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A number of Scholarships and Exhibitions have already been awarded to Knighton House Pupils:
Charlotte F – Music Scholarship and Academic Exhibition to Sherborne Girls. Lucy S – Music Exhibition to Prior’s Field. Francesca RM – Academic Scholarship to St Mary’s, Shaftesbury. Sara-Kate H – Sports Scholarship to St Mary’s, Shaftesbury. Annabel AH – Sports Scholarship to St Mary’s, Shaftesbury. Many congratulations to you all.
Primary Maths Challenge
More than 84000 Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the exciting national Primary Mathematics Challenge last term. Our certificate winners this year are: Gold: Louisa B and Rosie RM Silver: Blanca and Scarlet Bronze: Millie, Lucy A, Buzz, Annabel D, Rowena, Tilly Y, Isabella, Katie S Congratulations, girls!
Journalist and Editor of Blackmore Vale Magazine visits Knighton House School
Pupils from years 7 and 8 enjoyed a talk this morning (21st January) from the editor of the Blackmore Vale, Mr Tim Lethaby. The Blackmore Vale prides itself on being the largest local magazine of its kind in the UK, reaching 55,000 households per week via the printed magazines and 20,000 online users per week. Tim provoked great discussion amongst the girls as they gained an insight into journalism, learned of the relevance of local news, the rising importance of digital media, particularly Twitter and the opportunities available from an early age to get published material out there. Look out for the rise of the Knighton blogger in the coming months! Big thank you to Mr Lethaby from Knighton House for such an interesting morning.
Dorset Schools Cross Country competition
Well done to the twelve girls who took part in the Dorset Schools Cross Country on Wednesday 15th January.
Many congratulations to Sophie S who has qualified to compete at the South West Schools Competition.
Comenius trip to Bulgaria – November 2014
Most recently 4 Knighton House girls joined two members of staff on a trip of a life time to Bulgaria. The visit took us to a small town called Parvomay, which is a two hour drive south east of Sophia. A very quiet, modern town with little character, but softened by the wonderful tree filled park. The weather was cold and crisp, and the sunshine brought a bit of warmth to the otherwise rather grey surroundings. Our hosting co-educational school of 650 children was enormous by comparison to the cosy surroundings of Knighton House and the corridors were filled at break time by a plethora of youngsters ranging from 7 to 18 years old! Accompanied by children from all of the other visiting countries, the girls immersed themselves into Bulgarian life for the week. At school, they attended lessons and enjoyed a variety of project based activities, returning home to their host families for lunch each day, and participating in family life. We were given a warm reception by our Bulgarian Co-ordinator, Vesselka Shopova, the Headmaster, staff and children at SOU “Prof. dr. Asen Zlatarov” and were welcomed on the first day by senior girls dressed in tradition costume. A variety of dance displays started the visit and between meetings, we were treated to a number of cultural visits. The highlight of the trip for us all was a day out to Plovdiv, voted to be the European City of Culture in 2019. Built on a Roman town, Plovdiv is full of historical interest, with cleverly exposed Roman buildings, medieval streets, an ancient mosque and wonderful baroque architecture. The visit to Bulgaria was an extraordinary experience for the girls, who exchanged their comfortable routine for a totally different lifestyle, food and language for a week. The grand finale at the end of the week was humbling. Every family in the school had cooked a traditional dish and the tables were spread with a multitude of home grown vegetables, jars of pickles and Jams. The children put on the play ‘Charlie’s Aunt’ and a good time was had by all. Our cases were stuffed to the hilt as we sheepishly made our way to the departure gate, but all our jams, marrows and knitted socks made it back to England! Knighton House hosts Comenius finale We are very excited that the final visit will be to Knighton House in June 2015. Our aims are to provide a wonderful experience of Dorset life for our visitors and to showcase the results of the project.
Musical start to the weekend
Fridays’ music assembly last week included the pre prep Orchard pupils singing a song about Autumn Days to the whole school with actions – many overcame nerves to stand and perform in front of the whole school. The Autumn Concert on Saturday saw thirty varied pieces performed. The whole school was included in the concert in some way, either playing an instrument, singing in a choir or carrying out the essential roles as stage hands and sound technicians – even the audience were given the words to sing the chorus to Singin’ in the rain! These termly concerts are an opportunity for the pupils to perform on stage and enjoy the great gift of music which is celebrated at Knighton House School.
