2021 Summer Term 2
This term has certainly been a challenging time at school in terms of managing the COVID pandemic. A high number of staff have had to self-isolate because of the Track and Trace System. I appreciate that this has been a difficult position for all of our Parents and Carers affected, however we could not afford to take any chances and must follow the government COVID guidelines in order to minimise the spread of the virus. I would like to thank you we all really do appreciate your continued support.
We are planning to still hold a Sports Day which will be socially distanced and staggered between the different age groups in the school. The end of term celebration, unfortunately will not be available for parents to attend in person this year due to COVID regulations. We will be making this available online for a short period. The celebration event will be staggered into separate age groups to help keep all pupils safe minimising any unnecessary contact. Pupils will therefore be finishing at the normal time on Thursday 15th July to start their summer holidays. Online learning will be available throughout the summer holidays for any pupils wanting to access this resource, they will just need to log onto the Intranet through the school website.
The Staff Team have been wonderful this year supporting the pupils throughout this difficult period. It has been great to see pupils in school making the most of a difficult situation and utilizing the outdoor spaces and facilities which we have at school.
I very much look forward to the pupils returning in September when hopefully things have improved and the government has relaxed the regulations. Our New Therapy Centre will be opening which will enable the school to provide the necessary therapy and counselling to pupils who need this support.
I hope that you all have a wonderful summer holiday and enjoy some good quality family time together.
We celebrated the successes of all pupils on the last day of term for this academic year. To keep everybody safe we had three separate COVID safe presentations. It was great to see so many pupils recognised and rewarded for their hard work and efforts over this academic year. I was impressed with everybody with just how well they have managed to make this year a success inspite of the difficulties that COVID has created.
Pupils at Muntham House School have still engaged, enjoyed and succeeded in their education and care provisions at Muntham House School. Great to see so many happy smiling faces and very proud members of staff.
Work is progressing steadily on our new building, we now have all of the steel structure including all external walls in place and are ready for the roof to go on. This new building will be a substantial size providing spacious rooms for all of our pupils who need to have Counselling or Therapy sessions. Once the windows and doors have been installed and the building is water tight, work will begin on the interior of the building. The exterior wood cladding and the landscaping will be the final jobs to take place.
We will do our absolute upmost to have the building complete ready to open in September when the pupils return. This will be a fantastic addition to the school, improving our facilities even further and enabling the school to provide far more counselling and therapy to pupils who need this.
2021 Football Competition
October 14, 2021,
St George's Park, Staffordshire
Schools are invited to sign up for the engage in their future 2021 Football Competition.
This is a great opportunity for pupils to challenge themselves and compete against peers, and for staff to network with colleagues from other settings.
With three regional tournaments to choose from, participants are guaranteed a day of competitive but friendly seven-a-side fixtures against other schools as they compete not just to win, but also for the chance to qualify for the finals tournament at St George’s Park, the FA national football centre and home to England’s 27 national teams, on Thursday 14th October 2021.
Entry is free for engage in their future member schools, but £35 per team for non-member schools.
Places are limited so make sure you sign up soon.
The three regional tournaments will take place on –
- Thursday 1st July 2021 – The William Henry Smith School, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
- Wednesday 29th September 2021 – hosted by Shenstone Lodge School at Goals, Rowley Regis.
- Thursday 30th September 2021 – Muntham House School, Barns Green, West Sussex.
To register your school team:
1.Choose which regional tournament you would like to attend:
2.Read through the Terms and Conditions – available here:
3.Complete and submit the entry form, available to download here:
2021 Football Competition Booking Form – and return payment when prompted (non-member schools only).
You’ll receive confirmation of your place and the host school of the regional tournament you wish to attend will be in touch with further details but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing us at: email@example.com
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It’s been a busy term in the Canine Centre, a lot of pupils have had sessions with either Buzz or Omah and this term we were able to allow Primary pupils to join us!
Here is a pupil ensuring that Buzz has released all his ‘wiggles’ ready for the day:
All pupils are excellent at ensuring our dogs are well looked after, this includes grooming, tick hunting and keeping them cool during the warm weather we had.
With the grass growing our pupils understand the importance of grooming after a walk to get rid of any unwanted visitors!
We’ve had a couple of wanted visitors this term, a little hedgehog that was found by a pupil out during the day and a baby mole. I’m so proud to say we have a cohort of animal lovers who wanted to make sure both these animals were taken to the relevant rescues for the best chance at life.
