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Bulletin – 29/6/17



As you will be aware our Y4 to Y8 pupils are away on activity trips this week. We have had some lovely reports from France (Y6), St David’s (Y7) and Dorset (Y8) with lots of exciting activities and some sunshine! I was delighted to be able to visit our Y4 and 5 pupils at their PGL centre in Hindhead. I was greeted with lots of happy smiling faces (from the pupils at least!) and plenty of mud. The pupils were showing their characteristic enthusiasm on the obstacle (or mud) course, the climbing wall and the abseil tower whilst I was there, and I can confirm that they were all avidly tucking into lunch during my visit. We are looking forward to welcoming the Y4 – 5, 7 and 8 pupils and staff back tomorrow afternoon and the Y6 pupils on Saturday afternoon.

Following the recent ISI inspection we will be writing to parents tomorrow, Friday 30th June and attaching a copy of the finalised report.

Mind Sports
Parents might be interested to know that in August there is a Mind Sports Olympiad taking place in North London. This will be of particular interest to pupils who particularly enjoy the Think Tank (Mind Lab) games. There are competitions in Quoridor and Abalone (watch out for a slightly different version!) as well as other games. Well worth thinking about particularly if your son or daughter are keen on representing the school in Mind Sports next year. Further information can be found at

After School Care
In September we will be changing our After School Care arrangements to enable TPS parents to have greater flexibility around after school care, clubs and timings. There will be more details next week in our final newsletter but essentially the after school care will take place at TPS using our own facilities from September. We have had a successful trial of this new arrangement this week and will be finalising all of the details ready to start at the beginning of the new school year.

Pre-Prep Prizegiving is taking place today and we look forward to congratulating all our prize winners. Prep Prizegiving is taking place next Thursday 6th July at 6pm and further details are in the Prep section later in this Bulletin. Just a reminder to all of our pupils and families that Prep Prizegiving is very much a celebration event for our Y6 and Y8 leavers, so they will be the recipients of the majority of the prizes! It is also, of course, an opportunity for us to reflect on all of our pupils achievements in 2016-17.

Please note that the Hampton Court Flower Show starts on Tuesday 4th July and so do allow additional time for journeys at drop-off and pick-up times in the last week of term.

Whole School News

‘Go Green For Grenfell’ Whole School Mufti Day – Wednesday 5th July
Many London schools are uniting in a non-uniform day to raise money to support those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire. At TPS we will be holding our ‘Go Green For Grenfell’ mufti day after Trips Week on Wednesday 5th July. On that date pupils may wear something green to show their support for the cause and bring in a £2 donation. Our aim is to raise funds for the families affected by the fire, whilst creating a visual message of support.

Just a reminder that the Minibus will resume its service for the last week of term.

End of Year Dismissal – Friday 7th July
Please note that the usual staggered timings for the last day of term will be as follows:
Reception & Year 1: 12noon
Years 2 & 3: 12.05pm
Years 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8: 12.10pm


School Trips Week – Returning pupils pick up time

Year 6 – France: Return on Saturday 1st July at 2pm.

Years 4 and 5 – PGL, Hindhead: Return on Friday 30th June at 2.30pm.

Year 7 – Pembrokeshire: Return on Friday 30th June at 5pm.

Year 8 – Dorset: Return on Friday 30th June at 4pm.

Updates on return journeys will be sent by Clarion Call if return times differ significantly from those given above. Please do not ring the school office as it clogs the lines and prevents staff informing the office of any updates.

Year 6 girls’ trip to Chessington World of Adventures – Monday 3rd July
A letter has been sent home with full details.

Year 8 Boys and Year 6 Girls – Business Enterprise Fair Charity Event
Tuesday 4th July, 3:15pm–4:00pm

The Business Enterprise course for Year 6 girls and Year 8 boys will be completed soon and will culminate in a charity fundraising event on Tuesday 4th July from 3:15pm until 4:00pm.
In the morning, the pupils will pitch their business plans and present their stalls to a panel of judges in the Hall. This is followed with an Enterprise Fair in the afternoon. Pupils from all classes in Prep will also attend the Fair and are invited to purchase the products and services, so please do send in some money with your child if they would like to partake (suggested amount: £2 – £5).

Parents of Year 6 girls and Year 8 boys are also welcome to attend the Enterprise Fair in the afternoon from 3.15pm onwards on the front lawn (weather permitting). Additionally, Pre-Prep pupils are invited to attend with their parents after normal pick-up time and, by all means, do bring some money to purchase the products and services available!
All the profits from the Enterprise Fair will go to one of the school charities.

Fathers vs Sons Cricket and Mothers vs Daughters Rounders – Tuesday 4th July
Fathers v Sons Cricket Match: meet at 5.15pm, start at 5.30pm

A letter has been sent home to all pupils in Years 7 and 8 with details.
Mothers v Daughters Rounders Match: meet at 5.45pm, start at 6.00pm
A letter with full details has been sent home with the Year 6 girls.
Venue for both events is Kempton Cricket Club, Kempton Avenue, TW16 5NG.
Without enough participants these events will not take place – so please do send your reply slips back ASAP so that we can run these great fun family fixtures!

Prep Prizegiving – Thursday 6th July at 6pm
Prep Prizegiving is our opportunity to congratulate all our pupils on their successes, but in particular our Year 6 and Year 8 leavers whose achievements we will be celebrating in particular. Our Guest of Honour will be Mrs Rachel Owens, Headmistress of St George’s College, Weybridge.
Pupils should attend in school uniform, arriving by 5.30pm. Blazers, jumpers and cardigans are not required. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Text Book Returns Reminder – Leavers in Year 6 and Year 8
A reminder to all leavers, Year 6 girls and Year 8 boys to check and double-check at home and return all text books for all subjects in the next week. Books may be brought in to the school office and will be returned to the respective departments.


