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Ending the Term on a High

Children in Years 6, 7 and 8 wowed audiences in the summer term as they staged a production of High School Musical.

Having worked hard on their lines, songs and dance moves, the girls and boys put on a memorable performance of the Disney classic to a packed theatre full of parents, grandparents and friends.  The story of Troy and Gabriella showed the children how important it is to truly be themselves, and how working together as a team allows them to achieve great things! 

HSM girls

The stage was full of colourful costumes, amazing singing and acting, with dance routines that got the audience bopping along in their seats.  The children, who consistently gave it their all, should be incredibly proud of their performances.  

HSM boys

Celebrating Art At Crosfields

Crosfields staged its first ever Art Exhibition in the summer term, featuring artwork from every child in the school. 

Acorns Hall and the Memorial Garden were filled with exhibits from children in Nursery through to the incredible portfolios by the Art Scholars.  Parents and family members filled the hall in their droves to view all the wonderful masterpieces that were being showcased, with many purchasing not only their children's artwork but others as well. 

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Head of Art, Hannah Beare said "I felt so proud of how art has developed over the last two years and loved seeing the children’s faces as they admired their masterpieces.  It was truly the boost art needed to make it a more prominent part of Crosfields life."

Amazing Maths!

Throughout the academic year, Crosfields pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 were among 300,000 children that took part in the popular maths competition for schools, the Junior Maths Challenge.  Run by the UK Mathematics Trust and completed over a number of months, this year Crosfields gained some of the highest results we have seen.    

Twelve children achieved gold, two children achieved silver, and seventeen bronze certificates were awarded.  Year 8 pupil Alex achieved the greatest score for Crosfields and as a result, he was invited to take part in the prestigious Junior Mathematics Olympiad together with 1,100 of the best mathematicians in the country.  Having completed this, Alex was then placed amongst the 250 highest achievers in the country and received a Distinction certificate, which is an amazing achievement! 

Maths children

Every year, the rest of the highest scorers are invited to take part in a second and a final round of the Junior Kangaroo Challenge.  Seven Crosfields pupils took part in this, and two of those children are now placed in the top 25% best mathematicians and were awarded with Merit Certificates.  Congratulations to all our young mathematicians on these outstanding results! 

Super STEM

This half term, girls and boys in Year 4 completed a Science Crest Award during their Science lessons which culminated in a STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) Fair, judged by Head of Science, Mr. Andrew Mant. 

Year 4 Science Day

The main aim was to enhance the children’s understanding of investigative work in Science.  The children spent the day off curriculum, completing the STEM Fair and carrying out an independent investigation of floating objects.  They then tested their 'crafts' at the end of the day in the swimming pool, seeing if they had been able to make them float.

Year 4 Science Day 2 

The children in Year 4 also completed their Rhyme and Reason presentations recently, which were then put on display in Acorns Hall.  A colourful array of topics were presented to adults and children in other year groups by the children in Year 4, who demonstrated their hard work, enthusiasm and knowledge of their chosen subjects.  

Year 4 R and R 1

Super Sports Days

Over the last few weeks children throughout the school have been getting into the team spirit as Crosfields held its annual Sports Days.  From the smaller children in Nursery through to the older children in Year 8, friendships were pushed to the side in favour of the children's house colours and teams, and with bright and sunny weather on all three occasions, the school playing fields were awash with colour. 

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The children took part in a wide variety of athletic activities including the long jump, high jump, shotput, discus and javelin.  For the younger girls and boys in Nursery, a series of games were played including egg and spoon races, mini hockey, and jumping races. 

Years 3 to 5 Sports Day

Parents, teachers, friends and pupils all cheered each other on, and for children in Years 3 to 8, the afternoons were topped off with a series of exciting relay races that culminated in a presentation by Headmaster, Craig Watson.  "All three days had a competitive but collegiate and supportive atmosphere, and it was an absolute joy to watch the elation on the children's faces as they crossed the finish line; a feat that was harder for some more than others." 

