2015/16 – News Archive

Knighton House welcomes former pupils for presentation day

The end of term and academic year celebrations at Knighton House School are always busy and fun-filled. This year Knighton House School welcomed a number of ‘Old Knightonians’ back and the guest of honour was Emma Willis, MBE. Emma Willis, who is a former Knighton House pupil, runs the world famous eponymous luxury British shirt makers with a shop on Jermyn Street in London and online worldwide sales. After presenting the prizes Emma recounted some tales from her time at Knighton House, as well as inspiring the audience with the story of Style for Soldiers – the charity that Emma has started in gratitude for the courage and sacrifice of our service men and women – she thanked the Knighton House pupils who had fundraised for the charity earlier this year.

Emma Willis was presented a unique pair of ‘Knighton House’ dungarees as a thank you. Made from off cuts of the beautiful fabrics from her Gloucester factory by a parent (Helen Roddis of tulipandteal.co.uk) the dungarees will be a fitting reminder of her return visit to her prep school which is so well known for its red dungarees.

The finale to the day was the Knighton House Fashion Show. Every three  years each pupil creates a garment and choreographs a catwalk dance. The theme of the fashion show was ‘Once Upon a Time – Literary Favourites’ which included The Jungle Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Where my Wellies Take Me, The Hundred Dresses, Alice in  Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet and Dr Seuss.  The pupils designed,  sewed, weaved, glued, painted, created papier mache pieces, fabric printed, made jewellery and much more to create a stunning show. Emma Willis congratulated the pupils and staff who had put on a most wonderful show  ‘This really was the best fashion show I have ever been to… your designs and choreography showed us what talented girls you are as well as a huge range of creativity and style’.

Knighton House –  super results

Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Knighton House School, who are once again celebrating an excellent crop of Common Entrance and Scholarship results.

Out of a class of fifteen, seven girls have won a full range of scholarships and awards. This is a remarkable achievement in any school, especially in a non-selective school like Knighton House. It only adds to Knighton’s long-term record of winning places at the senior schools of their choice. Leavers this year are going on to Bryanston, Oundle, St Mary’s Calne, Godolphin, Clayesmore, Leweston and St Mary’s Shaftesbury,

Sarah Wicks, Knighton’s Headmistress said, “I am thrilled that once again our girls have demonstrated the value of nurturing each child as an individual, of recognizing and developing talent from an early age and of building confidence both within the curriculum and outside it. We are very proud of the academic, musical, artistic and sporting talents of this year’s leavers.”

Knighton House pupils treated to a pop demo

The whole school was entranced and inspired by the pop recording demonstration on Friday afternoon. Dan Baker brought only about half of his recording studio to fill at least a third of the JB Hall with equipment and instruments.  In a frenetic hour he then recorded each part in turn, including the girls adding percussion parts, to demonstrate a process that would usually take at least six times longer.  He regaled us with anecdotes of his work as a professional musician and reminded us that the most exciting musical experiences are when we take a risk and have a go. He has ensured that the next time we hear a pop song we will listen to the layers and the details of each part with some idea of the time and expertise that has gone into producing the finished product.

The pop demo was a demonstration of how a pop record is put together, with instruments layered up by Dan Baker from the drums and bass, then guitars and keyboards, then the lead vocal line, then violin parts, pedal steel guitar, talk box, theremin and then three Knighton House girls putting some percussion on! The tune was Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, chosen partly because it was recorded in this method back in 1972, an unusual feature for the time, but Stevie Wonder played all the parts himself, using the relatively new multitrack tape recorder technology to help.

Knighton House pupil is raising money for cancer charities.

Lily’s Hair Cut for Charity – Friday 1st July, 3pm.

Lily – “the girl with the very long hair in Alpha” – has decided that the time has come to cut it! It’s a big decision when your hair is almost long enough to sit on, and has been for most of your life. …but this is her plan:

The hair itself will be donated to THE LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST, a Charity that provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland, who have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment. Lily will be able to provide them with enough hair to make a lovely long hair wig for a little girl.
She also wants to raise money for THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. charity number (1062559 England) Did you know that 7 young people are diagnosed with Cancer every day in the UK? That’s a hard-hitting fact that shocked Lily and so she has chosen to support this charity that helps people her own age facing such difficult times.
MEDUSA, the fabulous independent Hair Salon and Apothecary in Dorchester, have generously offered us one of their hair stylists to come to the School and cut Lily’s hair on Friday 1st July.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and sponsored Lily so far – It means a lot to us and we are thrilled to say that she has raised more than £500 already!

Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lily-Ryder

Please support Lily if you can – THANK YOU.

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Knighton House pupils shortlisted in County writing competition.

Congratulations to the Knighton House pupils who were shortlisted in the fourth biennial New Horizons Book Award and associated competitions run by Dorset Library and School Library Services.

The pupils went to the ceremony at Allenbourn School today with the four girls who had been selected for the shortlist in their age group. Two girls were placed in the final, Beatrice Egerton who was placed second and Ottilie Marden who was placed third.  The other shortlisted girls were Delphi Donald and Molly Cotterell.  Well done!



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Grandparents day at Knighton House and The Orchard

Grandparents were welcomed by the headmistress, Sarah Wicks, a cup of tea and a piece of famous Knighton House flapjack. The chapel choir sang two of their favourite pieces which they have learnt this year, Kyama by Lin Marsh and For Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, conducted by the Director of music Mrs Hardy. The anticipation and excitement from the children was infectious as they waited to greet their grandparents and as the music finished the children rushed forward eager to escort them around school.

