Beaudesert Buzz Newsletter

Issued 22nd March 2024

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Tuesday, 16th April - Summer Term Begins

House Music

A huge well done to all of the children who performed in House Music and House Shout this week. In House Music, our children performed individually for their Houses on their chosen instrument (or voice). Mrs Saunders was listening to performances for over three days! On the final day, we were also joined by Director of Music at Bradfield College, David Quinn, who adjudicated part of the competition.

The culmination of the House Music competition was the much-anticipated House Shout. Our Prep School children sang their hearts out for their House, with each song chosen from the theme of 'Around the World'.

Mr Quinn expertly judged House Shout, with Hazel taking the top spot.

Totalling the results from House Shout and our House Music entries and results, Willow House were our overall winners.

Pembroke House Visit

We were thrilled to welcome a rugby team from Pembroke House in Kenya this week, as part of their UK IAPS rugby tour. The team of boys arrived on Monday with our former Director of Sport, Mr Snow. They spent the morning touring the School and meeting some of our senior rugby team. In the afternoon, we were also joined by a team from Wycliffe College, who joined us for a mixed training sessions and a triangular tournament. Our friends from Kenya came out on top. The boys then spent the evening with our boarders, enjoying the swimming pool before spending a night in the dormitories. The team left the following morning to continue their tour, visiting Pinewood and Summer Fields this week.

Pre-Prep Report

We have been building our growth mindsets this week, working collaboratively to create Easter gardens, to design and make our own boats and to build Brunel-inspired bridges in teams, problem solving and finding ways to get ourselves out of ‘The Learning Pit’ as needed.

We enjoyed watching Reception perform a wonderful assembly about their recent topic on Fairy Tales; they showed confidence and risk taking as they performed to their friends in Years 1 and 2.

We have also been thinking about the Easter Story and retelling this in a variety of ways. Joshie in 1S wrote this wonderful egg poem.

I love Easter Eggs

We eat them at spring.

You'll always find them. 

Just wait until Easter comes

And also, the Hunt! 

Our term culminated in a wonderful morning of Easter egg hunts with sightings of the Easter Bunny, and finally with our Easter Service. We were pleased to welcome Mrs Sue White, Lay Minister and Reader for the Church of England, as well as Year 8 children, Sebby and Genevieve, who supported our event. Our Pre-Prep Choir sang beautifully and children read prayers and performed poems, including one that Wilfred had written himself. Well done, Pre-Prep!

Anna Packman, Head of Pre-Prep

4M Play

A huge well done to 4M who performed in their play, 'The Leaping Match', on Tuesday afternoon. Parents delighted in this imaginative story about a flea, a grasshopper and a frog who compete for a princess' hand in marriage. Well done to the whole class on an excellent performance.

Year 6 STEAM Day

On Monday, our Year 6 children were off timetable, participating in their STEAM Day. Over the day, the children worked on developing their own bath bomb business, enjoying workshops in Maths, DT, ICT, Art and Science. In ICT, the children created logo designs for their businesses. In Art, they designed collage packaging for their bath bombs, and put together their costings and profit margins in Maths. In DT, the children produced moulds for their bath bombs using a vacuum former, and in Science, they tested different formulas to make the best bath bomb concoction. What a fun day!

6W Assembly

We really enjoyed 6W's assembly on Wednesday morning, which was all about the happy chemicals in our brain, and how they get released. We learned the differences between dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins, and which activities release which chemicals. What a great way to set us up for the day - especially followed by singing 'Jubilate', which released an abundance of serotonin!

Sports Report

IAPS Hockey Top 16

Last Friday, the boys' 1st VII hockey team became the first ever boys' hockey team to represent Beaudesert at the IAPS National Finals. They played brilliantly in their group games, qualifying for the plate competition. A close fought contest in the quarter final saw a one-all draw, which went down to penalty flicks, and unfortunately Beaudesert was defeated.

Getting to the quarter finals is a huge achievement, and means that the boys are now officially in the top 16 hockey teams in the country!

Sevens Success

Congratulations to our 1st rugby 7s team, who came third in the Westbrook Hay 7s tournament on Thursday. The boys played outstanding 7s all afternoon, showing the hard work they had put into their lunchtime training sessions this term. Wins against Beechwood and Hall Grove were particular highlights. Thank you to Mr Washer, who has worked tirelessly to help coach and inspire the boys.

DT Competition Winners’ Workshop

Yesterday, the winners of our DT bedroom design competition got to visit Bill Packman's workshop and fashion their own chairs to take home. Bill talked the children through some of the machines he used in his workshop, including his CNC router, which carves wood exactly to specification from a piece of CAD modelling software. The children sanded down their pieces, before fixing them together and finishing them with wax, shellac or varnish. The children had a brilliant time!

Prep Easter Service

Thank you very much to Mrs Sue White who joined us for our Prep School Easter Service this morning. Well done to our Year 8 speakers who also led our service.

New(t) Residents

Have you visited our Japanese inspired garden on the top terrace? Our new Zen space has been beautifully sculpted by our gardeners and, this week, we have spotted some springtime visitors. A toad has been spotted nearby (we weren't quick enough to get a photo of it), and our pond is now home to a family of newts.

Boarding Buzz

... And that's a wrap! What a week to finish with. On Monday, we hosted the Kenyan IAPS rugby team. They had a wonderful time and so did our boarders who were impeccable hosts. Food, swimming and games in the Boarding House were enjoyed by all.

This week, we have also been hosting our 'Boarders' Shop'. Over the term, the children have been earning stars for being good boarders. These stars not only go towards the House competition (well done Maple for winning this term), but can also be used as currency in our shop. They then had the chance to 'buy' snacks, drinks and small toys with these stars. It has been a great new initiative, and one that the children are looking forward to next term.

We have also just awarded our Boarding prizes for the term. Well done to George in Year 4, Betsan in Year 5, Alfie in Year 6, Ethan in Year 7 and Lux in Year 8.

Have a lovely Easter, we look forward to welcoming you back for Wachy season, lighter evenings and (hopefully) some sunshine!

Oli and Debbie Jones, Houseparents