Our weekly newsletters keeps parents in touch with all aspects of Hawford life. It is made available via the book bags to all parents, with an electronic version being posted on the website and also on the school App, which can be easily downloaded onto mobile phones and other devices.

Newsletter No. 34 (2016-2017)

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Sports Days

We really enjoyed our Sports days last week, which took place in perfect weather. The children competed with great determination and it was good to see parents enjoying the opportunity to share these days with us. Following the calculations of the points accruing from the various events, Kinver were this year’s Sports Day winners with 794 points, followed by Malvern with 760, Clent on 748 and Bredon on 706 points. Victor and Victrix awards were presented in Year 3 to Ollie Mason and Harriet Watts, in Year 4 to Noah DuPont and Alice Marsh, in Year 5 to Jack Dowty and Alex Friend and in Year 6 to Oliver Hill and Maisie Lyons.

Arts Week

Next week we will be enjoying a number of events during our Arts Week, which will be from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th June. We will be focusing on the culture and arts of China. The week will begin with a special dragon dance assembly on Monday and we will be flying the Chinese flag on these days. Other treats will include Chinese kites and the floating of boats on the canal. Our Arts Week Presentation will be on Wednesday 28th June at 2-15p.m. in the Marquee. Ballet presentations will be on Monday for Reception at 12-00p.m. in the Cobb, with KG2 performing at 12-30p.m. and Year 1 and 2 at 1-00p.m. Year 3 to 6 Ballet Presentations will take place in their after school lessons starting at 4-00p.m. and 4-30p.m. on Wednesday 28th June. All children should come into school from Monday to Wednesday in sports uniform.

Sports Photos

We will be taking the sports photos for this term’s Years 3 to 6 sports teams at 1-00p.m. on Monday 28th June. The photos will be of this term’s cricket and rounders teams. The children will need their kit on the day although this should be easier than normal as they will be in sports uniform from Monday to Wednesday.

After School Clubs and Activities

The final day for after school activities this term will be Friday 30th June. Late club will be in operation on the Monday and Tuesday of the final week of term.

KG Induction

Our new Kindergarten children will be involved in an induction session on Tuesday 27th June at 10-00a.m.

Shake Rattle and Groove

We thoroughly enjoy our Shake, Rattle and Groove sessions, which the Kindergarten and Reception children attend each week. There will be a presentation to parents at 12-00p.m. on Tuesday 27th June for KG and Reception parents.

Year 2 to Year 3 Transition Meeting

Parents who have children who are transferring from Year 2 to Year 3 in September are invited to join us for a parents’ meeting in Mrs. Rawnsley’s classroom on Wednesday 28th June at 5-00p.m.

Shirt Presentation

It will be good to welcome Cerys Preston back to the school on Wednesday 28th June. Cerys will be joining us for assembly as she presents one of her Wales shirts to the school.

PA Summer Ball

The Ball is on Saturday 24th June, starting with drinks from 7-00p.m. It will be good to welcome parents to our first ball which will involve the use of the Barn. There will be a cash only bar on the night.

PA Committee Meeting

The final PA Committee meeting of this school year will be on Wednesday 28th June at 7-00p.m. at The Mug. This meeting will look at the events for the Autumn Term, including the Fireworks Display in November and the Christmas Fayre in December.

The Tipi

This week has seen the installation of the new tipi on the bottom field. The tipi will be moved from its current position over the Summer break, as we will be installing a base and hard surface for the tipi to sit on, along with a small patio area in front of the canvas. We are grateful to you all for generosity in supporting the recent Sponsored Triathlon and also to the PA for supporting this purchase. Special thanks go to Stuart Yorke-Brooks, Nick Brown, Adam Winter and Nick Vaughan for their work in erecting the tipi. It will add so much to the play area and has already been a great source of shade on these hot days.