The children left few places unvisited as they showed off their work, their classrooms, boarding houses, their achievements and favourite places to play and read. Throughout the afternoon excited voices could be heard ‘let me just show you……’. Grandparents had the chance to meet staff, take part in lessons and stroll around the grounds, meeting the pygmy goats and chickens.

It was lovely to see the enthusiasm from all parties and for that special relationship across the generations be strengthened as they shared in the school life of their grandchildren.


Girls attend Gifted and Talented workshop at Godolphin

Mrs Bogue took Rosie Houston, Rosie Ramage Mangles and Delphi Donald to take part in a creative gifted and talented workshop in the wonderful art studios at Godolphin School in Salisbury. The girls spent the day, under the guidence of Emma Findley, making an animation using ipads. They developed a story board on the theme of animals and used coloured paper to make their props. The girls worked incredibly hard and  had a fun and productive day and we hope that you like their completed animations.

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Knighton House School is a Dorset Artweeks Venue no 268

Art has always played an intrinsic part of life at Knighton House School. Creativity in all its forms is encouraged and starts in our pre-prep The Orchard with many pupils going on to win art scholarships in the prep school. The variety of art and design & technology lessons on offer to pupils means every pupil has the chance to discover and nurture artistic talents; whether this is a simple drawing, to a self-portrait painting, ceramics, sculpture or designing an outfit for our regular fashion show and much more.

To build on that enthusiasm for art, Knighton House is delighted to be a host venue for an exhibition of invited guest artists during Dorset Arts Week from the 28th May to 12th June.


Jo Burchell

Jo builds sculptures ranging in size from 20cm to 3 metres. Drawing both in air and on paper in order to decipher and divulge the structural movement of her subjects.


Pauline Dawkins

Pauline Dawkins is an accomplished and versatile sculptor, her most recent works include life-size animals made from chicken wire.


C.C.G Edwards

CCG Edwards is bringing an exhibition of paintings in oil, watercolours, sepia and silverpoint on the autumnal theme.


Mark Hilde

The natural beauty of Dorset coast and rural landscapes permeate the sculptural ceramics that Mark produces.


Imogen Man

Imogen Man is one of the UK’s leading animal portraiture artists and is best known for her detailed pastel drawings with no background.


Mary Quinton-Edwards

Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, Mary studied fine art using different media and techniques. She paints mostly in oils and takes inspiration from the Dorset landscape.


Monica Sinclair-Smith

With a BA Honours from Manchester Metropolitan University in Ceramics and Glass Monica is currently Head of 3D Art at Bryanston School. Her work explores a range of media and processes.


Jan & David Walker

Jan’s new paintings explore the elements – the weather, the coastal landscape, the movement and the colours of nature often on highly textured surfaces.

David’s dramatic and elegant ceramics are unique, using the Raku process.

Stonar School Interschools One Day Event

Stonar School hosted their summer Interschools One Day Event last weekend. Congratulations to all the Knighton girls who took part and all the parents, friends, family and teachers who supported.  The event ran over 2 days.

The results were as follows; on Saturday, in the 80cm event, the team (Lily, Lucy, Olivia & Phoebe) came 7th out of 26 teams.  Olivia had a fantastic individual 2nd on Seabass and 6th on Mickey.  Lucy had a great double clear and finished on her dressage score. Phoebe rode a great round and she and Harvey thoroughly enjoyed their  time around the XC.  Lily had a good dressage score and a clear round in the SJ.  Issy rode as an individual, and had a super XC round and an accurate dressage test.

On Sunday, Clemmie won the 70cm, finishing on a super score of 30 on her new pony Billy Bob.  Well done to Scarlet who rode a very good dressage test and XC round, finishing in the top half of her class.

Composer writes music for Knighton House School choir

It is highly unusual and hugely flattering for a composer to approach an ensemble and offer to compose for it. Richard Nye is a composer whose instrumental and choral works have been performed by musicians throughout the world, recorded on CD and published.  The Knighton House School choir have sung his beautiful Annunciation piece for a few years.  He approached the head of music at Knighton House School, Mrs Hardy, about six months ago saying “I’d like to write something for your choir”. Relishing the prospect of having a piece of music written for the school choir she requested a two-part texture plus a solo line and gave him an Ascension Day text, because that always falls in term-time.


The girls sung the world premiere of the piece ‘Let the world know his name’ to the joy of the congregation at the school weekly church service last Saturday and will reprise it in their summer concert.  The Knighton House School choir meet twice a week. They are hugely flattered to have a piece written especially for them and they are loving the minor modality, the flowing legato phrases, the gentle dissonances, all written especially to suit their voices.

Knighton House pupils visit Salisbury art exhibitions

The year six girls from Knighton House School experienced a double treat when they visited the John Craxton and Sophie Ryder exhibitions at Salisbury Museum and the Cathedral grounds.

The girls have studied John Craxton for a painting project and were so interested in the work from his early years when he lived locally to Knighton House School. The exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to see the contrast between Craxton’s brooding early works and the gaiety of his latter painting from his years in Crete. They also saw the David Attenborough film where he talks about Craxton’s work with such knowledge and passion. .

The trip was blessed with a gloriously sunny day and after looking around the Museum everyone enjoyed a leisurely wander around the grounds of the Cathedral to view Sophie Ryder’s mystical creature and monumental sculptures.

