LP2 Trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Wednesday 20th April 2016
LP2 had a wonderful trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery. They were fortunate to have an excellent workshop creating self portraits which involved sketching, painting and printing. Lunch was enjoyed in the sunshine in the beautiful, spacious gardens. The boys were fascinated by the different types of paintings in the gallery, and looked at examples of: genre, landscape, seascape, still life, narrative and portraits.

PP2 make ANZAC Biscuits

Monday 25th April 2016
PP2 enjoyed making some Anzac Biscuits in memory of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died during battle at Anzac Cove in 1915. They also had some time to think about all other soldiers who have fought in wars over the years.

PP2 at Brooklands

Tuesday 3rd May 2016
PP2 enjoyed a lovely trip day out to Brooklands Transport Museum. They had the chance to look at how aeroplanes, motorbikes, cars and buses have changed throughout time. They enjoyed listening to the volunteers at the museum and learning interesting facts about the different forms of transport. The children also enjoyed a 4D theatre experience where they watched and felt what it would feel like to be a jet pilot.

Prep Trip to Brighton

Thursday 5th May 2016

PP2 Egyptian Workshop

Tuesday 10th May 2016
Today PP2 had an Egyptian Workshop where we designed and painted our own cartouches. The boys wrote their names in hieroglyphics and painted theirs with great care.

LP1 visit Bushy Park

Friday 13th May 2016

NSPCC - Chess Semi-Finals

Saturday 14th May 2016

'Henry the Tudor Dude'

Thursday 12th May 2016
the LP2 boys put on a fantastic performance of ‘Henry the Tudor Dude’. The boys wowed a full house crowd with their fantastic dancing and singing.  Everyone sang their hearts out and enjoyed the variety of dress up options with gusto – from King Henry to Henry’s wives and wanna-be girlfriends.

Elements French Trip (Day 1)

Thursday 13th May 2016
We left Donhead at 11am and after a ride under the sea in the Eurotunnel we arrived in France. We left our luggage and we went to play at a nearby park. Some of the boys practised their French and played together with some local French boys. After dinner, our destination was the beach and, even though it was windy, we head a great time.

Elements French Trip (Day 2) 

Saturday 14th May 2016
We left the hotel and Le Touquet and we visited Boulogne-sur-Mer. Nausicaa, one of the largest aquariums in Europe, was the first place we visited. The boys had the chance to see sharks, Sea Lions, penguins and seals and amazing sea life species and also learn about global warming and the importance of the oceans in our lives. After lunch, we had the chance to make and taste some traditional sweets. Today was a special day as we celebrated Alexander's birthday at the hotel.

Elements French Trip (Day 3)

Sunday 15th May 2016
A very busy day for the boys. We spend the morning at the local shops and at 11am Donhead was welcomed at the local parish of Saint Jean d'Arc to celebrate mass. Mme Negkaki had the honour to be one of the readers at the mass. All boys were congratulated by the locals for their excellent behaviour. After mass, all the boys volunteered to run a 10k Marathon at the parc to support 'Run for Kibera' an initiative of volunteers Foundation. At 2pm we visited a snail farm in Choquel. The boys learned a lot about this French delicacy and most of them tasted some traditional French snail recipes. Our final destination was La Cupole, a World War 2 bunker that has been converted into a science/WW2 museum. Today was another special day as we celebrated Gatien's Birthday during dinner.

Elements French Trip (Day 4) 

Monday 16th May 2016
Before visiting Aqualud and swimming for 3 hours, the boys visited the famous market of Le Touquet and bought a lot of presents for themselves and their families. After swimming and going down the slides of Aqualud, it was time to visit a bakery. The boys met the famous French boulanger and made croissants and bread. And after the visit, the boulanger offered us a treat: pains au chocolat and croissants for all the boys. In the evening after dinner, the teachers had the chance to watch the show 'Elements got talent 2016 edition'. The boys presented amazing, funny and very clever sketches.

PP2 Road Safety Workshop

Tuesday 17th May 2016
PP2 enjoyed a drama workshop called 'Around the Corner'. It was an interactive play which discussed the dangers and strategies when crossing the road. The boys enjoyed being a part of the production and learning a few things.

Lower Prep Concert

Tuesday 17th May 2016
Congratulations to all of the instrumental and vocal soloists who took part in the Lower Prep Concert and worked very diligently towards the event. The audience was treated to many charming and accomplished performances from the fifteenth century through to 'blues' and film music. We’re already looking forward to next term’s Lower Prep Concert!

PP1 visit Bird World

Thursday 19th May 2016

Kingswood Trip (Day 1) 

Friday 20th May 2016
After an excitable journey to Portsmouth the Prep Year boys enjoyed a wind-swept journey across the Solent. Once on the Isle of Wight we drove a short distance across the island to Kingswood. After a tour of the site, the boys were split into their groups and enjoyed the Assault Course, Fencing and Night Walk (a blindfolded obstacle course).

Kingswood Trip (Day 2)

Saturday 21st May 2016
Activities for the boys this morning and then the afternoon on the beach, jumping through waves and body boarding! As the boys went to Mass in the evening, they missed dinner at the centre so were treated to Domino's pizza! The boys were outstanding in church and received a high-5 from Fr Emmanuel as they left!

