Saturday 9th May was the first of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, our Family Fun Day. The day started in glorious sunshine with a wonderful dance show with children ranging from beginners as young as 5 years through to some of LVAC's most experienced dancers who have been with us for many years. We were treated to a superb tap number from the Primary tap class lead by Mariam Elakama and Georgia Millburn dancing to 'Make Some Noise', followed by some fantastic solos including Ballet and Tap numbers. It was lovely to see some Bollywood from ex-pupil Shona Shah and from three current Grove Pupils Sophia Shaikh, Rushita Bhatta and Anjali Kumar. The Dance Show ended with a contemporary number performed at the MK Festival earlier this year. It was wonderful to see them all the dancers enjoying themselves.
With a short break for children and parents to enjoy the entertainment and food the rain arrived and everyone ran for cover. This didn't stop the Music performance getting started; a little rain doesn't stop Grove children from performing! We were treated to a Trumpet Solo from Joshua Cosby, Singing from LVAC pupils Emily Loveday and Abbie North and violin solos from Hana Iguchi and Khush Shah. Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks sung 'I see the light' with confidence and poise. Everyone was wowed by the exceptional piano skills of Emily Garwood who put on a great performance despite having chilly hands. The music solos concluded with a performance from singing teacher and Soprano Emily Haig, a very inspirational performance for our young singers. The Music show concluded with performances from The Grove School choir with the parents now braving the rain to join in!
With the rain nearly stopped the children all enjoyed the climbing wall, inflatable assault course and of course the ice cream! Meanwhile a team of Grove staff dried the marquee floor to prepare for the final display, the Gymnastics. The Grove School now has over 40 children taking part in gymnastics and it was wonderful to see the progression from the lunchtime club through to the Squad members. The display opened with a Trampette and springboard display from our lunchtime club, some children only recently joined the club and they have learnt a lot in a very short time. The Squad teams followed on the Trampette and Spring Board and we were amazed as Charlotte Ingram performed a half twist with perfection followed by Jocelyn Shih performing a straight front somersault! We then all held our breath as Charlotte perform a somersault over 3 other gymnasts and Jocelyn somersaulted over Hana Iguchi who was holding a straddle leaver. Following the Trampette display we were treated to the U9 medal winners group sequence beautifully performing in sync with each other. This was followed by individual floor routines from children who have been competing with the school this year many of whom have brought home a tally of medals! The show ended with the U11 group sequence another exceptional display of talent.
The day ended once again in glorious sunshine as the last few children had their faces painted and enjoyed the end of the entertainment. Everyone had a fantastic day and it was lovey to see so many talented Grove and LVAC pupils enjoying sharing their talents with us. It was wonderful to be joined by parents and pupils from the last 30 years to celebrate with us, everyone left with beaming smiles. We look forward to the next 30 years! Charlotte Lancaster
"Thanks so much for a fantastic family fun day to celebrate your birthday! It's so wonderful to see all of our children performing with such pride and confidence, they all grow in stature each day. Even the stormy showers couldn't deter our steely kids, the show went on unabated. They are and continue to be our inspiration! Thank you and here's to another 30 years!" Katherine Millburn (Parent)
On a beautiful sunny evening, you might have thought you were in Italy, ten wonderful chefs gathered to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children which is the charity The Grove Independent School is supporting with the amazing School Council members.
The evening started by making pasta, a staple dish in Italy, using original pasta machines to thin out the endless sheets as one group managed to roll out one measuring over a metre! The filling provided an insight into the world of traditional cheeses by using ricotta and spinach alongside nutmeg and seasoning, a beautiful marriage Figaro would say… singing for us in the back ground with the superb operatic voice of Pavarotti.
The Arancini (rice balls filled with pesto and cheese from Sicily) provided an opportunity to get very messy, which most of the adults enjoyed by creating a culinary delight once fried, which resembled a scotch egg, albeit with an Italian twist.
Finally the last course in the form of Affogato al Caffé. This is a traditional dessert which involves using hot Italian coffee poured over good quality ice cream, topped with chopped nuts and Amaretti biscuits. What a finale to a beautiful night in which everyone learnt something new and raised money for such a worthy cause. The Next Culinary Fundraising event will be during the Autumn term 2015, do join us! Ms Casiraghi
Spruce were aware that a general election was underway but were not aware of the process and the vocabulary involved. After a discussion around the governance of the country and the idea that different political parties had different ideas and ideals as well as the roles of some of the ministers, Spruce were given the opportunity to set up their own party to present their thoughts. They were encouraged to discuss and explore issues that were of concern to them and create a manefesto.
On Tuesday 5th May, the children in Spruce presented their manifestos during assembly to the rest of the Prep department and posters went up around school.
On Thursday 7th May, Spruce transformed the hall into a polling station. We discussed that they were not able to influence the voters in the polling station. The Prep children were invited to vote in a secret ballot – their names were ticked off the list and they were issued with a voting paper before they headed to one of the booths to put their tick or cross next to their preferred party. It was a very serious affair!
