Churcher’s pupils STEAM in to Southampton for art day

The Year 4 children from Churcher’s College Junior School visited Southampton Art Gallery this week as part of their STEAM week work.

After a brief gallery tour they enjoyed a workshop with Jo, one of the museum’s resident artists. She gently guided the children through making a Medusa head out of clay- complete with writhing snakes for hair. This activity linked in with the work they have been doing this term in History on the Ancient Greeks.

With this in mind, the pupils were very anxious to see the Perseus room at the gallery, which exhibits 12 enormous paintings by Edward Burne-Jones depicting the famous legend. This trip is always fun and worthwhile and for many, it is their very first experience of an Art Gallery.

Annual U-11 football tournament hosted by Churcher’s Juniors

Churcher’s College Junior School hosted their annual U11 7 a-side Football Tournament and with 11 teams taking part the stage was set for a fantastic event – it didn’t disappoint!

With a total of 55 matches being played in a round robin format, the podium placed teams changed on regular occasion and going into the final round there were 4 teams in contention for the win.In the end it came down to the CCJS A Team beating Alton School in their final match to confirm Prince’s Mead as the overall winners with Churcher’s in second place and St Edmunds in third.

Churcher’s A team turned up ready to play a tough tournament but one that they knew they could win, having beaten almost every other team recently. The first match was against PGS and we came through well with a win, then came Oakwood where we experienced our first loss. As the games came through we went through a rollercoaster of emotions and results, winning or drawing most of our games we weren’t making our lives easy. Then came Churcher’s B, rivals and classmates all on the same pitch, it was going to be a good game and it didn’t disappoint, although under a huge amount of pressure Churcher’s B defended in numbers and defended well, with Churcher’s A unable to fine the net it ended 0-0. After a final few games Churcher’s A had given it everything, and due to earlier results, they now were reliant on other results elsewhere.

With the games ended it was up to Mr Forbes to announce the results, as the other teams were announced it came down to two and Churcher’s A had achieved a well-deserved second place. Well done to all the teams who took part.

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

By Geraldine Joaquim

Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. We all have an idea of what makes our ideal Christmas. We spend time making delicious food to share, as well as creating a welcoming and festive setting, and not forgetting injecting ‘magic’ for the children. All that effort for one special day.

We also add to the physical stress of Christmas by worrying about how it will go.  Anxiety is created by negative thinking; it’s not necessarily the actual event that causes the perception of a crisis happening but rather our own thought patterns. As part of our human survival mechanism we are predisposed to negatively forecast. This helped keep our ancestors alive, but Christmas is really not a life or death situation, however stressful it may seem! The primitive part of our brain, the part that is concerned with our survival, can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality, so every time we negatively forecast (or negatively ruminate on the past), it releases the same stress hormones as if we are going through a real event, ratcheting up the anxiety levels so that by the time we get to Christmas Day we feel ready to drop.

So how do we stop the stress surrounding Christmas and actually get back to enjoying it?

  1. Remember, no one wants you to fail. If you’ve gone to the trouble of hosting your Christmas Day, do bear in mind that your guests are on your side, and that also means it really doesn’t matter if things go wrong.
  2. It’s a shared responsibility. Give people jobs to do; it involves them in the day and gives you another pair of helping hands.
  3. Prepare in advance. Aim to be ready the day before the day before, so you’re not working down to the wire.
  4. Perfection is not all it’s cracked up to be. Focus on the bigger picture rather than the minutiae. Your family will appreciate a less-stressed you far more than they would appreciate seeing the festive yule log you created at midnight on Christmas Eve!
  5. Practise mindfulness. Being mindful means being present in the moment; it calms the mind. You can practise being mindful in your daily life: when you’re out walking the dog, use that time to notice what’s going on around you. Resist the temptation to let your brain tumble forward to whatever you’ve got to do next.  These moments create little oases of calm which makes an overall more relaxed you.
  6. Don’t over-think it. Instead of thinking about all those things that could go wrong, turn your mind to how great it will be, with images of smiling relatives, laughing children, hugs and kisses. These positive thoughts help to release a hormone called serotonin which is what keeps us on an even keel throughout the day.
  7. Create your own Christmas perfection. Sit down with your family and ask them what they enjoy about Christmas and how they’d like the day to be.

If you would like to know more about reducing stress or being mindful, contact Quest Hypnotherapy on 01798 344879 or see

St Ives school shortlisted for TES award

St Ives school shortlisted for TES award

St Ives School in Haslemere has been shortlisted for the independent pre-prep/prep school of the year award at the prestigious 2018 Tes Independent School Awards.

“This is a huge accolade as we are one of only eight schools nominated, with competition from some of the finest and most respected of the country’s 620 independent prep schools,” said head teacher Mrs Kay Goldsworthy.

