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NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2007

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Dear Parent

Welcome to a very full newsletter – so many events, so little time!

Diamond Jubilee
On 28th June, Moor House School was exactly 60 years old! On the following day
(29th) we held a “Diamond Jubilee Celebration Day”, when ex-pupils and staff,
professionals and parents from the past and present, together with friends and
helpers of the school, were invited to attend a morning or afternoon session of
celebration. Visitors were treated to a tour of the school, followed by events and
activities in the Sports Hall – these included a fantastic gym display and imaginative
drama productions, with Year 10s looking back at how school-life might be in the
future and might have been in the past. Music was courtesy of the steel band, with
2MP joining them for a calypso-style song!

The visitors were many and varied, including the Moor House Matron of 1949, one of
our former Principals, John Lea, and Paul Evans, an original pupil from 1947.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, with many people enjoying the opportunity to
meet up again after so many years to reminisce about old times.

We were also very fortunate to receive several kind and extremely generous
donations. Guy Miller, a pupil at Moor House from 1982 to 1987, ran the London
Marathon in April this year (completing it even though he injured a knee during the
race) and has so far raised nearly £2,000 in sponsorship for our school; Mrs Taylor
(mother of current pupil Harvey) very kindly made an initial donation of £2,500,
courtesy of her employer, Abbey National, a sum which was immediately matched by
Moor House School, to be spent on much-needed playground equipment. However,
since then, Mrs Taylor has arranged for a massive further £4,159.60 to be released
from her employer for this purpose! This will enable an exciting adventure trail to be
planned within our grounds! Thank you so much both to Mrs Taylor and to Abbey
National! Last, but not least, ex-pupil Jonathan King, now following a catering
course at Westminster College, very aptly presented the school with a new cup – the
King Cookery Cup - to be awarded annually to the student who shows most aptitude
in cookery. He also gave us a smoothie maker, a popcorn maker and a juice
extractor! A very heartfelt thank you to all who donated so generously.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 60th birthday celebrations so
memorable. Do look at our website to see some stunning photographs! (Click here)

(Click here)

Au Revoir Year 11s!
Sadly but inevitably, each year we see our Year 11 students departing Moor House
School for pastures new. Some go on to further specialist education, whilst some are
ready to attend mainstream colleges, usually with support. It is always very sad to
say goodbye to these students, who have become part of the Moor House family
over the years; however, it is also an opportunity for us to be able to celebrate their
time with us and to wish them good luck for the future.

This year, for the first time, all the leavers left on the same day, which began with a
“leavers‟ assembly” in the Sports Hall, to which all their parents were also invited.
The event was a great success, featuring moving speeches from the students,
presentation of cups and awards by Mrs Dobbie, an excellent DVD by our resident
film producer, Mr Hart, a specially-commissioned leavers‟ song, sung by all the Year
11s with the audience joining in, and the shaking of hands and saying goodbye, in
time-honoured Moor House tradition. Leavers‟ meetings were next, followed by a
delicious finger buffet for the whole school, held in the quad (thank you to Terry and
staff!). Finally, their cars bedecked by balloons, the leavers and their parents were
waved goodbye as they drove solemnly through the car park of Moor House School
for the final time, in a cavalcade. More than a few tears were shed but we know that
Joshua, Luke, Aisha, Chris, Christian, Sean, Ali, Matthew, Sophie, Samantha, Philip,
Julien, Jules, DJ, Alex and Lizzie will all make a big success of whatever they do next
and will come back to see us soon. You can see some photos of the day on our
website. (Click here)

Leavers’ residential trip

Mrs Sharp writes:
“To celebrate the end of exams and to enjoy their final time as a group at Moor
House school Year 11 students and staff enjoyed a short break in rural Sussex at the
beginning of July. They stayed in Stafford House in Hassocks which is ideally placed
for the South Downs but also for the delights of Brighton and Eastbourne.
Stafford House offered excellent facilities - not least the food which was much
enjoyed by all.

As everyone will remember the weather at the beginning (and- as it turned out- the
whole!) of July was not good. However Year 11 were blessed as the sun seemed to
shine wherever they went over the 3 days! They were enjoying a picnic on the beach
whilst everyone else left at school suffered downpours! Sadly, the conditions were
not good enough to go out on the planned yacht trip from Brighton Marina. However
everyone still enjoyed going to the Marina and relaxing in the waterside cafes before
taking the Volks railway into the town to sample the Pier and shopping in The Lanes.
Shopping trips were popular, whilst some more energetic students and staff walked
from Ditchling Beacon (the highest point on the South Downs) to the Jack and Jill
Windmills.

