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.

Thursday 19th October 2017

Half Term

We break up for half term at the normal time on Friday 20th October. We return to school on Thursday 2nd November. Staff Training will take place on Wednesday 1st November. The office will be manned each morning throughout the half term. When we return it will be a swimming week on the Thursday and Friday. During the period Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October, we will be running our Holiday Club and Activity camp, with a Rugby Camp (for both boys and girls) operating from Monday 23rd October to Wednesday 25th October. Booking forms are available from the office or online via the website for these activities.

Uniform

When we return after half term all children will need to be in Winter uniform. Please can we ensure that all ties are worn smartly, with the top button done up. We are in the process of putting together a uniform booklet, showing the various options in both Summer and Winter. We have a number of variants in each case and thought it would be helpful, especially to new parents, to have a booklet which demonstrated these options.  Our children continue to look smart and we are grateful to all parents for their support in this matter.

Schools Partnership Day

We will be taking part in schools partnership event with Holy Redeemer RC Primary School, Pershore and Sytchampton Endowed Primary School on Thursday 2nd November. This is a musical event that will culminate in a performance in the Barn at lunchtime on that day. Mrs Hughes has sent out details to parents of our Year 6 classes as they will be involved.

Year 5 Trip

Our Year 5 children are visiting Hayden Water Treatment Works on Thursday 2nd November, as part of their humanities studies.

PSHCE Day

All children will be taking part in a PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) Day on Friday 3rd November. The focus of the day, which has been organized by Mr Marsland, will be friendships.

Opera in the Barn

Parents will have received details of an exciting event that will be taking place in the Barn on Friday 3rd November. This is titled ‘6 Character in Search of an Opera’ and is an opportunity to sample an operatic performance designed to be accessible and enjoyable for parents and their children. This is a family event, after school and before the PA Fireworks, which should prove a perfect way to end the week prior to the fun of the fireworks. The letter gives full details of how to book places, which are free.

PA Fireworks

Our annual and popular PA Fireworks Display is on Friday 3rd November, beginning at 6-00p.m. on the bottom field. Tickets are now available from the office for what is sure to be another sell out event.

Calendar Advertising

Advertising spaces on the 2018 PA Calendar are selling quickly, with many months already gone. Parents who wish to advertise should contact the school office for details and availability.

Inspection

We have been given provisional feedback from the inspection team, following the inspection last week. The full report will be available once it has been through the editing process. The inspectors asked us to thank all parents and children for their questionnaire responses. We will share the report with you as soon as we have it.

Harvest Festival

Thank you for your incredible support of this year’s Harvest Festivals. The number of parents and grandparents attending was easily the largest number we have seen for what will be most probably  be our final Harvests in the Cobb. In all we donated 577Kg of produce to the Worcester food bank, which is over 500 meals. We sold off perishable items at the end of the day, giving over £75 to the Salvation Army. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Harvest Boxes

Congratulations to all children and parents for the beautifully decorated harvest boxes at this this year’s Harvest Festivals. The winners this year were: Daniel Arridge, George Tonkinson, Tom Sutcliffe, Jack Jenkinson, Cameron Kilmartin, Nico Calladine, Oscar Hoare and Willow Forest.

Trumpet Workshop

On Thursday 13th October, some of our Year 4 and 6 children were treated to a Trumpet Workshop and demonstration from Simon Desbruslais - a professional trumpeter currently performing new trumpet concertos with the English String Orchestra.  The children learnt more about sound production and how to hit really high notes, and Year 6 had their first go on the trumpets. They had a terrific time.

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition

A reminder to parents and children of this year’s Rotary Club Young Writer Competition. This is open to all children in Years 3 to 6. The title is ‘A Different Perspective’, with the children’s entries of up to 300 words being requested by Friday 24th November. Entries should be submitted electronically to Mr Percival by that date. We have done really well in this competition over the years, with some national winners, so it would be good to have a large entry. Something for the quiet moments over half term.

