Sycamore had good weather for the drive up to Birkenhead to the Lady Lever Gallery, and the Port Sunlight housing both gallery and the (originally) workers housing instituted by the Lever family- at that point very successful branded soap manufacturers! The children had an excellent guided tour and sketched prolifically looking at a wide variety of items starting with Chinese vases and small sculptures and moving on to portraits of Queen Victoria! We followed this by going to Liverpool via the very long Mersey tunnel to the Youth hostel and after a good cooked meal did an evening tour of the rejuvenated docklands area with sculptures and Merseyside views abounding.
On the Wednesday morning (after a full English cooked breakfast!) we walked to the Liverpool Anglican cathedral designed by the Victorian gothic revival architect Gilbert Scott, with immense arches in a gothic manner and spectacular stained glass windows. Following on from this we toured through the pedestrian centre of Liverpool and then went to the World museum to visit the Chinese terracotta warrior’s special exhibition. The staff commented that we were the best group they’d had with our children taking care over a series of carefully drawn studies of the warrior’s and accompanying artefacts. After lunch we had an informative interactive workshop about the first emperor of China and the culture of the time. After a quite smooth journey back to school we arrived well within the allocated time frame but with some quite tired but excited children following a successful visit to Liverpool.
The trip to the Natural History Museum was an opportunity for year six to visit the exhibit on the Earthquakes and Volcanoes that the museum is currently offering. This trip allowed the students to consolidate and develop their already existing knowledge on the subject exploring it in greater depth with interactive displays. The start of the trip traveled through the inside of the World allowing the students to see all of the Earth's tectonic plates and features linking it together. The students then moved into the main exhibit where they had the opportunity to interact with: World maps showing the location of Earthquakes and volcanoes; Fault lines and pressure build up/Examples of different rock and lava formations. Throughout the exhibit the students had to collect information, draw examples and study extra areas around the information that they'd studied before. This will work to expand and develop their ideas on the topic. Once the students reached the later stages of the exhibit they had the opportunity to experience an Earthquake albeit at a minor end of the scale. The simulator shows people what to expect at the beginning of an earthquake which delivered some very excited students.
The students really enjoyed the trip although there was definitely some tired faces on the journey home.
Quite a contrast to the last fixture, as it was cold and windy and not a particularly nice afternoon for a rounders fixture. Despite the challenging weather, the girls were excited for the game and after a quick warm-up the first innings began. Eve Bailey had a solid performance as bowler and after a few no-balls started to show some consistency in delivery. Fielding took a little more time to settle and we made a few mistakes under pressure. Our batting in both innings was a little disappointing and this is something we need to work on in lessons. Few balls were hit and the girls seemed hesitant to swing at the ball. Nevertheless, after the first innings there was not much between the 2 teams so the 2nd innings was all to play for. Unfortunately, our fielding was not as tight and we allowed Winchester House to score on our mistakes and this allowed them to secure a solid lead. Our batting did not improve and we then relied on some half rounders from no-balls and some mis-fields which was not enough. The final score was a loss for The Grove 12 and a half to 5 and a half.
The Grove: 5½
Winchester House School: 12½
Player if the Match: Sophy Pearce & Iraa Kulkarni
The boys were in good spirits travelling to Ashfold, keen for their first cricket fixture of the term. Wilfred Clark was captaining the team and was called straight over where we lost the toss and Ashfold chose to bat first.
Ashfold got of to a good start with some fantastic fours to begin with, however the boys managed to get a wicket in the second over, a promising start. The boys continued to field well but bowled a few too many bowls wide, allowing Ashfold to increase their score by ten every over. Once the end of the eleventh over was reached by Ashfold they'd scored eighty six runs and only lost one wicket. A combination of wide bowls and some superb hits led to this early score.
The boys went into their innings with a high score to level. In the first over the boys were struggling to match the pace and skill of Ashfold's bowling loosing three wickets in quick succession. This was the trend that was set for the rest of the overs. The boys struggled to do more than stop the balls from Ashfold and all agreed that their bowling was superb.
The boys look forward to improving on this in their next fixture and are throwing themselves into training for it.
The Grove: 6/9
Ashfold School: 49/1
This was the first game of the season against Beachborough and the girls started well in the first innings. The bowling switched between Chloe Cave and Maya Shah and both girls bowled well and were sensible to swop places when they started to lapse in concentration. The girls understanding of the game was good and they worked hard to stop half rounders being scored at second post. When batting the girls were a little slow to get going and we scored most of the rounders from the bowlers no-balls. Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood both scored full rounders with some excellent running and tactical judgement. We were ahead going into the second innings and once again the fielding was solid with only a few errors when making quick decisions. Amaya Saiz-Arthur performed very well in bat for the second innings scoring 2 excellent rounders off 2 balls and both Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood worked hard for another full rounder each. The final ball ended in a victory for The Grove. Well done girls. A great start.
