Year 8 pupils enjoyed practical engineering workshops

News > Year 8 pupils enjoyed practical engineering workshops

On Tuesday, 21st June 2022, the Prep School once again welcomed Mr Rob Panter, Managing Director of Canham Consulting, to deliver his third talk on engineering this academic year. Following his talks introducing engineering and engineering disasters, this time Rob delivered a practical workshop to pupils in Year 8 introducing structural design and some complex mathematics that he and his team use daily. The pupils were challenged to analyse a simple structure, assessing the load and load path in addition to calculating the bending moment, shear force, bending stress, pressure and deflection. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore these areas with Rob. Gresham’s Prep School wishes to thank Rob for the time and engineering expertise he has given our fortunate pupils this year. We look forward to welcoming him back in the future.

Well done to our Year 8 pupils who have completed their KidsMBA programme

News > Well done to our Year 8 pupils who have completed their KidsMBA programme

On Thursday 19th May, Year 8 parents and families were welcomed to the ‘Shark Tank’ event which marked the conclusion of the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme. Every pupil in Year 8 presented their start up business idea to our guest judges consisting of Douglas Robb, Headmaster of Gresham’s School, Paul Marriage, governor, Mr Paul Devlin and Mrs Dee Whyatt, Prep School parents. There were a wide range of excellent business concepts, from affordable advertising to beehive rentals amongst the confident pitches. However, the winning group’s company, ‘Custom Forces’ – a trainer renovation business – was a hit with the judges.

By presenting at the Shark Tank, all Year 8 pupils have now completed the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme and we look forward to delivering it again next year to our current and new Year 7 pupils.

Prep pupils enjoyed participating in a ‘Gliders’ competition

News > Prep pupils enjoyed participating in a ‘Gliders’ competition

On Saturday 14th May, a group of Prep pupils participated in a ‘Gliders’ competition, to try and win the coveted “Gresham’s Powered Gliders Trophy”. During their Saturday activities, the pupils have been spending time in the Dyson Building to build the “Smallpeice Powered Glider Think Kits” from a company called Lockheed Martin. This was a brilliant STEAM project that offered the pupils the chance to participate in a fun and engaging challenge. Well done to the winning team, Corin H, Will B and George J, whose glider flew a record-breaking 77 metres!

Our music scholars have been learning from excellent musicians

News > Our music scholars have been learning from excellent musicians

Our music scholars have been busy learning from excellent musicians this week. On Saturday 7th May, they were treated to a masterclass by the flautist Scarlett Askew, who is a recent graduate of the postgraduate course at Trinity Laban. This is the first in a termly series of masterclasses designed to immerse our pupils in the possibilities and opportunities that can be found within the performing arts, working alongside skilled performers and professionals. Scarlett worked with Kate W (Yr 13 E), Grace H (Yr 12 O) and Jemima A (Yr 7), all of whom performed beautifully and were warmly supported by their peers. A special mention must go to Jemima who was incredibly brave to take part as a Year 7, playing in front of the Senior School scholars.

Following on from Scarlett’s masterclass, the scholars attended a lunchtime recital in Chapel. A professional ensemble, including the School’s own Mark Jones, Head of Chapel Music on piano, performed a Piano Trio by Dvorak to the captivated audience. It was a musical treat and a wonderful way to inspire our pupils to continue practising hard!

A group of Year 8 girls enjoyed their Winter Camp

News > A group of Year 8 girls enjoyed their Winter Camp

A group of Year 8 girls finally made it to their twice-delayed (high-winds and COVID) Winter Camp on Friday 29th April. Staying in the School Cabin, the girls enjoyed a take-away curry, slept in hammocks and had a camp-fire cooked breakfast before heading back to school. A very loud but thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all!

Year 4 have been enjoying learning outside during Maths lessons

News > Year 4 have been enjoying learning outside during Maths lessons

Year 4 have been learning to measure lengths and convert them in metric units outside of the classroom. The pupils have shown an impressive understanding of the topic and have collaborated well whilst learning this valuable real life skill. Our Prep School constantly ask the pupils to apply their knowledge and understanding in Maths independently and getting outside has allowed the pupils to do this!

Year 8 pupils enjoyed an engaging Inspire 2 Inquire talk

News > Year 8 pupils enjoyed an engaging Inspire 2 Inquire talk

At the end of the Lent Term, the Prep School welcomed Mrs Dee Whyatt, Year 8 parent, to deliver a fun and engaging Inspire 2 Inquire talk on running a business and ‘being a boss’! The pupils in Years 5 to 8 enjoyed learning about the many ‘hats’ and skills a successful boss needs to deliver exceptional customer service whilst training and looking after employees. Throughout the talk, Dee offered insight into her many years of business experience with fun anecdotes alongside the challenges she and her family faced. Thank you to Dee for giving up her time to talk to our pupils at Inspire 2 Inquire.

The inaugural Gresham’s Triathlon was a great success

News > The inaugural Gresham’s Triathlon was a great success

On Sunday April 24th, more than 165 athletes from across the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools competed in the Gresham’s Triathlon, which took place in the beautiful grounds of the Senior School. It was a fantastic occasion, made even better by the lovely sunny weather. The event raised money for our Charity of the Year, Holt Youth Project. Well done to Lily C, who was awarded The ‘Middleton Trophy’ by Mr Middleton, for being the gutsiest participant from the Senior School.

A brilliant total of £915 has already been raised, but if you would like to donate and have not done so already, please click here to access the Just Giving page. Massive well done to all who competed and thanks for all the tremendous support!

Baptism and Confirmation Service in Chapel 

News > Baptism and Confirmation Service in Chapel 

The annual Service of Confirmation was held at the School Chapel on Sunday 20th March. The Service was officiated by the Rt Reverend Dr Jane Steen, the Bishop of Lynn. 

This special and moving occasion involved a large number of staff and pupils. Angus B, Raphael C, Sebastian C, Charles C, Clare C, Lucy C, Margaethe G, Jack H, James H, James H, Jane M, Jack K, Arthur L, William M, Freddie N, Jack R, Fergus R, Hector R, Mila S, Sofia S, Clementine T, Toby W and Joe W were all confirmed into full membership of the Church. 

As part of the Confirmation Service the Bishop of Lynn gave each of the candidates a hazel tree to plant as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Jubilee Project. This was also a nod to Mother Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic, who reflected on the glory of God as she held a hazelnut in the palm of her hand. We also have trees that are planted at the Prep School, and the Senior School, so we can all watch them grow and flourish over the coming years alongside the young people themselves. 

OG and author, Iona Rangeley visits the Prep School

News > OG and author, Iona Rangeley visits the Prep School

Gresham’s Prep were delighted to welcome OG, Iona Rangeley for a fantastic author talk to launch her amazing debut novel, Einstein: The Penguin.

The pupils were absolutely captivated as she shared some of her very early writing from her time at the Prep School as well as readings from her novel. The children even a took part in a fun quiz on little penguins!