Buzz has been working extra hard this term, he has been helping on Arundel floor in the mornings to make sure the pupils are up ready for school! He doesn’t mind though, this just means he gets extra cuddles!
Omah and Buzz are looking forward to a rest over the summer ready to come back full of energy and ready to be the non-judgemental, unconditional loving support our pupils enjoy.
Pupils have been working really hard over the year on their Motor Mechanics assessments and completed these to a very high standard. Tyler B and Jack S have enjoyed this subject so much that they have enrolled in Courses at Chichester College next year to follow Mechanics as a potential career.
I am very pleased with the progress of all the pupils and the fact that they have been inspired so much by the course we have run at school.
The Reading Challenge this term has been fast and furious, I’ve hardly been able to keep up with the pupils!
The Reading Challenge is a personal, yet simple action plan to work on knowledge and personal development, look after your wellbeing and receive a reasonable dose of me-time working towards an achievement to celebrate at the end of the term.
Benefits of Reading Books
- Reading Makes you more empathetic.
- Reading is a way to escape and can take you to faraway lands, other times, and put you in other people's shoes. ...
- Reading Keeps your brain healthy...
- Reading Reduces stress. ...
- Reading Helps you sleep better. ...
- Reading Sets a good example to their peers.
All the pupils on the league chart will receive a £20 voucher, but the gold award’s this term goes to Tyler S (Secondary) and Vinnie C (Primary), who will both receive a brand new Kindle and a voucher.
We would like to see all the pupils experience the joy of reading for pleasure, so they all have the chance to take part in the Summer Holiday Reading Challenge.
The pupils will need to read one book a week and take a quiz on Accelerated Reader gaining a pass – this can be any book of their choice at the pupils reading level. When they have finished a book, they will be added to Muntham House Reading Challenge League chart showing their achievements.
This is an added incentive for the summer, a reward scheme that encourages the pupils to keep up their reading habits over the holidays. When they have completed the summer challenge, they will receive a £10 voucher in September.
Have a great summer everyone and stay safe
Infants and Juniors showed outstanding participation and effort during this year's annual sports day events. They participated in a carousel of mini-Olympic activities demonstrating fantastic spirit, sportsmanship, and resilience, as they all faced varying personal and team challenges. This included pupils working together in the tug of war event and putting staff through their paces, and rocket javelins nearly launching into space!
As the sun shone down on Primary in the afternoon, a battle of agility, accuracy and finding a good hiding place began with a nerf war. No teachers were lost, and much fun was had!
Following the day's events pupils were awarded for their participation and received medals for a range of special categories including sportsmanship, teamwork, Olympic spirit, and resilience.
Well done everyone!
Main school sports day brought us glorious sunshine and lots of fun! Pupils participated in a carousel of Olympic themed and quirky sports activities, showing excellent levels of effort and enthusiasm.
These included the Ninja Warrior obstacle course, Total Wipeout and 118 relay, where pupils demonstrated speed and nimble moves as they manoeuvred through the varying challenges. A particular highlight was the red ball mud dash, where pupils showed incredible resilience dodging a plethora of muddy flying balls during Total Wipeout.
As the sun continued to shine in the afternoon, the fun didn't stop, and the day finished with the Muntham goat race. Pupils raced against our resident goats Candy and Nora who put them through their paces.
Following the day's events pupils were awarded for their participation and received medals for a range of special categories including sportsmanship, performances, and excellent attitude.
Well done everyone!
Throughout this term pupils have been working to earn sportsmanship and participation nominations during their break time activities, to win themselves a trip to Wembley stadium and an official UEFA Euro 2021 football. Miss Lawson has been very impressed by all participating pupil's fantastic ability to demonstrate true values of sportsmanship, and the excellent level of participation.
With the most nominations the prize winners were:
Euro Prize Draw Winners - Secondary
Winner – Ryan P
Runner Up - Alfie G
Euro Prize Draw Winners - Primary
Winner – Vinnie C
Runner Up - Mckenzie B
All winners showed outstanding and consistent sportsmanship and participation in sport. They have demonstrated excellent teamwork and tolerance, by being respectful, responsible and inclusive to both their teammates and opposition. They have also shown a great determination and desire to participate and raise their game. Excellent work!
This half term the pupils have been enjoying what nice weather we’ve occasionally had. The pupils have also noticed the many species of animals and insects that have come to life during these past few weeks.
