Click on the photo to enlarge it Year 8 pupils Perform With Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra | The Gamelan Orchestra is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia. All Students in Year 8, as part of the Music curriculum, are provided with the opportunity to listen to and perform music within the orchestra. It’s very different to the Western orchestra in that it is mostly made up of gongs, chimes, and metallophones, but with very different names. The instruments are also treated with the greatest of respect – you should never step over an instrument, should always play them sat on the floor, and should always remove your shoes before playing.
Mike Simpson, Musical Director at Inspire Works delivered a two day workshop to the Year 8 pupils using the Gamelan Orchestra instruments, teaching them the basics of the Indonesian music.
Year 8 pupil Amelia Bigmore said, “It was very interesting hearing about the Indonesian traditions and culture about the instruments. We had a lot of fun playing in the orchestra.”
Mr Mike McKenna, Subject Leader for Music at Charters said, “It’s great that our students have had the opportunity to play and hear an actual Gamelan orchestra, as well as learning about some of the traditions of life and music in Indonesia”.
Mike Simpson, Musical Director at Inspire Works, Windsor said, “Charters School pupils have been fantastic, really responsive, it’s great to hear British children playing music usually played by Indonesia children.”
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured L to R: Mr Martyn Parker – Co-Headteacher at Charters School, Mr Julian Tisi (Liberal Democrats), Nicholas Johnson – Year 13 sixth form student, Mr Steve Metson Debate Chair & Teacher at Charters - Head of Citizenship & Religious Studies, Mr Shaun Attwood – author and broadcaster, Liberty Pim - Year 13 sixth form student, Ms Fiona Dent (Labour)
Question Time Debate at Charters Sixth Form for Year 13 Students| Many of our year 13s are eligible to vote in the General Election for the first time and as a result the year group took part in a debate with representation on the panel from some of the major political parties; Julian Tisi (Liberal Democrats) and Fiona Dent (Labour), author and broadcaster - Shaun Attwood as well as our own Co-Headteacher Mr Martyn Parker and two year 13 students: Liberty Pim and Nicholas Johnson. Students engaged superbly and both the panellists and audience took part in a lively debate covering a wide variety of issues including voter apathy, student tuition fees and mental health funding. The students have also done some preparatory work on Democracy during the school day.
Quote from Mr S Metson, Chairing the debate – Head of Citizenship and Religious Studies.
‘The Year 13 students were fantastic, disproving the claim that young people don’t care about politics. There were some excellent questions which the students devised and many of them aired their own views respectfully challenging or supporting comments by the panellists’.
The boys worked off plenty of energy at the park, where they literally bounced off the walls from specially designed trampolines. They also enjoyed a foam pit, dodgeball courts, slam dunk basketball hoops and tumble tracks.
This was one of many interesting weekend activities enjoyed by the boarders at Papplewick. The popular Saturday evening entertainment programme includes marshmallows round fires, camping out, ‘socials’ with girls’ schools, exclusive use of local leisure pools, ‘chocolate Olympics’, and ‘all-you -can-eat’ Chinese restaurant nights out!
Click on the photo to enlarge it Charters School Supports School Catering Company ‘Cucina’| Chefs participate in the 2015 London Marathon| Charters School is delighted with the performance of its new catering company ‘Cucina’ who provide delicious, nutritious and varied meals to students and staff. Cucina were recently awarded the contract at Charters and have continually provided excellent hot and cold foods for the students and staff.
Today, Charters is delighted to support their Cucina Chefs, Mr Robert Hogg and Mr Andy Wilcock. They have both been training hard for the 2015 London Marathon, aiming to raise at least £4,000 for The English Schools Swimming Association. Both Robert and Andy are keen swimmers, and are hoping that their efforts will help provide some much needed funds and at the same time raise the profile of The English Schools Swimming Association.