School Charity

Following our recent special assembly, the children have voted to support the Midlands Air Ambulance as their Charity for the Year. Our first fund raising event will be on Friday 20th October. Children may come to school in home clothes for a donation of £1. In addition we will have a cake sale at morning break (50p each). Cake sales are always extremely popular and we would be most grateful if parents could please provide cakes/biscuits for this event. (There will be a table in the Cobb on the Friday morning for all donations!) Thank you.

Modus Cup Match

We are looking forward to the King’s v RGS Modus Cup match tonight at 7-00p.m. This match is at Sixways and Hawford families are very much welcome at this game. Parents can pay for admission at the ground.

Staffing

At half term we will be will be saying goodbye to Sam Hodson, who has been with us as originally as a teaching assistant and now a qualified teacher for 4 years. We are very grateful to her for all that she has done for the children and wish her well in her teaching career. Parents will have noticed that we have a new member of our secretarial team and we welcome Laura Blakemore to our staff, wishing her a terrific time as part of the Hawford family.

Poppies

When we return after half term, we will be making poppies available to the children. Our support of the annual Poppy Appeal is always impressive, and last year we were the school with the best response to the appeal.

Birthdays

We wish all children who will have birthdays over the next week a happy birthday. We remind parents that children are allowed to come into school in their home clothes on their birthday or the nearest school day. The children who will be celebrating before the next newsletter are Ziqi Zhu, Hudson Masters, Max Masters, Arya Panday, Taylor Ready, Sophie Guest, Noah Sayani, Harriet Bailey, Freddie Yorke-Brooks, Will Lewis, Kieran Balding, Eesa Islam and Joseph Young.

Thursday 12th October

Inspection

We are grateful to all parents for their responses to the Inspection Questionnaire. This, along with the children’s questionnaire, is a vital part of the inspection process. Today marks the end of the inspection, which is our first full inspection since 2011. It is always good to have the opportunity to show the school to inspectors and we are sure that the team will give us some suggestions for areas in which we can improve. This is the most important part of the inspection regime and we look forward to sharing the team’s feedback with you in due course.

Harvest Festivals

Our Harvest Festivals take place in the Cobb tomorrow. Years 3 to 6 will be involved at 10.00a.m. with Reception to Year 2 taking part in their Harvest Festival at 2.15p.m. As in previous years our request for Harvest produce takes the form of a competition.  We would be most grateful for a box (shoe box or similar size) suitably decorated and filled with Harvest items, particularly tinned products, produce in jars and dried foods such as pasta and rice.  Fresh fruit, vegetables and baked products will also be gratefully received. There will be prizes for the best Harvest box in each of the following groups: Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1 to 2, Years 3 to 4 and Years 5 to 6.  Boxes need to be clearly named for judging. All Harvest donations should be taken to the Cobb ready for display. We will be donating all dried foods and tinned items to the Worcester Food Bank with perishable items sold off at the end of the day, with any money raised being donated to the Salvation Army.

Year 6 Team Building Day

Our Year 6 children will be taking part in Team Building Day at King’s St. Alban’s on Tuesday 17th October. This will also involve the Year 6 children from KSA and give our Year 6 boys and girls an opportunity to meet their peers at KSA ahead of transfer to King’s next September.

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition

Polly Stretton visited last week to talk to the children about this year’s Rotary Club Young Writer Competition. This is open to all children in Years 3 to 6. The title is ‘A Different Perspective’, with the children’s entries of up to 300 words being requested by Friday 24th November. Entries should be submitted electronically to Mr Percival by that date.

Kindergarten and Reception Video

We will be filming in Kindergarten and Reception on Wednesday 18th October. This is to produce an early year’s video for the website and also for prospective parents and children. The video involve some of our older children visiting Kindergarten and Reception, sharing recollections of their time in the early year’s section of the school and looking at the activities that the children enjoy during their day. The day will operate normally for our younger children.

