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.
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.
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!
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!
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
On Wednesday 1st May, Forms 4, 5 and 6 took part in a one off Ultimate Frisbee club for Sports Week. Displaying many of the skills they have gained in P.E. and clubs, pupils worked together in groups to learn the correct throwing and catching stances. After practising these new techniques, they then took part in matches, forming catching chains across the field to reach their goal.
Well done to everyone who took part!
On Tuesday 30th April Year 2 put their creative hats on for a special art workshop that tied into their Geography topic on canals and rivers. Pupils painted beautiful flowers using acrylic paint onto their own keepsake enamel cups with visiting artist Jodie Glen-Martin.
Thank you to Jodie Glen-Martin for bringing your workshop to CBPPS!
We are delighted to announce that Chiswick & Bedford Park Preparatory School is now a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools. With a history spanning 125 years and including over 670 independent schools worldwide, the associations strict eligibility criteria focuses on excellence in education, a broad curriculum and an emphasis on maintaining the professional training and development of staff.
Well done to Shaw House for organising a fantastic day of fundraising!
Raising vital funds for the British Heart Foundation, Shaw House organised a day of dodgeball on Monday 29th April with each year getting the chance to play and compete by donating £2 per person.
The fundraising continues for the rest of the week, with a school wide raffle where there are many exciting prizes up for grabs.
Come back next week to find out more about the prizes and most importantly, how much money Shaw House raise for the British Heart Foundation!
On Thursday 25th April, Form 6 visited The National Archives in Kew, West London. They enjoyed taking part in a workshop where they learnt how to research using historical maps. Examining five maps of London from Tudor England through to the Victorian era, the class looked at the changes in crime, religion, entertainment, health, transport and jobs from the 15th to the 19th Century.