The results were:
The Grove Council of Politicians: 33
Helping Children Achieve: 53
Everyone for Everyone: 10
Congratulations to Toby Dason-Barber, Kyle Gomes-Payne and Naledi Komane from Helping Children Achieve who successfully campaigned for greater opportunities within education and training for children with disabilities to help them achieve their goals.
This year’s Easter service started with a celebration of all things Springy!
The ‘Season of Singing’, our first song, summed up how we all feel about spring brilliantly, especially as the Prep children sound so tuneful when they sing together. The Foundation children sang a wonderful song about five shiny eggs. It was fun to count the chicks as they hatched. Then the Pre-Prep had their turn, reading their poem and singing their song all about the animals waking up after their long Winter sleep. They also sang with great performance quality.
I love the jazzy song March, April, May and was glad that it fitted in nicely to this year’s service. One or two of us had to pretend that we can click both our fingers!
It is always good to allow the Mums and Dads a chance to sing with us. We can’t have them feeling left out. They were encouraged to join in with our hymn ‘Lord of the Dance’. This is a song that uses a traditional American Shaker folk tune. The Chamber Group played their recorders to accompany this hymn, their music was learnt in less than a week! They begged me to allow them to learn it. Well done, what a team!
The Easter Story was then retold with members of Senior Prep as the characters. They did extremely well as they only had a short time to rehearse. This effective and moving play took us from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday through to His death on the cross on Good Friday and then on to His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. Injila Ocal as Judas and Lauren Hawkins as Peter both sang their solos with great feeling and Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks captured the strength of Jesus’ character, being both gentle and strong at the same time. Well done to all the actors who took part, your contribution was much appreciated even if you had no words to say.
Once again the children thoroughly enjoyed performing, singing and playing. This was a wonderful end to a very busy, but rewarding term at The Grove.
The children in the Pre-Prep department have taken part in some lively and enthusiastic assemblies this term.
Cedar and Birch showed us lots of lovely artwork that they had produced when they learnt about the country of Africa. They also shared with us their topic on Pirates which they seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed!
Rowan Room told us the tale of The Parable of the Sower, whilst Larch Room told us the stories of Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria. Both classes danced a Scottish reel at the end of their assembly which was very lively and entertaining.
Beech and Holly told us all about their topic on toys, they showed us lots of old fashioned toys that they had been playing with.
Walnut and Maple ended the term with their assemblies about the Spring. This was a lovely way to end the term with the promise of the better weather, beautiful flowers in the gardens and blossom on the trees.
The first concert of term proved to be a very inspiring event. So many people had been chosen by their instrumental teachers to play that I was worried that those who would normally have to wait until after the concert before they can have lunch would miss out on their lunch altogether! Twenty six performed, a record number, it was wonderful. Oh, don’t worry, the concert finished on time (well nearly) and everyone’s rumbling tummy was full by two o’clock. Everyone played brilliantly.
Our second concert was a real delight! We were treated to some excellent performances that ranged from an extremely dramatic ‘Dragon Dance’ played on the piano by Naledi Komane to ‘Happy Birthday’ played on his guitar by Tobore Yerifor and a beautiful song ‘I see the light’ from Tangled sung with great tenderness by Danielle Trzeciak-Hicks to ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven played carefully by Alice Alder, one of our youngest piano players, and joyfully by Harriet Hughes. We can never hear Ode to Joy too many times!
I always feel very moved by the commitment of the performances the children give in any of our concerts and especially admire those, like Danielle, who stand up and sing. Elizabeth Gross and Anjali Kumar both sang for the first time in a lunch time concert, really proving to me that song is such a wonderful gift to us all.
Well done to all of our ‘First Timers’, all twelve of you! Please make sure you keep practising hard so that we can hear you play again soon.
On Tuesday 28th April, The Grove Independent School were fortunate to have a Dental Practitioner and her assistant visit our Foundation and Pre-Prep children. Local dentist, Dr Verma, came to talk to the children about how to care for their teeth and what are the best ways to keep their teeth healthy.
She carefully explained how important it is to look after our teeth and reminded us that we should brush our teeth for at least 2 minutes and to make sure we clean all around our teeth properly at the front, back and on the chewing parts of the teeth. Dr Verma was really impressed that every day at school, all TGIS children brush their teeth!
The children sat and listened to Dr Verma explain which foods are good for our teeth, such as raw fruits, vegetables, cheese and milk. When Dr Verma asked the children which foods are not good for the teeth, all of the children were able to participate, especially foundation children, who were all very assertive that: "We should not eat too many sugary foods and drinks!" Pre-Prep children had an opportunity to ask Dr Verma questions such as: "Why do people have braces?" and "Why do we have fillings?" All of the children said how much they enjoyed asking questions to our visitor and how they enjoyed learning different facts about our teeth.