It is hard to believe that we have already reached the end of the first half of the Autumn term. Today marked Bute’s birthday and we have had a fun-filled day with brilliant 1950’s costumes, quizzes, dancing, art activities, and tasty birthday cakes! The Lower School also had a visit from some goats, pigs, donkeys, chickens and ducks. It has been a wonderful end to an exciting and busy half term.
During assembly, we were also able to celebrate our longest serving members of staff; those that have been here for ten and even twenty years! They have contributed so much to the School community and continue to do so.
Over the past few weeks, Mrs Fildes, Ms Smith and I have been meeting with parents of children in Year 6 to discuss senior school choices. It has been a pleasure to have time face to face and get to know parents much better.
It was wonderful that Year 4 and Year 1 were able to attend trips for the first time in over a year and the children and staff certainly enjoyed these a great deal.
I want to thank Mrs Stonehouse for her support and her dedication to the school through her role as House Committee Chair, and for sharing my commitment to develop our partnership with parents. I have received such a warm welcome from you all and I am very grateful.
Thank you to all the staff for their hard work this half term. We have a fantastic team here at Bute!
I wish you a happy and safe half term and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 2nd November.
Year 1 went on their first school trip to St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday. They were really excited to go on a coach and spot their friends’ houses along the way. Once we arrived at the cathedral, we all went on a tour, where we saw the sacred spaces and discovered a number of symbols related to the Christian faith. The vicar and teacher who led the session were very impressed with the girls’ knowledge and behaviour.
Well done 1B!
Year 4 enjoyed a fantastic day at the Chiltern Open Air Museum. We were there to consolidate what we have learned at school about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We particularly enjoyed time travelling back through history to meet some of the characters from those times and exploring what shelter, food and hunting looked like for them.
In the Stone Age, we learnt how to make pigment out of charcoal and fat, start fires, forage for food, hunt and make shelters. In the Iron Age, the chief that lived in the roundhouse we visited put us all to work – grinding wheat to make flour and then making flatbread, making butter from cream and making pottery. We even managed to see some ancient farm animal breeds. A great time was had by all! See the Parent Area for more photos.
Well done to all the girls who took part in the Ealing Borough Cross Country. Bute House finished 1st for the girls competition out of a total of 22 schools. This was our first cross country fixture of the year and it was great to be able to take 20 talented runners from Years 5 & 6.
Calista Fenton, Isabel Perrett, Alice Dausch, Annabel Moeller and Mia Layfield McDonald deserve special mention as they all came in the top five places in their respective age group, a tremendous achievement, given that each age group had over 100 girls competing in each race!
All our Y5 and Y6 teams did incredibly well, great running by all involved.
What an exciting and vibrant first half of term we have had in Spanish!
Year 1 have enjoyed singing and listening to stories in their lessons and have followed oral instructions carefully to draw some of the animals from the book Un Poco Perdido, by Chris Haughton.
Year 2 have learned how to introduce themselves and greet each other with the help of our amigos Carla, Paco, Pablo, Mario, Sandra and Ana, and have had a good go at writing some words in Spanish too.
Year 3 have enjoyed practising their new skills by acting out Las Aventuras de Tinta in groups, and are now busy with their first End of Unit craft project “Mi Nube” (My Cloud).
Year 4’s preparations for their craft project “Mi familia” are now in full swing and we will soon be able to hear and see the girls presenting their creations using the iPads in class.
See the Parent Area for photos and videos.
Here are some pictures of KS1 enjoying their swimming lesson:
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