Mr Andy Wilcock, Cucina Executive Chef said, ‘My career is all about maximizing the opportunities for healthy lifestyles among the young, so it’s natural that I should be support Cucina Chef Robert Hogg in this great cause. Some of the children I work with would love the opportunity to swim for pleasure and competitively, but this is unavailable to them, so we are hoping people with sponsor us and help make all kinds of swimming available to more children.”
Mr Robert Hogg, Sous Chef at Charters School, Sunningdale, an accomplished athlete and swimmer, said, “There are many children who have not had the benefit of learning to swim which is such a pity, and can also hold potential risks. Everyone will be near water at some point in their lives. Let’s get our children into the water and make a splash!”
Year 8 pupil, Amelia Bigmore said, “It’s wonderful that our school chefs will be running in the 2015 London Marathon as it inspires and shows us how important it is to eat healthy foods a school and at home.”
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Congratulations to Coworth Flexlands’ Year 6 Girls for their Senior School Success! | This term Coworth Flexlands’ Year 6 girls built on the School’s academic success celebrating another set of results in the senior school entrance examinations, 2015. The class of 16 girls was offered 25 places across a range of top senior schools, with Art and Music Scholarships secured at two senior schools. Places have been accepted at Gordons, Heathfield, LVS, The Marist, St Catherine’s Bramley, St George’s Ascot, St.George’s College, Weybridge, St.Mary’s Ascot, St. Theresa’s, Sir William Perkins and Wycombe Abbey. Mrs.Anne Sweeney, Head, says “we are proud of the girls’ achievements. They all, without exception, worked very hard for their exams and were rewarded with their desired results”.
In their last two terms the girls will continue to stretch their academic capabilities and prepare themselves for the move to senior school. This week Year 5 & 6 have been to the Isle of Wight on an educational residential trip taking in the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior before catching the ferry across the Channel to be awed by the fossil life on Dinosaur Isle. The remaining four days were fruitfully and happily passed at an aquarium, glass blowing centre, working with coloured sand at Alum Bay and marveling at a model village. Beach walks and chats at the end of the day were treasured. Mrs Lambert, Director of Studies, believes, “Trips like these are important building blocks for nurturing independence and self-confidence for when they move onto their senior schools”.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it The Iridis Piano Quartet - formed in September 2014 and including former Charters cellist, Elizabeth Porter - played its first public performance as an ensemble, at St.Michael's Church, Sunninghill, on Saturday March 21st. 2015 The programme included Beethoven's Piano Quartet in Eb Major Op 16, Bach's Violin Sonata No 2 in A Minor BMW 1003, Glinka's Sonata for Viola and Piano in D Minor, Mozart's Piano Sonata No 10 in C Major, Schumannn's Adagio and Allegro Op 70 and Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor Op 60.
The members of the Quartet are extremely talented young people, students at the Royal Academy of Music: Isata Kanneh-Mason (Piano), Clarissa Lim (Violin), JoEun Shim (Viola) and Elizabeth Porter (Cello).
Click on the photo to enlarge it BBC News School Report Live From Charters School | Charters School pupils in Year 8 who are part of the aspiring high students in English took part in the BBC News School Report. A day long event organised in partnership with BBC News. More than a thousand schools across Great Britain took part this year, each one developing local, national, international, and sports news as well as special interest stories for the BBC audience. After a full day of news-making their video stories were posted on the BBC website.
The event aims to encourage students to take an active involvement in news reporting through the use of IT and audio-visual technology. The students developed their journalistic skills and produced news stories which were balanced, relevant and engaging.
The day offers students the opportunity to experience working in a news team: the early breakfast meeting, when we review the day's top stories; through the writing process, as students undertake research and interviews; and to the final product, when all writing is complete, film footage edited and the stories are sent out to a news-hungry public.
The end product of all their hard work will be available for viewing and reading via the BBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport From this website, over 1000 schools across Britain are linked, each bringing their news to the public.
