News

Whether it’s an opening night, a school trip or some fresh success for one of our pupils, there’s always something going on at Colchester High School.

Life is so busy, fun and eventful at Colchester High School that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. It might be a day trip or a sports fixture, a theatrical performance or a prize-giving ceremony, a fund-raising event or an art competition.

Like most schools, we have a newsletter, a school magazine (Royal Blue) and this section of the website to bring you all of our latest news, but we have also gone one step further by setting up the Colchester High School News Team. This is a team of boys and girls in Years 3 to 11, who act as our newshounds, identifying stories at a weekly meeting, arranging and conducting interviews, and writing up reports and press releases.

Many of the stories you can see below have been generated by our News Team. It’s another example of the creative ways we are always looking for to stretch, inspire and educate our children.


Colchester School News

Teaching Pupils and Parents About the Spanish Armada – 6B Assembly

February 9, 2018

Well done to the pupils of 6B who yesterday educated parents and pupils about the Spanish Armada.  In the assembly, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of Spain fought out the Spanish Armada in the boxing ring whilst answering Armada related questions to determine the winner.  There was acting of each scene to demonstrate how the battle happened.  Also the pupils horrified the parents by giving


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A Taste of Rio by Year 5H

February 9, 2018

“Well done to you all for a brilliant assembly. I was so proud of you. I could hear every word you said and was delighted with your acting. Everything came together, including the Samba rhythms and bird of paradise dancing – thank you to Mrs Bienikova and Miss Banks for great work in Music and PE. I think we put on a good show and gave a true taste


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An Amazing Array of Talent at the Teatime Concert

February 7, 2018

Congratulations to all the pupils from Year 4 to 11 who performed so beautifully and confidently at the Teatime Concert last night. Missed the concert – watch the video here to see the amazing talent on display.


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Colchester High School Supports Government Recommendations for Reception Curriculum

February 6, 2018

In January 2017, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) commissioned an Ofsted-wide review of the curriculum. The review looked at the curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools and produced findings on how Schools can best prepare four and five year olds for their years of schooling and life ahead. At Colchester High School, we pride ourselves on giving our Reception pupils the


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Amazing Fun Building Castles at Our First Year 5 Education Day

February 5, 2018

The School was abuzz on Saturday, as our first Year 5 Education Day got underway. The interactive workshop was run by our Senior School Humanities Department and our pupils and visitors were given the opportunity to learn all about different types of castles, why and how they were built and how they developed over time. The pupils then all took part in a ‘Castle Making


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Parents Applaud New Holiday Provision For Reception Pupils

January 30, 2018

Colchester High School is delighted to announce that we will now be offering our School Holiday Provision to pupils in Reception as well as Nursery years. Mr Young, Principal said, “As a school, we continue to review our practice, and have taken this decision as we realise how hard it is to find holiday clubs for children 5 and under. We also see this as a


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Alfred Joins the ISA Whitbread Roll of Honour 2017

January 23, 2018

Congratulations to Alfred for being one of only 36 pupils in the whole country nominated for the ISA Whitbread Memorial Prize – a huge achievement! The Whitbread Memorial Prize recognizes and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, wider aspect of school and community life, in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results. Alfred will join the ISA Whitbread Roll of Honour 2017. Alfred is photographed


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Colchester High School Pupils Bring Home the Medals from the ISA Regional Cross Country Competition

January 22, 2018

And in more ISA sporting news…   Congratulations also to the pupils who participated at the ISA Cross Country Regional Competition at Finborough School on Friday 19th January. We had some amazing results and the top 10 runners will all be attending the Nationals in March. Well done to all our pupils who participated, running against tough competition. Our top finishers were: Year 3 &


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Colchester High School Medal Success at ISA Swimming Nationals

January 22, 2018

On Sunday 21st January, 8 Colchester High School pupils took part in the ISA Swimming Nationals.  It is such an achievement to reach this level of competition and we are so proud of our pupils who beat fierce competition to participate.  A special shout out goes to William Pestell who took first place in two events and is now National Champion of the 200m Individual Medley


