E we l l C a s tl e S e n i o r S c h o o l N e w s l e t t e r 4 — Feb r u a r y 0 9 Dates for the Diary Headlines February As halfterm approaches we, as teachers, are left to reflect on how the Monday 23 Term starts extraordinary climatic challenges, faced by us all most recently, have merely exacerbated the hectic nature of a busy period in the academic calendar. Having just got the whole school back into the essential routine following the Wednesday 25 Year 8 trip to National mock examinations the disruption caused by the snow and ice was an Army Museum unfortunate diversion. However, we did endeavour to get things back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible and I was pleased with the way the boys responded. No doubt though, they did enjoy the opportunity to benefit from the nd Thursday 26 Year 13 theatre trip— light relief created by the snow; especially on Monday 2 February. King Lear To pursue the academic theme just a little longer, it is important that those boys facing the prospect of public examinations in May / June and July remain March USA trip information focused. They must use this short vacation to make good any lost ground as Tuesday 3 evening well as to push on with basic preparation. I am particularly conscious of the closing deadlines for coursework, never mind just seizing the opportunity to lay preliminary foundations to a proposed revision programme. Wednesday 4 Y8 Parents Evening One of the disappointments of every Spring term is the damage caused to the sporting fixtures schedule by the weather. Clearly this year has been no exception to this predictable rule of thumb. Nevertheless, I am pleased with the Thursday 5 Drama Dept trip to enthusiasm shown by those who have represented the school this term on the Twelfth Night football field. There have been some encouraging results. Let us hope that after the break all fixtures will be played here on in… Wednesday 11 PTA Social & Fundrais Also, after we return, an increased cultural focus will be provided during Arts ing Committee Week (Monday 16 – Friday 20 March). I look forward to as many boys as possible making the most of this opportunity. Thursday 12 6th Form Parents It has been a lively and productive period since our return to school in January. Evening Well done and do make the most of the vacation. No doubt those going on the skiing trip to Austria have a great deal to look forward to……! M Holder-Williams Monday 16— Arts Week Friday 20 (NB School closes 4pm on Friday 20th) School Closure I regret the necessity to close the school Thursday 19 Upper School Recital Mon/Tues of last week, as a consequence of the extreme weather. In spite of the best efforts of a few staff who were able to get into school, we were not able in the first Thursday 26 Concert—Phillip Dyson couple of days of the week, to guarantee (International Concert the safety of pupils and staff on site. I Pianist) applaud the work of staff who were able to support examination groups (Yrs 1113) Saturday 28 Classical Civilization trip through our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). Scheduled development of to Italy departs the VLE will enable us to support all pupils – not just in the rare event of such extreme weather, but also in their normal and extended study. I also applaud other staff – site, administration and teaching, who picked up a shovel in our April Classical Civilizsation time of need! We were pleased to be able to welcome Yrs 1113 back on the Wednesday 1 trip returns Wednesday and all pupils back on Thursday. Thank you for your understanding SS Swimming Gala and forbearance. I wonder whether you share the blessing that I felt during those couple of days. There was a peace and tranquillity – without the motor Friday 3 Term ends 12.00 noon vehicle, a sense of community as one was greeted by strangers walking in the approx. snow, and some unexpected family time on the slopes! A J Tibble Building Development Library bequest After much further discussion with the local planners, they have now I am very pleased to advise parents acceeded to our request to develop a permanent building in the that the school is the recipient of a Quad area – rather than the replacement temporary option initially very generous donation of some agreed. An immediate impact will be a slight delay i.e. building is £100,000. The Worshipful Company scheduled to commence in September 2009 rather than having the of Grocers have made this donation development, as displayed in the Tudor Lounge, which would have been from a bequest under the name of erected for September 2009. There is an element of disappointment with a Gadesden. A.W.Gadesden owned th further delay; however the legacy of a permanent building and development of a Ewell Castle in the late 19 ‘Quadrangle’ at the centre of the school is even more exciting. century. One of his grandchildren A J Tibble passed away last year and it was an express wish that Ewell Castle School be a beneficiary of the Admissions Medical Matters estate. Following discussion with September 2009 Measles, Chicken Pox & Shingles descendants of the Gadesden family, I am pleased to confirm that One of the pupils at the Senior this donation will be used to develop acceptance of places for September School is receiving medical treatment the Library at the Castle. is as we would wish and numbers are for cancer. This puts him at serious A Tibble strong. I am conscientious that many risk if exposed to measles, chicken of our existing parents, as well as pox or shingles. prospective parents, make significant Classics Trip to Fishbourne sacrifices to send their children to Please let the School Office know Ewell Castle. Thank you for your immediately if you suspect that On Wednesday 11 February the