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Bulletin – 5/10/17



It was a delight to welcome so many parents, grandparents and friends to our Harvest Festival Service this morning. Thank you to the Reverend Ben Lovell who hosted us this morning for the first time since he joined St Mary’s Church. The pupils sang and read beautifully and were a credit to the school and their parents. Our thanks also go to all in the TPS community who have contributed so generously to the Hampton Community Association Food Bank to which we are donating via the YMCA White House. Apart from the many contributions of food and health products for the food bank, we also raised funds from the retiring collection to support SPEAR, a charity working with the homeless and vulnerable in and around Richmond. Yesterday SPEAR presented a thoughtful assembly for the pupils to explain what they do and how they help in the community. Thank you again to all our families for your donations and generosity.

Boys’ Future Schools Meeting for Year 4 Parents
Thursday 5th October – 7pm.

We look forward to welcoming Year 4 boys’ parents to our Boys’ Future Schools Meeting tonight in the Hall. This meeting is for parents only.

Pre-Prep Open Morning – Thursday 12th October, 9.30am-10.45am
The open event is for prospective parents who would like to visit our TPS Pre-Prep.
There will be our usual Open Morning next May to which current parents are very welcome.

Whole School Information

Changing Rooms Rules
We would like to remind parents that only staff members of the appropriate gender are permitted to enter the changing rooms. We politely request that, if your child asks for assistance in the changing room for any reason such as a lost item, you explain this to them and if necessary seek the assistance of a member of staff.

Whole School and Individual Pupil/Sibling Photograph Orders
This week you will receive both your child’s individual/sibling photograph proof and also a proof of the whole school photograph.
If you wish to see a larger print of the whole school photograph before ordering, it is on display outside the school office for your reference.
Please check your child’s bag if they haven’t given them to you! Please do note that the deadline for ordering is Friday 13th October.

Autumn Half Term 2017
A reminder that, as is usual in the autumn term, the school is on a two-week half term from Monday 16th October until Friday 27th October. Please remember that Friday 13th October is a normal full school day.

TPS on Social Media!
Don’t forget that we’re on Twitter, Facebook and now Instagram! There are regular TPS posts regarding our pupils – sports, artwork, achievements, charity activities – so there is lots to see, share and ‘like’. Please do re-tweet us, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to share the latest news and events:

Safeguarding & Pupil Wellbeing

Child Exploitation – Online Grooming
It has been brought to our attention that one of the top apps used by children, has been highlighted by the Met Police as a favourite hunting ground by adults attempting to groom children to dance provocatively and remove clothing.
We are aware that many of our children use this app and share online videos with friends. Parents are urged to ensure that they are monitoring children’s online activity and checking that the parental restrictions are always in place on devices used by our children, particularly as they get older and are aware of how to turn them off.

Books for Children about Dementia – Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell
The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing, this currently reflects one in every fourteen of the population aged 65 years and over (Source: Alzheimer’s Society (2014)). Many of these people will have grandchildren.
Until now there has been very little to help explain to children the effects of dementia. Paul Russell has written a moving book for children drawing on his own experience watching his mother’s deteriorating condition. We will source a copy of the book for Pre-Prep as a reference copy that can be borrowed by families if required to assist in explaining this to younger children.
Further information – Grandma Forgets (Amazon):


OPRO Mouth Guards Visit – Friday 6th October
OPRO dentists will be visiting the school tomorrow to take impressions for those wishing to order mouth guards for rugby and hockey. All Year 3 to Year 8 families have received an email with details about how to place an order directly with OPRO and about the available styles. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST DEAL DIRECTLY WITH OPRO AND NOT TPS. In the past parents have found that ordering with a credit card via the OPRO website is the most convenient method of payment:

Year 3 – Richmond Safe Walking Scheme
Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th October

Four instructors from the Richmond borough will be coming into school next week to take pupils for a short educational walk around the local area. The aim of the sessions is to provide them with an introduction to pedestrian road safety and to prepare children for independent travel in the future. All instructors are experts in road safety and have been fully DBS checked. The scheme visits every state primary school in the borough as well as many local independent schools. Pupils will go out in small groups of four with an instructor and will all be wearing high-visibility clothing. The groups will be in close proximity to one another when they go out and a member of TPS staff will circulate between them to ensure they are happy and settled. Thank you to all those parents who have already returned their consent slips – if you have not yet done so, and would like your child to take part, please return your slip to the school office by Monday 9th October. Without parental permission pupils will not be able to take part.