Pre-Prep Prizegiving Thursday 29th June 2.30pm – TODAY!
Pre-Prep Prizegiving is a celebration of each child’s success during the year. This is an event to which all parents and extended family are invited. It is a more formal occasion and all the children receive a certificate on stage.
Some children are selected for effort and progress prizes but this varies every year. We are an inclusive school and we believe in sharing prizes out over the course of their time in Pre-Prep so if this is not your child’s year, he/she will have their turn another time. We discuss this with the children so they are prepared in advance and we celebrate the success of our classmates and friends.
Please come into school via the side gate and enter the hall via the dining room. Doors will be open at 2.15pm.

End of Term Preparations
Please can you send a strong carrier bag labelled with your child’s name to school by next week so we can start organising the children’s books and work to go home for the end of term.

Pre-Prep Home/School Reading
All reading books and reading diaries will be collected in on Tuesday 4th July in preparation for the children moving up to their new classes. Books will not be sent home after this date next week.
Please assist your child’s teacher by ensuring that his/her reading book and diary is returned to school on Monday 3rd July. We cab then do an audit and check the books and organise them for your child’s next teacher. It is important that the reading book is returned as this can be of great assistance to the new teacher.
As the majority of the home/school reading books come in a set, they are very expensive to replace when damaged or lost, as replacements cannot often be purchased individually. There is a charge of £8 for each book that is not returned or that is damaged. Please help us by looking after the books and returning them promptly so we can be organised for the next academic year.

Pre-Prep Clubs
There are no Pre-Prep clubs next week.

Year 1
We have been learning about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong this week. The children were interested to find out about their different expeditions.

Year 2 Painshill Park Trip
Year 2 will go to Painshill Park tomorrow, Friday 30th June. Please refer to the letter containing the final details that has been sent home. The children should wear TPS sports kit (white shorts, polo shirt, tracksuit and trainers), and have a packed lunch in a rucksack with a 2 bottles of water. Please make sure that the children have suncream applied in the morning before school. Wellington boots are not suitable footwear for this trip.

For parents of Year 2
Year 2 pupils enjoyed visiting the Prep Library this week to choose their book to read over the summer. Please encourage them to read it and keep it safe until they return in September. Please return the book during the first week back in September- your child will be given a timetable showing which day they have Library.

Summer Reading Challenge

Once again, this year public libraries throughout the country are running the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 – 11 year olds. This year it is called Animal Agents.
There is an excellent and fun website – .

On the home page is a section for parents which explains the challenge and how to use the website. It also has a “Book sorter” which will help children find books if they aren’t sure what to read. The aim of the challenge is to get children to read six books from their public library during the summer holidays. They can read any books they like, as long as the six books are borrowed from the public library. It is important that when children enrol for the challenge they tell library staff what school they attend. Also, if they use the self-service loans system they must tell a member of staff they have read a book so they can collect their stickers (in some cases they are smelly). Along the way they can solve clues which makes the whole experience enjoyable. The scheme is run by all public libraries in the country and it runs from Saturday 15th July until Saturday 9th September.

We highly recommend that all pupils up to Year 6 take part in the challenge as research shows that taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge can help children keep up their reading skills during the long summer holiday.

Any pupil who completes the challenge will gain a merit for their house. If it is not possible for your child to take part in the library challenge, it would be nice if you could set your child a similar challenge to encourage their reading. Last year more than three quarters of a million children nationwide took part, and in the LBRUT 3,106 children completed the challenge. A total of 80 TPS pupils received medals and certificates and it would be great if more pupils took part this year.

If you child uses a library not within the borough of Richmond, please could you send your child’s certificate in to school, marked for Mrs Main’s attention at the beginning of next term. She will then award the merit and arrange for it to be presented in a Celebration Assembly. Certificates awarded by Richmond Borough are sent direct to the school, usually towards the middle of October.

Should parents need further inspiration for what books their children should read during the holidays there is an excellent website which suggests suitable titles:


Singing Lessons
Mrs Heath will have vacancies for singing students from next September. Those who are interested should collect an application form from the school office and return it FAO of Mrs Sacha Heath.

PE, Games & Sports


Year 5 and Year 6 House Rounders – Wednesday 5th July
Kempton Cricket Club, Kempton Avenue, Sunbury Upon Thames, TW16 5NG
Start Time: 2.15pm (return to TPS by 4pm)
All girls in Year 5 and Year 6 will be involved
Parents are invited to watch and support the teams


Touch typing course for 8 – 16 year olds
Summer holiday 2017

Monday 10th – Wednesday 14th July
Twickenham Prep School
10:00 – 12:15 pm daily

Typing’s Cool teaches children and young people how to touch type 10 – 30+ words per minute with 95% accuracy. By using all ten fingers and thumbs, rather than pecking at a keyboard with two fingers, pupils can learn to type four to five times faster.
Beginners, improvers and advanced learners are welcome.
Typing’s Cool was set up in 2009 by Sarah and Nick Holt and we currently run weekly clubs in 13 local independent schools around SW London.
See and for photos of previous courses.
Cost: £150* per place (*Sibling/ returner discount – 10%)
OFSTED registered – child care vouchers accepted.
Application forms are available at

Nick and Sarah Holt, Typing’s Cool Ltd, 17 Canbury Avenue, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6JP
07812 632238
Company registered number: 7097313 OFSTED child care registered number: EY473171