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Issue 173, 2nd December 2022

Year 6 Twists on a Tale

The Year 6 boys are proud to launch their two online books: Mini Sagas and Writing Hacks. Please take a look! By reading, you will be able to learn how to write a great narrative. You will also see which skills the boys have mastered, and can be surprised by their amazing, twisted tales.

For years now, we have been submitting work to Young Writers in the hope of getting the work from our budding writers published. With great pride, we can now announce that this will be our largest submission yet: we have 41 entries - one from each boy in Year 6. Just like their writers, the stories are AMAZING and we couldn't be more impressed with the boys. They have come up with fantastically original ideas and have written them up in beautifully crafted sentences. 

Young Writers publish collections of poems and mini sagas (stories written in 100 words or fewer) and this term we are entering the competition entitled: A Twist in the Tale. Mrs Moscatelli and I have worked with the boys to edit the stories (as the competition requires the work to be without grammar and spelling errors), but these stories are very much the work of the boys and not us. 

In the last week, we have run our own in-house competition for the mini sagas with the Year 7 and 8 boys being the judges. The entries were anonymous (for obvious reasons), but I also included two stories from the Young Writer's website; they were ones that had been winners last year (but in the 11-18 age category). Interestingly, the Year 7 and 8 boys chose Solefield winners, which goes to show just how brilliant our young writers are. Congratulations to each and every Year 6 boy for this incredible achievement!

Click here to read 'Writing Hacks by Year 6'

Click here to read 'Year 6 Twisted Tales'

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Christmas Tree Decorating

Pre-Prep had a special afternoon in our Old Library together with Year 8 prefects decorating our school Christmas Tree. The tree looked gorgeous adorned with handmade decorations by Pre-Prep boys. They then enjoyed Storytime all together by the warm fire. It was a magical time to start advent at Solefield. 

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Primary Maths Challenge Success

A couple of weeks ago, the Year 5 and 6 boys took part in the national Primary Maths Challenge.

The boys had to answer 25 maths-based brain teasers designed to test out their lateral mathematical thinking.

Congratulations to the 27 boys who have earned themselves either a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate. Click on the link below to read the results. We wait to hear whether any of our boys have made it through to the Bonus Round…!

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Excellent Inter-School Chess Competition

This week, the Solefield School Chess team played against Amherst School in a ten-board match representing the final match of this term. Solefield played some excellent Chess winning 9 out of the 10 games.

Special mention must go to Richard K in Year 3 who won starting with black, on board 1, against a Year 6 student.

As in previous matches this term, all games started and finished with a handshake and afterwards, some informal friendly games were played, giving the two schools the chance to chat and discuss their games. Well done to all the boys involved who are listed by visiting the link below. 

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Eco Committee Top Tips

The eco committee give their top ten tips for an more eco-friendly family Christmas, following their meeting this week:

  1. Consider using battery Christmas lights to save electricity or make sure you only switch them on when needed.
  2. Only use non-metallic wrapping paper.  Wrapping paper with metallic designs or glitter cannot be recycled.
  3. Make your own wrapping paper from recycled paper or try to save some larger pieces of Christmas wrapping paper to reuse next year.
  4. Try not to buy presents with plastic packaging...
Click on the link below to read the rest....

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Solefield Sport - Week 11 Autumn

What a fantastic week of sport this week. Click on the link below to watch our week 11 of Solefield Autumn Sport.

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Plan for Christmas Wellbeing 

The Wellbeing Committee have come up with a list of suggested Wellbeing activities for us all to try over the holidays to keep ourselves emotionally and physically healthy. 

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Making Christingles

Year 2 have been learning all about the meaning of Advent in Religious Studeis this week and have been busy making Advent Wreaths and Christingles. Well done Year 2!

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Spotlight on Jack, Head of School Council

* What does your role involve? I help purchase equipment for the school and help with the facilities as well as represent the School Council.

* What part of your role do you see as most important right now? Making the school days the best and most enjoyable as they can.

* In what ways do you feel you are making a difference to the boys at Solefield? Hopefully, we will be able to make Pre-Prep more comfortable in the early years of their school life at Solefield, which is really important. I would also like to make the older boys' last year at Solefield a memorable one.

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Our Christmas Stay & Play 

It was lovely to welcome so many families to our Christmas Stay & Play today. The children had a lovely time making mini-Christmas Trees and decorating Christmas Tree biscuits before being visited by Santa!
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Stay and Play in the Spring Term. Bookings can be made on the link below. Please invite other parents and carers outside the Solefield community, who are very welcome.

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December Holiday Camps

We have six holiday camps running over the Christmas Break from 15th-21st December. Camps are open to all in the Solefield Community including friends and family members. Camps include: Fun Zone, Little Acorns, Rugby, Chess, Computing and Gymnastics. Visit our website on the link below to find out more and to book. 

We hope to see you in the Christmas Break.

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Alumni Launch Event Bookings Now Open

Our official 75th Alumni Anniversary launch event is now open for bookings. Alumni are welcome back to Solefield School on Saturday 4th February 2023, 6pm for a reunion Art Exhibition with Wine & Cheese, taking in the talent of Solefield boys' showcasing their art, with a piece from every pupil in the school. The event is for Old Boys, former Parents, former Teachers and Staff. Please share with any Alumni you know. Our current parents will have their own Art Exhibition viewing prior to this event on Friday 3rd February.  

* Remember our special Facebook group for old boys', parents, teachers and staff. Please share with any alumni you may know: Click here to join.

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