2017 MICHAELMAS TERM - News Gallery


Festival of Carols and Christmas Readings

Thursday 14th December 2017

At this year’s ‘Festival of Carols and Christmas Readings’, the Donhead Choir sang beautifully and with such joy. The boys gave the congregation a varied programme of traditional and jazz-style carol arrangements, including the premiere of ‘Jesus Saviour’ by Wendy Blanks. The readers spoke clearly and with authority, and the lantern bearers as ever brought a special atmosphere to the occasion.

Elements Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 13th December 2017

PP2 & 'La Oruga Muy Hambrienta’

Tuesday 12th December 2017

In Michaelmas term, the boys in PP2 have been studying the story of  ‘La Oruga Muy Hambrienta’ (aka ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’). They learned how to narrate by heart the story in Spanish and they wrote their own version of the book in Spanish. After the books were completed, the boys read the story taking turns. They are very proud of what they achieved and it shows on their faces.

Christmas Fair

Saturday 9th December 2017

A HUGE thanks to all who braved the cold and joined us at the Christmas Fair on Saturday!  It was a great day of shopping, games, entertainment and festive cheer, and the snow fortunately held off.  The FOD is so lucky to have so many of you who willingly give your donations and time and we don’t underestimate it at all - it’s what our Donhead community is all about, ‘What more can I do, what more can I give?’ 

Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 8th December 2017

All kinds of weird and wonderful jumpers were on display today! The school looked so bright and colourful. Most importantly, we raised some money for Save the Children too. Thank you all for your support.

Michaelmas Informal Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Eighteen boys performed at this week’s Informal Lunchtime Concert in the Auditorium. There was a wide range of pieces including a Telemann violin Fantasia movement, some traditional songs and a jazz saxophone piece. The performers thoroughly enjoyed playing to the appreciative audience and we certainly look forward to hearing the boys perform again soon!

Paralympic Assembly

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

This morning we had an extremely special Prep School assembly about paralympic sport. Toby Gold, a former pupil of Wimbledon College, and a paralympian wheelchair racer, spoke to the boys about his achievements. We had a question and answer session full of wonderful questions from the boys. Toby won gold at the 2016 IPC European Championships, bronze at the IPC World Championships in Doha in 2015, silver in London at the World Para Athletics Championships last summer and silver at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Toby competes in the T33 category because he has cerebral palsy. Thank you to Mrs Rodrigues for organising this event.

Russell Pizzey, technical services manager at Worldwide Paralympic Partner, Ottobock, was also in assembly. He was in charge of servicing and repairing equipment in Rio and in London. He brought a tennis wheelchair, a basketball wheelchair, racing blades and prosthetics for skiing. Some boys were lucky enough to get to try out the racing wheelchairs!

Carton de Wiart History Competition

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Prep and Elements winners of the ‘Carton de Wiart’ History Competition 2017 attended a fun-filled Presentation Day and Workshop at The Oratory School in Reading on Tuesday. They explored different places in History, piecing together clues in a workshop and worked as 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! Our thanks go to Marcus Fec and the rest of the History Department at The Oratory, for organising such a wonderful day for everyone.

'The Selfish Giant'

Tuesday 21st November 2017

"On Tuesday, the boys were all treated to ‘The Selfish Giant’. If you judge a performance on the audience reaction, then I can safely say this was fantastic. The participation from the boys, and indeed many staff, highlighted their enjoyment, some boys were lucky enough to be part of the production. For me, the most important element of any opportunity is how many boys will now be excited about the opportunities available in Drama, and who knows we may have the next Hollywood star right under our noses."  Mr Barr, Headmaster

Christmas Bauble Workshops

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th November 2017

PP2 Dinosaur Workshop

Tuesday 14th November 2017

PP2 really enjoyed being palaeontologists for the day in their recent Dinosaur Workshop. They learned how fossils are formed and had the chance to excavate and identify their own. The highlight was definitely the arrival of the 5 year old T-Rex called Milly. Thanks to Gary from the Education Group for a fun and interactive learning experience.

Odd Socks Day

Monday 13th November 2017

The boys and teachers wore their loudest odd socks today for Anti-Bullying Week.

Michaelmas Term Pre-Prep Play-In

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Congratulations to the boys who performed at this week’s Pre-Prep Instrumental Play-In. For some it was the first time that they had played publicly and all of the young musicians certainly charmed the audience with their performances!

The Newman Cup vs Oratory

Saturday 4th November 2017

Donhead Fireworks Night

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Fireworks Night was great fun down at the Sports Grounds – Vulcan Fireworks put on a spectacular display!  The FOD would like to thank all those who volunteered to help set up, work a stall and particularly, clear up the next morning. 

PP2 Grandparents Visit

Thursday 2nd November 2017

To conclude their unit of Health and Growth, PP2 invited their grandparents to school to talk about what it is to be older. The grandparents told us about  what is harder for them now and also the highlights in their lives, including the hardship of World War II and life as evacuees.  All grandparents agreed that, even though it was tiring,  they loved seeing their grandchildren the most. They also felt that retirement was one of the best stages of their lives to date. Thank you grandparents for helping us learn about ageing.

