2016 MICHAELMAS TERM - News Gallery

Elements meet their Buddies

Thursday 8th September 2016


Reception's First Days

Wednesday 14th September 2016

First Buddy Lunch

Friday 16th September 2016

Opening of the St Nicholas Owen Building

Wednesday 21st September 2016
Many thanks to all our families for your continued support and encouragement during the last 18 months of building works.  Although some works still remain, the St Nicholas Owen Building was officially opened on Wednesday 21st September by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and old boy of Donhead.  I am grateful to those families who have commented so favourably on our new facilities and, of course, my hope is that they will further help every boy here to become the best that they can be.

PP1 Outing to Legoland

Thursday 22nd September 2016

PP2 Outing to Wagamama

Thursday 22nd September 2016

PP1 Walk on Wimbledon Common

Monday 3rd October 2016
PP1 enjoyed a walk around Wimbledon Common on Monday afternoon, as part of their Geography Topic ‘The Local Area’. As well as familiarising themselves with local roads and key features we enjoyed the beautiful Autumn sunshine, collecting conkers and an iced lolly!

LP1 Visit the Bookfest Big Tent

Tuesday 4th October 2016
LP1 enjoyed their visit to the Wimbledon Bookfest event at the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. The boys listened to an interesting talk by AF Harrold, author of the Fizzlebert Stump series.

Lower Prep Michaelmas Term Concert

Tuesday 4th October 2016
Congratulations to those boys in LP1 and LP2 who performed so well at this term’s Concert for Solo Instrumentalists. It was the first time some of the soloists had ever played in front of an audience and they certainly did themselves proud!

U10 Rugby Triangular

Tuesday 4th October 2016

LP1 Visit Butser Ancient Farm

Friday 7th October 2016
LP1 visited Butser Farm, a reconstruction of a Celtic Hillfort. We were able to try our hand at archaeology and compare life in a Celtic roundhouse with life in a Roman villa. We smashed chalk to make clunch and helped to build a wall. We also made clay pots which we were able to bring back to school. It was a fascinating and informative day!

PP2 Making Guacamole

Thursday 13th October 2016
To link with their Mexico Topic, PP2F had lots of fun making guacamole and tasting it! To link with our Literacy work on Instructions, they used 'bossy verbs' to write instructions on how to make it.  Well done, boys.

Michaelmas Term Ensemble Concert

Monday 17th October 2016
Congratulations to all of the participants in the Prep School Ensembles Concert with Prep and Elements soloists. The Senior Choir, Brass Band, Guitar Group, the Donhead Trio and the Orchestra were so excited to be performing in the superb new Auditorium. The boys delighted the audience with such a varied programme (including a specially arranged version of the theme from Wallace and Gromit by our Brass teacher, Mr Mankarious) and the Elements and Prep soloists gave some outstanding performances.

Elements Healthy Snacks

Monday 17th October 2016

Ignite! Conference

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th October 2016
Donhead was pleased to host the wonderful 'Ignite!' Conference for the boys and girls from six Jesuit Schools this week.  The purpose of the Conference was for the schools to learn a little bit more about each other and to explore how they could further develop their way of working as a Jesuit school.  Thank you to our chaplain, Eileen Groenen, for organising the conference, Fr Paul Fletcher SJ for saying Mass in our new Chapel and the three former Donhead pupils (now at Wimbledon College) for helping out at the Conference. Semper Magis.

LP2 visit Hampton Court

Tuesday 18th October 2016
LP2 enjoyed their visit to Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday. Whilst there, the boys had fun taking part in a workshop entitled ‘Playing the King’. Henry VIII wasn’t always a fat, old tyrant! Their drama session challenged the traditional stereotype of this iconic monarch, plotting his life from his early reign through to his final years as king.  The boys also visited the Tudor Kitchens, where a costumed presenter shared with them how foods were stored, prepared, cooked and eaten at the palace in Henry VIII's time.  They inspected the cooking utensils and some boys experienced the role of 'spit boy'!

