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Newsletter No. 25 (2016-2017)

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Andrew Hewston Marathon Run

On April 23rd 2017 Andrew Hewston will be running the Virgin London marathon for two charities, Primrose Hospice and Parkinson's UK. Primrose Hospice is the main palliative day care hospice serving Bromsgrove and Redditch, caring for patients at the end of their lives and offering support to their families. This includes a wide range of conditions including cancer, Motor Neurone disease, cardio-vascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The hospice also offers some wonderful support to children and other family members of those who have spent some of their last days in the hospice. Andrew is also raising money for Parkinson's UK since his father, David Hewston, is suffering from the disease. David was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015 and the effects have been both physical and mental, reducing his ability to do physical activity and taking away his confidence in social situations. Parkinson’s nurses have been very caring and have been wonderful at helping him adjust to the effects of his condition. They have also offered a lot of support to Andrew’s mother and the rest of the family. To start the fundraising Andrew has set up a “just giving” page (see link below), and any support you can offer would be very much appreciated. Please donate either by the Justgiving page or by sending a payment to the school and we will pass this on. Please follow the link below if you wish to donate via the just giving page. http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Hewston

House Sponsored Triathlon

We are looking forward to the House Sponsored Triathlon on Thursday 30th March, the penultimate day of term. We would like to involve the whole school community, from Kindergarten to Year 6, and also allow parents to take part if they wish to do so. Our children will be involved in challenges that are appropriate to their year group, with the younger children enjoying a ride around the hard surface on their ride-on toys and then taking part in a walk around the school grounds. If parents have any ride-on toys they no longer want, we would be most grateful for donations for the Triathlon Event. The older children will be taking part in a swim, a cycle ride and a run. The aim is also for the event to raise funds for two PA projects. We would like to purchase a large teepee for the play area. This will give the children a shaded area in the warmer months, a superb place to engage in imaginative play and also provide a gathering area for camps and other events. We hope to purchase a teepee large enough for a whole year group to comfortably be seated and also to give us the potential to rent this out for parties. We are also raising funds to provide an astroturf surface for the hard surface. This will work much better for play time and give the children a good area for hockey and other sports. Both are ambitious projects for the PA to take on but they will benefit all the children. We only rarely undertake sponsored events but we would be grateful for your support on this occasion, recognising that we are very grateful to you for your support of our school events throughout the year.

Year 3 Malvern Trip

Our Year 3 children will be involved in the first residential trip of 2017, when they will visit Malvern Outdoor Centre on Monday 27th March. They will be working at and around the centre until Wednesday 29th March. Over the next few months all of our children, from Year 2 to 6, will be involved in residential visits or camps.

Sports Photos

We will be taking sports photos of our Year 5 and 6 boys and girls teams on Monday 27th March. Please can all of the children have their sports kit with them on the day, including boots if appropriate.

Reception

Parents who have children in Reception are warmly invited to join us for assembly on Wednesday 29th March, when the children will be leading the assembly. Assemblies begin at 8-50a.m. If parents who are attending the assembly could park in the Lane and walk in that would be most appreciated, as otherwise the car park will fill up and parents may have difficulties dropping off prior to the assembly.

House Swimming

The Year 5 and 6 children will be involved in the House Swimming Gala on Wednesday 29th March. Please can all of the children have their swimming costumes and towels with them on the day, and house shirts if they have them.

Nearly New Uniform Sale

There will be a nearly new uniform sale in the foyer of the Barn on Wednesday 29th March at 3-30p.m. This will be a perfect opportunity to look at Summer uniform items ahead of the move to Summer uniform when we return from the Easter break. This year we will not require boys to wear ties in the Summer term, apart from the more formal occasions when we will require full uniform. Boys wear a short sleeved shirt in the Summer. The full uniform list is on the website.

PA Summer Ball

Parents are reminded of the date of the King's Hawford PA Ball, which will be on Saturday 24th June 2017 at King's Hawford.  Tickets are now available for the ball, which has a Great Gatsby theme this year.  The evening will start with a champagne reception and features entertainment from Charleston Dancers, The Smooth Criminals live band, a three course meal from The Daffodil and a disco. There will be fun games on the night as well as the chance to buy some fabulous prizes at our silent auction.  Tickets are priced at £60 and booking forms have been sent home for either tables of ten or individual tickets.  Forms can be handed into the office and we are happy to assist in setting up tables if you wish us to do so.  There have been a lot of enquiries and booking forms are coming in fast so early application is advised.  If parents wish to sponsor an element of the evening, such as the Champagne and Prosecco bar, please could they contact Julia Williams (07807008824) or Rohit Panday (07990581632).  All sponsors will be recognised on the KHPA social media sites and in literature relating to the evening.  Auction prizes would also be welcomed.