There was one „at home‟ evening of riotous entertainment organised by Angela Bull
and Jackie Gerety. Everyone took part and there were some hilarious moments!
Best of all however was the pleasure that both staff and students took in each other‟s
company, making it a happy and memorable time for all.

Year 11 students and staff would like to thank Angela Bull for all her hard work in
organising such a successful trip”.

Click here for photos

Au Revoir to staff!
As well as having bid a sad farewell to 17 students, we will also be saying “au revoir”
to 9 members of staff at the end of this term - Mr Saunders and Mrs Robertson from
the Teaching Department; Mrs Sharp, Miss McEvoy and Miss Leniston from the
Therapy Department; Mr Ranger, Miss Short and Miss Wheeler from Residential
Care; as well as Mrs Watson-Ley (Accounts Manager) and last, but certainly not
least, Mrs Lofts (School Secretary). Although it will be sad to see them go, we have
already recruited some excellent staff for next term. We wish one and all happiness
and success for the future! In September, we will welcome the following replacement
staff:
Staff Leaving:                             Replacement:
Mr Ranger                                  Mrs Brady
Mrs Robertson                              Mr Carson
Mr Saunders                                tbc
Miss Short                                 Ms Boyhan
Miss Wheeler                               Mr Crowhurst
Miss McEvoy                                Ms Smith
Mrs Sharp                                  Ms Maric
Mrs Lofts                                  Mrs Waterhouse
Mrs Watson Ley                             Mrs Bamber
Miss Leniston                              Mrs Pope


Memory Lane ....

Mr Saunders writes:
“I arrived at Moor House on 1/1/1989 so have nearly 19 years‟ service, during which
time I was Class Teacher until 2004, being ICT Co-ordinator from1993 to 2004, and
also teaching PE from 1989 to 2000.

I developed canoeing massively between 1989 and 1998. At one stage every
student in the school had canoeing lessons, usually in the swimming pool, as part of
their PE programme. Many students took part in canoeing expeditions and slalom
competitions on rough water at many sites around the UK.

I taught and coached track and field athletics/cross-country from 1989 to 2002,
during which time the Moor House teams competed in the Surrey Leagues and the
National Boys‟ Leagues. Many boys and some girls were selected to represent
South Surrey Schools and a smaller, talented number represented Surrey County
Schools and the Surrey AAA teams at National events between 1995 and 2002. I
would stress that these were always mainstream events.

The highlight of my teaching of ICT occurred in 2004 when 63% of my GCSE class
obtained passes at grade C or above.

Now - what am I doing next?

I am going to spend 2 months doing kayak slaloms, taking lots of photographs,
playing jazz on my trumpet and de-weeding my allotment. I will be doing a course
learning to teach English to speakers of other languages during November and
December. In the New Year I may teach English, either in the UK or possibly in a
Spanish-speaking country.

God Bless Moor House School and all who sail in her!!”

Mr Ranger:

“May I take this opportunity to announce that I will be leaving on 25th July due to
family commitments back in Somerset. I have had a wonderful time at Moor House
School - the staff, students and parents have made me feel extremely welcome. I
have learnt a lot over the past year, as well as bringing a lot of knowledge and skills
to my post, much of which will be in place in September. May I wish you and your
children every success for the future. Kind regards”.

Mrs Sharp:

“This is the second time that I have left the staff of Moor House School! The first time
was in December 1976 just before my first son was born.
Four children, a few different places of work and quite a few years later I am now
retiring.
I have loved my work as a speech and language therapist. I have especially enjoyed
working with the staff and students in Key Stage 4 at Moor House. It is very
rewarding to see the success so many students make of their lives after their time
with us.
My husband and I are moving to the Lake District as we love walking in the fells. We
also plan to do a fair amount of travelling and to do all the things we have never quite
had time to do before!”

Miss Short:

“I have really enjoyed working with the senior girls for the last three years and it will
be sad to say goodbye. I am off to travel and work in Australia for 6 months and then
plan to return to a new job. I look forward to seeing everyone at next year‟s Fete and
wish everyone well”.

Miss Wheeler:

“I have enjoyed my 5 years working at Moor House and take away many happy
memories, both of the students and the staff I have worked with. Moor House was
my first full-time job after university and I couldn‟t have wished for a better place to
work. Having said this, I am looking forward to starting my new life in Essex, and
starting a new job – whatever that may be! I wish everyone at Moor House my best
wishes and luck for the future and hope to keep in touch”.