Years 4 and 5 PGL Consent Forms
The deadline for returning PGL consent forms is Monday 9th October. Please drop the form into the school office if you have not done so already.

PGL 2018 Meeting for Year 4 and Year 5 – Tuesday 10th October
A preliminary meeting for Year 4 and Year 5 families will take place with Mrs Scott on Tuesday 10th October at TPS in the Dining Room from 4.10pm until 4.30pm to give information regarding the summer 2018 PGL trip for current Year 4 and Year 5 pupils.

Year 8 Geography Field Trip – Thursday 12th October
The Year 8 boys will be heading off for a Geography field trip to Stratford and the Olympic Park next Thursday. Boys must be at school promptly by 8am as we will be catching the train to East London from Hampton. We will return to TPS by 5pm.
A letter providing full information will be sent out this week.

Years 7 and 8 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 12th October
The Year 7 and Year 8 Parents’ Evening will take place from 5.30pm until 7.30pm next Thursday 12th October.


Pre-Prep Healthy Eating
As we are thinking about Harvest Festival and healthy eating, you may want to try cooking together over the weekend. Follow the link below to if you would like to try baked apples for pudding:

Your child may also like to make an Autumn leaf mask if you are out and about collecting leaves. The link is below:

These activities are for fun if you have time and your child is interested but not compulsory or expected!

Pre-Prep Lunch Time
We have quite a few children in Pre-Prep lunch time who struggle to use cutlery effectively and in some cases to use cutlery at all! Please do encourage your child to use a knife and fork to cut food before attempting to eat it – this includes all age groups in Pre-Prep.
It will help your child if you model the correct hold and this can be practised during play with play-dough or space-putty. Please do give your child the opportunity to attempt to cut their own food before you cut it up for them as we spend a lot of eating time demonstrating how to hold a knife and fork without a stabbing action.
This is an essential part of social development for Pre-Prep pupils and assists them in having an enjoyable lunchtime where they can eat independently without waiting for adult assistance.

Pre-Prep House Reading Competition
We are holding a House Reading Competition in Pre-Prep for Year 1 and Year 2. The selected finalists will then read their poems to all of Pre-Prep in an assembly time to which their parents will be invited. This will take place on Thursday October 20th.
You will receive a letter in the Book Bag if your child goes through to the finals.
Please encourage the children to take part as this is a lovely opportunity to develop their confidence. If your child is going to take part they must have a copy of their poem at school by Monday 10th October. Children cannot take part if they have not brought their poem in.

Reception children have been focusing on healthy eating and lifestyles, the importance of a good diet and exercise. With Harvest Festival this week, we are looking closely at fruit and vegetables. Please take the opportunity to explore, talk about and investigate seeds, pips and stones and talk about how fruit and vegetables grow.

Year 1
In Maths we have been focusing on 2D shapes, e.g. rectangle, circle etc. We have also been finding out about symmetry and symmetrical patterns. It would be very helpful if the children could look for examples of these around the home.

Year 2
In Maths we have been learning about lines of symmetry in shapes and patterns. It will help consolidate work in class if the children practise identifying shapes in nature and practise drawing symmetrical patterns at home.


House Harvest Poetry Competition Winners!
The entries for the poetry competition were all fantastic and it was very tough to choose, but after much deliberation the winners are listed below:

The Faraday winners are:
Beth Kidson – 6L
Lois Owen – 5S

The Garrick winners are:
Amy Goodchild – 4D
Emily Smith – 6L

The Wolsey winners are:
Max Camilleri – 5M
Sam Walker – 6H

The Wren winners are:
Poppy Dyett – 6L
Sofia Michael – 5M

Congratulations to the winning poets who read at our Harvest Festival Service today.

Prep Singing Competition – Tuesday 10th October
This competition involves all Prep pupils from Year 3 to Year 8. Each House will have a different song to sing and the House Captains have been organising practices with eager pupils in their House. The songs will be performed to the school next Tuesday.


Travelling Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who came and purchased books from the Travelling Book Fair. £1,286.00 of books were sold, which resulted in £711.00 of commission, which will be spent buying books for both the Libraries and Pre-Prep class Libraries.

Birthday Book Wish List
If your child has a birthday in October would they like to mark the occasion by donating a book to the school library? Thank you to everyone, both pupils and staff, who kindly donated books to the Libraries last month. We were very lucky to have 20 new books donated. In the past the scheme has been open to Years 1 and 4, but any child in the school can donate a book if they wish.

There are so many good books being published now, that Mrs Main, our school Librarian, always has a wish list of books she would love to be able to buy. If you would like to donate a book to the Library please contact Mrs Main for a copy of the wish list by email: This is to avoid duplication of books.

