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news archives School Bulletin 26th May 2017

Bulletin 16

Forest School

We were delighted to welcome back Saira Holbrook, the author of ‘The Wild Sheep Blog’, to South Lee. This time, Saira’s focus was on the Early Years’ wonderful Forest School sessions. Please find below a short taster of the blog and also a link to read the full post:

I was thrilled to be invited back to South Lee School (read about my last visit here), and was even more excited when Mrs Julie Last – Head of Early Years, informed me that it was Outdoor Learning Week for their Nursery and Kindergarten children.

Introducing a strong relationship with nature at an early age has been proved to provide children with a list of qualities that are taken through life into adulthood. Schools across the globe have participated in Outdoor Classroom Day this week, and in recent years outdoor learning has become a much talked about subject. At South Lee, they have inestimable enthusiasm for their outdoor education and it has developed substantially for the Early Years department over the last few years. It has the teachers from upper school eager to include more outdoor learning into their teaching…

To read the full blog post, please click on the following link:

Cupcake Day for Alzheimer’s Society

Georgia Wishlade (and her mum) will be, for the second year running, hosting a Bake Sale in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Please support them by bringing along a donation to buy a cupcake (or a few!) on Thursday 16th June, at morning drop-off.

Prep School Tuck Shop

A polite reminder that pupils should ensure that their tuck shop accounts remain in credit. Pupils will not be able to purchase items without sufficient funds. All items are 25p each.

ISGA Golf: South Lee Qualify for Finals Day

I am delighted to announce the South Lee A team, consisting of Patrick and Declan Noone, have reached the finals day of the ISGA Golf Competition. This is to be held at Radley School on 21st June. Good luck, boys!

Mr Hoare

Year 8 Leavers’ Programme

Please could I request that parents sign and return the consent forms for the Year 8 Leavers activities. A copy of the leavers’ booklet is available in the parent section of the school website. If you have any questions please do get in touch –

Mr Hoare

Humanities Revision Checklist and Resources

A reminder to parents and pupils that the revision topic lists are available on the school website. They are located in the parent pages, under ‘revision information’. I have also briefed pupils on the content of their exams during lessons this week. Useful websites for revision are as follows:

Geography and History –

KS2 Geography

KS3 History

RS –

Mr Hoare


Golf lessons continue at Bury St. Edmunds Golf Club with golf Pro Matt Alderton. This week’s action took place on the chipping green with four different types of shots practiced. If anyone wishes to join Golf Club please contact Mr Hoare or Mr Loveday for more details.

Boys’ Premier Tennis

An excellent start to the Tennis season for the Premier U13 Boys’ team, with an outstanding win over Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill.

Gilbert Keitley-Webb, Arthur Burns, Tom Saunders and William Simmons won 5 out of 6 matches with some strong hitting and good doubles play.

Well done boys!

Mr Loveday

U8 Tennis

The U8 boys’ tennis C team played at Ipswich Prep School on Tuesday 16th May. The team consisted of the following players: Wilfred Frost, Charlie Jack, Seth Bretherton and Harry Allston.

Their first match (semi final) was against Orwell Park. The results are as follows:-

Wilf won 10-9

Charlie lost 9-10

Seth won 10-8

Harry won 10-5

Wilf and Charlie (doubles) won 10-8

Seth and Harry (doubles) lost 8-10

The team, therefore, won 4-2 and went through to the final.

The final was against Ipswich Prep and although we lost this 5-1 (Seth and Harry won their doubles match), I would like to congratulate the boys for playing excellent tennis. Most of the matches were incredibly close and very exciting to watch.

Well done, boys!

Mrs Allston

U9 A and B Girls’ Cricket

The U9 A and B girls’ cricket teams played their first match of the season at Barnardiston on Wednesday 17th May.

The A team won by 24 runs, with the scores ending as follows: Barnardiston scored 182 runs and South Lee scored 206.

A special mention to Emilia Ward and Poppy Savage for a partnership of strong, consistent batting, and to Heidi Cilliers and Rosie Deacon for accurate bowling.

Well done, to all girls who played. There were some amazing catches and run outs; and even a six from Heidi Cilliers! A successful start to our first girls’ cricket season.

