12th June 2017 | In Headmaster's Newsletter
Friday, 19th May
The predicted heat wave and the promise of enjoying a sunny Wednesday afternoon of cricket and rounders gave way to a very wet and waterlogged week. However, that does not stop us at Heath Mount and, as you can see below, we are still finding lots to do, despite the late arrival of spring weather.
The tension is now beginning to build for our pupils this week as they prepare for their end of year exams and assessments. Whilst teachers, parents and pupils are working hard to prepare, for some, it is still a very stressful and worrying time. I would like to remind parents that for those pupils who find the whole process difficult, we have a range of wellbeing and pastoral care resources in place to support pupils, which are available to all. Form teachers, Head of Years, Mr Spowart, Mrs Post, Mrs Brown our counsellor, and Reverend Briggs are people the children can turn to if they have any worries or concerns at any time.
Year 8 are facing their last week of formal teaching at Heath Mount, before returning to their Common Entrance week after half term. We also wish them the very best in their exams, which they have been working so hard towards. Good Luck!
Thank you to all those parents who have donated to our campaign. Your support is much appreciated. For those of you who are wishing to make a contribution, I have included the link to our microsite below. To make the process as easy as possible, I have attached a gift aid declaration form to this Newsletter for you to complete and then return via the school office. Please make sure that you include the inscription you wish to have on your brick or leaf in the donation window.
The link to the donation page can be found here.
Also, if you shop online then there is an easy way to help raise funds for Heath Mount. Just follow the link here and register your details, then whenever you go to shop online you can help raise money for our bi-centennial campaign fund and at no extra cost to yourself. It is as easy as the name suggests.
Likewise, if you would like to discuss a more considerable donation, please contact Mr Gillam via email.
Class Music Concerts
Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have performed in class concerts this week and impressed their peers with musical prowess. From cornet and clarinet to harp and piano, the children have been serenaded in curriculum music lessons. We were treated to an outstanding harp performance of ‘Mountain Stream’ by Sophia P, Year 4, and the class was mesmerised by her accomplished playing. The effort and hard work of the Heath Mount musicians is clearly paying off and I have no doubt that we have some musical stars of the future in our midst!
It is wonderful to see how well the children are progressing and I am sure that many will be inspired to take up new instruments, and motivated to keep up a regular practice routine. This informal performance opportunity is a great experience for young musicians and we look forward to the performances to follow next week! If your child is interested in taking up an instrument, please email Miss White directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitar Rush Hour Concert
It has truly been a musical week and parents were treated to an hour of guitar in the Rush Hour Concert on Thursday. The new Music Room was overflowing with talent as 22 children from Year 3 to Year 7 took to the stage. With pieces ranging from the James Bond Theme to Surf Rider, the concentration on the children’s faces was heart-warming to behold and the audience was captivated by the skill on show. Highlights included a voice and guitar duet performed by Charlie and Joey Wedge, and the debut of Ella Tyldesley’s own composition – our very own song writer in residence!
Congratulations to Mr Harrison and all of the performers who have clearly dedicated much time and effort on this beautiful instrument.
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge
On Thursday 27th April, students in Years 6, 7 and 8 top set maths competed in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. This challenge, organised by the University of Leeds, tests students’ logic and reasoning skills in a Mathematical context. The first 15 questions are awarded 5 marks for a correct answer. Questions 16–25 score 6 marks for a correct answer; however, students lose either 1 or 2 marks for an incorrect answer. Students therefore have to be sure of an answer, or gamble with losing marks. An example of one of the questions from this year’s challenge is below:
Which of the following integers is not a multiple of 45?
A 765 B 675 C 585 D 495 E 305
We would like to congratulate every student who took part in the Challenge. There are three levels of award; Bronze for scores 52–62, Silver for scores 63–6 and Gold for scores 77 and above. Special congratulations to Matthew Rates who achieved the highest school result (91) and will take part in the follow-on Kangaroo round in June. The following students were awarded certificates for their achievements, well done to them all:
|Gold certificate||Silver certificate||Bronze certificate|
|Matthew R (Best in school)
Ishaan B (Best in year)
Hugo H (Best in year)
This week, 4J have been learning all about how the heart works as part of our Healthy Living topic. Ms Raynsford very kindly taught one of their lessons this week which involved dissecting lamb’s hearts to study the heart’s chambers, veins and arteries. 4J found this absolutely fascinating and it brought their learning alive through this hands-on practical activity!
Last week our swim stars were Finley M in Year 3 who had a successful freestyle lesson and Ruby C in year 4 who transformed her freestyle with the help of Miss Clough and the ipad!
This week Blossom C-M in Year 3 swam lovely breaststroke in her lesson and was followed by Amelia J in Year 4 who also made huge progress with her breaststroke arm action.
Congratulations to all our swim stars.
Rounders v Bishop’s Stortford College
All our Year 4 girls, plus four Year 3 girls, played against Bishop’s Stortford College and we had a great afternoon, winning all three matches.
