Last week was Curriculum Week 2017 and this year the theme was “Try Something New”. Throughout the week from Nursery to Year 10, our teachers offered their pupils a host of new and exciting experiences ranging from soap making to cake decorating, creepy crawlies to forensic crime scenes, creating murals to weaving, blind football to Star Wars yoga. All activities were designed to be fun but to also expand their horizons and introduce a new skill.
What An Enthusiastic Performance of the Three Little Pigs by Nursery!
Absolutely amazed at the confidence of our Nursery pupils today, some as young as 2 1/2, as they stood in front of an audience of parents for their performance of The Three Little Pigs. They spoke their lines perfectly and sang with exuberance and joy. Well done Nursery children.
Junior School Prize Giving 2017
Another inspiring afternoon recognizing the achievements this time of our Junior School pupils. Well done everyone for such an excellent year.
Senior School Prize Giving
On Monday, parents and staff of the Senior School gathered together to recognize the achievements of our Senior School pupils, witness the announcement of the new head students, house and sports captains and enjoy a wide range of musical performances.
Year 11 Prom Night
Please click here to see the photos of our glamorous Year 11 pupils at their Prom on Friday night. Well done to Mrs Candler and Mrs Joseph for organizing such a spectacular evening and thank you to the CHSA for their financial support.
Prep Prize Day 2017
Prep Prize Day started with a “Magical Kingdom Performance” where the pupils superbly performed numerous songs from Disney. Please click here to see the video of When You Wish Upon A Star.
Andy Goldworthy Year 4 Inspired Art at Lexden Park
Year 4 have been looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy all week, investigating his sculptures, his ethos behind his work and how he creates his pieces. They designed their own and then went to Lexden Park to create them. They are still there until nature or man removes them; just as Andy Goldsworthy would do.
Year 3 Midsummer Night's Dream Performance
During this half term Year 3 have been studying William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ . Their studies culminated in a fabulous theatrical performance of the play at Bloomfields Farm in Ardleigh . This was a beautiful setting provided the children with the opportunity to perform in a traditional setting. The acting and singing were first class – might need to be at the Globe next year!
Colchester High School Art Exhibition 2017
Congratulations to all the pupils and staff for such an incredible showcase of the art and technology work of our pupils from Nursery to Year 11 at the CHS Art Exhibition. The art work was enjoyed by parents on Friday night together with a delicious selection of canapes and then the pupils were invited to view on Monday morning. Does it make you want to take your paints out?
Year 7 Alton Waters Trip
Last week the Year 7 Pupils attended a Water Sports day at Alton Water The trip was organized as part of Curriculum week to promote teamwork skills, develop communication and allow the pupils to face new challenges. The day involved experiencing a variety of water sports activities.
Year 8 and 9 Hampton Court Trip
As part of Curriculum week, our Year 8 and 9 pupils enjoyed a trip to Hampton Court where they were able to explore the impressive palace and also take part in an interactive workshop. They explored primary evidence and analysed the changes of the monarch’s religion to their subjects in one of the key locations where religious and political decisions were made.
Try Something New - Hold a Horrible Bug
Thank you to the CHSA for treating our Lower School pupils to a visit from the Bug Man. The children loved it and their squeals of delight could be heard throughout the School. The looks of revulsion on the teacher’s faces were also quite amusing!
CHSA Summer Fete 2017
Thank you to the Colchester High School Association, parents and pupils for putting on such a fun Summer Fete on Friday . In the words of Mrs Bickersteth, Head of Lower School, “There was a really positive atmosphere on the day, with lots of people attending from start to finish. It was a good way to end the week and share some of the children’s performances with everyone in a relaxed way”
Nursery Sports Day
Our Nursery children had a wonderful time on Friday demonstrating all the activities they have learnt in PE with Mr Rayner this year. Activities included throwing balls, moving like animals, shark attack, the parachute, relay and egg and spoon racing. Well done Nursery children.