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Kindness Poem – Wellbeing Week 2018

January 19, 2018

In our Monday assembly as part of Wellbeing Week, Year 5 wrote poems about what kindness. Mrs Hazell put together the ideas into one poem which we have shared below. We hope it brightens your day:   Kindness is the colour of rainbows, roses, clouds and sunsets It smells like fresh baked cookies, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Blossoming flowers in a field, And warm caramel


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Be Active by Oscar Year 6

January 17, 2018

Today on the 16th January 2018, it is Well-being Week.  Today’s Well-being Day is to “Be active”.  I’m looking forward to running around the playground as many times as we can. Also what a coincidence today is the swimming gala. I’m looking forward to Thursday as well as we are doing yoga and it makes me feel really relaxed. What is a bit unfortunate is


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 6

January 12, 2018

This morning we had breakfast at 7.30. We quickly got changed ready for skiing and went to meet our instructors. Beginners made it to the jump park today and had lots of fun. The beginners are well on their way to parallel turns with lots doing them really well. The other groups went to Val Thorens. The advanced group tested themselves on a very bumpy


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 5

January 11, 2018

Day 5 This morning, we didn’t get up until 5 minutes before breakfast and we had to rush down to breakfast so that we didn’t miss out on the food. Then we got ready for the day ahead. Once we got outside, we waited excitedly for the ski instructors. When they finally came, we went on the chair lift to start our ski. On one


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 4

January 10, 2018

We were only able to use one ski lift in the morning because the winds were too high for some of the other lifts. The snow was really good because of the tremendous snowfall overnight. All groups completed a range of runs today and some made the most of the fresh snow. The advanced group attempted to ski in the fresh soft snow to the


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 3

January 9, 2018

Today started with Mr Rayner waking us up at 6.45 and we were not happy 😄. We had breakfast then got ready for our second day of skiing. We met our ski instructor at 9 and set off on the first lift. The snow was perfect today and to start the slopes were empty. The red runs were great. There were some epic fails that


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NSEA Regional Championships Equestrian Team Success

January 8, 2018

On a very cold Saturday 6th January, the Colchester High School Equestrian team took part in the NSEA regional championships held a 2 hour drive away in Norwich.  They came away with smiles and an amazing 13 rosettes between them! The successful team accomplished a remarkable 3 team placings out of 3 entries – 3rd place in the 60cm champs, 1st place in the 70cm


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 2

January 8, 2018

We had an early start this morning (unfortunately), 7am, because breakfast was in 20 minutes. As I rushed out the door with my friends ,who followed closely behind me, I quickly put on my boots and helmet. Rushing outside to the cold, we all realised we were 20 minutes early and we pouted around until the ski instructor came. We first went up on a


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Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 1

January 8, 2018

We departed from school at 3am on Saturday and arrived at the airport at about 5am. We boarded the flight and were in the air by half past 7. The flight landed in Geneva and then we started the vigorous 3 hour journey to the mountains at Les Menuires. We were shown to our rooms and then got fitted for skis, boots and poles. By


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CHS Pupils Bring Christmas Cheer to Local Charities

December 14, 2017

For their Christmas Charity Giving this year pupils from Colchester High School Charity Council decided to keep it close to home choosing Home Start Colchester, The Korban Project and the Women’s Refuge as their charities of choice for their Christmas gift boxes appeal and Christmas non-uniform donations. The pupils chose the charities, as they are all small independent groups supporting young people and families across


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Colchester High School Proudly Hosts the Independent Schools Association (ISA) East Anglia Swimming Gala

November 24, 2017

On Wednesday 15th November Colchester High School hosted the Junior ISA East Gala (School year 4-6) and on Wednesday 22nd November, the Senior ISA East Gala (School year Yr 7-13) at Crown Pools in Ipswich. At stake for each event winner was a place in the East Anglian team for the ISA National Swimming Championships which will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018 in


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Year 7 & 8 Rugby Team Triumph

November 10, 2017

And in more great sporting news our Year 7 & 8 Rugby Team yesterday beat Gosfield School’s 24-19. Well done boys.


