With the dark nights drawing in, we are hurtling towards C... and also trying to squeeze as many things as possible into the weeks we have left before the annual festivities begin.
A piece of staff news is that Mrs Preston is expecting another baby and will be starting her maternity leave in April. We are delighted for her and excited that her Lottie will be starting in Nursery in January.
Mr Turner-Thompson has been squeezing in all his favourite science topics this term and has been equally shared between the Upper School classes for bushcraft sessions before he leaves Moorfield at the end of this term. We will be immensely sad to lose him as he has brought such varied skills with him: teaching science to an exacting standard, initiating our development of bushcraft and raising the standard of swimming. We have been very fortunate to have him at Moorfield.
Anyone visiting Moorfield today would wonder what on earth was going on? Firstly, everyone turned up in odd socks or odd shoes. We couldn't work out why we should have been asked to do such a thing as it wasn't a charity fund-raiser. However, Form 4 explained what it was all about when they told us the slogan 'All different - all equal' as part of their anti-bullying assembly. That suits us at Moorfield very well where we love the fact that everyone is special and being different adds to our uniqueness.
The day ended with the Light Disco. Everyone's light sabres waving in the dark combined with sparkly clothes, twinkly shoes and loud music gave everyone a fun but crazy end to a busy week at school.
This half-term our whole school theme is 'Thinking of Others'. Today's Remembrance Assembly provided a poignant opportunity to consider with respect and gratitude what sacrifices are made in war. Mrs Crossley read personal telegrams sent during WW11, which told parents of their sons missing in action. We thought of how they must have felt to read such news. War is very costly. Senior 6 pupils led the school in serious reflection by reciting poetry, and leading our act of remembrance in a meaningful and respectful way. Thank you to those parents who could join us and share in this act of thinking of others.
In Geography this term, Senior 5 have been learning about renewable energy resources and requested the opportunity to develop their own ideas with individual projects. The remit was open-ended enabling pupils to do their own research on whatever aspect of the subject they wanted to present.
The range and standard of the projects was phenomenal and what impressed us in assembly this morning was how every child in the class (without exception) spoke of their project with real confidence and passion. The individuality of each project demonstrated nuclear and hydro energy, wind and solar power in ingeniously creative ways. Constructions of power generators stood alongside baked entries, booklets and meticulously worked out games aimed to increase our knowledge and awareness of the need to do all we can to look after our planet.
Once again, it has been reinforced that allowing children to follow ther interests energises their learning at any age. Child-led initiatives at the top of the school are powerful too!
Fairy tales are real! Observations of all the work that went into Reception’s preparations for Cinderella’s ball on Monday had me convinced. The whole class had been hard at work last week making decisions about what had to be done. Real sponge cakes were arranged in tiers, table cloths were cut, tables laid and the castle was decorated with woven trellises. Even Jenson, the Big Bad Wolf, with all his huffing and puffing, couldn’t blow it down. Everyone was so helpful and everything was ready just in time. Then, by magic, Cinderella was changed from her rags to her party dress and the party began. What a day!
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It’s been a very busy half term. Have a restful break before the run up to … (we’re only allowed to say the word from 1st December.)
Our beautiful planet gives us so much. In our harvest celebration this afternoon, there were songs about falling leaves, growing seeds and thankfulness. There were plays about The Little Red Hen (which was the treat of the afternoon) and The Willow Growers. There were Indian and African harvests and the Celts showed us that harvest celebrations have been going on for a long time. The need to protect the world’s resources allows harvests to continue around the world.
The message of harvest was strong and clear as we looked at the wonderful display of harvest gifts sent in by Moorfield families. These will benefit St George’s crypt in Leeds who do great work to support and feed the homeless. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Cross-country runners gathered for the first race of the season on Saturday. We were very proud of our Year 6 girls’ team who came 1st and Year 4 girls who came 2nd. Individual stars are listed in the News section of the website. Suffice it to say, we are very proud of them all and grateful to all parents who took their children to race for Moorfield on Saturday morning.