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Knighton House pupils visit Salisbury art exhibitions

The year six girls from Knighton House School experienced a double treat when they visited the John Craxton and Sophie Ryder exhibitions at Salisbury Museum and the Cathedral grounds.

The girls have studied John Craxton for a painting project and were so interested in the work from his early years when he lived locally to Knighton House School. The exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to see the contrast between Craxton’s brooding early works and the gaiety of his latter painting from his years in Crete. They also saw the David Attenborough film where he talks about Craxton’s work with such knowledge and passion. .

The trip was blessed with a gloriously sunny day and after looking around the Museum everyone enjoyed a leisurely wander around the grounds of the Cathedral to view Sophie Ryder’s mystical creature and monumental sculptures.

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Sandroyd Tetrathlon    Lily, Maddy, Lucy, Scarlet and Clemmie took part in Sandroyd tetrathlon on Sunday.  Comprising of shooting, swimming, running and cross country. We had three clears in the cross country. Clemmie came 4th individually in the running and the mini team came 5th (Lucy, Clemmie, Scarlet). Pupils had been having shooting lessons since January to get ready for the event. Well done to everyone who took part.      
SATIPS Orchestra visit to Bryanston Once a year a group of local prep schools come together for the afternoon to rehearse in one huge orchestra of around 120 players. This Tuesday afternoon eight of our players, who are working at grades 1-2 level, joined with many other players to spend a couple of hours rehearsing three short pieces. It is a wonderful opportunity to be ‘inside’ a huge sound comprising more people than we have in our whole school! They had learnt two of the pieces in our Orchestra rehearsal last term and learnt another piece on the day under the expert tutelage of the Bryanston music staff.  The girls involved were Angelica and Olivia on saxophone, Buzz on trumpet, Ines, Scarlet, Lottie and Anabel on flute, Issy on cello. They will be playing the two pre-prepared pieces to the school this Friday morning.    
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Knighton House at NSEA competition Knighton House School took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association dressage Championships at Bury Farm last week. Knighton House were one of only two prep schools that qualified and represented Dorset after winning the county qualifier. There were 29 teams in the class with Knighton House coming a very respectable 19th. Anne Bolton, riding instructor at Knighton House School, said ‘Congratulations to Lily, Maddy, Sophie and Lucy for representing Knighton House and Dorset at the National Champs, they all rode their best tests at this event.’  
Congratulations to Knighton House pupils who qualified for national dressage competition Well done to our dressage team who have won the County Qualifier for dressage at Moreton Equestrian Centre, they are now off to the County Dressage Team Championships in April. Congratulations again to Lily, who has also qualified as an individual on Blackberry in the Prelim and the Novice. It was great to see so many children, and ponies, make their debut representing Knighton at a dressage competition. Everyone rode super tests, making great individual progress.  
Knighton House pupils visit Stonehenge On 10th March Years 2 and 3 at Knighton House School visited Stonehenge as part of their study of life in Stone Age Britain. We had previously speculated in class about how and why the stones had been placed there and arranged in such a regular fashion and this was a fantastic opportunity to see the site and develop those ideas further. It was a rather breezy day but the sun shone on the long barrows and we were able to carry out a ‘crouch burial’ of Florence on the top of one of them before seeing the artefacts that were actually found on display in the museum. We were also treated to a fantastic 360 degree immersive film of the stones throughout the seasons which really helped to bring the site to life. An extra bonus was coming across a group of bagpipers playing in front of Stonehenge as it was, apparently, national bagpipe day!    
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The Orchard feature in Independent School Parent The ‘free-range’ education that The Orchard at Knighton House provides is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of  The Guide to Independent Schools.    
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Knighton House raises money for local hospital Well done to everyone at Knighton House School who helped raise £500 for the Kingfisher Children’s Ward at Dorset County Hospital. Thank you.    
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Knighton dungarees voted best uniform Knighton House School is in The Week Independent Schools Guide Best of the Best Prep Schools – chosen for Best Uniform and runner up for Best for horsey types.    
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Match report for week ending 25th February Cross Country at Milton Abbey At last we were blessed with a great day for running, the conditions were really good although there was still a bit of water on the course. Off we went to Milton Abbey with three teams from Knighton representing A2, A1 and Alpha. We arrived early enough to walk part of the course, despite it starting to hail midway through (good cross country weather!!) and the girls listened to the advice being given. First off were the A2 girls who were joined by Abigail from B1, they all ran really well covering the 2100m course in under 11 minutes 30 seconds. Katie led the girls from Knighton home in 15th place with the others following closely behind. Next up were the A1 runners who were running a slightly longer course of 2200m. Clemmie finished a magnificent 3rd with Maeve and Daisy coming in 9th and 10th respectively, followed by Poppy in 19th place. This meant that overall the A1 team came 1st – a fantastic achievement, well done! Finally it was the Alpha’s turn. The competition was strong from Sandroyd but there was a distinct lack of runners for the 2300m course. Ellie brought the Knighton girls home in 5th place, followed quickly by Leah in 7th position. Anna and Emily made sure that the team finished and we came 2nd overall. This was such a good day’s running by the Knighton girls and they should be congratulated on their success. Let’s hope it puts them in a good position for the Clayesmore and Bryanston relays next week!   