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Amazing Performance at the Rotary Junior Choir Competition

November 10, 2017

  Amazing performance by our Junior Choir at Heat Three of the Rotary Junior Choir competition and they are now through to the finals! Congratulations to the pupils and Ms Bienikova in the Music Department. We wish you the best of luck at the finals on the 15th!


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Congratulations to our Design A Postcard Winners

November 9, 2017

Pupils in KS3 have submitted their best artwork for ‘Design a Post Card’ House Competition. The winners are having their designs printed onto postcards; these will then be used to share positive news with pupil’s parents in the art department. It was lovely to see our pupils taking pride in their artwork. Well done to our first prize winners Oscar Man (year 8) and Esme Jamieson (year


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Another Terrific Win by Our Under 9 Girls Football Team

November 9, 2017

Congratulations once again to our U-9 Girls Football team who  yesterday won their friendly football match against Holmwood House 5-2!  Our girls are on a roll!


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Reception complete RWI Speed Sounds Set 1

October 24, 2017

Congratulations to all our Reception children who have already today learnt all their RWI Speed Sounds Set 1. And a big thank you to the Reception Teachers and Nursery Practitioners who have made learning so much fun and helped them achieve this goal already in the first half term!


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We Have Awesome Teachers – Newsteam Testimonials

October 5, 2017

On World Teacher Day we would just like to say a huge thank you to all our amazing teachers who everyday work so hard to not only help our pupils achieve academically but to also become confident well-rounded individuals that understand social responsibility and kindness to others.  Here are a few articles written by Newsteam. Sorry we could not mention all teachers! Mrs Hazell Mrs


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Colchester High School Students Celebrate GCSE Achievements

August 24, 2017

Students from Colchester High School are celebrating excellent GCSE results today against a backdrop of exam reform and increased academic challenge. In Maths, 31% of students achieved a Grade 7 or above, equivalent to A, with 10% securing the new top Grade 9, compared to 19.9% and 3.5% respectively nationally. In the iGCSE English 93% achieved an A*-C grade. 69% achieving a “strong pass” at Grade


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How to Re-ignite a Love of Reading This Summer With Your Teenager

July 21, 2017

As we all know the start of the Summer Holidays is a time of great celebration but can also test both parents and teenage children with how to fill their time.  Mr May of our English Department has kindly compiled the following book lists for our Senior School pupils which will hopefully open up new worlds, enrich their lives or inspire them to try something new. In reviewing the lists


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 7th July 2017

July 7, 2017

As I write my final blog of the academic year, I sit and reflect upon recent busy weeks – has this week been any less busy? There have not been pupils out on trips, and the normal timetable has been reverted to however, still plenty of activities worthy of a mention. On Monday morning the hall held the exhibits from last Friday’s art exhibition so


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Senior School Pupils Celebrate Amazing LAMDA Results

July 7, 2017

Results are back from LAMDA exams and they were great! Congratulations goes to Angharad – Grade 7 Pass with Merit and Amber – Grade 7 Pass with Merit, who both will be awarded also 14 UCAS points.  Congratulations also go to Esmee – Grade 5 Pass with Merit, Bryn – Grade 3 Pass with Distinction and Kara Grade 3 Pass with Distinction.


