Prestfelde Speech Day 2020

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Speech Day – A Celebration of Success

SATURDAY 4th JULY 2020

“Find your Passion 1 in Life”


Welcome

It is the warmth of our community that is the fundamental

reason why we are getting through this unprecedented global

pandemic. No one predicted that our 90th anniversary year

would take the path it has, with over a term of the school site

closed and Prestfelde School developed as an outstanding

distance learning school for our community.

We begin our day virtually together in the Blackburn Chapel & Theatre, a place so integral to the community

spirit of Prestfelde School, it is where we can celebrate and enjoy special memories from the year, we do

hope you will all enjoy the Prize Giving and celebration of our 2020 Year 8’s.

We have enjoyed a very successful year in progress and achievement across the school despite the

challenges of Covid 19. From our outstanding Early Learning goals to our 100% pass at Common Entrance

and Scholarship achievements.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been so incredibly supportive throughout.

Our team has given so readily of their time, truly demonstrating selflessness, integrity, objectivity,

accountability and leadership.

To our parents I would like to thank you for trusting us and working with us, your support has been invaluable

in the success of our distance learning. We have all learnt a great deal about ‘learning’ styles, barriers to

learning and children’s independence.

To the pupils, you are quite simply – brilliant, thank you for inspiring us all. You have been dedicated,

supportive, resilient, challenged and hard-working. I am extremely honoured to lead such a truly fine

community through a year when we have all had to adapt and build resilience. As we celebrate together

today, let us enjoy the fellowship of our friends, colleagues and families.

FIONA ORCHARD

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Speech Day and Prize Giving

SATURDAY 4TH JULY 2020 at 10.00am

Programme

Trumpet solo by Oliver Connell

Mr Stuart Hay (Custos) welcomes everyone

Head’s Speech

Growing Up Speeches

Deputy Head Mr Haswell announces The Prizes

Head Boy and Head Girl thanks

Y8 Review

Tribute to Retiring Teachers

Blessing by Revd. Alex Aldous (Chaplain)

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Prizes 2019/20

Year 6

6H Attainment Isabelle Morris

6H Progress Emilia Griffiths

6H Effort Barney Welch

6H Citizenship Felix Garavini

6D Attainment Atharv Sagdao

6D Progress Manon Harvey

6D Effort Jack Lupton

6D Citizenship Oliver Russell

6S Attainment Kieran Haswell

6S Progress Lucy Hakeman

6S Effort Oscar Wincott

6S Citizenship Monty Sharman

Year 7

7N Attainment Theo Edmondson

7N Progress Kai Wu

7N Effort Selim Shawkat

7N Citizenship Andrew Frisby

7S Attainment George Rink

7S Progress Will Meyer

7S Effort Alex Taylor

7S Citizenship James Nash

7C Attainment Isabel Tory

7C Progress Natalie Gibbon

7C Effort Katie Jutsum

7C Citizenship Charlie Jones

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Year 8

English (Manby Prize)

Presented in memory of Michael Manby (former Headmaster)

(1970-79) for outstanding achievement in English

Maths (Bryan Prize)

Science (Talbot Prize)

Humanities Prize

Bryan Music Prize

Awarded for outstanding musicianship

Senior Drama (Furse Prize)

Senior CDT (Eric Lock Prize)

Presented in memory of Pilot Officer Eric Stanley Lock

former pupil and WW2 Fighter ace

Senior Art (Alan Daborn Prize)

Presented in memory of Mr Alan Daborn former Custos of Prestfelde

Most Improved Sportsperson (Evans Trophy)

Chosen by Coaches Sportsman of the Year (Trimby Prize)

Chosen by Coaches Sportswoman of the Year (Trimby Prize)

Clemmy Sowden

Noah Murray

Gabe Downes

Fergus Scholes-Pryce

Taliesin Constandinou-Williams

Guy Holman

Oliver Connell

Clara Garavini

Oliver Connell

Charlotte Taylor

James Boughey

Gabe Downes

Eve Mooney

Jack Kinrade

Freya Cooper

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Special Prizes

O’Connor Memorial Prize

(Greatest contribution to Chapel life)