Senior Sports day

Cornwall Rocks!

Crosfields girls and boys in Year 8 enjoyed a thrilling five-day residential to Cornwall recently which saw them undertake a whole host of exciting outdoor pursuits around the beautiful Cornish coastline.

Designed to challenge and inspire, the trip gave the children the opportunity to participate in adventurous activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, coastal walks, and the highlight for most: rock climbing a cliff face above crashing turquoise seas. 

Year 8 Cornwall

Although they had to do battle with changeable weather most days (hail, rain, wind, sun and cloud…and that was just the first day), the children approached each activity with enthusiasm and determination.  For many, the activities pushed the children outside of their comfort zones but all were determined to complete each activity.

After their much-needed evening meal, the children spent the evenings playing beach games, crabbing in Padstow, and building architectural masterpieces from objects found on the beach after toasting marshmallows over a bonfire.  The children thoroughly enjoyed spending hours of fun with their friends and made wonderful lasting memories.  At the end of the week, the children worked together to write and perform a rap song for the instructors at the Manor House, which was accompanied by beatboxing, cartwheels, questionable dance moves (including the legendary ‘Worm’) and fits of laughter (mainly by the teachers…)

 Year 8 Cornwall 2


Year 7 Land in Normandy

Crosfields children in Year 7 travelled to Normandy in Northern France for their 5-day residential recently.   

Staying in a Château, the Senior girls and boys learnt how to make croissants and bread, how to raise snails and tasted some traditional French recipes.  They also were given the opportunity to walk around some sites of the Somme Battlefields including Lochnagar Crater, trenches and cemeteries. 

Year 7 France 3

There were many highlights during the week, but one of the most exciting was meeting the children from Collège St. Vincent in Montdidier with whom children at Crosfields have been exchanging letters since the Autumn term.  It was terrific for the children from both schools to finally meet and put their language skills into practice, as well as allowing the Crosfields children to explore a French school.  They spent their time talking in a lovely “Franglish” and playing games together before enjoying a picnic in the school grounds.

Year 7 France

What's more, the weather was kind enough during the trip to allow the children and staff to make a final stop in Boulogne-sur-Mer and have lunch by the beach, before taking the ferry back to England.  It was a memorable week that gave girls and boys the opportunity to experience much of what France has to offer, as well as taking a look around a French school. 

Year 7 France 1

Record Breaking IAPS

Twenty Crosfields pupils travelled to the London Aquatics Centre recently to take part in the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming Finals. 

After months of preparation and qualifying rounds, 4,600 competitors from 285 Prep Schools around the world came together at the famous London Olympic swimming venue to compete in individual and team races, and the atmosphere was electric.  "It was loud but so exciting", one pupil exclaimed.  "We felt so proud to be representing our school" said another.  However, the tension was broken fairly early on in the morning as the girls, who were swimming first, happened to bump into Olympic medallist and diving superstar, Tom Daly while they were walking around the centre.  Tom happily posed for a photo (below) and the girls also got to watch him train.     

This was the first year that Crosfields had a girls team qualify for the finals; something that all the girls had been working hard on over the last year.  They shaved 3 seconds off their personal best for the medley relay, and in fact, it was a record breaking year for Crosfields as Year 7 pupil Anna won a Gold medal for her 50m backstroke. 

 IAPS Girls outside pool

 Girls with Tom Daly edites

The boys put in a strong performance, too, with Year 8 pupil David winning a bronze medal for the U13 backstroke. Alan made it through to the final ten in the U11 butterfly and finished 7th, and in the U12 freestyle Eshaan also made it through to the final ten and he finished 7th, too.  All children made improvements to their individual and team times, with David, Alan and Anna breaking school records.  Year 8 pupil Louis summed it up by saying "The day was amazing and a great experience.  It was a real privilege to be part of it and in such an impressive and inspiring place."  Well said, Louis! 