Community Arts Concert

We are all looking forward to next week’s Community Music Concert, on Thursday 30th March at 7-00p.m. This will be to raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and to support Abigail, our sponsored child at Worcester Primary School, South Africa. This special event embraces our Hawford community and includes performances from the Senior Choir, String Group and various group/solo items from pupils, parents, staff and former Hawford pupils.  Please see the reverse of today’s newsletter for a full run down. Tickets for the event are still available so please return your reply slip as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Final Assembly

Parents who have children in 4RC may wish to join us for assembly on the final day of term when the 4RC trumpet group will perform. The children will perform early in the assembly and parents do not need to stay for the entire assembly.

House Treat, House Quiz

The final day of term sees the winning house enjoying our house treat and the house quiz also taking place. It will be a busy end to the term.

End of Term

Term ends on Friday 31st March at 4-00p.m. There will be no late club or activities on this day. Parents can collect from 3-15p.m. if they wish to do so.

 

 

 

 

Newsletter No. 24 (2016-2017)

Thursday 16th March 2017

Worcester Festival

Well done to all of the children who did so well at the first weekend of the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival on Saturday. It was good to see so many children involved, with many sections being filled entirely by Hawford children. Our Orchestra performed brilliantly, looking composed and relaxed as they played the ‘Star Wars’ theme. It was also good to see the guitar and string groups performing so well. It was a terrific day, greatly enjoyed by all who were there to see our children. This week sees the second weekend of the Festival this Saturday and it will be the turn of our choir, singers and Mrs Stephens’ LAMDA entries to take the stage. Good luck to all who will be taking part.

May Day Walk

Parents may wish to make a note of the fact that Hawford will be involved in the King’s School May Walk on Monday 1st May. This is a Bank Holiday and therefore it would be terrific to see large numbers of Hawford children and parents taking part in the walk, from Hawford to King’s via the River Severn, along the canal and tow path. The walk is around 5 miles and will be clearly marked and marshalled, ending at King’s School in the gardens by the River Severn, where there will be entertainment, food and refreshments. Parents can park at Hawford to join the walk and we will be running buses back to the school from King’s at the end of the walk. This is always an enjoyable day and a perfect opportunity to walk as a family and enjoy the company of other King’s families.

House Sponsored Triathlon

You will have received a letter from Mr. Turvey outlining the details of the House Sponsored Triathlon on Thursday 30th March, the penultimate day of term. This is first and foremost an event that we hope the children will enjoy. We would like to involve the whole school community, from Kindergarten to Year 6 and also allow parents to take part if they wish to do so. Our children will be involved in challenges that are appropriate to their year group, with the younger children enjoying a ride around the hard surface on their ride-on vehicles and then taking part in a walk around the school grounds and the older children taking part in a swim, a cycle ride and a run. The aim is also for the event to raise funds for two PA projects. We would like to purchase a large teepee for the play area. This will give the children a shaded area in the warmer months, a superb place to engage in imaginative play and also provide a gathering area for camps and other events. We hope to purchase a teepee large enough for a whole year group to comfortably be seated and also to give us the potential to rent this out for parties. We are also raising funds to provide an AstroTurf surface for the hard surface. This will work much better for play time and give the children a good area for hockey and other sports. Both are ambitious projects for the PA to take on but they will benefit all the children. We only rarely undertake sponsored events but we would be grateful for your support on this occasion, recognizing that we are very grateful to you for your support of our school events throughout the year.

Class Photos

We will be taking class group photos and an Orchestra photo next week, on Monday and Tuesday. We take these photos in alternate years, taking a whole school photo the other year. All children will be involved.

Year 3 and 4 Production

Our Year 3 and 4 children will be taking part in their production of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs’ next week, on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd March. They will also be taking part in a Dress Rehearsal on Monday 20th March at 10-00a.m. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming parents to the show evenings, with the performances beginning at 6-30p.m.

Trip Meetings

Next week sees two trip meetings taking place. The Year 5 Malvern Trip meeting will be on Monday 20th March at 4-00p.m. while the Year 6 Carsington Trip meeting will be on Tuesday 21st at 4-00p.m. Both meetings will be in the PortaCabin.

2PB Assembly

Parents who have children in 2PB are warmly invited to join us for assembly on Wednesday 22nd March, when the children will be leading the assembly. Assemblies begin at 8-50a.m. If parents who are attending the assembly could park in the Lane and walk in that would be most appreciated, as otherwise the car park will fill up and parents may have difficulties dropping off prior to the assembly.

