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Friday 15th September 2017 The Newsletter of King Henry VIII Preparatory School Academic Year Issue 1 HEAD S MESSAGE As we end our first full week of the academic year it is extremely pleasing to see children quickly settling in school life. New children, across both campuses already have the look of children who are fully part of our school community. This does not happen by accident, but is due to the care and attention paid to individuals by our staff and kind, considerate pupils. I do hope that you found the Curriculum Information evenings useful. There are always so many things to think about at the start of a new school so if you find yourself pondering, please do get in touch. Staff addresses can be found on the school website or you could also make contact through the school offices. Do remember however that teachers are rarely able to answer an during the school day. Parents who have been to either campus will no doubt have spotted the ongoing development of our facilities. The relocation of Year 3 to Hales will allow us to begin to draw up plans to improve the Swallows facilities. Investments at Hales (playground and fencing, library and IT facilities) have been very positively received and we are keen to continue in this positive, forwardlooking fashion. Keep an eye out for our plans as they progress throughout this year. Access onto the KHS Playground from Spencer Road Parents will be aware that whilst we are fortunate to have a central location and a large site, this can create a challenge with regard to controlling access and keeping the pupils safe. With this in mind we have changed the pedestrian and vehicular access onto the Spencer Road playground. This entrance has been upgraded to create a pedestrian gate as well as a vehicular gate. In addition, both of these gates have a greater element of control through automation and an intercom system connected to School Reception. During the morning, from 8am onwards, the pedestrian gate will be unlocked and parents and pupils will be able to access the site in much the same way as they have previously. From 9:00am the gate will be closed. Senior School pupils will be able to open the gate by using a number code, input into the keypad, which will unlock the gate. Should visitors wish to gain pedestrian access to the playground then they will have to contact Reception via the intercom system at the gate. They will then be granted access and should proceed directly to School Reception to sign in. Alternatively, visitors may report directly to School Reception via the big red doors on Warwick Road. Swallows morning drop off Thank you for your patience as we attempt to solve the dropping off dilemma in the morning outside Swallows. Although inevitably there have been fewer cars overall, the arrival of traffic wardens added a degree of stress to the beginning of the day for families and staff alike. We know that you value the provision of stop and drop and so have moved the collection point for families wishing us to collect their children from the car and pop them straight onto the playground. We would like to request that families support us by not parking between the zigzag lines and the side playground gate where staff are now positioned. Although not officially a one-way street, it is also helpful if vehicles travel off the Kenilworth and out onto Earlsdon Avenue South. Dragon Boat Race excitement! Organised by Mrs Smyth, a group of KHPS parents are entering the Warwick Dragon Boat Festival this Sunday. There are 16 parents participating with Miss Soan volunteering to be their drummer. So far the group have raised 400 to enter the boat as part of the Rotary Club charity. It's all in the name of fun and team spirit. They have called themselves The Kings Sailors and will be registered as KHPS. The 'fancy dress' is a bright green t- shirts and KHPS ties around their heads. If anyone wishes to pop down and cheer the intrepid team on, they would definitely welcome that extra boost. Racing begins at 10am on Sunday concluding at about 4pm. There's also food, drink and a festival atmosphere. This week in assembly We held our first assembly linked to the new Jigsaw PSHE Scheme. For this half term the theme is Being Me in My World. Next week in assembly On Thursday 21 st September it is International Peace Day. In assembly we will be considering the concept of Peace. On Friday 22 nd it is our first celebration assemblies of the year so don t forget to bring in your awards and achievements so we can share in your successes. Kind regards, Mrs G Bowser Headteacher From 3:30pm