School News

  • Year 7 & 8 Production Club: Old Books (13.3.14)

    Posted: 17th March 2014

    The Year 7 & 8 Production Club performed ‘Old Books’ on Thursday 13th March in the Hunter Hall.

    There were many accomplished performances from the cast in this humorous and poignant play about how stereotypical views of the older generation can sometimes stop us from valuing their contribution to society and their wealth of experience.

  • Year 3 at Holdenby House WWII Evacuation Day (6.3.14)

    Posted: 05th March 2014

    The whole of Year 3 went to Holdenby House to learn about evacuation.  My group was with Mr North first who wanted to see our identity cards.  He taught us how to salute properly then he made us march up and down.

    After that we went to the hallway and we played a game where there were two teams called the Spitfires and the Lancasters.  We had to get under a table as a team and Mr North timed us.  The Lancasters won by a mile!  Then we went to the cellar.  It didn’t smell very nice but that was because there were no windows.

    After that we were with Mrs North in the kitchen and talked about how much food you got in a week.  Then Mrs North told us that most of us were going to make a Walton pie and some of us made decorations for a wedding.  We then had lunch which was a roll, an apple, two biscuits and a chunk of cheese with a carton of juice.

    Then we went to the ‘make do and mend’ room where we made paper boats and bed rugs and sorted out buttons into colours. We then went to a room with a piano and sang four songs to Mr and Mrs North before we got onto the coach and went back to school.

  • Pre-Prep Spellathon for NSPCC

    Posted: 05th March 2014

    The Pre-Prep Department kick started the Spring term by holding a ‘Spellathon’ in aid of the NSPCC.  We began with a moving and inspiring assembly, led by a representative from the charity, which gently and informatively touched upon how the NSPCC helps to transform the lives of children, who do not have the love and care that is so important to them.   A wonderful feeling of determination filled the air, as the children rose to the challenge of learning to spell some tricky (and rather unusual!) words, whilst also encouraging friends and family at home to sponsor them in their efforts.

    The Pre-Prep parents were, as ever, amazing in their help to raise sponsorship and in assisting with the learning of spellings. The grand total raised by the children was a staggering and rather overwhelming £3299.27!  By coming together as a department to support this very special cause, the children also achieved a great sense of fulfilment from knowing that they had made a real difference to the lives of others. 

    It was a very proud moment when Kathryn Brown from the NSPCC returned to award the children with special green ‘Buddy’ badges, as an enormous and heart felt thank you for all their incredible hard work.

  • Uppingham Prep Schools Orchestral Day (27.2.14)

    Posted: 03rd March 2014

    The Uppingham Orchestral Day is always a fantastic event and this year really did not disappoint. 

    31 musicians from the Concert Band and String Orchestra were treated to a fantastic day of music making along with musicians from 20 other prep schools. 

    In the morning pupils were all split into their different orchestral sections.  The time was then spent rehearsing the different scores ready for the massed Orchestra, Wind Band and String Orchestra rehearsal in the afternoon.

    After lunch (and the very important visit to the tuck shop!) all the different sections came together in the Memorial Hall under the direction of Uppingham’s Director of Music, Stephen Williams.  He had the difficult task of putting together the newly commissioned piece ‘Tiddy Mun’ by Uppingham’s Composer in Residence, Tim Watts.  This was followed by Wind Band and String Orchestra rehearsals, all of which were preparing for a concert to parents and teachers at the end of the day.

  • Assembly Address by Mr Hester, Headmaster of Princethorpe College (28.2.14)

    Posted: 28th February 2014

    Mr Hester arrived, trombone in hand, to speak to Spratton about the importance of having confidence.

    He told of his lack of confidence at school which changed once he started to learn a musical instrument.  He even busked to pay for his very own trombone!  After a rendition of 'When The Saints Come Marching In', his first public performance in 25 years, he went on to perform some maths tricks, losing £1 in the process!

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