Children falling into water near waterfall

Dear Parents,

Now that term is in full swing, I hope that your children are returning home tired but willing to share details of their hard work with you. One of our focuses this term is resilience and we aim to push your children out of their comfort zone on regular occasions so that they experience challenges, set backs and how to overcome hurdles on their own or as part of a team.

This week I would like to congratulate all of our sports teams after some superb results for both our boys and girls. A special mention must go to our U11 boys’ Football team who won the Haileybury 6-a-side tournament against some formidable opponents and to our U13 girls’ hockey team who beat a strong Haileybury team 4-2. I would also like to congratulate our Year 3 boys who played in their first ever matches against Kingshott and represented the School admirably.

The next two weekends are important school events and we are grateful to parents for coaxing pupils back into school on a Saturday! Next weekend is our annual Open Day, where we are given the chance to showcase our wonderful pupils and school to the wider community. This is a great chance for prospective parents, current parents and grandparents to see your children in action. Please can I ask you to email Caroline Morter in the Pre-Prep or Louise Cook (Prep School) on if your children would like to join us in representing the school.

Tomorrow marks the culmination of a summer of hard work for the du Maurier Society with the annual Fun Day. This is a wonderful day built around the children and gives you the opportunity to lighten your pocket of loose change for the benefit of the School and its associated charities. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

You can read the full newsletter here.

Kind regards,

Chris Gillam


Sports Fixtures

Saturday 22nd September 9.00am – U13 Hockey v St Edmund’s (A)

Tuesday 25th September 4.30pm – Year 3-8 Swimming Gala v Beechwood Park (H)

Wednesday 26th September

2.30pm – 1st, 4th, Colts C, D&G Football v York House (A)

2.30pm – 2nd, 3rd, Colts A, B, E&F Football v York House (H)

2.45pm – U11A-C Hockey v Manor Lodge (H)

Thursday 27th September 3.45pm – U8A&B Netball v St Edmund’s (A) 3.45pm – U9A-C Football v St Edmund’s (A)

Friday 28th September All Day – ISFA U11A Regionals at Chigwell School

Pre-Prep School Forthcoming Events

Saturday 29th September – Open Morning Wednesday 3rd October – am – Reception to Mill Green Museum (group 1)

Thursday 4th October – am Reception to Mill Green Museum (group 2)

Tuesday 16th October – am – Ark Farm to visit Nursery

Tuesday 16th October – Year 2 Mexican Day in school

Tuesday 16th October – from 5.00pm – EYFS parent Consultations

Tuesday 13th November – Ark Farm to visit Reception

Thursday 18th October – from 6.00pm – EYFS Parent Consultations

Friday 19th October – Mufti Day (non-uniform)

Half Term from Monday 22nd October to Friday 2nd November

Tuesday 20th November – 9.30am – Nursery Nativity Play in Performing Arts Centre

Friday 23rd November – 9.30am – Reception Nativity Play in Performing Arts Centre

Wednesday 28th November – all day – Year 1 to Royal Gunpowder Mills

Wednesday 5th December – 2.00pm – Year 1 & 2 Production in Performing Arts Centre

Thursday 6th December – 2.00pm – Year 1 & 2 Production in Performing Arts Centre

Friday 7th December – Christmas Jumper Day 

Friday 7th December – 7.00pm – Year 1 & 2 Production in Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday 11th December – all day – Stevensons’ ‘pop up’ uniform shop

Tuesday 11th December – Pre-Prep Christmas Lunch

Thursday 13th December – 12.00pm – End of Term

Prep School Forthcoming Events

Saturday 22nd September – 1.00pm – Du Maurier Fun Day

Monday 24th September – All Day – Year 7&8 Study Skills Day

Monday 24th September – 7.00pm – Parents’ Study Skills Forum in the PAC

Tuesday 25th September – All Day – Sibling & Missed Individual Photographs

Wednesday 26th September – 8.30am – Macmillan Coffee Morning in Prep School

Wednesday 26th September – 9.15am – Prep School Harvest Festival in PAC

Saturday 29th September – Opening Morning

Thursday 4th October – Year 8 Girls HPV injections

Thursday 4th October – 4.45pm – Rush Hour Concert in Music Room

Monday 8th October – Year 6 Exams

Tuesday 9th October – Year 6 Exams


Friday 12th October – Oundle Orchestral Day

Tuesday 16th October – 6.00pm – Year 6 Parents’ Evening in Chapel

Thursday 18th October – 6.00pm – Year 6 Parents’ Evening in Chapel

Friday 19th October – Mufti Day

Monday 22nd October- Friday 2nd November – Half Term