Flying Start To The New School Year

Flying Start To The New School Year
Highfield & Brookham Newsletter

Tile the Hockey Pavilion Roof in aid of Highfield Highreach Holidays

There are a whopping 9,410 tiles on the new Hockey Pavilion roof. We are inviting you to make a donation to help us cover the whole roof in support of Highfield Highreach Holidays. Your kind donation will be recognised on a plaque in the finished Pavilion.

  • Gold Donor: 12 tiles @ £500
  • Silver Donor 6 tiles @ £250
  • Bronze Donor 1 tile @ £50

You can make your donation at

Wonderful Start To Life In The Nursery

The children in our three Nursery rooms, including the newly-adapted and wonderfully refurbished Bluebells room, have had a fantastic start to the new academic year. It has been so lovely to welcome back the children, including a number of new pupils, and all the staff have been impressed with how well they have settled. The atmosphere in the Nursery and outside in the plentiful gardens has been buzzing with the sound of happy, excited voices, yet there has been a real sense of purpose as the children have set about exploring resources, familiarising themselves with their new environment, and beginning to make new friends. In the few days that the children have been back, they have already learnt new songs, mixed ingredients, kneaded dough and baked their own fresh bread for snack time, and had several exciting trips to Forest School. The youngsters really enjoyed expressing themselves during a ballet lesson with Mrs Oecken, worked on ball skills with Mr Rigby during PE, and practised singing and dancing during music with Mr Moo. It never ceases to amaze the Nursery staff how much children as young as two or three years old can take in their stride and it is a real pleasure to see how enthusiastically they embrace new experiences, adapt and learn.

Sam Forster, Head of Nursery

Best Feet Forward For Eager Reception

There is always something quite special about the first few days in Reception; a new chapter in a child's life, an opportunity to make new friends and, of course, a new pair of school shoes. With the many experiences and exciting adventures the children take part in at Brookham, shoes don't remain nicely polished for long, instead they are invariably covered in dust and mud as proof of the exciting and busy school days they have had. As an example, earlier this week our beloved class bears, Percy and Sunny, disappeared from the classrooms and the next day a note appeared to tell the children that they had gone on an adventure. The youngsters were keen to join them but could they find them? Following clues in their quest to join their fluffy classroom pals out and about, the children explored the beautiful surroundings of Brookham, taking in their beautiful environment while rushing to find the next envelope. At the end of the trail, they were delighted to find their class bears and safely returned them to the classroom. No doubt their new school shoes will take them on many more fabulous adventures...

Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception

No Shortage Of Superheroes In Year 1

What a wonderful first week of the new school year we have had! There has been so much learning going on inside the Year 1 classroom, outside in the woods, and while exploring our continuous provision areas. To kick off our topic this term, the children enjoyed a Superheroes Day on Monday where they took part in a 'super' training camp and a treasure hunt to search for superpowers before designing a cape and transferring the design onto material using fabric pens. On Wednesday, the children had a real surprise up at Forest School when they found Traction Man sitting by the fire, with a message for them - they had to find his friend Scrubbing Brush, who had been swept up by the mischievous Dustpan and Brush. The resourceful and resilient children were more than up to the challenge and helped free Scrubbing Brush before proudly sharing the story of Traction Man in the woods. In the classroom, the children have been well and truly engaged with our new text, which we look forward to exploring over the next few weeks.

Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Teacher

Year 2 Come Alive In The Living Rainforest

The air was hot and humid, the massive leaves dripped with water in the tropical heat and the air resounded with the cries, squawks, chirrups and splashes of the resident animals. Without exception, the Year 2 children behaved impeccably at the amazing Living Rainforest at Hampstead Norreys, near Newbury, Berkshire, demonstrating an already impressive knowledge of the flora and fauna which abounds in the rainforest. Packed lunches were consumed with gusto and it was time to return to school before we knew it. But what a wonderful, fascinating and informative way to begin this academic year!

Sophie Delacombe, Year 2 Teacher

Intrepid Year 3 Hit The Heady Heights

Year 3 have had a super week topped off by the most amazing morning climbing a moveable 'mountain'. As a hook to get the children excited by their literacy topic - Ice Worlds and Adventurers - it could hardly have been better. The intrepid adventurers set off in three teams with all of the necessary safety equipment to tackle the mighty climbing wall. As well as using ropes, harnesses and carabiners, the children used their resilience muscles to help them persevere and their relating muscles to support each other. To add to the excitement, the sun shone down on our young explorers and everyone exceeded their own expectations as to how high they could get. Of course, it wouldn’t be Year 3 if there was only one highlight of the week, and our creative afternoons got off to an explosive start with our pastel drawings of magnificent volcanoes. And I'm happy to say that the three Brookham boys’ football teams made their teachers and supporters very proud with their boundless energy, emerging skills and, above all, their sportsmanship.

Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Teacher

Year 4 Get A Taste Of Life As Wartime Evacuees

As part of their Second World War topic, the Year 4 children dressed as evacuees, waved goodbye to their mummies and daddies and, armed with their rations, hopped aboard the Watercress Line in a bid to escape the danger of the big cities. It was rather emotional watching the children say farewell to their parents through the steam train windows, but it gave the pupils a taste of what it would have been like to have been a wartime evacuee. On board the train, as they headed for the countryside to escape the German bombs and rockets, the pupils discussed who they might meet on their travels and what their new home might be like. The train was buzzing with curiosity. Curiosity then made way for excitement as the children were offered a snack on their railway journey - one square of chocolate! Once the evacuees arrived at their destination, they were met by the billeting officer, who explained that for the duration of the war, they would either be living on a farm, in a strict home, or in a home where lots of clothes needed ironing. As you can imagine, some of the children were very excited at the prospect of life in their new homes, others were not so keen! Either way, lunches of sandwiches, rock cakes and locally-grown fruit made things a good deal better for the evacuees. In the afternoon, the children were left in awe as volunteers relayed the story of real-life evacuees Ethel and George, before packing their own suitcases as if following in their footsteps. It really was a most wonderful day, full of adventure and excitement.