However, many of the other results were rather disappointing and there was a distinct lack of va-va-voom! Despite focused training at Running Club, few children had their eyes on real speed. Let’s look on the bright side; the good thing about starting badly is that we can only get better!
The Wharfedale League is our training ground for the Bradford League. The Year 6 and Year 4 teams, who were placed at Wharfedale League will now be entered for the Bradford League, the first race of which is this Thursday. Thanks go to parents who will be transporting children to and from this fixture. This was the path we took last year to enable Martha, Ellie and Amy to run their way to the Yorkshire finals, Martha and Amy through to the nationals and finally Martha to become the top U10 runner in the country.
Success in life depends on skill but, more importantly, it depends on the right attitude. We look forward to more Moorfield pupils showing the same grit and determination as our top runners - enjoying the fun of the chase and the reward of success.
The theme for this half term is Responsiblity and children are being encouraged to grasp the nettle and take growing up in their stride. It is a pleasure for a teacher to set a date for homework to be completed and then, with joy, find that ALL the books are in the pile dutifully placed there by organised and diligent children - not left in bags in the cloakroom, not at home on the kitchen table, not eaten by the dog. Learning to take charge of one's organisation is a vital skill and the earlier it is learnt, the easier life will be.
To support children with this, please may parents in the Upper School (F3 upwards) refrain from going to the cloakroom with their children in the morning to help them unpack and get ready for school. Please say goodbye to your child in the entrance hall or at the school gate. In that way, they will feel like Upper School children and take pride in managing this part of their lives by themselves.
The Moorfield Adventure Passport, which was issued at the end of the summer term, has given many children a busy summer holiday. I have taken great pleasure in all the scrapbooks that have recorded the adventures. Photos of jam-making, sunrises and views from mountain summits are just a few examples of some memories children have to enjoy. I am sure parents have also be pleased to record their children hanging out the washing and making their beds! Thank you for the support parents have given to enable the Moorfield Adventure Passport to be so widely used.
Travellers will now be adding up the miles they have earned and choosing which countries visit. A huge map on the stairs outside Form 3 is helping everyone to locate different destinations around the world. A whole school Geography project like this will teach much about the beauty and diversity of the planet and its people.
The summer may be over but the Moorfield Adventure Passport will continue. It's not too late to get the travel bug!
Within just two days of the new term, I heard a child say that they were totally shattered! After a long summer holiday, returning to the fast pace of school and making the adjustment to the next class can prove rather a jolt. However, it is exciting to be back at school. As always, Moorfield pupils are very keen to please and school life has got off to a flying start with best efforts all round.
We are delighted to have Anna Wallace as our Head Girl this term and a group of prefects who will no doubt prove to be a tremendous support around school throughout the term.
Extra-curricular clubs will get underway next week. It will take a few days to secure numbers for clubs and for everyone to know what they are doing. Details about every club is provided on the website (under Main School - Clubs) to help them make good choices. We are pleased to offer more clubs than ever and give the children a rich range of options.
Please don't forget Squad training tomorrow morning from 9am to 11am unless it is pouring with rain. Ms Vento is looking forward to having as many S5 and S6 team netballers as possible.
If not before, I look forward to seeing you at the Parents' Information Evening on Tuesday night at 7pm.
Holiday Club has finally been packed away after seven weeks of activity. There have been numerous outings, countless creative projects, fun and games inside and out. There has also been lots of good company. Mrs Driver's team have enjoyed the children and the children have enjoyed being part of Holiday Club.
Chris Chilton's Drama Summer School has also taken place this week. After just three days, a full half hour production of 'The Books Fight Back' was performed for parents and friends. Even the youngest children had speaking parts and it was full of energy with every child showing real stage presence. Mr Chilton, Mr Bradnum and Ms Harrison led the drama, music and choreography with their usual professionalism and the result was stupendous for all 20 children who came and for those of us who watched the performance. Mr Chilton is promising to do another Summer School in the final week of the holiday next year so plan your holidays around this event!