Two amazing hockey matches against Hanford on Saturday. Our girls played with such determination! They defended well and set up some great goals. U12B Hockey V Hanford 3 – 0 WIN Players of the match – Molly L and Georgia W. U12A Hockey V Hanford 7 – 0 WIN Player of the match – Olivia A. Last week we had some rainy matches on Wednesday. All the girls played well despite the wet conditions – they definitely earned their match tea! U10 Hockey V Leweston 0-1 lost Player of the match – Scarlet AH. U11 Hockey V Leweston 2-4 lost Player of the match – Tilly Y. U12 Hockey V Dumpton 2-2 draw Player of the match – Georgia W. U13 Hockey V Dumpton 0-9 lost Player of the match – Lucy S and Coaches Player of the match – Emily H. Congratulations to all girls who took part and particularly those who have been voted as players of the match. This week we have all age groups out playing hockey! Good luck everyone.
Pupils enjoy a day of environmental education
Last week, pupils from years 3, 4 and 5 at Knighton House School visited the Magdalen Project near Chard for the day to enjoy an educational experience outside the classroom. Magdalen is a working farm set in 132 acres of Somerset countryside. The project offers children and adults the opportunity to learn new skills, develop a deeper understanding of the countryside and learn that sustainability should be fun. The Knighton House School pupils enjoyed being farmers for the morning. They visited, cuddled and fed the chickens who seemed particularly ravenous and discovered a couple of expert chicken catchers amongst them! They moved on to the vegetable and fruit plots where they bravely tasted flowers and herbs to varying cries of ‘yuck’ and ‘yum’, although it was agreed that sorrel was the tastiest. The pigs enjoyed a good scratch although their paddock was so squelchy that two children had to be rescued after their boots got stuck. Meanwhile, some of the year 5’s were making fires, collecting eggs and roasting marshmallows on an open fire. They made some very tasty omelettes on the cob oven using eggs they had collected earlier. All the girls then took part in a bug hunt and found a good variety of fascinating bugs. They learnt about how food travels and the benefits of locally produced food. Only one child was brave enough to try the composting loo! A successful day summed up by one year 2 pupil – “a really fun place to go to”. .
Knighton House fireworks evening
Knighton House enjoyed a fantastic evening of fireworks last week. The rain held off and the pupils and parents were delighted to see the revival of the bonfire which has not been seen at Knighton House for over 10 years. The bonfire was lit at 6pm and the children enjoyed hot dogs and donuts around the fire whilst sporting an array of ‘glow’ ears, sticks, necklaces and bracelets. An impressive display of fireworks followed on the front lawn. In the words of an old girl who is also a current parent : “the bonfire was magical….for a minute I was back at school again, 8 years old and wearing red dungarees……thank you !” .
Writing ‘witches’ visit Knighton House
The writing witches from Bournemouth University visited B2 and B3 to conduct a spellbinding writing workshop with them. They were able to select props out of the magic bags and learnt spells to help them remember the key parts of a story. They then worked in groups to write stories using their props and told them to the rest of the class. All children really enjoyed the experience and are eagerly writing stories to enter the 500 word competition.
Dorset Fire and Rescue visit The Orchard
The Orchard have been learning about the key topic of ‘Ourselves’, with each year group exploring and investigating different aspects. One central theme has been ‘keeping safe’ and the Orchard was very pleased to welcome John from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service who spent the whole morning with us. The children were taught about keeping safe, being aware and most importantly what to do in the event of an emergency. The highlight of the morning, for all the children, was having a go with the hose in the courtyard. At the end of the morning, following a quiz, each class achieved the Bronze Safety Award.
