Mowdenhall Mowden Hall School is a leading independent coeducational day and boarding preparatory school. 2019-03-16T09:12:10Z http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/feed/atom/ WordPress Debbie <![CDATA[World Maths Day]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20294 2019-03-13T11:34:09Z 2019-03-13T11:34:09Z We have a had a busy week so far! On Tuesday the children particpated in World Maths Day. There were puzzles galore around the...   Read More

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We have a had a busy week so far! On Tuesday the children particpated in World Maths Day. There were puzzles galore around the school for the children to try. In Maths lessons the staff and children devoted a day to puzzling.
We wanted to show children the many ways there are of learning maths, and primarily that maths is for everyone at every level.
Fiona, one of our amazing kitchen staff made a fabulous maths themed cake. Who knew maths could be so tasty!

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Debbie <![CDATA[A Week in the Spanish Pyrenees]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20288 2019-03-11T09:54:04Z 2019-03-11T09:54:04Z I arrived in Toulouse to be greeted by a wonderfully cheerful Australian accent, it belonged to Miss Strickland, the Sauveterre Houseparent and she would...   Read More

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I arrived in Toulouse to be greeted by a wonderfully cheerful Australian accent, it belonged to Miss Strickland, the Sauveterre Houseparent and she would be driving myself and Mr Lamb back to Sauveterre before setting off to the Spanish Pyrenees the following day. Also joining us at the airport was the very familiar and very excited face of Mr de Ressiguier. It was so lovely to see him again.
We arrived at the Chateau de Sauveterre to the welcome of many. The children were all so excited to see us, however mostly to see Mr de Ressigueir as his presence was a complete surprise to them all!
The following day I was given a tour of the Chateau in glorious 18 degree sunshine. What a fabulous place for our Year 7’s to spend a term. I was also taught the rules but sadly didn’t get to play, the infamous “Mr Woods”. After lunch we packed up the bus and set off to the the Pyrenees.
Our week of skiing was amazing and I really do feel I speak for the vast majority when I say it was such an enjoyable and exhilarating week for all. Wide, open slopes. Blue blue sky with no sign of any clouds, picturesque jet streams from various planes and the dark green trees made for a picture postcard surrounding.
It felt fairly quiet, almost like we had some of the slopes to ourselves if not for the excitable whoops and cheers as one Sauveterrre Beanie group spotted another! On piste, in the fun parks, the snow parks, on chairlifts, button lifts, gondolas- you couldn’t miss us! Groups varied in ski level ability but often crossed paths during the day, a collective “super group” would be formed much to the delight of the children.
Evenings were spent perusing the local town, playing babyfoot (table football) and pool or chilling out in the hotel. We were spoilt with choice when it came to mealtimes. An entire giant middle station solely dedicated to delicious desserts- my kind of hotel!
Wednesday night was a highlight with the children and also the staff who got to dance, jump and floss their energy away to the rocking sounds of “DJ Pujol”, a tutor at Sauveterre with many a hidden dance move talent!
I recall a conversation with a frustrated beginner skier at the start of the week. Aching feet and legs, they wondered if they would ever enjoy skiing. Fast forward only 2 days and they were talking about who they could go on ski holidays with in the future. “Skiing is the best thing EVER” they said, “I can’t believe I don’t want to take these boots off now!” The sense of pride in having overcome the difficulty of learning a new skill bought about so many more advantages to such a wonderful week. New friendships have already been forged during the start of their Sauveterre term, but this week bought about so many more opportunities for collective excitement, entertainment, challenges, laughter, support, encouragement, praise and solidarity within the group.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience!
Miss Serbrock
House Mistress.

