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The Boarders spent their Sunday paintballing in Cobham (more…)

Leaving Bash for the Knight Family.

All Woodcote Families past and present welcome.

Further information to follow

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Don’t forget to join us for the Grand Musical Gala and official opening of the new theatre on Friday the 18th of March!

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A group of 12 boys along with Mrs Woodall are making a great impact in their Wednesday Hobby called Running Wild!

The Hobby is aimed at creating an awareness of wildlife and conservation issues around the world. The boys have already adopted a Sumatran tiger named Jae-Jae from London Zoo and their next project is to adopt a white rhino from Marwell Zoo which they will visit in the summer.

To pay for their adoptions the group has been busy with some fund raising activities- a very successful cake sale and a “saying in coins”. The “saying in coins” is on display at reception and your help is needed to complete it! Boys can bring in a pound coin and paste it on themselves. There are only a few letters left to make so please keep the coins rolling in.

The group have been in touch with Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, a local organisation who rescue animals in and around our area. They have provided a bin at the front of the school and have asked for old towels, cat and dog food and newspapers. The bin will be collected on 16th March and it would be great if it was full!

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I am delighted to announce the arrival of the two new boys who joined the school at half term. They did have a rather difficult first night getting used to their new surroundings and I am ashamed to report that they both tried to run away at bedtime. It was only when I and the Junior Mistress went to check on them that we realised they were not in bed. A full search was undertaken and they were eventually spotted making a break for freedom across the front lawn. When I arrived with my torch, I found them both hiding in the bushes and no amount of verbal persuasion would shift them. However, as I approached, they shot out of the flower beds and across the front field – with the Junior Mistress and me in hot pursuit! After 10 minutes of charging around in the dark, we finally cornered them and persuaded them to go back to bed. I was concerned that they might try the same trick later so I locked the door and barricaded them in for the night. I was relieved therefore, although not surprised, to see that they were still there the following morning. Since that eventful first evening, I am pleased to say that they have settled very happily into school life and have made many friends amongst the boys and staff. They love being outside, running around and getting dirty, they have huge appetites and, when excited, make a terrific noise – just like all the other Woodcote boys!

 

May I introduce you to……

 

 

 

Ronnie & Reggie

 

 

 

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Ronnie

Ronnie

Reggie

 

That is all.

On Saturday 5th March we will be holding our annual scholarships and awards morning for boys registered to start at Woodcote in April or September 2016.

A number of discretionary awards will be given to boys who show promise in a particular academic subject , music, sport or art.

All new boys in years 3-7 are eligible for consideration.

Please contact Wendy Edgerley admissions@woodcotehouseschool.co.uk  / 01276 472115 to register your son or for further information.

The U12 all-day indoor cricket competition at Bradfield has now been moved to the 8th of March and Mr Monk will be taking a squad of eight players from year 7 and below. More details to follow closer to the time.

It is already four weeks into the very short Lent Term; we all got through dry January, some of us better than others and, apart from the odd temperature and sniffle, we are currently bug free. We welcome two new Matrons to the team, since the departure of Miss Chelsea and Miss Holly at Christmas.  (more…)

Exciting news!

The new hall and theatre is open!

All the structural work has now been completed. The builders departed having done a fantastic job to deliver the project ahead of schedule and on budget!

Please do come and have a look, it is really impressive. Now all that remains is to fit it out with theatre lights, a sound system and a state of the art LED screen to compliment the productions that Mr O and others are planning.

Funds raised at our Big Quiz on February 27th will go toward this ‘tech’ side of the new building. We already have ten teams registered for the Big Quiz, so please make sure you confirm with Wendy that you are coming so you do not miss out on what will be a fantastic night!

 

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Sadly the weather has been anything but dry recently – let us hope for more normal weather patterns in February. That said, the rain has not affected what has been an excellent start to the year: We began the term with a good number of senior boys (and some less senior ones too) sitting the first part of the Townsend Warner History prize; this was followed by the House General Knowledge quiz (won by the Blues).

Sticking with the cerebral theme, we had our inaugural Assessment Morning on the first Saturday of term. I particularly enjoyed interviewing all the candidates – one chap even managed to shoehorn the word ‘ procrastinate ‘ into his interview!! The rest of that weekend was filled with matches against Horris Hill (work in progress) and a trip for the whole boarding community to Gravity Force (definitely less cerebral).

So far this term we have had a steady stream of boys heading off for their pre-tests to various schools – Marlborough, KGS, Hampton, Sherborne, RGS, Canford etc. One sixth former has just returned from the Art Scholarship at Charterhouse and another is sitting (?) for the Bradfield Sports Scholarship, as I write. Results to follow shortly….

In week 2 we had Pingers against Papplewick but most of the rugby against Milbourne Lodge was cancelled due to the first proper frost – only the U9s got a run. The 6th form went on a Geography Field Trip in the New Forest to do river studies for their CE projects. It was wet.

Tower building!

Tower building!

I don't like Field trips....

I don’t much like Field trips….

Week 3 saw matches against Brockhurst which certainly kick-started the season for all teams and then there was the cross country fixture at Sunningdale, where we finished somewhere near the back! The boys have just returned from Exeat and this week there are rugby matches against Sunningdale and Pilgrims as well as a tour match against the Geneva English School on Sunday. Far more importantly though, it is Mr. Mark’s 92nd birthday on Thursday and he will be having his birthday table at supper; cupcakes with candles for every boy in the school!

Finally, the theatre is now almost finished; we will start using it for Fencing, Judo and Archery this week and it will be ready for Music & Drama teaching after half term. The Official Opening & Grand Musical Gala takes place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March at which each year group will perform, as will a ‘choir’ of staff and, I believe, there will also be a parental song – any volunteers?!

The DoM inspecting his new auditorium....

The DoM inspecting his new auditorium….

That is all.

 

 

Woodcote House School