House Captain Assemblies

On Wednesday 18th October our House Captains will be leading House Assemblies. These were elected by the children recently and the Captains and Vice-Captains are as follows below:

Pre-Prep:

Malvern - Fletcher Kane and Anya Rawnsley

Bredon - Will Lavarack and Zofia Waites

Kinver - Caroline Foster and Fabian Williams

Clent - Florrie Cook and Cameron Kilmartin

Prep:

Malvern - Will Mason and Jessica Heath

Vice - Sonny Brown and Eva Frost

Bredon - Ruby Colwell and Josh Lavarack

Vice - Anabel D'Auncey and Eddie Hira

Kinver - Evie Thrush and Archie Holland

Vice - Amber Adams and Edmund Roberts

Clent - Alex Friend and Taylor Ready

Vice - Tilly Cook and Lewis Capewell

PA Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the PA Committee on Wednesday 18th October at 7-30p.m. in Mr Percival’s classroom. This will be plan for the forthcoming Bonfire Night and Christmas Fayre.

School Charity.

Following our recent special assembly, the children have voted to support the Midlands Air Ambulance as their Charity for the Year. Our first fund raising event will take place on Friday 20th October. Children may come to school in home clothes for a donation of £1. In addition we will have a cake sale at morning break (50p each). Cake sales are always extremely popular and therefore we would be most grateful if parents could please provide cakes/biscuits for this event. (There will be a table in the Cobb on the Friday morning for all donations!) Thank you.

Luke Narraway Visit

We are pleased to be able to welcome Luke Narraway to join some of our PE classes on Thursday 19th October. Luke is a former King’s pupil who went on to play rugby for Gloucester, Perpignan and London Irish, as well as England. He is player-coach at Coventry. He will join a selection of morning PE lessons.

Strings Concert

Parents are warmly invited to join us for Strings Concert in the Music Room on Thursday 19th October at 4-15p.m. Mrs Hughes will advise parents of children who will be performing in this concert.

Modus Cup Match

We are looking forward to the King’s v RGS Modus Cup match on Thursday 19th October at 7-00p.m. This match is at Sixways and Hawford families are very much welcome at this game. Booking forms can be obtained from the office, with orders requested by 16th October. Alternatively parents can pay for admission on the day.

Year 6 Cookery Masterclasses

6IP will be taking part in a cookery masterclass today (it having been postponed from last week), with 6LH being involved on Thursday 19th October.

Half Term Camps and Clubs

Booking forms are available from the office or online via the website for our half term holiday club and activity camp. These will operate from Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October. We are also offering a Rugby Camp from Monday 23rd October to Wednesday 25th October.

PA Fireworks

Parents are reminded that the PA Fireworks Evening will be on Friday 3rd November, directly after half term. Tickets for this event will be available next week.

Summer Ball

We are grateful to Kate Edwards and Oliver Jackson for their kind offer to plan for and organise next year’s PA Summer Ball. The date for your diary is Saturday 23rd June, with the Smooth Criminals already booked for the evening, which will once again use the Barn and an adjacent marquee.

Birthdays

We wish all children who will have birthdays over the next week a happy birthday. We remind parents that children are allowed to come into school in their home clothes on their birthday or the nearest school day. The children who will be celebrating before the next newsletter are Poppy Graham, Alexander Foster, Alex Higgs, Tommy Harfield, Will Lavarack, Jacob Goldby, Joshua Adam and Noah Dupont.