“The nomination recognises the success of St Ives, not only in academic achievement but also innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables.

“We are of course extremely proud of the high academic standards of our pupils, in a non-selective environment, but we recognise that this represents only part of developing the whole child. The breadth of wider experiences offered at St Ives allows all our children to develop as individuals, to grow a general life-long love of learning and to naturally achieve and progress. This was evident in 50% scholarships to senior schools, 34 distinctions and five merits in Verse & Prose / Acting exams, qualification for the IAPS swimming and coming second in the National United Ideas invention competition.”

Ann Mroz, Editor of Tes (formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement), said: “Independent education in this country is world class. It’s one of Britain’s great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the cream of the crop. This year we had more entries than ever, the standard was the best yet and the competition fiercer than ever before.  To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

St Ives Chair of Governors, Graham Harvey-Browne, said: “We are delighted and very proud to hear this wonderful news.  This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Mrs Goldsworthy, Miss Smith and all of the teaching and support staff at St Ives, and is a clear indicator of the continued success of the school in producing well-rounded young people who are inspired and supported in achieving their potential.”

St Ives’ broad curriculum is enriched and enhanced by an array of activities and events which have provided good reason for nomination for this award; its Forest School, educational visits, focus on local community and whole school charity days are just a few examples of how it aims to broaden the perspective of pupils and develop the whole child.

Mrs Goldsworthy added: “At St Ives we provide opportunities for each child to discover, develop and showcase their individual interests and talents whether that be in music, art, sport or other areas. In this way, we provide a truly nurturing and inspiring environment.”

St Ives School, Three Gates Lane, Haslemere

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Do the maths – Alton College students can!

Lucy Bayliss, previously at Amery Hill School and Sara Garanito, previously at Calthorpe Park School took part in this year’s Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. Over 1700 girls nationwide participated, with the top 25% receiving a Certificate of Distinction. The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is an event run by the UK Mathematics Trust, introduced in 2011 to help schools and college nurture the talent of enthusiastic young female mathematicians. Sara received a Certificate of Participation and Lucy a Certificate of Distinction getting 10/10 for one of the questions (*below).

100 Maths students recently competed in the Senior Maths Challenge with nine achieving a gold award, 31 a silver award and 29 a bronze. Roughly 55,000 students nationally took the Challenge this year, a significant drop on previous years, but there was an increase in participants from Alton College. The Senior Maths Challenge consists of 25 very difficult non-calculator multiple-choice maths questions to be completed in 90 minutes. Students start with 25 marks, get four marks for each correct answer and lose one mark for each incorrect answer, to discourage guessing. See for more information about the Challenge, along with the paper and solutions.

Pictured left to right: Lucy Bayliss, Dr Dave Lynch Curriculum Manager for Maths, Sara Garanito

The College’s top scorer was PeterMorris, previously at Eggar’s School; he scored 109 out of 125 which means he goes through to the British Maths Olympiad Round 1 (BMO1). Only the top 1,000 students in the country qualify for the BMO1. A further nine students have got through to the Senior Kangaroo (SK) round, which involves the next 6,000 best students, who don’t qualify for the BMO1.
They are:
Harry Buchanan, previously at Perins School
Lucy Bayliss, previously at Amery Hill School
James Dedman, previously home educated
Marco Li, previously educated overseas
Cameron Neasom, previously at Bohunt School
Rebekah Aspinwall, previously at Amery Hill School
Sam Bishop, previously at St Edmund’s School
James Macmillan Clyne, previously at Bohunt School
Joe Parry, previously at The Petersfield School
Three examples of this year’s challenge are (an easy, medium and hard question):
Q2:  Last year, an earthworm from Wigan named Dave wriggled into the record books as the largest found in the UK.
Dave was 40cm long and had a mass of 26g. What was Dave’s mass per unit length?
A: 0.6 g/cm       B: 0.65 g/cm      C: 0.75 g/cm      D: 1.6 g/cm       E: 1.75 g/cm


Q11:  The teenagers Sam and Jo notice the following facts about their ages:
The difference between the squares of their ages is four times the sum of their ages.
The sum of their ages is eight times the difference between their ages.
What is the age of the older of the two?
A: 15                 B: 16                 C: 17                  D: 18                 E: 19

Q24:  There is a set of straight lines in a plane such that each line intersects exactly ten others.
Which of the following could not be the number of lines in that set?
A: 11                 B: 12                 C: 15                  D: 16                 E: 20

Answers are B, D and D.

The question Lucy got totally correct:
Let n be an odd integer greater than 3 and let M = n2 + 2n − 7.
Prove that, for all such n, at least four different positive integers (excluding 1 and M) divide M exactly.