PSHCE Day

Our next PSHCE (Personal, social, health and citizenship education) will look at ways of staying safe. The children will be taking part in sessions throughout the morning on Friday 24th March.

Forest School Day / Eco Day

The Kindergarten and Pre-Prep classes will be involved in a special Forest School day on Friday 24th March. Mrs Willis and Mrs Bradley will be sending home details of the day, which also be a day on which we look at ways to be eco-friendly.

PA Summer Ball

Parents are reminded of the date of the King's Hawford PA Ball, which will be on Saturday 24th June 2017 at King's Hawford.  Tickets are now available for the ball, which has a Great Gatsby theme this year.  The evening will start with a champagne reception and features entertainment from Charleston Dancers, The Smooth Criminals live band, a three course meal from The Daffodil and a disco. There will be fun games on the night as well as the chance to buy some fabulous prizes at our silent auction.  Tickets are priced at £60 and booking forms have been sent home for either tables of ten or individual tickets.  Forms can be handed into the office and we are happy to assist in setting up tables if you wish us to do so.  There have been a lot of enquiries and booking forms are coming in fast so early application is advised.  If parents wish to sponsor an element of the evening, such as the Champagne and Prosecco bar, please could they contact Julia Williams (07807008824) or Rohit Panday (07990581632).  All sponsors will be recognised on the KHPA social media sites and in literature relating to the evening.  Auction prizes would also be welcomed.

Welly Wanging

At break time on Friday 24th March we will see the children taking part in the annual Hawford Welly Wanging Competition. This unique challenge involves hurling wellies across the play area, with trophies awarded to those who have perfected the technique. This weekend will hopefully be nice and sunny and afford parents an opportunity to work on their children’s style and technique ahead of the challenge.

House Cross Country

Reception to Year 6 children will be taking part in the House Cross Country during the afternoon on Friday 24th March. Parents are warmly invited to join us on this afternoon.

Singers Concert

Parents are welcome to join us for a Singers’ Concert on Friday 24th March at 4-00p.m. Please see Mrs Hughes for more details.

 

Newsletter No. 23 (2016-2017)

Thursday 9th March 2017

Worcester Festival

We are greatly looking forward to the first weekend of the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival this Saturday. This will involve our instrumentalists and our orchestra. The children have been working hard in preparation for the Festival and this year sees our biggest entry in the event. We wish all of our children the very best on the day and thank Mrs Hughes and her team of peripatetic music teachers for all of the work that they have done with the children. On Saturday 18th March it will be the turn of our choir, singers and Mrs Stephens’ LAMDA entries.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Despite the rain, a most successful Charity Day was held last Friday and a further £560 was raised for Birmingham Children's Hospital, bringing the current total to £1670.30. Many thanks indeed to all our children and parents for your on-going generosity. We hope to raise in excess of £2000 this year for this very worthy charity.

James Bond Ball

We are most grateful to all who supported our James Bond Ball on Saturday at the Bankhouse. This was a terrific event, well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. We are pleased to announce that the Ball raised a total of £11753.53 for St. Richard’s Hospice.

Trips Next Week

Our Year 5 children will be travelling to Stratford on Monday 13th March as part of their history studies. They will be learning about William Shakespeare and his times. Our Year 1 children will be travelling to Bishops Wood on Tuesday 14th March. This is sure to be a most enjoyable trip as it is an excellent location and the work that the children do will be a great assistance to their studies. Finally, our KG2 children will be visiting the Wyre Forest on Friday 17th March. It should be a most enjoyable day.

Parents’ Evenings

Parents who have children in Reception to Year 6 are warmly invited to our Parents’ Evenings next week, on Monday 13th March and on Thursday 16th March. The parents’ meetings will run from 3-15p.m. on this occasion and we hope that the extra time will allow for an easier evening in terms of waiting times for teachers. We will be using the Cobb and the Barn and we hope this also makes the evening a more pleasant experience. Should parents wish to collect early on these evenings, children can return home from 3-00p.m.

Kindergarten Parents’ Meetings

We will be offering parents who have two year old children in Kindergarten meeting times to discuss the two-year old progress checks on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. We will also be having KG2 parents meetings on these evenings. Mrs Willis has sent home information to parents about these evenings.

Bridge Success

We were delighted to hear that Martha Davey and Henry Edwards have competed in the mini bridge section at Loughborough over the weekend and won the prize for "most games bid and made". This is a terrific achievement and the reverse of the newsletter features a photo of them with David Bakhshi, a British international player. Well done to both children.