The biggest event of the week was Sports Day. Perfect weather conditions enabled the children to be warm, dry and not sun-burnt. The event ran like clockwork and every child had lots of exercise. What a pleasure to see children running at such speed and with such enjoyment. Exuberant Blackbirds were the overall winners.
The annual music concert showcased the range of instrumentalists: flute, piano, cello, violin, guitar, drums and saxophone. Our winning choir was as impressive as ever and the bands, strings group and guitar group all provided top quality performances. The singing concert next week will give all vocalists their time on stage.
Yesterday we hosted a visit from 25 Spanish girls who were on a trip from Barcelona. It was a very successful day and they and the S6 class integrated and socialised very happily together. This annual event is a golden opportunity to enrich cultural awareness, showing more about similarities than differences when comparing our lives with those who live in other countries.
We look forward to sharing our Grand Ramble next Thursday afternoon with as many parents as can come. It's always a lovely way to spend the penultimate day of the school year together.
The final event of the term will be Speeches and Prizes on Friday morning. It starts at 11am and we aim to finish in just over an hour. It will be a chance to celebrate the year's achievements and bid farewell to our Senior 6 class before they move on to Senior Schools. All parents are most welcome to attend.
The disappointment of a rain-drenched week has been counter-balanced by the delights of Mrs Glover's chocolate square on sale every afternoon! Orderly queues have ensured that Form 3 have been to sell Moorfield's greatest delicacy in a civilised manner and it has been fun to see parents and chldren alike unable to resist eating it straight away! Staff have often referred to Mrs Glover as the Moorfield fairy and once again she seems to have worked her magic to support the PA's fund-raising for the climbing net. Thank you, Mrs Glover, from all of us, for a delicious time!
In the midst of a very busy first week back after the half term break, we have had the ISI inspectors visit to undertake a compliance inspection. As a school, Moorfield has to comply with over 440 regulations and ISI arrived, after a day's notice, to check that everything is in place. It will take a few weeks for the report to be published but what we do know is that, despite a tremendous work load for the inspectors, they could not have been more pleasant or easy to work for. They were overwhelmed by the pupils whose manners and demeanour knocked their socks off!
Moorfield pupils are the jewel in our crown - a shared asset, cherished and appreciated by school and parents alike.
We are ending the first half of the summer term on a high note. The production of Alice in Wonderland transported us into a dream that couldn't have been more magical. A stunningly vibrant set and clever costumes gave colour to a performance pulsating with fun and talent. The singing was, as has come to be expected, out of all proportion to the age of our pupils; the acting displayed confidence and humour. What was obvious was how much everyone enjoyed performing the play the standard of which was exceptional.
Glorious sunshine this week has been another gift - may it continue over the next two weeks. I hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday.
Eight years ago, Mrs Rix (Director of Music) and I had a chat about how we could grow a really impressive choir. In those days choir practice was held during lunch break and, to be honest, it wasn't very enjoyable. We wanted Moorfield children to get pleasure from singing with the result (hopefully) that their performance would improve. Practice times were changed and the senior and junior choirs were brought together.
Fast forward to this afternoon when, under the expert leadership of Mr Bradnum, we have won the Wharfedale Festival yet again and this time achieved the ultimate 'outstanding' grade. What a great day for us all and for every member of our choir. Everyone sings - there is no choice! To have achieve this standard in a non-selective choir is phenomenal.
We are now dreaming again of where we could go with our choir to show them off further afield as we feel they are at a standard to perform in a national competition... watch this space!
Yesterday our assembly focused on COMMUNITY. It was heart-warming to consider that generosity towards one another is the largest contributing factor to being a happy together. Being kinder than necessary is also worth remembering when we consider each other and want to build a sense of belonging.
The strength of the Moorfield community could not have been demonstrated more fully than as trolls at the Ilkley Carnival on Monday and the Fun Run on Tuesday. The Ilkley Gazette said that Moorfield provided a splash of colour and, as usual, the time given by Moorfield families who commited time to the event meant that we could contribute to the wider community in a positive way. We were bowled over by how fabulous all the parents were to really go to town on their troll outfits. Thank you for being such good sports and for joining in the fun with such good spirit.