onwards, the pedestrian gate will again be unlocked so that those parents wishing to walk down to the Hales playground to pick up their children can do so. RIDDLE ME THIS Each week we will be including a riddle for children to solve. The answer will be included in next week s Sagitta. Our first puzzle is: I am present in daytime but absent at night. You can find me in darkness but never in light. In the deepest of shadows, I hide in plain sight. What am I? THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare YEAR 6 PARENTS : ENTRANCE EXAM AND SENIOR SCHOOL BURSARY AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS Please see below the key information points regarding the process for applying for either a Bursary or a Scholarship at the Senior School - The Entrance Exam Day is on Friday, 20th October 2017 FORTHCOMING PREP SCHOOL EVENTS September Sat 16 Parents Association Uniform Sale, dining room Senior School 10.00am Tue 19 Parents Association Committee meeting pm Wed 20 U11 A Rugby Pre-season Tournament Eversfield (A) 2.30pm Fri 22 Jeans for Genes charity day wear your jeans to school Celebration Assembly Mon 25 Tues 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri 29 Year 6 Senior School taster sessions this week U9 A & B Rugby Quadrangular Tournament The Croft (A) 3.00pm U9 A & B Hockey v The Croft (A) 3.00pm Information meeting, Year 5&6 Music trip to Germany pm. Hales Hall. Year 5 Tudor Coventry Walk am Year 4 residential trip to PGL Shropshire departs U11 A, B, C & D Rugby v Bromsgrove (A) 2.30pm U11 A & B Hockey v The Croft (A) 2:50pm National Poetry Day. Share a poem day at KHPS. Macmillan Coffee Morning Swallows 8.30am 10am KHPS & KHVIII Open House morning Year 4 return from PGL - Bursary and Scholarship Applicants must fill in an application form from the prospectus pack and send this to Mrs Amanda Skinner ( - Upon receipt of the application form a Bursary Form will be sent home (if requested) - Please note it can take up to a week to complete and compile the information for the Bursary - Applicants for Academic Scholarships will need to sit the Senior School Entrance Examination. - Art and Music Scholars should only complete the relevant Art or Music Scholarship Form from the website, there is no need for a main Application Form. - KHPS pupils do not have to pay the 50 registration fee. - Deadline for all forms is Friday, 13 th October 2017 If there are any further questions, please direct them to Mrs Amanda Skinner (Headmaster's PA/Admissions) at the above or Tel: NOTIFICATIONS AFTERCARE AT HALES Aftercare arrangements have changed at Hales. From Monday to Thursday Aftercare will be held in the Senior School Dining Hall there will be signs on display to direct parents. On Fridays Aftercare will be held in the lower corridor classrooms. These arrangements may change due to Senior School events. PA SCHOOL UNIFORM SALE The next P.A. uniform sale is on Saturday 16th September pm in the Hales dining hall. Please note that uniform will no longer be purchased from parents however donations of uniform will be greatly appreciated. We kindly ask that all items donated are clean and in a good condition. Surplus uniform and uniform not on the current list will be donated to a charity that distributes clothing to poverty stricken areas in the world. Extra volunteers to lend a hand during the uniform sale is always a real help. Setting up at 9.30am and closing down from 11.45am are times when extra help would be useful. If you have any spare time please come along. Thank you!! Any queries please contact the P.A. directly by e mail LUNCHTIME CLUBS We would like to remind parents that if your child has a club at Lunchtime, they need to have a packed lunch preferably bought from home. MUSIC LESSONS AT LUNCHTIME If your child has a Music lesson at lunchtime, please remind them that if they are buying a school lunch, they need to go to the front of the queue in the Dining Hall. JEANS FOR GENES DAY FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER Our first charity fundraising event is coming up. We will be supporting Jeans for Genes day on Friday 22nd September. Pupils may wear their jeans or a denim skirt to school. The remainder of their uniform should be worn i.e. blouse/shirt, tie and blazer. A 1 donation would be appreciated if you wish to support this worthy cause. BOOK SALE POLITE REMINDERS WATER BOTTLES We will be holding a book sale on Thursday 5 th October Withdrawn library books will be on sale on the Stage in Swallows dining hall during morning break, lunchtime and after school. We are asking for 10p a book or a donation. As mentioned in the Curriculum evenings over the past weeks, we would like to remind parents that if you wish to speak to a teacher or arrange a meeting with a teacher, please contact the school offices directly: The offices will then pass on any messages to teachers. The offices are open from 8am to 5pm. We would like to remind parents that every child should be bringing a bottle of water to school each day. A BIG THANKYOU! Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say a huge thank you to the students, staff and parents of Year 6 at King Henry VIII Preparatory School for raising a fantastic 700 on behalf of Aidan. WELCOME! We would like to introduce two new teaching Apprentices; Miss Watson and Mr Newland-Smith to KHPS! They have written a small paragraph about themselves below: MISS WATSON * Went to the University of Nottingham and graduated this year with a 2.1 in Geography * Duties include helping out in the Library, with Girls Games and with Breakfast Club * Is a former King Henry VIII pupil * Her aim is to become a Primary School teacher * She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro * She used to play the trumpet, piano and sing * She has an old yellow Labrador called Bella MR NEWLAND-SMITH * Has recently finished a college course of extended Diploma in Sport with 3 Distinctions * Has played sports, mainly Football for 13 years and Basketball for 2 years * Has played 3 musical instruments * Has had a number of pets * Unsure of future job expectations in Sport but enjoys his Apprenticeship ONLINE SAFETY As part of our Computing curriculum and safeguarding policies, we would like to bring your attention to the importance of ONLINE SAFETY. We now live in a world where the pace of technological advances is hard to keep up with and the digital landscape changes rapidly. Our children are 'digital natives' in this world whereas, for the most part, we would be classed as 'digital immigrants'. It is therefore paramount that we keep abreast of any risk of danger that our children may be exposed to but at the same time encourage safe use of technology. Parent Info is a free resource, providing expert advice to parents and carers on a range of subjects. Brought to you by CEOP and the Parent Zone, Parent Info covers difficult topics such as relationships, sex and the internet, body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like, how much sleep do teenagers need? . It is an excellent website, offering parents and carers with easy access to up-to-date articles, research and practical advice. There's something new to share every week! Topics discussed in Parent Info include: Sex and relationships Digital Health and Wellbeing Family life Education and the future Special educational needs Please find a moment to visit this website to help your children with safe and responsible use of digital technology. In particular, the 'Articles' section provides fabulous guides to popular apps and how to ensure that your child's information remains private. Lastly but MOST IMPORTANTLY, please ensure that you talk to your children about who they could talk to should they encounter anything that they are uncomfortable with. YEAR 4 DETECTIVES PROJECT This week in Year 4 we have been having great fun thinking about our topic, 'Detectives'. Today we dressed up in costumes we brought from home - don't we look fantastic?! ARTS AND CRAFTS Here are Year One in their Arts and Crafts Club! SAL S SHOES CHARITY SHOE COLLECTION Many thanks for all of the shoe contributions at the end of the summer term. We collected an amazing 433 pairs of shoes. These have been sent off and distributed to children around the world who are in desperate need of shoes. There are 300 million children in the world for whom walking with shoes is a rarity. Without shoes, many children are not permitted to attend school. The children at King Henry s should feel extremely proud to have supported children who are less fortunate than themselves. A special thank you to Mrs Bennett, Harry and Aaron, who gave their time throughout the holidays to help count and sort the shoes. As you can imagine, it was a mammoth job! We would like to run a similar event towards the end of the next academic year. If you would like to be a part of this, please Mrs K Parkes CONGRATULATIONS! Tamsyn and Davina Congratulations to Tamsyn and Davina who successfully took their first Graded Ballet Examination at the end of the summer term at external examinations at The Orme School of Dancing. Tamsyn and Davina have been studying classical ballet with Mrs.Clarke at KHPS on Wednesday lunchtimes for some time and certainly deserve their excellent marks. They will