Anna Sanchez podium 2 edited

 David Sanchez podium 2 edited

 

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Pupils Wow Audiences

It's been busy in the Crosfields Theatre recently as both Year 4 and Year 5 have put on their annual performances.  

Girls and boys of Year 4 performed The Wind in Willows.  The audience delighted as the children confidently delivered their lines and sung their songs, and got through their set changes.  It was a fun performance that both the children and audience will remember for years to come.  

Wind in the Willows

Year 5 then performed The Wizard of Oz to another packed theatre audience, and what a show it was!  All the children had clearly worked hard as the performance was bright, energetic and funny and had the audience clapping loudly by the end.  Our thanks go to Mrs. Sercombe who wrote and directed the performance.  Well done Years 4 and 5!   

Wizard of Oz

Oar-Inspiring Day Out for Nursery

The children of the Crosfields Nursery enjoyed a wonderful day out together recently at the the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

The day started with the excitement of a coach journey, their bags packed with picnic lunches and plenty of drinks!  Upon arrival at the museum, the children took part in some activities based around the story of The Wind in The Willows, as well as going through the museum's movable story trail.  The highlight of the day though had to be the wonderful boat trip that the Nursery children took down the River Thames.  The girls and boys saw all sorts of birds and lots and lots of nests; some children were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a nest full of babies! 

Nursery R and R Museum

The children were beautifully behaved and it was a super day for all of us.

Green Fingered Reception

During the springtime months, Crosfields girls and boys in Reception have been working hard in the School's polytunnel which contains planters of vegetables and flowers. 

Before Easter, they planted potatoes, pumpkins, purple sprouting broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, chard, dwarf French beans, marigolds, beetroots and courgettes.  When they returned after the Easter break, they were thrilled to see the fruits of their labour and enjoyed harvesting the lettuce and tasting it. 

Reception Polytunnel

They also supplied the kitchen with lettuces which were served on the salad bar for lunch and enjoyed by the whole school!  Many thanks to Mrs. Jenkins for her enthusiasm and hard work in getting the polytunnel up and running.

Flying the Flag for Crosfields

During their art lessons in the Spring term, girls and boys throughout the school have been busy designing their entries for this year's Crosfields flag competition, and we are delighted to announce that the winner has now been chosen!  

The annual flag design competition originated from the School Council and this is the second flag that the School will have made to fly outside The Oaks building.  Just like last year, the standard of entries was incredibly high with so many colourful creations to look through.  The judging panel then had the unenviable task of selecting a shortlist and the ultimate winner was a design by Tejas, Sophia and Freya from Year 1 which can be seen in the picture below, top right position, along with some of the other finalists from the Nursery, Year 5 and Year 6. 

You can watch the flag being raised here: 

Flags montage

 

Setting up Camp at Norman Court

Crosfields girls and boys in Year 3 had a wonderful time at the outdoor learning centre, Norman Court recently. 

Their one-night residential trip to this historic estate in Salisbury provided an outdoor experience that included fire lighting and singing songs around the camp fire - and of course, toasting marshmallows!  A packed two-day schedule provided the children with an invaluable educational experience of the outdoors that they will remember for years to come. 

Year 3 residential return

Adventure at PGL

Year 2 headed off on their one-night residential trip to outdoor activity centre, PGL, in Liddington, Wiltshire recently and what a fabulous time they had!

Upon arrival, the Crosfields group was met by their two group leaders, Scarlett and Sophie, who promptly showed the children to their rooms and the wait was finally over as to who was going to be room mates!  The afternoon consisted of two activities, one of which involved abseiling down a 30ft tower.  This was followed by a healthy and hearty dinner and time to chat with friends.  An evening of singing and dancing round the campfire, before bedtime, made a great end to the first day.