Summer Concert 2017
Another incredible evening of amazing musical performances encompassing a wide variety of genres and instruments.
London Panathlon Final
Our PE Leaders have had an amazing day assisting at the London Panathlon Final
Prep School Sports Day
More beautiful weather to celebrate this time our Prep pupils sporting abilities. And the winning house was Badgers!
Senior School Sports Day 2017
Another sunny day for our pupils to showcase their athleticism. And this time it was the Romans who won.
Junior School Sports Day 2017
A wonderful sports day full of fun and determination. Congratulations to the Saxons – the 2017 Junior Sports Day winners.
Nursery Muddy Boots Trip to Highwoods
The Nursery children had a lovely sunny afternoon of forest school activities to celebrate the end of the first half of the Summer Term.
Alice in Wonderland Production
Our Lower School pupils totally amazed parents, siblings and staff this week in their performance of Alice in Wonderland. The pupils were all incredibly confident in their roles and clearly enjoyed performing. The stage scenery and props were fabulous and congratulations must also go to the pupils who were involved in their creation.
CHSA Easter Egg Extravaganza
Thank you to the CHSA for such a fun Easter fundraising activity
Our Reception Pupils Visit Forest School
Following on from the popularity of our Nursery forest school outings, our Reception children today enjoyed their first visit to the Muddy Boots Forest School. They all had a lovely time playing in the dirt and especially enjoyed the freshly cooked popcorn and cooking marshmallows over the fire
A Grand Exhibition by Year 2
On Friday, Year 2 hosted a marvellous “Grand Exhibition” for their parents which was a culmination of their learning in History, but also cross-curricular with literacy and geography also being part of the learning. The children’s work was incredibly impressive and informative. Thank you to Miss Door for planning such an excellent learning experience for the children.
Red Nose Day 2017
Pupils throughout the school enjoyed non uniform day in aid of Red Nose Day 2017 today in return for a £2 donation. Pupils could also earn house points for each item of red clothing and red nose. In total the pupils raised over £1,000 for charity.
Spectacular Performances at our Spring Concert 2017
Staff and pupils put on a spectacular performance this week at the Spring Concert with performances ranging from lassical to musical theatre, not to mention some pieces composed by the pupils themselves: oboe to African drums; Year 3 to Year 11 and staff.
An Evening with Les Miserables
This week the Senior School drama club has stunned their audiences with an incredibly professional performance of “An Evening of Les Miserables”, our adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The show was a cross between a dramatic performance and a concert, and featured some of the hits from the West End musical. Congratulations to all the pupils that took part and thank you to all the staff who put in so many hours to help the pupils realize their full artistic potential!
Lower School Prayer Space
Throughout the week there has been a fantastic Prayer Space in the Lower School, which all the children have had time to reflect in this space, that volunteers from the Baptist Church have been running. It will be a shame to see the space go at the end of the week, but the children will have memories of the thoughtful activities that they did and may even be able to utilise some of the ideas in their own lives if they wish to. Thank you to Susan Sydenham and all her helpers from the Baptist Church, and to Mrs Deasy for coordinating this week.
Year 5 Science Museum Trip
Our Year 5 pupils came back enthralled by their Year 5 to visit the Royal Observatory. The day includes many active learning opportunities, such as a planetarium show and a visit to the astronomy galleries to support their science curriculum learning.
World Book Day 2017
Nursery and Lower School pupils and staff from both Lower School and Senior School today brought words to life when they came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. Here are just a few of the fabulous outfits!
4R Parent Assembly
4R gave a highly informative assembly today on the subjects they have studied so far this year. They taught their parents and other pupils about water displacement theory, French art and showcased their creations of Islamic mosques and much much more! Well done 4R
Forest School February 2017
Our Nursery children (and staff…..) enjoyed another lovely muddy adventure at their forest school session today.
Year 8 Northern France Trip
Our Year 8 pupils had an amazing time in France visiting sweet factories, learning to make croissants, eating snails and of course speaking French!