Northcote Lodge is a day preparatory school in London based on a country Prep school - the only difference being they go home at night. The boys enjoy games every day with lessons before and after. Prep (homework) is completed at school after tea and there are many exciting after-school clubs on offer. Priority entry at 8 for boys attending the co-ed pre-preparatory department of the sister school Broomwood Hall. The boys go on to London day schools as well as a wide variety of senior schools.
The human beans at Northcote Lodge celebrate World Book Day in delumptious style
Book Day at Northcote Lodge is always a joyful occasion. This year the boys dressed up as characters from Roald Dahl's books, ate a gourmet meal of bird pie and chocolate cake and sang along to tunes from Matilda the musical.
Every year Northcote Lodge joins schools around the world to highlight the importance and the benefits of reading during Book Week, which culminates with a themed dress up day and plenty of fun activities. This year was no exception.
Starting with a drip of tiny early-bird Oompa Loompas, the school was soon awash with ballooning blueberries, madcap grandmas, and wicked witches bedecked in mice. We enjoyed Dahl-themed assemblies with Heads of Year, learning about Dahl’s writing methods (highly regimented and idiosyncratic), the fascinating origins of the BFG’s gobblefunk, and the myriad stories Dahl has penned for children and adults alike. English lessons celebrated many corners of Dahl’s literary contribution and sparked a rush to the library for more reading. Throughout the day, some lucky boys found golden tickets tucked inside their exercise books (celebration ensued!), which could be exchanged for a Dahl book all of their own.
Lunchtime brought quizzes, Mrs Twit’s bird pie, Matilda’s chocolate cake, and a reading marathon in the library. We never knew we had such dramatically inclined teachers! Boys were enrapt by the super - and often rib-tickling - reading that stretched across the whole lunch break. Many boys also posted their own neologisms in the library post box; we can’t wait to read all their newly invented words!
To finish in raucous rebellion as Roald would surely want, we enjoyed a lively Matilda sing-a-long in the gym. Dancing, laughing, and belting our way through ‘Revolting Children’ seemed an appropriately fizzwhizzing end to a brilliantly fun day.
Northcote's New Computing and Digital Learning Space is Fit for the Future
Northcote Lodge has unveiled its newly re-vamped digital learning space complete with iMacs, iPads and large rugs.
At the start of the Hilary term, the boys at Northcote Lodge were delighted to find a wonderful surprise awaiting them on their return to school: a brand-new Computing and Digital Learning space. The suite is a beautifully designed space with wooden floors and desks with plenty of charging stations and large, comfy rugs. It boasts 18 iMACs, seamlessly linked with the boys' iPADs, and digital learning activities; a large display with an Apple TV for boys to screen mirror; a full set of Bluetooth headphones, and good ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. More equipment, including robots and green screens, is arriving soon.
The open plan digital learning space is not only loved by all for its looks but is appreciated for providing enhanced user experiences, facilitating a variety of learning styles and accommodating flexible areas of Computing and Digital Learning such as Digital Literacy, Computer Science & Robotics, Digital Design & Media. The boys' input at the planning stage was critical to the creation of a functional space. They are proud of the achievement and taking great care of the equipment.
A group of Digital Leaders and tech enthusiasts across all year groups devoted some of their break time to set up and test the new equipment. With the help of regular IT Help Desk support in the new room, boys also enjoy interacting with and learning from the school's IT technicians.
Northcote Head volunteers to drive The Felix Project forward
On Thursday 30 January, Northcote Lodge's Charity of the Year, The Felix Project, had an additional delivery driver in the guise of headmaster, Clive Smith-Langridge
Each year the boys of Northcote Lodge vote for their Charity of the Year alongside alongside NAEF, the charity supported by the Northwood Schools' group as a whole. Along with the community of staff and parents, boys raise funds and support these charities throughout the academic year.
in 2019/20, the Northcote Lodge Charity of the Year is The Felix Project, a London based charitable organisation whose purpose is to reduce food waste and hunger.
Isabella White from the Felix Project visited Northcote Lodge recently to deliver an assembly about the work they do to reduce food poverty in London, helped by their invaluable volunteers. She shared some terrifying statistics on the amount of food waste in the UK and London and on the number of hungry and malnourished families there are around us. We were saddened to hear that there are so many young children going to school hungry: 400,000 children in London are at risk of missing the next meal. Two million tonnes of good, edible food surplus is generated every year by the food industry in this country and the Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. and delivers this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in society. The boys learned that every £1 we raise will go towards providing 2.5 meals.
Leading by example, Headmaster Clive Smith-Langridge, offered his services for the day, working as a delivery driver collecting food from supermarkets and taking it to various schools in North London. Afterwards, Clive went back to the depot to help with sorting food. Clive described the experience as both humbling and enriching - and also quite an insight into how delivery drivers are treated by some people!
Whilst boys are not able to volunteer in quite the same way, the school will be doing all it can to show them the impact they can make and the great work of the charity.
Northcote Lodge's Rayhaan Kufuor recently starred as Tiny Tim in 'A Christmas Carol' at Old Vic.
Rayhaan Kufuor, a Shell boy (Year 4) at Northcote Lodge, was lucky enough to be one of the four young actors who played Tiny Tim in the Old Vic's recent production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, which played to packed audiences over the Christmas period.
Rayhaan and his fellow Tims took turns performing the role and enjoyed the experience enormously. When asked what he had liked most, he said: “I have loved meeting all the actors and I was really excited for the audience to see all the ghosts, as that’s my favourite part of the play!”