North Dorset U13 and U12 Netball Tournaments at Leweston We took two teams to the tournament at Leweston on Wednesday where they faced quite stiff opposition from other schools. The U12 team played really well. They narrowly lost to Gillingham School by one goal but followed this up with a winning performance against The Gryphon School. Unfortunately both Leweston and Sherborne proved a little too strong for the Knighton girls and so they didn’t quite make it through to the next round. However, we are playing Sherborne on Saturday and hope to reap our revenge on them! The U13 team played magnificently and won all their matches resoundingly. They beat Gillingham 6-1, Leweston 5-0, The Gryphon School 3-2 and went on to beat Sandroyd and Sherborne. This led them to play in the semi-finals where we met Hanford who, unfortunately, beat us. The Knighton girls then went into the third and fourth place play off where they were beaten by Clayesmore which meant that they just missed out on the third place spot to represent North Dorset in the next round.
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Knighton House hosts careers event Careers guidance and this specific careers event forms an important part of our ‘Floreat’ Programme, where we look to the different areas of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils at Knighton House.  From an early age, we want our pupils to have high aspirations as regards their future; parents who gave their careers talks on Saturday were specifically asked to emphasise the idea that ‘there are no limits’ to what girls can achieve. Specific areas related to careers which we focus on through the school are Rules, Responsibilities and Independence (Years 3 to 5), Personal Development: The World of Work (Year 6), and for Years 7 & 8: Looking Ahead: The World of Work. We also look at job satisfaction, work-life balance and positive mental health at work. This careers events started with the girls completing the Buzz Test, http://icould.com/buzz/, a test which measures your strengths and preferred learning style.  From the answers you can find out your leadership style, suitable careers and preferred roles in a group.  The test also designates you as an animal; Knighton has many big cats!   The girls were then treated to a series of talks from professionals with varied career paths; a GP, a geologist, script writer, barrister, chartered surveyor, accountant and a paediatric consultant. Each gave the girls huge insight and great tips for their future. The final part of the morning was a ‘speed dating’ style question time where groups of pupils had five minutes with each of the professionals to ask questions and gain insight into their career. Sarah Wicks, Headmistress, “We were all inspired by our guest speakers who sent the girls away with some clear messages: do something you enjoy and which suits your personality; accept no limits; and there is more than one path to where you want to go. We plan more such events focusing on, for example, STEM or arts careers”.
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KNIGHTON HOUSE Prep | South-West | Girls New head Sarah Wicks – previously deputy head – is proud of her ‘free-range children’ who roam the school’s 30-acre grounds in cheerful red dungarees. On our visit we spotted Meg and Alfie (the resident pygmy goats), a handful of alpacas (on loan for an open day) and lots of ponies (the stables were refurbished last year). Music is central: the choir sings weekly at the village church and one pupil has taken up the bagpipes. Knighton is a relaxed place – we love that there is a ‘gumption prize’ – but the school has superb scholarship results (Canford and Sherborne Girls last year) and all leavers won places at their first-choice school this year. Boarding is full, weekly and flexi. Fittingly, the dorms are charming and very Cath Kidston.
LOCATION Durweston, Biandford, Dorset DT11 OPY HEAD Sarah Wicks PUPILS 143 girls, day and boarding FAITH Non-denom AGES 3-13 DAY FEES £5,460 BOARDING FEE £7,200
Knighton House success at In2Hockey competition On Wednesday Gillingham School hosted an In2Hockey tournament with 8 schools playing to represent Dorset in the next round. Knighton House played and won three matches to get into the semi-finals; beating Bournemouth Collegiate School 7-0 (Olivia 3, Zara 2, Maddy 1, Ellie 1), Gillingham School 2-0 (Olivia, Maddy) and Sherborne Prep School 2-0 (Olivia, Ellie). We then played Leweston and won 2-0 ( Zara 1, Olivia ) to get to the final where we lost in a tight match against Castle Court 1-2 (Olivia). Our success means that Knighton House is going through to the next round to represent Dorset at the West Tournament at Millfield School in April. Congratulations to everyone who took part! In2Hockey is a fun, exciting and dynamic game designed for 10 to 14 year olds to help them develop their hockey skills and techniques, and to provide a gradual progression into the 11-a-side version of the game.
  Budding geographers in year 7 have been looking at how a ‘typical’ city is laid out. They have compared the Burgess and Hoyt urban models. They can be seen here creating their own Hoyt models. They have concentric circles of similar land use  with added triangular zones. I hope you can see the areas of housing and how the industrial areas radiate out from the Central Business District.  
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Knighton House enjoy day of science at Bryanston A1s had an amazing time at Bryanston’s Science Day.  They enjoyed a whole range of activities; from learning about how flight was developed to solving crimes.  They particularly enjoyed taking and developing their own photos, using pinhole cameras, and fire writing their names.  The pupils worked together to carry out flame tests and look for clues in fingerprint patterns, hairs and left over cups of tea!  Everyone learnt something new about how science is used in everyday life and we all had a great day.
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Knighton girls scale new heights As part of their outdoor adventure training programme the year 5 & 6 girls at Knighton House had a great time at Bryanston on the climbing wall. After a full briefing by the Bryanston team some were quick to climb to the top of the wall whilst others overcame their fears and climbed further than they thought they could. Well done to everyone and thank you to Dave Simpson and his team at Bryanston.
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The Orchard pre-prep makes learning fun. ‘Out of this World’ is the theme this term for the children in The Orchard pre-prep at Knighton House. From making a back drop of the sky at night by ‘splatter painting’, to making and painting the earth as well as building rockets to fly to the moon in – The Orchard really makes learning fun.
