OUTDOOR AREA REDEVELOPMENT AT THE PRE-PREP
We are planning an extensive redevelopment of the outdoor area at the Pre-Prep. This will include a variety of new play equipment, as well as resources to support aspects of the curriculum. We have agreed a design with HAGS, the company who designed and installed the climbing frame in the Junior playground. The design is attached. It is an incredibly exciting and vibrant plan which will revitalise the outdoor learning at the Pre-Prep.
The MSA have generously agreed to raise funds for one particular piece of equipment. In this case it is the pirate ship, the largest individual feature of the design.
The project will be completed during the summer holidays and will be ready for the start of the autumn term 2016.
Headmasters for the day
Brothers Max and Rhys were Headmasters for the Day on Tuesday after their parents bid for this activity in an MSA auction. They had a busy day meeting with various members of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss issues affecting the school. They met with Mrs Scott, Assistant Head (Pastoral), to talk about online safety; the Deputy Head, Mr Fair, to discuss how the minus system in the seniors could be improved and Mr Miller, Assistant Head (Academic) to consider the school's homework policy.
They delivered an excellent assembly on racism and invited friends to their office for morning tea and had their own table for invited guests at lunchtime. In the afternoon they visited our boys at the pre-prep where they read to and listened to our youngest boys read. Finally they met with Mr Hurtley, the Bursar, to discuss their findings from a health and safety walk they had carried out in the morning.
Rhys said, 'This is an experience I will never forget and the best thing that happened was reading to Year 1 and Reception'. Max said, ' Today was a mixture of experiences. I found that giving the assembly was the highlight and most importantly I found out how hard it was being Headmaster'.
the mall school to grow seeds from space
Pupils at The Mall School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
The Mall School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.
Miss Smith, The Mall School’s Head of Science, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.” Boys from Year 7 will be closely monitoring the seeds as they germinate and grow. They will record their measurements and observations over thirty five days and then enter these into the Experiment Database to be analysed by professional biostatisticians.
New Science Garden
The Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Jean Loveland officially opened The Mall School’s science garden on Friday 20 November. During the opening boys from Year 2 planted daffodil bulbs.
The garden was built using funds raised by the school’s parents’ association. The garden will enable the boys to gain hands on experience of observing living organisms and collecting data for science investigations.
The garden includes a greenhouse; potting benches; raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables; weather station; and, the main feature, a large, raised wooden pond.
Boys will be able to take part in pond dipping activities and watch as resident frogs, toads and newts make use of the specially designed ‘amphibian highway’ into the pond.
“The science garden is a fabulous additional facility for the school which I am certain will further our boys’ interest in the natural world,” said Mr David Price, Headmaster.