Environmental Health Inspection

This week saw the Environmental Health Officer visit the school for an unannounced inspection of the kitchens and in particular our food preparation routines. We are pleased to be able to advise parents that we have retained our 5 star status. Well done to Mrs. Widdows and the catering staff for their unfailing attention to cleanliness and first rate food storage and preparation.

Speech Day

Parents who have children in Years 3 to 6 are warmly invited to join us on Saturday 1st July at 2-30p.m. for our annual Speech Day. We will be awarding prizes and will also be showcasing the achievements of the children over the past year, with singing, dancing, recitations and performances to enjoy in the marquee.  Full uniform is required for all children in Years 3 to 6 on this day.

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents, and parents, are warmly invited to join us in the Marquee from 12-30p.m. onwards on Thursday 29th June for our annual Grandparents’ Day. Please could all forms be returned to office for this event by tomorrow at the latest. We expect over 400 visitors and having a good estimate of numbers on the day is important as we make arrangements for tea and the afternoon activities. Normal uniform will be required by the children and they need to bring a packed lunch on this day.

Mrs. Stephens and Miss Woolley

We will see two members of staff leaving us at the end of term, as Mrs. Stephens will be moving on to a new post at Malvern College and Miss Woolley will be leaving our Office team. We wish them both well as they take on new challenges. Laura Fullelove will be taking on Mrs. Stephens’ pupils for LAMDA lessons and she will also be assisting with our Dance and Drama.

KG1 Swim Induction

There will be a Kindergarten 1 Swim Induction session on Friday 30th June. Mrs. Willis has sent out details.

KG2 Fun Day

Our Kindergarten 2 children will be attending a Fun day at Perdiswell School on Friday 30th June.

Year 4 Reading Competition

We were extremely impressed by the quality of the entries in this year’s Reading Competition, which is open to all Year 4 boys and girls. The final was held earlier this week, being won by Hannah Agoston. The runners up were Poppy Graham and Finlay Wilson. Our finalists this year were: Harry Poole, Daniel Arridge, William Thorp, Joshua Adam, Samuel Ward, Zach Greenway and George Tonkinson. Well done to all for their excellent choices and readings.

Membership Swimming

We will be offering a membership swimming session on Sunday 2nd July at the usual time. As it is Speech day, there will be no session on Saturday 1st July.

KH Radio

Parents are reminded that each week’s KH Radio is made available on Soundcloud. A link for this is then Tweeted and made available on the school’s Facebook page. Parents who wish to subscribe to the Facebook page are welcome to do so. The Soundcloud link for KH Radio is https://soundcloud.com/kings-hawford. This page has all of the KH Radio podcasts. This week we have a Sports Day special available on Soundcloud for all parents and children.

Sal’s Shoes for Africa

You will be receiving a letter from Mrs. Rand over the next week regarding something we would like you to support on the final day of term. On this day we would be grateful if the children could come in to school wearing shoes that could be donated to children in Africa who cannot afford any shoes at all. We are asking that the children leave their school shoes on their desks for collection and leave the school either barefoot or, as this is a little impractical in the car park, wearing flip flops or similar shoes out to their cars. We are not asking parents to donate shoes that are still needed but, as many children will return in new shoes, the end of term seems a good time to do this. If each pair of shoes could also be supported with a donation of £1, which we will tape to the underside of the shoes, this will pay for transport to Africa. Further details can be found online by searching for Sal’s Shoes.

Music Lessons in School

If your child would like to begin instrumental or singing lessons in September please contact Mrs. Hughes before the end of term to arrange these. The peripatetic teachers need to be booked, as do the hire instruments.  We have 4 'cellos currently available for hire and some other instruments.  There are already waiting lists for some instrument/singing lessons and over 180 lessons are currently taught each week. Please email Mrs. Hughes on shughes@ksw.org.uk for further information.

Instrument Return

Year 6 - Please note that school-owned instruments must be returned in the last week of school and by Wednesday 5th July.


The next school-visit for ABRSM music exams will be in mid-November.


