Merton Court Preparatory School
Autumn 2017


School Events Autumn 2017

S3 French Trip - 13-15 September.

Our annual S3 trip to Northern France and Belgium was a great success. S3, Mr Price, Mr Sadikali, Mrs Meehan, Mrs Macdonald and Mrs Price had an action packed few days!
Please see the school website for our lovely slideshow of this great trip.
Using the Eurostar Shuttle and coach, S3 began by visiting the Menin Gate and St George’s Church (where Merton Court has a brass memorial plaque) in Ypres. Three of our past pupils were killed in 1917, two at the battle of Passchendaele (third battle of the Somme) and one at the battle of Arras and we were most privileged to visit all three WW1 cemeteries which became their final resting places. Lijssenthoek (No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station) was most beautiful, and the second largest WW1 Military cemetery in Flanders that included French, Canadian, German and Chinese graves, along with a solitary American grave. This is where we found one of the female casualties of 1917- Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler and also where we paid our respects to James Crombie (OM), who was one of three brothers to attend the school (his two brothers were also casualties of the Great War). Interestingly, Dr Crombie and his daughter and sons lived at 20, Hatherley Road in Sidcup.
We then went onto Dickenbusch Military cemetery and after a considerable search, found the grave of W A L Robinson (OM) who is also remembered with a stained glass window in St John’s church, Sidcup.
After lunch, we visited the trenches at Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood), which were excellent examples of 1916 trenches. We then went on to the excellent memorial museum at Passchendaele, where we saw a large variety of war memorabilia and had a chance to experience a 1918 trench, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Lastly, we went onto see a beautiful new memorial of black poppies at Langemark German Cemetery, which was an interesting and moving experience.
We stayed at the Château d’Ebblinghem and had fun making homemade crêpes on Wednesday evening (the really fun part was eating them!).
The following day, S3 went to Poperinge where those British soldiers shot at dawn were buried and visited the special and inspirational Talbot House (TocH) also enjoying tea and cake in the very beautiful garden. We then went on to Orchard Dump Cemetery to pay our respects to Marcel Simon (OM) and were delighted to renew our friendship with the Mayor of Arleux-en-Gohelle. In the evening the children had fun in the Games room, followed by Bingo with prizes. James our NST Rep organised a fabulous disco and everyone danced the night away!
On the Friday, S3 went to St Omer to practise their French again, and had the chance of a real French cafe experience. They also visited the excellent Nausicaa Sea Life Centre, especially enjoying ‘les pinnipedes’ does anyone know what they are?
A big well done to S3 and accompanying staff for another successful and rewarding residential trip.

This term’s focus for coffee mornings will be Key figures in the history of Computing.
As an assembly focus each yeargroup will chose an important figure- head in the world of computers and how they influenced the world with their contribution in this digital age.

As ever, parents/carers are most welcome to come along to coffee mornings and watch presentations by the children. It is also a
great forum for discussion on related Academic and Pastoral issues.

Coffee Mornings will be held in the school hall.

These Coffee Mornings are as follows:

J1 Friday 15 September
J3 Friday 22 September
S2 Friday 13 October
J2 Friday 3 November
S1 Friday 17 November
S4 Friday 24 November
S3 Friday 8 December



National Poetry Day " Thursday 28 September.

This year National Poetry Day theme will be ’Freedom’. So start looking for inspiration…

Harvest Festival Service " Friday 29 September (9am) " Whole School.

We will be holding our annual Harvest Festival on Friday, 29 September. Please be at St John’s Church, Church Road, Sidcup for 8.45am. Parking is limited near the church. The nearest public parking is by Morrisons. Staff will be outside the church from 8.15am. Children may be dropped at School prior to 8.45am and will then walk to church accompanied by staff. Early Years children may attend but should sit with their parents.
Children are kindly requested to bring dried goods and tins only as donations. These will then be passed on to ‘The Simon Community’ (a charity for the homeless, based in London).

‘Letterland’ Evening for parents from EY-J3 Monday 2 October - 6.30pm.

Please join us for an evening where key basics of our ‘Letterland’ scheme will be explained, together with a few fun, interactive workshops.

Festival of Speech Individual - Thursday 5 October
(9am-3pm)
Forms Friday 6 October
EY-J3 (1.30-2pm)
S1-S4 (2.15-3.30pm)

Festival of Drama J3 to S4 Individual Friday 6 October
(9am-10.30am)


We will, as usual, be dividing our festivals into three parts over the academic year, with a Festival of Speech and Drama in the Autumn Term, a Festival of Dance in the Spring Term and a Festival of Music in the Summer Term.
All speech categories are open to any child from J1 upwards, and drama categories from J3 upwards. All forms from EY upwards will participate in the form categories. You should have already received a letter. Please see Mrs Jones if you require any further information. No entries will be accepted after Monday, 25 September. Please do consider ‘having a go’ in one or more of the categories. It is great fun and excellent experience, particularly in preparation for future festivals your children may wish to take part in.

Maths Week will be 9-13 October.

Monday 9 October will be our House Maths Competition.
(S1/S2) 9am, (S3/S4) 9.45am.
Tuesday 10 October
will be a Maths Spelling Bee.
Wednesday 11 October There will be a maths - based puzzle workshop for J1-S4.

It is also Maths Term.
The focus for Maths Term is to combine Maths and Computing. It follows on from problem solving term, complementing the new curriculum and the coding that Mr Cunningham has been delivering. Each class will focus on how ICT can be used for mathematical purposes, for example drawing graphs using excel, formulas in excel, symmetry work and area and perimeter work. There will be a problem solving workshop for the Wednesday of Maths week which will be delivered by the character ‘Prof’ from the company ‘Brainwave’. They expertly balance the level of fun and learning throughout the workshops ensuring the children are engaged at all times.

