2017 LENT TERM - News Gallery

PP2 'Isle of Struay Drama Workshop'

Tuesday 17th January 2017
PP2 had the opportunity to ‘fly’ all the way to ‘The Isle of Struay’ based on the Scottish island Coll. They met the characters from Katie Morag’s books and went on a journey around the island. They learnt all about their family and way of life when living on an island in Scotland. They even enjoyed a Scottish dance!

LP2 visit the Geffrye Museum

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Junior Schools Orchestral Play Day

Thursday 26th January 2017
Some of our Donhead instrumentalists attended the St John’s, Leatherhead Orchestral Play Day today. Twelve schools sent over 150 instrumentalists to the event, which included an afternoon of rehearsals and culminated in a short evening concert for parents. The boys thoroughly enjoyed learning five new pieces including the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah, ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight?’ from the Lion King and the theme from ‘Chariots of Fire’ by Vangelis. What a fantastic experience it was for all involved!

History Day

Monday 30th January 2017
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 of, ‘The Unusual Adventures of Robin Hood,’ by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company. LP1 put their enquiry skills to the test in an Ancient Maya workshop with renowned archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies. 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 - we even had a rat visit us from the Black Death!

LP1 and Prep Year Concert

Monday 30 January 2017
Congratulations to the boys who performed in the Lower Prep and Prep Year Solo Instrumental and Vocal Concert. The audience was treated to a wide range of pieces and there were many fine performances. Well done boys, for all the hard work you put into preparing for your performances – we look forward to hearing you at the next concert!

Elements visit the Imperial War Museum

Thursday 2nd February 2017
Elements enjoyed their visit to the Imperial War Museum on Thursday. One group of boys met a wonderful gentleman from Leeds who was also visiting the museum. Jack was looking at a bomber plane, a type he had worked on as an engineer in WWII, and he shared stories with the boys about his experiences in the war. They were all delighted, and moved, to meet such a hero.

Fibonacci Work

Friday 3rd February 2017
Last week, Elements boys completed a project on Leonardo Fibonacci, one of the most famous names in Mathematics. Using the Fibonacci sequence as a starting point, we explored Fibonacci’s life and his other important achievements, notably the introduction of Arabic numbers to Europe, thus saving Donhead boys from having to do long multiplication with Roman numerals. The boys were very enthusiastic about the project and some of their personal response work can be seen at the bottom of the main staircase, although not the Fibonacci cakes... we ate them!

Pre-Prep Lent Term Concert

Wednesday 8th February
This term’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 delightful items, with their favourite being ‘The (Egyptian) Mummy Song’. The solo instrumentalists had all worked very hard and their performances were enthusiastically received in the wonderful Auditorium.

PP2 Investigate Friction

February 2017
PP2 had lot of fun exploring forces with toy cars. They tested them on different surfaces, including our new polished concrete floors, and learned about friction. They also made predictions and designed experiments involving cars and ramps. Well done, boys!  

LP1 'Ali Baba & the Bongo Bandits'

Thursday 9th February 2017
Well done to LP1 for a fantastic production of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits, performed in the Auditorium last night. The boys were exceptionally well prepared and their acting talent and sheer enthusiasm for performing was clear for all to see. Thank you to Miss Easter, Mrs McGrath, Mrs Murtagh, Mrs Earle, Mr Curtis and anyone else who had a hand in producing such a great show. Well done everyone!

Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme

Monday 20th February 2017
On Monday the boys in the Prep School had a great day journeying to the top of the New York City skyscrapers, into the sea off the Galapagos Islands, around the circulatory system, down the oesophagus and into the stomach, before jetting off to the Sun!  They had great fun on their virtual school trips with Google Expeditions. You can find out more information about Google Expeditions at www.google.co.uk/edu/expeditions/#about

PP2 Outing to the Museum of London

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
PP2 visited the London Museum to discover how people lived in London during the Stone Age times. The boys investigated the different artefacts and sketched things they found interesting around the various exhibits.  Boys explored in their groups and asked some great questions about Stone Age life. They have also brainstormed questions they would like to find out in their up and coming topic!

Donhead Book Character Day

Monday 27th February 2017
Monday was the highlight of Donhead Book Week when the whole school, staff included, dressed up as characters from fiction. We had a wonderful assembly where each year group danced and paraded their costumes. The mix of fictional characters resulted in some extraordinary scenes during the day: Gandalf (teacher) chatting to Frankenstein; stick men and a parrot struggling to walk around the school; Fantastic Mr Fox playing football with a Cat in the Hat and several pirates; Sherlock Holmes sharing lunch with the Mad Hatter… A fantastic day in both senses of the word! Thank you to all the boys who put so much effort into their costumes, and to all the staff for being such good sports.

