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Issue 168, 14th October 2022

World Mental Health Day

On Monday, it was World Mental Health Day, which is an opportunity to talk about the importance of looking after our wellbeing and discuss mental health without stigma.

Boys at Solefield have been doing different activities all week to celebrate. All year groups have been using the Zones of Regulation to check in with their teachers and express their feelings.  

Year 3 were using positive affirmation cards to get into a good frame of mind and used it as a mantra for the day. They also put it on their form light box to remind them.

Year 4 have been doing mindful colouring in their wellbeing lessons and year 8 have created some fantastic poems to describe different emotions.

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Solefield Celebrates Diwali

The boys have had a fantastic day celebrating Diwali on Thursday.

The day started with a very informative presentation in assembly from Rohan, Vihaan, Aryan and Roshan followed by Diwali workshops from the Perform Theatre Group and a very delicious Diwali themed lunch. 

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Reception Welly Walk in Knole

Reception boys had a wonderful welly walk in Knole Park on Wednesday morning. The boys loved the experience from beginning to end!

They climbed, ran and explored their way around the park with huge smiles on their faces. The minibus was a highlight alongside the dragon shaped cookies they ate on a log in the woods.

It was a fabulous morning and one they can’t wait to repeat very soon.

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Fantastic LAMDA results

Congratulations to all our boys who took their LAMDA speech and drama exams on Thursday 21st September. We were thrilled to hear that every boy not only passed their exam, but all achieved the top grade of Distinction! Very well done to all the boys on this fabulous result - their hard work has certainly paid off. 

My thanks to Mrs Swan for all her hard work and enthusiasm. We wish her well she leaves us for maternity leave, and we look forward to welcoming her maternity covers, Mr Jack and Miss Fawcett, after half term. 

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Solefield Wins Chess Meet

Well done to the Solefield Chess team who played against Radnor House this week, with a brilliantly fantastic result. Both schools brought a 10 player team from years 3-6, with Solefield boys starting as white on even numbered boards as follows:

Board 1: Richard K
Board 2: Felix T
Board 3: Theo D
Board 4: Freddie C 
Board 5: Ben D
Board 6: Raefe D
Board 7: Maxwell E
Board 8: Aalim ST
Board 9: Daniel L 
Board 10: Oliver F

All the students on both teams played a strong game however, the Solefield team were able to force a win by checkmate on all 10 boards!

All matches started and ended with a handshake and were played under junior tournament rules. 

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Charity Donation from the Library

The Reading Reps are donating spare copies of books in good condition to the Children's Book Project.  This is a nationwide charity which distributes books via selected schools to children who need them.   The Reading Reps are thinking of how the whole Solefield community could help with this and are planning some Book Swap activities next term. This is a real example of our pupils displaying our school values: Value yourself. Value others. Value our world. 

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Open Day Saturday 5th November 

Our open day banner is up on our new fence on Solefields Road, built by our caretaker Mr Smeeth! Please spread the word about our open day with family and friends who you think would like to visit our lovely school.

Our open day is a wonderful opportunity for prospective parents to meet our Headmistress, Mrs McClure, our specialist teaching staff, hear more about our small class sizes, excellent academic results, wide-ranging sporting opportunities, award-winning wellbeing care, along with our extensive extra-curricular activities.

Parents can register via the link below. 

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Congratulations Miss Elphinstone and Mr Cramp

We wish Mr Cramp and Miss Elphinstone a wonderful day and married life together as they celebrate their wedding in Italy over the half term break. We presented a special cuddly 'Charlie' to them during our assembly, as a gift from the whole school. 

Miss Elphinstone will return as Mrs Cramp after the break and so her form will be 1C. Many congratulations to them both (and Charlie, of course!)

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Solefield Sport - Week 6 Autumn

Click below to watch our Week 6 of Autumn Term Sport before we head off to all enjoy a very happy half term!

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Why are clubs important at Solefield School?

With over 40 clubs and organisations on offer each term, Solefield pupils have a diverse and extensive set of opportunities to enrich their lives and learn through experience. Choirs, Chess, Tennis, Swimming, Dance and Drama are all on offer, amongst many, many more..... 

Extracurricular activities are not an extra in our school. They are an integral part of the programme our school offers. 

At Solefield, life outside the classroom is marked by energy, exploration, and community.   Solefield believes that creativity and self-discovery are important aspects of the student experience, and these clubs and other activities are a great way to find new interests or develop existing ones. Click below to continue reading Mrs McClure's latest blog....

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William - Wellbeing Prefect & Head Chorister

* What does your role involve?
I lead the senior choir as well as helping the pupils in the school look after their mental health. 

* What part do you most enjoy about your prefect role?
The best part is helping to make people happy! 

* I what ways do you feel you are making a difference to the boys at Solefield?
If I can make everybody at Solefield happy at all times, then that is a way I can help make a difference. 

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Old Boy - Alumni News

We were delighted to welcome Old Boy, Julien Mercer, Class of 2014, who popped in to say hello. Julien is just starting his 3rd year at university studying aeronautical engineering.

Julien also recently joined our special Facebook group for old boys', parents, teachers and staff. Please share with any alumni you may know. Click here to join.

We have also set aside some dates in our 2022-23 calendar for Alumni to help us celebrate our 75th birthday during 2023. Alumni 'save the dates' events:

  • Saturday 4th February 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' invitation to our Art Exhibition 
  • Thursday 1st March 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Chess Match v pupils
  • Thursday 27th April 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Debating Challenge v pupils 
  • Friday 9th June - Golf Day for 75th Anniversary
  • Thursday 6th July 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Cricket Match
  • Friday 1st December 2023, 6pm - Old Boys' Christmas Service - Final 75th Celebration
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October Half Term Holiday Camps - Book Now

Please see below Solefield’s October Half Term Holiday Camp options that will be running from 24th-28th October 2022. Camps are open to all in the Solefield Community including friends and family members:

1. Fun Zone (Multi Activity Camp) - from 9am - 4pm: Fun Zone has a range of activities on offer each day for children in Years 1-8. Click here to book Fun Zone
2. Little Acorns Camp - for ages 3-5 years, from 9am - 4pm: Little Acorns runs on each day of the camps. Here our expert team encourage the children to take on varying activities and crafts and engage through play. Click here to book Little Acorns.

We look forward to seeing you in the October Half Term.

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