join all the other candidates later in September at The Awards and Demonstration Evening to be held at the theatre at Bablake School. Arun Congratulations Arun for not only representing the Coventry District in the WCB Cricket Tournament over the summer, but also being designated Captain! He had an excellent tournament, leading from the front and organizing his team, he got some crucial runs on the board, took a couple of wickets, and also took an absolutely amazing catch in the field that left many spectators 'wowed'! Although the Birmingham District won the tournament, Coventry finished in second place and Arun had an excellent tournament. After the tournament, the WCB reached out with the news that Arun has been selected in the top 25 players within the County! The WCB now want to work with these 25 players during September as part of a specialized training programme for the under 10 s team they are building. WEEK BEGINNING 18TH SEPTEMBER MAIN VEGGIE LITE BITE VEG PASTA BAR JACKET POTATO DELI BAR MENU FOR CHILDREN AT HALES We have included next week s menu at Hales so that parents are aware of what will be on offer. MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Sweet Chilli Chicken with Noodles Vegetable Fajitas with Rice Cottage Pie Pork Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Pasta Vegetable Lasagne with Crusty Bread Chicken Tikka Flatbread Salmon Fishcake with Sweet Chilli Sauce Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry with Rice Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes and Gravy Quiche with Roast Potatoes Breaded Fish with Chips Veggie Burger with Chips Meatball Sub BBQ Pulled Pork Baguette Curry Chip Pot Mixed Vegetables Broccoli and Cauliflower Peas and Salad Carrots and Green Beans Baked Beans and Sweetcorn Variety of Pasta and Various Toppings Daily including: Baked Beans, Tuna Crunch, Coleslaw, Cheese and Homemade Assorted Sandwiches Baguettes and Rolls Assorted Salad Shaker Pots Flatbreads and Subs DESSERT Cooler Dessert Pots Fresh Fruit Compilation Assorted Tray Bakes Variety of Pasta and Various Toppings Daily including: Baked Beans, Tuna Crunch, Coleslaw, Cheese and Homemade Assorted Sandwiches Baguettes and Rolls Assorted Salad Shaker Pots Flatbreads and Subs Cooler Dessert Pots Fresh Fruit Compilation Assorted Tray Bakes Variety of Pasta and Various Toppings Daily including: Baked Beans, Tuna Crunch, Coleslaw, Cheese and Homemade Assorted Sandwiches Baguettes and Rolls Assorted Salad Shaker Pots Flatbreads and Subs Cooler Dessert Pots Fresh Fruit Compilation Assorted Tray Bakes Variety of Pasta and Various Toppings Daily including: Baked Beans, Tuna Crunch, Coleslaw, Cheese and Homemade Assorted Sandwiches Baguettes and Rolls Assorted Salad Shaker Pots Flatbreads and Subs Cooler Dessert Pots Fresh Fruit Compilation Assorted Tray Bakes Variety of Pasta and Various Toppings Daily including: Baked Beans, Tuna Crunch, Coleslaw, Cheese and Homemade Assorted Sandwiches Baguettes and Rolls Assorted Salad Shaker Pots Flatbreads and Subs Cooler Dessert Pots Fresh Fruit Compilation Assorted Tray Bakes MENU FOR CHILDREN AT SWALLOWS NURSERY, RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2 Parents of children in NURSERY AND RECEPTION ONLY should complete the menu slip below and send back to Swallows with their children on Monday 18th September Full Name Class..(Nursery and Reception only) Menu for week beginning Monday 25th September WEEK BEGINNING 25TH SEPTEMBER MAIN Pork Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy VEGGIE Vegetarian Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy JACKET POTATO Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayo MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Chicken Korma with Rice Roast Chicken with Stuffing, Roast Potatoes and Gravy Savoury Vegetable Rice Veggie Slice with Roast Potatoes and Gravy Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayo VEG Broccoli and Carrots Sweetcorn and Green Beans Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayo` Lamb Bolognaise with Pasta Fresh seasonal salad and fresh bread available daily. Fresh fruit or yoghurt available daily as an alternative to the dessert of the day, fresh drinking water available daily. Breaded Fish and Chips Tomato Pasta Bake Cheesy Vegetable Wrap with Chips Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayo Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayo Carrots and Cabbage Peas and Cauliflower Sweetcorn and Baked Beans DESSERT Lemon Drizzle Cake Fruit Jelly Oaty Apple Cookie Fruit Crumble with Custard Chocolate Loaf
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