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Debbie <![CDATA[Growing Up Green]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20255 2019-03-08T15:03:06Z 2019-03-08T15:03:06Z A recent study this week has published that being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults. It has been...   Read More

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A recent study this week has published that being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults. It has been found that children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55% less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. The study from Aarhus University, Denmark, shows that children surrounded by the high amounts of green space in childhood have up to a 55% lower risk of developing a mental disorder—even after adjusting for other known risk factors such as socio-economic status, urbanisation, and the family history of mental disorders. Researchers have found that, for example, noise, air pollution, infections and poor socio-economic conditions increase the risk of developing a mental disorder. Conversely, other studies have shown that more green space in the local area creates greater social cohesion and increases people’s physical activity level and that it can improve children’s cognitive development. These are all factors that may have an impact on people’s mental health. We all know how happy we have been feeling in this spring weather enjoying the sunshine, but just going to school in this naturally green environment can also have long lasting effects.
Kirsten Knight

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Debbie <![CDATA[Accelerated Reader Award and World Book Day Assembly]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20252 2019-03-07T13:17:20Z 2019-03-07T13:17:20Z On Monday the 4th of March our World Book Day Celebrations commenced with an exciting assembly. Mr Hampton introduced the idea of creating a...   Read More

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On Monday the 4th of March our World Book Day Celebrations commenced with an exciting assembly.

Mr Hampton introduced the idea of creating a virtual Mowden Hall book shelf, with all children and members of staff adding their favourite novels. By the end of the week we are sure to have quite a shelf full!

We were thrilled to introduce the fantastic author L.J Ross who kindly shared her story about how she became an author. At the end of her story she presented the Accelerated Reader Award to the children, who were noticeably beaming.

The assembly concluded with  Mr Bailey explaining why we received the AR award.

 

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Debbie <![CDATA[Year 3 Go Wild!]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20249 2019-03-05T10:22:59Z 2019-03-05T10:22:59Z Year 3 have been getting up close and personal with nature! The children have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB’s ‘Wild Challenge’, and we...   Read More

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Year 3 have been getting up close and personal with nature!

The children have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB’s ‘Wild Challenge’, and we are pleased to announce that, last week they received their Bronze Award having met the criteria required to complete the Bronze Award level.

The ‘Wild Challenge’ is a scheme for schools run by the RSPB encouraging children to help wildlife and explore nature.  This is ideal for pupils at Mowden Hall School as we love to inspire our children to connect, care and understand the nature around us, enabling the children to work towards these Awards within their Woodland Classroom School sessions.

 

The children studied the wildlife surrounding the school, and looked at the variety of animals within the school grounds, exploring and identifying their habitats.

We focused on birds and made a variety of different bird feeders, everyone was amazed to see the broad variety of birds that visit our school.

This is a fantastic scheme which allows our children to learn and engage with nature and wildlife all around. We are extremely fortunate that the children have the opportunity to spend time and play in such a beautiful woodland setting, which has an abundance of wildlife.

The children are thoroughly delighted with their Bronze Award and are now all inspired to take on the next challenges set for the Silver Award.

 

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Debbie <![CDATA[Year 4 Clay Day]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20244 2019-03-05T08:41:55Z 2019-03-05T08:41:55Z Year 4 have had great fun making clay insects today with John the Potter. A fun workshop had by all.    

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Year 4 have had great fun making clay insects today with John the Potter. A fun workshop had by all.

 

 

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Debbie <![CDATA[Year 5 Trip to Shipley Gallery]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20233 2019-02-26T15:55:29Z 2019-02-26T15:51:48Z Year 5 enjoyed the most fantastic day courtesy of the Shipley Gallery in Gateshead yesterday. The pupils spent the morning exploring the gallery discovering...   Read More

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Year 5 enjoyed the most fantastic day courtesy of the Shipley Gallery in Gateshead yesterday. The pupils spent the morning exploring the gallery discovering various elements of design and other delights amongst their collection. The afternoon was spent in felt making workshop, following a talk on materials and natural fibres. The pupils created beautiful felt pieces in the traditional felt making process which they have brought back to school. Further work and felt making will continue at school. On our way home we stopped at the Angel of the North to admire the Anthony Gormley masterpiece and to learn of sculpture and creation on such an epic scale.
Such a super day full of inspiration, creativity and sunshine.