Year 2 residential PGL

The next day was an early start as many children were awake by 6am!  Then it was time to pack, stuff sleeping bags into bags (a feat in itself for an adult, let alone a 6 year old!), strip the beds and move bags to a holding area.  Breakfast gave children the chance to refuel their bodies for a morning of activities which included archery and swinging high through the air on a giant swing before having a hot lunch and boarding the coach back to school.  The children were amazing and all demonstrated great determination, independence and teamwork.  They had a huge amount of fun and made lasting memories.

Year 2 PGL

Marvellous Malaga!

46 pupils and 6 members of staff departed Crosfields recently for their football and netball tour to Malaga, which turned out to be a tour of a lifetime!

The tour was split into two sections; the boys took part in football training sessions, provided by professional coaches from Malaga FC, and the girls had their very own ex-super league player as their coach for the trip.  The children absolutely loved every minute of the sessions, providing them with all the fun, entertainment and technical/tactical advice needed to add both excitement and skills to their respective sports.

Girls netball

 

As well as the training, there were 6 competitive football and netball fixtures against local opposition, which were evenly matched and thoroughly entertaining for both the spectators and players.

Away from the football and netball, children were able to enjoy the facilities at the resort, including basketball, volleyball and swimming.  They also got to experience a day at Tivoli Theme Park, where they enjoyed having their own independence for the day, testing the many rides on offer.  The girls had an amazing time on their day trip to Gibraltar, climbing a mountain via cable car and spending some bonus time with the local wild monkeys!  The boys travelled into the centre of Malaga and enjoyed a guided tour around the very impressive Malaga FC football stadium, where they had the opportunity to spend their money on gifts for themselves, family and friends.

The tour was an incredible experience for both staff and pupils.  Pupil behaviour was exemplary throughout and they were a credit to both their parents and Crosfields.

Boys football green kits

Incredible International Week!

Crosfields School recently celebrated cultural diversity with its bi-annual International Week, where the Languages and Music departments provided girls and boys throughout the school with an amazing array of experiences.

Flags for IW

The week started with an extended Collect (assembly) led by Mme Baldwin and some Year 7 pupils who shared their heritage with the rest of the school, as well as discussing the plethora of languages that they can speak as a year group.  You may be surprised to know that more than two thirds of pupils are competent, if not fluent, in another language!  Other Collects throughout the week had international themes that included local judo teacher Mr. Small coming in to discuss Japan, its history and schooling, and of course, judo!  

Children from across the school participated in wonderful International Music and Dance Showcases for pupils and parents.  Orchestra, Strings from all ages, 2 Cellos, Jazz Group, Flute Group, Chamber Choir and other small ensembles took us on a global musical journey that included Italian, Russian, Norwegian and Chinese music to name but a few.  There were also stunning performances from dance groups to give us a flavour of the culture of these different countries, too. 

    IW orchestra

 

IW dancers

Throughout the week, Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils taught their languages to their peers and younger pupils and we could begin to see some wonderfully confident teachers in the making!  It was just delightful seeing the engagement and enthusiasm on both sides.

In addition, some parents came in to teach whole year groups, which included Polish, Korean and Gujurati.  Another parent displayed a wonderful French juggling show on a unicycle, along with some French language workshops.  Some teachers at Crosfields have international backgrounds, too, and shared their heritage and languages with groups of pupils.  Mrs. Gupta invited her son (a former Crosfields pupil), her nephew and his friend to demonstrate Bhanghra dancing to Reception and Year 1, and on Thursday, Mrs. Chatterjee, who is the parent of another former Crosfields pupil, demonstrated the Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam to children in Nursery up to Year 2.

IW Bhangra

 

IW Indian dancing

An 'Escape Room' for Years 7 and 8 was set up to transport the children to France and provided 40 minutes of 100% French speaking.  Once they entered the tent the pupils were in France but stuck at the border; the only way back to England was working out clues and cracking codes to be able to open the safe to get their passport back!