Thirst for Knowledge (Pam Dale Trophy)

Awarded to the pupil who has shown a thirst for knowledge

and outstanding love of learning over the past year

Old Prestfeldians’ Prize

Presented to pupil/s who have contributed most to the academic,

sporting and spiritual life of the School

Woodard Board Prize (Faith, Unity and Vision)

Presented to the pupil who has made a significant contribution

to the spiritual/Christian life of the School

Lucy Groome Memorial Trophy

Presented to the pupil or teacher for achievement in the face of adversity

Deputy Heads’ Prize

Presented to the Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl

Head’s Prize

Presented to the Head Boy and Head Girl

James Hoyland

Fergus Scholes-Pryce

Sophie Sharman

Edward Key

Freya Cooper

Will Venezia

Clem Graham

Freya Cooper

Freddie Allwood

Clemmy Sowden

Gabe Downes

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Prestfelde Leavers 2020

Mrs Johnson, Mr Harvey, Mr Granger, Mrs Allen, Freddie Allwood, Nikhil Atreya, James Boughey, Oliver Connell,

Taliesin Constandinou-Williams, Freya Cooper, Ziggy Corbett, William Daly, Joe Datnow, Gabe Downes, Harriott Evans,

Joshua Froggatt, Clara Garavini, Zoe Gilbody, Timothy Giles, Clem Graham, Polly Hartnell-Beavis, Guy Holman,

James Hoyland, Annabel Jarvs, Edward Key, Jack Kinrade, Grace Leeroyd-Hill, Marcell Mahmoud, Eve Mooney,

Noah Murray, Fergus Scholes-Pryce, Sophie Sharman, Clemmy Sowden, Charlotte Taylor, Dom Taylor,

William Venezia, Dominic Weilds

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Scholarships and Awards 2019/20

Academic

Fergus Scholes-Pryce Shrewsbury Butler

Clemmy Sowden Shrewsbury Alington

Nikhil Atreya Concord (Maths)

Gabe Downes Rugby

Clem Graham Wrekin (Exh)

Eve Mooney Wrekin (Exh)

Grace Learoyd-Hill malvern St James

Senior Academic

All Rounder

Edward Key Shrewsbury michael Palin

Clemmy Sowden Shrewsbury michael Palin

Eve Mooney Wrekin Pendle

Gabe Downes Ellesmere

Sport

Joe Datnow

Jack Kinrade

Jack Kinrade

Charlotte Taylor

Guy Holman

Freya Cooper

Gabe Downes

Grace Learoyd-Hill

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury

Wrekin

Shrewsbury

Wrekin (Exh)

moreton Hall

Rugby

malvern St James (Riding)

Music

Oliver Connell

Art

James Boughey

William Venezia

Charlotte Taylor

Drama

Eve Mooney

Clem Graham

Clara Garavini

Other Scholarships

Shrewsbury Burney

Wrekin

Wrekin (Exh)

Shrewsbury

Wrekin (Exh)

Wrekin

Shrewsbury

Ziggy Corbett Wrekin Headmaster’s

Discretionary

Award

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11+ Scholarships and Awards 2019/20

Academic

Suneet Amarnath

Isabelle Morris

Konrad Quagliariello

Atharv Sagdeo

All Rounder

Hugh Allwood

Benedict Farquharson

Sport

Ludo Bywater

Emilia Griffiths (Exh)

Lucy Hakeman (Award)

Manon Harvey (Exh)

Harry Oliver

Harry Parton

Ana Sfiraiala (Award)

Herbie Walton

Music

Barney Welch

Art

Emilia Griffiths (Award)

Lucy Hakeman

Isabelle Morris (Award)

Dora Winkley (Award)

Saara Wright (Award)

Drama

Reggie Bell (Exh)