Rosie Statham, Head of Year 4

Freddie At The Double As Year 5 Start Well

Highfield's U10A boys got their football season under way with a thrilling 3-3 draw with visitors Amesbury - their first competitive game together as a team. The opening five minutes was a real end-to-end affair with both teams going all-out attack, but it was Highfield who took the lead as Freddie H was in the right place at the right time to pounce on some loose defending. Buoyed by the opener, Highfield continued to press looking for a second goal, and despite Amesbury defending stoically to keep the hosts out, it was only a matter of time before Highfield doubled their lead courtesy of Harry M. The home side were good value for their two-goal lead, with Jamie B and Harry R a solid pairing at the back and Nick A composed in goal, a lead they maintained until half time. Nick A was forced into early action with a series of impressive saves after the interval as Amesbury looked a real threat on the break, but he was powerless to stop the visitors scoring twice in quick succession to level the score at 2-2 after two telling balls over the top. Despite the setback, Highfield continued to push forward and were rewarded when Freddie H was put through and finished in style to claim his second goal of the game and put his side 3-2 up with five minutes to go. Despite battling hard to maintain their advantage, Highfield began to tire and were undone when Amesbury scored a cracker from outside the box to grab a last-gasp draw. Overall, the boys played very well against strong opposition and, if this game is anything to go by, this season should be full of goals and entertaining football. Well done to all the boys who put in maximum effort.

Josh Sawyer, U10 Boys' Football Coach

Year 6 Campers Fired Up For Night Under Canvas

Young adventurers from Year 6 have been busy getting back to nature, courtesy of their brilliant Bushcraft campout in the school grounds. After the final bell sounded to end the school day, the intrepid campers headed for the golf course - and within an hour they had all put up their tents. With pride at a job well done and excitement levels rising, the children made their way into the woods to cook and enjoy a dinner of burgers and fruit around the campfire. Games galore followed on the golf course, complete with a healthy dose of laughter and fun, before a lovely evening of entertainment and warming hot chocolate under the parachute provided the perfect wind down for the children before getting tucked up in their tents. After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, it was back into the woods for Year 6 to start learning all about fire - how it started, what it can be used for, and different ways of making it. Then the children had to put into practice everything they had learned, using their skills to cook a tasty lunch. And they certainly didn't let us down. All of the children were amazing and instantly jumped into action and were soon collecting wood and making some of the most amazing fire areas we have seen. After a quick sus break to restore energy levels, it was time to try to light the fires. Perseverance is the key to fire lighting and the children showed bags of patience as, one by one, they lit their fires. The reward? Cooking lunch on the fire. With fires built and lunch eaten, it was time to pack away the tents, and the children again worked well and effectively, clearing the area as though they had never been there at all. Everyone left the woods with smiles on their faces amid a delightful smokey aroma. A massive thank you to all of the members of staff that made the camp out such an amazing event.

Elliott Hall, Assistant House Parent

Year 7 Book In For A Lesson In The Library

This year, for the first time, every class at Highfield has been allocated a fortnightly timetabled library lesson as part of the English curriculum.  It is an opportunity for children to choose and exchange books, make recommendations to their peers or just curl up with their chosen novel. For Year 7,  the library lessons are particularly important because the new Common Entrance curriculum has introduced a Reading Certificate. In order to be awarded the certificate at the end of Year 8, children must show evidence of wide and ambitious reading across a range of genres. In the library this week, 7Set1 got to work on book reviews to file in their new Reading Certificate folders.

Katy Warner, Head of English

Year 8 Girls Belatedly Battle To Hockey Bronze

The eagerly-anticipated Highfield Hockey tournament finally took place after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Highfield welcomed prep schools from all over the area to join them in one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. The hosts, full of keen and talented players, warmly greeted their rivals and got the tournament under way. Highfield's first opponents were Tormead and a closely-fought game saw the hosts claim a narrow 1-0 win, with Tilly H converting a penalty corner just two minutes from time. Next up for the U13As were Edgeborough. Tilly H was again on the scoresheet but Edgeborough claimed the victory with some exceptional play from their right winger. Highfield regrouped with positive words from Kitty B and Destiny W ahead of the final group game against Twyford. The game was tight and tenacious defending from Angela G, Imogen K and Izzi H kept Highfield in the game while Flora T-D twice went close at the other end as the game ended 0-0, which was enough to put Highfield into the semi-finals on goal difference. Despite a brave display, the girls were beaten 3-0 by a strong Farleigh side in the semi-finals to set up an intriguing 3rd/4th place play-off game against Westbourne House. Against Westbourne, Daisy C stretched the opposition with great movement off the ball and Poppy R excelled, constantly winning her one-on-one battle with her marker. And her hard work paid off as she beat the goalkeeper at the near post with a tremendous hit to score the only goal of the game and secure the bronze medal for the U13A side. Edgeborough edged out Farleigh in the final to take home gold.

Rob Dilworth, U13A Girls' Hockey Coach

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