On Tuesday, the children's enthusiasm for the Fun Run knew no bounds. We could not stop them as they completed lap upon lap. After a full half hour we had to say, "STOP!" It was only today that we realised the extent of the level of sponsorship that had gone on behind the scenes over the last few weeks. The total raised so far is not far short of £6,000! Once again, the generosity of Moorfield families for our school community project has been very heart-warming. Thank you everyone who has contributed so far and to Alix Rhodes and the PA who have worked so hard towards getting a big climbing net which will be a wonderful resource for every child in school.
Generosity builds community and a strong community benfits all those who belong. I feel very lucky to be the part of such a wonderful school.
It seems as if every day there is another star to celebrate! On the sporting front, we are immensely proud of Martha - to have grown a national champion from within our own running club is immensely gratifying.
The musical theatre exams results have 34 candidates' scores ranging from 83% to 99%. (Please see the Latest News page for more details.)
In classrooms this week, despite nearing the end of a long term, I have seen a range of thoughtful and intelligent work; our pupils like to work hard and achieve well.
The Young Entrepreneurs' Project raised a massive £1,170. What an opportunity S6 had to work closely as teams to produce and market their chosen products. After their focus on hard work to produce such impressive financial results, they then reiterated Moorfield's ethos of 'caring and sharing' by donating all their profits to Hope Housing, which supports the homeless in Bradford. Thank you for all parents' support for the pop-up stalls each afternoon.
We have an Open Hour on Saturday morning, 1st April. Although we are welcoming new starters every week to Moorfield's Nursery, we appreciate your recommendation to your friends who may also be wanting to provide the gift of a Moorfield education to their children.
Moorfield's musical children are having a very busy time. The results of the Skipton Music Festival are on the website's news page showing how well Moorfield was represented and how wonderfully well our pupils did. As I write, the musical theatre exams are in full swing with 20 Moorfield children singing their way through the day. The choir will be polishing up the Easter cantata to present at the Easter service on the final Monday of the school term. They have also started working on a very ambitious Israeli folk song written in Hebrew to sing at the Wharfedale Festival this year.
Looking ahead, The Week of Words will provide different activities to help us celebrate the beauty of the English language. The spelling bee will remind us of its quirkiness; the poetry recital (to which parents are invited) of the power of words; the soap box in the playground will give opportunity for freedom of expression and the book swap and dressing up day will remind us of the pleasure of reading. Please see the calendar of events for the dates of these events.
The Young Entrepreneurs' Project is well underway as the pop-up shops each afternoon will show!S6 pupils are learning about effective marketing strategies, product design and the importance of customer satsifaction. The products and services provided have been achieved as a result of a great deal of work. Thank you for your support each afternoon and for bringing your purses/wallets to school! The money made will not be lining S6's pockets but will instead go to a worthy charitable cause.
What a pleasure it was to take Senior 6 to London for three days this week. A packed itinerary included visits to The Tower of London, The National Gallery, Chinatown, Covent Garden, Hamleys and the Natural History Museum. We walked twelve kilometres on Tuesday alone, leaving our hostel at 9am and returning at 10.30pm! We also waved to the Queen at Buckingham Palace; chased bubbles on Trafalgar Square; heard the chimes of Big Ben; looked in vain for the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street; sat in the daffodils in St James' Park; ate in restaurants; and took a water taxi on the Thames.
Over and above the sights and delights, the purpose of the trip was to teach the children how to be independent on London Transport. They soon learnt to stay on the right hand side of the escalators, manage their oyster cards, read the maps, choose the right platform and stay upright as the tube drew to a halt.
The highlight of the trip for me was the children’s company and the pleasure they took in everything they experienced. As always, their exemplary behaviour enabled us to gain optimum enjoyment from each experience we enjoyed together. Thank you to Senior 6, Mr Pickles and Miss van Eede for such a wonderful time.
