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Newsletter No. 27 (2016-2017)
Thursday 27th April 2017
King’s May Walk
School will be closed on Monday for the May Day Bank Holiday. Parents and children are invited to join us for the King’s Walk on that day, which for our families will be from Hawford to King’s, Worcester, via the River Severn towpath. The walk will be well posted and stewarded and will end in the garden of King’s School, where there will be food and refreshments. We will be organising buses back from King’s School so parents can park at Hawford and enjoy the walk, returning on the bus between 12-30pm. and 1-00p.m. If you are intending to walk with your dog and need transport back to school, dogs will be allowed on the coaches. The coach company have asked that dogs are not allowed on the seats and are well-behaved. Parents and children who wish to join the walk can depart from 10-00a.m. at Hawford. When you arrive at the finish, the King’s Parents’ Committee are organising a pig roast, bar and refreshments in the School Gardens. We hope many of you will take the opportunity to join us in the School Gardens after the walk. There will also be the opportunity to take the School site history tour organised by the Foundation Development Office as part of the 475th anniversary.
We are most grateful to all who supported our Community Concert at the end of last term. This was a terrific evening of musical performances and LAMDA items, greatly enjoyed by all who attended. The event raised a total of £396 towards the school’s charities.
House Sponsored Triathlon
Thank you for your amazing support of our sponsored triathlon at the end of last term. This was a fantastic event, taking place in warm sunshine on the top and bottom fields, as well as in the pool. To see so many children and parents taking part and also to see the sense of determination shown by all was most uplifting. Thanks are due to Mr. Turvey for his organisation of the triathlon and to all who took part with such enthusiasm. Please could any remaining sponsor monies be paid into the school office by the end of this week: the event had raised a total of £2,100 by the end of term. The money will go towards our objective of purchasing a tepee for the children’s play area.
South Africa Freedom Day
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. Our children are wearing the colours of the South African flag and we enjoyed a themed lunch to match the occasion. We have been thinking of our partner school, Worcester Primary School in the Western Cape and learning about South Africa in lessons.
Parents will have read over the holiday period of the court ruling relating to school absences. Effectively the court decided that children should be at school on all of the days that school is in operation, except in cases of illness or authorised absences. Only the Head teacher can authorise an absence. While our children’s attendance figures are excellent, we do ask that all requests for absence are kept to a minimum and that parents make requests only in cases where there are exceptional reasons for such an absence. All requests should be directed to Mr. Turner.
Parents will have noted from the calendar that we have two Speech Days at the end of this term. The first is on Saturday 1st July at 2-30p.m. for all children in Years 3 to 6 while the second, the Pre-Prep Speech Day for children in Reception to Year 2, is on Monday 3rd July after school at 5-30p.m. All children are expected to attend. The occasions will feature performances from the children as well as the award of form and subject prizes. Both are celebrations of the school year and designed to showcase the children’s achievements. Form and progress prizes are awarded for all classes and it is worth noting that the form prize is not necessarily to the child with the best academic results in the end-of-year exams. Form staff will take into accountperformance in class over the year, contributions to the school, effort and a commitment to school activities. The award is one made taking into account all of these factors.
Well done to the following children, who have recently been successful in their music exams: Lexi Lee Grade 1 Piano, Oliver Whiteside Grade 2 Flute with Distinction, Joseph Young Grade 2 Musical Theatre with Distinction, Jessica Heath Grade 3 Musical Theatre with Distinction, Jacob Smith Grade 2 Guitar with Distinction, Joshua Lavarack Grade 2 Piano with Merit, Edmund Roberts Grade 2 Singing with Merit, George Howard Grade 4 Piano with Merit and Eva Frost Grade 1 Piano.
At the end of last term we gave out our chess awards. Winners were: Eric Gregory Year 2, Amar Panday Year 3, Hannah Agoston, Year 4 and Michael Agoston, Years 5 and 6. Well done to all on this fine achievement.
KHPA Summer Ball 2017
The KHPA Great Gatsby Ball is almost sold out – we have 5 tables remaining! We are most grateful to all parents who have booked tables or individual tickets and look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a terrific evening. If you have reserved a table or seats but not yet paid please do so by Friday 5th May. Tickets will start to be issued this week for those that have fully paid their tables along with the pre-order drinks list to help take the stress out of the initial rush to the bar. It is recommended that you pre-order your drinks (at a discounted price) and they will be waiting on ice for you at your table when you arrive. There will be a limited choice on the night at a non-discounted price. To help with this selection a wine tasting event is being arranged where you will be able to taste the selection of fine wines before you make that all important choice. We are keen to ensure that anyone who may have missed the deadline is considered for places if they become available at a later stage or if it is deemed feasible to extend the marquee and therefore, should this be the case, please can you contact either Julia Williams (email@example.com/07807 008824) or Rohit Panday (Rohit.firstname.lastname@example.org/07990 581632) to express your interest. Closing date for this is Friday 12th May.
Hawford May Fete
The Hawford May Fete will be on Friday 5th May at 3-00p.m. As in previous years the children will be running the stalls and we would be grateful for donations of toys, books and nearly-new clothes for these stalls. Bottles for the tombola stall and cakes would be gratefully received on the day. Mrs Bradley has sent home a letter regarding the Fete and we look forward to seeing you all on what will hopefully be a lovely sunny day.
Please note that all children should now be in Summer uniform. Boys do not need to wear ties (although they can do so) and, if this is the case, shirt top buttons should be undone.
KHPA HawfordFest 2017
SAVE THE DATE: This year our ever popular HawfordFest will be a 2 night camping extravaganza from Friday June 9th. From the Friday night BBQ and outdoor cinema to a Campers’ Cricket match and karaoke the weekend promises to be much fun for the whole Hawford family. More details to follow soon.
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