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 7th July 2017

July 7, 2017

The Junior Department has felt rather empty this week due to the residential PGL trip taking place with a large number of Year 5 and 6 children off enjoying themselves, with Ms Banks, Mrs Hazell, Mr Jamieson and Miss Wiggins making sure that everything runs smoothly. I am sure that when they all return on Friday there will be many happy memories brought back to


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Junior PGL Blog 2017

July 4, 2017

At the start of the day we came to school feeling keen and exited for the journey ahead of us. After a two and a half hour journey we picked up our luggage and placed it in a hut because our rooms were not ready yet. While we were waiting for our rooms to be free we played two games with our PGL groupie –


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 16th June 2017

July 3, 2017

The school has been a hive of activity over the past fortnight. We enjoyed Year 5H’s class assembly last week which shared lots of information about the children’s learning throughout the year, presented in a series of amusing sketches which the children had prepared. The acting and team work shown was super to see. The whole school Summer Concert last week presented an excellent array


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 30th June 2017

July 3, 2017

It is not often that I am refused entry to a classroom but that is in fact what I met with when I went to the upstairs laboratory on Wednesday afternoon. I expected to see some excellent pupil engagement, but instead I met with tape across the door – ‘Crime Scene DO NOT ENTER’. In actual fact the room inside had been set up as


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Bug Man 2017

June 28, 2017


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 23rd June 2017

June 23, 2017

Parents and guardians may not be aware that this week was Refugee Week. Refugee Week is acknowledged across the United Kingdom and comprises educational events and activities, as well artistic and cultural events which serve to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. Furthermore, events and activities are designed to promote a greater understanding of why people feel the need to leave home and


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 16th June 2017

June 16, 2017

Absolutely no question about having been blessed with good weather this week, and I know this was the weather Mr Dowson was hoping for, given that Senior Sports Day was scheduled for Wednesday. Junior and Prep Sports Day have also taken place this week, and naturally I am pleased that they benefited from equally good weather.  The competitive atmosphere within House pens was the best


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 16th June 2017

June 16, 2017

The Prep and Junior Sports days which took place this week are key events of the summer term. All the children took part in their sports day and there were personal triumphs, and some really impressive performances – there are clearly some very talented athletes in the school. Individual children have had particular moments to cherish as they persevered and proved to themselves that they


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 9th June 2017

June 9, 2017

Year 2 children arrived excitedly at the school gates at the start of the week, carrying their wonderful art projects. The children had researched artists and then presented these to their peers in the classroom. This is an example of the way in which children at CHS strengthen their speaking and listening skills and independent learning, building self-confidence whilst broadening their cultural knowledge from an


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Parent feedback programme at Colchester High School wins award for innovation and excellence

June 9, 2017

A ‘Voice of the Parent’ programme run at Colchester High School, part of the Cognita group, has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award. This is the second year that this programme has been commended, with the ongoing feedback received from parents directly inputting into the continuous improvement in schools such as Colchester High School. The judges applauded Cognita’s use of parent


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 9th June 2017

June 9, 2017

As I reminisce on the week to write my latest blog, my thoughts instinctively turn to the start of the week, and the aftermath of the awful events taking place in London over the weekend. I know I made reference to supporting pupils post the atrocity which occurred in Manchester a couple of weeks previously, and this is an offer we have reiterated.  Staff at


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 26th May 2017

May 26, 2017

The Junior Production of “Alice in Wonderland” took place this week. The performances were fantastic on both evenings. The singing was of a high standard, the acting was entertaining and the staging was excellent. Even the interval refreshments had been themed by Mrs Bramall as a tea party. Mrs Bramall and Miss Door, the directors of the play, have worked incredibly hard this term, both


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 26th May 2017

May 26, 2017

There have been slightly fewer lessons to drop in on this week, mostly due to assessments and trips.  The improved weather has been great whilst on duty on the playground, but not so great for those sitting their end of year assessments in Key Stage 3, nor for those sitting public examinations this week.  In terms of public examinations, the Examinations Officer has successfully facilitated


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 19th May 2017

May 19, 2017

It has undoubtedly been a real mix of weather this week, and whilst it has been lovely to see the sun shining for much of the time, in one sense I feel for the Year 10, 11 and 6th Form pupils who have been sitting exams in these increased temperatures.  Exams so far have covered subjects as diverse as RS, Science and Business Studies –


