Manor House School is an independent day school for girls aged 2 through to 16 years. We are a supportive and nurturing educational environment delivering strong academic performance in a smaller setting. We make the academic difference by being small enough to know all our girls individually. This means that unlike so many larger schools with growth aspirations, Manor House School makes the difference by being smaller.
Senior Winner at the Rotary Young Photographer Competition
Manor House School Senior pupils were delighted to win two prizes at the recent Rotary Young Photographer Competition.
Isabelle S won the Senior competition and her entry has been submitted for judging at District level. Lauren I was awarded third place in the Intermediate age group.
The competition celebrates the photographic skills of young people with a sequence of competitions that allows them to demonstrate and display what they can produce on a digital camera, as an art form and through sheer talent.
Entrants are required to produce a portfolio of three photographs based on a theme, with local heats organised by Rotary Clubs. The winners are entered into the District Young Photographer Competition and the best entries in that competition are forwarded to compete nationally at the end of March. We wish Isabelle and Lauren the very best of luck!
Senior Winners at the Rotary Young Writer Competition 2020
For the second year running, senior girls won both senior prizes at the Rotary Young Writer Competition 2020. Manor House School pupils also won a record number of Highly Commended awards!
Evie W was the Senior winner and Harriet F the Intermediate winner. The students have both received £20 book tokens. Ms Fantham, Headteacher, said: "We are delighted with our continued success in this Young Writing Competition and my congratulations to the girls and our English Department. There was clear evidence of original and individual thinking that the Competition has tried so hard to encourage in recent years."
Here are the comments from the Judges for Harriet's and Evie's pieces:
Winner: Harriet F
A beautiful story well told. You have taken huge steps in mastering one of writings great tricks, "show, don't tell". Casually dropping the fact that you woke up glowing immediately, tells the reader about your character's state of mind. Well done, please keep on writing.
Winner: Evie W
Very black and moody, almost Kafkaesque in its tone. An excellent piece of writing. It is good to see a girl writing from the point of view of a male protagonist. The use of a series of short staccato sentences helps build the atmosphere, drama and urgency. I want to know more. What happened next?
The following girls received Highly Commended awards:-
Highly Commended Senior
Highly Commended Intermediate
At District level, Scout W and Alicia P won Highly Commended for their stories. The judges had a difficult job as they were very impressed with the standard of entries and commented on how original they all were. Congratulations girls!
Skilled Senior Bakers Win the Surrey Schools Baking Competition!
The Surrey Schools Baking Competition is an annual event, which has been run for the last five years and this year, Manor House School in Bookham was invited to take part.
The Surrey Schools Baking Competition is an annual event which has been run for the last five years and this year, we were invited to take part in the Competition which was held at Claremont Fan School in Esher, in early March.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 of the Senior School did a ‘Bake off’ style session in class to select the best two entrants from Years 7 and 8. Students had to bake a large cake from scratch, then decorate it with handmade decorations, all within two hours. The theme was 'Spring Carnival'.
On the day of the Competition, there were nine different schools taking part, with a Junior category of Year 6 students and a Senior category of Year 7 and 8 students. So, there were eighteen different cakes to be judged on appearance, taste, texture, quality of the bake, use of handmade decorations and the theme.
We are delighted to report that Manor House School won both 'Winner' and 'Runner Up' prizes in the Senior category. Both our student winners, Amelia S and Isabella C, are from Year 7. They produced some amazing creations for such young bakers!
The competition was judged by the Mayor of Elmbridge (pictured here), along with the owners of a fantastic cake shop and decorating business in Claygate called 'Afternoon Crumbs' http://afternooncrumbs.com/
Senior Pupils Write Children's Books for Younger Pupils
The English Department at Manor House School in Bookham, devised a creative learning project for girls in Year 9 of the Senior School. Their task was to work in groups to create, write and design a children’s book to read to younger pupils.
With the approach of World Book Day and the emphasis on the importance of reading and the written word, the English Department at Manor House School in Bookham, devised a creative learning project for girls in Year 9 of the Senior School. Their task was to work in groups to create, write and design a children’s book for pupils to enjoy in the Lower Prep School.
The learning objectives of the project included: story telling, group-work and collaboration, time management, writing for a specific audience, identifying the conventions of children’s books, using language appropriate to an audience and purpose, using structure effectively and combining language and illustration to tell a story. Additionally, girls had to use their artistic skills and technology (Book Creator) to design the book whilst making props and preparing a performance to the Early Years Department. Groups were asked to write promotional content to promote the story, much like you would find on the back of a book cover.
On World Book Day, senior girls read their books to the Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 children during their English lesson. It was lovely to see children in the Early Years Department join the older girls in the Senior English classrooms where pupils used the iPad technology to prompt their independent story reading.
