Thank you to all of our staff for helping us keep The Grove open today. Playtime was especially fun with the additional excitement of more fresh snow!
Friday: The children have packed their bags and are heading off for their last activities. It has been a great Travel Week this year and we are looking forward to getting back to The Grove to see you all.
Thursday: The rain has arrived! Only a little bit of rain though and iOS thinks it will be clear by 7am… We have lots of photos to finish uploading so don’t forget to check back soon. We will let you know when Wednesdays folders are complete.
This morning we have the following activities.
Group 5 – 8 will be taking part in Kayaking and Raft building this morning on Condover Hall Lake.
Group 1: Rocket Launch, Conquest.
Group 2: Lazermaze / Grid of Stones.
Group 3: I.E’s, Abseiling.
Group 4: Abseiling, Swimming.
Group 1: Tunnelling / Vortex, Abseiling.
Group 2: Abseiling, Sensory Trail.
Group 3: Conquest, Rocket Launch.
Group 4: Conquest, Lazermaze and Grid of Stones.
Group 5: Conquest, Fencing.
Group 6: Climbing, Conquest.
Group 7: Lazermaze and Grid of Stones, Conquest.
Group 8: Circus Frenzy, Conquest.
Wednesday: Another beautiful morning in Shropshire, the thunderstorms have not made their way over from Milton Keynes. We have an early start which will give Pre-prep plenty of time to prepare for their lake activities after breakfast.
Groups 1 – 4 will be taking part in Kayaking and Raft building this morning on the Condover Hall lake.
Group 5: Circus Frenzy, Dance Mania.
Group 6: Sensory Trail, Circus Frenzy.
Group 7: Rocket Launch, Archery.
Group 8: Tunnelling/Vortex, Abseiling.
Group 1: I.E’s, Lazermaze/Grid of Stones
Group 2: Circus Frenzy, I.E’s.
Group 3: Dance Mania, Circus Frenzy.
Group 4: Climbing, Dance Mania.
Group 5: Lazermaze/Grid of Stones, Climbing.
Group 6: Tunnelling/Vortex, Abseiling.
Group 7: Abseiling, Tunnelling/Vortex.
Group 8: Fencing, I.E’s.
Tuesday: Good morning! The children are wide awake and playing on the netball court before breakfast. We have the following activities this morning and will number the group photos for you.
Group 1: Circus Frenzy, Climbing.
Group 2: Archery, Swimming.
Group 3: Sensory Trail, Archery.
Group 4: I.E’s, Tunnelling Voertex.
Group 5: Tunnelling Vortex, Sensory Trail.
Group 6: Fencing, I.E’s.
Group 7: Dance Mania, Fencing.
Group 8: Sensory Trail, Dance Mania.
Group 1: Dance Mania, Swimming.
Group 2: Climbing, Dance Mania.
Group 3: Swimming, Climbing.
Group 4: Archery, Circus Frenzy.
Group 5: Rocket Launch, Archery.
Group 6: Lazermaze, Grid of Stones.
Group 7: I.E’s, Sensory Trail.
Group 8: Fencing, I.E’s.
Monday: We left The Grove as scheduled at 10:00am and stopped for our picnic lunch on the way. The children were all full of energy and excitement as we got closer to Condover Hall.
We arrived at Condover Hall at 2:15pm. The children were very excited as we announced their rooms. Just before their first activities, we split the children into their day groups for group photos (online soon) and this afternoon we have: Archery, Rocket Launch, Tunnelling/Vortex, Sensory Trail, I.E's, Dance Mania, Circus Frenzy, Lazer Maze and Grid of Stones.
The children are all in bed resting for their first full day tomorrow. We are now uploading photos from this afternoon and evening to the gallery website.
The two teams of mini-vehicle designers from Chestnut and Sycamore competed in the Kimbolton school design challenge involving designing and making a vehicle to ride a ramp and jump across a shark infested river carrying Batman! (or egg with a remarkably `Batty` look!).
The teams spent all day designing and building their marvellous creations using the workshop facilities at the school. In the final test the Sycamore team came a well deserved 2nd place against several other schools (also beating the Kimbolton Home team!) whilst the Chestnut Batman was feeling a bit shattered! (A bit more work needed on seat belts!) An “eggsciting” day was had by all with lots of enthusiasm from everyone!
Well done to all involved.
Our December activity weeks begin on Wednesday 14th December and run through to Friday 23rd December, we will be closing at 4:00pm on Friday 23rd December.
Please use the form below to sign up for pre-season sports training and contemporary dance. All other activities which are detailed on the timetables attached to this article do not require you to sign up.
Please ensure you arrive by 10am and please do not leave before 2pm. Earlier collections can be arranged if your child has an appointment or special occasion, please let us know at the office if you do need to collect before 2pm. Please be aware that as our first activities begin at 9am, you may not get your first choice of activity if you arrive after 9am.
|Tuesday 6th December||
Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 9:30am
|Wednesday 7th December||Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 9:30am|
|Inter House Matches 2:00pm
(Hockey at Newton Longville, Rugby at School Playing Fields)
|Thursday 8th December||Foundation, Larch and Rowan Nativity 09:30am|
|Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day!
