grounds and a very happy band of devotees undertook many matches throughout the week. 
The little ones in the Pre-prep have had a very busy first half to the term, closing it with autumnal themes including leaf collages, as well as the imminent festival of Diwali.   They have created Rangoli patterns, studied India and learned about Christopher Columbus, as well as great deal about ‘Ourselves’.  Their own Harvest assembly was a source of great excitement as well as enjoyment and they too donated goods to Age UK. 
Sports Review
The football teams have all made a very positive start to the season, with some excellent wins and well-deserved draws. 
The girls’ hockey teams have proved themselves to be formidable opponents in some of their fixtures; the U9 team has embraced the sport with impressive verve, especially as it’s a completely new game for many of them. 
The Golf Family Foursomes were played on our Ostrich Feather on a sunny day early in the term, and as always it was a happy family occasion. 
Our new Astroturf was opened officially by Welsh squad player Leah Wilkinson and we were delighted that she gave a coaching session to the girls — and the staff!
Our chapel as always is at the centre of Cottesmore life and it was beautifully decorated for our recent Harvest Festival service, conducted by Father Robert Easton, chaplain of Brighton College.  Generous food donations have been taken to Age UK in Horsham. 

The second half of term
By the time we return after the half-term break the clocks will have gone back and the dark nights will be upon us.  
There are lots of sparkling events to look forward to, beginning with our traditional Bonfire Night celebrations on Saturday November 11th. The bonfire will be lit before the firework display, and this will be followed by dancing on the Gravel afterwards.  Tickets for the event may be obtained from the school office; please buy your tickets as soon as possible. 
The Feast is our magical celebration of Christmas which rounds off the term.  The hall will be beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree, our catering team will produce a superb traditional Christmas dinner and the staff will pull out all the stops to create some fun-filled entertainment before the weary young revellers head off to bed after a (very) late night!
The History Department will be taking field trips to Hastings, visiting the battlefields and castle as well as to the historic city of Canterbury, where the stunning cathedral will be at the centre of the History pupils’ study of Thomas Becket. The 5th and 6th forms will enjoy the bright lights of London’s West End where they will see ‘Matilda’ and the Pre-prep children will certainly enjoy their traditional visit to the pantomime at the end of term.    
In sport we have a full fixture card; the rugby season gets under way as does the girls’ netball and the swimming teams will be preparing for their fixtures. 
In Chapel we’ll be paying our respects on Remembrance Sunday and the service will begin at 1030 on Sunday November 12th. 
All of this of course after a well earned half-term holiday.  Our good wishes go to everyone for a happy and relaxed break.  
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