At St Ives we fully understand how children excel and thrive in the nurturing, encouraging atmosphere of this well-established school. St Ives provides small class sizes and outstanding pastoral care, indivduaility is cherished and celebrated. Our dedicated and perceptive teaching team ensure that children are appropriately challenged and progress at a pace right for them.
Our varied curriculum allows plenty of opportunity to discover and develop each child's ability and talents in Sport, Art, Music, Drama, Languages and Technology as well as reaching her full academic potential. We are priveleged to have wonderful grounds and offer Forest School as part of our curriculum.
As a preparatory school we prepare children for their senior school education. We get to know them extremely well and are able to develop a clear picture of which senior school will be best for your child. We are proud of our outstanding record of guiding our pupils into their first choice entry of senior school and of the many scholarships awarded to St Ives children.
Choosing the right school for your child is an important task, but after a visit to our school you will soon discover why St Ives pupils are going places.
Wednesday 20th May was National Thank a Teacher Day and the children of St Ives School in Haslemere threw themselves into the day with typical gusto!
22nd May 2020 — Children sent in videos and drawings for their teachers, explaining their reasons for thanking them. Reasons ranged from ‘because you are the best teacher in the whole universe’, to ‘because my parents are rubbish at teaching’ and everything in between!
Head Teacher, Kay Goldsworthy, said “We were thrilled to be inundated with videos and pictures of thanks and we loved them all. It’s no secret that remote learning has involved a huge amount of work for teachers, as well as the planning for the reopening of schools on 1st June, so the timing of National Thank a Teacher Day was perfect. It gave us all a real boost. Teaching is always about the children and seeing them all in photos and videos was wonderful. This is just another example of how St Ives is staying ‘Together Whilst Apart.’
‘Together Whilst Apart’ is the school’s temporary motto, being used whilst the school is closed, and is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care.
This week, the children at St Ives School in Haslemere have been taking part in a Chalk Challenge.
22nd May 2020 — Whilst the school has been closed, due to Covid-19, St Ives’ Head Teacher, Mrs Goldsworthy, has been setting the children weekly challenges that are purely for fun and to allow time away from screens and desks. This week’s challenge was to use chalk to create a picture. Pupils have been so creative with the ways they have interpreted this simple brief and Mrs Goldsworthy has been thrilled with the results:
“Being creative has always formed an integral part of a St Ives education and it is wonderful to see how the childrens’ creativity is thriving during this period of home learning. They have clearly had a lot of fun with this challenge and, by sharing them within our community, we are building on our spirit of keeping ‘Together Whilst Apart.’
‘Together Whilst Apart’ is the school’s temporary motto, being used whilst the school is closed, and is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care. The school knows it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of their children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected, ready for when they can be together again physically.
St Ives School 'Together Whilst Apart' Dressing Up Competition
This week, the children at St Ives School in Haslemere have been enjoying taking part in a Dressing Up Competition.
1st May 2020 — Whilst the school is currently closed, due to Covid-19, the staff at St Ives are working hard to bring the St Ives experience into pupils’ homes, whether it is academic, extra-curricular or pastoral, to ensure the children (and their parents) feel as part of the St Ives community as ever. They understand the importance of the children feeling the continuity of contact between their teachers and friends, so are introducing the concept of “Together Whilst Apart”.
“Together Whilst Apart” is forming a key role in all their planning – whether it is academic work, extra-curricular activities or pastoral care. The school knows it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of their children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected, ready for when they can be together again physically.
As part of the new remote learning curriculum, children are being set a weekly challenge, that is purely for fun and allows them to be creative, using just what they may have in their houses. This week’s challenge was to dress up as a famous artist or painting. The results have been astonishing! The school has received so many diverse entries – from Elizabeth I to Rapahel’s Two Cherubs, to Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe to Manet’s Jeanne - and has been thrilled with the response.
Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives, said “We know it is fundamental to keep the spirit of St Ives at the forefront of our children’s minds so they continue to feel involved and connected to the school, ready for when we can be together again physically. The fun we have all had taking part in this competition is obvious. Everyone has been so creative and clever with their entries and they’ve made us roar with laughter. We’ve been frantically posting the photos on our social media channels and the ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ have been huge. It is an excellent example of the St Ives community being ‘Together Whilst Apart’.
