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The Acorn

Newsletter of Solefield School

Issue 181, 10th February 2023

Solefield launches 75th Anniversary

To launch our 75th anniversary (1948-2023), last Friday the whole school enjoyed a ‘Solefield Special’ double cone ice-cream for pudding, served from a vintage ice-cream van.

We then all congregated into a large '75' on the school playground where Mr Coston filmed everyone happily waving. Click on the link below to watch our exciting '75' formation. 

What a great way to start the festivities.

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Solefield Art Exhibition 

On 3rd February we had our annual Art Exhibition. Every boy in the school had some of their work on display and the variety of pieces included paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. There was a fantastic turn out and the boys really enjoyed showing off their work to their parents and friends. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event!

Click on the link below to watch all the wonderful art on display at this event.
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Thank you from South Africa

Last year, Solefield parents donated clothes to a school in South Africa. Our Solefield Parents' Association (SPA) also kindly donated duffle coats and shoes to this very worthy cause.

Parent, Maria Sandler and friends started an initiative where they send items to Pretoria which are redistributed to schools, orphanages and people in the community where there is need. 

This is the message from one of the schools, Mrs Sandler asked us to share:

"We would like to thank you for the generous donation of jackets we have received for the learners of PT Sanders Combined School.

Some of these learners live in shacks (informal corrugated iron structures) or houses where there is no glass or covers in the window panes. We can therefore almost guarantee that some of these jackets won't even be taken off when the learners go to bed. 

Please give our thanks to all the parents and learners who have made these donations."

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Reception make pizza

Reception had a fabulous time at Pizza Express this week. They loved hearing a little about the history of pizza and why the margarita is the most popular one. They found out that the margarita has green, white and red ingredients to match the Italian flag and loved creating their own pizzas. A highlight was eating them from the box at lunchtime! Delicious!

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Pre-Prep read in library den

This week, the Pre-Prep Story Telling Club built a reading den in the Library.  After a few attempts, we managed to set up a big enough tent with Ms Turner's help.  Lots of books were read!  

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Royal Opera House Live Stream

Years 3 and 4 were treated to a behind the scenes look at The Royal Opera house working on The Magic Flute. This rehearsal was designed to be accessible to children and to introduce the different roles of the director and performer. Children were encouraged to be a monster, a bird catcher, and to try some of the vocal warm up exercises that the opera singers used. At the end, there was an opportunity to ask questions, with Zac and Samuel both having their questions chosen to be answered by the performers.

To follow this activity, Mrs Sage will be leading a workshop on The Magic Flute after half term with Years 3 and 4, and more information on this will follow after the break.

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Year 4 Stop Motion Teamwork

Year 4 have been busy film making in Religious Studies.  Stop motion films of 'The Good Samaritan' were storyboarded, sets designed and then films made.  All the boys teamed up and we have ended up with five amazing and very creative versions of the story!

Well done Year 4.

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Year 5 Learning Assembly

We very much enjoyed welcoming parents to the Year 5 Learning Assembly last Thursday. The boys were so enthusiastic and eloquent when presenting to parents and enjoyed showing off all their wonderful work they have done. Thank you for coming and well done boys!

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Year 7 Geography Fieldtrip.

Sustainable Development – East Village – An environmentally friendly urban development 

On Tuesday 7th February, Year 7 embarked on an urban fieldtrip to Stratford, East London where they investigated the regeneration of the Lea Valley, now the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and studied a large-scale sustainable housing development, East Village.  During the trip, the boys had many opportunities to develop their geographical skills, which included reading and following maps and plans, completing sustainability assessments and canvassing the views of local people using questionnaires.

It was wonderful to be in an “outside classroom” and the whole experience enhanced the boys’ understanding of many relevant and current environmental issues. 

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Solefield Boys' Achievements

Raphael Cricket Success

Well done to Raphael (Y6) who has been selected to be part of the Invicta Squad for both the U11 Minor Counties Cricket Festival (MCCF) at Ipswich and the U11 County Festival at Taunton during the summer holidays. A fantastic achievement. What a great summer of cricket for Raphael to look forward to.

Richard Meets Chess Heros

Very able Solefield chess player, Richard (Y3) attended the Word Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship at Almaty in December, where he had an opportunity to watch live the competition of all major chess players, including the world champion Magnus Carlsen. 

Richard had the chance to personally meet most of his heroes, chat with them and get autographs, including Magnus's. What fantastic chess encounters for Richard.

Harry Qualifies for Fencing Championships

Well done to Harry (Y7) who competed in the regional qualifiers for the British Fencing Youth Championships last weekend. Harry successfully qualified, so will be competing in May in Sheffield. A fantastic achievement, Harry. We wish you all the best for May!

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Diamond Anniversary Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the Solefield Diamond Anniversary Ball on Saturday 24th June 2023! To commemorate the decade the school was founded, the ball will be held in a stunning marquee on the school playground with a post-war celebratory 1940s theme. You can dress as 1940s or as early 2020s as you like - the dress code will be smart casual. Tickets are available here. We have a handful of excellent auction prizes, but any generous offers of rugby tickets, holiday homes, cake or wreath making skills and more would be warmly appreciated. Sponsorship of the welcome drinks, the raffle or space in the evening’s glossy brochure is also available. For all auction and sponsorship enquiries, please email

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February Half Term Holiday Camps

Our Camps are back throughout the half term from Monday 13th - Friday 17th February, bookings details are available on our website here.

Camps are open to all in the Solefield Community including friends and family members.

Cost: Full day camps are £50 per day (9am-4pm). Half day camps are £25 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm). There is no extra charge for the lunch hour 12-1pm for those parents that opt to do two half day camps. 

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Fantastic to welcome back Alumni  

We had a wonderful alumni launch reunion last Saturday to kick off our 75th anniversary celebrations. We loved welcoming back old boys, parents, former teachers and staff from throughout the decades, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s right through to current!
Alumni enjoyed reminiscing with each other; they searched for their names on the leavers' boards, wandered around each area of the school and enjoyed our stunning whole school art exhibition. Headmistress, Helen McClure welcomed everyone and raised a glass to 'Solefield'!
Our next alumni event - share with any Solefield alumni you know:

  • Wednesday 1st March 2023, 6pm - House Chess Match v pupils with Judo coach Mr Malcolm Burkett (1979 - current) attending, showing his handcrafted chess set Click here to book

Remember our special Facebook group for alumni: Click here to join.

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