Reception hunt for minibeasts with the RSPB!

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On Thursday 23rd May, Reception enthusiastically took part in a hunt for minibeasts with the RSPB. Exploring a local park in Chiswick, the children used magnifying glasses to look under leaves and glimpse under grass – they found ladybirds, ants, caterpillars and butterflies!

Form 6 visit the Thames Education Centre, Chiswick Pier.

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On Monday 20th May Form 6 visited the Thames Education Centre at Chiswick Pier, West London. As one of the few sites in London that displays evidence of natural river erosion, the riverside in Chiswick is an ideal place to discover more about the Thames, rivers and the effects of erosion on the foreshore. The class took part in experiments such as estimating the width, depth and tidal direction of the water, before pond-dipping and finding baby flounders, fresh water shrimp and baby eels that have travelled over 5000 miles from the Sargasso Sea in the Caribbean!

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.