The final newsletter of the school year will be available next week on Thursday 29th June.



Newsletter No. 33 (2016-2017)

Thursday 15th June 2017

ABRSM Music Exams

Well done to the children who presented for their ABRSM Music Exams at Hawford recently. We were really pleased to see such an excellent set of results, with the children achieving 7 Distinctions, 11 Merits and 11 Passes, along with 2 Prep tests. Individual results were as follows: Joshua Adam Grade 2 Singing with Merit, Amber Adams Grade 1 Flute, Michael Agoston Grade 1 Saxophone, Annabelle Bird Grade 2 Singing with Merit, Sonny Brown Grade 1 Saxophone, Bonnie Cannon Grade 3 Singing, Hugo Chapman Grade 3 Singing, Joel Chumbley Grade 3 Tenor Saxophone with Distinction, Bella Crompton Grade 2 Singing with Distinction, Martha Davey Grade 5 Singing with Merit, Anton De Vos Grade 3 Saxophone with Merit, Jack Fletcher Grade 1 Singing, Eddie Hira Grade 3 Saxophone with Distinction, George Howard Grade 2 Cello with Merit, Elise-Rose Lyons Grade 2 Singing with Merit, Angelina Martin Grade 2 Singing with Distinction, Oliver Mason Grade 2 B Flat Cornet with Merit, Jessica Newman Grade 2 Singing, Nell Nicholls Grade 1 Singing with Distinction, Samuel Rutter Grade 3 Singing, Hayden Sarfo Prep Piano, Lillie Sawyer Grade 2 Singing with Merit, Jasmine Shukla Grade 1 Singing with Merit, Tom Sutcliffe Grade 2 Singing with Merit, Jamie Thorp Grade 4 Saxophone, William Thorp Grade 1 Singing with Distinction, Freddie Tomlinson Grade 1 Trumpet, Joe Trickett Grade 1 Saxophone with Merit, Harriet Watts Grade 1 Singing with Merit, Poppy Wrout Grade 1 Singing with Merit and George Young Prep Piano. Well done to all of the above for these terrific results.

Activity Badges

Our Year 5 and 6 children enjoy the challenge of working to achieve their Hawford badges. These can be achieved in a number of areas and the criteria for each badge is given in the pupil diaries and is also on the website. The final date for our Year 6 children to meet the criteria for each of the badges is next Friday, the 23rd June.

TA Training

Over a number of years we have been pleased to assist over 50 parents, volunteers and staff to achieve the Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. This is the benchmark for those who may be considering seeking work as a teaching assistant. The current group will be completing their studies at the end of term and, if there are any parents or friends of the school who might be interested in working towards this qualification, we are proposing to run another group from September. Anyone interested in being part of this group should contact Mr. Turner for further details.

After School Clubs and Activities

The final day for after school activities this term will be Friday 30th June. Late club will be in operation on the Monday and Tuesday of the final week of term.

New Pupils’ Day

We are looking forward to welcoming our September new pupils to the school on Monday 19th June. This will be followed by a new parents evening at 7-00p.m. on that day, when we will be pleased to welcome parents of September’s Reception children and other new starters to join us for an information evening. The evening will give new parents an opportunity to meet many of the school staff as well as providing information ahead of the start of the new school year.

Carsington Trip

Our Year 6 children will be travelling up to Derbyshire for their outward bound camping experience next week, with 6LH out from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st June and 6IP at Carsington from Wednesday 21st June to Friday 23rd June. This is super way for our children to take forward all they have learned about residential visits and we are sure the Year 6 trip will live for long time in their memories of their time at Hawford.

Year 4 Reading Competition

The Final of this year’s Year 4 Reading Competition will take place on Monday 19th June at 4-00p.m. This is always a super occasion and we look forward to welcoming Year 4 parents to join us that evening.