The BIG DINNER, organised by Ascot Inner took place on Friday, 20th March, at Cheapside Village Hall, near Ascot. A magnificent £1062 was raised for the charity 500 miles. This charity supports the development and delivery of prosthetic services in Malawi and Zambia. Given each artificial limb costs in the region of £175 to fit and produce locally, at least 6 people in Africa can now look forward to a better and more rewarding life.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Some fierce-looking Saxons and Vikings invaded Papplewick School in Ascot on Friday, 6th March, helping to illustrate the history curriculum for Year 4 boys.
The boys investigated place names, looking at an area of south-east England on a map and highlighting as many Saxon villages and towns they could find with the endings: – 'ton', 'ham', 'field/feld' and 'stead' - indicating a Saxon origin.
They also enjoyed hearing about the warrior Beowolf and his battle with the odious monster, Grendel, and they put their artistic skills to good use to depict their own versions of the monster.
The boys then decoded a message written in ancient Runic writing and found their treasure – food! - hidden in the school grounds.
To round up the day, the boys took part in a drama workshop. In groups of four, they performed a short piece in which they had to incorporate a Viking raid and show what the raiders might do in their first few hours in a new and exciting land.
Please click on the photo to to enlarge Pictured: Ruthie Cheung, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ascot, receiving her participants certificate from the Thames Valley area District Governor, Tim Cowling. On Sunday 15th March the Young Musician Regional Final was held in Reading. The event was well organized with 8 instrumentalists and 6 vocalists taking part. The Rotary Club of Ascot was sponsoring two students in each section. Our instrumentalists were Ruthie Cheung (piano) and Hani Elias (guitar) and the vocalists were Annie Imrie Cook and Phoebe Parker. Ruthie was placed second and goes through to the Regional Final on 26th April also in Reading. She and Hani were both commended for particular items that they played. As usual the standard is amazing and the next round will be even higher.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Papplewick pupil performs at Royal Albert Hall Grand Prize Virtuoso Awards | Harvey Lin, aged 12, a gifted pianist and student at Papplewick School in Ascot, showed off his skills at a major music competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 13th March. Having won first prize, he played a piece from Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp at the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso World Premiere.
Harvey, who took his first piano lesson when he was seven, performed on a hand-built Yamaha S6 Grand Piano, the only one of its kind in Britain, originally played by Sir Elton John. He appeared alongside others considered to be the world’s greatest young pianists, violinists, flutists, euphonists and cellists.
At nine years old, Harvey was the youngest participant in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest competitor ever to get through to the second round.
He has won numerous top awards at International and National piano competitions, including first prize in the Emmanuel Trophy Piano Competition in May 2014, one of the most prestigious competitions in the UK. In February 2015 he obtained his LRSM Diploma in Piano Performance, with a Distinction. He is the youngest LRSM Diploma holder in the ABRSM history.
Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick School, who went to the event, said: “We’re very proud of Harvey and his achievements, and it was wonderful to hear him play in such an important venue.”
The 2014 Winkfield May Day Fair was a great success and £1250 was raised for Zak’s First Steps. This money went towards an operation to help him walk, eventually unaided. He flew to America with his family last September to have his operation which was a great success.
Surplus proceeds will as usual be given to a local charity/project yet to be confirmed.
HELPING Wellington College, Crowthorne with its annual charity fireworks and bonfire event resulted in a welcome share of the funds raised in the form of a giant cheque to the local Samaritans ’s branch.
“It costs us in the region of £23,000 a year to run our centre in Bracknell, and we are all volunteers, so the continued support of the College is greatly appreciated,” said branch director Daniel.
Zoe Bishop, deputy events manager at Wellington College, said: “We would like to thank the wonderful volunteers from Bracknell Samaritans for all their help with the event and to the local community who year on year support this charity spectacular.
“The College has supported the local Samaritans for many years and we were delighted to raise a fantastic £3,500 for a charity who provides a service so valuable to our local community.”