Knighton House take part is RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch During January all the girls in Years 3 to 6 (A2, B1, B2 and B3) participated in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch. The Orchard children also took part in the Little Schools’ Birdwatch. The pupils carried out an hour’s bird watching which extended their knowledge of the wildlife that shares their everyday environment, furthered their maths skills and tested their ability to stay still and quiet for an extended period of time! We were rewarded by sightings of over twelve types of garden birds. Display and analysis of our results took place in follow up lessons. The RSPB website (www.rspb.org.uk) provided on-line opportunities for displaying and analysing both our results and the national results.
Knighton House Music Scholar wins Young Musician of the Year Award 2016  Last Saturday, 23rd January 2016, Clayesmore School hosted this year’s local heat of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition, now in its ninth year.  31 entrants from North Dorset schools entered classes including brass, strings, keyboard, woodwind and voice.  Anna of Knighton House won the woodwind class playing ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ from the Pajama Game and ‘Summer’ by Paul Reade. Anna also entered the voice class singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables and ‘The Owls’ by Peter Jenkyns. At the end of the day, Anna was presented with the Overall Junior Young Musician of the Year Award 2016. Congratulations Anna!
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The Orchard pre-prep is ‘out of this world’ This term the young children who are at Knighton House School’s pre-prep, The Orchard, are learning about the topic ‘out of this world’. With the excitement of  Tim Peake being the first British astronaut to go to space for over 20 years and the release of the recent Star Wars film the children are learning all about space, the stars, planets and the solar system. To bring this all to life they were treated to seeing the modern inflatable Mizar Planetarium. Projected on the inside the inflatable planetarium are over 3 000 pinpoint stars, the planets, Sun, Moon, the Milky Way, shooting stars and other wonders of the heavens. Inspired by the planetarium visit the children at the Orchard are thinking about what they would like to investigate in their topic. The Nursery ‘Pears’ Class used their ‘Thinking Tub’ of ideas to explore the different aspects of space – planets, astronauts and space travel. After watching Tim Peake explain the training he had to do for his mission to the International Space Centre they have set up an ‘Astronaut Training Centre’ using doll-sized astronaut outfits. Pears will be putting their mini-astronauts through similar physical exercises whilst learning about gravity and how to look after our bodies in space! The Reception ‘Apples’ Class have thought of a wide range of things they would like to learn about using 3D mind-mapping. A rocket is under construction in the classroom along with a space centre where the rocket will be docked.  The children are also going to be getting busy with balloons, newspaper, glue and paint making their own solar system in the classroom. Thread and needles will also be useful as the children want to design and sew their own ‘out of this world aliens’. Children in years 1 and 2 have been thinking about what they would like to find out about Space.  They have asked interesting questions for us to explore over the next few weeks, including: “How does a moon buggy work?”, “How do we get pictures from Space to Earth?” and “What does it look like inside a Space Rocket?” Head of The Orchard, Heather Nye, ‘Each term we have a themed topic that we bring to life with our class thinking tubs and visits. Through 3D mind-mapping the children are an integral part in their learning journey. Starting with our children’s knowledge and understanding of the topic and what they want to discover, our classrooms are full of enthusiasm, energy and a passion for learning’.
Dance workshop at Millfield Six of our B1 (Year 5) pupils were chosen to take part in a dance workshop day at Millfield School in Somerset, with 30 other prep school pupils. They had a great day learning two group dances – the audience was impressed by the fabulous dances which were learnt in such a short period of time. Well done girls and thank you to the Millfield Dance team.
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Artist of the month Congratulations to Charlize Woodhouse who is our artist of the month.
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Esafety Newsletter  Please find a link to the Spring 2016 edition of the Parent E-safety newsletter which you may find interesting.   SSCT Parents Esafety Newsletter Spring 2016
National Primary Maths Challenge Congratulations to our A2 and B1 girls who are seen here celebrating their success in the national Primary Maths Challenge.
Dorset Leadership Academy  On Thursday 7th January, Mrs Spencer and 6 Alpha students attended the Dorset Leadership Academy and Young Ambassador Conference at Bryanston School.  Out of the six girls, Ellie, Issy, Anna and Georgia were involved in a Young Leader Workshop which was aimed at developing leadership skills through a range of games and activities. The workshop was 100% practical and based around the six key principles of communication, co-operation, responsibility, safety, organisation and enjoyment. At the end of the workshop they were tasked with setting up a level 1 (inter-house) competition back at school and so we look forward to seeing this put into practice. Meanwhile, Zara and Fran took part in a dance workshop which focussed on preparing a county wide dance for the School Games Level 3 Finals in March. The dance will be performed at the opening ceremony in front of a live audience. Both girls worked extremely hard and they performed the ‘finished’ dance to the rest of the students at the end of the day. They will be sent a video of the dance to keep practising it so that they are ready for March! All in all it was a really good day and the girls took a lot away from it. 
Knighton House introduces Snapshot mornings Knighton House School has introduced a series of ‘visitor snapshot mornings’ in 2016. These mornings are designed so visitors can experience a view of everyday life at Knighton House School as well as see the great work that takes place all the time.