Alex Robinson (Exh)

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Sports Highlights 2019/20

This time last year, our U 13 boys cricket team were about to travel to Oakham School to play in the

National Final against Millfield Prep School. An outstanding performance saw our boys win the match in

convincing fashion to be crowned national English Schools Cricket Champions. Nearly a full year on, the

school has received numerous accolades, not only for this achievement, but the overall provision of Physical

Education. Recently the school was placed 59th in the top 100 Independent Schools for Sport by ‘School

Sport Magazine’. Although much of this year has been affected by the partial school closure, many fixtures

and tournaments lost, Physical Education remains as important as ever for our pupils. It has been inspiring

to see such enthusiasm and commitment during this difficult time, with endless photographs and videos

evidencing sporting activities being undertaken at home.

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Sports Highlights 2019/20

General

U 13 Boys Cricket team recognised as the Best

Shropshire Secondary School Sports team for 2019,

winning the John Beswick Award

U 11 Boys Football team recognised as the

Best Shropshire Primary School Sports team for 2019,

winning the Derek Hayward Award

Cricket

U13 Lady Taverners County Cricket - Winners

Cross Country

U13 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt

Runners-up

U 11 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt

Runners-up

U9 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt

3rd place

U9 Girls Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt

Winners

Cross Country continued

Zoe Gilbody - Winner of the following:

The National XC Championships held in

Nottingham.

Intercounties XC Championships held at

Loughborough

English Schools XC Championships held in

Liverpool, this race earnt her England vest.

The British Cross Challenge series which had

events in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Liverpool and

Loughborough over the xc season Sept - March.

Jack Kinrade – U 13 Abberley Hall Relay Champion

Football

U 13 Shrewsbury School Six-a-side Champions

U11 ISFA Regional Champions, qualifying for the

Independent Schools Football Association National

Finals

U 11 Shrewsbury School Six-a-side Champions

Hockey

U11 7 a side Hockey tournament Moreton Hall –

runners up

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Lacrosse

U13 Welsh Rallies lacrosse championships - 5th

Eve Mooney trialing for Wales

Freya Cooper trialing for England

Netball

U13 Oswestry Netball Tournament – 3rd place

U11 Oswestry Netball Tournament – Winners

U11 Shrewsbury School Netball Tournament -

Winners

U10 Packwood Netball Tournament – Runners up

U11 B Prestfelde Netball Tournament Winners

U11 A Prestfelde Netball Tournament Winners

Rugby

U 11 Boys Packwood Rugby 7s Festival Winners

U 11 mix Shrewsbury Primary School Tag Winners

Sports Development

School Games Gold Award

U9 girls 3rd at the School Games (SG) Cross

Country

U9 boys joint 2nd at the SG Cross Country

U10 boys 1st in the SG Cross Country

U11 Winners of the SG mixed Tag Rugby

Competition

U9 girls SG Gym competition 8 golds 10 silvers and

4 bronze awards

U11 SG Sport Ability event 1 place overall for Boccia

and Archery

U11 SG - 1st place in the Regional rounds

U11 champions in the Key Stage Two SG

Championships

Hosted Shropshire Gotta Dance Festival

Swimming

Prep Schools County Swimming Gala – Winners

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Extra-Curricular Activities 2019/20

The school continues to add to the variety and depth of after-school clubs and co-curricular programmes

available to the children; these additional activities play an important role in the development of the allrounded

character of Prestfeldians. The programmes allow learning to be delivered in a different context and

environment. The pupils increase their repertoire of skills and build resilience in challenging activities. This

year we have continued to grow the breadth of clubs on offer.

The Drama club has become very popular, the production of The Tempest was superb and demonstrated the

level of talent and commitment present in our children. The Dance club has again been strongly supported

by all year groups and the improvements have been enjoyed in many assembly performances. The STEM

club has attracted both Senior and Middle school pupils; its popularity meaning we have had to rotate pupils

each half term in order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend. The Chess club under the guidance

of Mr Evans has also seen increased participation. Aikido, Journalism and Dodgeball have remained

popular amongst the children.

