It has been a busy week on the Rugby field, with around 20 matches taking place, involving boys from Year 3 up to Year 8. Real all about the boys’ matches this week in the newsletter!
The boys (and teachers!) looked brilliant in their hats for today’s Mad Hatter themed day and the Junior boys thoroughly enjoyed their Big Read session with the Year 7s and 8s.
The Junior School assembly involved Mrs Louca and Mrs Lauder pitting their wits against Zac and Abbas from Year 4 in a World Book Day quiz. The teachers (now newly named ‘The Cheaters’) competed well (but slyly!) and lost to Zac and Abbas in the tie-breaker; how the boys knew when The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published, I do not know!
The whole school enjoyed a super tea party style lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Thank you, parents for all your support in supplying the boys with fantastic hats.
Reception Class had a wonderful day at Willows Farm and the rain even held off until the end of the day. The boys got to ride on Tristan’s Tractor and observe cows, alpacas, sheep, turkeys, goats and horses around the farm as well as watch the lambs being fed and having a petting session with the farm guinea pigs. The boys learnt about where milk comes from and what foods milk is used to make as well as learning about reindeer and their annual antlers. We were lucky enough to experience the lambing season in full swing and got to visit week old lambs with their mummy’s. We were very proud of the boys knowledge and teamwork on the trip. A big thank you to all of the parents that helped on the day.
In two tightly contested games the Keble boys pulled clear with victories for both A and B teams. In the A team game, Captain Aidan B was magnificent scoring ties and making thunderous tackles. Man of Match Anderson W also scored but his passing was what impressed me most. I was delighted with the whole team efforts and in particular James B, Charlie C and Abbas D who listened well at half time and improved their tackling and ball carrying in the second half. Coby C and Lemuel O also contributed with strong carries resulting in an excellent team performance.
The B team were also fantastic with Captain Dawud A leading the tackle count and Zachary Z running well with the ball in hand. Whilst St Aubyn’s tired very hard they could stop Keble’s powerful runners, where Hari C, Zak K and Nathan O were exceptional. Josiah S showed his pace with several outside breaks and good support play from Adam S meant Keble ran out winners. Well done boys!!
Our very own Mrs Brace has written a short article for the Royal Geographical Society website. It was also picked up by Nick Crane, of BBC Coast fame, and he’s quoting her in a lecture he’s giving on Monday. Read it here: https://www.rgs.org/geogra…/…/making-geography-come-to-life/
The Year 5 boys have been recreating ‘The Great Wave’ by Japanese artist Hokusai in art this week. They broke down the image into foreground, mid ground and background and created their version of the work in watercolour, adding texture and energy by flicking acrylic paint for the crest and spray of the wave.
During Year 3’s visit to Great Missenden they looked inside his writing shed to see the things which gave him inspiration for his writing and found some of the buildings in the village of Great Missenden which he used as settings in his stories.
They also looked at how he edited and changed his writing. He wrote the story which we now know as Matilda and decided that he was not happy with it and rewrote the whole story again. He wrote his stories by hand and some of them took up to two years to write.
Before settling on the title for the story which we now know as James and the Giant Peach, Roald almost called it James and the Giant Cherry!
They all had a great day.
Last Friday I made my annual visit to the Bett Exhibition at the Excel Centre. It is a huge exhibition that takes up the whole of the ExCel Centre. It is the biggest exhibition of technology for education in Europe and visitors come from all areas of Europe to see what the is latest technology available to help schools.
I took with me four of our Y8 boys who have over the years shown a real interest in programming and robotics. We had an amazing day. The main trends at this year’s show were robotics and physical programming. Sam Labs had a large stand and we stopped by to catch up with Joachim Horn the inventor. The boys had met him last year when they presented and he was keen to catch up. The stand was a huge success and as Keble has helped them develop their product we had a very warm welcome as always.
This year we also met Moises Pacheco the Danish inventor of the Fable robot we have been using in the senior school. He was so taken with the boys and their descriptions of their lessons with Fable he has asked if he can visit the school on his next visit to London and collaborate with us in future.
This was exciting news for myself and my four techie Y8s. We were over the moon on our way back to school !
Once again, Keble’s Cheese Appreciation Club is up and running. After sampling mature Cheddar cheese last week, this Thursday the select tasting panel of Year 5 and Year 6 boys sampled a range of European hard cheeses. Our favourite was Norwegian Jarlsberg. Unfortunately, the least favourite – voted unanimously by all ten boys – was Swiss Emmental. The German smoked cheese was loved and loathed in equal measure. Many of us were left grimacing and reaching for a glass of water, others incomprehensibly enjoyed it! Next week French cheese…
Mrs Brace, Head of Geography