Beaudesert Buzz Newsletter

Issued 1st March 2024

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, 9th March - Sports Matches

Congratulations to…

Tabitha Wood who has been awarded a Sports Scholarship and an Art Scholarship to Millfield School.

Boarding Buzz

Oh. My. Gosh. Friday was an absolute treat, as we hosted the final of Boarding's Got Talent in the PAC. It was an absolute blast! The range of talent spanning the School was fantastic, and every child loved it. The best part, for us, was seeing the support from every child for each of the performers. Regardless of year group or type of act, the cheer the audience gave at the end, or the silence in which they watched certain acts, was deafening!

The evening was a huge success, and we will be announcing the winner soon!

We have a little competition running in the Boarding House for the rest of this term. The girls' dormitories are getting redecorated over the Easter Holidays, and we need some inspiration! If your child has any ideas for colour schemes, posters or decorations, please ask them to share their visions, as they could become a reality.

Next week is a busy one, with some of our Year 8s experiencing a full week of boarding, and our disco on Friday, which will no doubt be the cherry on top of an awesome week.

We hope you all have a fantastic Leave-out.

Oli and Debbie Jones, Houseparents

Lunchtime Guitar Concert

We enjoyed another wonderful lunchtime concert this week. On Tuesday, it was the turn of Mr Cipolla's pupils, who wowed us with brilliant performances playing Spanish guitar tunes, ukulele numbers and some original compositions. We were thoroughly impressed!

Festival of Books

Next week, we will be commencing our fortnight-long Festival of Books! We are looking forward to lots of exciting literary activities including our Character Dress Up Day on Tuesday, and our Readathon on Thursday. Along with this, we are running a home-school activity titled 'Reading for Planet Earth' in which children have been asked to find and read a fiction or non-fiction book about an environmental issue, and take a photo of them reading outside in nature. We'll be featuring our favourite photos in the Buzz; please send your child's entries to Sophie by Thursday, 14th March. Dougal and Mr Searson have already submitted their entry!

Sports Report

U10A Netball Severnside Champions

Well done to our U10A girls, who played at the Severnside Tournament at Clifton yesterday. Out of 6 matches, they won 5 and drew 1, to finish the day as champions!

1st Team Hockey Triumph on Wednesday at The Downs Hockey Tournament

We first played The Elms, and we got a good 3-0 win with goals from Barney P and Barney R and me, but if we wanted to win this tournament, we knew we would have to play better.

We then played Moor Park and got a 2-0 win where we should have got a few more, but Hector K and I got one each, with Monty H and Rufus B (Vice-Captain) defending with confidence all day, and it looked like no one would ever get past them. 

The next game was our third game in a row and the weather got a bit colder, but we got a good win in a tough game vs King's, Gloucester who had a few very good county players. We played well and with confidence, and ended up winning 2-0 with goals from Hector K and me. 

We then had a game off, and the rain started to come down, but it did not change our mindset to win this hockey tournament. We played RGS Worcester, and it was a tough game, but we got away with a 1-1 draw.  

We topped our group and played Pinewood in the Semi-Final. We beat them comfortably, 3-0, with Barney P scoring 2 great goals and Rupert also picking up a goal. 

We played against St Hugh’s in the final, which for some players was their third time in 3 years! The game was 1-1. In extra time no one scored, and it went down to shuffles. Hector K, Barney R and I all missed one and scored one under great pressure. Wilf E (our goalkeeper) kept superbly in the final. He kept us in it and saved the last shuffle to make us come home with medals and a trophy.   

Written by Captain Hector M

Cricklade Tournament Success

Our teams were triumphant at the Cricklade Tournaments this week. Our U11A boys' hockey team came top of their group, going on to win their semi-final on penalty shuffles, and beating Heywood Prep in the final 1-0. Our U11A girls came second in their tournament. 

IAPS Progress

Our U11 girls also competed in the IAPS Regional Tournament. They finished second in their pool to qualify for the Cup Competition, and fought hard to reach the quarter finals. The highlight of the day was their final pool, when they pulled back a 2-0 lead from their opponents to win 4-2.

Year 6 Study Skills Sessions

Our Year 6 children benefitted from two Study Skills sessions this week. On Tuesday, they talked about the ‘forgetting curve’, and the need to boost memory by recapping and revisiting topics on a regular basis to retain information. They also discussed the importance of persistence and mindset; the most successful learners are not natural born geniuses – they work hard! On Thursday, the children worked out their own learning preferences and tried out some memory techniques. The children will get to follow up with some practical tasks in their form time to help them summarise information into manageable formats for revision.

Next Level Exhibition

Huge well done to Cassius in Year 5 and Ottilie in Year 3, whose artwork has been featured in the Next Level Exhibition at Three Storeys in Nailsworth. The exhibition runs annually for children aged 4 to 19 years old who live within 10 miles of Nailsworth. Both children submitted artwork which they created at School last year.

Pre-Prep Report

We have been embracing the mud this week at Forest School, where we have also enjoyed making dens and using tools to whittle and mend. The mud has been extra squelchy this week!

Year 1 impressed us with a wonderful assembly this week all about Growth Mindset, sharing what they can do and what they cannot do yet; the Power of  'YET' is a big part of how we think and learn in Pre-Prep.

We have also been busy creating Roy Lichtenstein artwork, building our number and measuring skills, undertaking some super writing and splashing in lots of puddles.

Anna Packman, Head of Pre-Prep

Townsend-Warner History Prize

The Townsend-Warner Preparatory Schools History Prize is one of the oldest institutions in the preparatory school world; this is its 139th year. It exists to encourage a love of history among young people, and to stretch and challenge those who really excel in the subject. This year, 1,275 children from across the UK entered the first round, with only the best 250 candidates making it through to Round 2. All seven of the Beaudesert children who entered made it to the second round. Special mention must go to Finn, whose first round performance placed him equal 32nd overall! This week, the children have completed a two hour paper, asking them to write on a number of different topics. If you are currently in Year 7 and think you might be interested in taking part next year, please speak to Mr Curr.

International Women’s Day Celebrations

International Women's Day is a global celebration on Friday, 8th March. It is a day dedicated to honoring the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide.

To celebrate this day, the children have been asked to create a poster with a photo or picture of a woman who inspires them, and their reasons why. Poster templates can be collected from the Office, please hand in finished posters to Miss Hobbs. We look forward to seeing the finished display!

House Spanish Quiz

Over in the MFL Department, our Year 7 children have been busy this week taking part in their House Spanish Quiz. The children had lots of fun playing an enormous game of Kahoot together to test their language and their general knowledge. The winning House will be announced in assembly next week...

Our Year 8 children have been creating beautiful Spanish haikus for their House competition. They are mid-way through, but the MFL panel will be judging entries next week.

Pre-Loved Toy Sale Next Week

Don't forget to join us for our pre-loved/nearly new toy sale next week, happening on Tuesday, 5th March from 1.30 to 3.30pm. There are lots of brilliant items on offer, and all proceeds will help our Pre-Prep Eco-Committee buy a set of litter pickers for the School.

Open Morning

On Friday, 15th March we will be hosting an Open Morning for prospective families. Many of you may have joined us for an Open Morning before, which allows families to have a tour of the School, meet some of our children and have their questions answered. If you know any families who would like to join us for the morning, please do send on the details. Families can register their place on our website.

Open Morning Details