Fairstead House

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

Dear Parents

This morning, all of school came together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  The children observed a two minute silence respectfully, whilst watching poppies fall in the Albert Hall.  The two minute silence started with a moving rendition of the Last Post, played by Mrs Lucie Melen, our Nursery Manager, and was broken by the rousing Reveille.  The Kohmina Epitaph was read with poignancy and feeling by our Head Boy and Girl, Ben and Lyla.

On Thursday, Abiram, Richard, James and Alexander represented Fairstead at a ceremony organised by the Royal British Legion at the war graves in Newmarket Cemetery.  They were tasked with finding the graves of three World War 1 soldiers and marking them with a wooden cross.  The boys were given a family history of the soldiers and their surviving relatives.  They boys behaved very well and were a credit to Fairstead House.

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It has been a very exciting first week back in Reception; fireworks, festivals and fun!
The children have been very busy using their phonic knowledge to describe how fireworks look and sound. They have also enjoyed mixing different coloured paints to make fireworks!
On Wednesday, everyone in Reception celebrated Diwali. It was a fantastic day; writing cards to friends, singing songs, retelling the story of Rama and Sita using puppets, and making and decorating clay divas.
Fireworks and candles have also been useful resources in Maths this week as the children have been eagerly ordering unifix cubes by length and by height!
The class have also been getting ready for their first visit to the forest – playing games, getting dressed in their outdoor clothing, exploring the minibus and thinking about a new forest school identity! Only four sleeps to go!

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Year 1

Year 1 have had a very busy first week back! They started off writing their very first acrostic poems for bonfire night and then moved quickly onto celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. They started the morning off by reading one of the legends which tells the story of the return of Rama and Sita .They went on to create decorative henna hands (not their own!), made diva lamps out of clay and painted them, made colourful stepping stones, lanterns and flames for their cupcakes. They invited the Ponies children and the Reception class to join them as they lit their lamps and we all shared what we had learnt during the day. They ended the day with a party enjoying Indian dancing and wonderful cake.

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Year 2

In English this week, Year 2 have been revising the features of fiction and non-fiction texts. They worked hard to sort books into fiction and non-fiction groups, and explained their decisions to the rest of the class.
They also grouped sentences into narrative sentences and factual sentences. The children are looking forward to writing their own information pages about the circus next week!

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Year 3

In Science this week, Year 3 have been carrying out a comparative investigation to find out whether temperature affects the speed that water is transported in plants. They made predictions, investigated and then wrote their own conclusions.

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Year 4

In Maths this week, Year 4 have converted multiples of 100g to kilograms and multiples of 100ml to litres.  They have estimated, weighed and compared weights and then compared containers to say which they think has the greater capacity.  Some very accurate estimates were made!

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Year 5

Year 5 demonstrated their enthusiasm for RS this week by bringing in some of their own bibles for us to admire and explore. They have started their new RS topic – investigating the Christian Bible. Here, Alexander is very proudly wearing his white tonia robe, which he wears during mass.



Year 6

Year 6 have started this half term’s Science topic on electricity. They learnt the scientific symbols for the components in a circuit, and then had fun making up different types of circuits, which they recorded as circuit diagrams.

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Sports Matches

U11 Girls Hockey v Glebe House School

On Wednesday 7th November, the U11 girls played a hockey match against Glebe House.  We won the toss and chose to have first pushback.  Lara did some great tackling and Ella some great attacking but, despite our efforts, Glebe House managed to score.

We continued to work together and did some great defending, especially Abisha.  Ava did some great intercepting of the ball and Ella managed to score a goal.  Glebe House then fought back hard, managing to score another 2 goals, making the score 3-1 to them. 

In the second half, we came back with lots of determination and Isabella and Georgia did some more incredible defending.  Lyla moved up into midfield and helped Ella score two more goals.  At the end, Molly made an excellent save but, sadly, we lost 3-5.  We were happy about how we worked as a team and were proud of our efforts!  Well done, team.

Lucy T., Captain



U11 Boys Rugby v Glebe House

On Wednesday 7th November, the Boys U11 played Glebe House.  We started with the ball and attacked well, but were unable to score a try.  They were very fast at running and dodging and managed to score 2 tries. We fought back and at half time the score was 4-2 to them.  In the second half, each team took turns to score tries with more confident passing and tackling from both teams. 

We were trailing 6 tries to 8 and managed to score quickly in the dying minutes.  Then we started with the ball and managed to score again before the final whistle.  Final score was 8 tries all.  Well done, team, keep up the good work!”

Junior V., Captain

Women in STEM Olympiad

The aim of the day was to promote the STEM subjects to girls by competing in Science, Maths and DT challenges. The teams had to demonstrate their ability to work together to problem solve and complete tasks. The teams were judged and prizes awarded to the leaders in each subject area and best overall performance. The girls faced the challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. Fairstead won the best overall performance prize. In addition to this both teams were highly commended by judging teachers on their collaboration, encouragement and ability. What a wonderful day. All the girls were superb ambassadors for the school. Well huge done to you all.

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Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for arranging this fundraising activity.  Please bring your bags to school on Monday morning.  They will be stored in the Library.  The amount we receive is dependent upon the weight of bags collected!  I am sure I am not alone in planning to spend Sunday clearing out cupboards!

Parents’ Evening

Please contact the School Office to arrange an appointment at next week’s Parents’ Evenings, which are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Refreshments will be served in my office so please do call in fist and take your cup of tea to your appointment.   Board Games, Craft Club and Cookery Club will be cancelled on Tuesday and Mindfulness is cancelled on Thursday.  Prep Club and After School Club will run as normal.  If you would like your child to attend Prep Club then please do book your child in as there is a maximum number of spaces available.

Year 6 STEM Visit to King’s Ely

Year 6 are very much looking forward to their visit to King’s Ely on Wednesday, where they will be spending the day completing a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical challenges.  This visit will take place during school hours and they will be back by the end of the school day.  The children will be treated to lunch in the Monastic Barn and King’s Ely will drive the children back to school.

Children in Need 2018

On Friday 16th November, all children are invited to come into school wearing a spotty accessory to take part in this annual event.  Please may your child bring a donation to the school for the privilege of wearing their spotty embellishment!  Many thanks.

Autumn Glow Festival

Tickets are now on sale in the School Office for the annual Autumn Glow Festival on Saturday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.  As ever, my colleagues and I are hugely indebted to the Parents’ Association for their hard work planning,  setting up and running this hugely popular event.

Fairstead House Trust AGM – Tuesday 20th November

The AGM will take place at 7.00pm on Tuesday 20th November.  I do hope that as many of you as possible will join me, the teaching staff and meet the Governors over a glass of wine and delicious nibbles.

Head’s at Home

Many thanks to those of you who joined us on Wednesday for the second in our Head’s at Home afternoon.  It was a pleasure to meet with you and I hope you found the afternoon enjoyable and informative.  Our final Head’s at Home will be on Wednesday 5th December from 2.00pm to 3.00pm with festive mulled wine replacing a cup of tea!

Sports Kit Reminder

A gentle reminder that all children must have the  correct PE and Sports kit in school at all times.  Please be aware that children missing essential items such as gum guards or shin pads are not able to take part in games or fixtures for safety reasons.  This is standard practice in all schools.

Boys’ Shoes in Years 1 and 2!

Please could you check your boys’ shoes that they are indeed a pair.  We are left with an extremely mismatched pair of boys’ shoes in Year 1.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Alexander in Year 2 and Sam in Year 6.  Well done, boys!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Otis in Year 1, Prince and George in Year 3, Alexander in Year 4, Evie in Year 5 and Lyla in Year 6.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton