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This Week’s News from the Senior Department


Our Top Form Scholarship English group have reached the end of term. They’ve studied short stories, poetry and even Richard the Third (thanks to Mr Balfour). They have produced pieces of creative writing and developed analysis. Here is this week’s discussion of Going Downhill on a Bicycle: A Boy’s Song by Henry Charles Beeching (1883). Click the image to enlarge.

What wonderful, sophisticated discussions we’ve had this term. Well done to all who have attended: Luke, Matthew, Aidan, Ben, Kai, Louis and Logan. Mrs Manton.

The standard was so high that it was very hard to choose just three winners from 6A’s Scrooge’s diary entries, but here are our winners Amelie C, Ezra and Benedict (in role, trying to look grumpy)! Congratulations.


Youth Speaks

Congratulations to our Public Speaking team, consisting of Ben, Logan and Kai who won the first round of the Youth Speaks Harpenden Rotary Club competition this week, which puts them through to the District Final – amazing.  The team debated a very topical subject; the abolition of Christmas.







From the Art Room

Wow, just look at Year 6’s amazing coil pots!
Year 6 Coil Pots, December 2021

Senior Department Performing Arts Club

Believe from ‘Finding Neverland’

Senior Department Christmas Concert

Monday 13th December at 1630 in the North Courtyard  

This is optional for Senior Department pupils since it is scheduled to finish around 1715. Given the later pick-up time, please complete this survey if: 

  1. Your child is /children are playing in the concert to confirm the later pick-up time; 
  2. Your child is /children are not playing in the concert but you would like them to attend.  

Only pupils playing and those authorised above attend this event. Please collect pupils from the North Courtyard after the concert.

Groups performing at the Senior Department Christmas Concert: Big Band, flute choir, flute ensemble, senior brass, senior guitars, senior saxophones, senior strings, Y6 clarinets, Y7 clarinets, Y6 percussion, Y7 percussion, Top Form percussion, Y7 rock band.

WWF Wild Wisdom Challenge

Congratulations to Joe and Jamie for competing in the GLOBAL FINAL of the Wild Wisdom Challenge last week – we are still awaiting confirmation of final places but what a huge achievement in getting to the final, competing against school children from all over the world!

For everyone who took part in the challenge, you only have ONE DAY left to claim your rewards in the Yakka Store.  You will need to log into the ITZA website and click STORE to access Yakka.  Don’t delay as the store closes at 1730 TOMORROW (Saturday 11 December)

Head’s Commendations

NURTURE – Year 6 – Charlie N, Holly A-S, Max F, Lorna M; Year 7 Henry G, Tommy H; Top – Luke B, Kai Y-P, Logan L, Aidan S
ENGAGE – Oli B, Amy C, Maximus M, Ewan M, Isaac G; Year 7 Adam C; Top – Maya T

INSPIRE – Top – Matthew P, Freddie B

Christmas Holiday Reading Recommendations from the Library

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?  Look no further!  Our lovely Librarians have done the leg work and put together a comprehensive list of recommended reads for the Christmas holidays, and beyond.