The Saturday morning progamme of activities has seen strong attendance for Football, Lacrosse/Netball

and Rugby. In the Rugby season we hosted a session with Newport and Bridgnorth Rugby Clubs which was

very well received by both players and spectators; its success should lead to this occurring more frequently.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the Saturday sessions was the invitation to parents to attend a coaching/match

lesson in both Netball and Lacrosse with their children; it proved to be a very competitive affair. Our Saturday

Cookery class has seen our budding chefs produce a wide range of savoury and sweet dishes.

The John Muir Award has gained further momentum throughout Middle and Senior school. In Middle School

the children have been working towards their Discovery and Explorer awards. The Year 6, as our first ever

John Muir group have started the top Conserver award which will be completed throughout their Senior

School years.

Finally, can I say a very big thank you to all the pupils, parents and teachers for their participation and effort

in all our varied activities. I hope that everyone has found something to enjoy, learn and be challenged by.

Mr Dave Harvey, Director of Activities

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Music Review 2019/20

No House Music, no “Olivia!”, no Annual Concert, no external concerts in Abbey or St Alkmund’s, no

Speech Day at school due to lockdown. ABRSM exams in Spring and Summer Terms were also abandoned.

The most unusual year and quite unexpected for my final one!

Peripatetic lessons have been taught successfully through remote access during the lockdown and continues

possibly till January 2021.

Music teaching online has (within limitations) proved very successful, with almost all peris teaching in this

way, and some excellent class work has been presented to Mr Lund via video, mp3 and pictures too –

especially from a most promising Middle School.

Peripatetic team – lost Mrs Clare Horgan, replaced her with Mrs Julia Hargreaves, wife of John. Some good

young violinists coming up through the school. Jessica Weaver leads the way at present having completed on

average 12 significant practices a week since the start of lockdown in March.

Ms Esther Beard returned as Mrs Esther Randall after the summer, having married singing teacher (Andrew)

at Shrewsbury School. Congratulations!

Carol Service in December in Shrewsbury School Chapel. Largest senior choir ever. Stand-out piece “Hark

how the Bells”.

Edward Key sang solo part of “Three Kings” in Carol Service – exceptional quality of voice, gives the lie to

‘boys don’t sing’. They do at Prestfelde – and very well!

Ben Farquharson took the difficult solo in “Longfellow’s Carol”, one of two items written by a certain

prominent local composer.

Orchestra Concert deferred to January to preserve the sanity of the top year – included Jurassic Park (with an

exposed and brave solo opening on French horn from Fergus Scholes-Pryce)

Awarded internal music scholarships at 11+ to Benedict Farquharson (oboe, violin, voice) and Barney Welch

(trombone, piano, drums, voice)

Oliver Connell top music scholarship to Shrewsbury School on trumpet, piano and also voice.

Woodard Young Musician of Year – four entered and Oliver Connell was selected for Final, held in May.

Should have been in Birmingham, but was ultimately conducted online. Oliver learned a Grade 8 piece and

performed remotely for this competition. He was commended, but not placed in first two.

Appointment as Director of Music from September of Mr Adrian Kindred, former Lichfield Cathedral chorister

and Old Salopian, a clarinettist and saxophonist.

Mr J. Lund, Director of Music

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From the Art Department

Although this term has looked very different for our artists at Prestfelde, there has been

no shortage of creativity to celebrate across every year in the school. Pupils continue

to demonstrate exceptional progress and individuality, particularly during a season of

remote learning with more limited resources available.

At the start of the academic year, our Senior School pupils continued to impress me

with the quality of the work they produce, both in 2D and 3D forms – proving that

if you don’t put a ceiling on a pupil’s ability to create, then the sky really is the limit!