PA Summer Ball

We are very much looking forward to this year’s PA Summer Ball. The marquee will arrive at Hawford on Tuesday 20th June, being erected this year next to the Barn. The Ball is on Saturday 24th June, starting with drinks from 7-00p.m. It will be good to welcome parents to our first ball which will involve the use of the Barn.

Wimbledon Trip Information Evening

There will be an information evening for all involved in this year’s trip to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Tuesday 20th June at 7-00p.m.

KG Induction

Next week sees an induction morning for those children and their parents who will be joining our Kindergarten in September, on Wednesday 21st June at 10-00a.m.

3KC Assembly

Parents who have children in 3KC are warmly invited to join us for assembly in the Barn on Wednesday 21st June, when the children will be leading the assembly, which begins at 8-45a.m. We would be grateful if parents joining us that morning could park on the top field, leaving the car park free for parents who are dropping off.

KG2 Trip

Our KG2 children will be visiting Cattle Country Park, Berkeley, on Thursday 22nd June. Mrs. Willis has sent out details of this trip to parents.

KH Radio

Parents are reminded that each week’s KH Radio is made available on Soundcloud. A link for this is then Tweeted and made available on the school’s Facebook page. Parents who wish to subscribe to the Facebook page are welcome to do so. The Soundcloud link for KH Radio is https://soundcloud.com/kings-hawford. This page has all of the KH Radio podcasts. This week we have an Olivia!’ special available on Soundcloud for all parents and children.

Charity Presentation

The children have been raising money over the past three term’s for their chosen charity, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. On Friday 23rd June a representative of the Hospital will be joining us in assembly for the presentation of this year’s charity cheque, which will be in excess of £2,500.

Dance Success

Ruby Cowell is to be congratulated on a fantastic result in the National Dance Competition in Essex last weekend, placing 1st in the Ballroom and 4th in the Latin. Holly Colwell also did really well, getting into the Semi Finals of the Ballroom and the Quarter Finals of the Latin in a very tough competition. Ruby and her partner Skye will be dancing at the Arts week presentation on Wednesday 28th June in the marquee.


Sam Edwards is to be congratulated on being invited to join the Worcestershire U10 Cricket Development Squad. This is a fine achievement and we wish him well this Summer.


Newsletter No. 32 (2016-2017)

Thursday 8th June 2017

Worcester Literary Festival

We were delighted over the half term to hear of the success of our children in the Young Writer section at this year’s Worcester Literary Festival. We had a clean sweep in the Intermediate category of Young Writer and also had the winning entry in the Junior category.

This year’s prizewinners were: 

7-10 years old - Junior category

Josh Lavarack – WINNER

11-13 years old - Intermediate category

Lexi Lee – FIRST

Abby Trow (Hawford leaver last year) – SECOND

Henry Edwards – THIRD 

The prizewinners are invited to read their winning entries on Friday 9 June at 7.30p.m. at the Grandstand, Worcester Racecourse, at the start of this year’s Literary Festival. This is a great achievement and the children are to be congratulated on their success.

Year 6 Pedestrian Training

Our Year 6 children will be in Worcester on Monday 12th June, joining the pupils from King’s St. Alban’s to undertake a pedestrian training session.


We are greatly looking forward to the Year 5 and 6 Production next week. Performances of ‘Olivia!’ will be on Tuesday 13th June and Thursday 15th June in the Barn at 6-30p.m. Tickets have sold really well and the last few will be allocated by the end of this week.

Year 6 Induction Evening

Year 6 parents whose children are moving on to King’s Senior School in September will have received details of an Induction Evening at King’s on Wednesday 14th June at 6-15p.m. The evening will give the children a chance to meet up with their new classmates and form teachers and will be a good introduction to their new school.

Sports Days

Next week will see the children enjoying their Sports Days. The Kindergarten and Reception children will have their various events at 10-30a.m. on Thursday 15th June. This will be followed by a picnic lunch on the bottom field. After lunch the Pre-Prep (Year 1 and 2) children will be competing in their events at 2-00p.m. The Prep Sports Day is on Friday 16th June from 9-30a.m., with the field events in the morning and the track events in the afternoon. Parents are welcome to have a picnic on this occasion, during the interval. Hopefully the weather will be fine and we will enjoy some memorable contests.