When your child brings the book into school, Mrs Main will arrange for them to insert a special birthday book plate in the book. The children then present the book to the school during the Friday Awards Assembly. We hope you will join in with this scheme to provide the Library with some wonderful new books.

Richmond Literature Festival
This year the festival will take place from 3rd November until 29th November and as always there will be events for children. Chris Riddell fans will be overjoyed to hear he is appearing on Saturday 18th November at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Tickets priced at £6 are available from the Orange Tree Theatre box office. The event is suitable for ages 7 and over. This will be a very popular event so early booking is advised.

Other authors appearing are Harriet Muncaster, Jim Smith and David Baddiel, who will be promoting his new book Birthday Boy. There will be a free story session from Axel Scheffler in Twickenham on Sunday 26th November for younger readers, but tickets will be required for all events. Further details of all the events can be found at


Chess dates for your diary:

Saturday 21st October – Aldro Inter-Schools Tournament. An email with further details will shortly be sent to the pupils involved.

Saturday 16th December – National Prep Schools Tournament, Aldro School. Details of this event will follow later this term.

PE, Games & Sports


Please note the following changes to the previously published dates:
• The U8 and U9 matches against St George’s scheduled for Friday 6th October have been rescheduled to be played on Friday 1st December.
• The U9 match against Surbiton scheduled for Friday 1st December has been rescheduled to be played on Friday 17th November.
We apologise for the change and any inconvenience caused.

Saturday 7th October, 9am-12noon
Willington U13 7-a-side Football Tournament

Venue: Willington School Sports Ground, Taunton Ave, Raynes Park, SW20 0SS
Meet time: 8.45am at TPS
Pick up: 1pm at TPS
Boys involved have been notified via the Sports Noticeboard and with stickers

Wednesday 11th October, 2.40pm-4pm
U10 A & B Football Matches vs Claremont Fan Court and Chinthurst

Venue: Claremont Fan Court School, Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9LY
Pick up: 4.30pm at TPS
Boys involved will be notified via the Sports Noticeboard and with stickers

Wednesday 11th October, 2.40pm-4pm
1st XI & 2nd XI Football Matches vs Radnor House School

Venue: Kempton
Pick up: 4.15pm at TPS
Boys involved will be notified via the Sports Noticeboard and with stickers

Friday 13th October, 2.30pm-4pm
U8 A, B & C Football Matches vs Bishopsgate School

Venue: Kempton
Pick up: 4pm at TPS
Boys involved will be notified via the Sports Noticeboard and with stickers

Friday 13th October, 2.30pm-4.30pm
U9 A, B & C Football Matches vs Bishopsgate School

Venue: Bishopsgate School, Englefiled Green, TW20 0YJ
Pick up: 4.30pm at TPS
Boys involved will be notified via the Sports Noticeboard and with stickers

A reminder to all boys in Prep that shin-pads are compulsory
for participation in Football training and fixtures.


Thursday 5th October, 2.30pm-4:30pm
U9 A & B Netball Matches vs Claremont Fan Court School

Venue: Claremont Fan Court School, Claremont Drive, Esher, KT10 9LY
Collect at 4.30pm from TPS
All girls in Year 4 girls will be playing
Parents are welcome to come along to spectate.

Wednesday 11th October, 2.30pm-5pm
U11 Netball Match vs Broomfield House School

Venue: Barn Elms, Rocks Lane, Barnes, SW13 0DG
Collect at 5pm from TPS
All girls in Year 6 girls will be playing
Parents are welcome to come along to spectate and may take their daughters home directly from the grounds if that is more convenient.
Please note that this is now an away game, but was listed as a home game in the Calendar Card.

Wednesday 11th October, 2.30pm-4:30pm
U10 Netball Match vs Claremont Fan Court School

Venue: Claremont Fan Court School, Claremont Drive, Esher, KT10 9LY
Collect at 4.30pm from TPS
All girls in Year 5 girls will be playing
Parents are welcome to come along to spectate.

Friday 13th October, 3.15pm-4.30pm
U8 A & B Netball Matches vs Notre Dame School

Venue: TPS
Collect at 4.30pm from TPS
All girls in Year 3 girls will be playing
Parents are welcome to come along to spectate.
Please note that this is now a home game, but was listed as an away game in the Calendar Card.

Netball Fixture Amendment – Friday 13th October:
Please note that we will not be participating in the Staines Prep Netball Tournament, which is listed in the Calendar Card on Friday 13th October, due to staffing issues that day.