Particular congratulations go to Charlotte Taylor, James Boughey and William Venezia,

who have all been awarded Art Scholarships to their Senior Schools. Charlotte Taylor

(Art Scholarship to Shrewsbury School), produced a varied portfolio of work that

demonstrated a strong understanding of colour and form in her work as well as an

outstanding use of a range of mediums to bring her work to life. James Boughey (Art

Scholarship to Wrekin College) demonstrated huge creativity, experimentation in his

portfolio. His passion and enthusiasm for art is evident in every piece he produces,

with a particular strength in his use of tone, colour and proportion. William Venezia

(Art Scholarship to Wrekin College) produced a superb portfolio of work, showing his

flair for drawing. He uses tone, texture, highlights and shadows to create realistic and

detailed sketches. Where he adds colour to his work, William does so with precision

and a creativity.

Pupils are recognised for their progress, ability, and talent through the ‘Artist of the

Week’ awards, which are given to pupils each week in celebration chapel, chosen

from both Senior School and Middle School lessons. More recently we have had a

‘Weekly Isolation Art Challenge’ running for the past 12 weeks. This has highlighted

how Art really is for everyone and that creativity can come from anywhere. We have

had responses from pupils in Little Prestfelde, all the way through Middle School and

Senior School, as well as staff, parents and people in the wider community! With over

60 entries every week, Prestfelde continues to enable creativity to take an important

place across school life, providing opportunities for pupils to extend their learning and

love of Art further.

Mrs H. Allen, Head of Art

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Drama 2019/20

The actor Willem Defoe said: “With Theatre, you have to be ready for anything.” Well, I don’t think any of us, however skilled in the

world of theatre have been ready for what has hit us this year. What a year we have had and a real shame that performances were

cancelled or not even begun as a result.

Having said that, there has been a wealth of creativity and drama in different forms, and at the start of the year when all was

“normal,” the Year 8s treated us to a magical and enchanting performance of The Tempest. Many of these pupils had last year

performed in Hard to Swallow and Two Weeks with the Queen. It was great to see them back in full swing, as well as welcoming

some newcomers. It seemed that the cast were even more professional this term with a few plays behind them, able to take bold risks

and work as an ensemble. We made a few tweaks to the original casting of the play; I am hopeful that The Bard will forgive us for

this and hope that he approves of our decision in order to let everyone have a go! So this made for 3 Calibans hiding in the large

laundry basket - a bit of a squeeze but worth it for a laugh! We had 3 Prosperos too and 2 Aerials dancing around with grace. Lots

of fairy lights and wonderful costumes and set thanks to Karen Hartnell-Beavis, Mrs Wynne’s creations from past productions and the

Prestfelde site staff. Great too to have some live musicians playing for us. Well done all! It was also a pleasure to take many Year 8s

to Theatre Severn to watch a fantastic performances of An Inspector Calls.

Sadly, the Drama Showcase was cancelled due to Lockdown. Pupils had been rehearsing some excellent scenes both in Drama Club

and in lesson time - many were going to share with you their work on using physicality within performance and creating inanimate

objects such as toasters, blenders, Alexa as well as some interesting events that happened when these sorts of machines go wrong.

Had we known what we were in for, we should have also created ZOOM and LOOM scenes too!

Many Year 7 pupils loved their Musical Theatre day at Shrewsbury School; this was great to see them in action trying new things

singing, dancing and acting. Saturday Drama was also a hit with some amazing improvisations - Year 5 were among the newest

and very enthusiastic attendees - raiding the props and costumes cupboard for all sorts of treats to engage and inspire their

improvisations.

Congratulations to those pupils who worked hard for Drama Scholarships, be it All-Rounder or full

Scholarship. Many were successful in All-Rounders and congratulations to those and to all who

tried for them. Well done of course to Clara Garavini for her Drama Scholarship to Shrewsbury

School, to Eve Mooney for her Drama Exhibition to Wrekin, and Clem Graham for his Drama

Scholarship to Wrekin. Drama Challenges in Lockdown gave birth to a range of heartfelt lockdown

monologues, virtual teacher puppets, excellent costume challenges and interpretations of Macbeth.

