Lady Taverners U13 Girls Cricket Essex County Final
Following two exciting and tense matches, Holmwood House lifted the trophy in the Lady Taverners County Final
22nd March 2018 — The U13 girls cricket team from Holmwood House School, Lexden, were ecstatic to be crowned Essex champions this week as they scooped victory in the Lady Taverners Essex Cricket Final. The standard of cricket played was very high but the pupils held their nerve and focus, producing excellent bowling and batting performances in both their games. In the semi final, the girls won their match by 29 runs against Bower Park and, in the final, they beat Shenfield High School by just 4 runs with one ball spare to return from Chelmsford with the trophy. The team now waits for news of the next stage of the competition.
European Rugby Championship Cup comes to Colchester!
Holmwood House School, Lexden was lucky enough to host the actual European Rugby Championship Cup in school recently.
22nd March 2018 — Holmwood House School, Lexden was lucky enough to host the actual European Rugby Championship Cup in school recently - on the very weekend of the school's annual Year 3 Tag Rugby festival. Parent, Mr Doug Boulton, very kindly arranged for this to happen through his company, Maximum Logistics, which is proud to be an Official Club Partner of Saracens RFC, the current holders of the cup. With rugby being a very popular sport at the school, staff, parents and pupils all agreed it is an impressive beast of a trophy and everyone was thrilled to be able to see it up close.
Last week staff, parents and pupils alike were wowed by a spectacular performance of Alice, the Musical staged by Year 4 and Year 5 pupils at Holmwood House School.
26th February 2018 — Following weeks of feverish rehearsals, costume fittings, script learning and singing, the stage lights came up on Alice and the audience fell silent as an animated tale of one girl's adventures in Wonderland unfolded. Enter the White Rabbit whose panicky demeanor lures Alice down a hole into the world of a rapping mock turtle and other nonsensical animals with strange tales to tell of their lessons at sea school. Keen to escape the madness, Alice pleads to be taken home only to find herself in the presence of a soup-loving Duchess looking for another meal! A visit to the renowned Mad Hatter's tea party added laughter and confusion with some well-executed, albeit senseless, riddles ahead of the arrival of the King and Queen of Hearts. Cue a croquet game, some sporting hedgehogs and a potential beheading! The production came to its conclusion with the trial of Alice, standing bewildered in the dock as the farcical evidence against her in the case of the stolen tarts was presented. With songs that elicited laughter and those which brought a tear, the whole cast must be congratulated on their extremely high standard of performance. They pulled out all the stops with this truly astounding rendition of Lewis Carroll's classic tale which showcased the talents of a wealth of young pupils teeming with confidence.
Holmwood House is proud to have been shortlisted for an award for its wellbeing initiative.
27th November 2017 — Staff, pupils and parents of Holmwood House School in Lexden were delighted this week to discover that the school has been shortlisted for a national education award.
The school was entered for an award in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Independent Schools Awards 2018 and the short list, published last Friday, includes Holmwood's nomination as one of eight schools recognised nationally in the category of 'Wellbeing Initiative of the Year'.
This recognition comes as a result of an ongoing drive within the school to keep the mental health and wellbeing of its pupils at the top of its agenda. The initiative, which did not stand in isolation but rather in addition to the extensive pre-emptive and response provision already embedded in the culture of the school, included a week-long focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing earlier this year. The week aimed to help equip pupils in every year group with the enduring skills, habits and attitudes that they require for future health and happiness and to raise awareness among all members of the school community of the importance of good mental health. Among the many events of the week there were visiting speakers which included experts on self-esteem and body image in children, as well as experts on mental health first aid. A visiting practitioner of alternative therapies demonstrated holistic approaches to physical, emotional and mental health whilst an Art Psychotherapist talked about their role and engaged the younger pupils in activities. Presentations were also delivered to staff and parents in lunchtime and evening sessions.
Headmaster, Alexander Mitchell, said "In today's fast-moving and ever-complicated world, we must take the mental health of our youngsters, and indeed all members of our community, seriously. The school's approach to this vital aspect of children's personal development is ongoing and we are delighted that our efforts in this area have been recognised nationally. "
The winners of the TES Indedpendent School Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Thursday 8 February.
Year 8 pupils at Holmwood House School recently experienced a day in the life of a Roman soldier.
29th September 2017 — Year 8 pupils at Holmwood House School, Lexden, thoroughly enjoyed a 'Roman Army' experience as part of their Latin studies recently as they were whisked back to Roman times to participate in numerous activities. These included the tasting of foods that would have been eaten at the time; guessing what the Roman artefacts would have been used for; aqueduct building; signalling messages using flags as the method of communication; designing and making standards; learning about, and trying on, some Roman armour; and participating in an army marching drill whilst also learning about battle tactics employed at the time. There was even the chance to learn about Roman weaponry and have a go at spearing an imaginary animal (a hay bale!).
A Prep school in Colchester has recently taken the decision to cease Saturday school.
18th May 2017 — Holmwood House has made an historic decision to cease Saturday morning school from September 2018. A tradition for Years 4-8 for many decades, the school's Headmaster, Alexander Mitchell, explained; "We have carried out a wide-reaching consultation on the future of Saturday morning school. We have spoken to senior schools, parents and staff, and have discussed the matter at length in the Senior Leadership Team and at board level. In addition, we have consulted Prep schools who have made the transition away from Saturday morning school and gained tremendous insights into the processes they went through to ensure the essence of their schools was not affected by such a change."
The recent parent consultation process showed a nearly 70% preference for no Saturdays, market research also suggests a lack of appetite for Saturday school and national research points towards the changing nature of family life and the importance of weekends for families. The Headmaster added, "The world in which we live is changing at a fast rate. It is important that we listen to our families and adapt to the changes we see around us."
The school will absorb the Saturday lesson times into the week's structure to ensure the very broad educational experience the children and parents currently enjoy is not affected. One parent added, "Thank you to everyone involved for all the thought and hard work that has obviously gone into this process. We are pleased that we will not need to do Saturday school."