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A busy week…

I am sure that you have heard enough from me over the last couple of weeks but it feels refreshing to be writing a letter to you that doesn’t mention coronavirus. Despite the unwelcome distraction of the additional challenge it has posed, we have had a cracking week at Belmont.

Science Week 2020

Science Week has seen a range of activities celebrating the importance of Science. From assemblies and Chapels (where Mr Howells’ jokes were even worse than mine!) to Year 6 leading the Year 1 children in a rocket launching activity, Year 8 taking part in a forensics challenge or Year 5 being wowed by the Mill Hill Science department, the importance of Science as a subject that helps us to better understand our world was highlighted. Thank you to Mr Baker and Mr Howells and all the Science department for organising the week.

DT Designers’ Day 2020

Mr Warden organised a DT Designers’ Day on Tuesday. Belmontians were joined by pupils from St Paul’s, St Johns’ and Goodwyn to take part in the annual event. Robert Monaghan from AIR, a packaging designer with some 25 years of experience, launched the event with a presentation and teams were then set the challenge of creating a new packaging concept for an Easter chocolate product with a range of 3D models. Robert and the teachers were seriously impressed with the quality of the children’s creative ideas and their enthusiasm. Thank you to Mr Warden for organising the event.

IAPS Netball Competitions 2020

Our U11A, U12A and U13A netball teams were all in action at Felsted for the IAPS regional netball tournament. All the girls involved had a fantastic day and were a credit to the school with both their effort and attitude. The U12A team in particular had a very successful tournament and won the regionals with an undefeated record. They worked hard and won all of the games in some style. Congratulations to the girls on some outstanding netball and for qualifying for the National Finals!

Townsend Warner History Prize and SATIPS Senior Challenge

Congratulations should also go to our budding historians whose results came back this week for the prestigious and challenging History competition. Luca, Edward, Archie, and the three Louis all gave a great account of themselves in Round 2 of the Townsend Warner History Prize. Louis H gave a particularly impressive performance with his essay paper, gaining 71%. Well done to all of the participants for their efforts!

Congratulations to Maya (8NB), for a brilliant performance in the SATIPS National Prep Schools General Knowledge Challenge. Hundreds of Prep Schools take part in this competition and Maya was placed joint 48th.

Head’s Commends

Congratulations to the following pupils who will receive a Head’s commend in assembly on Monday.

  • Louis (8NB) – Townsend Warner History Prize – for a fantastic paper two.
  • Mateo(6JN) – for a brilliant presentation on his experience in Columbia.
  • Daniel (8AM) – for an exceptional piece of work in History on the slave trade.
  • Maya (8NB)- for a brilliant performance in the SATIPS Senior Challenge 2020.

Best wishes,

Leon Roberts