Starlight karaoke

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The day of the much anticipated Starlight karaoke final finally came and it did not disappoint. Only one act from each year group had been chosen to go through and the standard was so impressive. Possibly most impressive of all was the confidence that the girls showed to get up on the stage and sing in front of a big audience. The girls could not believe their eyes (and ears) when the teachers got up on stage to perform their ‘new’ version of ‘Let it Go’. What good sports they all are!

After the vote went to whole School, Erin of 3V was declared the winner after she raised the roof with her version of ‘Happy. See below…

This event could not have happened without a huge amount of work from parents Mrs Gault, Mrs Wolff and Mrs Lawton, who have been toiling tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of Starlight. The day was was also made very special with a visit from singer Bianca Nicholas, who told us what our fundraising would achieve with ‘wishes’ for Starlight families. As a cystic fibrosis sufferer herself, Bianca campaigns for Starlight charity – we hope to welcome her back soon to present the final cheque!

Creepy Crawly Club

Year 4 Creepy Crawly club don’t mind picking up bugs and spiders – in fact we love it! Then we research interesting facts about these little friends and teach each other what we know.

Do look at the information film we have made on iMovie. We had great fun putting it together.

20th Birthday of our School building

The Junior Girls’ School always like to celebrate in style and what better excuse than a birthday? But not just any birthday, the 20th birthday of our own School building!
The day of 23 June began with all the girls arriving in green and silver and wearing special 20th birthday hats. In order to show off the fine hats, there was a parade in playground. Our special guest judges were given the incredibly tough task of judging winners across the age groups. Congratulations to Daisy in Reception, Molly in Year 1, Ruby inYear 3 and Martina in Year 5 for their amazing creations.

After the parade, all the girls  witnessed the burying of the School time capsule in our garden. Each class had decided on a small object that could go into the box. Maybe archaeologists will dig it up one day and wonder about life in 2014?
The afternoon was party time all the way through. After a delicious lunch outside, the girls had the opportunity to visit so many different stalls. There was skipping, face painting, hair braiding, line dancing, bowling, hoopla, cake decorating, bracelet making, hook a duck, badge making and more! It was a fantastic day for all involved – special thanks must go to Mrs Vanessa Sparrow and her hard working team of teaching assistants for master minding the whole event. The girls are so lucky to have taken part in such a fun and special day – we are sure they will remember it in another 20 years time!

Junior Gymnastics


DK Gymnastics Competition

On Saturday 14 June the Junior Girls’ School and the Boys’ Prep entered 3 teams of gymnasts into the DK Gymnastics competition at Aberdour School. Each team was made up of 6 gymnasts, at the end of the competition all the scores were added up to give each team a combined total. Surbiton Juniors entered two mixed teams and one all girls team. The all-girls team which is coached by Miss Miller took part in the Years 4-6 floor only category and the mixed teams competed in the Years 4-6 floor and vault category, they are coached by Mr Buckingham and Natalie Crosland. In total, including the Senior School, Surbiton took around 50 gymnasts to the competition which shows fantastic strength in depth in the School squads.

This was a brand new competition so all gymnasts were very excited and eager to get out there and show off their skills! For Miss Miller’s team this was the first time the girls had competed a routine to music for the school. The teams were very well presented in their sparkling green Surbiton leotards and showed no signs of nerves, only huge smiles! The boys and girls spent the afternoon performing highly skilled flamboyant floor routines with great energy followed by explosive, flying vaults that were landed with fantastic control and balance. The support from the crowd for Surbiton was overwhelming; I know that it is an experience that they will all remember.

At the end of the competition the teams sat patiently waiting for the results and were overwhelmed to find out they had all each won a medal and two team trophies!! Miss Miller’s team took away the Gold in the floor only category and Mr Buckingham and Natalie’s team won the Gold and Silver position in their category.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to all the parents for their support throughout.

Miss Miller, Mr Buckingham and Natalie Crosland

Open Exhibition Evening at Junior Girls

On 12th June, the Junior Girls’ School closed its doors early, but when they were opened again at 5pm, the whole place looked fantastic! The girls, teachers and assistants had all worked so hard to make all the classrooms into fascinating places for everyone to visit – they should be very proud of their achievements. So many exciting scenes could be found by our visitors – from farmyards in Reception, jungles in Year 1, Mexico in Year 2, giant beanstalks in Year 3, buried Anglo-Saxon artefacts in Year 4, writings from the Titanic in Year 5 to evacuee suitcases in Year 6. There was so much to look at and all of the classrooms, it really off the Junior Girls’ at its finest.

As well as the great displays in all the classrooms, this year was the first time that the School put on an Art Exhibition in the Runcie Hall. Every pupil had a lovely piece of artwork on the walls and the winning pieces will be framed and displayed permanently around the School. A huge thank you to Miss Curtis for master minding this ambitious operation.

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Our hall was also the location for a number of wonderful gymnastic displays. The audience loved seeing all the gym squads performing. The novice group and intermediate squad both featured girls from Years 2 to 6. Their coach, Miss Miller was very proud of the progress they have made this year and anybody watching couldn’t fail to be impressed. Also performing were the advanced gym team of Year 5 and 6 girls, coached by Mrs  Crosland and our very own U11 British champions, Niamh and Eloise, who wowed the crowd with a display of poise, strength and agility.

The music in the School goes from strength to strength and there were super performances from the Infant Choir, Junior Woodwind Ensemble, French Horn Ensemble, Guitar ensemble and the Junior Recorder Consort. In addition, Mr Penrose hosted an open rehearsal for the two chamber choirs in the Music room, so parents could see and hear what goes on as the girls prepare for their upcoming public performances. It really showed how ‘professional’ our choirs are and how well-taught they are by Mr Penrose.

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Year 6 on the Isle of Wight

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So it is finally the turn of Year 6 to have their Summer Term adventure. After a morning’s activities at Hinchley Wood, we headed to Portsmouth harbour and crossed the Solent to our new home for the next four nights – Little Canada. We have all moved into our great cabins, emptied out our bags and left everything beautifully laid out before we begin our evening activities (spot the least likely statement here!).

Day Two

A fantastic morning of climbing and reaching death-defying heights on the catwalk. Now off for canoeing….

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And canoeing and kayaking was rather wet….

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Day Three

A drizzly start to the morning could not dampen our spirits. Tunnel trail, Aeroball ( a clever, exhausting mix between netball and trampolining), sensory trail and challenge course have kept us all busy.  This afternoon is dragon boating!

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Day Four

Glorious sunshine today. Sailing, tunnel trail and giant swing have been just a few of the activities. Hot dogs for lunch and disco tonight! Yeehah!

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Final Day

Another wonderful sunny morning for the girls. This morning’s activities have been challenge course, more giant swing fun and the zip wire!

And then set sail for the mainland.

Well done girls. You have been fantastic!

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