This term the children in Reception at Warwick Prep focus on Skills for Life during show and tell.
This term the children in Reception at Warwick Preparatory School have been focusing on a Skill for Life during show and tell.
Leo proudly presented his chosen skill ‘kindness’ to Headmistress, Mrs Dodsworth. Leo has demonstrated this particular skill in so many different ways. He has donated his toys to a nursery, visited the charity shop with clothes and contributed daily to the food bank collection in school.
On Friday 10 May, Year 3 at Warwick Prep spent the day enjoying an extremely interesting and interactive Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs day. This topic links to their History topic this term of ‘Dinosaurs to the Iron Age’. We were lucky to have a visitor from Portals to the Past called Graham Woollard who was also joined by his wife. He led the girls on an exciting geological and palaeontological adventure. Graham is a well-known and respected figure in the fields of geology, fossil curation and palaeozoology. He has contributed to the collections of many leading British museums. He brought with him a fossilised dinosaur egg that he found and dug up himself which dated back 75 million years!
In the morning, the girls looked at dinosaur models and high-grade, genuine fossil specimens. They interspersed interactive work with discussions on sub-topics including the Earth’s formation, timelines, rocks and dinosaurs. The girls worked in groups on investigations where they explored numerous informative displays and wonderful scale models of the world in various stages of evolution.
The afternoon included a hands-on examination of some exceptional fossil specimens and the opportunity for Year 3 to select and draw fossils including sea urchins, sand dollars and ammonites. They enjoyed an interactive group discussion about the Earth’s spectacular fossil treasures including what fossils are, how they are made and fossil hunting.
They finished the day with a special visit from Mary Anning (Sue Woollard) who talked to the girls. Mary was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis.
Our Year 6 girls joined Year 6 boys from Warwick Junior School in a wonderful joint science event last week.
The workshop took place on Thursday in Warwick Hall and began with a Wiz Bang Science Show from Wonderstruck. The girls and boys then worked in groups and completed a number of exciting science-related activities:
Building a fan powered car – the pupils worked in groups to design and build a small fan powered racing car. The focus was on force, the nature and role of friction in machines and simple electrical circuits. Once the teams had built and tested their cars, a competition was held to decide the overall winners and the Junior School boys came 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Designing a compressed rocket – working in pairs, pupils designed, built and launched a compressed rocket. Once the rocket was built, they went on the field and tested their rockets and based on the distance travelled the Prep girls came 1st, 2nd and 3rd! This activity focused on force and aerodynamics.
Billy Fellowes, Year 2, recently took on 90 of England’s elite Under 8 players, many of them England Internationals, in a chess tournament! He finished undefeated!
In 1958 Bobby Fischer exploded onto the world chess scene when he became the youngest international grand master in history at the age of 15. He was later to become World Chess Champion and is still considered by some to be the greatest player who ever lived.In 1958 Bobby Fischer exploded onto the world chess scene when he became the youngest international grand master in history at the age of 15. He was later to become World Chess Champion and is still considered by some to be the greatest player who ever lived.
Sixty years later a 7 year old from Stratford-upon-Avon, who is in Year 2 at Warwick Prep, is beginning to make waves of his own. Billy Fellowes has recently returned from a two day tournament at Westminster University where he took on 90 of England’s elite Under 8 players, most of them in year 3, and many of them England Internationals. Billy finished the tournament undefeated and no one could remember a year 2 player becoming the under 8 champion before.
Billy was delighted: “Every game was really tough and it’s amazing to win such a big tournament with so many good players”. Billy is coached at school by a former British Under 21 champion, FIDE Master Nick Thomas: “I advised him to enjoy the experience and that he would be a top contender next year when he had more experience and was a fully-fledged Under 8 player. His win is truly amazing”.
Billy also attends the elite Coventry Chess Academy on Saturdays which is run by one of Nick Thomas’s former pupils Paul Lam. Paul is also Billy’s one-to-one coach: “Billy is a fantastic player who loves chess, works hard and deserves his victory”.
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Project One Campus sees the move of King’s High School to the Myton Road campus, joining Warwick
Preparatory School and Warwick School on one spacious, green campus.
The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, comprising Warwick Preparatory School, King’s High and Warwick School, is heralding a new era for the future of the schools, and in particular, King’s High School, by relocating the School from the Warwick location it has had since 1879. The Foundation is unique in the Midlands, offering co-education for pupils aged 3 to 7, and single-sex education from age 7 onwards.
Project One Campus sees the move of King’s High School to the Myton Road campus, joining Warwick Preparatory School and Warwick School on one spacious, green campus. Building commenced in 2017, will be fully completed by 2020 and will see the creation of new school buildings that have been sympathetically designed within an enhanced pedestrian-friendly campus, linked green spaces and courtyards, and a new play area for our youngest pupils.
The King’s High educational buildings, providing a stunning new home for the girls, will house large communal areas, specialist classrooms, pastoral bases and administration functions. As well as the main school building, the new school will also include a Sports and Technology ‘wrap-around’ built onto the existing Bridge Sports Centre. The new purpose-built high-tech shared Music School for Warwick Prep and King’s High, will include a range of practice rooms, performance spaces and music technology suite.
Building work on the new shared Sixth Form Centre for King’s High and Warwick School was completed during the summer. The Centre is currently used for a variety of purposes including Friday Afternoon activities, clubs, lunchtime talks and parent events, and will open as the shared Sixth Form Centre in September 2019 when the girls move down to the campus. The Centre has been designed to help pupils make the most of their Sixth Form years, and support their transition to life beyond school. It will provide space for quiet study, group work, social interaction and careers advice for both boys and girls in a truly shared facility.
Play and sport are a critical part of the learning process, vital to teach and every pupil’s educational experience. The Myton Road campus boasts a wide range of sports facilities designed to enrich pupils’ lives and through Project One Campus, these will be further enhanced by five netball and six tennis courts for King’s High and a state-of-the-art 3G rugby pitch for Warwick School. There will be a new play space for Warwick Prep, due for completion by September 2019, which will provide a safe and stimulating place for a child’s imagination to flourish.
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Mrs Dee Alder joined Warwick Preparatory School in September as their new Deputy Head.
Mrs Alder, who previously worked at Coten End Primary School in Warwick, brings with her a wealth of leadership experience having led the final three year groups of the school in addition to Mathematics across the whole school.
Hellen Dodsworth, Headmistress, commented: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mrs Alder to our team this term. We had an exceptionally strong field of applicants and Mrs Alder was the unanimous choice of the interview panel. She brings with her plenty of experience to take on this crucial role at Warwick Prep with an established career in teaching and leadership.”
Mrs Dee Alder, new Deputy Head, commented: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Deputy Head. I join a very strong team of committed staff and look forward to being part of the vibrant community that is Warwick Prep.”
Prior to working at Coten End, Mrs Alder’s experience has included leading Science, PE and PSHEE. She has been Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator and Acting Deputy Head in previous positions held at schools in Knebworth, Barnet and Croydon. She was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) in 2017 and gained Senior Leader in Education (SLE) status earlier this year. Mrs Alder enjoys the outdoors, being active and particularly likes walking in the Lakes and coasteering off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
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