Miss McEvoy:

“Throughout my time at Moor House School I have been directly responsible for the
caseload management of KS3 and KS4 pupils. It has been extremely rewarding to
have been involved in the holistic management of the students‟ development,
including direct speech and language therapy, curriculum support as well as the
development of their social and independent life skills. I have particularly enjoyed
working alongside the students as they become increasingly aware of their Speech
and Language difficulties and in turn develop their ownership and use of the
functional strategies that they will use to assist them in achieving their life long goals.

I will soon be returning home to Australia and hope to develop similar holistic
packages for young people with SLI. I certainly will miss the energy that the students
possess and all the joys that come with working with them!”

Mrs Watson Ley:

“I have really enjoyed my time at Moor House School.
Although I am quite excited about my new position as Bursar of the Moon Hall
Schools‟ Educational Trust, I am a bit sad to leave the students at Moor House and
all the wonderful people who work for the school.
I hope to stay in touch with everyone and will see you next year when I volunteer to
help at the fete!”

Miss Leniston:

“I came to the post of Speech and Language Therapy Assistant in September 2003,
my first job after graduating from University and I couldn‟t have asked for a better
introduction to working life! I have been privileged to work with so many excellent
staff and students, and have made many lifelong friends along the way. However, I
feel now is time for me to move onto pastures new, the first of which will be in
Australia! I will be very sad to leave, but have so many happy memories to take
away with me. The number of visitors on the Diamond Jubilee open day is a
testament to the quality of the school and the fondness with which people remember
it - Here‟s to the next 60 happy years!”

Mrs Robertson:

“I have been at Moor House School for 15 years. For thirteen of those years my
husband was the Principal. We arrived in 1992 with our three children and took up
residence in Moor Lodge where we were very happy. In 1997 I was persuaded by
the Deputy Principal to do some much needed supply work for the school. It had
never been my intention to work for my husband but once I had begun to delight in
the teaching of such very special children I decided to apply for a full time teaching
post and was appointed in 1998. I became a class teacher and had the extra
responsibility of teaching Geography initially but then took over the teaching of
Pottery. I have enjoyed every minute of teaching the pupils and have delighted in
seeing many of them achieve excellent results at GCSE Pottery ranging from grade
C to A*. Recently I have been looking for alternative employment, which I have now
found. It is with great sadness that I am leaving the job which has given me so much
pleasure but I am looking forward to a new challenge. I will always remember the
pupils I have taught and would like to thank those members of staff and the parents
who have been very supportive during my time at the school”.

Students’ Awards
Congratulations to the following students, who were presented with awards on 6th
July:

D J Oni – Neil Hewitt Language Endeavour Award (year 11s)
Joshua Lake – Special Cup (Achievement)
Jules O‟Neill – Mark Goddard Cup for achievement in independence training
Sophie Gould – Rupert Vimpany Art Award
Amy Price – The Pottery Cup
Nicholas Bowen – Hodder Speech Award and OT Cup
Luke Thorogood – Rodney Fairman Music Trophy
Adam Craggs – Julian Lee Cup for Caring Senior Pupil (year 11s) and Collins Shield
for Academic Progress (year 11s)
Lizzie Young – Kyrke Smith Shield for improvement in social interaction
Harley Wareham – the King Cookery Cup
Matthew Cole – the Drama Cup
Philip Jackson – the Jill Sharp Cup for literacy progress

Sports Day – 22nd June
You will not need reminding that Sports Day, in true British style, was spent ducking
in and out of cover to avoid the showers! However, a very well-attended event was
able to complete its programme with only one race having to be cancelled – the “Go
To Bed Race”, which necessitates participants having to duck under a duvet at the
finish!! Amongst the events and races enjoyed were inter-house rounders, senior
and junior football matches, basketball and tug-o‟-war, as well as the tried and tested
3-legged, egg and spoon and glamour races! Blue House won the day and received
the cup to loud appreciation, whilst congratulations must also go to the following:

Tim D‟Urban and Alex Ball (joint Most-Improved Footballers)
Joe Green (Football Player of the Year)
Louise Sayer (Most Improved KS4 Athlete)
Ken Suzuki-Layhe (Most Improved KS3 Athlete)
Henry Ellis (Most Improved KS2 Athlete)

(Click here for photos)

Staff v Pupils’ Football Match – 27th June
The annual, and always fiercely competitive, match was played on a rare dry day, but
with slippery underfoot conditions, and was very closely contested, with the final
deciding goal coming from Philip Jackson in the last 5 minutes. Congratulations to
the Pupils for pipping the Staff!!