For a £1 donation (Farakunku Foundation) children and staff may wear a Christmas themed jumper with their uniform for the day
|Friday 9th December||FROGIS Christmas Fair 4:00pm|
Please take all sports kit home
|Saturday 10th December||LVAC Lessons End|
|Monday 12th December||Christmas Parties – Home clothes|
|Prep Santa Fun Run
Bring a Santa outfit or Christmas themed clothes and trainers
|ABRSM Music Exams – School Uniform Required|
|Tuesday 13th December||Christmas Service at the City Church 3:00pm
Parents Welcome Children to be collected
from the City Church at 4:00pm
|Wednesday 14th December||Activity Weeks 14/12/16 - 23/12/16
Please visit www.groveschool.co.uk to sign up for pre-season sport and contemporary dance
|Thursday 15th December||Italy Ski Trip 15/12/16 - 22/12/16|
|Friday 23rd December||School and Nursery Close 4:00pm|
|Thursday 5th January||School and Nursery Open|
|Friday 6th January||LVAC Lessons Begin|
Wednesday the 12th of October saw the annual Grove School Colts rugby tournament hosted on our home pitches at tear drop lakes.
Teams form Akeley Wood, BMS, Quinton House and Pitsford joined The Grove in a round robin event culminating in a final on the main pitch.
Each match lasted 15 minutes and some very close scores were recorded.
The Grove 2 Quinton 4
Akeley 7 Pitsford 0
Pitsford 0 BMS 8
The Grove 3 Akeley 4
Akeley 1 BMS 2
Quinton 4 Pitsford 1
The Grove 1 BMS 8
Akeley 1 Quinton 1
Quinton 0 BMS 5
The Grove 4 Pitsford 1
BMS 3 Akeley 0
We were delighted to be able to witness a final between the top two teams after the round robin event was completed. Akelely Wood played BMS in a 20 minute final. The game was a very good showpiece for schools’ rugby and BMS eventually came out winners 3 -0.
All teams performed well and some excellent skills were on display. Power house Damilola showed some great form ending the day as our top try scorer showing superb skill and determination. Further mentions to Alex Lee, Jeremy Matthews and Harry Dunning who played some of their best rugby for The Grove.
A massive thank you to all The Grove sports, support and teaching staff who helped organise an excellent event. We would also like thank all the parents who came and cheered us on all afternoon.
Mr Small and Mr Ellemore
Colts Rugby vs Bedford Modern
Wet and windy conditions greeted The Grove Colts for their fixture against Bedford Modern on Monday. The Grove started the stronger of the two sides and were out to a 10-0 lead with ties to Oluwadamilola Omotosho and Harry Dunning. Bedford Modern then saw a period of sustained pressure on the Grove try-line before a fantastic tackle from Zayd Khan saw the ball turned over and a third try scored by Ayomide Adewumi. The Grove scored another really good team try to Jeremy Matthews, just on the stroke of half time.
Bedford Modern started the second half extremely well and scored a well worked team try to bring the scoreline back to 20-5. The Grove then went on to score four more tries, including a length of the field try to Elijah Martey. Overall a really good team performance that saw TGIS win 40-5.
A special thanks to all the parents/grandparents who came out to support the team in the wet and the cold!
The Grove: 40
Tries: O. Omotosho, H Dunning, A Adewumi, J Matthews, E Martey
Bedford Modern: 5
Man of the Match: Harry Dunning
Cedar class and their teacher Mrs Carlin put on a wonderful assembly with songs about World War II and a class favourite poem version of Little Red Ridding Hood. Well done Cedar.
On Thursday 15th September a rather excited Cedar and Birch headed down the M1 to RAF Hendon. There was a great buzz on the mini buses as Barnaby from Birch Room had been on the telephone that morning telling Chris Evans from Radio Two where he was off to! We arrived in sweltering heat and after a group photograph in our blazers and hats we took them off and headed into the museum. Our first hour was spent looking at the huge and amazing planes that had flown during World War II. We saw an American Curtiss Hawk, German Messerschmitt, and an English Avro Lancaster to name but a few. Our tour ended with a group session where it was announced that because Barnaby had spoken with Chris Evans this morning the museum were going to very kindly donate to the school a gift of having the schools name painted onto one of the red arrows! Could today get any more exciting?
After this we split into two groups and had the opportunity to dress up in some RAF uniforms that were worn during the war, we all looked very smart! After some photographs we went upstairs to meet one of the blackout wardens from wartime. He took us back in time to during World War II, and he explained all about The Blitz and the need for blackouts in houses and on car and street lights. He was very impressed with our knowledge when answering his questions. After lunch we went off to The Battle of Britain Hall. Here we saw lots of planes, tanks, cars and bombs that all played their part during this battle. After this it was time to leave to come back to school. We had all had a fabulous day and learnt lots of new things about the RAF and the great part that they played in World War II.