To find out more about how St Ives School is working “Together Whilst Apart” please see www.stiveshaslemere.com for more information. Skype calls can be arranged with Mrs Goldsworthy for anyone interested in joining the school and finding out more.
St Ives School pupils enjoy a Green Festival on Global Citizenship
This week the pupils of St Ives School in Haslemere have taken part in a three-day Green Festival as part of the school’s pledge to become an international Green Flag Award Eco-School.
19th March 2020 — The school has committed to raise its understanding of the environmental issues facing the world and how the school can contribute, both as a whole and as individuals, to a more sustainable future.
St Ives is following the programme set up by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Internationally, the programme is the largest educational programme in the world. It is present in nearly 70 countries with millions of children participating. St Ives is now part of this global community working to create environmental change for its pupils and future generations.
The festival focused on Global Citizenship and what is takes to be a good citizen. Children were given St Ives passports and spent the first two days of the festival ‘travelling’ around the school visiting different countries, learning about their cultures and economies. They enjoyed age-appropriate activities which stretched from designing Chinese fans, to creating a Spanish themed mosaic, dancing to the beat of African drums, making Brazilian truffles and learning about eco-systems in Antarctica.
Children also enjoyed a presentation on Fairtrade and learnt what it means to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions, with the younger children doing a Fairtrade scavenger hunt around two local supermarkets, whilst the older children learnt about the food production chain and healthy eating, culminating in using smoothie bike to produce their own smoothies! They also attended workshops on carbon footprints and clothing production, introducing them to a more sustainable and ethical way of living. The festival ended with all the children decorating Fairtrade organic cotton bags to take home.
Mrs Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives, said “Our Green Festival on Global Citizenship has been fantastic. Every pupil now has an understanding that everything they buy - from clothing to food – has a supply chain, where everyone within the chain deserves to work in good conditions and receive fair pay. This is what makes us decent global citizens!”
This week the children and staff of St Ives School in Haslemere enjoyed World Book Day, with everyone dressing up as a character from their favourite book. There were wizards, elves, white rabbits, pirates, a variety of woodland animals, a saucepan
6th March 2020 — The day started with each form from nursery to year 6 decorating its classroom door as the cover of a favourite book and the results were truly impressive. The winning door in pre-prep was nursery with their gorgeous decorations of “The Cat who Wanted to be a Dog” and in the prep school, year 6 won with their Narnia themed door complete with a working lamppost and fake snow!
The World Book Day theme continued throughout the day with every lesson taking on a book theme. Pre-prep had a fantastic time going on a book hunt around the school, with their final clue leading them to Mrs Goldsworthy’s office! Older pupils read “Great Women who Changed the World,” and thought about ways they could make the world a better place and earn a place in the book.
Even lunch was a book-themed affair with pupils enjoying Garfield’s lasagne, Moody Margaret’s Miserable Morsels and Jam Tarts from the Queen of Hearts, all of which was delicious.
Pupils have also been taking part in ‘Share a Million Stories’ which is a nationwide campaign to make story-sharing a habit of a lifetime and help stop the decline in reading for pleasure.
Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives School, said “We love World Book Day at St Ives as it gives us the opportunity to celebrate everything wonderful about books. I loved seeing the effort children had to put into their outfits and the door decorating. It was a fantastic celebration of story-telling, story writing and capturing children’s imaginations.”
St Ives School has just won ‘Small School of the Year’ at the Independent School of the Year Awards. www.stiveshaslemere.com
This week the children in the Pre-Prep department (Reception – Year 2) of St Ives School in Haslemere enjoyed a visit from two members of Surrey’s Police Force.
24th January 2020 — The police talked about their important role in the community and how they keep the public safe. They taught the children about the five different services which can be accessed when dialling 999 – Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue and the Coastguard.
They also introduced the children to their uniform, which the children delighted in trying on, especially the motorbike helmets. However, the highlight of the visit was definitely exploring the police car, hearing its siren and being allowed to ‘drive’ it!
Kay Goldsworthy, Head Teacher at St Ives School, said “The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Surrey Police and learnt what an invaluable service the police offer the community. Many have now chosen it as their preferred profession for when they are ‘grown-ups’! Thank you so much to Surrey Police for such an interesting morning”.