Teams:
Staff: Mr Crowhurst, Mr Ranger, Mr Conroy, Mr Carroll, Mr Hart and Mr Heine (no
reserves).
Pupils: Joshua Lake, Luke Thorogood, Philip Jackson, Ryan Gullin, Adam Craggs,
Ali Boyall, Julien King, D J Oni (this includes 2 reserves)

Assemblies
On 18th June, 10B gave an assembly on the theme of peer pressure and “gangs”,
illustrating how the latter can pressurise children into doing things against their will.
They re-enacted a John Cleese/Monty Python sketch on the subject

(Click here for photos)

On 27th June, John Lea, Principal of Moor House School from 1975 to 1992 (and who
also taught at Moor House from 1957 to 1972!), kindly came in to talk in Assembly
about the school‟s history. As you can imagine, he had a wealth of knowledge to
impart, and his fascinating talk held the students rapt!

Trip to Hever Castle - 5th July
Mr Hart writes:

“On Thursday 5th July, the 3H students went to Hever Castle with their teaching team
- Mr. Hart, Miss Jennings, Mrs. Thomas and special guest Mrs. Vinton (who drove
the minibus).

We spent two terms this year learning about the Tudors, and Hever Castle has an
important history linked to this time. King Henry VIII spent time here getting to know
his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who then gave birth to the future queen Elizabeth I.
Later, after Anne Boleyn‟s execution, Henry gave the castle to his fourth wife, Anne
of Cleves.

When we arrived, we met our tour guide Patricia who gave us a private tour of the
castle before anyone else was allowed in. Patricia was really good at explaining
interesting things and very helpful at answering all the excellent questions that the
students asked. It was wonderful to see how much information the students had
retained from our work on this topic, and how much they had understood about this
important time in British history.

After our tour, we had a quick snack before going to the famous hedge maze, which
had only just re-opened. The hedge maze is made out of Yew hedges, and rainy
weather can make the paths very muddy which can cause damage to the roots.
Luckily, the sun shone and we were the first visitors to this maze after a few days of
solid rain! Jon, George, Nick, Ken and Tom did very well at finding their way to the
centre of the maze. George was a helpful guide to those who got lost!

We then visited a model exhibition that showed how houses have changed over the
last 1000 years which was quite interesting; then we had lunch, a game of „it‟, and
visited the adventure playground to solve the Henry VIII Tower Maze puzzle.

Afterwards, we went on a walk around the beautiful Italian Gardens and bought some
postcards to write to our friends and families. We finished the day by going to the
Water Maze which is a special kind of maze – it is on a lake, and to get to the middle
you have to walk on some raised platforms. However, some of the platforms are
booby trapped and squirt water at you when you walk on them! The idea is to find the
only path to the centre that does not cross one of these „water traps‟.

Jon, Liz, Nick and Harry did really well at finding their way to the middle without
getting wet. George, Tom, Caoimhe, Connor and Ken also found their way to the
middle, but they accidentally on purpose got completely soaking wet in the process
and looked like someone had tried to drown them. Luckily everyone had brought a
warm top to put on at the end!

This was a really enjoyable day out which allowed 3H to see for real and experience
some of the things to do with the history that they had been learning about
throughout the year. It was also good to get out as a class and enjoy each other‟s
company for the day, as the year comes to a close. Our thanks go to Hever Castle
for the wonderful tour, and to Mrs. Vinton who drove us there and back”

Click here for photos

Kids’ Day Out to Chessington World of Adventures – 13th June
Mr Hart writes:

“On Wednesday 13th June, 12 brave students and 5 daring members of staff
journeyed to Chessington World of Adventures for an action-packed day of
rollercoasters and rides, all organised by the Rotary Club as part of the national „Kids
Out‟ activity day.

The day started out quite gently, with many students admitting that they had some
nervousness about going on the rides. Many students had not experienced stomach-
churning thrill rides before and so were content to warm up with some smaller rides
to begin with.

However, it was then extremely encouraging to see nearly all the students graduating
to altogether scarier and more intense rides such as the „Dragon‟s Fury‟, the
„Vampire‟ and the fearsome swinging „Black Galleon‟. The look of sheer enjoyment
on the face of Harry in particular has to have been seen to be believed! It was lovely
to see students face their fears and have a go. Shaid conquered the „Vampire‟, and
Jon and Liz managed to endure both the Runaway Train and the swinging pirate
ship, although Jon did decide to close his eyes for most of the last ride!

Kane and George both managed to successfully deal with the twisting and turning
„Rameses Revenge‟ and come out smiling. Ken and Patrick also survived it, although
they were considerably wetter from being held upside down in the water jets for
roughly half a minute, and then having entire buckets of water chucked over them
just to make sure they were completely soaked. Despite predictions of rain, which
probably helped ensure the queue lines were always small, the day was warm
enough to enjoy all the attractions – even the ones that left students feeling rather
soggy.