More frequent opportunities to visit the school, which are tailored to smaller numbers, make these a more personal experience for you and allow you to see a typical morning at the school. As well as a tour of the school in action… you will have the chance to meet the head and chat to the pupils.

Headmistress Sarah Wicks said: “With the snapshot mornings you can see the quality of experience that every day at the school provides for our pupils.” Book in on one of the following dates to see for yourselves by emailing admissions@knightonhouse.co.uk Tuesday, 12th January, Friday, 29th January, Friday, 4th March or Tuesday, 15th March.

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Christmas at Knighton House and The Orchard. Christmas has started at Knighton House School year.   Santa came to see all the children during the Christmas Fair to much excitement.   The Orchard pupils have has their Christmas Gymkhana with decorated hats and Christmas music.   The boarders have spent weekends making decorations and getting into the festive spirit. The school looks wonderfully Christmassy now.   The Christmas lunch on Tuesday was a feast enjoyed by all the school.   Wednesday saw the fantastic Orchard production of The Very Hopeless Camel – a heart-warming take on the traditional Nativity story. Every pupil had a role and the audience in the packed JB Hall loved it. Well done to the children and of course the staff for their hard work pulling it together.   The prep school then had the annual Christmas fun-run. With many pupils adorned with tinsel, baubles and so on the whole prep school set off up the hill to complete the course. Well done to all the runners, with special mention to  Clemmie and Fenella who were the Senior and Junior winners.   Thursday is Christmas Jumper day followed by the Christmas party for the prep school. This years ‘Australian’ theme (chosen by our wonderful Aussie Gaps) is sure to produce some great costumes. Pictures to follow after the event.   The term ends on Friday with The Orchard Christmas party and the Carol Service.     ENDS
‘If I had wings’ art exhibition at Pythouse near Tisbury Knighton House School year eight pupils will be holding an exhibition of paintings, which is themed ‘If I had wings’, at the beautiful local venue Pythouse Kitchen Garden Café and Shop from the 2nd – 9th December. Inspiration for the theme of their project has been ‘If I had wings’. The first half of term was spent researching and sketching ideas into their drawing books. For inspiration they have been looking at the amazing romantic images of William Blake and music from Bob Dylan. Their sketch book research has formed the basis for their painting composition and they thoroughly enjoyed beginning their work with acrylic onto board after half term. They initially laid down a base coat or priming coat in a soft mushroom colour before mapping out their composition in red. They have been working on their paintings for the last four weeks and have achieved a very impressive standard.   ENDS
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Knighton House marks the end of the Comenius Project with a brass plaque on Swanage Pier. Despite the November weather, three of the Knighton House Year 8 girls set off along the Swanage Pier in search of their recently purchased brass plaque. Amongst the hundreds dedicated to a wide variety of causes, the Knighton House plaque is a memento of the close friends and incredible experiences gained through the 2014 -2015 Comenius Project. The grand finale of this European project was held at Knighton House in June this year.  Our visitors were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Blandford, after which we spent a gloriously sunny day touring the Isle of Purbeck.  This culminated in traditional fish and chips in Swanage and a guided tour of the Pier – hence the recent commemoration. “Euniting Voices”, the name of this two year assignment, generously funded by the European Union has been a fantastic cross cultural experience gained through curricular projects, communication and school exchanges. Children and staff from Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Turkey have been involved in this Comenius Project which, has enriched all those who took part; friends have been made and new cultures have been discovered. The children are delighted that the final presentation has been accepted by the European Union and the culminating 9 animations illustrating the individual roles played by each country are now available to view on the website.  To learn more about the marvels of Comenius, please visit the Knighton House Comenius Website at www.eunitingvoices.com
Knighton House takes part in Geography Awareness Week. Knighton House pupils take part in a ‘geography day’ as part of Geography Awareness Week, the theme for 2015 is “Explore! The Power of Maps”. This was a chance to extend geography to all areas of the curriculum and beyond including sport, poetry, maths and ICT.
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Knighton House Choir performs at Sherborne Abbey concert.   Chapel Choir opened a huge Charity Concert in Sherborne Abbey on Thursday 12th November. The Abbey was packed with 300 people, including the Honorary French Consul, the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset (the Queen’s Representative), the Mayors of Yeovil and Sherborne, The County President of the Royal British Legion, the Dorset MP, Lords & Ladies, a Lt Colonel and an Admiral, and about thirty Heads of Senior Schools. Ten other schools took part in the event, all of them senior schools, alongside three second world war veterans who were presented with the Legion d’Honneur in a special ceremony before the concert. Chapel Choir more than held their own with two beautiful songs: Make me a Light in three parts and The Singing of Birds in two parts. They also helped their Director of Music, Mrs Philippa Hardy, lead the entire audience in singing and dancing the fun childrens’ song OkkiTokkiUnga. This had been specially requested by the organiser after seeing all of Knighton House singing it at a school concert! A parent who was there supporting said “The Knighton House girls were simply amazing!  To come on first and stand in that huge Abbey and face that huge audience and fill that space with their lovely voices.  They sang clearly and confidently –  I am so impressed and very very proud.” Mrs Hardy said “Our girls more than held their own in the company of the senior school music groups. Their presentation in performance was excellent, their words clear and their tuning immaculate. They managed to fill the whole Abbey with their beautiful sound and I am so impressed by them.”