2JR Assembly

Parents who have children in 2JR are warmly invited to join us for assembly on Wednesday 15th March, when the children will be leading the assembly. Assemblies begin at 8-50a.m. If parents who are attending the assembly could park in the Lane and walk in that would be most appreciated, as otherwise the car park will fill up and parents may have difficulties dropping off prior to the assembly.

St. Patrick’s Day

We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March. As he is the patron saint of one of the countries that make up the United Kingdom, we will be flying the flag of Northern Ireland on this day.

Hawford Sevens

We will be welcoming a number of schools to our Hawford Sevens on Friday 17th March. The competition will take place on the Senior School’s playing fields so this will not affect traffic on the Hawford site.

Netball – National Qualification

Well done to our Netball team, who finished in 2nd place of 41 schools at the National Qualifiers last week, and go on to the National Finals this Friday. This is a remarkable achievement and we congratulate them and Mrs Marshall-Walker on this success. Mrs Marshall-Walker writes: “Our first match was against The Downs, Malvern, which proved to be a good opening game. The girls came out fired up with only 10 minutes to get the three points. They comfortably reached their goal by bagging a resounding 5 – 0 win and their National Final campaign had begun. Next we faced Bromsgrove and although we had beaten them previously, the girls knew they could not sit back and assume the victory would be theirs. With this in mind, they went for the attack and succeeded in winning 3 – 1, putting another three points on the sheet. With just one game off between these matches, there was no time to rest and we were up against The Elms, Malvern next. The girls were beginning to settle into the flow of the tournament and another three points were achieved with a 3 – 0 win. We were now entering the unknown, playing schools we hadn’t come across before. First up were Spratton Hall who managed to score first but not enough to secure a win as we took the points with a 3 – 1 end result. We were just over the half way point of the group stage now and we were beginning to get the feeling that our last game was going to be the one we needed to win. Before getting there, we had to play Laxton Junior and Mylnhurst Prep School. They didn’t prove to be too much of a hindrance with 4 – 1 and 5 – 2 wins respectively.  So, it came to the final game against St. Olaves. They had also won all their games except one, which they had drawn. We needed to win or draw to secure our place at the finals. A nervous team got themselves focused and ready for the next 10 minutes. It was close as the ball was rapidly flying from end to end, then we started to pull away with a one goal difference but we weren’t there yet. The girls dug deep and drew on their desire to go to Nationals managing to score another goal just before the final bell, making it a 4 – 2 sweet victory. They had done it! Although celebrations followed, it wasn’t over yet. We still needed to play for the top five positions. We knew these schools would be strong having also qualified for the Nationals. First up were Wellingborough Prep. We had had a short break and we were a bit slow off the mark just managing to scrape a 2 – 1 win. Focused again, we faced Leeds Grammar School next who we knew were also strong. It proved to be the case as the ball was end to end and an astounding 13 goals were scored in 10 minutes. Thankfully, 7 to us and 6 to Leeds. Bedford Girls School were our third opponent. They were drilled and sleek in their passing and had a particularly strong GA, which proved too much for us at this stage. It was the only game we lost, 8 – 1, but satisfyingly to know they went on to win the tournament. The Blue Coat School were our last opposition of the day. Having beaten us a few weeks previously, the girls knew they had to up their game if they wanted to leave with a medal. We beat them 4 – 2 and we were therefore thrilled to realise we had come runners-up in the tournament which positioned us 2nd out of 41 schools. A fabulous and well deserved result.”

 

Newsletter No. 22 (2016-2017)

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Literary Festival Young Writer Competition

Children from Year 3 to 6 are invited to enter this year's most eagerly anticipated story writing competition, which is part of 'The Worcestershire Litfest and Fringe.' We have done really well in the Young Writer Competition for a number of years now and it would be terrific to see another large entry from our children. This year's title is ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Children are allowed to interpret this in any way they feel is suitable. Entries must be no longer than 300 words and must be typed (no handwritten entries please). The deadline for submission is Thursday 27th April (after Easter) and all entries can be sent to Mr Percival at ipercival@ksw.org.uk or given in personally on a memory stick. Could all entrants supply a short 50 or so word profile of themselves under their story detailing themselves and their favourite author, books and the like.

Lent

Each day during Lent we will be doing something positive to make the school a better place. Over the 40 days we will be giving the school community something to do that will, collectively, make Lent a period of reflection. We began yesterday with the message; ‘Make an extra effort to smile more’. Today’s thought is ‘Give somebody a nice compliment today’. Each day we will Tweet our thought for the day and put up a photo on Facebook of the same message.

