Searching for sculptures in Kew Gardens with Form 3

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On Tuesday 14th May Form 3 visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As part of their projects in art and science, the class took part in a workshop on art in nature, before exploring the gardens to discover the stunning sculptures from the Chihuly: Reflections on nature exhibition.

You can see more photos of their visit to Kew Gardens in our school gallery.

Mammoth Marathon Achievement for two CBPPS teachers!

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Two teachers at Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School, Ms Fennel and Ms Kersey, successfully ran the 2019 London Marathon and raised a staggering £5,000 for the charities Barnardos and Children With Cancer U.K.

In what was their first full marathon, the two teachers’ remarkable running and fundraising achievements were however in jeopardy in the approach to the race as Ms Kersey fell ill and the travelling commitments of Ms Fennel interrupted the pair’s training routines.

However, their supportive families, friends and colleagues enthusiastically spurred them on and their ‘impossible dream’ could become a reality.

“The support we had was phenomenal,” said Ms Kersey, a talented dance teacher. “We couldn’t have achieved our incredible result without the support from all those who believed in us.”

“The runners and the cheering crowds gave me an unexpected boost of extra energy as I ran over Tower Bridge’, laughed Ms Fennel, “I just couldn’t stop smiling as children handed me jelly babies, the motivational placards and the drumming of the music just filled me with a positive force of goodwill and happiness.”

The girls were over the moon when they realised they had bagged more money than anticipated for their charities and they also thanked colleagues at CBPPS for their consistent support.

Ms Kersey’s most memorable Marathon moment was running into the Mall; she was aware of Buckingham Palace in the background and in the same flash saw her family cheering and urging her on to the Red and White Finish Line.

Ms Fennel had a similar moment as her mother and sister, who had flown from Listowel, County Kerry, surged forward to hug her at the Finish Line.

As they stepped over that Finish Line tears flowed copiously and huge bear-hugs were exchanged.

Mrs Daniell, Headmistress at Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School, said: “This was a fantastic achievement for Ms Kersey and Ms Fennel. It’s a true credit to the school that we have them here and wonderful for the children to have such inspiring, diligent, and determined teachers.”

Article written by Mrs Stanley-Carroll

Form 6 are ready for adventure on the Isle of Wight!

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On Monday 13th May Form 6 embarked on an exciting trip to an outdoor education centre on the Isle of Wight. Currently enjoying a fun packed week of activities and adventure, the class will be learning new skills in the sunshine over the next few days. We look forward to hearing all about it on their return!

You can see more photos of their trip in our school gallery.

Wins at the first Local Schools Community Tennis Shield Competition

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On Friday 10th May, 12 pupils competed in the first Local Schools Community Tennis Shield at Hartswood Tennis Club. Organised by Love Tennis, it proved to be a fantastic day with matches played against pupils from Orchard House, St Peters and St Stephens.

The tournament was designed to be fun whilst building experience in doubles match play. Everyone had a fantastic time, with games being very competitive but played with great sportsmanship throughout.

Well done to everyone who competed really well and displayed excellent teamwork, as well as all those who won their matches or an award. We are very proud to say that two pupils from Forms 5 and 6 won the Fair Play Award within their age group for their great attitude and for playing in the spirit of the game.

A big thank you to Christian and the team at Love Tennis for organising and hosting the competition, which we hope will become an annual event.

Form 5 present ‘The Mayans’!

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On Friday 10th May, Form 5 performed a highly imaginative assembly inspired by their recent history topic, The Mayans. Including a medley of songs and sketches, Form 5’s fact packed assembly entertained the entire school whilst teaching us all about this fascinating era in history.

Form 6 Bikeability Training

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This week Form 6 have been taking to the streets of Bedford Park and learning how to safely navigate the London roads, with instructors from the Hounslow Bikeability scheme putting the class through their paces. They tested them on a variety of cycling skills including starting off, pedalling and stopping with control, sharing space with pedestrians and other cyclists and how to prepare yourself and your bike for cycling.

Summer Sports Week Success!

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Starting on Monday 29th April, Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School held our first Summer Sport Week, with a variety of additional sports clubs and interactive workshops.

One-off dodgeball, tennis, ultimate frisbee and cricket clubs took place alongside to our weekly early morning and after school activities, proving very popular with pupils with over 100 attendances in total.

The week got off to a great start with Monday morning’s dodgeball club, followed by the Shaw House International Dodgeball Day Fundraiser with proceeds going towards the British Heart Foundation. Along with practising skills including throwing, dodging, and catching, all pupils showed fantastic sportsmanship and fair play throughout. Congratulations to Yeats for winning the House Competition, but most importantly thank you to everyone for raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

During Tennis Club on Monday afternoon, Forms 2 and 3 were introduced to some key basic principles and techniques required in tennis. They started with a couple of variations of Tap up Tennis working individually, before finishing off with paired competition to see how many consecutive shots they could make in their rally over the net.

On Wednesday, over 30 pupils from Forms 4, 5 and 6 attended Ultimate Frisbee club Week. Transferring many of the sending and receiving skills they have gained in P.E., they worked together in groups to learn the correct throwing and catching techniques over increasing distances, before playing two competitive team games.

As well as these exciting new clubs, Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 were thrilled to be visited by Ashely & Richard from West London Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Friday. Pupils took part in informative introductory workshops, packed with fun agility warm ups based around gymnastics. After learning how to fall safely pupils progressed onto different aspects, positions and techniques of the ground game. All the girls enjoyed the experience of learning the basic skills of a new sport.

Ending Summer Sports Week with the Form 4, 5 & 6 Cricket Club, focused on improving their over arm throwing techniques whilst catching over increasing distances. Everyone had the chance to show off their new skills and take turns batting during a game of Diamond, displaying some excellent striking and fielding skills throughout.

Thanks to all those who attended the clubs and workshops, along with the teachers who took part and Ashely and Richard from West London BJJ for running the workshops.

You can find photographs of Summer Sports Week and other school activities in our school gallery here.

Forms 5 & 6 Shakespeare Workshop

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On Tuesday 7th May, Forms 5 & 6 took part in a Shakespearean drama workshop. Learning the ropes from a trained instructor from The Young Shakespeare Company, both classes took part in various theatrical exercises before reenacting extracts from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Thank you to The Young Shakespeare Company for visiting CBPPS!


2W perform a planet-saving assembly!

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On Friday 3rd May 2W performed a fantastic assembly about how we can protect the environment and what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Through a number of catchy songs we learnt about the many ways we can help by swapping the car for a bike or walking, turning off the lights when you leave a room and remembering to recycle.

Well done to 2W for learning and sharing these eco-friendly facts!

Value of the Month – May

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Positivity is our value of the month for May.

Positivity is the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
— Dalai Lama