We wish Rayhaan every success in any future thespian activities and look forward to seeing him in one of Northcote's own productions soon. We shouldn't have too long to wait as drama is an important part of the Northcote Lodge curriculum and boys perform in at least one major performance a year.
Using the much loved theme of football in his debut book 'Kick', author Mitch Johnson got the boys reflecting on important topics such as child labour and the impact that fast fashion has on the environment.
On Friday 17 January, author Mitch Johnson visited Northcote Lodge to talk to the boys about his work as an author and present his debut book 'Kick'. The book’s running theme is a boy’s love for football and it sheds light on important issues such as child labour and sustainability.
During an interactive presentation, the boys took part in a variety of thought-provoking activities. It started with a dynamic game involving a football being thrown around the room so that they could take turn in revealing where an item of clothing they were wearing was made. It was followed by a fast-paced challenge about reassembling a pair of football boots against the clock, to give students an idea of what working in a sweatshop might be like. Then, there was a quiz designed to highlight the environmental and humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion: did they boys know or think about where and how their clothes are made? During the final Q&A the boys had a chance to ask Mitch anything they liked. Unsurprisingly their questions ranged from ‘what does it take to be a real author’ to ‘what’s your favourite football player’!
Everyone attending the workshop not only thoroughly enjoyed Mitch’s presentation but learnt so much from it too.
Northcote's Headmaster speaks at the Independent Schools Show
Clive Smith-Langridge, Headmaster at Northcote Lodge, joined a panel of experts at the Independent School Show for “Stick or Twist” - a panel discussion to help parents decide whether 15 years at the same school is the right choice for their child.
At the Independent Schools Show in Battersea, London, Clive Smith-Langridge, Headmaster at Northcote Lodge, took to the stage to join a panel of experts at one of the scheduled talks “Stick or Twist” on Sunday 10 November. The panel set out to help parents decide whether 15 years in the same school is indeed the right choice for their child. Having gained considerable experience within the Prep school world including single-sex, co-educational and boarding schools across the country, Clive's view favoured twist. He believes that a child-centric Pre-Prep/Prep school allows children to develop and find their passions and skills, so that they are ready for the right senior school at age 11 or 13. The talk was very well received.
Northwood Schools joined the Independent Schools Show for the first time this year. The show takes place every year in London and attracts thousands of parents seeking to find the right school for their children. Northwood Schools' stand showcased our four schools in South West London, Broomwood Hall Lower School (co-ed 4-8), Broomwood Hall Upper School (girls 8-13), Northcote Lodge (boys 8.13) and NorthWood Senior, the new senior school opening September 2020 for boys and girls aged 11-16. Our staff was busy chatting to parents and answering their questions about our schools, our ethos and what we offer.
Mr Henri Dinger, Head of History at Northcote Lodge, and Miss Anna Perkins, Shell teacher, were married at Wandsworth town Hall over the Easter holidays
We were delighted to hear the wonderful news that our very own Mr Henri Dinger, Head of History at Northcote Lodge, and Miss Anna Perkins, Shell teacher, had married over the Easter holidays. They were married at Wandsworth town Hall where they were congratulated with some beautiful flowers by one of their pupils who came to wish them well.
A look back at a busy and successful term at Northcote Lodge
Under the direction of new Headmaster Clive Smith-Langridge, who joined in January, Northcote Lodge has gone from strength to strength.
It has been another busy term for Northcote Lodgde. New Headmaster Clive Smith-Langridge joined in January, having already started to work behind the scenes with the interim headmaster,Peter Clare-Hunt, who stood in for one term before Clive could take up the reins. His passion for educating the whole child echoes the ethos of the Northwood Schools family, balancing academic rigour, with a focus on traditional manners, holistic pastoral care, a range of extra-curricular opportunities and allowing the boys to thrive and achieve their best. The boys work hard to achieve their full potential, supported by a team of dedicated teaching staff and the results speak for themselves.
We have been delighted by the boys'achievements so far this academic year. Alongside an Academic Exhibition to Wellington College, in the London day school examinations, all our Year 8 (Form 5) boys gained places at their school of choice along with a good number of scholarships, including four academic scholarships, one sport and one music scholarship to Dulwich,Trinity and Whitgift.
But life at the school is so much more than examinations and academic achievements. This term offered some wonderful dramatic productions including Mary Poppins and an Evening of Dram inspired by the stories of Roald Dahl. With the arrival of our new Director of Music, Jessica Quarmby from Australia, music has played a central part in school life with various musical soirees, a range of new instruments to try, a strings concert, a joint evensong with Broomwood Hall, various choir performances,a new orchestra and the ever popular (and rowdy) inter-house music competition.
On the sports fields there have been lots of excellent performances and great team wins - often against much bigger schools. Highlights of the past term included the visit by former English rugby player Ollie Morgan and the rugby tours to Leicester and Northern Ireland, not to mention the Festival of Rugby for our inter-house competition.
Other memorable events included our continued focus on raising money for our charity of the year, 3Pillars Project - including the Great Northcote Bake-Off - £19,000 raised to date, being lucky enough to have had our Author of the year MG Leonard visit and help judge our public speaking events, a challenging debate about the fashion industry, some visits from top senior schools and alongside a lot of hard work, a lot of fun too. All in all, it was a thoroughly rewarding and exhilarating first term for the new Headmaster.
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