We are very disappointed to have had to postpone the HawfordFest, planned for this weekend. Given the cold, windy and very unpredictable weather forecast for the weekend and with suppliers in mind, we felt it best to postpone the event until next term, when we plan to run the Fest on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September. It will be a perfect way to start the new school year. We apologise for any inconvenience and will carry forward any bookings for the event, unless parents prefer a refund. If this is the case, please call into the office. Hopefully we will have glorious weather in September and have a memorable start to the Autumn term over that weekend.

School Gates

Our gates are now fully operational. They will close at 9-30p.m. each evening and reopen early in the morning. Entry during the times that the gate is closed is only possible by using the code, which will be given to all needing to access the premises outside normal hours. Exit will always be possible by simply driving up to the gates, where the pad and sensors will recognise a vehicle is approaching.

Membership Swimming

There will be no membership swimming this weekend.

Cookery Club for Year 3 and 4

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mrs Goodman for running a very popular after school cookery club for Years 3 and 4 for the last two years. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have gained a great deal from it. As Mrs Goodman's daughter will be moving to the Senior School in September we are seeking a new volunteer to run this club from the start of the Autumn term. If you are interested in helping out please contact Mr Turner or Mrs Baxter for further details.

3CR Assembly

Parents who have children in 3CR are warmly invited to join us for assembly in the Barn on Wednesday 14th June, when the children will be leading the assembly, which begins at 8-45a.m. We would be grateful if parents joining us that morning could park on the top field, leaving the car park free for parents who are dropping off.

The Gatsby Summer Ball 

A reminder that it is recommended that wine for the Summer Ball is pre-booked - orders with payment are due in by tomorrow. There will be a limited selection of wine and champagne available on the night.  However, pre-booking will save you £5 per bottle and is highly recommended.  For a list and booking form, please visit the KHPA Facebook page.

Three Counties Show

Our Year 1 and 2 children will be visiting the Three Counties Show on Friday 16th June. This is always an enjoyable event.

Sports Success

Well done to Will Mason on his recent selection to join the Worcestershire CC Junior Academy trials. We wish him well at the trials. Well done also to Lucy Wadley, who has been appointed to captain the Worcestershire U11 County girls cricket team for this season. Lucy has recently led the team to 3 victories from their 3 games, against Gloucestershire, Shropshire and in a 30 over game against Wales which Worcestershire won emphatically by 8 wickets with 17 overs to spare. Finally, well done to Ellie Cartwright, who represented Redditch Swimming Club at the Ross PGL League final in Gloucester on Saturday, a competition run over four rounds between 12 teams with the likes of Worcester, Pershore, and Wyre Forest clubs taking part. Redditch won the final achieving 314 points to Worcester’s 287 and Pershore 281. Ellie achieved personal bests in her legs of the relays: the 25m Front Crawl at 17.96 seconds and the Back Crawl at 21.6 seconds.

Well done also to our U9 Rounders team on their success at the Hawford Rounders Competition this week. The girls performed with great credit to win a very competitive festival.

Dance Successes

Amelia Lees competed over the half term at the regional finals of the All England Dance Competition with the aim of qualifying for the National Finals, which are in London during the week commencing 28th July.  Amelia danced 18 dances (in ballet, modern, song  and dance) and she qualified in 16 dances to reach the national finals.  The highlight of the week was when she came joint-first in the modern solo section out of 60 dancers. Well done to Amelia.

Royal Academy of Dance Certificates were awarded in assembly to Daisy Jenkinson (Primary), Emily John, Elissa Oliver and Molly Winter (Pre-Primary), following recent dance exams. Well done to all.


Past Weekly Newsletters

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December 2016

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