Prep Year Outing to Greenwich

Wednesday 19th October 2016
The day began with a visit to the Great Map in the National Maritime Museum, where the boys explored the continents using the iPads to discover the world and answer questions. The boys enjoyed all that the museum had to offer, including the ship simulator and the ‘All hands children’s gallery,’ where they could explore maritime skills and technologies past and present, fire a cannon and shoot down a dastardly pirate ship in a brilliant interactive game. After lunch the boys enjoyed a workshop at the Cutty Sark where they discovered what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time. The weather was good and the boys thoroughly enjoyed their day out in Greenwich.

LP1 Roman Drama Workshop: 'The Wall'

Tuesday 1st November 2016
The Hobgoblin Theatre Company visited Donhead on Tuesday to perform ‘The Wall’ - a play about
the life of Roman soldiers at Hadrian’s Wall. The boys enjoyed the play (which follows the History curriculum for LP1 this term) and were enthusiastic participants in the drama workshop that followed.

Fireworks Night

Thursday 3rd November 2016
Thank you to all who attended this year's Fireworks Night and we hope everyone had a great time! Thanks also to all the class reps and volunteers for their help, with particular mention to Shakeel Khan for his amazing BBQ skills, and to both Kevin McArthur and Paula Turnbull for leading this event. Our appreciation also goes Coombe Residential for their continued sponsorship of this wonderful evening!

Mexican Masks by PP2

Friday 4th November 2016
PP2 had fun making some colourful masks inspired by a festival celebrated in Mexico City. They designed and painted their masks during their Art lessons.

Buddies' ICT Presentations

Friday 11th November 2016

PP2 Dinosaur Workshop

Tuesday 15th November 2016
PP2 enjoyed a workshop from the Education Group. They looked at fossils from the different periods and pretended they were Palaeontologists for the day. They investigated carnivores and herbivore fossils.  The boys even looked at some fossils that were 400 million years old! They had a great morning exploring!

History Competition Winners

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
"The Elements winners of the ‘Carton de Wiart History Competition 2016’ attended a fun-filled Presentation Day and Workshop at The Oratory School in Reading on Tuesday. They explored different perceptions of the ‘hero’ in a History workshop and worked in teams to complete a challenging quiz! The boys were also given the opportunity to sample the sport of kings, and took part in a ‘Real Tennis’ taster session. Their day ended with a Presentation Ceremony to celebrate all of their efforts where they were treated to lots of goodies! Congratulations to the boys who were awarded 1st place, 3rd place and two who were awarded Highly Commended certificates. Our thanks go to Marcus Fec and the rest of the History Department at The Oratory, for organising such a wonderful day for us all."
Miss Adelise Easter, History Subject Leader

Wind in the Willows

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Image Musical Theatre visited Donhead and put on a wonderful performance of 'Wind in the Willows' for the whole school.

PP2 Nativity Plays

Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th & Thursday 8th December 2016
All three PP2 classes really enjoyed independently performing the Nativity show ‘Stargazers’ in our brand new theatre this week. Special thanks to Mr Curtis (light and sound), Mr Reid (staging) and parents for helping with costumes. Great work, boys!

Reception Nativity Play

Tuesday 6th December 2016
"A Miracle in Town"

Xavier House Tea

Tuesday 6th December 2016
Congratulations to the boys in Xavier House, who won the coupon count-up this term and celebrated with the traditional House Tea in the Refectory!

PP2 visit the Natural History Museum

Wednesday 7th December 2016
PP2 had a wonderful trip to the Natural History Museum and were able to learn more about dinosaurs and fossils. The trip into London on a brand new double decker coach and seeing the Christmas lights en route were also highlights of their day.

Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 9th December 2016
Today we had Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mrs Clark thanks all the boys and staff for taking part and the parents for their support in this cause.

PP2 Lighthouses

Tuesday 13th December 2016
The boys in PP2 learned about circuits in Science and then built model lighthouses in DT.

Festival of Carols & Christmas Readings

Tuesday 13th December 2016
Donhead's Festival of Carols and Christmas Readings marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many of the families and friends of the school community. The readers and lantern bearers so enjoyed being part of the occasion, and the Donhead choirboys sang so beautifully. Well done to all of those who worked so hard in making this such a memorable evening.