‘Write Here-Write Now’ Handwriting Evening for parents from EY-J3 Monday 6 November - 6.30pm.

Please join us for an interactive handwriting workshop that explains all about ‘scrimbling’, ’Funky Fingers’, ‘Dough Disco’ and writing in cursive handwriting.

Remembrance Day Service Friday 10 November (10.00am).

We will be commemorating the lives of pupils and staff who fought and died for their country in both World Wars. S3 will be leading our service as usual. This year they will be using their recent experiences of their trip to Flanders’ fields as a basis for the service, focusing on the centenary of 1917 and also the 75th Anniversary of world events in 1942 during the Second World War. Following the service and the laying of wreaths, refreshments will be available to all parents and relatives, who are cordially invited to join S3, veterans and British Legion members, in the school hall.


Remembrance Sunday Marching, Church Service and Laying of Wreaths Sunday 12 November from 9.45am.

As is traditional, members of S3 and S4 are welcome to take part in this local community event, representing Merton Court School. Should any pupil from S3/S4 (and indeed parents if they wish) like to take part in this poignant act of remembrance, please contact Mr Price or their form teacher. Further details to follow.

School Swimming Championships (J3-S4).

These will be taking place from 2.30pm on Friday 10 November and Friday 17 November. (NB: J3 by invitation only.) Anyone interested in taking part should see Mrs Walsham for further details or collect a form from outside the Swimming Pool.

Open Day Opportunities for Prospective Parents 2017/18.

Saturday 23 September 9.15am-12noon
Tuesday 14 November 9.15am -3pm
Saturday 27 January 2018 9am-12noon
Wednesday 2 May 2018 5-8pm

Book Fair Monday 20 - Friday 24 November.


We are delighted to have the Book Fair in school this term. It will commence on Monday, 20 November and run until Friday, 24 November. The children will have the opportunity to look at the books with their form teacher. The books will be available to buy before and after school every day during the week in the School Hall. This is always an enjoyable event for all the children. Remember: Reading is the Key to Success!

Parents’ Evening EY & S3 only �" Monday 20 November
EY & J1-S3 �" Tuesday 21 November (3.45pm onwards).


Parents are invited to make appointments (after half term) to see relevant teachers in order to discuss children’s progress. For available times, please talk to form teachers, use contact books or check lists displayed on form teachers’ doors. Alternatively, email the school for appointment times.

Junior Christmas Production �" Thursday 30 November (9.15am & 2pm) & Friday 1 December (9.15am).

J3�"EY will be involved in an exciting, new ‘in-house’ production
‘A Christmouse Tail’. Tickets available after half term.

Christmas Festivities.

Monday 11 December will be ‘wear a Christmas Jumper to School Day’, a donation of £2 will go to our chosen charity for this term, ‘Hedgehog Haven’.
Children’s Christmas lunch and parties will be on Tuesday, 12 December; Juniors in the morning and Seniors in the afternoon. Father Christmas and his elves are booked so, once again, remember: he knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice…


Christmas Carol Service �" Thursday 14 December (6-7pm).

St. John’s will as usual host our annual Carol Service. All main school children (J1-S4) must attend. Parents are reminded that this is a compulsory event. Any reason for non-attendance must be made in writing, well in advance of the event. During the service, pupils should sit with their form teachers. Early Years children are welcome, but should sit with their parents. Friends, family and past pupils are all most welcome to both our Harvest and Carol Services.

Merton Court Family Ski Trip 1-8 April 2018 �"Tignes/
Val d’Isere, France.


The 2018 family ski trip will be to Tignes/Val d’Isere, France. This long established resort is located in the Alps offers high-altitude skiing suitable for all abilities.
We’ll be staying (full board) at the Hotel L’Oree du Lac in Tignes (Val Claret) the highest of the five villages in Tignes at 2100m. The hotel is five minutes’ walk from the ESF office and nearest lift. The resort has 300km of skiing, and we will have the full Espace Killy lift pass, which includes the neighbouring resort of Val d’Isere. Tignes has two glaciers and offers skiing up to 3,488m all year round- similar to Les Deux Alpes, our destination this year.
Evening events will include bowling, swimming (at the la Lagoon pool, which has three flumes), bingo, Easter egg hunt, quiz, along with a movie and games night.
We will again be using Equity School Ski, Snowsport England (the national governing body of English snowsports) awarded Equity ‘Chosen School Ski Trip Provider’ status and they remain the only company to have received this.
This trip has already sold out, but the 2019 trip is being planned already. So watch this space...

Ski Club.
This year we will again be meeting up at the indoor snowcentre in Hemel Hempstead, where you can ski on real snow, on the following dates; Sunday 10th December and Sunday 25th March (10am -12noon.) You can find more information and book at www.thesnowcentre.com Please see Mr Brady (S4) for more details.

Sidcup Community Events.

Bike Marking outside Sidcup Cycles, Station Road, Sidcup �" Monday 9 October (3-7pm).

Sidcup BID in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and Sidcup Cycles have organised free bike marking to ensure that your property remains safe. This applies to both child and adult bikes. All welcome.
Station Road Clean-up �" Thursday 12 October (10-2pm).
All adult volunteers are welcome to help with this community initiative. Please contact Nigel at Sidcup Cycles, Station Road, Sidcup.
Sidcup Town Christmas Fun Day �" Saturday 9 December from 11am (Sidcup High Street).
Do put this date in your diary and come along to meet Santa and join in all the Christmas fun. A firework display on The Green will complete the day of festivities.


Don’t forget to log on and have a good look at our up-to-date website on www.mertoncourtprep.co.uk . If you wish to access some great photos of last term’s events, visit the secure parents’ section. Please email office@mertoncourtprep.co.uk for the password, if required.



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