The A team had a convincing 14-7½ win, with all the girls performing very well. Catching and decision making was much improved and there was great batting from Emmie S, India D and Olivia V. This, along with her backstop work, gave Olivia Player of the Match. The B team had a close fought match, winning by a ½ run. Cornelia VH was named Player of the Match. The C team were far stronger than the opposition, winning 15 to 7. A special mention goes to Georgie G and Lyla P for scoring in both innings. Player of the Match was Lola P for accurate bowling.
Junior Cricket v Lockers Park
Batting first, Mr Elliott’s team produced some excellent running between the wickets by every batsman. Theo T top scored with 11 runs as the team made a total of 98-2. Heath Mount were also exceptional in the field as Theo T took 2 wickets and Reuben G and William S (2) were on target with superb direct hit run outs restricting Lockers Park to 63-7 which meant Heath Mount won by 35 runs.
Bowling first, Mr Woodwark’s team restricted Lockers Park to 74-2 with wickets from Edward R and Louis H. Despite losing more wickets, Heath Mount cruised to 98-5 and victory. Oliver H and Edward R were the top scoring pair with 30 runs and JJ W and David L made 26 runs in their 3 overs.
Mr Lomas’ team had a very good afternoon for the second time this season. Some good batting from the team got us to a score of 104-3 with Titobi S and Henry G timing the ball well, finishing as top scorers. Heath Mount then restricted Lockers Park to 74-4 from their 15 overs. George B bowled especially well getting two wickets. All round, Heath Mount fielded very well which resulted in one run out. This was an excellent effort by all of the team again, showing their developments throughout.
Acts of Kindness
Miss White and Mrs Bozwood Davies would like to thank Scarlett J in Year 4 for supporting her class mates in their class concert. Scarlett encouraged a fellow musician to overcome his nerves by offering to perform together.
Ms Raynsford would also like to say well done to Maxim L, Year 3, for his good manners. Maxim was in the corridor on his way to lunch and held the door open for everyone.
Good luck to Ruby C, Year 4, who will be playing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at The St Albans Arena. Ruby will be peforming on Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm.
Year 6 Geography
Year 6 made models to revise settlement types in geography. They aimed to show linear, nucleated and dispersed settlements and where they are likely to be found.
Congratulations to Mia Gillham, Year 5, for gaining a Distinction recently for her LAMDA Verse and Prose Entry Level examination taken at the London Public Centre.
Sporting Excellence Programme – Sport Science Experience
Today, the Year 7 Sporting Excellence students travelled to Essex University to take part in a Sports Science Experience. Working with the Sports Scientists, the Heath Mount students took park in a variety of tests to measure strength, speed, agility, coordination and cardio-vascular endurance. At the end of the session, the students will receive a personalised results portfolio highlighting how they performed on the day – similar to what professional athletes receive pre-season or in preparation for major competitions. You can check out more about the day on the sports hall notice board.
Year 7 Geography Fieldwork Project
Year 7 travelled to the River Beane to collect data for their Common Entrance fieldwork project. They learnt a lot about the river and the local area, whilst testing some fieldwork skills and practical mathematics. Many thanks to Mrs And Mrs Bott who kindly let us survey at their farm.
1st XV Rugby Kit
Please can we ask all parents of boys who played in the rugby team last year to return the 1st XV shirts, shorts and socks to the laundry room opposite the Nurses’ Office. We are still missing the following shirt numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18 and 19.
Monday 22nd May
3.45pm – U9A Cricket v Duncombe (H)
Tuesday 23rd May
4.30pm – Year 3-5 Girls Swimming v Stormont (H)
Wednesday 24th May
2.30pm – 1st XI, 3rd XI Cricket v Belmnt (A)
2.30pm – 2nd XI Cricket v Belmont (H)
2.30pm – Colts A&C Cricket v Lockers Park (H)
2.30pm – Colts B&D Cricket v Lockers Park (A)
2.30pm – U11A,B,C,D&D Rounders v Berkhamsted (A)
Thursday 25th May
2.30pm – U9A,B,C&D Rounders v Kingshott – now a home match
Prep School Forthcoming Events
Monday 22nd May – All Week – Year 6 & 7 Exams
Thursday 25th May – Loyal Devoir Lecture Series for Year 7 & 8 in Sports Hall
Thursday 25th May – Year 5 to Cressing Temple Barns
Friday 26th May – Year 3-8 House Challenge (pupils only)
Monday 29th May-Friday 2nd June – HALF TERM
Monday 5th June – Return to School
Tuesday 6th June – All Day – Year 8 CE Exams in Sports Hall
Tuesday 6th June – Year 6 at Carsington
Wednesday 7th June – All Day – Year 8 CE Exams in Sports Hall
Wednesday 7th June – Year 6 at Carsington
Thursday 8th June – All Day – Year 8 CE Exams in Sports Hall
Thursday 8th June – Year 6 at Carsington
Thursday 8th June – 6.30pm – Year 3-5 Music Scholars’ Concert in Chapel
Friday 9th June – All Day – Year 8 CE Exams in Sports Hall
Saturday 10th June – LAMDA Exams
Saturday 10th June – 5.00am – Year 8 leave for Scotland