Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:23

The Grove Gymnastics Festival 2018

On Wednesday 13th June, all of the Gymnastics Club had a very exciting day showcasing all their hard work from over the past year. Since April, all our club gymnasts have been focusing on the Grove Independent School Awards Scheme. This scheme has challenged our children to attempt new skills and perfect already learned skills to perform and gain an award depending on their level. All children worked really hard in their sessions and also during the two assessment weeks we had before the actual event. Considering the amount of time the gymnasts had to practice, especially our two lunchtime clubs who only get half an hour a week to perfect routines. The gymnasts were ready for their showcase of their gymnastics routines and parents were very proud of what their children had achieved. Overall, the gymnasts all performed to the best of their abilities, and were very proud of their achievements. Well Done

Mrs Paris

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:23

Pet Visit Talk to Foundation

The Foundation children were really fortunate this week to have a visit from Bruno, a beautiful labradoodle, from Pets As Therapy and his owner Julie. We invited Bruno into school to support our topic on animals. The children were able to have some hands on experience with a pet and they were very taken by him. Julie spoke to the children about Bruno and answered all their questions about how to care for him and his likes and dislikes. He loves to eat sausages and he gets them as a treat. We found out that Bruno has two lovely walks a day, both up to an hour. He loves running in dirty puddles and searching in the woods for his ball. He gets so dirty that he needs a shower each morning to wash the mud from his paws and around his beard! We all had a chance to give Bruno a stroke and he was lovely soft. Thank you for coming to visit Bruno.

Mrs Okwuadigbo

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:20

Killer Keys' Piano Day, Stowe School

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A small group of pupils from The Grove were invited to the Killer Keys event at Stowe school on Thursday. The day was run by Ben Andrew, the Head of Keyboard studies. The day started with a joint rehearsal with pupils from other schools and some Stowe students. They worked on two pieces that Ben had arranged for piano ensemble. It was an unusual experience hearing 7 pianos being played by 20 pupils at the same time. We were treated to a demonstration of the magnificent pipe organ in the Stowe Chapel by Jonathan Kingston. To get to the organ loft we had to climb the steps going through the instrument, passing some of the nearly 4000 pipes.

After lunch we went to a lunchtime concert in the magnificent state music room. Featuring some of the Stowe musicians playing piano, flute and oboe. Ben then led a masterclass, working through individual pieces with a number of pupils. Emily Garwood played Nocturne in F sharp minor by Fredrik Chopin. This was a truly moving performance in the stunning setting of the State Music room. Gaia Mesonero-Perez played Walt in A by Carl Maria Von Weber. A very confident performance, with great dynamic contrasts. Ben encouraged her to play in a more dance-like manner. This gave the performance a stylistic lift. Damilola Omotosho played Polish Song by Ferdinand Hiller. Ben credited him for preparing the piece well, ready for his forthcoming examination. He worked on projecting the right hand a little more to good effect. The concert for parents included solo performances by some of the students, the ensemble pieces that they worked on during the day, and a very interesting joint improvisation piece that they put together during the day.

A great experience for all involved.

Mr Wakley

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On Sunday 20th May the ski race squad, Mrs Berkin, Miss Keats and myself travelled up to Leeds for the National Schools Indoor Open Championships.

We arrived in Leeds at 3pm all very excited and ready for our training session on the slope from 4pm-6pm. Getting ourselves prepared and carrying out lots of practice runs of the race course. After a very tiring 2 hours and long drive we enjoyed a very yummy super and then headed off to bed.

Race day.

The children got themselves suited and booted and onto the slope for some pre-race training. At 10.30am the first race began.

All the children got to carry out 3 runs of the race course, with their fastest time putting them onto the results table. We also had 2 teams an A team and a B team.

A Team

Sophy Pearce

U12 Girls

2nd

22.30s

Alice Alder

U12 Girls

3rd

23.97s

Sophie Hartley-Wiley

U10 Girls

6th

24.79s

Daniel Jemeljanenko

U12 Boys

11th

21.07s

The A team was entered into the mixed team competition, coming in at 2nd Place.

B Team

Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio

U10 Boys

4th

22.87s

Isaac Okwuadigbo

U10 Boys

9th

26.27s

Kyle Dissanayake

U10 Boys

10th

27.77s

A very well done to all the children that took part in the race and an extra special well done to our children here at The Grove, who all came home with 1, if not 2 medals. Well done and I’m very proud of each and every one of you.The B team were entered into the U10’s Boys Team competition, also coming in at 2nd place.

I would just like to say a very big thank you to all the parents that made it up to Leeds and for all your support.