Year continued support during this difficult anyone in your household has any of 9 GCSE Classical Civilization group period for us all. these illnesses. visited Fishbourne Roman Palace A J Tibble near Chichester. Thank you for your cooperation. We toured the grounds and watched Ski Trip 2010 an audio visual presentation about Cogidubnus, the RomanoBritish client king who may well have lived there. There was also a very BCG Immunisation interesting archaeological workshop The Department of Health suspended where we learnt about Roman the Schools Programme against TB domestic life. We had an opportunity (previously given to Year 9 pupils) in to learn about Roman armour and September 2005 in favour of a how Roman technology, training and targeted programme. It is therefore battle tactics gave them a clear suggested that you discuss risk advantage over the British. Deposits are now being taken for factors with your son’s GP on your February half term 2010's ski trip. We next routine visit. Information is also J C Blencowe will be returning once again to available on the Department of Hopfgarden, in Austria's Ski Welt Health website (www.dh.gov.uk) and area. Letters and information are the NHS Immunisation website available from Miss Wallace, the (www.immunisation.nhs.uk). Please school office and the parents’ portal also remember to discuss booster The Mathemagician on the website. Deposits should be injections required at 15/16 years: returned to Miss Wallace by Friday currentl y t et anus, poli o and On Friday 12 December a group of March 6th at the latest, but places will diphtheria. fifteen students were taken to see be given on a 'first come first served' Mrs M Kaeglar ‘The Mathemagician’, Andrew Jeffrey basis.. at Kingston University. Andrew is Miss K Wallace one of the country’s leading speakers School Transport in the field of mathematics education. We are very pleased to announce He has been featured in numerous Parents’ Portal that a School Transport system is education journals and was the sub During the recent period of school now in operation. Two routes are ject of a recent documentary on closure the Parents Portal proved a running bringing pupils to school in Teachers TV. The students enjoyed valuable means of communication his inspirational talk on the use of the morning from Banstead and between the school and home. Claygate areas, with a return route to mathematics in magic. It gave them As a reminder, log in details are as Banstead in the afternoons. We are an insight into the use of numbers follows: keen to introduce additional routes and the correct ordering to achieve shoul d suff icient int erest be an intended final outcome with cards. User Name: castle They also had a practical session in expressed. Password: enter which they set up a magic trick to use on their fellow students. As Andrew Do check the portal regularly for For further information on this service said in his talk “Maths is either easy letters/communications from the pl ease cont act Mrs Kaegl er or I cannot do it yet”. Keep Trying. school. (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Mrs Mair/Mr Vijapura Charitable Works Sports News Water Aid Rugby We were very pleased to invite an ex * The Year 7 rugby team have been improving slowly governor of the school, Mr Tom but consistently, with increased numbers at training ses Drake to launch our new project, sions and good commitment shown by all players. Water Aid. Mr Drake kept the whole * A rugby tour to Canada is planned for April 2010 for school enthralled with his account of Years 9/10/11/12. Forms indicating interest to be re his experiences with Water Aid in turned to Mr Casey as soon as possible please. Mali. We hope that the boys will Football collect lots of their (and your) loose A number of matches have been cancelled due to adverse change over the next few weeks in a weather. However of the matches which have been played plastic bottle, for a final collection we are pleased to announce the following results: date of 20th March. * U12 Football 5 matches played, with good progression well done so far! Funds from Mufti Day on Friday 13th * U13 Football The season has been a successful one thus far, with a great February will also be donated to attitude displayed by the boys involved. Humza Mir has been Captian and Water Aid. Players of the (Half) Season are Ben Robson and Shamin Patel. Four victo ries have been won in the opening six games, with our only defeat against Wilsons, whom we beat the following week to get our revenge! * U14 Football 5 matches played, 3 won, 2 lost * U15 Football 5 matches played, 2 wins (Wilsons 32, Claremont 51,) 1 draws (Wilsons 22, Christ’s Hospital 22), 1 lost (Grey Court 53) Wings of Hope * 2nd XI Football Three matches have been played to date , the most en th On Monday 16 February Sixth Form joyable being that against Reigate G.S. Goalkeeper Tom Hilton and 'utility' students will be attempting to smash players Jesse Butler, Max Allen and Dominic Cuthbert have impressed in the Guinness World Record for the the first half of term in a squad of enthusiastic players. longest indoor football match, which * 1st XI Football 6 matches played, 2 won, 1 draw, 3 lost currently stands at 34 hours to raise money for the charity “Wings of Cricket st Hope.” This is a charity which * The 1 XI cricket team have been invited to join with other provides free education in developing schools at a cricket festival in Derbyshire in late June – to countries to children living in poverty, become a regular event moving around the country year by orphaned or separated from their year families. The project they are * Cricket nets are up and running – all welcome specifically raising money for aims to Fridays 3.30 p.m. open a completely new, wholly self funded school in Pondicherry (southern India). They would welcome your support in the form of On top of the World! Books for Schools sponsorship/donations. George Atkinson of 10RD took a gi Please continue to collect ‘Books for ant step closer to achieving his ambi Thank you to all parents who donated Schools’ vouchers from The Times tion of scaling the highest peaks in towards the Carol Service retiring and The Sunday Times. each of the world’s seven continents collection. £219.11 was raised for when he reached the summit of ‘Chase’ and ‘Through the Roof’’. We These can be handed into the school Mount Aconcagua in the Andes at the have also had two cake sales from office or to your son’s English teacher beginning of January. 