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Debbie <![CDATA[Northumberland & Durham CA Reading Competition]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20231 2019-02-25T13:55:07Z 2019-02-25T13:55:07Z Several Year 5 students were due to take part in the Northumberland & Durham CA Reading Competition on 2nd February, but snowy conditions sadly...   Read More

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Several Year 5 students were due to take part in the Northumberland & Durham CA Reading Competition on 2nd February, but snowy conditions sadly prevented us from attending. They were finally able to show off their Latin reading skills today in a Mowden round of the event kindly judged by Mike Smith, organiser of the Northumberland competition. The competition was fierce as the level of talent displayed was very high. The students read with clear pronunciation, good pace and emphasis; it was very tough to judge between them! After some deliberation, a final decision was made:

  • Joint 3rd Place: Rafferty Belgian, Harry Nicholson, Grace Beaton
  • 2nd Place: Fen Abraham
  • 1st Place: Chloe Dickinson

All the competitors did a fantastic job, but Chloe just edged past them with the clarity of her pronunciation and use of her voice to put across the emotion of the piece. Well done indeed, Chloe, and thank you very much to Mike Smith for coming in to judge.

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Debbie <![CDATA[When the Royal Tea Taster Met The Royal Tea Maker]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20220 2019-02-13T11:49:40Z 2019-02-13T09:00:04Z Tea fever has struck Year 4 and 5 this term. Using ‘The Cloud Tea Monkeys’ (by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham) as our inspiration,...   Read More

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Tea fever has struck Year 4 and 5 this term. Using ‘The Cloud Tea Monkeys’ (by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham) as our inspiration, we are creating our own production, to be performed on stage after half-term. To help forge concrete connections between the children, their characters and the business of tea picking, we invited Ringtons to come and share their knowledge.
Entering the classroom, we encountered a display of tea samples to touch and smell and sort; a timeline of tea packaging, and finally, tea making paraphernalia that only the best of Royal Tea Tasters would have at his disposal. Patiently waiting alongside his range of transparent tea pots, tea tasting cups and rare tea samples, was Mr Smith the Royal Tea Taster himself (he does indeed supply the Queen).
The morning involved learning a variety of tea facts, including the striking difference in value between tea: from a powder worth 90 pence a kilo to a more sought after leaf worth over £100 for the same weight. We learned that Tashi, our protagonist, is right to be afraid of big, rare cats in the mountains, and that height is an important part of tea making. The tea bushes that grow at the highest point, in the right climate, receive the first fall of the freshest rain, producing the purest, freshest buds.
The finale? Of course: the tea tasting itself. Having been taught to allow the leaves or pearls to soak up the water for five minutes (imperative for your future tea tasting pleasure not to keep re-boiling, or to drink too soon) the sniffing, slurping, rolling and spitting began. Mowden’s Royal Tea-Taster, Fen, and his assistants, enjoyed learning their trade under the practised eye of the expert.
Many thanks to Mr Smith, Katy Worral and Ringtons for sharing their time, experience and expertise with us.
Photos of Tea tasting

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Debbie <![CDATA[Screen Time?]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=20216 2019-02-12T13:34:03Z 2019-02-12T13:34:03Z Once again the issue of electronics and young children has reached the headlines. I feel very strongly that research into this area must be...   Read More

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Once again the issue of electronics and young children has reached the headlines. I feel very strongly that research into this area must be listened to. According to leading Doctors parents are being advised not to allow children to take phones and other electronic devices into their bedrooms or use them during mealtimes. After discussion with the children at Mowden, it is apparent that many children go to sleep with an electronic device in their bedroom and are waking up early to play on them. The watching of YouTube is an area of great concern as many parents are unaware of exactly what content the children can access. Research has shown excessive use can hamper your child’s cognitive development, can build obsession leading to agitation, could delay physical development, restrain social development and increase the risk of obesity. Eye strain, neck and back pain as well as radiation risks are all medical concerns. With our Spring days lengthening and the prospect of a week’s holiday, perhaps we should all take more time to analyse exactly how much time our children are spending on electronic devices and maybe we would all sleep better and benefit from bedrooms free from electronics – myself included!  

Kirsten Knight

Head of the Pre-Prep

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