We were lucky enough to have a blackbird nest in our woodshed. The little blackbirds hatched and eventually flew the nest. I’ve found a number of birds nests around the forest school areas. They have been commonly nesting in some of the structures we’ve built, which is great to see.
Carrying on woodland crafts the pupils have enjoyed sitting around the camp fire carving spoons. This is a very difficult wood craft requiring lots of patience and resilience.
Some of the pupils have also started to make bows, we’ve yet to make arrows! This is a craft the pupils have all got into and enjoyed.
As the end of term approaches I would like the pupils to start thinking about the things they’ve learnt in forest school and head outside during the holidays to explore the outdoors a lot more.
This term we have had a lot of fun trying out Watersports. Pupils have had the opportunity to try both Sit on Top Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Both the weather and COVID-19 haven’t always played along with our plans, but we have managed some perfect days out at Cuckmere Haven, Chichester Watersports Centre and Portsmouth Watersports Centre.
The pupils have had great fun whilst increasing their confidence and resilience. Mr Henderson’s quote of the term was a pupil telling him “This day has been awesome, I loved it”.
There are lots of exciting plans for September; more Watersports fun, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Dry slope Skiing and even an overnight residential.
Have a great summer.
This summer term has been busy with harvesting the onions, garlic, peas and broad beans. Planting some onions in the poly tunnel was a great experiment as they were ready to harvest a good 3 weeks before the ones outside. This has meant we can get tomatoes in earlier. The pupils enjoyed tasting the fresh peas and beans. Chef has had a huge bucket of broad beans, baskets of salad, spinach and bunches of spring onions for the kitchens.
The poly tunnel is full of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, chilli and bell peppers all of which will be ready for when we return in September.
The cutting patch has also been a huge success, and several boys have picked bunches of Sweet Peas, Corn flowers and Ammi majus for the front of the school and to take home.
We have begun planting out various brassicas (cabbages, sprout, broccoli and cauliflower) so we will have plenty of winter vegetables. The leeks will go in this week.
The goats look very different as the pupils have been grooming them, Candy and Nora have lost their winter coats. Their angora wool will soon be spun and then made available for knitting. The pupils have enjoyed spending time with the goats. Walking, grooming and caring for them. It has been nice to see the pupils display kindness and consideration to Candy and Nora.
The goats have learnt the drill that if they stand still on their perches whilst being brushed then they receive treats afterwards! Harry from POST-16 provision has already built a trusting relationship with the goats and is very confident in handling and grooming both Candy and Nora.
Both goats have needed to be washed a few times as they turned green whilst being too inquisitive when the pupils were painting the new goat playhouse!
In September we will be welcoming our Pygmy goats to the school.
The chickens have settled in and have grown into big beautiful hens, some of which are already laying eggs. We look forward to this increasing so that our school Chef is able to use these in the kitchen.
In September we should see eggs from the majority of them on a daily basis. The pupils have been intrigued by all the things that chickens eat from watermelons, cucumbers and pasta!
This term has been another busy and fun term on Hever floor.
The pupils have enjoyed getting out and about despite the recent poor weather. We have been on trips to the Beach, Flip Out, Crazy Golf, Skate Parks. Having a great time at all these places.
But to top it all off, for our end of year trip we went to the fantastic Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed this and had an amazing time.
We look forward to a restful summer and coming back refreshed ready for the Autum term.
Bodiam pupils enjoyed a new activity this month. Glow balls, the pupils played a game of pitch and putt in the dark illuminated with neon lights, they had great fun and enjoyed themselves.
Along with loud disco music being played not only did they get to play golf but have a good dance at the same time. The pupils enjoyed posing for lots of pictures with each other and all the different animals placed around the venue. The game was quite hard, but despite it taking several shots to move around the course they all remained positive and supported each other. The pupils were a pleasure to take out and represented the school well as always.
We have now finally had the chance to do a wider range of activities, places are open later and restrictions are lifting.
This evening we managed to go to Out of Bounds Rustington Clip and Climb. This was an activity that was requested by the pupils, they really enjoyed it and were showing each other how quickly they could get up and down the walls. They all worked so nicely together and helped each other out. Quite a few of the pupils had never tried Clip and Climb before but it didn’t stop them from really enjoying the experience. They enjoyed it so much that the discussion continued on the way home with lots of requests to go again soon.
