On Thursday 8th December, Chiswick and Bedford Park pupils from years 2 – 6 performed their Christmas concert to an audience of proud parents, teachers and family members. All of the pupils worked very hard to deliver a quality performance and can be very proud of their efforts.
On Tuesday 6th December, all of the Reception pupils performed their Christmas Nativity Play.
The audience was enthralled by their beautiful singing, clear speaking and star performances.
The Form 6 A team took part in the annual Football tournament at Rocks Lane on 24 November.
Ten schools entered the competition and were spilt into two groups of five in a round robin format.
With only the top two sides from each group progressing to the semi – finals, qualification was always going to be a tough task.
We started very brightly and battled to a 2-0 victory against Pembridge Hall in our first match. The team followed this up with a hard earned 1-0 win against Orchard House. Our success was built on solid defending and this was apparent in the third fixture as we drew 0-0 against Bassett House. The only defeat the team suffered in the group stage was a 1-0 loss against Latymer as we conceded our first goal of the tournament.
At the end of the first round of matches all of the schools were called in to find out who had made it through to the next round. It was extremely close with three teams finishing level on the same points. Our superior goal difference meant that we had won our group. The girls were understandably thrilled to have qualified for the semi-final.
Our opponents were Prospect House with a place in the final awaiting the winner. The girls got off to the best possible start by scoring in the first few minutes. An outstanding team performance restricted the opposition to very few chances. We were able to see out the game comfortably and ended as 1-0 winners.
We faced an outstanding Kew Green side in the final. They had got this stage by winning every game and without conceding a single goal. Our girls faced a huge challenge but were keen to show they weren’t just there to make up the numbers. We surprised our opponents in the early stages combining great skill with tough tackling. Just before half time we took a deserved lead after some great attacking play. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to keep up our incredible energy levels in the second half. Kew Green dominated possession and created plenty of scoring chances. Our goalkeeper kept them at bay with some outstanding saves before two late goals gave them victory.
The team were disappointed to have lost an extremely close contest but were understandably proud to collect their silver runners up medals. The girls were a credit to the school and deserve great praise for all their efforts.
The Nursery children enjoyed performing their Christmas concert, ‘The First Nativity’ to the whole school and their parents on Tuesday 29th November. The Nursery had practised for weeks and the staff were very proud of the children’s achievements. They all shone brightly on the stage.
Trussell Trust Christmas shoe boxes
Many thanks to every family who made a christmas shoe box. The Trussell Trust van arrived on Tuesday and we loaded 185 boxes, which are now on their way to orphanages and schools in Bulgaria. Your generosity will mean so much to the people who receive them.
Rebecca Jones, Arts Correspondent for the BBC, visited Form 6 on Wednesday 16 November.
She delivered a scintillating workshop on newspaper headlines. She inspired the girls to discuss and write about current news events.
The Form 4 A Team took part in the annual Netball Tournament at Grasshoppers RFC on 15 November.
Ten schools entered the competition and were split into two groups of five in a round robin format. We were drawn in a tough group and faced the following opponents.
Ravenscourt Park (4-7 loss)
Falkner House (2-4 loss)
Bassett House (5-0 win)
The Roche (5-0 loss)
After a nervous start the team began to settle and gain in confidence. The girls passed accurately and strongly, communicating well as a team. We still need to remember to move forwards and never stand still as this allows our opponents to intercept. The girls defended well and picked up on any mistakes that were made.
By the second match we gave our opponents a hard fight and were extremely competitive. Falkner House went on to win the entire event so a 4-2 loss in a very close game was admirable. We were far too strong for Bassett House in our next fixture dominating from start to finish in a comfortable 5-0 victory. The passing, movement and shooting was wonderful to watch.
The final match was a little disappointing as the match was a lot closer than the score suggested. However, the girls tried their best throughout and were a credit to the school. They learnt a lot from this experience and should be very proud of their efforts.
On Friday the 11th of November, Chiswick and Bedford commemorated Remembrance day with two minutes silence. A special wreath that the pupils had made was laid during the Remembrance day service. The school was able to raise £271 for the Poppy Appeal.
On Wednesday 18 October, Form 5 visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. After an invigorating walk across London’s Millennium Bridge, we were welcomed by Fiona Drummond, a member of the Lively Action team, who showed us the theatre and asked us to imagine what it would have been like to put on a production there in Shakespeare’s time. She then led the girls in an inspirational workshop exploring the plot and characters of “Romeo and Juliet”. After lunch, we watched a demonstration of Elizabethan costume and followed a trail round the exhibition. A visit to the gift shop rounded off an excellent day.
On Thursday 13 October, twelve of our young musicians travelled to Downe House in Berkshire to take part in an orchestral fun day entitled “A Day at the Proms”.
They joined 150 children from ten prep schools to form a full symphony orchestra. Rehearsals started at 10am and continued all day, with the children working very hard all together and in smaller groups to perfect their parts.
After a long day, which included a delicious lunch and doughnuts for tea, the orchestra was joined by musicians from Downe House to play in a wonderful concert with music by Handel and Elgar and finishing up with Auld Lang Syne.
A small number of special awards were presented by the Headmistress. The award for Most Promising Masterclass Player was awarded to Amelia Butler. The award for Woodwind Player of the Day was awarded to Mariella Brooke.
Our thanks to the music department at Downe House for a most exciting, challenging and rewarding day.