Pipers Corner Prep Department is an independent day school for girls aged from 4 - 11
Guided by their Form Tutors they are introduced to a broad and challenging programme of study as they expand their learning and experience increased independence through Pre-Prep into Prep.
The Department is staffed by a core team of teachers, and girls are also taught by staff from the Senior School, who are dedicated specialists in their fields. This serves to ensure continuity when they are at the point of transition from Prep to the Senior School.
The first half of the Summer Term came to a close in impressive fashion at Pipers with a magnificent performance of “Mulan” from our Year 7 Drama Club.
25th May 2018 — The production tells the story of Mulan and her adventures following the Hun invasion of China. Along with her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, it is Mulan’s task to save the Emperor! Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.
The Drama Club members showed an impressive level of energy as they brought the action-packed show to life on the Arts Centre Theatre stage. With some catchy songs, and ample opportunity for the girls’ comic timing to shine through, it was hugely enjoyable to watch.
Drama teacher and Production Director, Miss Edwards said, “When I started directing this production earlier in the year, I had no idea just quite how dedicated and professional the cast would be. Every production at Pipers take a considerable amount of preparation and hard work, and “Mulan” has been no exception to this. However, the process has been extremely enjoyable for everyone involved and I cannot thank the girls enough for bringing the show to life in such a vibrant way.”
In early May Pre-Prep went on a trip to the Chiltern Open Air Museum, an outdoor museum in Chalfont St Peter which tells the story of the unique history of the Chilterns through buildings, landscapes and culture.
10th May 2018 — The Museum’s mission is to rescue threatened historic buildings from the Chilterns and to preserve them for future generations. They have re-erected 35 rescued buildings to date, spanning 2,000 years of Chilterns architecture and including a reconstructed Iron Age roundhouse, built using data from an archaeological dig near Dunstable, and Medieval and Tudor barns. The Museum’s Victorian buildings include a working Victorian farm, toll house and forge, a tin chapel, vicarage room and newly-rebuilt wychert cottage. From more modern times, their collection includes a 1940s Prefab, Nissen Hut and a Furniture Factory from High Wycombe.
For their visit the girls were focussing on Anglo Saxon life and they enjoyed a range of activities including: creating Anglo-Saxon brooches using metal sheeting and small glass beads; writing with runes on a clay tablet; handling replica Anglo-Saxon artefacts displayed on the Lord’s table; writing in Latin with quills and ink, practising the writing techniques used by monks in early Anglo-Saxon England; handling straw and using a hammer to experience creating roof thatch for Anglo-Saxon dwellings, and exploring and playing some of the games played by Anglo-Saxon families including solving Anglo-Saxon riddles. The girls also learnt about the properties of clay and the history of brick, before having the opportunity to make their own bricks.
…. No, it’s SuperSam! The Junior Theatre Company put on a very entertaining production of “The Amazing Adventures of SuperSam”, by Craig Hawes, in the Arts Centre Theatre in April.
19th April 2018 — Samantha Marvel may be the clumsiest clot in Megaville, but she’s happy to read her comics and dream her life away. That is until it’s turned upside-down when she discovers that local hero, The Candy King, is actually a Super-Villain determined to conquer the world with his corrupt confectionery! Can SuperSam crush The Candy King and save the planet?
It was a lively action-packed show, with jokes that came thick and fast, delighting the audience. It provided an opportunity for every performer to be fully involved in the story and really allowed the whole cast’s passion for performance to shine through.
Head of Prep Drama, Ms Bevan, said, “Pipers Junior Theatre Company offers girls in Years 5 & 6 a great opportunity to develop their confidence, performance skills and team-work. It also allows the group to cast the show themselves, which enables girls who wouldn't always get picked for major roles to put themselves forward and rise to a new challenge, which they did amazingly well. Working on SuperSam has been a fantastic experience for all the girls involved.”
On a beautifully sunny Wednesday afternoon the entire Prep Department did fantastically well, taking part in an energetic biathlon event to raise money for the 2017/18 Prep Charity, “Rays of Sunshine”.
18th April 2018 — “Rays of Sunshine” is an award-winning national children's charity which aims to brighten up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children. You can find out more about their amazing work at https://raysofsunshine.org.uk/
The girls raced in their year groups, starting with a run around the school grounds followed by a swim in the Orchard Pool, with the distance varying depending on the age group. Every member of the Department showed a huge amount of Pipers’ spirit, cheering each other on as they made their way round the course and encouraging their peers to complete both elements in the quickest time possible.
At the end of the event each girl received a medal to mark their achievement. It was a lovely afternoon, allowing the girls an opportunity to enjoy being active, whilst at the same time supporting a very worthy cause.
In the run up to the end of term girls in the Pre-Prep Department were very excited to welcome their family members to school to join in with two afternoons of Easter-themed crafting.
27th March 2018 — The girls and their visitors had the opportunity to make a number of items including daffodil windmills, spring chicks, Easter baskets, Easter chick egg cups, Easter bunnies and Easter egg and lamb mosaic coasters.
It was a wonderful experience for the whole Department to work together and be creative and also meant the girls had some lovely decorations to take home for the holidays.
The Easter celebrations continued with a beautiful display at our annual Easter Bonnet Parade when each of the girls showed off the bonnet they had made at home to the rest of the Department. The girls had used lots of different decorations to style their creations including ribbons, mini eggs, straw, flowers, cotton wool, flowers and even mini carrots!
It was a lovely way to end the term and everyone particularly enjoyed the delicious cupcakes provided by our School caterers, Holroyd Howe, each one beautifully decorated to reflect the Easter theme.
In sport, with a new focus on playing Cricket, the Prep PE Department invited in the organisation “Chance to Shine” to come to Pipers and introduce the sport to the girls.
16th March 2018 — Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket. Working with local cricket boards and thousands of schools all over the country they want to demonstrate how exciting cricket can be and encourage young people of all ages to get involved in the sport.
The senior girls at Pipers have received coaching though Chance to Shine for a number of years and it is now time for pupils in Year 1 – 6 to also benefit from the opportunity.
Our “All Star” coach Emma quickly got the girls active, participating in fun batting, bowling and fielding drills. Each session finished with a fun caterpillar game in which every student applied all of these skills to competitive match play.
What a wonderful introduction to the sport – we now can wait for the Summer Term and cricket season!
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Pipers Lane, Great Kingshill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP15 6LP