Chafyn Grove School is an IAPS independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 set on the edge of the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire. We pride ourselves on excellent education in a relaxed atmosphere. Chafyn Grove pupils are ambitious, energetic and willing to have a go at everything while also learning from their mistakes. They are supportive and considerate towards each other, nurtured by our caring pastoral system and inspired by our team of talented and committed teachers. A wide breadth of physical and creative opportunities is available to everybody, and pupils are encouraged to be academically ambitious whatever their ability.
Chafyn Grove Pre-Prep Enjoy 'Outdoor Classroom Day'
Pre-Prep at Chafyn Grove enjoyed celebrating the opening of the new Outdoor Classroom which coincided with 'Outdoor Classroom Day'.
Chafyn Grove Pre-Prep took part in the worldwide ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’, where they took their learning outside the classroom.
It was a fantastic opportunity to mark the opening of the new outdoor classroom, which overlooks the beautiful sports pitches and playing fields.
With the emphasis on taking the learning outside, the children took part in a variety of activities in the school vegetable garden, the outdoor adventure area known as Dingly Dell and a trip to the local river. As well as these activities directly linked to the nature around them, they also took their reading, their map work and the IPADs to work in the open fronted classroom. The day was enjoyed so much by the children (and the staff!) that more lessons in the fresh air are certainly on the cards
Chafyn Grove presented a cheque to The Gurkha Welfare Trust for £890.72
Gurkha Welfare Trust Cheque Presentation
Head boy Charlie and Head girls Sophie and Honour presented the Gurkha Welfare Trust with a cheque for £890.72, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Chafyn community during the spring term.
The main money spinners were the school discos which were very well attended and gave the children the chance to show off their dance moves to the smooth grooves of DJ Spice; although special mention must be made of the pre-prep’s own Michael Jackson! My thanks also to the Year 7 and 8 girls who were a great help in running the pre-prep disco.
Year 1 from Chafyn Grove spent a wonderful day discovering the wonderful City of Salisbury.
The Year One classes from Chafyn Grove showed lots of energy and enthusiasm on their 'Spotlight on Salisbury' walk, learning about local street names and some historic buildings.
We enjoyed a special tour of The Guildhall with Graham Fry, its operations manager. The children enjoyed hunting for some old portraits in the Banqueting Hall and they admired the spectacular and valuable trio of 17th century chandeliers in there.
We had the fun of re-enacting a trial in the Oak Court - fortunately Judge Bell was lenient with the midnight thief who had been caught stealing a chicken at the Poultry Cross!
We are now looking forward to going further back in time by visiting the Cathedral, Old Sarum and Stonehenge, in the coming weeks.
The charity for last term was ‘Julia’s House’, the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset and Wiltshire dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across both counties.
Chafyn Grove's charity last term was ‘Julia’s House’, the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset and Wiltshire dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across both counties.
Once again, the generosity of the Chafyn community was humbling. The special celebration for the school’s centenary in September was, as well as being a fantastic occasion, an opportunity for a significant amount of money to be raised for worthwhile causes. Over £1,650 was collected; half to be given to Julia’s House and half sent to MacMillan Cancer Support.
A couple of fundraising highlights were Mr Renham’s exciting chess challenge. He managed to raise £200 and was unbeaten on the boards. Also, Penny Littleton, who, as well as running the school shop, once again made and sold mince pies in the run-up to Christmas and donated a remarkable £289 from this enterprise.
Once the final totals were accounted for, we were able to give a cheque for £1,923.17 to Julia’s House – a wonderful total!
Year 3 were very lucky to have a visit from an RNLI volunteer. She told us all about the work of the RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards and emphasized the importance of respecting the water.
Year 3 were very lucky to have a visit from an RNLI volunteer. She told us all about the work of the RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards and emphasized the importance of respecting the water. She educated us about the different types of lifeboats and how volunteers give up their time to help save lives at sea. She also told us how she had once been rescued by the Guernsey lifeboat crew 60 years ago!
Head of Maths, Mr Renham played 43 games of chess for charity against 10 children at a time.
On Saturday 12th November at Chafyn Grove School, Head of Maths, David Renham, was challenged to play 43 games of chess against children aged 7 to 13. He played 10 people at once going round the 10 boards moving instantly and once a game had finished a new challenger took to the board. Eventually the field was whittled down to just one, Year 8 student Charlie T. Charlie hung on playing very well for a long time but finally he succumbed. The simultaneous display took nearly 4 and a half hours with David winning all 43 games.
The event raised £249 for charity (£200 going to the charity of the term Julia’s House). Hopefully this will become an annual event at the school.
Chess has recently enjoyed a higher profile at Chafyn. Younger pupils are taught the game by Mr Renham to help with their maths problem solving skills and the school team has had a successful run of wins against other local school teams.
We are thrilled that the Chafyn Grove Water Pump has been installed in Africa.
At Chafyn Grove School we are aware that keeping our children hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the school day.
As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid.
Our decision to install water coolers from AquAid means that for each machine that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust. Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, an ‘Elephant Pump’ has been installed in Africa on our behalf. This unique relationship has also given our school the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
This brings much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to our well.
Our school's name is displayed proudly on our well.
Two-hundred old boys and girls of Chafyn Grove re-visited the school last Friday to celebrate its centenary. The celebrations began with a moving service in the Cathedral followed by a reception at school.
Two-hundred old boys and girls of Chafyn Grove re-visited the school last Friday to celebrate its centenary.
Centenary Celebrations for Chafyn Grove School began with a moving service in the Cathedral. The nave had been decorated with huge banners in the house (Eights) colours made from strips sewn by the children. Lewis Hingston, a year 8 pupil, impressed with his masterful performance on the organ of Tuba Tune by C S Lang.
The service took the theme of the passing of time and varied in tone from the amusing prep school reminiscences of Col. James Dewar, a pupil from the 1960s, to a reading of Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’, the readers ranging from Year 5 pupils to various staff members and an ex headmaster, James Barnes. The address was given by Rev Jim Findlay, who considered some of the landmark events marked during the school’s history.
Interspersed between the readings were spirited songs from all sections of the school, from Pre-Prep to the Chapel Choir and it was the occasion of the first performance of the new school song, words written by pupil, Jonty Nottingham and music by Dylan Price. Past and present Chafyn Grove pupils and parents appreciated the opportunity to hear Mr Simon Head, the new Headmaster round off the service with a look to the future before the orchestra struck up with a rousing rendition of Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’.
The service was followed by a reception at the school where ex staff and pupils were able to reminisce and renew old friendships. Some went on a tour of the school with current pupils. Their stories of their time at the school made the present staff grateful that pupils are not as naughty these days!
The school archives have been unearthed and curated to produce a fascinating display of photographs, letters and other artefacts to document the school’s long history. This is enhanced by a newly edited film taking the school from 1920s games lessons and camping trips to the latest drone footage shot last week.
Amongst the recollections was the time a train full of American troops bound for the Normandy landings paused by the school during a cricket match. Play was interrupted by the shower of chewing gum and rations which rained down on the outfield. Many of the other memories recalled shenanigans and rescues in the swimming pool – several at midnight, one just before a confirmation service.
Amongst the returning old boys was Mike Lapage (OCG 1931-1937) who won a silver medal for rowing at the 1948 Olympics, and was a torch-bearer at London 2012.
All recalled their time at Chafyn Grove with warmth and affection, wishing it well for its next one hundred years.
Forthcoming Open Days
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