On Wednesday 6 June Form 6 went to Kew to visit the National Archives. Not only did they learn about the history of the archives, including one unusual object, the mummified body of a Victorian rat that started the whole idea of having our important documents in one place, but they also considered ‘what is history?’ The girls were absorbed by examining and working out what was going on in the photo of one woman who was eventually correctly identified as a suffragette. They went on to explore other documents and pictures dating from the 1500s to the 1940s including; a plea roll from Henry VIII’s reign. There was a mill register and a prison register from the 1800s that brought home how harsh a childhood many people had, a map of derelict London from 1667 (what was the significance of that date?) and a census document showing Queen Victoria aged 31 living in Buckingham Palace together with the many housemaids, pages and even a clock polisher.
On Wednesday, Form 6 spent the morning at the Royal Courts of Justice. They learnt about the different civil and criminal courts which make up our justice system and about the various roles within a courtroom. They then re-enacted a real case, Crown vs Selina Khan. Witnesses were cross-examined and the jury considered the evidence – returning a Not Guilty verdict. Many thanks to our expert parent helpers (all of them real-life solicitors!) who made the visit so much more interesting and informative.
Form 6’s annual residential visit to PGL Little Canada took place in warm sunshine last week. The girls departed excited last Monday morning and returned exhausted on Friday! Their days were packed with adventurous activities including abseiling, quad biking, climbing and canoeing – and all of them grew in confidence and skill as they faced each new challenge. The staff at PGL were full of appreciation and praise for their good behaviour and friendliness – and we should congratulate them on being such a credit to CBPPS.
Reception S delighted pupils and parents with their class assembly on Friday 18 May 2018.
The children took the audience on a tour around Old Macdonald’s farm where they met cows, sheep, horses and pigs. They then re-told story of the three little pigs and the very scary big bad wolf. The children sang and acted brilliantly. Well Done Reception S.
The nursery children had so much fun celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They prepared cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches and decorated cakes with red, white and blue icing. The children played party games and enjoyed sitting together to eat the delicious food.
Reception children had a lovely day out at Odds Farm Park on Friday 11 May. They enjoyed feeding the sheep and goats and seeing many baby animals. They had fun on the tractor ride and finding their way out of the maze.
Years 5 and 6 went on a fantastic music day out at John Lyon school. Girls who played instruments took them along and joined up with children from 11 other schools to form an orchestra. All the other girls joined the other children to create a choir. The performance at the end of the day was spectacular! Well done to all the girls!
The whole school participated in an opera workshop and re-enacted key scenes from Puccini’s, La Bohème. The children especially enjoyed learning breathing techniques and singing part of Musetta’s aria;
When I walk alone in the street
People stop and stare at me
And everyone looks at my beauty,
Looks at me,
From head to foot…
The opera singing was enchanting and inspired us all to sing or listen to more opera!
This half term the nursery are learning about minibeasts. The children learnt many facts about ladybirds this week, and thoroughly enjoyed making a ladybird biscuit. They practised the skill of spreading using a plastic knife and were very careful when counting the spots. The children are looking forward to finding out about more minibeasts next week.