2018 LENT TERM - News Gallery

Inter House Music Competition

Wednesday 28th March 2018

Maths Workshops

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March 2018

All boys from LP1 to Elements have been enjoying some workshops this week, run by the Happy Puzzle Company. Having popped in several times, the boys were engaged and excited, and as a mathematician, it was lovely to see them transfer their skills to practical problems. Thank you to  Mrs Nealon for organising such a wonderful event.

LP2 Trip to Nower Wood

Wednesday 21st March

On Wednesday, the Year 4 boys enjoyed a wonderful outing to Nower Woods, Headley, where they mastered the skill of orienteering. They had to follow a trail, using compass bearings, collecting letters upon the way so that they could find the hidden animal. After they had played a game explaining food chains and habitats the boys became explorers and went on a mini beast safari discovering and collecting all kinds of creepy crawlies. Once they’d used keys to identify them the boys made natural sculptures of their creatures. Great fun was had by all!

Reception Trip to the Discovery Centre

Thursday 22nd March

Informal Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 14th March

Congratulations to all of the keen performers at Wednesday’s Informal Lunchtime Concert in the Auditorium. It was the first time that some 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.

Science Week

Monday 12th March

British Science Week got off to an exciting and incendiary start with interactive assemblies for all year groups led by the 'Mad Professor'. The boys ignited cloth soaked in rocket fuel, launched mini rockets and handled non Newtonian fluid - everything from rocket science to particle physics!  A highlight for Prep and Elements was a visit by Mr Barr who took part in a demonstration about thrust using a giant beach ball. All boys made impressive posters about exploration and discovery which are displayed around the school and will be entered into a competition led by The British Science Association. Thanks to all staff and parents for supporting this learning.

PP2 Trip to Stonehenge

Thursday 8th March 2018

Our PP2 boys were lucky enough to walk in the footsteps of their Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. They explored inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visited the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and came face to face with a 5,500-year-old man. An amazing trip and my thanks to the PP2 staff for offering the boys this opportunity.

Pre-Prep Lent Term Concert

Wednesday 7th February 2018


Congratulations to all the singers and soloists at the Pre-Prep Concert this week. There were some wonderful performances including the Pre Prep Choir singing 'One Finger, One Thumb' and 'Going to the Zoo'.

PP1 Science Exploratorium

Tuesday 6th February 2018

PP1 enjoyed a wonderful workshop on Tuesday to consolidate their Science topic this half term about 'Sound'. The boys were able to work interactively with each other to discover how sounds change, form and travel. The boys enjoyed working with each other and their listening skills were excellent. Well done, boys and thank you Miss Winship for organizing the Science Exploratorium for us.

Team Chess Championships

Saturday 3rd February 2018

The Donhead U11 and U9 chess teams took to the boards in the National Schools team chess championships at Twickenham Prep on Saturday.  For some of our boys, this was one of their first competitions, and a respectable final result was achieved by both teams. The U9 team were in in a good position going into the last round but narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals by one place, and the U11 team were only two places away from qualifying.  We're sure the experience of this competition will give the players confidence to play again outside school. Well done to all the players in this tough event, and thank you for all the parental support!

Lower Prep & Prep Year Concert

Monday 29th January 2018

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


PP2 visit the Isle of Struay

Thursday 25th January 2018

PP2 enjoyed watching, and participating, in this adaption of the Katie Morag story. The boys had a fantastic time bringing literature to life, and were willing participants, despite some of them having to take on the role as the Grandmothers!

Orchestral Play Day at St John's

Thursday 25th January 2018

On Thursday some of our Donhead instrumentalists attended the St John’s, Leatherhead Orchestral Play Day. Invited schools sent over 120 instrumentalists to the event, which included an afternoon of rehearsals and culminated in a short evening concert for parents. The boys thoroughly enjoyed learning new pieces including the ‘La Donna e mobile’ from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto and the much loved theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean. What a fantastic experience it was for all involved!

Elements Fibonacci Project

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Gardening Club Bird Boxes

Tuesday 23rd January 2018


"In Gardening Club, to begin the new year, we have been constructing small wooden bird boxes. The boys have shown excellent team work and have produced some excellent homes for our local feathered friends to move into! Thank you boys." Mrs Alison Chamberlain

Starlab Planetarium

Thursday 11th & Friday 12th January 2018

"All the boys were recently 'starstruck' when the mobile Starlab from the Lookout in Bracknell visited all classes in Donhead. Our budding astronomers learned how to locate the north star and the names of different asterisms in the night sky. They also learned about the solar system and the beautiful planets within it. Who's got what it takes to be an astronaut and may be on the next mission to Mars? A HUGE thanks to Jim from the Lookout for giving 13 presentations over two days!"  Mrs Fellows, Head of Science