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 19th May 2016

May 19, 2017

The Early Years Department at CHS is extremely fortunate to have such high academic attainment, alongside such a rich and varied range of learning experiences. The week began with Reception children going on a “Muddy Boots” outing as part of their Forest Schools curriculum and they then followed this up in the classroom by writing about their experiences during the outdoor learning session. I was


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Reception Pupils Celebrate Being More than One Year Ahead with Reading

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to our Reception pupils who this week excelled at the Hertfordshire Reading Tests. We are incredibly proud to report that 100% of pupils achieved a reading age of over 1 year above their chronological reading age 70% achieved over 1 and a half years above their chronological age and 5 children achieved a reading age 2 years above with the highest score being 4


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 12th May 2017

May 12, 2017

There have been plenty of visitors to the main site this week as we hosted two Open Mornings – Tuesday and Thursday.  Not only did this attract interest in year groups both in the Lower and Senior school, but we also had some relatives of existing pupils who wanted another opportunity to see the school in action.  The pupils who were chosen to provide tours


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 12th May 2017

May 12, 2017

A giant toadstool has been growing in the Lower School. The red and white toadstool is the creation of the talented Mrs Traynor who, with some help from pupils, has been creating props for the forthcoming Junior Production.  An extended rehearsal for the Production will take place next week, and tickets are already being reserved for the performances on 24th and 25th May. I am


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Junior School Excel Once Again at the ESB Exam

May 11, 2017

Another group of amazing results from our Year 3-6 pupils who recently took the Junior English Speaking Board exams. All 28 pupils who entered the ESB exams passed with 15 receiving a Distinction and 9 a Merit Plus. Well done everyone.


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 5th May 2017

May 5, 2017

This may have been a shorter week in terms of days in school, but as you would expect, it has been a very busy week for pupils and staff.  Exams have been part of the focus this week as Year 13 art exams have been taking place over the course of three days not to mention of course, the build-up to the Year 11 English


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Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 5th May 2017

May 5, 2017

It has been another fantastic week in the Lower School.  A snapshot of the learning that has been seen in classrooms this week include: Year2’s cross-curricular work on Shakespeare’s “ The Tempest”. I have loved hearing the children’s explanations about Caliban, Aerial and Prospero,  seeing them  painting water colours of these characters and also hearing the children reading the play script . This is all


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Colchester High School Pupils Show Leadership at Panathlon Challenge

May 4, 2017

Colchester High School Year 10 pupils did a fantastic job this week acting as Young Leaders at the Panathlon Challenge Essex semi finals that took place at Columbus College in Chelmsford on Friday 28th April and involved 75 children from 6 schools. Mr Young, Principal said, “This is such a fantastic opportunity for the young disabled students and also for our students to help facilitate


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 28th April 2017

April 28, 2017

We end the week with what appears to have been a hugely successful non uniform day, together with a bake sale for which the weather has held, and all in aid of raising money for Clic Sargent. As you will know from the Welcome Back letter sent last Friday, this follows on from Mr Young running the London Marathon and in so doing, raising money


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8 More CHS Pupils off to Essex Grammar Schools!

April 24, 2017

Congratulations to our 8 Year 6 pupils (7 pictured) who have been offered Senior School places at local Grammar Schools for September 2017. We are so proud of you!


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A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 31st March 2017

March 31, 2017

With the forthcoming holidays, the religious significance of Easter in the Christian faith has been part of children’s RE learning this week. In Reception, the children have been hearing the story of Easter and acting out the story. When I saw them they had been learning about the story behind Palm Sunday and they used role play to act out this part of the Easter


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Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 31st March 2017

March 31, 2017

Another enjoyable week draws this term to a close. We may not have had all pupils in school this week, but at least this has been for a good reason – two hugely popular and successful residential trips abroad. For the vast majority of the week there has been only essential communication from the staff accompanying the trips – something which has been viewed as


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