Escape room

Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 8 were fortunate to enjoy an interactive experience of African percussion and drumming, pictured below.  Andy Warn from the Crotchet Factory produced four entertaining and informative workshops in his own enthusiastic and engaging style.  At the heart of the hour’s music was the importance of learning rhythmic patterns that could then be transferred to the instruments.  Each pupil had the opportunity to play a variety of drums, shaker percussion, xylophones and bells.  This produced a vibrant and colourful ensemble with authentic sounding music.

African drums

The week concluded with a special visitor who spoke in French and acted out the story of Les Mousquetaires (The Musketeers, pictured) to Years 5 and 6, as well as telling the story of the Three Little Pigs in French to Years 3 and 4. 

 Les Mousquetaires

And They're Off!

The weather was perfect for the annual Crosfields Cross Country races which took place recently.   

All girls and boys, from Nursery to Senior School took part in the running races which, this year, had all-new routes owing to the installation of the new artificial turf pitch behind the Sports Centre at the end of last year.  Each course varied in length according to the age of the children and all had a starting point on the rugby pitches next to the White Building.  The routes for the older children were a mix of woodland and grass, with some challenging hilly areas for the Seniors! 

Although running may not be for everyone, each and every one of the children took the run in their stride and showed great determination and perseverance to get round their respective courses and across the finish line.  Crowds of parents and supporters came out to watch and lined the final stretch of the course, cheering the children on as they sprinted to the finish line.  There was a happy atmosphere and a strong sense of camaraderie at all of the events. 

Cross Country montage

 

A Terrific Day Out At The Tate

Thirty Senior School children with a keen interest in the arts went to the Tate Britain recently for a full day of art activities and adventure. 

They explored art from the 1500s to art in the present day, and investigated how art themes and movements have changed and developed over time.  As well as admiring the more traditional works, they explored abstract and modern styles looking at how artists develop work based on their thoughts, beliefs and emotions.  We then explored the extensive and captivating Turner exhibition.  They investigated how Turner painted light and perspective to create remote and thrilling landscapes clearly depicting man’s insignificance in the sheer scale and power of nature.  The day ended with the children taking part in a fun workshop led by working artists which helped them to form their own opinions and develop their own ideas.

Senior art trip

There was lots of positive feedback from the children on the day, too.  Marie commented, "I really liked seeing the difference between pictures from the 1500s to the modern day. It’s changed so much!" and Hajrah said, "Seeing the contrast between Turner and Constable was fascinating. I loved Turner because of his ability to paint light and the fairy-tale colours he used."  Alexia said, "I loved Turner’s skill at painting light over a landscape.  Oh, and the detail in the tree!"

Senior art trip 2

 

Maths Challenge Success!

This term the Middle School celebrated results from Bonus Round, the final leg of the Primary Maths Challenge run by the Mathematics Association. 

The international competition started back in November, and Crosfields was among 1,600 schools and 67,000 pupils that took part to enjoy maths challenges.  Five pupils from Crosfields then received invitations for the Bonus Round.  The children worked on this in February, along with 2,300 pupils that were also selected to take part, and these children were not only from the UK, but also from America, China, Singapore, Japan, India, Italy and Russia, among other countries around the globe.

When the competition closed, we were informed that two of the children had got through to the final 1,000 participants and were selected for special awards.  Congratulations go to all the children for working hard and taking part in this competition, but special congratulations go to the children that won the bronze and silver awards.  

Maths Challenge certificates

Chick Out Reception!

They'd watched them hatch, sleep, grow and play in their special box for 10 days, but recently the children in Reception had to say a reluctant goodbye to the little chicks that had come to visit their classrooms. 

A significant part of the 'exploring the outside world' topic, ten eggs were delivered to the classroom in March for the children to watch hatch when the time came.  They then continued to observe them until the chicks were old enough for the children to handle.  The children were naturally curious about the chicks coming out of their box and couldn't wait to hold them to see how soft their feathers were.     

'It's using my arm as a stick to climb on!" one little girl said excitedly.  Cute! 

Chciks

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