I am delighted to report on an outstanding set of entrance exam results for our Senior 6 pupils. We have eighteen pupils in Senior 6 with six choosing either Ilkley Grammar or South Craven. The remaining twelve scored 100% pass rate to their first school of choice, including seven scholarships and awards.
I was heartened to hear the following comments from an academically prestigious school where a number of our children spent a day undertaking a variety of activities to ascertain their ability and attitude to learning. Our pupils were described as ‘agile thinkers, very quick to show initiative with highly developed collaborative working skills.’ As characters they were said to have ‘warmth and confidence without a trace of arrogance’. Their impeccable manners also drew comment.
It is very rewarding for us to achieve such strong academic results as well as feedback on our pupils’ personal strengths. As parents well know, developing the whole child is our priority. Our exam results demonstrate that our pupils achieve a high standard academically. The scholarships are testament to their skills over a wide range of disciplines. We are very proud of them all.
Bradford Grammar School
Amy Brown-Carerra, Dhaya Hayre, Lucy Laycock, Alice Locker (Charter Award for Academic Excellence), Lily Whewell (Charter Award for Academic Excellence)
Lily Whewell (All Rounder Scholarship with Drama)
Purdey Garnett, Erin Hatfield (Drama Scholarship), Freya Hatfield (Art Scholarship), Bea Nolan (Sport Scholarship), Evie Tempest (Textiles Scholarship)
Ripon Grammar School
Skipton Girls’ High School
Sophie Bateman, Dhaya Hayre
In line with the vast majority of prep schools throughout the country who choose not to do SATs, we do not have to spend the rest of the year narrowly teaching to the test. With exams behind us, we now have six months left in which to develop academic endeavour and excellence through extended thinking skills, problem solving and open ended tasks. The Young Entrepreneurs’ Project, currently underway in Senior 6, is just one example of this enriched opportunity for learning.
We had also had a highly successful week of sporting successes. Our hockey teams held their own admirably at GSAL on Tuesday and only just missed going through to the next round of the West Yorkshire competition. Considering the size of the schools we were playing, we did exceptionally well. On Wednesday, twelve netball teams played in a tournament at Sedbergh. Our A team won the tournament, the B team won the plate and one of our players was named player of the tournament! How lucky we are to have expert coaching from Ms Vento and Mr Snook who are enabling our teams to perform so well. The large number of sports clubs also gives opportunity for development of skills. As I write, there are squeals of enjoyment coming from the pitch giving the message of a whole class enjoying exercising in the fresh air on a cold winter’s morning – healthy body, healthy mind!
Please keep checking on Word from the Head and Latest News on the website where regular updates aim to keep parents informed of what is happening at school.
As you know, many Moorfield School policies are available to read on the school website. Please note that an updated Compaints Policy has been uploaded. By way of regulatory information I can report that, according to the wording of the old policy, no formal complaints have been registered this academic year .
On Tuesday I overheard one child say to another that it was 'only two more sleeps until the Pyjama Day'! What a thrill that EVERYONE was at school in their pyjamas today. Not only did we raise well over £100 for Martin House Hospice but we also had a great time.
The Form 4 assembly this morning was about random acts of kindness, which reminded us of the transforming effect of caring for others enough to think of a random act of kindness to show it. This kindness campaign is not only for school; we hope that at home parents will notice extra bits of helping around the house or notes of love and encouragement left in unexpected places. We hope that random acts of kindness spread happiness - a ripple effect that can make the world a better place because we are in it.
I am delighted to tell you that two new after school clubs will start after half term.
For the Lower School children on Wednesdays we will have Melissa Butterworth from Tatty Bumpkin running fun yoga-inspired classes. She is coming into school next Thursday to offer a mini-session to give children a taste of what they will be like. A letter will go out to parents next Thursday afternoon to explain how to register directly with her through the Tatty Bumpkin website. There will be room for 12 children in the club who are booked in and committed to a half term of classes. The cost for six weeks is £30.
