School Calendar 2017 - 2018 for West Sussex independent school, Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School
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.
Sompting Abbotts School is hosting an Easter hunt with a free chocolate egg for every child attending in their Walled Garden and Adventure Play Area. It's open to all local pre-school age children (under 5s) and there's no entry charge!
Sompting Abbotts' own pupils are invited too of course! The timings are 3.15 - 4.15pm for the Pre-Prep (under sevens) and 4.15 - 5.15 for the Main School (age eight to 13). Find the 10 clues and secure your free chocolate egg! Teas and Easter-themed cakes will be served in the Stables Building and there'll be a raffle too to win Luxury Goods Hampers.
Drop into our open afternoon on Friday 16 March from 3 to 5pm and stay for tea and cake. (Apologies to those who had planned to come on the 2 March: weather conditions forced us to re-schedule). 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. We've lots of free and fun activities for children to try out. We look forward to meeting you! Our school tours will start at 3.30 but latecomers are most welcome.
- 3 – 3.20pm Chat with the Headmaster over tea in the Library
- 3.20 – 5pm Tour the school and its woods, gardens, sports facilities and grounds and meet staff and pupils and drop-in activities
What will be going on?
- 3.30 – 5pm: Discover the Pre-Prep. Parents of children aged 2 – 7 can visit our Pre-Prep Department, see our bright, well-resourced classrooms and meet the teachers. Children can join in with Sensory Activities in the Nursery or get stuck into alien-themed crafts and activities on the upper floor. Or burn off steam in our adventure playground in the Walled Garden.
- 3.30 – 5pm: Discover the Main School. Parents can visit the school, tour the classrooms and meet teachers. Your children are welcome to watch or join in with any of our Friday Afternoon Extra-Curricular Clubs: Dance, Mountain Biking, Shooting, Arduino Coding Club, French Club, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) or Saxon Club
Please email the school at email@example.com or call us on 01903 235960 to let us know you’re coming.
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.
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.
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.
SORRY EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: TO BE RESCHEDULED. Our annual Tea-time Concert takes place on Thursday 1st March and all children who take one-to-one instrumental or singing tuition at school will be expected to play a short piece which has been prepared during their instrumental lessons. It is an opportunity to show-case the work that is done week by week. Seating is restricted to two seats per family and young children could sit on parents’ laps if necessary. The concert will finish at approximately 4.45 pm and there will be a short interval with a cup of tea or squash. Please reply by 9th February using the slip that you will have received by email.
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!