On Wednesday, May 19th, six of our Post-16 pupils participated in a three hour First Aid Course, delivered by Marita Edwards from Forever First Aid.
We have been lucky enough to work with Marita on several occasions and her first aid knowledge, patience and understanding of our pupils, never goes unmissed. She is amazing at engaging our pupils in the topics that she is covering, by using various props, role play and first aid equipment. She is able to recognise over a lengthy course, when attention spans are wavering and when to take a break. During the coffee break she talked to the pupils about personal experiences with first aid and often answered any questions/concerns that they may have.
As a Care Team, we were once again delighted with how well our Post-16 pupils conducted themselves during the training, their level of engagement and their willingness to learn. The subjects they covered over this training course included; primary survey, recovery position and heart conditions, such as heart attack, angina and seizures. All of the pupils were respectful, polite and extremely helpful, some offered to help Marita with her equipment unprompted, both before and after the course. They also all took the time to thank Marita before she left.
On issuing the pupils with their certificates we receive the following feedback from Marita…
“I really enjoyed my visit teaching first aid at your school. The young people were a joy to share my knowledge and skills with. It was amazing how much they had remembered from my last visit. They demonstrated the recovery position and told me about the treatment of burns and bleeding, they also related it to their lives and shared stories of their experiences. This visit we covered heart conditions and seizures. It was great to see how engaged they were, their willingness to participate in discussion and how some of them involved themselves with the practical. They are amazing young people and are a credit to your school and parents. Thank you, Amy and team, for inviting me and for your support and encouragement as always during the session. Looking forward to my next visit.”
It was a very successful evening.
Caterpillars and Butterflies
This half term we have had the opportunity to watch the life cycle of caterpillars to butterflies. Each class had their own caterpillars, in which we collected natural resources to build the perfect environment for the caterpillars to cocoon themselves ready to become butterflies. All pupils followed and understood the rules surrounding the caterpillars enabling their safe metamorphosis. Some classes butterflies hatched within days whilst others took a little longer. The pupils were patient and brilliantly gentle when it was their time to help the butterflies out of their homes. We learnt that the caterpillars form into a chrysalis and that this can last a few days to weeks, we had to be very gentle and careful that they didn’t get knocked especially during this stage. Once the butterflies were ready to emerge their chrysalis splits open, but they are not quite ready to fly yet as their wings were still wet. The pupils noticed the red liquid called hemolymph that the butterflies pump into them so that they can become strong enough to fly away. On the release of the butterflies some pupils wanted to help them out of their homes, we were very gentle, allowing the butterflies to choose to accept their help to fly away!
Walks around Muntham!
Infants and Juniors have been able to enjoy the nicer weather this half term by exploring the Muntham Grounds and further, whilst on walks. The Infants often stretch their muscles whilst walking the Muntham Mile and look for different animals they can see. Eye spy is often loved by the pupils, helping to develop their turn taking skills and wildlife knowledge.
The Infants also enjoyed our cow walk! We discovered a field full of cows and their calves on our way to Sumners Pond. Before entering the field, we discussed the importance of not disturbing the cows as it was their home that we were entering. As a member of staff had a fear of cows the Infants were quick to show care and consideration towards them, offering to hold their hand and to walk further away from the cows with them. Once past the cows we moved onto Sumners Pond where local fishermen were fishing! We watched them and were cautious and considerate of their fishing rods. We were fortunate enough to see the baby Canadian Geese and collected all different types of feathers to show those back at school.
Forest and Farm School
All pupils have weekly access to Farm and Forest School. This term the pupils have explored leaf printing during Forest School. They searched for thick leaves, put it between two pieces of paper and used a log to crush it to print the leaf patterns on the paper. It was interesting to discover which leaves worked best, the pupils worked together to ensure everyone had a leaf pattern to keep. Junior pupils have been exploring the woods around Muntham to find different types of sticks to use alongside their group role play games.
Farm School has enabled children to get close to animals. We have been lucky enough to spend time with the goats and the chickens this half term! The Infants’ confidence in touching the chickens has grown immensely, with some pupils happy to hold them all by themselves. We have also learnt the rules surrounding the goats and now know what their favourite snack is! They love to eat bark from the trees! Therefore, we went for a hunt to create a big stash of bark snacks for the goats! Its safe to say the goats enjoy our visits!
Even though this half term can be tricky for some as it is the last half term they have in their current classes, the pupils have done brilliantly with their points and have been able to experience fun reward afternoons!
