Trinity Term No. 1 2023

Trinity Term 2023

Letter from the Headmistress

No. 1

Getting Ready for School
Classroom Equipment, Stamped & Addressed Envelopes
Book Day & Reading Drive at School
The Calendar, Piki Club, ATOM Learning,
Chromebooks, School Magazine
Pre Prep News, Coming Up, New Gates
The King’s Coronation & Charity Day
Speech Day & Save the Date - Foundation Ball
Please ask for help.
Appendix l Reading List Years 1-8

Dear Parents,

With the new term just around the corner I thought I should write to remind you of a few things and of course to welcome you to school all ready for Monday morning!

We have a very busy time ahead of us and I will do my best to help you along the way.

First things First
Classroom Equipment, Letter Writing & Books!
Please remember to check with your child about the state of their pencil case. Children in the Middle and Senior part of the school need blue pens, pencils, coloured pencils, a pair of scissors, glue, rubber, ruler and pencil sharpener. You would be surprised how many children return without these very basic tools needed in the classroom. We can then add in calculators, geometry sets not to mention stamped addressed envelopes and writing paper. This is such a help for Terry. You can imagine that adding stamps and addressing 198 letters each week is almost a full time job! May I also remind you about our drive to encourage reading. If you could make sure your child has two or three books to get them started with something to read at Rest time we would be so grateful.

Rugby & Netball
This is the rugby, netball, tennis and cross country term so please have a look at the uniform list to see what this might require from a sports point of view.

Please open the school calendar for this term to help you plan for the weeks ahead.

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Piki Club
Our piki club will be in full swing on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and on Monday. There will be training sessions taking place all day on Saturday and then training and an event on the Sunday with an extra session of training on Monday morning. Children may use their own bikes or there will be bikes to hire. Although children may decide on the day it would be very helpful to have some idea in advance of those children who might like to take part and ride. Please contact John Wright if you would like your child to join in.

John Wright  +254 115580447

Atom Learning
This term we are moving to Atom learning. This is an online learning platform that helps students succeed in English, maths and science, as well as verbal and non-verbal reasoning, that the children will use in their lessons here at school. ‘Atom’ have further options that they would like to advertise and so please be aware that, because we have now signed up to work with them, they will be in touch with you just in case you might be interested in some of their services.

As I have explained we are going to move to a situation where all children in the Middle and Senior part of the school have their own chromebook, so years 5, 6, 7 and 8. We will import the Chromebooks from the UK and they will cost about £350. We hope the Chromebooks will have arrived by the end of this term all ready for the new academic year in September. You may pay for your child’s chrome book in full when they arrive or you may pay the school over the course of a year or more. Once the Chromebooks have arrived we will be in touch to explain the options available. This new initiative will allow the children to access websites and the internet more freely during lessons and allow them to benefit from so many resources that are now available online. The ability to use a Chromebook will also support a greater degree of pupil initiative in their own learning and as we all know it opens the door and allows the children to access a whole world of information.

School Magazine
We have now received the School Magazine for last year (academic year 2021-2022) and we will be handing it out at the start of term. Every family who had a child at Pembroke last year will be billed for a magazine unless you let Terry know that you would rather not have a magazine. If you would like more than 1 magazine please also let Terry know. We look forward to sharing it with you all.

Pre Prep News
I have great pleasure in announcing that Tiva Arkle is to be our new Deputy head of Pre Prep. This area of the school is growing at quite a pace and Tiva will be the most tremendous support for Celina in helping to look after all our little ones.

Self Harm
As you know we had a few incidences of ‘self harm’ towards the end of last term. This was most distressing for the children themselves, their friends and of course for all our parents. Unfortunately, such behaviour is becoming more common world wide and unfortunately, however distressing it may be, our situation is not at all unusual. We will have a new protocol ready for the new term and the advice we have been given is quite clear in recommending that those children who find themselves in this situation should go home until they are feeling better. School will of course support those children and their families through this and as always please do get in touch.

Our first assembly will be at 9 am on Monday morning. We have a number of new children so the sorting hat is already getting quite fidgety and excited sitting at the bottom of  my chimney!

Academic Colours
Vesper M was away at the end of last term and so she did not receive her colours. I look forward to welcoming Vesper back on Monday and presenting her with her Academic Colours.

8S and 8W are to be taught by Mrs Clarke this term as they prepare themselves for their CE exam ahead. Mr Blake will take on more of the Year 7 teaching for this subject.

Coming Up
Looking at the calendar there is so much to look forward to: the Shrewsbury Cup , the Colour Run - ‘Trooping of the Colour Run’ in readiness for the King’s Coronation, Year 3 Trip, Year 7 Trip to Bobong, Coronation Street Party and Big Help Out Charity Day, Year 2 Trip, Performing Arts Evening, Boats, School Exams, CE Exams, Middle School Play, Ndume 7s Rugby Tournament & Next School’s Fair, Year 8 Trips, Dinky Safari Rally, Year 8 Dinner, Speech Day with the Headmaster of Shrewsbury kindly joining us this year and our Foundation Ball, not to mention our usual sport fixtures which, as always, will take place throughout the term.

Book Day
This is on Friday 28th April and please do help your child to think of a character from a book that they might like to be. The theme is Heroes & Villains and, as I said, I dare say I will have to be Ms Trunchbull from ‘Matilda’. If I’m lucky I might be blessed with another idea!

The Reading List
I include the reading list once more just in case you need some inspiration when looking for some suitable books for the coming term. The list is to be found in Appendix l.

The Gates
We now have electric gates by the Martlet Cafe and there are  buttons to press just before the gates on either side. The gates shut automatically so you do not have to worry about this!

Our astro surface has now been laid in the Sports Hall. It looks extremely smart and has given this area of the school quite a face lift. We are so excited to have our own astro playing area and with its location in the heart of the school we foresee many sessions each week, where in the evening, the children can enjoy playing hockey, football and cricket after supper.

Useful Numbers
Please remember to get in touch over anything at all. It is our pleasure to help and I include numbers and emails below to make things a little easier.

Start of Term
We all look forward to welcoming you to school on Monday morning. If you might like to drop some things off a little earlier, perhaps over the course of the weekend, please do get in touch with Evonne Wheeler for the girls or James Standen McDougal for the boys. Of course there is also Katrina, me or any of those listed below who will be ready to help you.

Katrina +254 708 143 600
Terry  +254 727 267 642
MJ Nuijten-Coulson - 0722 526 374
Chantal - +254 742 374256
Purity - 0703 848 088
Evonne - 0721 924020
James Standen McDougal - 0769 124060

With very best wishes,