The Grove: 19½
Beachborough School: 16
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur & Esther Williams
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.
On Thursday 26th April 2018 we welcomed a member of our Sikh Community who visited us and shared her experience and knowledge of Sikhism.
Larch and Rowan remained engrossed as Tina taught us about her beliefs. We learnt that Sikhism is not just a religion; it is a way of life. Tina shared the message, "Ek Ong Kar," "We are all one," and explained that Sikhs treat others like they would like to be because we all have beating hearts. We have already learnt about Guru Nanak in class, so it was interesting hearing more facts about his teachings. It was very relaxing taking time to listen to peaceful music and relax our minds. One pupil smiled as she explained that she felt like she was floating into Space. Tina brought in lots of beautiful items to share with us and set us challenges to further our learning in our classroom.
Thank you very much to our inspiring speaker!
Acacia and Pine really liked the talk yesterday on Sikhism. They enjoyed refreshing their knowledge from year four when they visited the temple, where they learnt about Sikhs and their way of life. They had the opportunity to ask Tina detailed knowledge and develop their depth of understanding within Religious studies. The students all loved the chance to spend some time meditating and relaxing their minds to consider others in the day ahead and reflect on mistakes so that they can be corrected moving forwards. This visit will help them in their end of unit test in Religious Studies which they really appreciated. They also loved the video on the temples that was shown which gave them a great insight into the daily life of people that follow Sikhism as a religion.
During the morning session they attended an Internet Safety Workshop in which they increased their understanding of how to use the internet with safety and how to cope if they were ever a victim of cyber bullying. They understood the importance of using sites, when browsing the Internet, which are appropriate to their age due to the content they portray. The role-play activities offered, were well received and it became apparent that all the children developed a deeper understanding of the meaning of the word 'friends' when online. After a short video about the importance of 'privacy settings' on different electronic devices they may use, all children agreed that these needed to be checked regularly to maintain their safety when online. Also personal information should never be shared as their 'friends' are already familiar with it and only a stranger would inquire about it: A password is like a toothbrush...you would not share it with anyone!' Our children learnt to create a password which was, in its simplicity, quite difficult to identify by others, along with exploring how to act when a message, they may receive, would make them worried or confused. It was comforting to see their awareness of the steps to take in order to keep themselves safe in both instances.
Sycamore created an amazing 'rap' which depicted all the learning they enjoyed throughout the day with an effective choice of vocabulary and rhythm to captivate any child, this received the full approval of the Safety Centre Teacher who ran the session.
In the afternoon Sycamore Class ventured around Hazard Alley in small groups and dealt enthusiastically with a wide range of situations such as making a 999 call, due to spotting a fire in their home, or noticing someone having difficulty when in a lake as well as revisiting the Green Cross Code and safety in the car. These instances were very realistic as Hazard Alley represents a small area of a town, with crossing, railway, vehicles and houses. . Our children showed great team ship as they supported each other through these experiences and many a lesson were learnt today.
The trip has fulfilled all expectations and the most rewarding aspect of it was to witness all that our children returned to The Grove being better equipped when using the web and in particular social media.
Today, The Grove School welcomed an Islamic Visitor who gave a talk about Islam to Yew and Aspen and Acacia and Pine.
Yew and Aspen were introduced to the concept of Islam with Pilgrimages as a focus. She spoke about the five pillars of Islam, teaching the children the Arabic words for each pillar. The children sat beautifully and were well engaged throughout. There was a Qu’ran ( not sure how to spell this?!), along with prayer beads and prayer mats for the children to look at. The children asked some interesting and probing questions, sparking some super discussion. They were also treated to tasty dates and a very special, personal gift: A copy of their own name, written in Arabic, on gold paper.
Acacia and Pine explored the Holy Book called the Ku'ron and viewed the meaning of some passages linked to forgiveness, bullying and anger. Our children discussed these important topics and explored how the Ku'ron advises Muslim to behave. Through practical tasks involving group work, water and paper everyone gained a deeper understanding of this Holy Book.
Mrs Kenton & Ms Casiraghi
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.
The Grove: 0
King Alfred: 6
The Grove: 1
The Grove: 2
E Martey (2)
Vita Et Pax: 4
The Grove: 0
Maple Walk: 5
The Grove: 1
Norfolk House: 6
The Grove: 3
E Martey (3)
The Grove: 0
Salcombe Prep: 3
Player of the Day: Elijah Martey