Due to the pandemic some afternoons had to be changed to keep children safe, for example we had an epic Nerf-gun war in Juniors. Two teams battled it out to become the masters of Nerf! With help from Miss Greenway and Mr Fisk of course! Juniors coped well to the reward adaptations and were able to participate in the fun we had! We have also managed to bounce our way into Flip Out, Skate into the Base Skatepark and finally climb our way to Clip and Climb this half term. These are the reward trips chosen by the Juniors that they all work considerably hard for each week!
Infants have their own reward trips that vary each week. Last week we got to design and then make our own ice creams! Sprinkles and flakes too! We got to eat them before they melted whilst walking to the park! In which we enjoyed a drink of water and the park all to ourselves! The infants have also explored the Southwater Country Park and the Dinosaur Park this half term! We have stomped our way following the huge dinosaur footprints all the way to the huge eggs and volcanoes in the park! If there's time, we sometimes get to have an ice cream there too!
The pupils often choose to play on Scratch or Minecraft during their reward time. The pupils from Infants 2 have recently loved coming to join in with Junior 2’s computer time! They work in partners and help each other to understand and play 2-player games.
As this half term's theme is ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ we have investigated the Greek God, Poseidon, God of the Sea. As classes we researched the importance of Poseidon and the aspects of the sea that he may have controlled! This led to discussions surrounding the importance of the sea and how humans are damaging it and what we could do to help! The infants made rules for people to use when visiting the beach or rivers in order to keep themselves and the sea safe. We also went on a water saving mission around the Primary area, we found water butts and outside taps that reuse the rainwater that falls!
The pupils inspected the statues and pictures of Poseidon and researched to understand each part we could see. We then chose what we thought was important about Poseidon and drew or coloured our own versions of him. Some pupils focused on his deep blue eyes and streaming green hair whilst others fascinated over his trident and muscles!
A Trip to the River.
Following our topic, the Infants went on an investigation mission to the river and streams surrounding Muntham. We stayed together as a team on our descent to the river, waiting for each member of the team. Once down by the river we followed instructions in order to find the best place to explore. Luckily it was a hot day, so we all took our socks and shoes off and jumped in! The pupils were using sticks to measure the deepness of the water and mud as well as making fishing rods! We also wobbled our way over the fallen tree branch and used it as a seat when we were tired. Whilst exploring we discussed how the streams led to the river which would eventually go all the way to the sea!
Some pupils were anxious to get wet, but with the help and support of staff all pupils who wanted to were able to splash around and experience the feeling of mud squelching through their toes! A special big thank you to Miss Jacobs for ensuring everyone could take part!
As part of our ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ topic this half term the Infants classes completed a boat project. This started off as researching different boats to discover how they look and what they are used for. The pupils collated 5 pictures of their favourite types of boats to use as a plan for their own design. Following their own designs, they each used junk modelling and different materials they could find to build their boats. We discussed if they thought they would float or sink, many opted for a plastic based boat that was large at the bottom to help with this! We then thought about if we were to make more boats for our friend's what instructions they would need to follow. Therefore, the pupils wrote up their own instructions, focusing on the materials needed and the order they need to be assembled. The pupils were very pleased with the outcomes and were able to take them home.
Some Juniors and Infants were able to practice problem solving in a tangible way by going for a scavenger hunt! The pupils were grouped and worked together to find different natural resources around the arboretum. There was a competition to see which group could find the most! One team found everything on the list, including a feather! This was the hardest thing to find, so a big well done to the winning team! All pupils worked hard to work as a team with their group, listening to each member as to where they might think the next item could be found. This encourages communication and leadership, with the Juniors working well to listen to the views of the Infants and vice versa.
One child made his ‘Munthams Naturals’ bouquet of flowers and sticks he had found in his team. They were very proud of his hard work to create is therefore it came back to class with us to be displayed! As we have also been learning about butterflies, we had cardboard cut outs in which we were tasked to find beautiful flowers to design patterns for the wings. After the tasks were done, we were able to have a huge game of hide and seek! Everyone joined in, there were some really tricky hiding spots! Well done to everyone involved.