This was a hugely enjoyable day out which will be remembered for a long time by all
who took part. Our thanks go to the local branch of Rotary for their generosity in
funding the event and arranging for the lunches that were provided. The experience
meant a lot to the children. Thanks also to the members of staff who attended,
especially to Miss Jennings who faced her own fears and allowed herself to be taken
onto the Runaway Train by Jon!”

(Click here for photos)

Sex Education Day – 28th June
On the 28 June all Year 10 pupils took part in a very successful Sex Education Day
as part of their PSHE curriculum. The day involved a number of workshops which the
pupils attended in small groups. These workshops focused on topics such as
contraception and relationships and were led by the Year 10 staff team and Mrs
Broom, the school nurse. The day provided an opportunity for pupils to discuss
sensitive but very important topics in a supportive environment as they begin to
consider their lives in the future.

Annual Fete - 16th June
In spite of persistent downpours, the annual Fete was once again a most successful event in both
financial as well as social terms, with overall takings being a profit of £4,427 compared to £5,371
last year and £5,254 in 2005. Although the takings were £944 down, at one stage during a
particularly heavy downpour, the financial outlook seemed it might end up being a great deal
worse, but attendance levels and monies raised held up well, in spite of the difficult situation.

A great deal of preparatory work goes into organising this annual event, some starting in the
Spring term, and without the dedication and loyalty of a hard core of staff, parents, and outsiders,
it simply would not be possible to hold the event – so it is to them that Moor House owes a debt of
gratitude.

All in all it was a grand effort, the result of which is that the Welfare Fund is now the richer for it, in
turn enabling more student extra curricula activities to be undertaken, as well as more facilities to
be acquired for them.

(Click here for photos)

Surrey Youth Games
On 23rd and 24th June, students from each key stage took part in the Surrey Youth Games on
behalf of Tandridge. Congratulations to the following:

Oliver Riley, Henry Ellis, Hamish Stuart and Michael Conlon (all of 2MP) who received a Gold Cup
and medals for winning the junior Boccia.
Alex Cuthbertson (3S), Tom Gerred and Connor Burns (both 3H) who won bronze medals in the
senior Boccia

Tim D‟Urban, Alex Ball, Nathan Selvendran (all 3S), Gavin Elliott, Jonathan Davies
and Patrick Magee (all 3M), Louis Spenceley (4G), Joe Green and Darren Holt (both
4B), who between them received Bronze medals for the senior football.

Well done to all!
A few reminders .......

Sponsored Bounce – Monday, 23rd July
May I remind everyone that, as part of our fun-filled activity day, on 23rd July, we are
holding a fundraising sponsored bounce, to be held on the school‟s trampoline, with
students and staff taking part. If you have not already done so, please support us by
completing your form and returning it in time for the event! Every little bit helps!

Parents’ Questionnaires
Thank you to those of you who have returned questionnaires. They have provided
valuable information for the Senior Management Team to plan for next year.
However, there is still time to return any that are still outstanding; if you have mislaid
your original form, please don‟t hesitate to contact school for a replacement. We
value the view and comments of all parents – the more views we receive the better
we can see if there are any developing trends.

Changes of term dates
You will shortly receive a letter informing you of an important change of calendar date
in the autumn term. Students should return to school on the morning of Tuesday,
30th October (after half term week) – not the evening of Monday, 29th. School will
be open from 9 am but for those of you have a long journey, we will not be starting
full lessons until 10.45 am. However, please note also that all Year 10 pupils
should return by 9.30 am, in time for Preparation for Transition Day. Children
returning earlier than this will work on their own individual programmes, in classes.
Please read the letter to learn further details.

Security
In order to continue to optimise the security of pupils and staff at Moor House School,
may I remind all parents that, until 4.30 pm, the only access to the school on
Fridays is via the main front door leading into reception. After 4.30 pm,
admission can only be gained through the door on the south side of the school
(near the staff room). On Sundays, the only admission will be through this side
door. The door will be locked at all times and aces can be gained by ringing the bell
for staff to open it for you. It would be appreciated if children do not return during
supper on a Sunday (6.15 – 6.45 pm) as this will cause difficulties and disruption.

Please also ensure that you sign yourself and your child in and out, using the book
provided just inside the side door, as this will also help to improve security.

Coming soon ..... in September, 2007

A new menu for evening meals. Terry Luff is designing a new and exciting menu,
which will include homemade soup, baked potatoes, salads and savouries. Terry
has many new recipes he wants to try but will be happy to receive new ideas!

If your child has a favourite dish which contains healthy ingredients, why not email
the recipe to Terry, on lufft@moorhouseschool.co.uk.

				
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