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.
To find out more please visit: www.projectonecampus.co.uk or on Twitter: @POC_WISF.
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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Space Day kicked off on Tuesday 17 April at Warwick Prep with a briefing from Space Scientist in Residence at King’s High School, Mr John McGuire.
Mr McGuire briefed the eleven crews from Warwick Prep, Warwick Junior School, Newburgh Primary, All Saints’ Primary and Coton End on their Space Mission for the day. The children were training to be an astronaut just like Tim Peake.
Each ‘crew’, consisting of five pupils from Years 5 and 6, moved around a carousel of activities throughout the day, covering different aspects of Space. The activities varied from Scratch programming in the library, to making and using a planisphere, designing a space mission patch and working out how to escape from a Soyuz capsule to the astronaut training in the sports hall. The crews worked together and were assisted by a Space Scientist who ensured each activity was completed on time.
A Science Fair was set up in the Warwick Hall foyer in the morning with a contribution from each school. The displays were then graded by the children with an overall winner.
Miss Wilby, STEAM Coordinator, KS2 and KS3, who helped coordinate the event, commented: “It was a fabulous day, made so by the efforts from all the staff involved and of course, the children. Their enthusiasm was evident from the moment they arrived until they left, having completed their ‘astronaut training’!”
The day was a real success which is illustrated through the comments from the pupils and teachers:
“We enjoyed Star Mapping and will be look at the stars tonight.”
“We liked the Space Poetry because we learnt more space vocabulary and got the change to be creative.”
“Our favourite activity was ‘Train Like an Astronaut’ because it was really fun and we got to experience training like astronauts.”
“We had a brilliant time and the children were buzzing all the way back to school.”
“It was a fantastic opportunity to work with different schools and experience a thrilling topic in many different ways.”
Boys and girls at Warwick Prep were ‘over the moon’ to have the opportunity of holding priceless and rare samples of moon rock last week.
The moon rock and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at Warwick Prep School on Monday 19 March for a weeks’ visit. The Science Department held a special assembly, presented by Mrs Charl and Miss Wilby dressed up as astronauts, where they informed children about the exciting news that the moon had just landed at Warwick Prep! The moon then went on tour around the school enabling all the children to get up close and personal with the lunar rock.
Throughout the week the pupils were able to enjoy unique and interactive experiences of astronomy during their lessons. Other highlights included examining some hand-sized meteorites, enabling pupils to touch a real piece of space, a 1.2 billion year old piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion year old carbonaceous chondrite meteorite – the oldest object you will ever hold in your hands!
Immersive Experiences’ award winning mobile planetarium also visited the Prep during the week, delighting children, from Nursery up to Year 6, taking them on range of adventures across planets and through the Space Age!
Mrs Charl, Head of Science at Warwick Prep said: “It has been very exciting and a privilege to have these special materials in school. A tremendous amount of effort has gone into obtaining them on loan and it has enabled the pupils here to experience something totally unique.” Miss Wilby, STEAM Coordinator, KS2 and KS3 commented: “The security of the lunar rock was taken very seriously as NASA understandably regards the moon rocks as irreplaceable! Our budding astronauts have been very excited to hold and feel pieces originating from outer space.”
The moon’s arrival kicked off a month long series of inspirational Space activities, run in conjunction with King’s High School, Warwick, introducing our students and parents to the excitement and wonder of space science. There are a number of events taking place across the coming weeks. Stargazing Live, run in conjunction with Stratford-upon-Avon Astronomical Society, took place on Friday 23 March with demonstrations, telescope talks and some live star gazing and Space Day will be taking place in April and will include space crew training challenges amongst other activities. The excitement is all building up for the live link-up to the Space Station in April, when pupils from both schools will talk with the astronauts on board.
The lunar samples are on loan from NASA and were provided by the UK’S Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon. A massive 382kg of lunar material (about the weight of a crocodile!) was brought back to Earth – mostly for use by scientists in their studies of the Moon, but small quantities are used to develop lunar and planetary sciences educational packages like this one. The STFC programme is the only programme in Europe that is able to loan out the moon to educational establishments.
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Warwick Prep Life Editors' Project One Campus Interview
Ella and Jessica, editors for Warwick Prep Life, interviewed Michael Quinney, Project One Campus Project Lead, Speller Metcalfe. Warwick Prep Life is Warwick Preparatory School’s termly magazine.
Just before half term Ella and Jessica were lucky enough to meet Michael Quinney who kindly answered their questions and gave them unprecedented access to the new King’s High site.
Is Project One Campus going according to plan?
Yes, we have a project plan that we are following and we’re on track!
How amazed were you when you found the Roman remains?
We were very amazed as we’ve never found anything so interesting before!
Which building will be completed first?
The sixth form block, this is the smallest building and it will be finished in the summer of 2018.
Who designed the building?
A firm called Nicholas Hare Architects who are based in London.
How many staff work with you?
We have a core team of ten Speller Metcalfe staff, but on any day there could be around 30-100 people on site ranging from brick layers to steel erectors.
What’s your favourite part about undertaking a building project of this size?
It’s very hard work but watching it all come together is rewarding. When the scaffolding comes down this is an exciting stage as it means the outside envelope and roofing have been completed.
How many cranes do you need?
We have about 50 mobile cranes that we will use for the whole project. We don’t use tower cranes on this site but we have mobile cranes that can weigh between 30-160 tonnes. We use between five and ten different types of cranes.
How many different jobs are there?
There are about 40 different types of jobs on site which are all sub contracted out to specialists.
Where does all the earth and soil go after you have dug it up?
Various suitable places that have been identified such as old landfill mines and designated tips locally.
Forthcoming Open Days
Sorry. No Open Day dates have been provided by the school.