Pupil Questionnaires

We recently asked the children to complete an online questionnaire to seek their views on aspects of school life. We were pleased to see a very large response to the questionnaire and also to see positive comments from the children. We had 231 responses in all from the children and 100% answered the statement, ‘I like my school’ in the affirmative. 97% of children said they liked their school lessons. 96% felt that teachers helped them if they had problems while 94% felt that teachers’ marking helped them to improve, 97% felt safe at school, 95% knew that they could talk to an adult if they had a concern, 94% felt that teachers were fair and 94% knew what to do if they were concerned about bullying. One question produced an interesting response.  When the children were asked if they knew how well they were doing in their school work, only 70% felt this to be the case. This may be for a number of reasons. We do not give children marks when we report on their work, preferring to give comments from teachers that the children can respond to. This is quite common in the primary phase. As result children do not know how well they are doing in relation to others in their class. However, we do not want children to make such comparisons. Children know their targets and their objectives and, when a question is asked in relation to targets, children respond positively, knowing what they are. We will reflect on the children responses, which are largely positive, and consider changes that may be needed. The comments made by children at the end of the questionnaire were most encouraging. Two such responses follow: “Every teacher and pupil treats me with so much kindness and honesty, I feel I am really part of the Hawford family. The staff give me so many opportunities to learn and improve I think I have doubled my knowledge in the past term and a half. The outdoor opportunities are fantastic as well; I love the katakanus and orienteering challenges. At the camps and trips I feel welcome and have the time of my life. I love the creativity of art and drama at Hawford. The science experiments are a brilliant way to learn vital information, whilst being extremely fun and a lovely way to learn with our friends. English and Maths are two of my favourite subjects; the teachers teach them with such enthusiasm, that I can't resist relishing the lessons. MFL is so fun!!! The way of teaching is superb and I definitely learn bucket loads in each lesson. RE is one of my favourite subjects; the projects we do are really interesting. It is really good that we go on sports fixtures; the sport is amazing! Finally, the lunches are really nice too. I LOVE being part of the Hawford family and I can't imagine life without it!!!” “Everyone at Hawford is so lovely. I have been here since Kindergarten and as I have gone through the years, I have made new friends and met new teachers. There are so many amazing things you can do, we have just had a new climbing wall built and there are so many great and fun lessons like drama and music. Since I am in Year 6 we have our entrance exams soon but my teachers have made us all relaxed. Because I am in Year 6 the little ones look up to us and we have all got friends in the younger years. We have great clubs after school like sports and we get the experience to do like art and outward bounds. I love school because I feel welcome and I feel safe.”

King’s Orchestral Workshop

A group of our musicians will be spending Monday at King’s Senior School taking part in in an orchestral workshop. This will involve many of our Senior School musicians as well as children from King’s St. Alban’s. Following the workshop there will be a joint performance in the John Moore Theatre at 7-00p.m., to which parents are invited.

Book Fair

Today is World Book Day. Our children will be enjoying a number of special book assemblies and events during the week, with the Book Fair being available for all children and parents each day in the Cobb until Wednesday 8th March.

PA Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the PA Committee on Wednesday 8th March at 7-30p.m. This will be a meeting to focus on the May Fete, HawfordFest and Summer ball, all events to look forward to in the Summer Term. If you would like to be involved in preparations for these events, you are welcome to attend the meeting as we are always happy to see new members join us.

Informal Music Concert

The next Informal Concert is on Thursday 9th March. This will be in the Music Room at 4-15p.m. and parents are welcome to attend. The concert will give children, both beginners and experienced performers, a chance to enjoy playing to an audience.

Bridge Pairs Competition

We are looking forward to the National Bridge Pairs competition on Friday 10th March. This will take place at Hawford as part of the national bridge competition. Good luck to all involved.

James Bond Ball

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and guests to the St. Richard’s Hospice ‘James Bond Ball’ on Saturday 4th March at the Bankhouse. This should be a terrific evening, both to be enjoyed and to raise funds for the Hospice. Thanks are due to Jayne Sargeant from the Hospice and to Rosie Tomlinson for their excellent work in putting together the Ball.

Activity Camp and Holiday Club

There is now an additional charge for any late bookings made to Activity Camp and Holiday Club. This applies to bookings made after the last day of the term or half term, and to bookings made on the day. There is a charge of £5 for half a day and £10 for a full day. The reason for this is that we plan staffing numbers around bookings and there have been a significant number of late arrivals at recent camps, which have resulted in the organisers having to call in additional staff to match the number of attendees.

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