Earlier in the year, the chapel choir from Abberley Hall School were invited to the inspiring Worcester Cathedral to sing Evensong which is an honour that the pupils are bound to always remember. The choir were praised by attendees for their moving and expressive performance in the magnificent space. Since then, the chapel choir continue to do themselves and Abberley Hall proud by serenading the school during the festive period.
Meanwhile, girls at Abberley Hall took part in the Cheltenham College Hockey Festival which proved to be a great opportunity to get the girls used to playing in a new team before the competitive fixture begins. The well organised event umpired by Cheltenham College meant all ten girls involved had a chance to play in a match and in different positions. The team showed great potential for the competitive season and fingers crossed, will continue strive ahead in the following events!
If you’re considering sending your child to Abberley Hall School, then head to the open morning on Saturday 9th November. The morning will start at 10:30am with coffee and a welcome from headmaster, John Walker. You will then be taken on a tour of the school by two top year students. Parents are encouraged to ask any questions about being a pupil at Abberley and can be sure of a ‘from the horse’s mouth’ reply. After the tour, guests are invited for a glass of wine and to take lunch with their hosts. The whole morning is very relaxed – guests are able to see the school running on a typical day and are able to ask questions of staff as they progress. Mr Walker is available to discuss any queries either over coffee on arrival or at the end of the tour.
Find out more about Abberley Hall School at www.abberleyhall.co.uk
In September 2012, Adam’s Grammar School launched an exciting and ambitious campaign named, ‘Our Dreams- Your Future’ which aimed to develop and improve the school’s sixth form and music facilities. The huge amount of support and generosity from the parents, pupils, local businesses and the combined efforts of many people has turned this ambitious campaign into a reality.
The new sixth form and music facilities were opened with delight for the new academic year on the 4th of September. The sixth form which was formerly the Performing Arts Centre is now equipped with new social areas, a bistro café, 3 new classrooms as well as areas for group work, study space and self-directed study. The new development is also home to a new lecture theatre with a capacity of up to 90 pupils - perfect to get sixth formers ready for that next step up to Higher Education.
Adam’s Grammar has completed the first phase of the plans for the Music and Performing Arts development, creating new practical spaces for students as well digitally equipped areas to encourage composition creativity.An impressive recording room has also been created to house small groups of students to enable effective recording-making.
New plans to create an even greater learning experience are planned to commence in January 2014 with a hope to complete all of the refurbishments by September 2014. Adam’s Grammar continues to rely on fundraising endeavours and generous donations to complete the entirety of the refurbishments and appreciate all of the support so far. Not only is Adam’s Grammar school renowned for its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report, and academic success, but now for its truly improved facilities!
To help with the ‘Our Dreams – Your Future’ campaign, call 01952 386352 or go online and visit www.adamsgs.org.uk
Current and future pupils of the King’s School in Chester have something to look forward to – by January 2015, the school will have a brand new learning centre, improving the already high standard of facilities. The project, which is expected to cost between £1 million and £1.5 million, will ensure that the school’s facilities are unrivalled in Chester. The new learning centre will include laboratory facilities, an art studio and a computer and design technology workshop. The junior school reception will be relocated to the new building, as will the library, which will also be expanded and improved. The new building will also house new office facilities and a new special educational needs (SEN) classroom.
‘We are very excited about the addition of this new Learning Centre for the Junior School which will see some fantastic new areas for our juniors to explore science, technology and art,’ says headmaster, Mr Chris Ramsey. ‘In recent years we have seen unprecedented interest in King’s from parents and we are committed to ensuring that our expanded facilities are the very best for our pupils to enjoy their learning and succeed in the crucial early years.’
The King's Junior School for girls and boys aged 7-11, offers an inspiring education within a separate self-contained school. Within the caring and supportive environment of the school, your child will flourish and become, as the last inspection described the children, ‘happy learners’. For children 11-18 years, the King’s Senior School has excellent academic results. King’s is the top performing school in Chester and the second top co-educational school in the north for A level in 2013.
King’s is a high achieving school with a vibrant atmosphere. King’s students are articulate, confident and valued by the top universities. Our students are phenomenally successful, with virtually all going to university. Students have received 83 Oxbridge offers in the last 10 years, and over 81% of leavers go on to study at one of The Times Top 30 universities.
Financial considerations should not deter you from visiting us, as financial help is available for Senior School, dependent on parental income.
If you are interested in your child attending the King’s School, call the admissions team on 01244 689533. Find out more about the school at www.kingschester.co.uk
While the rest of us were enjoying the (relatively) warm weather of the British summer, six pupils from the 5th and 6th form of Oswestry School were on a snowy expedition to the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps.
Their seven day trip which included acclimatisation was the culmination of adventure education weekends and a week in Scotland. The determined group started their adventure into the high mountains in the Canton of Wallais with a day revising crampon fitting, rope work and glacier travel. The six participants split into two rope groups to move up the Aletsch Glacier. The expedition took them to the Konkordia Platz, Finsteraarhorn, Grunneghorn, Grunhorn and Agassizhorn.
After several early starts at around 3am and overnight stays in mountain huts throughout their travels, the group climbed from 2700m above sea level up to 4250m, facing melting snow, mountain sickness, abseiling and even falling rock as part of their mountain experience. Despite the challenge, the group of young alpinists kept a positive attitude and successfully completed their journey and were eventually allowed to fly solo with their ropes for part of their descent of the Ewigschneefeld glacier.
Find out more about Oswestry School and see more of the latest news at www.oswestryschool.org.uk or call 01691 655711.
Nine-year-old Rory McDonald-O’Brien put Prestfelde School on the map during the summer holidays as he won the Junior Jigger Stowe putter trophy for under 11s in Stowe. 66 players from representing 35 prep schools took part in the 46th competition for the Stowe Putter, yet Rory still came out on top and even achieved a better score than some of the 13-year-olds that were taking part in the tournament. During the tournament, European Tour player Sophie Walker made an appearance. Sophie interrupted preparations for the Scottish Open to come to Stowe to meet the players and play an exhibition round with tournament pro, Steve Hutchinson.
Other sporting successes at Presfelde include young sportsman, Peter Clark who triumphed whilst captaining at the Under 11s Country Cricket Festival at Shrewsbury School. Peter opened the batting in all four of the games in the festival and following some very successful results, the scores brought them very close to winning ‘the best batsman award’ for the festival.
Find out more about Prestfelde at www.prestfelde.co.uk
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