Mrs Allston

U9 A and B Boys’ Cricket

A lovely Monday afternoon of Cricket for the U9 A and B teams, with a loss and a win. The A team scored 90, chasing 105, so lost by 15 runs. Well done to Tom Gillespie for being awarded ‘Man of the Match’.

Congratulations to the U9B team who chased 90 runs. South Lee scored 103 in reply, with a great individual ‘Man of the Match’ performance from Henry Brown, with the ball and bat.

Well done to both our teams. A credit to the school.

Mr Loveday and Mr Catchpole

U11 Boys’ Tennis

On Thursday 18th May, the South Lee U11 Boys’ Tennis Green Team played Westerley and lost 2-12, despite six very tight matches. They then played Orwell Park and won 12-0 winning all their matches. Congratulations to James Walshe, George Howard, Farley Bretherton and Orlando Adams.

Mr Loveday

Lost Property

William Lyall (Year 7) has lost his games t-shirt (named).
Please can everyone check their belongings to help William find this missing item.

Thank you.

Headmaster’s Awards

Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving the Headmaster’s Award. These are presented to children who have made a special effort during that week, or for a particularly good piece of work.

Week Ending 19.5.17     Week Ending 26.5.17   
Islay de Gonville Bromhead Y1 Noah Etherington Y1
Constance Godfrey Y1 Lottie Grigg Y1
Sienna Coventry Y2 Rufus Hanka Y2
Scott Watson Y2 Emily Morris Y2
Charlie Jack Y3 Florence Bidwell Y3
Elijah Dube Y3 Oliver Cawston Y3
Alice Hughes Y3 Pablo Rubio-Punal Y3
Arlo Bhavsar Y3 Holly Hardingham Y3

Pre-Prep Tree of Achievement

Each week, two children from the Pre-Prep classes are awarded a leaf,  by their Form Tutor, to display on our ‘Tree of Achievement’.

Week Ending 19.5.17 Form  Reason Week Ending 26.5.17 Form Reason
Eliza Gaw Y1 For enjoying playing with her new friends Noah Etherington Y1 For being consistently kind, caring and helpful at all times
Lottie Grigg Y1 For working hard in maths lessons
Megan Knight Y1 For a happy and enthusiastic approach to learning Coco Southwell Y2 For listening and working well in Science
All of Year 2 Y2 For excellent behaviour at Lackford Lakes Max Buckingham Y2 For honesty in giving friends the credit for helping
Ben Bastow Y3 Brooke Ramsay Y3 For careful artwork
Edward Wells Y3 Charlie Forrest Y3 For working hard in Maths
Dylan Major Y3 For an excellent attitude to his work Lily Godfrey Y3 For always being cheerful and helpful
Bertie Mayhew Y3 For fantastic progress with his handwriting Cecilia Godfrey Y3 For always being helpful and


We wish you all a wonderful half term break and look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th June.

If you have any successes or news stories to share with us, for the next Bulletin, then please email them to 

PTA News

Save the Date

Friday 16th June 2017 PTA Wine Tasting Evening
Thursday 22nd June 2017 PTA School Disco

PTA Second-hand Uniform Shop

The new opening hours for the Second-hand Uniform Shop will be Tuesday mornings, 8.30am-9am.

Many thanks.

South Lee PTA Facebook Page

Don’t forget South Lee PTA have a specific group on Facebook, which all parents are invited to join. There will be news of events etc. posted on here. To join, please click on the following link:

PTA 100 Club

It’s never too late to sign up to the 100 Club, numbers are charged at just £2 a month and you can be in with a chance to win cash prizes each month. If you wish to join, then please collect an application form from the School Office.

PTA Advertising Supplement

The Publication Dates for the P.T.A. Advertising Supplement, for this academic year will be as follows:

All adverts submitted will be posted on the South Lee PTA Facebook Page and will also sent home as a hard copy via satchel post.

Deadline for Adverts Supplement Sent Home
 Friday 23rd June 2017 w/c Monday 26th June 2017

If you wish to place an advertisement, please send in your copy to the school office. The cost of advertising is £30 for a full page (A5), £15 for half a page and £2 for each individual item. The school reserves the right to refuse the placing of any advertisement deemed unsuitable.