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The Orchard, Knighton House  pre-prep visit Beaulieu Motor Museum Reception and years one and two at Knighton House School’s pre-prep The Orchard had a wonderful time visiting Beaulieu Motor Museum. We measured ourselves against an ‘ordinary’ (Penny Farthing) and dressed up in vintage driving clothes – hats with goggles and even built-in windscreens!  We rode through time on ‘Wheels’, where we found out all about the history of motoring, including cars which were powered by wind and steam. We came up close to one of the fastest cars, Bluebird, which reached an astonishing 400 mph back in 1964! One of the highlights for the children was seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in real life and being able to peer underneath to discover the folded up wings.  One of the pupils asked the tour guide if Chitty was driven there or flew in ! The day finished on a high with a trip on a monorail and a ride in Gumdrop (a 1926 Austin Twelve Four).  
Knighton House study National Portrait gallery portraits at Montacute House Knighton House pupils in year 6 visited Montacute House, Somerset as part of their study of life in Tudor England. The pupils were given a fantastic tour of the house and its key Tudor features. The main focus for the visit was the amazing array of National Portrait gallery portraits. As the pupils examine each Tudor monarch in class they are also looking at portraits of that monarch, their significance, the message they conveyed to their subjects and the symbolism in them. “This was an opportunity to put some of our lessons into practice and I was very pleased with the girls’ ability to read body language, clothing and the ‘story’ of the portraits”.
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Knighton House inter-house bake off The theme for this years bake-off was pop cake animals. House assemblies were held to determine the designs and orders went out for any special effects that were required. Alpha then baked the pops for their houses in the morning. After lunch we all gathered in the JB hall. “Ready ….steady ……decorate……” was declared at 1.35pm with final judging to take place at 2.15pm. Everyone was involved, rolling, painting or crimping the icing. The different ‘Houses’ used different strategies in order to get the best results; some teams allocated specific tasks to individuals and in others everyone did a bit of everything. We had a safari theme, a map with animals from the different continents, a castle with unicorns, mermaids and dragons and some sea, jungle, sky and field animals. Every creature you can imagine was there somewhere. Mrs Wicks tasted the pops and considered the texture and the flavours. Points were awarded for every stage of the process from the design, to the team work, the clearing up and of course the taste. The overall winners were Okeford. Well done to all our bake off bakers and decorators.
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Knighton House pupils spend a week in France Last week Knighton House School pupils from years 6 and 7 spent the week in France at the Chateau du Broutel in the Somme area of Northern France. This is a trip that Knighton House School runs every two years to offer their pupils the chance to extend their French lessons beyond the classroom and experience the language and culture of France first hand. Visits to Etaples, the port of Saint Valéry and Abbeville gave the girls the opportunity to practise their French language in real situations – shopping in the markets, speaking to local people, asking questions at the Office de Tourisme, buying stamps to post their cards at the post office, ordering snacks and drinks at the local cafés and delicious bread from the boulangerie.  They learnt how to make mayonnaise – in French, the French way – they visited a local wheat farm where they enjoyed learning how to plait corn dollies.  The goat farm trip was extremely popular, the girls learned the principles of goat farming and were shown how to make goats cheese, all in French. At the Château, it was time for activities in the grounds.  Girls went up the climbing tower, abseiled down, learnt to fence and complete an obstacle course.  On the final day, they enjoyed a picnic lunch and a trip to Amiens to see the fantastic cathedral – the largest in France.   In the evening, the braver girls tried the traditional French dish of snails and frogs legs at supper and later the whole group enjoyed songs around a campfire. All in all, the trip provided a memorable and thoroughly worthwhile experience for the girls of Knighton House. ‘I loved it, it was so fun, and now I’ve been to France I feel a lot more confident when I’m speaking French! I would love to go again.’ Katie  ‘The French trip was an amazingly educational trip and it was really fun. It was the best trip in my school career and I loved it.’ Ottilie  ‘The French trip is an amazing experience for all the people who go. The Chateau du Broutel is a great place for children to stay’. Scarlet
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Years 3 and 4 discover ancient Egypt at Kingston Lacy Years 3 and 4 visited Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, as part of their study of Ancient Egypt. They were shown the collection of William John Bankes and were able to find out a little more about the excitement of travelling to an unknown land. They were then able to take part in an excavation to unearth artefacts from the sand – this was greeted with cries of great excitement as treasures were unearthed!  The highlight of the day, though, was a practical course in how to mummify a person. Bella was our hapless victim but rest assured, she was returned with all her organs replaced correctly.
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The Orchard pre-prep at Knighton House School get 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 with 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 foraged the hedgerows in the school grounds for blackberries to make crumble. The children and staff enjoyed the glorious September sunshine, eating the meal they had prepared outside on their patio.
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Knighton House School take part in NSEA competition Last weekend pupils at Knighton House School took part in a National Schools Equestrian Association Jumping with Style and Dressage competition at Bicton Arena in Devon. The field of competitors was particularly large with over 400 entries on one day!  This was the girls’ first attempt at arena eventing, which sees the riders challenged by show jumps and cross-country jumps as well as dressage.  Each rider is given a score based on their time, style and number of faults over the course.  The results were: 70/75cm Team – 8th equal (18 teams) Sophie – 8th (62 individuals) 80/85cm Team – 9th (27 teams) Dressage – Class 5 Team – 10th  Lilly – 3rd (28 individuals) Sophie – 10th  (28 individuals) Overall an absolutely fantastic result for all the girls in their first ever inter-school arena eventing competition and everyone had a good day and learnt a great deal from the experience.
Knighton House School take part in SATIPS Orchestral Day Four of our Alpha girls played in a huge orchestra of over a hundred players for a day at the Bryanston New Music School for the SATIPS Orchestral Day. The participants were chosen from 11 local prep schools to be working at a standard between Grade 4 and 8. Anna (violin), Fran (French Horn), Sophie (Treble Recorder) and Zara (Clarinet) worked inside this huge sound as well as in small sectionals where the instruments were grouped by orchestral family and rehearsed by specialists. The Wind, Strings, Brass etc each sight-read a piece on the day and performed it along with the full orchestra piece in the afternoon concert. Well done to all who took part.