Knighton House School hold Equestrian Event
Knighton House School held their annual 2 day equestrian event which included dressage, show jumping and a challenging cross country course. Twenty girls took part; some on their ponies from home, with others taking part on pupils’ ponies who are kept at school and shared with other girls who don’t own ponies to ride. This means the event is open to the whole school and is often the first 2 day equestrian event the girls take part in. On Friday, despite the rain, all the girls completed their dressage, with fantastic scores being achieved by Oria Lockwood and Buzz Borneman in their respective classes. On Saturday there was much excitement as the girls came straight from lessons to walk the cross country and show jumping courses. The three classes allowed girls of all abilities to compete, jumps ranging from 1ft6” to 2ft3”. Congratulations to Lily Ryder, Scarlet Alers-Hankey and Lucy Southwood for winning their classes with Lucy competing on an old girl’s pony, May. Hannah Collin put in a great performance after her pony went lame, she continued to compete on another pupil’s pony and gained a well deserved 3rd. Such is the enthusiasm for this event that Madeline Reader-Smith played in the U9’s hockey match immediately before the event and after a quick change of clothes, hopped on her pony Hippo to complete a clear round and take a well earned 2nd place. The event drew quite a crowd of spectators, in glorious Dorset Autumn sunshine, with huge amounts of cheering and encouragement for all the girls who took part. Knighton House are looking forward to competing in the Inter schools competition to be held by the South West Wilts Pony Club in November. The next equestrian event in the school calendar is the Sponsored Show Jumping event on Saturday, 8th November where the girls will be raising money for new schooling mirrors for the arena.
Knighton House School and the Comenius Project: EUniting Voices
Knighton House pupils are some of the students and staff from nine European countries who have come together in the Comenius project EUniting Voices www.eunitingvoices.com. This is a two year project, funded by the European Union. The aim is to promote an awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe and to understand the need to combat prejudice and racism. It gives many children the chance to travel and get to know other European people and cultures. Pupils also work on cross-curricular topics within school and then share their work. A final animation will present the work that has been done and so unite European voices. Each country hosts a visit giving students and staff the chance to travel and experience life in another country. Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, France and Romania have all hosted visits, giving nineteen Knighton House girls the opportunity to travel and experience different European cultures. Trips to Bulgaria and Turkey are still to come. Romania visit Most recently 2 year 7 pupils and 2 members of staff from Knighton House School returned from an exciting visit to Crivina de Sus in western Romania. The local primary school teacher and his family hosted our girls in their home in the tiny village of Crivina de Sus. This rural community was very different from rural Dorset. We often saw families sitting in the fields watching their own cow, or bringing them home at the end of the day with the cow bells ringing in the still mountain air. Small hayricks looked like statues standing next to the fields of maize and pumpkins. We visited two of the local schools to see their facilities but also to be entertained by the songs the youngest children had learnt to welcome us. Older students joined the younger children to show us traditional Romanian costume and dancing. The local community organised a wonderful evening party and we were able to participate in Romanian dancing, simplified for beginners! We visited wooden Orthodox churches with magnificent painted decoration covering walls and ceilings. Some of these were small village churches while others were large monasteries with tranquil grounds or mountain views. On our last day we had a trip to Hunedoara and the famous castle where Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, was imprisoned. This is an amazing building of turrets and vaulted ceilings. This was followed by a funicular railway ride up the steep side of a sleeping volcano cone to an ancient citadel. The 360 degree view was stunning. Beautiful western Romania has given us many experiences and memories and the opportunity to make new friends from many countries. Knighton House hosts Comenius finale We are very excited that the final visit will be to Knighton House in June 2015. Our aims are to provide a wonderful experience of Dorset life for our visitors and to showcase the results of the project.
The Orchard gets cooking to celebrate Harvest
The Orchard, Knighton House School’s pre-prep with boys and girls aged three to seven, really had fun cooking for their Harvest lunch on Tuesday. The three course lunch started with year one’s home made vegetable soup and year two’s French bread. The nursery made the main course which was delicious pizzas and finally the reception class used their own ‘orchard’ to pick apples and hedgerows in the school grounds to make crumble. The feast was enjoyed by the staff and pupils.
Knighton celebrates 65 years
It was 1950 when John and Peggy Booker came to Durweston and opened the doors to Knighton House School. This year we are celebrating 65 years of Knighton: part of that is an effort to contact every OK and every old parent of the school — we want everyone who is part of the Knighton story to be part of the celebrations. We will also be putting in place ‘Knighton 65’ a new development plan to serve Knighton over the next 65 years.