10RD who raised £118 for the Miss K Wallace Samantha Dickinson Trust, and from George has already conquered El 9EM who raised £60 for Water Aid. brus (Europe) Kilmanjaro (Africa) and Mrs K Mair Carstensz Pyramid (Australia). He A Moment in History has yet to climb Mount Vinson in Antartica, Denali (Mount McKinley) in Dominic Bernard (7JG) Congratulations to James North America and of Garbis (8KM) who recently won the recently had the once course Everest—the inalifetime opportunity R A C J u n i o r O p e n S q u a s h summit of Asia and championship U14 final, and was to visit Washington DC the highest point in the for the inauguration of only narrowly defeated in the U19 world. finals of the same competition. the first black American If George succeeds in p r e si d e n t , B a r ac k completing all seven peaks by the Obama. age of 18, which is his aim, he will become the youngest person in the Dominic, a BBC Newsround Press world to complete the daunting chal Packer, whose report of his visit lenge. He already holds the UK re featured on the Newsround website cord for the youngest climber to described his visit as ”a onceina reach the summit of Aconcagua. lifetime experience which will be told for generations to come.” 16th 20th March Drama Music Work is afoot in class in preparation for the Arts Week in We are looking forward to welcoming Phillip Dyson, March with boys working on their monologues, duo Ewell resident and international concert pianist of some logues and scenes Having worked steadily on their thea renown who will be holding a music ‘masterclass’ tre modules so far, this opportunity to work autonomously during Arts Week. In addition to performing with in small groups taking up the challenge of writing their many of the UK’s finest symphony orchestras, Phillip own scripts, directing them and acting out their own regularly performs in concerts around the world and pieces of theatre is proving inspiring. enjoys an excellent international reputation both in Europe and America Year 9 are writing short plays based on their own soap operas, while Year 11 are working on ‘showbusiness’ Phillip will return on the evening of Thursday 26th improvised plays and Year 13 are putting the final March to host a charity touches to their adaptation of ‘The Birthday Party ‘ by concert with a programme Harold Pinter. ranging from popular pieces by Scott Joplin and All bodes well for an ever promising week of dramatic George Gershwin to entertainment. classical works by Chopin, L Bader-Clynes Liszt and Debussy. Other events during Arts Week include Art work Tickets may be purchased from the school office— shops in printing and papiermâché, House reading com adults £12, children £6. petition, and a oneday film workshop. There will also be an Arts quiz, plus a visit to the Castle Society by Mr P The Upper School Recital will take place on Thursday Pickering, who will deliver an address entitled ‘What’s in 19th March at 7.30 p.m. Tickets available from the a Portrait?’ Please note that the school day will end School Office. at 4.00 p.m. on Friday 20th due to film workshop S Brack awards. Theatre Trips A number of theatre trips took place last term that both entertained and challenged the boys. These included an awesome adaptation of Pirandello’s ’Six Characters in Search of an Author’, at the Gielgud Theatre, by one of Britain’s leading direc tor’s, Rupert Gould, touching on deep philosophical questions of existence and reality. Using an extremely innovative set the production rocked the boys’ sensibilities and showed them just how far one can go to creating exciting theatre. Another production, ‘Oedipus’ at the National Theatre, was a great opportunity to see one of our leading actor’s, Ralph Fiennes, in action. Year 7 enjoyed the delights of the 39 Steps an innovative physical approach to John Buchan’s novel and Year 9 enjoyed the sheer reckless exuberance of Spamalot. L Bader-Clynes PTA Corner Music Trip to Royal Festival th Hall The Staff team triumphed at the Quiz Night on the 24 January. This is a relief as they are entrusted with our children’s education! Congratulations to them. A group of GCSE and I think everyone had a great evening and thank you to all of you for helping to Alev el musicians rapidly clear the hall at the end of the evening. travelled to London to hear t he Royal We hope to run a similar Quiz Night for the Senior Boys later in the year as a Philharmonic Orchestra perform a charity fundraiser. So if you fancy the house to yourselves on a Fri/Sat evening, concert of works by Mozart and make sure your son puts his name down. Elgar. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and helped to bring the We believe the Easter Bunny may be making a stop in Ewell towards the end of pieces studied in class to life. the term so watch out. The PTA has agreed to purchase outdoor play equipment at the various sites. S Brack Details of what has been bought in a later newsletter.
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