Miss Archer

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Friday, 11 May 2018 13:07

Lunchtime Concert, May 2018

Lunchtime Concert May 5In this May’s concert the tables were turned!

Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.

We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.

Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.

The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.  

A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.

Keep practising!

Mrs Hodges

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Friday, 11 May 2018 12:03

Stowe Choir Festival Day

Our Senior Choir felt very excited to be going to Stowe even though unusually they hadn’t had much time to learn the music before going. Instead they, together with the other two choirs that took part, were able to work on the notes during the rehearsals and by the end of the day could confidently sing ‘America’ by Bernstein, ‘Rhythm of Life’ by Coleman as part of a workshop/concert and a three classical choral works that were sung in a simple service of Compline in the Stowe Chapel.

The girls had a wonderful day and were complimented often on the beautiful sound they made as they were asked to sing various parts on their own.

Once again we were looked after so well by the wonderful music department who always seem thrilled to see us and treat us to lots of lunch, tea and snacks! Oh and a stunning concert given by three Stowics; a singer song writer in year 9, a tenor soloist in year 12 and a girl in year 13 who sang a song from a musical. They were outstanding!

I felt very proud of our pupils who seemed to easily cope with the intense rehearsal and who remained so well behaved and full of life throughout this glorious spring day of music making.

Mrs Hodges

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Upon arrival our students went to the orangery for a brief introduction, then Middle Prep went to the Churchill Spencer Room and Senior Prep went to the Marlborough Room for the start of the Public Speaking Competition. 

The competition was fierce. Both groups were up against some ‘seasoned’ speakers at Blenheim, who clearly knew what was expected of them and delivered some excellent speeches, which were delivered with confidence and skill. 

Findlay Hovell, Iraa Kulkarni and Chloe Cave were all amazing! After a nervous start, they embraced the challenge and delivered a thought-provoking speech to their audience of boys, girls, teachers and other honoured guests including; Lady Henrietta Churchill and Her Grace The 12th Duchess of Marlborough. Findlay, Iraa and Chloe worked well together, each referring to the next speaker by name. Findlay was a super chairperson who introduced the topic exceptionally well. Iraa and Chloe maintained a magnificent posture and held the room in silence as they delivered their speeches with energy and passion. 

Our Middle Prep team had some very pleasing feedback from Her Grace and other VIP guests in the audience. During the interval, Mrs Prigmore-Wells, much to her surprise and delight, returned to find Findlay, Iraa and Chloe in close conversation with Her Grace the 12th Duchess of Marlborough. Her Grace was very interested in the children’s experiences on the podium and was both gracious and kind in her manner with our pupils. Three other members of the adult guests came to our groups to congratulate them on their presentation. 

Jumeirah Francis, Oluwadamilola Omotosho and Caitlin Hendry were our ambassadors for the Seniors competition. There were nine teams competing in this age category and the standard was exceptional. After listening to some engaging and rousing oratory from several other schools, our Grove children took to the podium. Dami chaired the speech confidently, adding some effective pauses and emphasis for dramatic effect. Caitlin and Jumeirah, similarly, spoke very clearly and with controlled passion.

The team had to navigate some tough questions from the panel of guests and it was heart-warming to see Caitlin come to the aid of Jumeirah, when she was answering a particularly difficult question. It was a valiant effort and the children conveyed their knowledge and understanding of the topic, ‘in a very cool way’ – according to one previous judge, who spoke to us after the event. We all felt that this was a wonderful experience and it was exciting to see so many young people, able to speak with such authority to a room of perfect strangers.

Following the competition there was a formal photograph taken of each school’s team with members of the Churchill family. 

A super experience and a wonderful opportunity to present our amazing children’s speaking skills.

Mrs Prigmore-Wells & Mrs Kenton

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On Sunday 21st January we took 3 teams to the ISGA 4 Piece National Gymnastics Championships at Stamford Junior School in Lincolnshire.

All gymnasts had to perform a Set Floor (this was the same routine for all gymnasts), a Set Vault, a Voluntary Vault and a Voluntary Floor Routine, for the girls this was performed to music.

For our Under 9 Girls it was their first competition for some of them, so it was a big day.  Even though they were incredibly nervous, all the children performed their best, and their commitment and hard work paid off, especially in the voluntary floor routines. They came 10th Place in the competition.

Our Under 11 girls were a little more experienced, but they were still very nervous. They performed beautiful voluntary floor routines with personality. Again, all the hard work before and during the Christmas Holidays had paid off, and they performed very well on all four pieces of apparatus. The Under 11 Girls came 9th Place.

For the Under 11 Boys, the competition standard was very high, most of the boys performed to the best of their ability. They came 6th Place.