Up Coming Events
The end of year super fun trip is to Legoland this year! Some pupils have been researching the Legoland website to discover what fun we will be getting up to whilst we are there! They have been working extremely hard to earn as many points as possible to ensure they can be trusted on the trip. To follow on from the ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ topic, the Infants have been especially excited about the ‘Deep Sea Adventure’ ride at Legoland. This consists of the pupils climbing inside a big submarine and going underwater to see some real-life sea creatures up close through the windows!
We are also all looking forward to our sports day next week! The pupils will be invited to take part in various sports day activities including target throwing, football and skipping! The pupils loved the tug of war during our Victorian day; therefore, we are going to do a massive tug of war championship! There will be some awards up for grabs including best improvement and sportsmanship. Some Junior pupils have already been practicing their water rally race, luckily it was sunny. Fingers crossed for sun on our sports day!
The Year 7 and 8’s have faced the daunting challenge of tackling the beginning of a GCSE text this term to begin their preparation for GCSE. We concentrated on learning two important skills; critical reading responses using the PEE (Point, Evidence and Explain) structure in their answers; and using persuasive writing devices using AFOREST to remind us (Alliteration, Facts, Opinion, Repetition, Emotive Language, Statistics and Triples). To celebrate all this hard work, the pupils also helped contribute to the class display providing written work, art and some very tasty cupcakes!
Our final topic this half term is based on the book by David Weisner called ‘Sector 7’. By using the fabulous illustrations in this book the pupils are creating their own play scripts including set designs and character lists. To inform our knowledge of plays we are watching the musical ‘Into the Woods’ which was also turned into a film. At Muntham we now have a fantastic new resource called Digital Theatre. If you are interested in watching any theatre productions with your children, please feel free to explore the site below using the following username and password:
Username: login.16508 - Password: rain@8526
Year 9 pupils have found themselves having to step up to the challenge of language analysis of excerpts from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. We have combined text and film as a basis for classroom discussions and as a stimulus for writing in different genres (types) of text. Pupils have also been challenged to explore how a writer manipulates their reader and biases them towards or against different fictional characters. I’ve been impressed with their insight and the comments they have made. It’s been a joy to see the pupils develop their skills in English, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them!
‘How has the author used language techniques to present their point of view to the reader?’
This is one of many GCSE-style questions which our Year 10 pupils have been grappling with this half-term, and I am hugely proud of all pupils for successfully being able to produce a well-written answer. This is especially brilliant given the subject terminology that the Year 10s have had to learn and retain over the year. Combining An Inspector Calls and James Bond has hopefully helped to keep them engaged!I look forward to being with them again next year.
Year 11 have worked until the bitter end, with pupils managing to produce good quality work to give them a GCSE grade this summer - results in English Language and English Literature have been submitted. It is testament to the brilliant young men that they are, that focus and dedication to their studies has continued throughout two lockdowns and ‘virtual’ lessons during the two most critical years of their education so far. They should all be commended for their heroic efforts.
Callum M in Year 13 has completed his AS Level in English Language – a fabulous achievement and a first both for me and for Muntham House School. This course took Callum’s GCSE studies a stage further, requiring him to evaluate language according to context (setting), genre, audience and purpose, and to write in a given genre creating an original piece of factual writing. In an additional module, Callum chose to focus on ‘Language and Gender’, which was certainly eye-opening, and we had a great time pulling texts apart and attempting to find out whether the English language really is sexist or not! Callum and I have very much enjoyed working together in this new venture, and I know that this extra, metaphorical ‘string to his bow’ will stand him in good stead for a bright future.
Having just discussed and written our Year 11 End of Year reports, it has hit us once again that we have a truly brilliant group of young men at the top end of main school this year.
Back in 2019, as these superstars began the two most important years of their educational career, nobody could have predicted the mountains and pitfalls that were to come. I can honestly say that as a Year 11 tutor team, we could not be more proud of the determination and fortitude that our young men have displayed. As is natural for all Key Stage 4 pupils, they have experienced ever-increasing demands on their skills, have had to develop the depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen and core subjects, and have had higher levels of expectation required of them than ever before. They have welcomed new pupils into their year group and have bid a sad farewell to key adults with whom they have built positive relationships. All of this, combined with ever-changing, government-inflicted goal posts and new methods of teaching and learning via a range of learning platforms, and their daily face-to-face interactions cruelly taken from them! While I may be biased, (having been their tutor since Year 7), I think that as a community we should be very proud of these young men and all that they have conquered and achieved.
