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Following a couple of days of heavy rain and the possibility of the event being cancelled it was a perfect day for cross country running. The Grove had two teams competing our U8/9 Jessica McIntosh, Emily Foster, Summer O’Kane and Autumn Pim and our U10/11 Alice Alder, Arianna Vieceli Fitch, Alexa O’Kane and Chiemenem Iwuagwu. First off was the U10/11 with two laps of the course (2k) Chiemenem was off like a rocket and was in 7th place halfway round the first lap. By the end of the first lap the pace had settled down a little and the field was well spread out. At the end of the race Chiemenem finished 28th Alice 39th Arianna 42nd and Alexa 68th in a very strong field. Then it was the time of the U8/9 who had a on lap race (1k) again the start was a mass sprint off the line, unfortunately Emily was knocked over going through a gate near the start of the race but she picked herself up and battled on and finished well. At the end Jessica finished in 19th Emily 28th Summer 45th and Autumn 55th. Both teams were excellent on the day and in the team event the U8/9 were 7th out of 27 teams and the U10/11 were 11th out of 24 teams.
Well done to all who took part.
The children in Foundation and Pre-prep had a great time on History Day. They arrived at school very excited and in some amazing costumes. The children all spent the day working in their Hobby Groups instead of their class, this gave them a chance to work in a different group.
The Foundation children made some medieval jewellery with Miss Wood, some medieval biscuits with Mrs Jovic, royal crowns with Miss Ascough and castle construction with Mrs Maulkerson.
Meanwhile the children In Pre-Prep made medieval coin purses with Mrs Okuwadigbo, created Egyptian hieroglyphics with Mrs Vass, Plasticine fossils with Miss Casiraghi and decoupage castles with myself.
The children really enjoyed the range of activities and learnt lots of interesting historical facts. It was a great end to a busy first half-term.
In History Day the children were asked to recreate a war between two neighboring territories separated by natural boundaries. They were asked to consider the origins of the conflict and how to respond once peace was lost. We recreated several battles with progressively difficult scenarios. This included border defenses moving closer to the front line, enemy infiltration and more powerful weapons, so their strategies had to adapt to the new circumstances. To finish we had a discussion on the impact war had had on the lives of those affected, in both parties. The children really enjoyed the activity and put a huge amount of thought and energy into it.
We were all set to go as last year but this time we even booked the weather, it was a perfect day for cross country running.We were all set to go as last year but this time we even booked the weather, it was a perfect day for cross country running.
As soon as we had the marshals in place the junior race started us off (year’s 3 & 4), they had one lap to complete (1 mile). Straight from the off Tomas Garcia sprinted into the lead with rest of the field trying to keep up. At the half way point Tomas had stretched the gap and looked uncatchable. In the girls race Emily Foster was at the front with Jessica McIntosh not so far behind, and that’s how the race finished up.
As soon as all the juniors had finished the two lap (2 mile) senior race started. It was like watching a 100m sprint at the start with everyone going off so fast. But as the race settled it was Keith Adeleye that was at the front for the boys and Chiemenem Iwuagwu for the girls. By the half way point there pace hadn’t dropped and they were looking good. There was no change at the front of the field come the end of the race, but the other positions were fiercely contended.
This year I would like to make special point of praising the effort some children have made in smashing there time from last year and showing its not all about the winning its about doing the best you possibly can. So best improvers were Isaac Okwuadigbo, David Bowdan, Esther Williams, Erioluwa Ojemuyiwa, Aaryan-Krsh Sagar and Hannah Siddall.
Congratulations goes to everybody who took part, the effort that you all put in was amazing. Thanks also to the people that helped out on the day and the mass of supporters we had this year.
|Tomas Garcia||07:52.3||Emily Foster||09:02.4|
|Matthew Coomber||08:51.7||Jessica McIntosh||09:15.1|
|Zayne Quinton||09:21.8||Summer O'Kane||09:26.0|
|Keith Adeleye||15:06.9||Chiemenem Iwuagwu||17:35.3|
|Gautham Parthiban||16:24.1||Alice Adler||18:09.3|
|Oliver Whittam||16:34.1||Alexa O'Kane||18:54.0|
After lunch on Friday the keen members of the climbing club departed for the Lake District National Park. A long journey with a tasty sandwich saw us arrive around nine thirty at Glaramara outdoor centre. The centre were so welcoming and showed us straight to the rooms where Kyle promptly declared that the room was ten out of ten. Falling straight asleep they were obviously tired.
A bright start to the day was a wonderful way to wake up. The Lake District was stunning to see. The children started the day with a lovely cooked breakfast before meeting Tom, (their instructor), who kitted them up with harness and climbing helmet ready for action.
We headed out into Borrowdale and wound out way in the minibus down a very narrow winding lane. Walking up through the woods the children got their first glimpse of the lake and location of their morning climbing. Throughout the morning the children learnt to belay and look after each other whilst climbing. It was great to see them coming together as a team and work on their communication skills. After a great morning the children walked to the river and ate their tasty pack lunch before moving to the next location for the afternoon.
In the afternoon the children went up to the upper valley and climbed on Shepard’s crag, famous around the World to climbers. They had the opportunity to look at a new style of climbing and relished the challenge, despite the high wind they did fantastically.
After a long day some games, shower and dinner beckoned. They were very hungry and ate a delicious dinner, a tour group commented how impressed they were at the politeness and manners the children demonstrated throughout dinner. They were then of to bed and were once again asleep in minutes.
The next day was a bit wetter than the previous day and the decision was made to go gorge scrambling/climbing. The children were kitted out with waterproofs and caving suits to keep them warm. A short walk and we were exploring the gorge. They climbed through waterfalls, tight holes in tress and caves. They had the best time exploring and having a great adventure. We then headed back to the centre for a late lunch and got on the road back to school.
All of the children had a fantastic time and could have happily stayed another week. We look forward to the summer and more rock climbing adventures to come.
On Wednesday 13th June, all of the Gymnastics Club had a very exciting day showcasing all their hard work from over the past year. Since April, all our club gymnasts have been focusing on the Grove Independent School Awards Scheme. This scheme has challenged our children to attempt new skills and perfect already learned skills to perform and gain an award depending on their level. All children worked really hard in their sessions and also during the two assessment weeks we had before the actual event. Considering the amount of time the gymnasts had to practice, especially our two lunchtime clubs who only get half an hour a week to perfect routines. The gymnasts were ready for their showcase of their gymnastics routines and parents were very proud of what their children had achieved. Overall, the gymnasts all performed to the best of their abilities, and were very proud of their achievements. Well Done
In this May’s concert the tables were turned!
Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.
We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.
Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.
The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.
A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.