Lots of pupils took up the Virtual Shakespeare day set up by

Shrewsbury School too. Well done all for your creativity and

self-expression.

Good Luck to Year 8’s and I wish you well for your future schools.

Annabel Scott, Head of Drama

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English 2019/20

Though the Summer term has been challenging for our whole school community during these unprecedented times, our

Prestfeldians have continued to show an outstanding attitude to learning in English. I am incredibly proud of the amazing

progress our pupils have made throughout the year, particularly during our distance-learning programme; they have

each demonstrated resilience, perseverance and enthusiasm whilst getting to grips with our new virtual classrooms, and

have developed new skills that I have no doubt will continue through into our curriculum as we return to school. Due to our

unexpected school closure, many of our English events, trips and competitions have not been able to go ahead, namely

our annual Year 6 ESB exams (which, upon consultation with both pupils and parents, will now take place in Year 7), our

Year 8 trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company, various writing competitions and our planned debate competition at Wrekin

College. However, we were still able to fit in some exciting events during the Autumn and Spring terms.

One of our highlights in English was taking part in Shrewsbury Bookfest 2020, where Year 6 pupils had the privilege of

reading six fabulous shortlisted novels and vote for their favourite book. As part of the project, pupils also competed in

the Bookfest film trailer and Art competitions. We are thrilled to announce that, out of hundreds of applicants, one of

our Year 6 film trailer teams were awarded the runner up prize for their beautifully produced and directed trailer for the

book ‘What’s that in Dog Years?’ The author, Ben Davies, sent messages of thanks to our pupils for their sensitive and

engaging interpretation of his book. We were also announced as finalists in the Art competition, where one of our Year

6 pupils achieved a prize for their visual interpretation of ‘Eagle Warrior’. Though we were unable to attend the Theatre

Severn Bookfest award ceremony in April, our pupils got together virtually to watch the awards, which was a unique and fun

experience. Though I am immensely proud of our pupils’ awards and accolades during Bookfest, the biggest success for me

was their engagement in reading, particularly some of our pupils who had previously been reluctant to read, yet through the

programme have developed a love for books. We couldn’t ask for more.

I would like to congratulate our Year 8 pupils for their fantastic Common Entrance and Scholarship results in English, which

demonstrate outstanding progress from every single pupil since the start of the year. These results are testament to the

hard work, commitment and dedication each pupil has shown throughout the year, but also in the face of adversity. Mrs.

Dale and I are incredibly proud of you all. I would also like to thank our Year 8 parents for the support you have given

your children at home throughout the distance learning programme; I have no doubt that your unwavering support has

contributed to the outstanding results they have achieved.

Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Scott for their excellent English teaching and the support they have given

me and our pupils throughout the year. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Mrs. Dale, who has been on maternity

cover this year, but who has become a valued and loved member of our community. Mrs. Dale is an outstanding teacher

and will be greatly missed; I wish her every success for the future. We also welcome back the wonderful Mrs. Martin from

maternity leave with her beautiful son Freddie, and we look forward to having you back in the Prestfelde family.

Mrs Keogh-Jones, Head of English

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Science 2019/20

Despite the unprecedented nature of the Summer term, we have had a fantastic year in Science with pupils

continuing to develop their extensive knowledge and understanding as well as their investigative skills. All year

groups have taken part in a wide range of practical activities inside the lab, out in our exceptional grounds and

further afield. Recently, I have been delighted to see how well pupils have engaged with our rigorous approach

to distance learning. I am sure we have all learnt new skills which will serve us well in the future, while making

exceptional progress. The Science department is very proud of the results achieved by the outgoing Year 8 at

both Scholarship and Common Entrance level. These included superb Academic Scholarship performances at

Shrewsbury School and Rugby School. While not completed in standard fashion, the Common Entrance results

were outstanding with many pupils demonstrating fantastic progress and attainment. Overall, this has been

a hugely rewarding year built on hard work, perseverance and determination where pupils have embraced

challenge and overcome obstacles to reach their potential. We are delighted by the attainment and progress

demonstrated by Year 6 and 7 and look forward to further success in the years to come.

