Former Chairman of Governors opens state-of-the-art facility that carries his name
1st July 2018 — An innovative new academic building opened today in a ceremony led by former long-serving Chairman of Governors, Anthony Townsend.
The Townsend Building, situated at the heart of the School, houses a state-of the-art facility for design, art, sciences and food technology. Clad in beautiful timber that blends with the surrounding trees and green space, the building also has a viewing balcony perfect for watching cricket and other sports.
The modern building, sensitively integrated into the established heritage buildings, will provide a healthy natural learning environment for many new generations of children. It was launched on Speech Day before crowds of pupils, parents and Old Cranleighans, who enjoyed tours of the new facility.
The celebrations brought mixed emotions as the day was also a time to say farewell to current Headmaster, Michael Wilson, after ten years of excellent service to the School. The Townsend Building was his brainchild and he worked closely with award-winning architects, Tate Harmer and contractors Blue Forest to ensure its success and transform the campus.
Mike says: “I am delighted to see the completion of this incredible new facility for CPS. I have really enjoyed working with Tate Harmer and Blue Forest over the last two years to produce an incredible learning space that is sustainable and beautiful as well.”
Mike will not be leaving the Cranleigh Family of Schools as he takes the helm of Cranleigh Abu Dhabi in September. Incoming Headmaster of CPS, Neil Brooks, who joins from Fulham Prep Schools, was also present at the Townsend Building launch.
Rory Harmer, Partner at Tate Harmer says, “Working on buildings such as the Eden Project has given us an extensive knowledge of carefully inserting structures into some of the most sensitive natural settings. We wanted this building to respond to the surrounding landscape and create an opportunity for students to be engaged and interact with it. This new building on the school site will improve learning and set the tone for the future development of Cranleigh Prep.”
Lower School dabble with magic at their Harry Potter Night
The Lower School Book Club transformed the Wyatt Hall in to Hogwarts, whilst dressed as wizards and making magic, as part of the national Harry Potter Book Night celebrations.
1st February 2018 — Lower School pupils joined together last night for an evening of fun, games and magic to celebrate the beloved series of books by J. K. Rowling. Children arrived in their best wizarding dress for refreshments, games, activities and literature-based fun throughout the night.
The evening started with the Sorting Hat, to place pupils into the Hogwart’s Houses. They then split into groups to make putrid potions, wizardry word searches, wacky wands and oversensitive owls. They also feasted on creamy cupcakes and sticky squash.
It was great to take part in this national event, where children throughout the country (and indeed the world) celebrate this wonderful series with a Harry Potter Book Night.
It is an occasion for us to pass the magic of Harry Potter to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. Judging by the happy faces leaving school last night, it looks as though Harry Potter magic will continue to enthral this next generation of readers.
Form 4 hosted their annual Cake Sale on Friday and raised a record total of £515.20, in aid of their Year Group charity, Riding for the Disabled.
1st February 2018 — Form 4 hosted their annual Cake Sale on Friday and raised a record total of £515.20, in aid of their Year Group charity, Riding for the Disabled.
With 68 pupils in Form 4, there was a wonderful array of delicious home made cakes, in all shapes, colours and sizes, laid out in the Dining Room and outside Keppie. A group of Form 4 pupils, along with some Form 6 prefects, helped to get everything ready before crowds of excited children queued patiently to buy their cakes during break.
With £400 already raised by the end of break, a further £100+ was raised later in the day when any remaining cakes were sold to parents who came to watch the House Cross Country.
Many thanks to Sarah Johnston for overseeing this event, and to all the Form 4 pupils for promoting, baking and selling their cakes for such a great cause.
Year 8 pupils have been creating Pop-Up restaurants, involving all aspects of the planning from producing a logo and creating a menu to organising costs and designing their own pizzas. The highlight was the arrival of the mobile pizza oven!
26th January 2018 — In combined Food Technology and Design lessons, Year 8 have been learning how to create a Pop-Up Italian restaurant. They were divided into teams and the competition was set.
The brief was to compose and carry out a market research questionnaire for the Upper School students at Cranleigh Prep, invent a restaurant name, produce a logo, and create a menu. The Pop-Up Italian mobile restaurant was to be set up for 12 hours and serve 100 portions.
After organising their operations, design, finance and managing roles, Year 8 pupils received a Photoshop course, plus some advice on ingredient and staffing costs. Once their ideas came to fruition, the teams presented them to Mr Perry, Mrs Sharpe and the rest of the class.
Finally, Year 8 made pizzas designs with their favourite toppings, which were then cooked in Mr Tristan Sharpe’s (from Caper & Berry) mobile pizza oven, housed in the back of a Land Rover, behind the Chapel.
Linen napkin folding was also part of the morning’s activities. The Year 8 pupils’ work was displayed and a winner will be announced, with all factors considered, at the end of term in Final Assembly.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and learnt some invaluable teamwork skills.
Year 7 pupils enjoyed a trip to the Tate Modern to discover more about Abstract Art as they are creating a year long abstraction project based on a cartoon character.
26th January 2018 — Tate Modern braced itself yesterday as 64 Year 7 pupils arrived to find out about Abstract Art. The trip was planned as part of their year-long abstraction project based on a chosen cartoon character. They are currently making vases which will then be painted with a selected character on. Once this project is finished, all pupils will be producing an abstract painting based on their vase.
They enjoyed finding works by Anthony Gormley, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, to name but a few.
While the gallery’s collection was educational and informative; the highlights for many were the giant pendulum, the swings and panoramic views of London from the 10th floor.
Boarders were treated to an evening of Tag Archery by Discovery Archery Ltd. They had a wonderful time learning and practising their techniques before playing a variety of games.
26th January 2018 — On Friday 19th January the boy and girl boarders enjoyed a Tag Archery activity in the Wyatt Hall. This was a really special event and it was the first time it had been done at school.
An external company called Discover Archery Ltd arrived with all the equipment needed and gave us excellent instructions whilst they ran the activity with us. They did a fantastic job and we hope they will be back again soon.
To start with we put our archery skills to the test by practicing. We then participated in various other games which were set up by the company. One game included standing shoulder to shoulder with your team mates and you had to fire your arrow at the opposition; this sounds simple, but you were not allowed to move as the opposition team did the same back.
As a whole, we thoroughly enjoyed the tag archery and the feedback from all boarders was very positive. It was a first experience for many of us, it was fun to try something new and we are very excited that this activity will be repeated in the future.