For the Upper School children on Tuesdays, Mrs Welsh is kindly running a DT Construction Club. There is room for six children in this club due to the nature of the tools and the supervision required. In order to cover costs of materials, the charge for six weeks will be £25. Letters have already been distributed to parents of children in F3 to S6, which must be returned by next Monday.
If either of these clubs is over-subscribed we will rotate membership so that everyone who wants to join gets a turn.
It is a great privilege to have responsibility for the education of children at Moorfield. Every child is so precious and we know how vital it is to use their childhood years to build strong foundations for future lives.
While reviewing our PSHE policy, we have explained how learning opportunities for personal, social and emotional development are presented in every part of the school day. Every member of the school staff uses their interactions with children to build and strengthen children's self-image and their skills at interacting with others.
I have always said that it takes a long time to grow a child. How encouraging it is when we see someone blossoming with newfound confidence or rewarded as a result of hard work.
Senior 6 pupils have been working hard to prepare for their senior school entrance examinations. For many the reality was far less scary than the anticipation and many children actually enjoyed their exam day last weekend at HLC. More exams lie ahead at BGS, , Giggleswick, GSAL and Woodhouse Grove. We know they will be able to give the best account of themselves - they deserve to succeed.
With a happy start to the new year we are now settling back into the swing of a new term. As you will see on the calendar there is a busy term ahead. A letter to parents went out today; if you haven't received it please remind your child to bring it home or request another copy from Mrs Mcmullen.
A new set of prefects in Senior 6 now has their badges pinned on their blazers. Lily Whewell is the head girl this term. It is encouraging to see everyone embrace their new roles. Assemblies are being well organised, lunch tables carefully looked after, housepoints counted on time and office work well supported by enthusiastic helpers. What a great start from everyone at the top of the school!
Every half term, the whole school focuses on a character trait to try and develop in our lives. The new word is RESILIENCE. Sometimes life doesn't work out just right - can we learn how to bounce back from setbacks? We will explore what this means in classes and in some assemblies.
I hope you all have fun reading the new edition of the Moorfield Times this weekend.
Thank you to pupils, staff and parents for a very happy, busy and fruitful term at Moorfield. We have to remember that it takes a long time to grow a child but even since 1st September, when the doors opened for the start of the new school year, we have watched with pride and pleasure as we have seen much evidence of pupils’ growth in both mind and heart.
With best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a happy holiday,
Our first week of Christmas celebrations started with the lighting of the Christmas tree on Monday afternoon and ended with the very amusing production of 'Strictly the Nativity' this afternoon. (Read more about it in Latest News.) In between has been a party lunch, the delivery of scores of Christmas cards and a growing feeling of festivity and good cheer throughout the week. Christmas at Moorfield is always very special and this year is proving to be no exception.
Monday will give the children a chance to visit The Present Room. The array of really special gifts this year will enable children to shop for family with no-one peeping! The carol service is yet to come, which, for many, gives a pause to reflect on 'God with us'. Snippets of choir singing, which I have heard thus far, gives me every reason to be excited about a treat in store. Everyone is welcome.
I am delighted to have a 'Word from the Head' slot on the new website as I have missed the regular opportunity to communicate with parents as I did in the Weekly Update.
As always, the outer face of Moorfield is the result of a great deal of work and thought that goes on behind the scenes to provide as relevant and worthwhile a school experience as possible. Training staff to develop in skills is essential to our continuing excellence. To this end, I spent the day in an outstanding school in Cambridge on Monday, observing how they teach children to manage their feelings. Over the years they have developed a rich and thoughtful programme which has had a real impact.
Developing emotional intelligence in our Moorfield pupils has always been important to me and I found my day at St John's College Prep School inspiring. My connection with their new Head gave me the freedom to ask if they could share their good practice and I was the lucky recipient of their generosity. Over the next weeks and months we will be considering how best to implement more specific teaching of emotional intelligence at Moorfield, which, in turn, will contribute to children's wellbeing and their ability to manage their lives and their learning more constructively.