Click on the photo to enlarge it Author Allan Boroughs Inspires Year 8 Pupils |Charters School Year 7 and Year 8 pupils were very excited to welcome author, Allan Boroughs to school recently. Allan spent the day with Assistant Headteacher, Mr Darren Hartwell, members of the English Faculty and Year 7 and 8 pupils. This event was organized by Mr Borough’s publisher, Macmillan, and today’s visit is part of a nationwide book tour to launch his second book ‘Bloodstone’ which was launched January 2015.
Allan talked to the pupils about what motivated and inspired him to write books for young adults. His debut novel, Ironheart, published by Macmillan in 2014, was inspired by his travels in Siberia, whilst the sequel, Bloodstone (Jan 2015) took him to the Antarctic. He is currently planning a trip to the jungles of Venezuela for the third book in the series.
The Year 7 and Year 8 pupils were spellbound when Allan read from his latest book ‘Bloodstone’ as well as answering the many questions from the pupils. Allan also talked to the pupils about the 3rd book in the series which he is currently researching and writing. Allan also signed copies of his books ‘Ironheart’ and ‘Bloodstone’.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it A team of Papplewick Year 6 mathematicians came second out of eight teams at The Oratory Prep School Mathematics Challenge on Tuesday 3rd March, carrying off the Silver Award. Led by Vimal Kamath, the team of David Xu, Johnny Stavropoulos, and Cheran Nirmalan narrowly missed out on Gold.
Participating schools each sent a team of four students from Year 6. The first round was made up of multiple-choice questions, which became progressively more complex. This was followed by a round of activities which drew on the pupils’ estimation skills. The final round was a maths relay, which encouraged students to work systematically and at speed while demonstrating their ability to problem-solve.Papplewick’s headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “We’re very proud of our Year 6 team. They all demonstrated resilience under pressure, good teamwork and enthusiasm.”
Please click on the photos to to enlarge The Rotary Club of Ascot presented a cheque for £7,300 - the proceeds of the 2015 New Year's Day Wheelbarrow Race, to Mrs June Martin - President of the Ascot District Day Centre (pictured). The presentations took place at a dinner, held at Mill Ride Golf Club on Wednesday March 11th.
Cups were also presented to the Fastest Men’s Team and the Most Sponsorship Raised team - both won by the Badly Dressed Men (represented by Ben Roberts - pictured below). The winners were also presented with wine, kindly donated by Maloneys Budgens of Ascot.
Community wardens ‘late night’ pilot scheme approved
A pilot scheme which will see the Royal Borough’s community wardens on patrol overnight at weekends was given the go-ahead by the council’s cabinet
Community wardens will be on patrol in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot between 7pm and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays for a six-month trial period. The pilot will be reviewed after three months.
Wardens will provide a reassuring presence for revellers and residents and help deal with issues such as noise nuisance, under-age alcohol sales, taxi licencing and enforcement and liaising with the management at licensed premises.
They will deal with incidents proactively to prevent them becoming a problem for residents.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for community safety, said: “The aim of this pilot is to provide additional services for residents and extra bodies on the ground on a Friday and Saturday night to help deal with issues that may arise from the night-time economy.
Charters School teachers and pupils celebrated World Book Day. World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 18th year of World Book Day, and each year Charters School will join children and schools all over the world to celebrate reading. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. All Year 7 and Year 8 pupils were given a £1 book token which can be used towards any book although to celebrate World Book Day there are a variety of books on sale.
Charters teachers dressed as characters from their favourite books, they were: Tick Tock from Hook, Superman, Catwomen, Effie Trinket, Cleopatra, Peter Pan and Mrs Minerva Magonagall to name a few.
Students Hit Right Note At Young Musician of the Year Final | A selection of the best musical talent at LVS Ascot wowed the audience at their Young Musician of the Year Final on Thursday night _ February 26th.
The LVS Ascot Britvic Theatre was packed to enjoy an evening of brilliant vocals and instrumental performances which Head of Music Dan Gravett described as “one of the best events I have seen”.
