Newsletter – 24th May

Whilst we are still waiting for news from Sevenoaks at this tail end of the Scholarship season, I am happy to say that our current tally is 31 awards consisting of:

  • 4 Academic & 1 Latin award
  • 11 Sports award & 1 Equestrian
  • 4 Music awards
  • 7 Drama awards
  • 3 All-Round or Leadership awards

I am delighted by all that the children have achieved and that of course includes all those who attempted different awards but were not recognised at this point. It takes every bit of much nerve, commitment and endeavour whether you are fully successful or not.

Now, of course, our focus turns to Common Entrance examinations that commence on 6th June.

Last week on Thursday, the Year 7 children were ensconced with various activities for Zulu Day; a re-enactment of Rorke’s Drift, a debate for & against Shaka, African Dancing and the whole school enjoyed a lunch menu of Bunnychow, Borreworst & Chakalaka! My thanks to Mr Timmis and all involved for their hard work in making the day such a success.

On Saturday morning Paula Talman hosted a Wellbeing Seminar with an introduction to parents on our PSCHE programme called iSpace which has been in place since the beginning of this academic year. It is an innovative approach to promote positive mental health amongst young children through a variety of fascinating space characters and planets.

The Y4 Showcase thereafter was a joy to behold and my congratulations to all of the children involved as well as Mr Gabbard for his tremendous efforts.

On Sunday the Boarders were treated to a fabulous day at Twickenham watching the HSBC Sevens World Series; the final tournament of the series, won by Scotland who just beat England in the final! They were also fortunate to see a needle match at lunch time between Cranleigh and Brighton College; narrowly won on this occasion by Cranleigh.

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All of this week LAMDA exams have been underway. The children have worked incredibly hard throughout the year and it is now their chance to showcase their knowledge to the examiners.

This coming Friday we are much looking forward to our Grandparents’ Afternoon; tea from 3.45pm followed by a tour of the school and culminating with the Concert at 5.10pm. Please see attachment with agenda for the afternoon.
Sarah Snell writes: Please note that there is no Pre-Prep football club on Tuesday 30th May. This is due to the Swerve Soccer running half term camps during this week.

Paula Talman writes: Policy Review. Following a review of our off-games policy I would like to bring your attention to an amendment in relation to the return to play period for when your child has been prescribed oral antibiotics. Children requiring oral antibiotics shall be placed off games for the duration of the course. However, in the rare event that your child has been prescribed antibiotic treatment for a mild infection we would recommend that you request a written recommended date for your child to return to play from your Doctor at the initial consultation.

Ray Gabbard writes: please find information regarding this year’s Showstoppers, a creative arts week being held at Cumnor 10-14th July.

Do take a look at the School Notices website which is the digital noticeboard we have joined; a chance to buy, sell, rent holiday homes, find holiday work, babysitting services or advertise businesses to an ever-growing membership of independent school parents (e.g. local schools include Ashdown, Brambletye, Windlesham (members)). It is free for all to browse & post notices (just sign up with your own email account) whilst also providing a platform for local & parent owned businesses to advertise (businesses) with a percentage of the fee reverting to Cumnor which will in turn go towards our charitable work.

If you have signed up already, do look at the following link which takes you directly to the Cumnor House Sussex ‘For Sale’ items. From the homepage thereafter you can further filter your search by either the whole site (all members), specific to Cumnor House Sussex or by distance, etc for ‘Wanted’, ‘Jobs Available’ eg babysitting/‘Jobs Wanted’, ‘Offers’ & ‘Classifieds’. School Notices are revamping their website in August; so we await further updates! (See attached flyers for your information).

Cumnor Outings

The Y6s enjoyed a busy day at the Science Museum on Monday and yesterday the Y5 children went on their Science trip to Herstmonceux. I was delighted to hear from the staff how well-behaved they all were and how purposeful, in curriculum terms, these trips are.

4 children headed off to Weymouth yesterday evening, accompanied by Mr Tier, to try their luck at the IAPS Sailing Regatta; 5-10 knot winds currently forecast!

Please note that the Y6 Geography Trip to Cuckmere Haven, originally planned for 30th May has been re-scheduled to the following week on Tuesday 6th June.

The Y5 children will be going to Arundel Castle for a History Trip on Thursday 1st June.

Cumnor Next Week

The whole school photograph takes place on Tuesday 30th May. This year the children will be wearing their full summer uniform; boys in red polo shirts & blazer and the girls in summer dresses/skirt with blazer. Therefore no ties are required this year! In the meantime, please ensure your children now have their blazer in school.

The much awaited Y3 Play takes place on Friday 2nd June, 7.30pm in the Theatre. This year’s grand production is ‘Superkids Rock the Planet’! An eco-musical filled with fun, music, dancing and razzmatazz! Please note that the Dress Rehearsal for the Y3 play is now at the earlier time of 11:20am on Friday 2nd June.

Our next Parents’ Q&A with the Headmaster and a select few Governors is on Saturday 3rd June, 8.30am in the Theatre. If you wish to attend, please use following link to let us know your particular question you would like to air and we shall make sure it is then addressed (Q&A).

On Sunday 4th June, the Y7 depart to Penshurst Place for their Bushcraft trip. The purpose of the Bushcraft expedition is to bring next year’s leavers together as a group, performing a variety of team tasks and giving them the chance to focus on communication, leadership skills and teamwork as a year group.

That same day we shall be welcoming Old Cumnorians who have left in the last few years, and their parents, to join us at Recent Leavers’ Day for lunch and sporting activities.

Cumnor Sports

Craig Burgess writes: We have been given the opportunity to give our feedback regarding the new rugby law variations that came into action this year with the RFU’s Age Grade initiative. The RFU have written the following:
To help us to evaluate the impact of Age Grade rugby and to ensure we stay in touch with the attitudes of young players, the next round of the Age Grade Survey is now open. This 5-minute survey will provide us a “snapshot” of player’s perception and feelings about their rugby experience in the 2016/17 season and their motivations for the coming season. A full version of the survey will be released in September 2017 with subsequent snapshots in December 17 and May 18. Please can we ask for your support by helping your child access this survey. Remember this should be the views of the young people and shouldn’t be influenced by coaches, teachers or parents! Use the link below to access the survey and pass on to your young players.

Cumnor Staff

I am delighted to announce the safe of arrival of Lotte North’s baby boy. Born on born 20th May, weighing 7lb 8oz and named Winston Arthur Francis Shewry.

Cumnor Credits

As ever, I am delighted to share our weekly list of Cumnor Credits. These are now available to view on the Cumnor website using the following link (Cumnor Credits)

We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 30th May from 8.00am.


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