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Knighton House School celebrated 65 years with a party September 2015 is a very special month for Knighton House School in Dorset as it celebrates 65 years. Last weekend the school welcomed back over 200 former pupils; girls had travelled from all around the world to be part of the day. All ages were represented with an Old Knightonian who was at the school in its first term to girls who left recently. As well as former pupils there were former Heads, members of staff and the founder’s son, Christopher Booker, who gave a wonderful talk. After a service at a packed Durweston Church everyone enjoyed the wonderful September weather; picnics were enjoyed in the beautiful grounds, there were tours of the school and girls chatted, reconnected and reminisced over traditional Knighton House flapjacks and chocolate cracknel. Current pupils performed some wonderful ballet, played hockey matches on the all-weather pitch and the hilarious annual Knighton House pet show kept many entertained. One Old Knightonian commented “It was such a memorable day and there was that uniquely joyful atmosphere that Knighton always seems to provide. It was great to be back in a school I loved and where I have so many fantastic memories and lifelong friends from”.
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Knighton House School buys the freehold of its site and celebrates its first 65 years.  The following news was announced by Sarah Wicks the Headmistress at the Knighton House School at the 65th anniversary celebrations that took place at the school on Saturday. Knighton House School is delighted to announce the completion of the purchase of its freehold property — as the school comes together to celebrate its first 65 years. Since Knighton opened its doors in 1950, it has leased its buildings and grounds from the Crown Estate. The recent sale of the 4,500 acre Bryanston estate gave Knighton the opportunity, under a pre-emption clause in its lease, to buy its buildings and grounds outright. The school governors analysed the business case carefully and were unanimous in deciding to seize this once in a generation opportunity. Negotiations were carried out with the Crown Estate over the summer and the purchase successfully completed this week. Camilla Masters, Knighton’s Chair of Governors commented: “Owning our site, including the lovely old home of the Portman family and 35 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside, is a win-win for Knighton. Not only does it further strengthen our already robust balance sheet, it also puts us firmly in charge of our destiny. We can look ahead with confidence to the next sixty-five years.” Sarah Wicks, Knighton’s Headmistress added: “As we celebrate sixty-five magical years at Knighton, today’s wonderful news makes it clear that the unique Knighton House education will be here for many more generations of children — from Dorset and beyond”.
Knighton House School is flourishing Knighton House School was thrilled to welcome pupils and staff back to start this new academic year. With 29 new pupils, the pupil roll is 121, its’ highest for over 5 years. As well as the pupils the school has some other new boarders including ponies, guinea pigs, rabbits and a new pygmy goat called Pi to be with Alpha and Omega. Headmistress Sarah Wicks “It is always lovely to welcome the children and staff back to school after the summer holidays. Pupils and parents have been able to see how much investment and work has been carried out over the holidays. We have totally upgraded the IT facilities with a new IT suite, new C Touch interactive screens and Apple TVs, sets of IPads for the pre-prep and prep pupils and Wi-Fi throughout the school. As well as this there has been a huge amount of updating and redecorating throughout the prep and pre-prep buildings. There have also been changes to the school curriculum and timetable which will enrich the pupils’ learning experience and encourage creative thinking. With all of this we are looking forward to another great year and continued success for all Knighton House pupils.”
Knighton House School celebrates 65 years   Knighton House School is looking forward to welcoming back former pupils, staff, parents and friends of the school to celebrate its 65th anniversary on Saturday 19th September. After the church service at 11am guests will have the opportunity to have a tour of the school, picnic on the front lawn and watch various displays as well as catch up with old friends. If you have a connection to Knighton House School please do come along, just email communications@knightonhouse.co.uk to let us know.
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Knighton House School staff member headed for Rio on Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Knighton House School is proud to be sponsoring a member of staff, Suzanne Hughes, a crew member in the London to Rio leg of the Clipper Round the World Race. The race was founded by Sir Robin Knox Johnson who was the first person to sail single handed around the World. Like Suzanne, crew members are not necessarily from a sailing background and take this on as a significant life changing challenge. The Clipper Race raises money for a chosen charity, in this case it has selected UNICEF. Catherine Cottrell, Unicef UK Director, says: “A huge thank you to all the crew for supporting Unicef to make a safer world for children. You are taking on one of the greatest challenges on Earth, across the toughest oceans, and through your fundraising you will be helping a huge number of children who are experiencing even more dangerous challenges – violence, disease, hunger and the chaos of war and disaster.”. Mrs Hughes, a member of the sports staff at Knighton House School is a member of the crew for Leg1 – 5200 nautical miles from London to Rio. Leaving from St Katharine Docks in London on Sunday 30th August, the adventure will take about 30 days, depending on the winds – with no stopping, arriving in Rio on or around 28th September. Quote from Mrs Hughes – ‘The Clipper Race will, I am sure, be a fantastic experience for me as it is for all who take part. I am very excited about being part of the crew – at the age of 51 it is not something you do without a great deal of thought and training. It will be a personal challenge and I am sure I will learn a huge amount in terms of life skills as well as sailing skills.’ Sarah Wicks, Headmistress of Knighton House School, ‘We are immensely proud to support Suzanne in her decision to be a crew member of the Clipper. It not only takes huge personal investment, training but also courage to do something so far away from her everyday life teaching sport. I know that she will find the experience enriching and will pass this on to the pupils on her return in October’. Staff and pupils at Knighton House School will keenly track the progress of Suzanne Hughes and the Clipper crew at www. clipperroundtheworld.com