LP1 visit to Winchester Cathedral

Friday 3rd March 2017
The tour of Winchester Cathedral was fascinating and LP1 learned much about its Anglo-Saxon origins and its colourful history.   There was time for quiet reflection and the opportunity to stand at the grave of Jane Austen.  During the Anglo-Saxon workshops, the boys dressed as Monks and learned about the daily routines of the Monks who lived there one thousand years ago. They also practised illuminated writing and made brooches. Thank you to Cheryl Bryan, the Education Officer at Winchester Cathedral, for organising such a wonderful experience for the boys in LP1.

Lent Term Ensembles Concert

Monday 6th March 2017
Congratulations to all of the sixty performers at this term's Prep School Ensembles Concert. In addition to the Senior Choir, Orchestra, Brass Band, Guitar Group and Donhead Trio performing, talented soloists from Elements performed a varied programme, including Bach and Haydn along with a jazz item. The Senior Choir entertained with songs accompanied by dance moves. All the performances were very well received by an appreciative audience.

St John's Choral Workshop & Evensong

Tuesday 14 March 2017
On Tuesday, the Donhead Choir took part in a Choral Workshop and Evensong at St John’s, Leatherhead. The choir had been learning the music for the event for the entire term and our choristers were very excited to finally sing it as members of a full SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir to the accompaniment of a fine organ and in such a beautiful chapel. They sang with great enthusiasm and were a great credit to Donhead. Special thanks goes to St John’s who certainly looked after our boys well - the wonderful food was a definite hit!

Lent Term Informal Concert

Wednesday 15 March 2017
Congratulations to all of the performers at Wednesday’s Informal Lunchtime Concert in the Auditorium. It was the first time that many of the players had performed and it was an ideal opportunity for them to share their musical talents. All their performances were very well received by a most appreciative audience.

The Great Donhead Bake Off

Wednesday 22nd March 2017
A huge thank you to all the boys, parents and staff who took up the challenge of baking for the Great Donhead Bake Off in aid of Comic Relief and other charities.  We raised £537.22 from the after school cake sale. Thank you!

French Day

Thursday 23rd March 2017
The theme of 'Le Français dans le Monde' was set for our French Day and the boys turned up to school in some fantastic costumes from all over the French-speaking world. A full day of activities followed including making (and eating!) mille-feuilles, playing Boules  and racing for the Course de Garçons de café outside on the lawn, pointillism and painting mimicking in art and Le Rallye Monte Carlo with carrot cars for the boys in Elements. The teachers also did a fantastic job decorating their classroom doors in different French-speaking countries. Thank you to the boys for their contribution on the day, to our parents for organising the costumes, to our kitchen staff for the delicious ‘coq au vin’ and to Madame Negkaki for organising such a fantastic day for us.

Living Eggs

Monday 13th - Friday 24th March 2017
Everyone at Donhead was very eggs-ited when the first of our living eggs hatched. All the boys have loved having the chicks in school, have taken great care of them and have enjoyed learning about eggs, incubation and chickens. The boys in PP2 brainstormed adjectives to describe the chicks and one boy summed up everyone's feelings when he wrote "we'll miss you adorable, fluffy chicks".  It is incredible to see how much they have grown during the time that we have had them and we look forward to having the living eggs back again next year.

Xavier House Tea

Tuesday 28th March 2017
Congratulations to Xavier, the winning House of the coupon count up this Lent term. The Xavier boys celebrated with the traditional House Tea served in the Refectory. Well done Xavier!

Stone Age Caves by PP2

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Inter-House Music Competition

Wednesday 29th March 2017
Congratulations to all of the Campion boys who won this year's Prep School Inter-House Music Competition at the end of term. Their renditions of ‘Angels’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ were as moving as they were entertaining! Every boy in all three Houses gave his absolute best, making it a tough decision for the adjudicators. A special thanks goes to the five soloists and Donhead Choir members who gave some sparkling performances while the adjudicators made their decision.

PP2 Planetas

Thursday 30 March 2017
The boys in PP2 had an exciting term in their Spanish lessons, learning about planets and how to form sentences to describe them. After a lot of hard work, the boys created their own planet books. When you open the two halves of the planet, you reveal a concertina book with many facts about planets. All the work is written in Spanish and made entirely by the boys. Well done PP2.