Overall, we were very pleased with the performance and effort of most of the gymnasts we took to Stamford, and they should be proud of what they did.

Well Done Team!

Mrs Paris & Mrs Allsopp

Under 9 Girls

Name

Set Vault

Voluntary Vault

Set Floor

Voluntary Floor

Total

Position

Morenike Adeleye

8.30

6.20

7.20

21.70

47

Oluwadabira Filani

7.90

6.05

7.90

6.45

28.30

=37

Oyindamola Omotosho

8.00

6.50

6.20

20.70

49

Emily Pugsley

7.70

6.20

6.60

20.50

50

Alexa O’Kane

8.60

7.90

6.10

7.35

29.95

32

Thea-Donya Kassaei

6.10

8.10

6.15

20.35

51

Top 4 Totals

32.80

26.40

29.70

26.60

115.50

10

 

Under 11 Girls

Name

Set Vault

Voluntary Vault

Set Floor

Voluntary Floor

Total

Position

Iman Komane

0.00

59=

Eve Bailey

8.00

7.80

8.65

8.40

32.85

29

Sophy Pearce

0.00

59=

Chloe Cave

7.90

7.10

8.20

8.40

31.60

42=

Hana Iguchi

8.10

6.90

8.45

8.40

31.85

41

Sophie Hartley-Wiley

8.60

7.75

7.60

8.45

32.40

33

Top 4 Totals

32.60

29.55

32.90

33.65

128.70

9

Under 11 Boys

Name

Set Vault

Voluntary Vault

Set Floor

Voluntary Floor

Total

Position

Joseph Imonioro

7.30

7.05

7.70

6.20

28.25

24

Ethan Ireland

8.50

7.25

7.95

6.10

29.80

=21

Kanye Nwuga

7.90

7.25

6.85

5.10

27.10

26

Keith Adeleye

8.40

7.30

7.05

5.00

27.75

25

Oliver Surley

8.10

7.00

6.35

5.00

26.45

27

Gabriel-Alvarez-Custodio

0.00

=32

Top 4 Totals

32.90

28.85

29.55

22.40

113.70

6

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:57

ISA London North Colts Football Tournament

We travelled to Barnet full of excitement for a day of football. With The Grove in a group of eight teams we were guaranteed seven matches so plenty of chances to show off our talent.

We started against a strong King Alfred team and list 6-0 and this woke us up a bit; with the pitch being in a cage the game was non-stop and we had to adjust to this. We followed this with a closer game against Rushmoor, losing 4-1 which was somewhat flattering to our opponents. Henry Lorenz scored our first goal of the day in this game.

Vita Et Pax were our next opponents and despite two fine, curling finishes from Elijah Martey we conceded four at the other end to lose 4-2, but things were improving. Two further losses against group winners and runners up Maple Walk and Norfolk House meant we were unable to qualify for the latter rounds but we fought hard to regain some pride.

After lunch we played Snaresbrook and had our best game of the tournament, fighting back from behind to draw 3-3, a hattrick from Elijah Martey gaining us our first point of the day. We finished with a 3-0 defeat to Salcombe and bowed out of the group in seventh place.

Whilst the day did prove to be a tough one, coming up against extremely strong opposition, we did continue to work hard and battle so a big well done to all the boys who played.

Mr Ellemore

Game 1

The Grove: 0
King Alfred: 6

Game 2

The Grove: 1
H Lorenz
Rushmoor: 4

Game 3

The Grove: 2
E Martey (2)
Vita Et Pax: 4

Game 4

The Grove: 0
Maple Walk: 5

Game 5

The Grove: 1
F Hovell
Norfolk House: 6

Game 6

The Grove: 3
E Martey (3)
Snaresbrook: 3

Game 7

The Grove: 0
Salcombe Prep: 3

Player of the Day: Elijah Martey

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:17

Thornton Trail 2017

A junior and senior running teams set off excited to compete in the annual Thornton Trail. 

The conditions were cold and the standard was extremely high but despite this the girls showed great determination throughout their races. The seniors ran first with Sophy Pearce, Amaya Saiz-Arthur, Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana and Chloe Cave finishing 19th, 23rd, 30th and 46th respectively, with an overall team placing 9th overall out of 20 teams.

The juniors followed over a slightly shorter course. Regan Hovell brought The Grove team home in 38th place followed closely by Morenike Adeleye in 42nd place, Sophie Hartley-Wiley was 43rd and Alice Alder completed the team in 50th position.  The overall team position was a very respectable 14th out of 21 teams.

A big thank you to the parents for their support it was much appreciated.  Well done girls - a great start to the cross-country season!

Miss Webb

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