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

Published in Sport
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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Friday, 10 November 2017 11:58

Baptist Minister meets Pre-Prep at The Grove

Reverend Walker is a Baptist minister who has visited the children of Cedar and Birch today in order to enrich their learning on Christianity and 'Rites of Passage' in particular.

He shared with us a wealth of information about his ministry which stretch as far away as Africa. The children enjoyed sharing their own prior learning about the meaning of a Christian Baptism, Holy Communion and a Marriage with the Reverend who also answered most sensitively a variety of amazing questions about the existence of God and his relationship with the Holy Trinity!

We thanked Reverend Walker for his visit by offering a card we created. Its content depicted a variety of Rites of Passage, churches and Jesus Christ which demonstrated further the children's enjoyment of this Religious Topic. 

We look forward to Reverend Walker visiting our school again and sharing his knowledge with other year groups.

Ms Casiraghi

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Friday, 10 November 2017 11:56

The Grove House Day

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We had a wonderful afternoon in Foundation on History Day. The children and adults all looked fantastic dressed up as different people from History. We followed the theme of Royalty in our activities and in our house groups each child turned into a Prince or Princess and created a bejewelled crown. They then visited the Royal kitchens and prepared their own tea party cakes using of course, Royal Icing. All of the Foundation team were incredibly proud of the children and how well they worked together. It was a pleasure to see the excitement and wonder on their faces throughout the day. We look forward to our next special day.

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The children in pre-prep had a fabulous afternoon dressed up as their favourite characters from the past. After the excitement of the cake sale the children all took part in some historical themed activities during the afternoon. Working together in their Hobby Groups the children made some medieval gingerbread whilst listening to some medieval music. It was really exciting to taste the flavours and the smells of the ginger, honey, cloves and basil which decorated the gingerbread. The children also got the opportunity to learn some facts about Mary Anning and her discoveries in Lyme Regis of  fossils. The children got an opportunity to make their own salt dough fossils which was great fun!

DSC 0008Prep

 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:51

The Grove U11 Rugby Festival

With excitement and anticipation from players, staff and parents alike our annual rugby festival was upon us again. We welcomed Akeley Wood, Bedford Modern and Quinton House to our pitches for what was to be a fantastic afternoon of rugby.

With each team playing each other once there were plenty of opportunities for everyone to show off their skills. The top two teams would then play again in a final, that was everyone’s aim.

The Grove started against Quinton House and went behind early, but fought back with tries from Giannis Rigas and Elijah Martey. The game was end to end with the points there for the taking but unfortunately The Grove came up two tries short and fell to defeat, although it was a promising start.

Next up were last year’s victors, Bedford Modern who put on a defensive masterclass, hardly missing a tackle. The Grove’s defence improved in this game but eventually was broken down from a determined opposition. We couldn’t find a way through at the other end and failed to score, not trough lack of trying though!

Finally, we met Akeley Wood, who had won their previous two matches with ease, making the matches look very easy whilst doing so. Akeley started the match well and full of attacking intent and ran in many tries, rucking quickly and shipping the ball wide at good pace. Elijah Martey had a moment of magic, jinking his way through the defence to score the only try Akeley Wood conceded in the whole group stage but that wasn’t enough to force a comeback.

Akeley Wood and Bedford Modern met in the final and treated the spectators to a very entertaining match. In a very tense affair with the scores at a try apiece Akeley Wood crossed the line with moments to spare to secure victory. Congratulations to them and all the boys who took part, a good afternoon was had by all.

Mr Ellemore

Game 1:

The Grove: 20
Quinton House School: 30

Akeley Wood School: 25
Bedford Modern School: 0

Game 2:

Quinton House School: 0
Akeley Wood School: 40

Bedford Modern School: 25
The Grove: 0

Game 3:

The Grove: 5
Akeley Wood School :70

Quinton House School: 0
Bedford Modern School :35

Final:

Akeley Wood School: 10
Bedford Modern School: 5

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:51

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival this year was a celebration of wonderful water. Beech and Holly got the whole thing started for us telling everyone their favourite watery things to do and singing their song with wonderful actions to go with it. Next came the Science Bit! Autumn, Harry and Jessica from Cedar and Birch explained how an amazing H2O molecule is made using 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom, how they bond and come apart again to make liquid water and how the water cycle works.

Walnut and Maple sang us a very charming song about three little clouds. The clouds rained on the dry ground and the sun shone and three very colourful flowers grew. Well done Walnut and Maple!

Barnaby and Ellie read us their own evocative poems ‘Peaceful Stream’ and ‘The Brook’. These two poems were chosen from the many that the children had written in creative writing lessons. We thought you might like to read them again, so here they are!

Peaceful Stream, by Barnaby Davison

One Autumn afternoon
A little stream wandered across a Maldive Island
Drifting over the soft sands
It is not deep, it is shallow
And a vivid blue like azure.
Winding its way past palm trees
Sometimes feeling the gentle plop of a leaf
On its back

The Brook, by Ellie Ying-Clifton

Do you have a tale to tell?
As you chatter and laugh – guffaw and jump,
Through my Autumn-time garden.
As you babble, as you blow,
Smell the fresh breeze blow you along.
You’re fresh and ripe like a golden-apple tree.
Feel your ripples splashing my grass in the breeze.
But soon, it will be Winter – what will your tale be then?
Your eyes closed tight, dancing to your Winter song.
And the September raindrops drop straight on your palm,
Refreshing, cooling. You gather strength to move on…
And you wind past the flower bed, camping my boat.
Sing me the story of a brook…

‘Riversong’ was a triumph! The Prep children sang their song cycle with great expression, attention to detail and commitment. Working hard in their music lessons really paid off and after a couple of focussed rehearsals altogether they once again showed how they can work as one to make a wonderful sound that filled the church.

The song ‘Waterfall’ was a particular favourite with a soaring theme and two parts that sound magnificent when sung together.

The percussionists of Acacia and Pine showed that they could be sensitive, listen and play to enhance the effect of the water ‘crashing bashing down through the craggy rocks’ and add sparkle to the ‘lazy river’ that jazzily made its way to the sea. Hana and Emily played their string parts beautifully, warming the sound.

The percussion ‘on the seashore’ with it’s exciting chant ‘I can see the sea, I can see the sea, I CAN SEA THE SEA!’ brought the river to it’s end and as it flowed out into the sea Findlay, Elijah and Ryan’s dramatic rap took us to the finale.

The whole school thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic song ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ which in fact is known throughout the Grove as ‘Mark the Shark’ (for obvious reasons). Larch and Rowan had made some fabulous sea creatures which danced in the waves with colourful splashes and smiley faces!

Our last song was AMAZING!

What more can I say!

Mrs Hodges

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