Fairstead House


An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents

What a wonderful, festive week this has been!  I am sure that you will all agree that every Nativity play, concert and service was an absolute delight.  All children, from the very youngest in Foals upwards, took part in at least one of the five events which have taken place.  All children sang their hearts out with gusto and fervour and we are all indebted, as ever, to our Director for Music for imbuing us all with her enthusiasm, passion and dedication.

Reception

It has been a magical week in Reception leading up to the end of term.
There was much excitement in the forest when a trail of glitter was discovered alongside some nibbled carrots! The children decided that the elves and reindeer must have visited. This was confirmed when a letter was found, explaining that there were lots of treats hiding in the forest for the class. Chocolates, marshmallows, a fire pit, and hot chocolate were soon discovered amongst the trees! The children had an amazing time. Thank you to Mrs Tilbrook for helping to create magic.
The elves returned later in the week and left the class some sweet and savoury ingredients. They instructed the children to make some ‘Snowman snacks!’ The children had great fun making their snacks and then had a class vote on which snack was their favourite… sweet or savoury. Please do ask the children to find out the result!
The class also thoroughly enjoyed making Snowman hats to wear to our delicious Christmas lunch this week. Enjoying house parties and meeting Father Christmas was a super way to end a fabulous first term in Reception. Well done, everyone and Happy Christmas from us all!

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Year 1

What a busy week in Year 1!  We started by making our own party hats ready for Christmas lunch amidst rehearsing our Pre -prep concert for St Agnes’ Church.   After our performance Mrs Scott said she was so proud of us all having learned so many words.

We also had the most wonderful treat as Mrs San-Juan Monge (Manuela’s Mother) came to visit and shared with us what Manuela’s school is like in Spain. Manuela and her Mother made us Spanish flags, brought us beautiful chocolates and the highlight was being taught flamenco dancing; it was so much fun!

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Year 2

Year 2 enjoyed a trip to the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome on Wednesday; the oldest whole circus building in the UK! They watched the Christmas Spectacular Show, along with several other local schools, and then got the chance to look around the museum which contained historical artefacts and memorabilia from circuses of the past!
The children were gripped by all of the amazing circus acts; some of them were death defying and certainly gave the audience a thrill! The children were even treated to an extra show, whilst eating their lunch in the circus ring, as the trapeze artist practised some new tricks.
A wonderful day was had by all and everyone returned to school tired, but happy!

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Year 3

Year 3 have been looking ahead to the Lent term this week and have started to explore their new topic, Vesuvius. In History, they will be studying The Romans’ impact on Britain and modern culture, along with learning some Latin; in Geography, they will be investigating our ‘Extreme Earth’ by focusing on volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis; in Science, they will be looking at skeletons and seguing into fossils and rocks from there, and, in English, they will be reading, writing and talking about Caroline Lawrence’s, The Secrets of Vesuvius. Toby and George are already so enthusiastic about their new learning, they have brought in books about volcanoes, the Romans and Herculaneum as well as their rock and fossil collections, ready for the new term!

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Year 4

Year 4 completed their learning about Mexico this week by tasting tortillas with guacamole and salsa dips, wearing ponchos and sombreros and listening to Mariachi music.  Luana brought in her ocarina and bravely gave us a delightful demonstration!

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Year 5

This week, Year 5 has continued to work hard in both English and Maths. However, the Christmas festivities started in earnest with our wonderful Christmas lunch, as well as rehearsals for our Christmas concerts. A highlight of the week has been the Year 5 and 6 house quiz. The children paired up in their houses and competed against each other during three rounds. They thoroughly enjoyed the challenges set, especially our final house group singing competition!

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Year 6

Miss Hodgkinson and I greatly enjoyed watching Year 6 wrap up the parcel-the-parcel presents for yesterday’s Christmas parties!  Parcel wrapping is a skill which the children are still working on!

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Years 1 and 2 Carol Concert in St Agnes’ Church

Our Christmas week started with a new event, in which Year 1 and 2 celebrated Christmas in St Agnes’ Church.  All the children sang beautifully and everyone in Year 1 and 2 delivered a clear reading and also performed with either the fife, cello or violin to a packed church.

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Christmas Lunch

Chef did us all proud with her spectacular traditional Christmas feast on Tuesday.  Turkeys from Powter’s and a wide variety of seasonal vegetables and traditional trimmings went down well with all!  As ever, delicious vegan and vegetarian options were available.  Our thanks, as ever, to Chef and her dedicated team in the Kitchen.

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Father Christmas’ Grotto

This morning, a team from our dedicated Parents’ Association transformed my office into a spectacular grotto for Father Christmas.  He arrived at Fairstead this afternoon and each class spent a magical and heart-warming time with him.

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Carol Concert at Tattersalls

Our fourth festive event took place on Wednesday night at Tattersalls, where we had our 18th Racing Welfare Carol Concert.  Our choir sang beautifully and enthusiastically and many thanks to you all for supporting this worthwhile charity with such strong local connections.

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Christmas Holiday Club

This ever-popular club is filling up fast.  Should you have any last minute bookings or need to speak to Holiday Club staff, please call this number:  07590 864460.  Thank you.

New for 2019

Parent Portal

Over the holiday period, we you will receive an e-mail with a password to access the Parent Portal, our new method of school-home communication.  This will be a way to view your child’s attendance, book clubs for your child, book Parents’ Evening appointments and to read your child’s Michaelmas report.  It is also an opportunity for you to update your personal information so that our records are current.  Please find the link here: https://schoolbase.fairsteadhouse.co.uk
Please note that this term’s and all future reports will be uploaded to the Parent Portal for you to access.

Tennis

We are very excited to announce that tennis will be introduced to the curriculum for Years 5 and 6.  This will take place at the Newmarket Tennis Club and the children will be under the tutelage of their coaches.

New Clubs

From January, we will be introducing lunchtime Latin and Chess Clubs and after school Tennis Club at Newmarket Tennis Club for Years 3 and 4.

Swimming

I am delighted to announce that, following the progress made by the children, all children in Years 1 and 2 will be swimming weekly.

Invitation for Parents to Lunch

In order for us to share with you the delicious meals your children enjoy daily, we thought it would be nice to invite parents to join us for lunch during term time.  More details will follow during the first week of term.

Birthdays

Over the Christmas holidays, we wish a happy birthday to George, Millen, Noah, Lottie and Foxxy in the Nursery, Varoushka and Luke in Year 2, Hugo in Year 3, Matilda and Perdita in Year 4 and Lucy in Year 6.

My colleagues join me in wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a joyous and healthy 2019.

Lynda Brereton