"The Roman Wall" for LP1

Tuesday 31st October

LP1 stepped back in time this morning, as The Hobgoblin Theatre Company performed ‘The Roman Wall’, exploring what life was like as a Roman soldier. We learned lots of new facts and consolidated some of our own learning about the Romans. We particularly enjoyed hearing about all the gruesome food Claudia was preparing for her special feast!

Dublin Rugby Tour 2017

Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd October 2017

Pre-Prep 'Under the Sea' Workshop

Friday 20th October 2017

Pre-Prep enjoyed their drama workshop when Perform visited Donhead today.

LP2 visit Hampton Court Palace

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Michaelmas Term Ensembles Concert

Monday 16th October 2017
Congratulations to all the participants in the well attended Prep School Ensembles Concert. Almost seventy boys performed: The Senior Choir, Brass Band, Guitar Groups and Orchestra, along with Elements soloists gave fabulous performances and certainly delighted the appreciative audience!

PP2 and their Mexican Feast

Thursday 12th October 2017
As part of their Geography Topic about Mexican culture, PP2 had lots of fun learning about and tasting Mexican food. PP2F enjoyed a a visit from Mr Barr who surprised them by wearing a sombrero and carrying maracas. He told us about his visit to Mexico City and about the Day of the Dead Festival. He even completed the chilli chocolate and jalapeño pepper challenge! Thank you from Mrs Fellows and Miss Panozzo to all the PP2 parents for sourcing and cooking such lovely treats for the boys to enjoy - we had great fun!

PP1 Outing to Legoland

Thursday 12th October 2017
PP1 had their trip to Legoland on Thursday and all the boys had a fantastic day. The weather was so kind to us and we sat outside enjoying lunch in the sunshine. The boys were able to enjoy many rides and even took in a lunchtime show! Well done, boys. Many thanks to our parent helpers who came with us.

Prep School Author Events

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th October 2017
Each year we try to make sure that all boys in the Prep School meet an author. The boys always enjoy these events and the experience helps to stimulate their interest in both reading and writing.
On Tuesday, LP1 boys went to the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common, to see A.L. Kennedy, who presented her first children’s book, Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Utmost Entirely Planned Adventure.
Then on Wednesday, LP2, Prep and Elements boys saw Rob Lloyd Jones, Egyptologist and author of many History books that are already familiar to the boys. Rob is now writing fiction books, and his stories of how he went from reluctant reader to falling in love with History and story books, had the boys and teachers in stitches. Elements boys even gave Rob a standing ovation at the end of the presentation!

Ignite! Conference

Sunday 8th October - Tuesday 10th October 2017

U9 Rugby Fixture vs St George's College Jnr School

Thursday 5th October 2017

Prep Year visit the Science Museum

Thursday 5th October 2017

PP1 Walk on Wimbledon Common

Thursday 5th October 2017
PP1 went for their Autumnal walk Around Wimbledon Common to discover their local area. The boys had a brilliant time gathering conkers, learning a little more about the war memorial and visiting the aviary in Cannizaro Park. They were pretty happy to see the ice-cream van too and all had an iced lolly – thank you Mr Barr!

Lower Prep and Prep Year Michaelmas Term Concert

Monday 2nd October 2017
Congratulations to those boys who performed so well at this term’s Lower Prep and Prep Year Concert for Solo Instrumentalists and Singers. It was the first time some of the soloists had ever performed in front of an audience and they certainly did themselves proud!

U11 vs St Paul's Rugby Fixture

Friday 29th September 2017

LP2 First Aid Training

Friday 29th September 2017

LP1 visit Butser Ancient Farm

Friday 29th September 2017
LP1 had a fantastic time exploring what life was like as a Celt during the Iron Age. They tried their hand at pottery, jewellery and even built part of a wall using ‘clunch’ – a mixture they had prepared themselves by hand! Thank you to Butser Ancient Farm for a wonderful day out!

PP2 Outing to Wagamamas

Tuesday 26th September 2017
On a lovely Autumn morning, PP2 enjoyed walking through the Victorian alleyways to Wimbledon to visit Wagamamas. En route, they were especially curious about the last remaining Victorian transformer kiosk in the UK. At Wagamamas, they juiced apples and weighed vegetables for their stir-fries which they later ate with chopsticks. This linked in perfectly with our work on Healthy Eating. Thanks to our parent helpers for accompanying us and to Rafal and his team for making us so welcome. The boys loved delicious food and the goodie bags.

Elements Healthy Snacks

Wednesday 13th & Tuesday 19th September 2017

U11 Rugby Fixture vs Caldicott

Saturday 16th September 2017

ABC First Aid for PP2F

Thursday 14th and Thursday 21st September 2017
PP2F thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Dr Kerr/ABC Paediatric. This linked in perfectly with our work on Keeping Healthy. The boys learned how to take their pulse and listened to their hearts using stethoscopes. The boys experienced how their heart rate changes after exercise. A highlight was ‘masking up’, putting on blue gloves and looking at each others tonsils using torches.  They also learned how to deal with minor medical emergencies such as burns and bumps. Thanks to Dr Kerr for making this leaning so interactive and fun!

Reception First Days

Thursday 7th September 2017


Elements & Reception Buddies Meet

Wednesday 6th September 2017
The Elements boys were very pleased to welcome their new Reception Buddies, on their first day at Donhead. We wish them all a very happy time at the school.