2016 Lent Term - NEWS GALLERY

Elements visit to the V&A

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Elements visit the Imperial War Museum

Thursday 21st January 2016
The Second World War was brought to life recently when Elements boys visited the Imperial War Museum. Amongst many activities, we explored the lives and experiences of the Allpress family in their typical 1940s home, took part in a hands-on session that examined the impact of the Second World War on the everyday lives of British children in both the city and countryside, and discovered the undercover world of espionage. The boys not only learned a lot, but also impressed some overseas visitors with their knowledge.

LP1 & LP2 Instrumental Concert

Tuesday 26th January 2016
Congratulations to all of the performers at this term's Lower Prep Solo Instrumental Concert which had a very varied programme. The standard of playing was most impressive throughout and the boys' progress since last term's concert was clear for all to hear. We very much look forward to the next concert!

'Handa's Surprise' Fruit Tasting

Thursday 28th January 2016
PP1F read 'Handa's Surprise' and tasted some of the tropical fruit in the story and thought of adjectives to describe them. A class favourite was definitely the sweet, ripe mango!

PP2 Isle of Struay Workshop

Friday 29th January 2016
Today the boys were lucky enough to go on a journey from London to Scotland by plane in a Drama Workshop. They then found their way to the Isle of Struay where they compared island life with that of London. They boys played the characters from Katie Morag’s books and joined in a Scottish dance (a Ceilidh). The boys enjoyed their journey to Struay and flew back in time for lunch!

Elements' Anderson Shelter

Monday 1st February 2016
On History day Elements B went back to the 1940s. Nearly all boys came to school as evacuees or heroes of WWII, and our Prime Minister, Mr Winston Churchill, was kind enough to grace us with his presence. We spent the day building an Anderson bomb shelter from scratch, making sandbags, and dressing the set with artefacts from the past. We then took turns to cram into the shelter and play games to pass the time during the air raids. A memorable day was had by all.

Donhead History Day

Monday 1st February 2016
The boys enjoyed a fun-filled day stepping back in time. Each year group explored a different period of history and created some wonderful projects around these topics. The boys also enjoyed a comedy performance from the Hobgoblin Theatre Company about the history of Britain, teaching the boys about their rich heritage. The day was rounded up with a prize for the best-dressed in each class! Thank you to all staff who got involved and to the boys for their enthusiasm and fantastic costumes!

Prep's Terracotta Army

Monday 1st February 2016

PP2 visit the Science Museum

Tuesday 9th February 2016
The boys in PP2 have been learning about seaside locations and islands in Topic this term. They enjoyed watching 'Under the Sea 3D, an educational film about life under the sea, and then exploring the various science exhibits in small groups.

Pre-Prep Lent Term Concert

Wednesday 10th February 2016
This week’s Pre-Prep Concert was a great success with many of the boys performing for the first time. The Pre-Prep Choir members sang some very enjoyable items, with their favourite being the amusing 'Penguin Song'. The solo instrumentalists had all worked very hard and their performances were enthusiastically received.

LP2 House Rugby

Thursday 11th February 2016


Classroom Medic Workshop

Thursday 11th February 2016
The Elements and Prep years had a wonderful opportunity today to experiment with real life medical equipment in sessions run by Classroom Medic.

Homemade Musical Instruments by PP1

Wednesday 24th February 2016
PP1 learned about Sound in Science and the boys had lots of fun making and playing their instruments. They learned how musical instruments make sound.

PP1 Outing to the London Transport Museum

Thursday 25th February 2016
The boys in PP1 enjoyed their visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. During their visit they participated in a 'Platform Promenade' workshop, led by experts at the Museum. They had fun learning how vehicles have changed over the years and how people travelled in the past. The visit provided an excellent insight into travel and transport - the topic that PP1 will be studying next half term in their History lessons.

LP2 visit Chichester Cathedral

Friday 26th February 2016
LP2 boys visited Chichester Cathedral for their Day of Reflection. The boys followed a 'Life of St Richard' drama workshop and were given a guided tour of the Cathedral, with time for prayer and reflection. They also had the opportunity to make some brass rubbings and Pilgrims’ Badges.

Prep visit Canterbury Cathedral

Monday 29th February 2016
Prep Year visited Canterbury Cathedral for their Day of Reflection. Part of their day included a 'Spirituality and Reflection’ workshop in St Gabriel's and St Anselm's Chapels. They were also given a tour of the Cathedral, following a Monks Costume Trail.

World Book Day

Friday 4th March 2016

Ignite Conference

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th March 2016
Four boys from Elements flew to Glasgow to attend the Ignite Conference. The Conference exists to allow members of the Elements Year in the various Jesuit preparatory and primary schools, to meet together to discuss their schools and to discuss their common Jesuit identity. The boys were fantastic ambassadors for Donhead and they really enjoyed meeting new friends.

Prep School Ensemble Concert

Monday 7th March 2016
Congratulations to all of the performers at this term’s Prep School Ensembles Concert on Monday. In addition to the ensembles, there were over twenty soloists from the Elements and the Prep Years performing a varied programme, including Handel and Chopin along with some jazz items. The Brass Band members clearly enjoyed performing the especially arranged piece from ‘Star Wars’ and the Senior Choir’s songs were very well received by the appreciative audience.

LP2 visit the Weald & Downland Museum

Wednesday 9th March 2016
LP2 had an excellent day at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. The boys immersed themselves in Tudor life: they enjoyed playing some of the games depicted in Pieter Bruegel’s painting Children’s Games. They also found it fascinating learning how life was on farms as well as the medicinal properties of herbs and spices during the Apothecary workshop. Each boy made a fragrant pomander ball. A wonderful outing.

'Aladdin' performed by LP1

Thursday 10th March 2016
Congratulations to Lower Prep 1 for their production of 'Aladdin'. Thank you to the parents for all your efforts in the organisation of the costumes and thanks to Miss Easter, Mrs McGrath and the teaching assistants for their efforts with this every enjoyable production. The boys did very well.

Our Chicks Hatch

March 2016 2016
Donhead has had an "eggcellent eggsperience" with our new arrivals. Geoff, Frog, Bob, Sir Bobblysock amongst others attracted quite a crowd with all the boys visiting the chicks and having them visit the individual classrooms later. There are 5 girls (brown fluff) and 3 boys (lemon fluff) - one of our eggs has not hatched but, as one of the boys has said, "the chick is gone but not forgotten".

Buddies' Lunch Together

Friday 18th March 2016

PP2 Cave Art

Wednesday 23rd March 2016
PP2 have enjoyed learning about the Stone Age this Lent Term. They learned about the Old, Middle and New Stone Ages and the different dwellings people lived in during this time. They had fun in Art making their own Stone Age Caves decorated with cave paintings.

Inter-House Music Competition

Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Congratulations to all the Loyola boys who won this year's Prep School Inter-House Music Competition at the end of last term; their renditions of three songs from 'The Jungle Book' were certainly lively and most entertaining! A special thanks goes to the seven soloists and Donhead Choir members who gave some sparkling performances while the adjudicators made their decision.

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 24th March 2016