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This Week’s News from the Senior Department


It’s been a busy week in the Science Department.  Year 6 have been studying diffusion, whilst Year 6 have investigated density and Top Form have enjoyed testing for oxygen.

Senior Department Science, wc 15 November 2021



Miss Summerfield and Miss Macpherson took the U11A&B Netball teams to a tournament at Berkhamsted on Saturday morning. It was a challenging start to the season playing against teams who have trained all term but the girls showed great determination and enthusiasm throughout the tournament. We were very proud of how the girls demonstrated the Beechwood Values at all times. Both teams finished in the top ten of their respective tournaments and Lara J, Eleni G and Erin H were awarded medals for being players of the tournament.







Congratulations to the Colts A,B and C Teams for their victories over Orley Farm School

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

For Y7 & Top Form pupils attending The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time trip on 25/11/21 please note that the theatre isn’t accepting cash at the moment. If pupils wish to buy a programme or ice cream, they should bring their own debit cards. I recommend that ALL pupils bring a water bottle and if they do not have a debit card, they may bring a small packet of sweets (to fit in their blazer pocket).

Thank you!

Mrs Hegarty

Music Technology Lessons

We are delighted to let you know about a new and exciting venture in the Music Department, which we believe is a 1st for prep schools in this country!
From next term, Mr Gambrell will be offering individual Music Technology lessons to all Senior Department pupils.
These lessons, which will be timetabled during the school day in the same way as the individual instrumental lessons, will follow the music production exam syllabus and there will be the possibility of taking exams in the future if your child would like to.  Do please discuss this opportunity with your son or daughter and let us know by next Monday 6 December.
These lessons will be billed in the same way as our individual instrumental lessons, currently £280 for a term of 10 lessons.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Peck, Mrs Lodge or Mr Gambrell if you have any questions.

Boarding Notices

Colditz Championship

This championship will run on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 December.

Boarders’ Feast

The much-anticipated Boarders’ Feast will take place on Wednesday 15 December. This will also be our final night where we pack up the Boarding House for the Christmas holidays. Please can all boarders board on this night.

Boarding Availability

Unfortunately, boarding is not currently available for Year 5, and whilst the boys’ boarding house is currently full, there is one space for a Year 7 or 7 girl.

If you would like to register for a place this year or in the next academic year, please use this form.

Boarder of the Week

Boarder of the Week last week was Otto – well done Otto!

Boarding Hoodie

If you would like to buy a boarding hoodie, please go to:

Mr and Mrs Humphreys

Head’s Commendations

Engage: Top – Freddie B

Inspire: Year 6 – Hector G, William L, Ella B, Wilfrid O; Top – Ben M, Peter S

Book Review from the Library

This week’s recommended read is ‘Saving Celeste’ by Timothée de Fombelle (translated by Sarah Ardizzone)

The world is run by !ndustry and the only thing that matters is to buy, buy, buy. People live in crowded cities where cars are stacked vertically and shopping centres run miles into the sky. On the day Celeste starts school, she meets a lonely, young boy. The next day she doesn’t return. Her blood has become as polluted as the seas and rivers. On a mission to save her, the boy battles the forces of !ndustry and takes her far, far away. Will the world realise the truth of Celeste’s disease? Will there be time for her, and the planet, to recover?
Saving Celeste was originally published in 2009 by renowned French author Timothée de Fombelle and has finally been translated to English in just over 100 pages by Sarah Ardizzone. What this book lacks in size, it more than makes up for in message.