While some activities had to be curtailed there has still been a wide range of highlights this year. Stand outs

included the performances in the Shrewsbury School Darwin Science competition and the STEM Faraday

Challenge at Ellesmere College. Personally, I enjoyed the Juno helicopter visit from RAF Shawbury. Piloted by

Prestfelde parent Wing Commander Mike Jordan, this was a real treat for the pupils. It was particularly uplifting for

our Physics forces curriculum! We have been lucky enough to visit the Biology department at Shrewsbury School

where we took part in a fascinating practical activity looking at the heart rate of water fleas. Year 6 enjoyed a

fascinating, and not at all scary, visit from ‘The Animal Man’. We continue to strengthen our links with leading

Senior Schools in order to access the best opportunities available. The pupils are always superb ambassadors for

a Prestfelde education and routinely receive praise for not only their knowledge and understanding but also their

politeness, work ethic and enthusiasm.

Thank you to Mr Newey and Mr Granger from myself and the pupils for their excellent teaching and superb

support this year within the department. Of course, I must also thank our exceptionally supportive parent body who

do so much to ensure all pupils reach their potential. I always look forward to receiving responses to the Science

Question of the Month from across the school community. It is a pleasure to hear about the Science discussions

occurring at home. I look forward to another superb ahead with Year 6 and 7 and wish Year 8 well in their

Senior School.

Mr J. Peakman, Head of Science

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Maths 2019/20

It has been a most challenging year, nevertheless, Ms Cook and I have been delighted by the efforts made by

the children during their studies. Little did we realise what changes were in store when we arranged competitions,

activities and trips. I am pleased to report that last September, our new intake into Year 6 were able to compete in

the Wrekin College Year 6 Maths Challenge before lock down (over 70 teams competed on the day). In addition,

Ms Cook was able to accompany Years 7 and 8 to a series of lectures at Shrewsbury School called ‘Magical

Maths’; our links to both schools being greatly valued by all.

Unfortunately, our booked outings to Concord College (for their Maths Challenge) and Ellesmere College (for

Maths activities) and Birmingham for the National UKMT team competition were unable to proceed due to the

lock down, but we look forward to re-establishing our links to these institutions next year.

On a brighter note, the Junior Maths Challenge (UKMT) – an individual mathematics competition sat by over

270,000 pupils from across the UK in which we always participate has, at the last minute, moved online. I am

therefore delighted that pupils are being given the opportunity to participate, with assessments taking place as

from 15th June. Any certificates (Gold, Silver and Bronze are available) awarded will be forwarded to pupils

during the holidays if the UKMT has not distributed them before the end of term.

Common Entrance and Scholarship Exams

I have been delighted by the standard achieved in the final Common Entrance exams. Special mentions to James

Boughey, Oliver Connell, Taliesin Constandinou-Williams, Freya Cooper, Joe Datnow, Timothy Giles, Annabel

Jarvis and Dom Taylor who all achieved Grade A’s in both papers.

The Scholars also had another excellent year with all pupils achieving either an A or B in all Scholarship papers.

Working with Gabe Downes, Clemmy Sowden, Nikhil Atreya, Freddie Allwood, Noah Murray and Fergus Scholes-

Pryce has been a complete pleasure, and I have no doubt that they will impress at their Senior Schools.

I would like to take this opportunity to state that as from September 2020 our current plan is that both Ms Cook

and I will be running Maths Clubs / interventions. Therefore, if your child is struggling with any concept, or if they

simply wish to learn some more advanced skills, we will be pleased to help.