The Young Musician of the Year competition is the pinnacle of the LVS Ascot Music calendar, dedicated to celebrating the success of the independent all-ability school’s most talented musicians. It also provided a great opportunity for the junior school musicians to share the stage with their senior school counterparts and experience performing in front of a packed auditorium. With ultra-competitive heats in February reducing the field to a select group of nineteen performances, a wide variety of musicians took part.
The event was given added grandeur by the presence of Richard Furstenheim MVO, Musical Director at the Chapel Royal, as guest adjudicator. Richard has performed for many years as an accomplished Pianist and Singer and his expertise was invaluable as he gave some excellent feedback to students competing which will aid their future progress.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH SUNNINGDALE | FLOWER FESTIVAL | This year Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale, is celebrating 175 years of worship. Then a rather small, plain building, it was consecrated on 22nd October, 1840, when the village consisted of around 700 inhabitants. As the century progressed there was rapid expansion in the area and the church buildings were enlarged to accommodate the burgeoning population and create the form of Holy Trinity Church we now know. The familiar outline, with its dark shingled tower, would have been a landmark for the Victorian traveller along the Old London Road as it is today for the motorist on the busy A30.
To celebrate its 175 years of worship there will be many activities in the church. The first of these celebratory events will be a Festival of Flowers to be held on Sunday, 31st May, beginning with a service at 3 pm, followed by a tea. The theme of this is “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and flower lovers of all ages are invited to take an active part by creating arrangements which will be displayed in the church on the day and for the following week.
The arrangements may be simple, perhaps using paper or silk, or inspirational, reflecting the arranger’s own creativity and love of flowers. They may be assembled in the church on the morning before the service, brought already arranged or delivered earlier.
y phone on 01344 621886. The office is open weekdays between 9.15 am and 12.15 am (closed Fridays and school holidays). A reply before the end of March will help the team to co-ordinate the event and assemble the final details.
For more information please visit www.holytrinitysunningdale.co.uk
Money granted by Royal Borough to good causes
Local groups, charities and organisations are to benefit from thousands of extra pounds of grants from the Royal Borough.
An additional £36,000 has been allocated to the council’s revenue grants budget giving a total of £100,000 to be allocated to good causes in the area. This is an increase of 56 percent on last year.
At a cabinet meeting on Thursday 26 February, councillors agreed recommendations from the borough’s grants panel to provide £25,000 worth of grassroots funding, £79,770 of revenue grants, £36,365 of capital grants and £616,500 of service funded grants.
A total of £950 was also donated through Kidwells Park Trust Grants which will go towards providing facilities for recreation, aimed particularly at increasing cultural activity.
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships, who chaired the grants panel, said: “These grants will help numerous voluntary organisations across the Royal Borough, all of which contribute tremendously to the lives of our residents.
“As a council we feel it is important to support these organisations, many of which rely heavily on volunteers and have great value to the communities they operate in.”
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured: Year 8 students from left to right: Zachary Braithwaite, Grace Dowling, Izabelle Sershall-Brown, Head of Art-Mrs Nancy Lee-Wragg, Kaya Sittampalam Main, Elena Jones, Matthijs Van de Waal
On Thursday March 5, students from Years 7, 8 and 9 showcased their art work in an Art Exhibition organised by Mrs Nancy Lee-Wragg, Head of Art at Charters School. The Art Exhibition displayed a wide selection of the students’ art work which included; self-portraits, masks, 3D models, block printing all using a variety of materials and techniques. Students visited the exhibition during the school day and parents and School Governors were invited to attend in the evening from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. The exhibition was very well attended at all times and received rave reviews.
Mrs Nancy Lee Wragg, Head of Art said, 'Each year the standard of art work continues to amaze us all and there is always something new to see. The event was very well attended which is testament to the students' commitment and the support from parents and friends. The exhibition is a great opportunity for others to see what a creative community Charters is and the variety of opportunities available for students to excel.'
Examples of the students' work will be available to view through the Art Department pinterest on the school's website
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