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Issue 177, 13th January 2023

Table Tennis Parent Social

On Wednesday evening, the Solefield hall was transformed into an arena of skill, fun and excitement with the second parents' and staff table tennis social event.

It was a great opportunity to christen the five new Joola tables and bats, which were so generously donated by one of our own parents!

It was wonderful to see a mixture of both mums and dads from a range of year groups participating. We played mini tournaments, firstly, with our strong hand and then a second with our weaker hand. It was both competitive and friendly and enjoyable for all.

Mr Cramp was the star of the night, winning both tournaments with exceptional sportsmanship to boot. If you are interested in joining us for the next one and fancy hitting a ball back and forwards, whilst enjoying a refreshing beverage, then please sign up for the next one!

Ka Kite Ano ('See you later' in NZ Maori).

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History Workshop - Tudor Trumpet Player

This week, Year 4 had a Zoom workshop about an extraordinary Tudor, John Blanke. 

John was an African trumpeter to Henry VII & Henry VIII and we have a portrait of him as well as documents that he wrote to the king.  He even requested a backdated pay rise from Henry VIII from 8p per day to 16p and Henry gave it to him! 

Importantly, he remains the only black Tudor for whom we have an identifiable image. Year 4 learnt about his life and the role of a trumpeter at the Tudor court, playing fanfares and announcing the King...

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An array of music clubs on offer

This week, the boys have enjoyed clubs starting back. We have a array of exciting music clubs which pupils enjoyed this week, including chamber choir, woodwind ensemble, junior percussion, performance club, theory club and guitar group! 

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Alumni Association

It was wonderful to welcome a small group of Alumni to our inaugural 'Solefield Alumni Association' Meeting. We welcomed Tom Mitchell (Solefield Alumnus - SA 1988), former SPA Chair and parent, Marina Press (2015) and Julian Spurling (SA 1971).  A lot of great ideas were discussed and strategies for finding our old boys; one of which was providing a student ticket at our first launch event. Alumni (old boys, former parents, teachers and staff) are invited to pop in at anytime from 6pm on Saturday 4th February. Book your place and share the link with any other Solefield here to book!    

Upcoming alumni events - share with any Solefield alumni you know:

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

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Year 6 Learning Assembly

It was a delight to have parents join us for the Year 6 learning assembly. The boys presented their work beautifully to parents, who were treated to listening to all the boys speak so enthusiastically. This was followed by an engaging talk from Miss Adams on the exciting upcoming Year 6 residential trip. 

It was wonderful to have many of the parents stay on to dicover more about life in Year 7&8 at Solefield School.

Thank you to all the parents for coming and a big well done to our Year 6 boys.

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Limited edition hats & mugs 

Snow is in the forecast next week! Why not stay warm and help celebrate the launch of Solefield School’s 75th Anniversary Year by purchasing one of our limited edition bobble hats, here! And then warm up with a hot chocolate in a Solefield mug featuring artwork by the very talented Mrs Koheji, Head of Art. All profits will go towards the 'Buy our Bus' fund.

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Solefield Sport - Spring Term Week 1

Welcome back to our Spring Term of Sport in 2023. Click on the video below to watch our action packed week.

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Fantastic Takeaway Menu Work

It has been wonderful to receive so much fantastic Take Away Menu work! Activities have included designing a sleigh for Father Christmas, learning Thai and Japanese, practising Manga drawings, doing jigsaws, making models, keeping diaries and writing poems and stories.

Very well done to all pupils who have taken part. I have loved seeing all your creations!

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Last week our exchange pupils from Toulon told us about how they celebrated the 6th January.  

Some of our pupils from our community celebrate L’Epiphanie with their families. The galette des rois is a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6th  January. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem and is composed of a puff pastry cake filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar. A small charm is hidden inside, this is called the fève. When serving the cake…

  • The youngest in the family sits under the table.  
  • The cake is sliced into pieces 
  • The youngest says the name of each member of the family round the table 
  • This keeps going until all the slices of cake have been given out 
  • Everyone checks their piece, if they find a small charm (toy or ornament) they get to choose to be king or queen for the day 
  • The children normally collect the small charms over the years. 

Last Friday, Maxime Marchal enjoyed celebrating with his family. This photo shows their delicious homemade galette des rois! 

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Solefield Art Exhibition 2023

Please save the date for the annual Solefield Art Exhibition on Friday 3rd February from 5:30-7:30pm.

Every boy in the school will have work on display and all the family are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.

*Poster Artwork by Oliver, Year 7  

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Alex - Year 8 Prefect

* What does your role involve? Helping other members of my house by encouraging them and helping them out if they find something difficult, as well as being a good role model. We need to chant for our house as well.

* What do you most enjoy about your prefect role? Helping the younger children.

* In what ways do you feel you are making a difference to the boys at Solefield? I want to help make all the boys happy so that they love coming to school.

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Solefield Weekly Tours & Open Morning 

We have enjoyed meeting prospective families for our weekly tours so far during January. Families whose sons may be considering a school place with us in the future are able to tour the school with our Headmistress on a Monday or Wednesday and we will hold an Open Day on Saturday 28th January. 

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Tonbridge Open Day for Solefield parents

Tonbridge School are inviting Solefield parents to Tonbridge School to meet with James Priory, Headmaster, and Richard Burnett, Director of Admissions. Tonbridge have asked us to share this flyer with our parents along with this link.

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