New Head for Knighton House School
Presentation Day is the day when Knighton House pupils, staff and parents come together to celebrate the past academic year. This year, the event also marked the occasion when Alison Tremewan, headmistress for the last five years, handed over the headship to Mrs Sarah Wicks, the current Deputy Head and who has taught at Knighton for almost 20 years. Chair of Governors, Mrs Camilla Masters, thanked Alison for her hard work and leadership and wished her success at Sherborne Prep, where she takes up a new post in September. Camilla added that Sarah Wicks was supremely qualified to lead Knighton forward and build on the excellent reputation and academic successes the school has seen. She said: “Our scholarship successes and ‘outstanding’ pre-prep are reflective of the excellent staff and the calibre of children who all agree that Knighton is a very special, unique school. “We wish Alison well in her new role and are extremely confident that Sarah Wicks will ensure the school continues to go from strength to strength as we embark on the next chapter in Knighton’s long history.” Next year marks Knighton’s 65th anniversary and planning is already underway to celebrate in style!
Success for Team Knighton at Stonar
The riding team from Knighton House School is celebrating following a very successful event at the Stonar Inter-schools One Day Event held last weekend (17/18 May). The school’s show jumping team: Annabel Alers-Hankey, Martha Allhusen, Louisa Harman and Francesca Grazebrook, came 2nd in the team event out of 39 schools from across the UK, including individual 1st and 4th places. Mrs Catherine Goddard, head of riding at Knighton House, said: “This is a magnificent achievement – we are only a small school in comparison to many of the other schools which had travelled from across the country to compete, so we are delighted for the girls who have worked so hard.” Knighton House’s own XC and riding arena, at its site in Durweston, is available for hire, for information please contact the school on 01258 452065
Singing amid the Tanks!
Echoes of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ rang around the Tank Museum on 7th June as the Knighton House choir gave its annual charity concert. Students from Knighton House School performed surrounded by tanks on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Funds raised by the evening were donated to two military charities with close links to the school: Combat Stress and Help for Heroes. The audience were treated to guest performances by English National Opera tenor John Hudson, Dorset Opera soprano Charlotte Hewett and Annemarie Lees, soprano and former Director of Music at Knighton House, who performed alongside the school’s Chapel Choir. Sarah Wicks, Knighton’s new Headmistress said: “It has to be one of the most dramatic settings we’ve ever performed at. The whole evening went so well and our girls were thrilled to perform alongside such eminent professionals. We are immensely proud to support these two charities and the fantastic work they do in the military.
Guggleton Arts proves quite a draw for Knighton House
Having recently published its extensive programme of forthcoming events, Guggleton Farm Arts Project is delighted to welcome Knighton House School as a new addition to its group of existing supporters. Keen to build associations which enhance the school’s enthusiasm for art, Knighton House will be working with Guggleton Farm Arts and an exhibition of work by senior girls is planned for the autumn at the gallery in Stalbridge. Headmistress, Alison Tremewan, said: “The school has always encouraged creativity right from our youngest children, nurturing and developing artistic talent. We have a very strong art department and have been successful in gaining Art Scholarships, including one for Bryanston School this year. “We are very impressed with the breadth and variety of art which Guggleton supports and look forward to being inspired.” Isabel de Pelet from Guggleton Farm Arts Project added: “It’s delightful to see such interest in art in school and applaud the school for embracing art in the way they do. We hope that this new partnership will further encourage the children to take up their paintbrushes and enjoy learning about and appreciating art – something that will stay with them always.” Both Guggleton Arts and Knighton House will be venues for Dorset Arts Weeks exhibiting pieces from invited local artists between 24 May and 8 June.
Greenwood Awards give the green light to top education.
It’s that time of year again when parents up and down the country are learning which primary school their child will be joining in September. With recent headlines again reporting the squeeze on places at top performing state schools, many parents may not have been offered their first choice school and are now wondering what to do to provide their child with the best possible start. Alison Tremewan, Head at Knighton House, of one of the few remaining all girls’ prep schools, explained: “For parents who live outside catchment areas for their preferred schools, it really is worth investigating what the independent sector has to offer.” Knighton House has just announced they will be offering four new means-tested bursaries called ‘The Greenwood Awards’ which offer significant financial support for children joining the school in Years 3 and 4 and will continue to support the child all the way through to Year 8. “We are exceptionally confident in the educational, social and nurturing care we offer. The awards offer the opportunity to benefit from all that Knighton has to offer from riding, music and drama to excelling at scholarships for senior schools,” added Mrs Tremewan. With an ‘Adventure Activities Morning’ planned for Saturday 10 May, children will have the chance to experience Knighton House in a fun, enjoyable way. For more information or for an informal chat about the Greenwood Awards, call 01258 452065.