Mrs Roberts, English Teacher, gave an inspiring introduction to the project. Mrs Lorenz, Head of English, said: "The girls were highly engaged from the very start. Throughout the last week of the project, they worked cooperatively and enthusiastically in their groups and they were really looking forward to presenting their stories to the Early years on World Book Day.” Charlotte M in Year 9 was appointed chief photographer throughout the English project and created a shared album for the group. Girls then turned the photos into a short iMovie demonstrating the whole process from start to finish.
Following World Book Day, pupils conducted an evaluation and feedback session on the project and their writing.
"It was really enjoyable to be able to draw on our favourite books from childhood and then follow the creative process through from the first ideas to completing and presenting the book." (Sophie)
"I loved the creative aspect." (Matilda)
"It was entertaining to see the children’s faces as they listened to the stories." (Emme)
"It made you realise how you needed to plan your time effectively." (Felicity)
Runners-Up in the Annual Local Schools 'Love Languages Competition'
iEnorabuena! Félicitations! Glückwünsche!
Congratulations to the group of Gifted and Talented Year 8 linguists for coming Runners-Up in the 'Love Languages Competition' held at City of London Freeman's School on 14 February.
Senior pupils performed mini plays and songs in all of the three languages that are taught at Manor House School; Spanish, French and German. Manor House was the only school to perform in all three languages.
Our girls beat stiff competition from a number of local schools from both the Independent and Mainstream Education sectors. Students had given up a number of their breaks to rehearse and the Modern Foreign Languages Department would like to thank the girls for their efforts and hard work.
Manor House School's Nativity 'The Sleepy Stargazer' to Air on BBC Radio Surrey
Manor House School's Nativity Play is to air on BBC Radio Surrey on Friday 13 December at 2.05pm
Christmas is always an exciting time in the Prep School at Manor House School in Bookham. Last week, the girls were lucky enough to pre-record their Nativity Play, 'The Sleepy Stargazer', in a live studio recording with BBC Radio to be aired this Friday 13 December at 2.05pm. On Friday 6 December, girls in Years 1 and 2 made a trip to the BBC Radio Surrey studios in Guildford to record their Nativity. Please tune in to BBC Radio Surrey 104.6fm at 2.05pm to hear it. We look forward to listening but should you miss it on Friday, please go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsurrey and choose Joe Talbot's show.
Earlier this week, the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children performed the production beautifully to their parents and grandparents on Tuesday 10 December. They spoke loudly and clearly and sang with great enthusiasm. Teachers and parents were all very proud and the Nativity Play was a lovely way to think about the true meaning of Christmas.
And they're off! Every girl at Manor House School ran in our very own 'Race for Life' in support of Cancer Research UK
It was fantastic to see such community spirit today, when our whole school came together in support of a very worthy charitable cause. Following our hugely successful Surrey Macmillan Cancer Big Breakfast Fundraiser in late September, we held another fundraising event today involving every year group, in support of Cancer Research UK. Every Manor House girl in the Prep and Senior School donated £2 to take part in our school's very own 'Race for Life', wearing an item of pink over their school uniform to run or walk as close to 5k as possible. It was a real occasion to see every year group running out onto the sports fields in recognition of helping others who are fighting cancer.
All proceeds will be sent to Cancer Research UK shortly.
Manor House School shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019
Pupils and staff are celebrating after being praised by judges for showcasing the outstanding student experience and school ethos in their entry for Marketing Campaign of the Year.
Manor House School is one of a number of schools to be shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 competition, which is run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.
Tracey Fantham, Headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted. This accolade reflects the hard work and collaboration of both our staff and the children, and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best educational experience there is to offer. We look forward now to sharing this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams.”
The awards ask to see evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice, for a judging panel that is made up of heads, governors, parents and representatives of membership associations from across the sector and chaired by Dr Helen Wright, former President of the Girls School Association and Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Commission.
David Moncrieff is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine who run the awards. He said: “Following the huge success of the inaugural competition last year, which saw more than 250 school nominations entered, we are thrilled to have surpassed that figure for Independent Schools of the Year 2019. The awards have again been designed with the student experience at their heart and to provide schools with a platform to showcase their stories of innovation and success. The judges now have a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries that were of such a consistently high standard.”
Neil Kirby is Marketing Director of Bupa Global, Sponsor of Independent Schools of the Year 2019. He said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 awards, and to see so many schools taking up the opportunity to showcase the exceptional experience they offer their pupils. The entries gave a powerful insight into the choice and flexibility being afforded to students in the independent sector, and we are pleased to be part of such a new and exciting celebration of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in private education in the UK.”
This year saw a record number of entries from a wide range of schools; from tiny rural pre-preps through to large urban secondaries from a broad range of geographical areas. There were twenty different categories, a reflection of the depth and breadth of the independent school experience.
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