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Friday 1 May - Week 2
     
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trans-spacer.gif Dear Parents

I can't quite believe another week has gone by since I wrote to you in last week's newsletter.  I sense it was a slightly easier week for you and your children as you all get used to the technology.  I know some struggle with the challenges of connectivity, the need for careful organisation and the frustration of several aspects of the learning process, but keep going; it is very much worth it. 

Everyone is ready for the weekend and next week being only 4 days will give us all a bit of a breather from the intensity of online learning. Do encourage your children to do as many things un-screen-related as possible; their brains need a couple of days seeing shapes other than rectangles!  The weather looks to be returning to mild, sunny days, so Vitamin D and fresh air is the order of the day!

As you know, there is no clarity regarding when and how schools will re-open and we are not wasting time and energy second guessing this matter.  However, we are making tentative plans for the rest of the term based on two scenarios, remaining closed and re-opening.  Some of the issues under discussion are as follows: 
  • Assessment - all years
  • Assessment - Year 8 Holmwood House Certificate 
  • Transition to next school year or next schools
  • Farewell to our Year 8 pupils and other leavers
  • Speech Day and other celebrations
We envisage reporting of pupils' progress to parents to be mainly quantitative, rather than asking teachers to write detailed written reports.  The level and quality of monitoring and feedback is high and pupils are, in general, responding well.  We will share more information regarding this area in due course. 

Sustainability remains our priority at this stage. The changes we have started to make this week are having a positive effect and with the change to how work is submitted in most year groups, this will help a great deal.  

A quick word about pupil wellbeing.  If, occasionally, your child does not engage with the learning or is clearly screened out, it is not the end of the world!  It is better to go with the flow occasionally than to cause added stress in the household.  Teachers will understand if you email them to let them know that it's all become a bit too much for a child. Obviously this cannot be the norm, but to relieve your stress and to maintain your child's wellbeing, you may sometimes have to make that call. 

Thank you again for your support and understanding. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

With best wishes
 
Alexander Mitchell
Headmaster
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Star Cup
Congratulations to Land!

Pre-Prep Golden Awards
Golden Awards are made weekly to individuals in each class based on the Golden Rules. The following children received a Golden Award during Week 2.
 
Reception 

Josie L, Teddy E
Year 1 Golden Awards
Imogen B, Isabella C, Joseph R, Stanley S
Year 2 Golden Awards
Oliver W, Annie B, Alexander M, Emily W
Year 3 Golden Awards
Jack R, Leo P, Zahara A, Lyra D

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As part of our Outdoor Learning in Year 2 we were given the task of building a den! Some of us braved the rain to make some splendid waterproof dens while others decided to go for the cosier option of building a comfy den indoors. We were all very proud of our dens!
Mrs Watkins and Miss Kirk

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Year 4 having been experimenting with density and have been making potions to see how density can affect how liquids mix together.  They made rainbows, lava lamps and liquid fireworks and wrote reflections thinking about how successful their potions were and what they would do differently if they did it again.

There were some fantastic results and some dastardly mixtures made by all.  Thanks to our lovely parents for letting them loose in their labs (kitchens).
Mrs Slater and Mrs Ellison-Oakes


 
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Latin
 
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trans-spacer.gif In Latin this term, we are looking at Roman technology. The pupils have been given the task of Romanizing a small island, using an OS map and their learning. They have to plan roads, towns, defences and water supply, researching each topic.

We learnt how Romans built their wonderful roads and Flynn recreated one in his garden. It’s very accurate!
Mrs De Voy

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There is still space in our Pre-Reception class for anyone who may be looking for a Nursery setting for their child from September.
 
Pre-Reception is for three year olds (ie those starting school the following September) and follows the school term time but parents can choose which days and sessions children attend, allowing them to combine attendance with a second setting, including the Holmwood House Nursery. The children enjoy lessons including French, music and movement, language and literacy, swimming and forest school.

Do please let any friends and relatives who may be interested know to call Abigail Wills on 01206 673750 or email admissions@holmwood.house for more information.  We are confirming numbers throughout the school for September and would love to hear from anyone considering their options.
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Holmwood House School
Holmwood House Preparatory School
Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9ST
Telephone  01206 574305
Email  office@holmwood.house
     
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