Space Oddity Ball

Saturday 21st May 2016

Kingswood Trip (Day 3)

Sunday 22nd May 2016
With the threat of the weather turning the boys enjoyed three activities before lunch including, Jacob's ladder, archery and problem solving. After lunch the whole group donned their wetsuits once again and took the short walk down to the beach. On the beach the boys were taught different ways to build a raft and sail it. With paddles the boys manages to navigate round other group's raft play a variety of balancing games and race back to shore.

French Day

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Pre-Prep Concert

Wednesday 25th May 2016
Well done to all of our young budding musicians who performed at the Pre-Prep Concert. The Pre-Prep 1 and 2 Choir clearly enjoyed singing 'You’ve got a friend in me' from Toy Story and the popular 'Grandma's Rap'. The soloists, many of whom were performing for the very first time, charmed the audience with their playing.

Buddy Lunch

Friday 27th May 2016

A Viking Tale for LP1

Monday 6th June 2016
The Hobgoblin Theatre visited Donhead and LP1 enjoyed their Performance of 'A Viking Tale' - a play about the life of the Vikings which linked in with the boys' history curriculum this term. There was quite a lot of interaction with the boys which they all enjoyed!

Elements 'Treasure Island'

Thursday 16th June 2016
Thank you to Mrs Brady, Mrs Clarkson, all the helpers and, of course, the boys of the Elements Year for a most enjoyable production of 'Treasure Island'. The boys acted and sang with vigour and the performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done!

Headmaster for the Day

Monday 20th June 2016

Elements Geography Field Trip

Thursday 23rd June 2016
Elements enjoyed their Geography field trip to the seafront at Brighton. The boys collected data on the beach, adjacent to the pier, to feed into their study of the coast. Elements have been learning about coastal features and the effect and power of the sea and were measuring pebbles to see if there is a link between their size and position on the beach. They also took a trip along the Volks Electric Railway to see what the council have done to make the most of the seafront and protect the beach.

Prep School Trinity Term Concert

Monday 27th June 2016
Many congratulations to the seventy boys who performed so well at last Monday’s Trinity Term Prep School Ensembles Concert, with soloists from the Prep Year and Elements taking part. The diverse programme included a viola duo performing Telemann, a singer accompanying himself on the ukulele and the Orchestra playing Grieg’s 'Morning' from 'Peer Gynt'. It was certainly a wonderful evening and something to remember.

ICT Beebots

Thursday 30th June 2016
PP1F enjoyed learning about control in ICT. They sent commands to carpet Beebots and had great fun completing an obstacle course with them.

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

Thursday 30th June 2016
Well done to the Prep Year and their teachers for a wonderful drama production on Thursday evening. The boys’ hard work in rehearsals certainly paid off and the evening was a roaring success. Well done!

Donhead Fun Day

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Elements Day of Reflection

Monday 4th July 2016
Elements visited Aylesford Friary, where we were given a guided tour by Father Kevin, one of the monks. The morning session included Holy Mass, celebrated by Father Michael Ashworth SJ, with the theme of 'Moving On'. At the end of Mass, the boys reflected on their time at Donhead and what qualities they would take with them to their new school. It is usually a very peaceful day and this year was no different! We always try to make it a prayerful and reflective, but also a relaxing, fun day where the boys can be sociable and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Donhead Art & DT Exhibition 2016

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th July 2016
It has been a great year in Art and we should salute the boys' aptitude for the arts. Their creative energy is boundless and so is their willingness to take risks, thus encapsulating the school motto, Semper Magis! Thank you to Mrs Clark, the Pre-Prep teachers and TAs, and all the staff who worked behind the scenes creating this year's wonderful exhibition.

Pre-Prep Lego Club

Wednesday 6th July 2016
PP1 and PP2 boys have had great fun building Lego at lunchtimes. Well done, boys!

Reception release their Butterflies

Thursday 7th July 2016
The boys in Reception released their butterflies with a mixture of joy and sadness. The boys were very sad to see their new friends leave but realise that it is for the best!

LP2 House Cricket

Thursday 7th July 2016

Pre-Prep Sports Day

Saturday 9th July 2016

Prep School Sports Day

Saturday 9th July 2016

Outings Day: PP1 at Chessington

Monday 11th July 2016
PP1 had great fun on their outing to Chessington to celebrate the end of a great year. PP1F walked the Trail Of Kings and saw gorillas, lions and tigers. They saw cute penguins being fed and learned about conservation. They ate a picnic lunch watching the Sea lion show and then rode on the Merry Go Round, Tiny Trucks and Toad Cars. We made it into the Sea Life Centre just before the rain and the boys were thrilled to see jellyfish, rays and sharks; they even touched some starfish. Well done for being such well behaved, boys. 

Donhead Choir Outing

Tuesday 12th July 2016
This year the Donhead Choir visited Leeds Castle in Kent. The choristers were treated to a Tudor workshop and a guided tour around the castle (where some of them sang in the Yellow Drawing Room). Afterwards they thoroughly enjoyed letting off steam in the adventure play area and saw part of a falconry display.

Day of Celebration

Thursday 14th July 2016