Prep School Newsletter Friday 17 November

It was a "Spotacular" day in the Prep School with the children raising over £200. Thank you for your generous contributions to the Children in Need charity. With your help they are able to support children and young people to feel safer, have improved mental health and wellbeing, form better, more positive relationships and be given more equal opportunities to flourish. Since the charity started in 1980, they have raised a whopping £1 billion!

We are looking forward to welcoming Key Stage 2 parents to parent consultations next week. Reports can be found on the Parent Portal from today.


Saturday's spectacular fireworks night wouldn't have been possible without the incredible efforts of our KCPPA. Thank you for lighting up the sky and creating magical memories for our school community! Your support is truly appreciated.

Our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, Isobel and Shona, joined Mrs Hall on Sunday at the Remembrance Ceremony in Tunbridge Wells. The ceremony remembered the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. Isobel and Shona represented Kent College beautifully, laying a wreath at the War Memorial statue.

Your Christmas Countdown

Prep School Notices

Christmas Angels Toy Appeal

We will once again be running our ‘KC Christmas Angels Toy Appeal’ in connection with The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Christmas Toy Appeal. Your child will be bringing home a letter with more information and a Christmas Angel to decorate . This year, donations can also be made online. Details can be found on the official website, including the Amazon Wishlist that is now available at www.twmta.co.uk.

Children in Need 2023. Thank you for your support today!

Dance Assembly

Our dance club pupils led by Mrs Nicholson had the opportunity this week to showcase their dance talents to the rest of the Prep School.

What happened in School this week?

Forest Explorers

Forest Explores have been learning about nocturnal animals. We loved the ‘Owl Babies’ story and made some beautiful pictures of Sarah, Percy and Bill.


This has been the perfect week to read, ‘After the Storm’ by Nick Butterworth. After experiencing and talking about the effects of the wind and rain on themselves and their surroundings this week, the children could appreciate what happened to Percy and all the animals in the story! The children enjoyed listening to the story, especially the version read by the author Nick Butterworth. They discussed the different characters in the story, and drew and labelled their favourite one.

Year 1

Year 1 are enjoying learning about seasons and in particular what the weather is like in Autumn. We are going to collect data measuring the temperature, rainfall and wind direction over several days. In class we tried to make model weathervanes with varying degrees of success. We understood better why science is all about trial and error!

Year 2

The excitement of the approaching Christmas season is echoing in the halls as we eagerly prepare for our Nativity play. This week we have been busy projecting our lines to the back of the theatre, singing loudly for all to hear and dressing up in our costumes. We can't wait for you to come and see us perform next week!

Year 3

Year 3 have been learning about counties of the UK and where we live. We used the Google Maps App on the iPads to find our own homes and then we used Street View to navigate our way to school from home.

Year 4

Year 4 have started learning about teeth. As well as learning how to look after them, we have also learnt about their functions and the names of all the different teeth that we have.

Our class display shows a wide range of tooth friendly snacks which we enjoyed making with modelling clay.

Emmi did a sponsored walk for Porchlight and raised £500! Well done!

Year 5

Year Five have been learning that we use imaginary lines to help locate where a place is in the world and that they are measured in degrees. We use lines of latitude to find out how far north or south a place is. These run parallel to the Equator and the children learned there are five major lines:

  • Arctic Circle (the North Pole)
  • Antarctic Circle (the South Pole)
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Equator

The learning also explained how we use lines of longitude to find out how far east or west a place is. These lines run from the top of the Earth to the bottom. Hemispheres were part of the lesson as was an extremely catchy song! Some pupils extended their learning by locating major cities in an atlas and recording their position using latitude and longitude.

Year 6

This week Year 6 have been studying root words as part of our spellings, alongside their Latin and Greek origins. We have also moved on in English to some of the poetry of Ted Hughes, where we looked briefly at his biography before thinking about the poem ‘Leaves’. There was so much to discuss here! In maths we have been problem solving as well as working on our long division; while in science we had to group a variety of organisms using certain classifications. We then researched some amazing creatures which the other children in our year group will have to guess later – do you know anything about this one?

We have been playing matches in hockey, role playing in French, learning the months of the year in German, studying Aztec Gods in humanities and (most excitingly) starting to prepare for our Nativity play by learning our songs in music and going through our scripts in drama! Phew! Roll on the weekend!

We are so proud of Bea, in Year 6, who has set up a litter picking rota. Each break and lunchtime, a different year group helps to rid our school, of unwanted rubbish! Good job!


In STEM this week the children launched a rocket. We were excited to see how far and how high it would fly and we were VERY pleased with the results! In fact Ella and Josie ended up running quite a long way to retrieve it. Afterwards, the group had a timed competition to build the tallest unsupported structure that they could out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

Sport News

The Year 5 team took part in the UKSA tournament at Burgess Hill. The team managed to win 3 games and draw 2 matches. This put them top of their group and into the cup competition. We had goals from Sophia, Emilia and Isabella to put us through to the semi-finals. In the semi-final against Handcross Park School, the team went 1-0 up after brilliant play by Isabella and Emilia to score a goal. The team showed great defence and our goalkeeper Harriet made 3 great saves to keep the team in the game. Handcross Park School came out victorious with a 3-2 win.

Well done to the team and what a way to finish up the hockey season!

Congratulations to all our wonderful athletes on their fantastic achievements this week. It was an amazing weekend for our gymnasts at the IAPS Competition. The U9 team came 5th, the U10 team came 2nd with Amelie 2nd and Emilia B 4th individually. The U11 team came 2nd in the competition.

Congratulations to Maia and Natalia for participating in a Taekwondo competition over the weekend. Joint bronze in patterns for Maia and Natalia and bronze in sparring for Maia. Silver in point stop, and two golds for Arianna in patterns and flying high kick respectively! Well done!