Visitation Day at Aldenham Prep School is always a very special occasion for all the children and staff at the school. This year was made all the more special with the Guest of Honour Oliver Dowden MP.
The School’s Visitation Day event saw pupils aged from 4 to 11 rewarded for their all hard work, in front of friends, teachers and parents.
Mr Dowden gave an informative speech, enjoyed by all, before handing out the well-deserved prizes. He said: ‘It was a real pleasure to present the prizes at Aldenham Prep.
‘This wonderful day rightly recognised its students’ impressive achievements this year and I very much enjoyed the chance to speak to them about their work.
‘I’m grateful to everyone at the School for their warm hospitality and look forward to visiting again.’
Mrs Gocher, Headmistress at Aldenham Prep added ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Dowden to Aldenham Prep and we hopefully will be able to welcome him again in the future’
A superb production from the Year 5 and 6 pupils at Aldenham Prep School left parents enthralled with the quality of the acting, singing, and dancing.
Playing to full houses in the school theatre the children excelled themselves. With amazing support from staff and parents with the make-up costumes and sets the production was quite simply breath-taking.
Mrs Gocher, Headmistress at Aldenham Prep School, said “You can see how hard the children have worked but more importantly you can see how much they have enjoyed the performances. I cannot thank them and the staff enough for this exceptional production. I am confident it is something the children will never forget and hopefully it will be the start of a lifelong appreciation of Shakespeare”
The winner of the recent IAPS Under 11 Girls National Table Tennis was Sienna Jetha. Sienna is currently in Year 4 at Aldenham Prep School so was really punching above her weight to triumph over pupils much older than her.
She was undefeated in all the games she played and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Mrs Vicky Gocher, Headmistress at Aldenham Prep School, said “This is a terrific achievement; Sienna has shown great determination and was not deterred by facing older competitors. We are all very proud of her”
Sienna plays table tennis on a regular basis and is looking forward to entering more completions in the future. She is a very determined young lady who shows true sportsmanship; there is certain to be more success to come. Fantastic Sienna!
Yes 15! That is how many medals were won by Isabella Yeabsley at the recent Hertfordshire Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). An outstanding achievement and the result of a lot of very hard work.
The 15 medals included 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Bronze and with her tally being the highest of the competition she was also awarded the Plate for her age group.
Isabella, a pupil at Aldenham Prep School in Elstree, trains 6 times a week. Her schedule includes some very early morning wake up calls and a lot of support from her sporty family.
Mrs Gocher, Headmistress at Aldenham Prep said “We are all very proud of Isabella; she is a credit to herself, family and school. She works very hard and her amazing achievements speak for themselves. We wish her every success in her sporting endeavours”
As for Isabella’s futures plans she said “The 2024 Olympics in Paris would be a dream come true. I will just keep trying my best”
With such commitment goals are achieved and this young lady is certainly one to watch out for.
Celebrations are the order of the day at both Aldenham Senior School and Aldenham Prep School following the recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection. The School is delighted to again reach the highest possible outcome with full compliance in every standard and the top rating of EXCELLENT.
This process firstly checked on the compliance of the School with all aspects of regulation in relation to independent schools, including boarding and early years’ provision. It was also a chance for the inspectors to take a view on the quality of the educational provision for pupils throughout the School in terms of academic and personal development. The inspection team spent three days in the School and also looked at the parents’ responses to a questionnaire at the beginning of the process.
The Headmaster Mr James Fowler congratulated everyone: "This is a very creditable reflection of the work of every one of the school staff, both teaching and support staff, the way in which the pupils respond to what is offered for them, and of course the support for the School by the parents."
Mr Trevor Barton, Chair of Governors, spoke of the immense pride the Governors have for the Schools. Referring to the report he said “It reflects not only the quality of the education provided at Aldenham, but also the spirit and ethos of the Schools, the dedication and hard work of all the staff, the character and achievements of our pupils and the very positive impression they make.”
Mrs Vicky Gocher, Headmistress of the Prep School added “It is wonderful for all the pupils and staff, from the Nursery to Year 6, to have the essence of Aldenham recognised in such a way.”
Aldenham Prep School was awash with numbers in support of the NSPCC Number Day. From James Bond to football tops numerical dressing up has ever been so much fun.
Numeracy activities all through the day for children from Nursery to Year 6 were enjoyed by all.
Mrs Gocher, Headmistress, said “It is important for our children to understand the importance of supporting those less fortunate than ourselves and to recognise the hard work of such charities who help so many children. The fact that this can be achieved in an educational and fun way is wonderful”. She added ”We have raised over £300.00 which exceeds our target so that is tremendous!”
The day coincided with three pupils being invited to take part in Primary Mathematics Challenge Bonus Round. Over 63,000 pupils took part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge this year and only the top 1-2% of those were invited to take part in the Bonus Round.
To end the day some of the children made a number of their own, 25, to mark the start of the celebrations for the Nursery’s twenty fifth year.
Aldenham Prep School Nursery and Reception children were joined by their dads for a special play session in the woods. Activities included making stick men, clay models and den building. All the children decorated photograph frames with woodland resources and presented them to their dads at the end of the session complete with a photograph of them together.
"The Aldenham woodland session with all the Dads, children and staff of Reception / Nursery was a really lovely experience. It was great to meet everyone and to spend some quality time together. Stick man making, bubble blowing, treasure hunts, eating cake and drinking gallons of coffee made for an ideal way to spend a Saturday morning." Said Mr Dougan, one of the thirty or more dads who went along.
The children in the Foundation Stage at Aldenham Prep school enjoy a session in the woods every week and it is popular day with all the children and staff. Wearing their all in one suit the children always return exhilarated by the experience.
Mrs Gocher, Head of Aldenham Prep School, said “it was wonderful that so many dads came along in their wellies ready to get stuck in to all the activities. All the children were delighted to share their weekly woodland adventures.”
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