Merton Court Preparatory School
Spring 2018


‘SAFER INTERNET DAY’ Tuesday 6 February
Tuesday 6 February is ‘Safer Internet Day’ and we will be continuing with our e-safety talks, equipping the children with the skills to keep safe on-line, whilst being mindful of other people’s feelings when sending messages or sharing posts.

This term is English Term and our focus is ‘Writing for Fun’.
“Children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom”. National Literacy Trust (June 2017).

Those who like writing outside class are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age.

The study questioned 39,411 eight to eighteen year olds across the UK.
The survey found almost a quarter (23%) of those who said they enjoyed writing were above their expected level, compared with 3% of those who said they did not like the activity.
English Week will be the week commencing Monday 19 February. It will also be our annual ‘Digital Detox’ Week; a time when we encourage families to switch off something electronic for an agreed amount of time and read, play a game or talk to each other, instead of being glued to a screen.
On Monday 19 February we will have our annual House English Competition (S1-S4).

Tuesday 20 February will be Whole School Writing Day and the starting point for this is - ‘the view from my window’.
As a ‘Humanities’ theme on Wednesday 21 February we will be celebrating our special ‘Passport to the World Day’. Each yeargroup will be collecting artefacts, flags, information and foods, traditional clothing etc relating to the country they have chosen for their assemblies, these will be displayed in the Hall. There will also be a special South American-themed lunch organised by the S4 Food Committee on that day.

Thursday 22 February will be our ‘Spelling Bee’ competition children will be tested on their year group spelling lists to find the champion speller.

Friday 23 February will be History Dressing up Day along with Charities Day. Children should dress up according to their chosen History topic this term and we will be having a special whole school parade in the Hall. Each class will also be having fun with activities relating to their topics.
World Book Day is on 1st March, to celebrate this; we are also asking if you have any appropriate fiction or non-fiction books that are in good condition which you wish to donate to our school library. Sharing favourites is a great way of improving your reading and also to keep up our library reading stocks. All donated books will have an ex-libris sticker put into the inside front cover with the name of the donor. So why not have a good post-Christmas clear-out to make space on your shelves for all those new books you are going to read in 2018?
We will also continue with the ‘Million Word Challenge’. This idea has recently been taken up by Bexley Council. Please take the time to encourage your children to continue reading beyond the bell and promote the Million Word Challenge (Million Word Challenge Reading Goals are available from form teachers).

Parents/carers are most welcome to come along to coffee mornings and watch children’s assembly presentations in our School Hall. It is also a great forum for lively discussion on related academic and pastoral issues.

These Coffee Mornings are as follows:
J3 Friday, 12 January
S3 Friday, 19 January
S4 Friday, 26 January
J1 Wednesday, 7 February
(Fly on the wall session.) Details to follow!
S1 Friday, 9 February
J2 Friday, 2 March
S2 Friday, 9 March

Open Morning: Saturday, 27 January 9.15am - 12 noon
Open Evening: Wednesday, 2 May 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Open Morning: Saturday, 22 September 9.15am - 12 noon
Open Day: Tuesday, 13 November 9.15am - 3pm

A reminder that any parents wishing to look round the school with a view to sending their child here will be able to do so - shown around by members of the School staff. Anyone wishing to look around the school is welcome to make an individual appointment with Mr Price via Mrs J Raggett.

‘BREAKFAST BITES’ - Thursday, 1 February (8.45am) & Friday, 2 February (8.45am & 11am)
As part of fundraising for their Spanish trip in June, S4 will be leading the whole school in our special themed breakfast entitled, ‘Breakfast Bites’.
Tickets on sale on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January in the school hall before and after school.

S4 BRING AND BUY SALE Friday 9 February
Do you have any unwanted Christmas presents or have you had a spring clean over the holidays? If so S4 would welcome your donations. We suggest all children bring in no more than £5 (in change) to spend at the Sale (Juniors especially, please keep it safe in a named purse or wallet).
This is a S4 ‘Fundraiser’ in preparation for their Spanish residential trip to Tossa de Mar in June.

CHARITIES DAY Friday 23 February
Please support our chosen charity this term, ‘The Lord’s Taverners’. The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, founded in 1950 at the Tavern Pub at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Supporting some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK, the charity works to enhance lives through sport and recreation, giving young people a ‘sporting chance’. Please bring a donation of £2 and come dressed as something linked to your History topic (more to follow from form teachers.) Also on this day, there will be a cake sale and, just for fun on this special occasion, sponsored no homework (optional)!

An opportunity for S4 to prepare for Secondary School and gain cycle confidence.

Remember that a little bit of practice every day makes all the difference. Good luck to everyone taking part.

FESTIVAL OF DANCE (Individual & Choreographic) - Thursday, 15 March 9.00am onwards
Why not enter this very popular event?
Children will have the chance to perform solos, duets, trios or in groups in their chosen category to show off their skills. Categories will be given out later this term.

FESTIVAL OF DANCE (Form) Friday 16 March (Juniors 1.40pm & Seniors 2.15pm)

S4 battle it out for the coveted Groves Public Speaking Trophy.

Our annual Hockey 6-a-side Tournament will take place on weekday breaktimes with the finals on Wednesday, 21 March at 11am. All senior children have now been allocated a team. They should watch the Games notice board for details/updates and talk to their team captains/vice captains to see when they need hockey sticks. It is not essential for children to buy their own sticks unless they wish to, as we have spares in school. Personal sticks should be clearly named, and may be kept in school. Our uniform suppliers ‘OZ’ also stock hockey sticks. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear. Here’s to a great competition!

PRIZEGIVING Friday 23 March (Juniors 9.15am & Seniors 11am)

Dates for your diary:
S3 Information Evening Tuesday 16 January
S2 Information Evening Thursday 1 February
S4 SATS Prediction Evening Tuesday 6 February
EY/S3 Parents’ Evenings Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 March
S2 Parents’ Evening Monday 12 & Wednesday 14 March
S4 Fundraising Funky Friday Disco Friday 27 April
School Photos Monday 30 April
S2 Downe Residential Trip 17 & 18 May
Senior Production Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 May (7pm) &
Friday 25 May (5pm)
S4 Leadership and Challenge weeks 4-15 June
S4 Spanish Trip 18-23 June
Festival of Music (Indiv) Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June

Science Week 2-6 July
Sports Week 2-6 July

EY/J1/J2 & S2 Parents’ Evenings Monday 2 July
EY/J3/S1& S2 Parents’ Evenings Tuesday 3 July
S3 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 4 July
Lower School Sports Day Friday 6 July (EY, J1 9.15am) &
(J2/J3/S1 11am)
Senior Sports Day (S2-S4) Saturday 7 July 10am
School Enrichment Week 9-13 July
Prizegiving Wednesday 11 July Junior (2pm) & Senior (7pm)
‘Prom on the Pitch’ (ABBA themed!) Thursday 12 July (5.30-9pm.)
S3 French Trip will be 13-15 September.

Please do check our up-to-date website for any dates and future events throughout 2018 and beyond. If you wish to access some great photos of last term’s and this term’s events, visit the secure ‘Parents’ section. Please email or telephone the school office if you require the password.

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