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Year 8 Geography Field Trip

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On Tuesday, Year 8 went out into the field to study rivers, aiming to check whether the theory they had learnt in class would be matched in reality. The pupils were collecting data which they will write up as an assessed piece of work, which will go towards their PSB Geography grade. This grade will provide a representation of how they have worked towards the six learning skills, as well as academic content over Years 7 and 8.The children went to three locations on the River Tillingbourne, near Dorking, to collect data on how the river changes downstream. They collaborated in groups of five, to measure the channel depth, width, velocity of the river, how fast an item was travelling on the river surface and the slope angle of the river. They all had the opportunity to use the different equipment and record their results. All the children enjoyed the experience of getting ‘hands on’ in the water. Hopefully plenty was learned but also there was lots of enjoyment!The boys had a running race in the water, whilst a couple of the girls fell over in the water, but were able to laugh at themselves. They had experienced that ‘awkward moment’, which was the theme of 6SE’s assembly on Monday. Now comes the next stage of writing up their results and evaluating the methods they used on the day. All of the children enjoyed the learning experience and had plenty of fun. A good day for everyone, pupils and staff alike.

Spring Week 8

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It has been another fantastic week of sport at St Neot’s and following on from our victory at Ludgrove last week, we have had more success from our cross country runners. On Thursday selected pupils in years 7&8 ran in the Hampshire cross country championships at Down Grange. Against stiff competition, Charlie J and Mia F ran superbly to come fourth, whilst Oscar B also ran well to finish sixth. All three of these have been selected to run in the national championships following their excellent performances!!We also hosted our own annual cross country event on Thursday afternoon, featuring 14 schools and over 350 pupils. We had 36 runners from St Neot’s and all of the pupils ran their hardest in challenging conditions. Congratulations to St Andrew’s who won the overall competition.The netball season also continues to be in full swing, and on Friday we hosted an under 9 netball festival, with 10 competing teams.The girls were excited to be part of our home tournament and played some superb netball. Their practice both in lessons, after school club and lunch time clubs paid off greatly and it was clear just how much progress all of the girls have made. Both the A and B teams played the festival with some fantastic wins. The A team won all but one game with impressive score lines. Their one defeat against local rival, Yateley Manor, (5-7) was unfortunate, but with a little defensive work a win is in sight. Taylor NC was voted player of the tournament for her brilliant dodging and attacking play, scoring many goals. Clara Rose and Heidi linked brilliantly in the centre court and Grace must be mentioned for her many well-timed interceptions in defence. This was a real team effort from all of the girls. The B team also demonstrated excellent team work, with Martha seemingly unable to miss the goal as shooter! Nina flew around the court with great agility and Safia C was voted girl of the tournament for her defensive skill. This was a super event that could not have operated so smoothly without the help of both Mia F and Lucy C in year 7. Thank you to both girls!At the weekend Art and Austin H competed in the IAPS National championships. Both boys performed brilliantly, with Austin finishing 4th and Art picking up a bronze medal in their respective weight categories. Well done boys!Next week sees the first hockey matches for the boys this year, and they are raring to go after some great training sessions. We also have our annual pre-prep fun run, and the IAPs regional qualifiers at Crosfields, for which we wish our swimmers the best of luck!

Main School Book Jar competition for World Book Day

This year the St Neot’s Prep World Book Day focus for Main School children was on our Book Jar Competition, fitting into the “share a story” theme of the day by asking the children to think about how a favourite or important book could be represented in a simple jar, and then to put those ideas into a jar!Far and away the most popular books to portray were Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but the range was widespread, from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to The Silver Sword, War Horse to Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book to Fing … and dozens more.A total of 109 fabulous jars were submitted at House meetings the day before World Book Day. The children talked about which book they had chosen and why, and it is hoped that some of them gained an idea of some new titles to try. Every jar submitted earned at least two points for the house - and many gained several bonus points for things like creativity, WOW factor, neatness and clear representation of the story. After a lot of consideration, calculation and cross-checking the House result was as follows: First place: Wellesley (84 points)2nd place: Kingsley (83 points)Joint third: Guinness and Austen (76 points)

Year 5 discover some ‘Titanic’ facts at Sea City Museum

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On Friday year 5 were given the fantastic opportunity to visit Sea City Museum in Southampton, the city where the Titanic famously departed from. The children were given a guided tour by their superb host (who is related to the youngest person who was on board the ship), and also got the chance to ‘steer the Titanic’, as well as discovering how hard it was to shovel coal into a furnace. They then experienced a brilliant interactive workshop, where they had to debate who should be saved on the lifeboats, learnt about artefacts on board, tried their hand at Morse Code, and took part in an experiment to understand why five compartments being flooded meant that the ship would sink. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the day, and enjoyed sharing their knowledge about Titanic and all they have learnt this term.

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