Merton Court Preparatory School
Summer 2018


Science & Sports Term
This term is Science and Sports Term and the theme is the positive impact sport has on our lives and wellbeing. In our class assemblies we will be taking a closer look at the sports we play in school and linking those to our Science topics relating to the human body, for example, healthy eating, the skeleton and the respiratory system.

Parents/carers are most welcome to come along to coffee mornings and watch children’s assembly presentations in the School Hall. It is also a great forum for lively discussion on related Academic and Pastoral issues.
Form coffee mornings are as followed:

J2 Friday 27 April
S3 Friday 4 May
J1 Friday 11 May
S1 Friday 18 May
J3 Friday 8 June
S4 Friday 15 June
S2 Friday 22 June

S2 Outward Bound Trip to Downe Activity Centre
Thursday 17 May-Friday 18 May
S2 will be experiencing archery, zipwire, top roping, crate climbing and other outdoor activities, including forest school with Mrs Saunders, whilst also sleeping the night at Downe Activity Centre. An excellent, fun residential to look forward to!

National Walk to School Week: 21-25 May
We are very excited about National Walk to School Week which runs from 21-25 May. We will be encouraging all children to walk to school if possible, or for those of you who do not live near School to ‘park and stride’. Staff will be on hand in ‘hi-vis’ vests to guide your children to school. Further details will be available soon.

Senior School Production: Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 (7pm) & Friday 25 May (5pm)
Rehearsals for the Senior School Production are now well underway. This year’s show is entitled “Summer in the City” and is a celebration of the great British summer!
Tickets will be available from Mrs Jones and Mrs Saunders on Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May in the School Hall from 8.15-8.45am. We look forward to another fantastic Senior performance.

Book Fair: Monday 4 June-Friday 8 June
We are delighted to have the Book Fair in school this term. It will commence on Monday, 4 June and run until Friday, 8 June. 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.

S4 Leadership and Teamwork Challenge-(Week 1) Monday 4 June-Friday 8 June and (Week 2) Monday 11 June-Friday 15 June
A busy but exciting two weeks of enrichment for S4 with ‘I’m a Year 6 Get Me Out of Here!’, Dragons’ Den Business Challenge, Life Saving and First Aid, Rifle Shooting, Teambuilding Games, Cooking, Ironing and Sewing skills, Performing Arts Challenge, IT and Design & Technology Challenges along with an Environmental Challenge. A lot to look forward to and a great opportunity to experience new, thought-provoking activities.

J3 to S1 Transition Talk: Wednesday 6 June (6.30-8pm)
J3 Parents are cordially invited to come along to talk to S1 teachers and other school staff, about their child’s move from the Junior to the Senior part of the School.

S4 Spanish Trip: Monday 18 June-Saturday 23 June
A super Spanish experience for S4, staying in Tossa de Mar and visiting Parc Guel Waterworld, the Dali Museum and The Nou Camp Stadium...fantastico! Will the best bit be trying out Flamenco dancing, sampling the tasty Spanish tapas or the glass-bottomed boat trip?

NB: S4 Parents are invited to a coffee morning to discuss the forthcoming Spanish trip on Friday 15 June at 8.45am in the School Hall.

Festival of Music (Individual): Thursday 28 June (9am onwards)
Children will have the chance to perform solo or duet in their chosen category to show off their music skills. Categories and further details will be given out later this term.

Festival of Music (Form): Friday 29 June (Juniors 1.40pm & Seniors 2.30pm)
Come along to watch and support Junior and Senior forms compete with each other in friendly rivalry.

EY to J1 Transition Coffee Morning: Tuesday 3 July (9am)
We pride ourselves on strong transition from our Early Years to Reception, so please come along to ensure you are ready for the ‘next step’ in your child/ren’s educational journey. This will take place in the School Hall.

Science and Sports Week: Monday 2-Friday 6 July
During Science and Sports week children will try soft archery, target paintball shooting and human table football in games lessons. PE lessons will be taken by visiting England and Team GB Paralympic Footballer, Jack Rutter. Each year group will also have a chance to play ‘Human Hungry Hippos’, foam fencing and seniors can play bubble football. There will also be House Science and the Science Spelling Bee.

S4 Cricket Picnic: Wednesday 4 July (3.30-7.30pm)
Parents are invited to attend the final S4 Cricket fixture against Breaside on Wednesday 4 July, with a picnic and drinks to enjoy, live sport, food, refreshments and a little music too - what more could you want to end the season?

Sports Days
Friday 6 July (9.15am-EY/J1) (11am-J2/J3/S1)
Saturday 7 July (10am-S2 to S4)
Please note this is a compulsory event. (Please note also that S1 are having their sports Day on the Friday and NOT the Saturday.) All children should wear the correct athletics kit. Summer athletics kit includes a baseball cap (to shade against sunburn) and white trainers.
Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend Sports Days and join in too - if they wish!

Whole School ‘Enrichment Week’ (EY-S3): Monday 9-Thursday 12 July
In the final week of term, children will experience working with others to develop trust, communication and teambuilding skills.

‘Moving Up’ Day: Tuesday 10 July
This will be an ideal opportunity for existing pupils, and new children starting in September, to meet their new teacher and find their new classroom in preparation for the forthcoming academic year 2018-19.

End of Term
Junior and Senior Prize-givings will be at 2pm and 7pm respectively on Wednesday, 11 July. ‘Prom on the Pitch’ Thursday, 12 July from 5-9pm, and everyone is cordially invited. It’s a real Merton Court tradition and a popular event for our Merton Court family. Don’t forget your BBQ, gazebo and deckchairs. Our theme this year is ‘70s with our live band ‘Abba Magic’ along with the usual rides and entertainment for children. Mamma Mia, here we go again!

Breaktime Leagues
Teamwork and skills will be needed again for our Breaktime Leagues this term-Netball S1, S2, S3, S4 (girls) on Wednesdays; and Football J3/S1 (mixed) (with S4 as team managers, coaches and physios) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Consult the Sports Board or see Mrs Summers/Mr Woodhall for more details.

Merton Court Family Ski Trip 2018
Fifty seven children and parents attended this year’s ski trip to the French resort of Tignes,Val d’Isere.
We had fantastic skiing conditions with lots of fresh snow during our week there.
The children and adult learners made great progress and, by the end of the week, everyone was skiing blues, reds and even some black runs!
Apres-ski events included swimming, 10-pin bowling, movie night, bingo and quiz night! We also partied at the world-famous La Folie Douce in Val d’Isere. Our journey home was a real challenge as strikes by French air-traffic controllers caused the cancellation of our flight. We were, however, fortunate to secure a coach to take us back home.
It was a fabulous trip, with incredible snow, firm new friendships made by adults and children alike, along with great skiing in a beautiful resort.

Details of next year’s trip have now been finalised; we will be returning to Les Deux Alpes for more high-altitude skiing, in one of Europe’s most snow-sure resorts. We will be staying at a hotel we have used before, La Belle Etoile from 6-13 April 2019.
Booking forms are available from Mr Brady (S4).

Summer Playscheme 2018: Monday 16 July - Friday 10 August
Booking forms will be sent out the week after half-term. Please try and book in good time, since it is often over-subscribed. The Playscheme Team will be ready to provide an exciting variety of themed activities over the summer holidays.

Merton Court ‘Tiny Tots & Toddlers’ Club’
Mrs Langton will continue to co-ordinate these afternoon sessions on Wednesdays that run from 1.30pm until 2.30pm from Wednesday, 25 April until Wednesday, 4 July.

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