We give an especially warm welcome to the forty-five new children, eleven new staff and thirty new families joining our Vinehall community. Happiness of the children comes first at Vinehall and I have received many wonderful messages telling of new friendships and tired but fully contented children this week. Long may this continue.
The incredible weather has enabled the children to make the very most of their outdoor surroundings, off and about in our grounds. It is exciting to see our Forest School taking shape, the Mitchell Pavilion reaching its final stages, and of course the sports pitches and golf course looking as lush and picturesque as ever. The children are incredibly fortunate.
I hope you will enjoy this week’s Vinelines and encourage your children to read it through with you. With a gentle nudge, they often have so much more to share than they would normally offer!
Joff Powis, Headmaster
The learning journey has begun at the bottom end of our school as we welcomed our new Little Vines children into the Nursery.
We are just so proud of each and every one of them and their mummies and daddies! Choosing a Nursery is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make as parents and leaving them in our care is such an emotional journey!
The children have been exposed to lots of fun activities and the staff are spending time getting to know each unique child through positive interactions and observations.
What a fabulous start!
Sarah Wolford, Head of Nursery and Kindergarten
Pre-Prep - Construction Club
Pre-Prep had lots of fun in their first Construction Club of the term.
Year 2 have been reading the North American Indian folk tale 'How the Rabbit Stole the Fire'. They wrote character descriptions and enjoyed acting out the story, passing the fire between the animals until they hid it in the trees. It's always great fun to bring stories alive, especially when doing so outside.
Year 3 - RHS Wisley
On Tuesday, Year 3 set off bright and early for RHS Wisley to take part in a Plant Hunters workshop, run by one of the RHS Wisley staff in the Clore Learning Centre. After taking their own cutting of a Tradescantia and exploring the many varieties in the fascinating education room, they moved to the Rainforest and Desert biomes, led by Charlotte and ably assisted by Louise Waters, who has recently joined Vinehall as our gardening expert. We spent time in the afternoon walking to the Hilltop centre and exploring the sensory garden and the fruit and vegetable garden before ending up (inevitably!) in the wooded play area.
Year 4 - Herstmonceux Science Centre
For the first trip of the academic year, Year 4 enjoyed a lovely day at the Science centre! The children particularly enjoyed the water play and the show all about sound.
The U8 & U9 boys and girls enjoyed a fantastic start to their season with small-sided games against Rose Hill and St Andrew's. With the sun shining and plenty of goals scored, those who were present witnessed an enjoyable afternoon of football and netball. It was wonderful to see so many parents on the sideline and fingers crossed the fair weather continues for a few more weeks.