Mr A. Anstey, Head of Maths

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A warm welcome from

the Language Department

Firstly, Madame Bedson and I would like to say thank you to all our pupils who have continued to work hard and

be engaged in our language lessons. We are also very thankful to the support we have had from our parents

in helping their children at home during this very difficult time. As a department, we have tried our very best to

interact and entertain our pupils online and it has been a great learning curve for all of us.

We would like to congratulate all our Year 8 Common Entrance and Scholarship pupils who have worked

extremely hard towards their examination. They have met all the challenges presented to them and have

developed competencies in all four skills. It is a great shame they were not able to demonstrate them in listening

and speaking for Scholarship and Common Entrance. They will move on to their future schools as competent

linguists, who should be very proud of their achievements.

As a department, we would normally offer an amazing French experience to Normandy, but unfortunately, due to

unexpected circumstances, this beautiful trip had to be cancelled. I am sure our pupils and parents will at some

point discover parts of France as a family and I know that our younger linguists will show interest in the culture as

well as the language. Our Senior School pupils are so enthusiastic about speaking the language in class, I have

no doubt they will showcase their skills abroad.

This year, we purchased a new online course called Dynamo and it has been a great success for the children to

work online with. We will continue to use this extra resource at school as it offers a great deal of activities in all

four skills.

Madame Freddie Harvey

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Tribute to our retiring teachers who have given

outstanding service to Prestfelde School

Mrs Suzanne Evans ( 2000 - 2020) A long standing member of staff who

has for the last twenty years added to the Prestfelde common room in so many

ways. Initially a Little Prestfelde class teacher, then a Middle School teacher, then

an English teacher in Senior School and finally as a specialist learning support

SENCO. Mrs Evans has developed her career at Prestfelde and developed

her skills accordingly. Her wealth of experience and loyalty to Prestfelde must

be recognised on her retirement. She will be missed by all as a caring and

knowledgeable individual who has the ethos of Prestfelde – heart, mind and soul

at the top of her list!

Mr Jeremy Lund (1987 - 2020) For thirty-two years Mr Lund has been

responsible for the Musical growth and development at Prestfelde School. He

has inspired children as singers and instrumentalists through his own outstanding

musicianship and teaching expertise. The musical reputation of the school is

widely known, and Mr Lund has dedicated his time to nurturing enjoyment and

opportunity through music.

We are enormously grateful to Mr Lund, he has been a most highly respected

colleague, and Director of Music. Mr Lund always has the words for any occasion,

an excellent speaker, compere for events and through his written word. ‘Once a

Prestfeldian always a Prestfeldian’

Mrs Charlotte Kaye ( 2012 – 2020) Mrs Kaye started teaching at Prestfelde

in 2012, with her three children as Old Prestfeldeians, she knows it well and has

enhanced the experience for so many young pupils. Thank you for being that

specialist who supports children in removing any barriers to their learning – you

have unlocked so many doors for so many children and really made a difference

for them.

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A message from the Head

For many pupils and staff this day signifies the last major school event before the next stage of life.

Our message to Year 8 pupils: we hope you enjoy this event and I hope you have really enjoyed life at

Prestfelde School, for many of you ten years has been a long time and so much of your development has

been within our family. Your foundations are strong, go on your journey being brave, feeling inspired and

follow those dreams. Growing Up and being ‘grown up’ takes time, patience and experience, what is

important is that you find your passion doing what excites you and what you love doing and you will flourish

in life.

Thank you to all our parents who make this special community one of love and nurture, your support

is always there. Our longest serving parent awards go to joint first Mr & Mrs Daly and Mr & Mrs Cooper,

joint second is Mr & Mrs Hoyland and Mr & Mrs Downes. A huge congratulations and a big thank you

for supporting us throughout.

Finally, on this day of reflection and celebration, I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the

dedicated work of our Prestfelde staff and Governors who give their time to guide and support us in being

the outstanding school we are.

We wish you all a safe and happy summer.

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London Road

Shrewsbury

SY2 6NZ

01743 245400

office@prestfelde.co.uk

www.prestfelde.co.uk

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