Merton Court Preparatory School
Summer 2017


Science Term
This term is Science Term and our theme is ‘What a Wonderful World’. We will be looking at how mankind is altering the world around us both positively and negatively. Our class assemblies will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from animal conservation through to river pollution.

Science Week - Monday 5 " Friday 9 June
Science Week begins on Monday 5 June with our House Science Quiz. The children will then take part in Science Orienteering during their PE lessons on Tuesday 6 June, there will also be a Form Science Spelling Bee! From Wednesday 7 until Friday 9 June SWAC will be running a series of workshops on squirrel proof feeders, worms and bug hotels!
On Friday 9 June S4 will be out in Footscray Meadows enjoying a picnic and then doing some litter picking.

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.
These Form coffee mornings are as followed:

S2 Friday 5 May
J3 Friday 12 May
S1 Friday 19 May
S4 Friday 26 May
S3 Friday 9 June
J1 Friday 16 June
J2 Friday 7 July

S4 Leadership and Teamwork Challenge " (Week 1) Monday 15 May " Friday 19 May and (Week 2) Monday 22 May - Friday 26 May.
A hectic 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. I bet they can’t wait!

S2 Outward Bound Trip to Downe Activity Centre "
Thursday 18 May "Friday 19 May

S2 will be experiencing archery, zipwire, top roping, crate climbing and other outdoor activities, whilst also sleeping the night at Downe Activity Centre. An excellent, fun residential to look forward to!

J3 to S1 Transition Talk " Wednesday 7 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 12 June " Saturday 17 June
A super Spanish experience for S4, staying in Tossa de Mar and visiting Waterworld, the Dali Museum and The Nou Camp Stadium" muy bien! 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 26 May at 8.45am in the Hall.

Book Fair " Monday 5 June " Friday 9 June
We are delighted to have the Book Fair in school this term. It will commence on Monday, 5 June and run until Friday, 9 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. Remember: Reading is the Key to Success!

Festival of Music (Individual) " Thursday 22 June ( 9am onwards)

Festival of Music (Form) - Friday 23 June (Juniors 1.40pm & Seniors 2.30pm)

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.

Sports Days
Friday 30 June (9.15am " EY/J1) (11am " J2/J3/S1)
Saturday 1 July (10am " S2-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!

Senior School Production " Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 (7pm) & Friday 7 July (5pm)
Rehearsals for the Senior School production will soon be underway. Our theme this year is ‘fractured’ fairy tales and we will look at what really happened in these well-known stories. Mrs Jones and Mrs Saunders will be sending out further information after half term regarding tickets for each performance.

Whole School ‘Enrichment Week’ (EY-S3) " Monday 10 " Friday 14 July
Children will experience working with others to develop trust, communication and teambuilding skills, in the final week of term.

‘Moving Up’ Day " Tuesday 11 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 2017-18.

End of Term
Junior and Senior Prize-givings will be at 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday, 12 July respectively, and ‘Prom on the Pitch’ on Thursday, 13 July from 5-9pm, to which everyone is cordially invited. One of our favourite events of the year and a real Merton Court tradition.
Tickets will be on sale from FOMC soon.

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. Watch the Sports Board or see Mrs Summers/Mr Woodhall for more details.

Prospective Parents’ Open Opportunities

Open Evening " Wednesday 3 May 2017 (5-8pm)
Open Morning " Saturday 23 September 2017 (9.15am-12)
Open Day - Tuesday 14 November 2017 (9.15am-3pm)

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

Merton Court Family Ski Trip 2017
Fifty one children and parents attended this year’s ski trip to the French resort of Les Deux Alps.
We stayed at the Hotel La Belle Etoile, within walking distance of the ski lifts. We enjoyed fantastic skiing conditions and 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 in an open-air pool, 10-pin bowling, movie night, bingo, quiz night and a cocktail evening!
It was a fabulous trip " with great snow and great skiing.
Details of next year’s trip have now been finalised; we are going to Tignes/Val d’Isere, staying at an incredible 2100m, and again skiing at high altitudes in Europe’s most snow-sure resort.
Booking forms are available from Mr Brady.

Friends of Merton Court Events Sumer 2017

This term’s events are:-

Second hand uniform sale " Friday, 5 May
This is being held from 8.30-10am in the school pavilion.

FOMC May Ball " Saturday , 20 May (7.30pm)
Tickets are now on sale for this fantastic event at Sundridge Park Golf Club. Tickets are only £50 per person and include a reception drink, four course dinner and dancing til late!

Prom on the Pitch (5-9pm) " Thursday, 13 July
Watch out for further information regarding this very popular annual event for all the family.

As always, FOMC extend a warm welcome to all of our new parents who may wish to get involved. Remember, you don’t need to be on the committee to help at any of these events.

Old Mertonian News
Peter Cavanagh (OM) sent us an email after researching his various ’old’ schools and came across our MC website. Peter was a pupil here from 1945 to 1952. He remembers having lessons six days a week with lessons on Saturday morning, games on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoon. Peter was in Merton House and he played for the school’s football 2nd XI and also in the cricket team with a regular fixture against Bickley Parva. He has fond memories of past members of staff describing them as follows;” Mrs Shellan and her famous motorbike. We had cardboard money as we were taught the intricacies of farthings, half pennies, thre’penny bits with 240 pennies to the pound. Oh, so confusing especially as I spent much of my time daydreaming. Mrs Kirby read us ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and Mr Edwards taught us Geography when I was in the ‘Remove’ form. There was also a gym housed in a corrugated barn”. Peter recalls close friends Brain Gouldstone, The Evans brother (Ruxley Manor Garden Centre), the Cliffords and a boy called Hollingsworth (Michael).
Geraldine Rogan met Mr Price and some Merton Court children who went to sing carols to the residents of Frognal nursing home in December and told Mr Price that her brother had attended the school from 1951 until he left to attend Christ’s College, Blackheath. She told him that her brother Richard Rogan was still friends with Andrew de Wolfe who became friends with when he attended Merton Court.

Please do contact us if you have any OM news to share.

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