I hope that they enjoy the excursions planned for the last two weeks of term, and wish them huge success in their future endeavours. We will be sad to lose some of these young men to other places, but are delighted that the majority have chosen to stay on at Muntham next year and combine this with successfully secured college placements. Congratulations to all!
For our final week of this school year the Primary Department have had some really great experiences with class carousel activities, nerf gun wars, board game marathons, freshly made popcorn and our biggest celebration of the year which was our trip to Legoland!
The day was a massive success which was the perfect ending to a year filled with huge efforts from both pupils and staff alike. We had a fun packed day full of exciting rides and huge smiles! Some of the wetter rides were the most popular where as the Jolly Rocker (like the traditional Galleon rides) was probably the most regretted!
We were also treated to a fantastic all you can eat pizza and pasta buffet, which some boys took as a personal challenge!
This really was the perfect end to a great year ?
On the 30th of June Hever Floor went on their much anticipated end of term trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. The pupils and staff got to experience the magic of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
All pupils were fantastically well behaved and absolutely awestruck. We saw Dragons, Diagon ally, the Triple Decker Knight Bus. The Hogwarts Express was impressive and all attempted to push their trollys through the wall at Platform 9 ¾’. ! We saw Dumbledores office, a fire breathing dragon and walked through the amazing Great Hall.
It was a great experience for the pupils who found it hard to imagine that this was where the movie they love was filmed!
The pupils also got to see the backlot and the making of all the creature effects which they found facinating, last of all we saw the huge Hogwarts Castle model that you could walk around and is the original large castle used for the films, set on a mountain side surrounded by forests.
A fantastic and well deserved trip for our Hever Floor pupils who have shown great resillience in the last year.
It's Coming Home........(we hope)
ENGLAND V CZECH REPUBLIC
So, with the current situation surrounding COVID-19 the Post-16 team- pupils and staff welcomed the start of the Euros....even if they were slightly delayed. Mr Hellyer generated everyone's excitement, by putting up a poster in the classroom and getting everyone to pick a team. Could England really do it this year? was the big question on everyone's lips. To give us all something to look forward to and to be positive about was incredibly welcoming. It has been and exceptionally tough time for our pupils and we collectively as a whole in post 16, have been so very proud of the resilience, strength and positivity that our pupils have shown. Time to hit the play button on the Three Lions song and believe that this year it could be ours for the taking...... well maybe.... (I am writing this at 6pm ahead of our game against Denmark!!)
Staff worked together on both Care and Education, to try and find a way to watch the game safely following all the covid guidelines and recommendations, the safety of all our pupils and staff is always paramount. We decided that Casey's Court, was the best venue as it is so spacious, and we were able to open both double doors. The preparations started a few days before with the ordering of pizzas for the big game, and face paints to do England flags on the cheeks of anyone wanting them. Miss Lawson went shopping for popcorn and sweets treats for the pupils and I went on a hunt for the biggest England flags we could find, and they were perfect. On arrival at school in the afternoon and ahead of the 8pm kick off, our lovely day pupils all came to help us decorate the room, blowing up balloons, hanging flags and bunting, finding staplers and sellotape, who would have thought in a school that these things are so difficult to locate. Our wonderful IT staff Dave and Alan worked hard to get the game streamed into Casey's Court and Mr Clayton came to our rescue when we realized that we had no sound.... Thanks Mr Clayton.
A few of the pupils had their faces painted and we hoped that this might work as a lucky charm. The game kicked off and on the big screen it looked amazing, the tension and excitement was fantastic. Mr Anderson chatted with the boys during the game, but when England scored all anyone could hear was Mr Barretts screams!! At half time the popcorn and sweets were enjoyed by all, then we settled down for the final half. We did it, we won against Czech Republic, let's hope we continue the winning streak.
After the game despite the excitement all the pupils followed staff instructions and settled well. A lovely evening had by all and great to share and enjoy the excitement together.
Huge thanks to Miss Lawson and Mr Hellyer for all their help and organization and for staying late to enjoy the game with us.
Please note that we return from Summer Holidays on
Tuesday 7th September 2021.
Term dates are on the website
FOR INFORMATION THE INSET DATES UNTIL THE END OF AUTUMN TERM ARE:
|MONDAY 6th SEPTEMBER|
|FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER|
|MONDAY 4th OCTOBER|
|FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER|
|MONDAY 8th NOVEMBER|
|FRIDAY 26th NOVEMBER|
|MONDAY 29th NOVEMBER|