Thursday 5th October 2017

Harvest Festivals

Please remember our Harvest Festivals take place in the Cobb on Friday 13th October. (Years 3 to 6 will be involved at 10.00a.m. with Reception to Year 2 taking part in their Harvest Festival at 2.15p.m.) As in previous years our request for Harvest produce takes the form of a competition.  We would be most grateful for a box (shoe box or similar size) suitably decorated and filled with Harvest items, particularly tinned products, produce in jars and dried foods such as pasta and rice.  Fresh fruit, vegetables and baked products will also be gratefully received. There will be prizes for the best Harvest box in each of the following groups: Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1 to 2, Years 3 to 4 and Years 5 to 6.  PLEASE ENSURE THAT BOXES ARE NAMED READY FOR JUDGING! All Harvest donation should be taken to the Cobb no earlier than the day before ready for display. We will be donating all dried foods and tinned items to the Worcester Food Bank with perishable items sold off at the end of the day, with any money raised being donated to the Salvation Army.

Big Draw at King’s

Hawford families are warmly invited to the King’s Art department’s Big Draw at Senior School on Saturday. The theme is ‘Lively Living Lives’, with opportunities for adults and children to experiment in a range of art styles from 2-00p.m. to 4-30p.m. The aim is to create big, bold, animated works of art and hopefully many of our Hawford families will  be able to attend.

House Conkers

We will be offering the children an opportunity to take part in the 2017 House Conkers Competition on Monday 9th October. Mr Turvey will be leading the competition at break times and children are encouraged to bring in conkers selected over the weekend for the competition.

Early Morning Swimming

Please note that early morning swimming will be on Tuesday 10th October not Wednesday 11th October. This is for next week only, with early morning swimming reverting to Wednesday the following week.

Hold the Date – Tribute Acts Evening

We are planning a very special evening event on Friday 24th November at 7-00p.m. This will be a charity event organised by Mr Bethell in support of this year’s charity, which is the Midlands Air Ambulance. The evening will feature two tribute acts: Taylor Swift (our very own Miss Howland) and Dolly Parton (Miss Howland’s sister). The evening will be in the Barn, with refreshments, and is open to adults and children. Further details will follow shortly.

Bonfire Night – Pallets Needed

If you have any pallets that you do not need, we would appreciate any donations towards the bonfire. In all we need around 150 pallets so clearly we need a few more to get to that number. Please do not drop off other firewood as this is difficult to move and stack. If you can donate any pallets please could you ring in advance in order that we can meet you on arrival. Many thanks, in advance, for your support.

King’s Open Day

Parents with older children at Hawford are warmly invited to attend the King’s Open Morning on Saturday 7th October, in College Hall from 9-30a.m. to 12-30p.m. There will be an opportunity to tour the school, meet staff and attend a talk by the Head, Matthew Armstrong.

Pokemon Cards and Other Valuable Items

The children have all been informed in assembly that, while we are happy for them to have Pokemon cards in school, we do not allow any trading. This is to avoid any disputes about how trades have been reached. Children enjoy collecting and showing each other their cards but they are often unable to understand the concept of value and trades are therefore not permitted. It is worth at this point reminding parents of the following from the Parents’ Handbook: ‘Expensive watches and other items of significant value should not be brought to School’.

St. Richard’s Ball

This year’s St. Richard’s Hospice Ball will be on Saturday 3rd February at Stanbrook Abbey at 7-00p.m. This year we will be offering a Masquerade Ball. Tickets will once again be priced at £45 for this popular event and they will be available from mid-October. Full details of the event will be circulated shortly with the booking form.

Year 6 Cookery Masterclasses

6IP will be taking part in a cookery masterclass on Thursday 5th October, with 6LH being involved on Thursday 19th October.

Twitter

Parents may wish to follow us on Twitter. We Tweet on a regular basis, with trips such the Dukes Barn trip this week being the subject of Tweets to keep parents in touch with the children. In addition, KH Radio can be followed from a link sent out through a Tweet. We can be found on @KingsHawford.

Birthdays

We wish all children who will have birthdays over the next week a happy birthday. We remind parents that children are allowed to come into school in their home clothes on their birthday or the nearest school day. The children who will be celebrating before the next newsletter are Daniel Arridge, Caitlin Clements, Sam Taylor-Edwards and Eliza Pritchard.

Past Weekly Newsletters

September 2017

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March 2017

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