School Calendar 2017 - 2018 for West Sussex independent school, Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School
Year 4 will be discovering Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, located in Ditchling, East Sussex. It specialises in showcasing the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century, such as Eric Gill, the sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer, Edward Johnston, designer of the London Underground font, and printer Hilary Pepler, all artisans associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.
Netball v BHPS (H) U11s
Rugby U11 Tag v Sion (H)
The children will be performing for the residents of the residential care home. After-school event - times tbc with Mrs Williamson.
Thinking about Primary School options for your son or daughter this September? Why not come and take a look at our busy Reception class on Friday 26th January between 9 and 10am? We're hosting an open hour for parents and children to come and see firsthand the work we do. Join in or watch the fun activities that take place in our large, bright Reception classroom. It's a relaxed opportunity to meet our teachers, ask questions and find out about the inspiring teaching and learning that happens each day at Sompting Abbotts.
If you're interested in attending, please contact the school office on 01903 235960 or just turn up!
Drop into our open afternoon and stay for tea and cake! It's the perfect opportunity to drive through the gates, see our historic Neo-Gothic house and 30 acres of grounds, meet our friendly staff and pupils and have a tour of the school. We've lots of free and fun activities for children to try out.
Children across the school will be taking part in British Science Week, run by the British Science Association. It's a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.
We're delighted that international best-selling author Alex Preston, a former alumni of Sompting Abbotts, will be helping pupils give their writing skills a boost when he presents his Creative Writing Workshop to the pupils of Year 7/8. Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, based at their Paris campus. His first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in March 2010. The novel won the Spear's Best First Novel Prize, the Edinburgh International Book Festival Readers' First Book Award, and was chosen as one of Waterstone's New Voices 2010. It has been translated into 12 languages. His second novel, The Revelations, was published in February 2012, while his third, In Love and War, was featured on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. His fourth, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, met with critical acclaim and was described by The Guardian as "a sumptuous labour of love". and nominated one of The Guardian Best Books of 2017. You can read more about Alex Preston here.
The perfect opportunity for parents to have their children experience a taster day and enjoy a full day in the classroom, on the sports field and sample a typical lunch at Sompting Abbotts' Prep School. (Please note if you can't attend this date, your children may attend taster days in the Pre-Prep and Prep departments of the school at any point through the school year.) Taster days give children the opportunity to meet other children in their year group and to experience a normal school day, which will include a mix of academic lessons, art, drama, music and sport. We also offer taster sessions to children aged 2 - 4 years in the Nursery. Prior to a child joining the Nursery, we offer two 2-hour settling in periods, free of charge, so you can be sure your children feel safe and secure within their new environment.
School's out for the summer! As usual, Pre-Prep school finishes at midday and Main School at 12.30. Have a wonderful summer holiday break. Don't forget you're all welcome to use the school pool and tennis courts between 2-4pm during the summer. See you next term on Tuesday 4th September.
Due to the resounding success of the Year 7 class drama project 'Cinderella' we will be offering a 2nd performance on Thursday 11th January at 4pm in the Assembly Room, while we can still celebrate 'pantomime season'. We would welcome all to come along and enjoy the talents and humour of our Year 7 students. As part of their PHSE work this year, they are working on fund raising projects for the British Heart Foundation. A 'donation bucket' will be available after the performance if you would like to contribute to this cause. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to create a receptive audience.
“Who’s the fairest of them all?”The Worthing Theatres Christmas pantomime of 2017-18 is ready to answer the question! Live music, beautiful costumes, dazzling choreography and an all-star cast will grace the stage of the Pavilion Theatre for apparently the "biggest and best pantomime Worthing has ever seen". Tickets have been booked by SAPA on a first-come, first-served basis. Please come looking fabulous in your school uniform with your blazer as it's a schools performance and meet in the foyer at 9.50am sharp. If you've not paid yet, please put your £6.25 in an envelope with your child's name on it (and for you if you're one of the parent helpers) for Mrs Kerry Thompson and hand in at the Main School office.
Join us for our annual Christmas Fayre held inside our beautiful Neo-Gothic school building. Enjoy lots of gift and craft stalls, festive hampers raffle, children's arty activities, teas and mincepies, hog roast, Santa's Grotto and a fabulous firework display at 5.45pm to round off the event. Entry is free!
Santa's Grotto - open daily!
Plus, all the week before (Monday 27th Nov to Friday 1st December), Santa will be esconced in his Grotto daily too from 3.15pm to 5.15pm! Our very twinkly Santa Claus will be listening keenly to all visiting children's wish lists and his elves will be presenting a special gift to young visitors. (There's a charge of £2.50 per child). Follow the signs to the Pre-Prep Stables Building to find Father Christmas in his grotto.
Both the Christmas Fayre and the Santa's Grotto are open to the public and you'll find plenty of parking in the school car parks.
Check times with Mr Mac
Santa's Grotto - open daily!
The week in the run-up to our Christmas Fayre (Monday 27th Nov to Friday 1st December), Santa will be ensconced in his Grotto daily from 3.15pm to 5.15pm! Our very twinkly Santa Claus will be listening keenly to all visiting children's wish lists and his elves will be presenting a special gift to young visitors. (There's a small charge of £2.50 per child). Follow the signs to the Pre-Prep Stables Building to find Santa! The Christmas Fayre and the Santa's Grotto are both open to the public and you'll find plenty of parking in the school car parks.
Check times with Mr Mac
SAPA would like to invite all of the children across the whole school to enjoy a Silly Socks Day. Feel free to dress your socks up, decorate them and add to them in any way you like. The Sillier the better! We would like to ask parents to give each child a bottle for our tombola stall at the Christmas Fayre. We all appreciate your help with this fundraiser.
Check times with Mr Mac
Through its colourful displays, demonstrations and presentations in the main auditorium, Year 5 will be introduced to the awe and wonder of the universe around us!