News - Ardingly Prep School
Thank you to the friends who provided a fantastic afternoon of inflatable fun. The staff enjoyed it too with some fiercely fought races between staff.
The Sixteen Review – 7th June 2013
It was a pleasure to welcome back one of the world's greatest musical ensembles, The Sixteen, for their second visit to Ardingly, this time with their principal conductor and founder, Harry Christophers. This concert was part of the choir's Choral Pilgrimage – an annual tour of the UK's finest cathedrals and churches which aims to bring music back to buildings for which it was written.Find out more >>
Prep v Pre-Prep Dads cricket match
The Prep v Farmhouse Dads cricket took place on Sunday. Luckily the skies stayed dry although the many spectators were huddled under warm clothes instead of patches of shade as in previous years. The children didn't mind at all as they roamed freely, rolling down banks, practicing for sports day and just enjoying being childrenFind out more >>
Year 8 Scavenger Hunt
Year 8's had race against the clock and each other to discover as many items in and around the school. The collection included such random items as: une botte en cauoutchouc; une chassure gauche qui sent mauvaise; une araignée vivante and une personne penseuse. They also had to be quite creative: mimer le cri d'un coq – en français; chanter une chanson française as well as dessiner une image de Paris. Only one group managed all 30 clues and it was great fun watching them work it all out – there were some very amusing errors made!
Life and Death in Pompeii & Herculaneum' Exhibition at the British Museum
On Tuesday 11th June, the Year 7 Latin set visited the special 'Life and Death in Pompeii & Herculaneum' Exhibition at the British Museum. Laid out in the style of a Roman house, they explored each room to view first-hand evidence preserved from the ashes of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and learn how not only every day Romans lived, but also died.Find out more >>
Second Annual Prep School History Challenge.
Hawthorns Prep V Ardingly Prep V Cumnor House.
The Ardingly Prep School History Team of Hannah Smith, Alec Watson, Freya Thursfield and Victoria Butt took on all comers in a battle of historical knowledge. In a pressurised environment and under the bright lights of the lower library the teams assembled to battle for the magnificent trophy.
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Year 4 Marvellous Middle - A trip to Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard
Yr 4 went to Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard as our Marvellous Middle to our Pirate topic. It took 1 hr to get there."It was great fun but scary at the end" said Iyla.
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Ardingly Prep 1st XI played their first ever game of 'Pyjama Cricket' in a Twenty 20 match against Great Walstead recently.
The boys looked fantastic in their new clothing and their performance was especially pleasing too as they beat Great Walstead by 63 runs.Find out more >>
Year 7 Team Building
On Wednesday Year 7 had their final team building session of the year. They were split into their houses and after a quick warm up activity they were presented with two challenges. One of the challenges was to arrange a rope into a square, circle and then a triangle. The slight snag was they had to do it blind folded. Two leaders were able to guide the teams but they were not able to touch it. A difficult task but we witnessed some great team work and communication.Find out more >>
Year 6 Science Trip to Wakehurst Place
On Monday, Year 6 had their Science trip to Wakehurst Place to examine the local wildlife and learn how to use the tools of an Ecologist. It was a hands on day where the students were taught to use a range of different biological equipment, such as, ribbon sticks, quadrats, lux metres, thermometers and much much more. In the words of Ben Webster 'it was all very exciting'!
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Year 7 House of Commons Trip
On Friday, 3rd May, sixteen of us from Year 7 went to the House of Commons to take part in a debate with two other schools, including one all the way from North Durham. The Government motion was that "The national vote should be lowered to 16".Find out more >>
Year 6 Law and Order Enrichment
Year 6 were brought together for an Enrichment session on Law and Order. We did lots of activities and had a lot of fun. A lady came in and she showed us some clips about someone who had been burgled. This was a true story and we were all interested in: What was happening? Who was the thief? And will they get away with it?Find out more >>
Year 3 and the Land of the Pharaohs
On Thursday morning, Year 3 were transported back in time to the Land of the Pharaohs. We were treated to a Drama workshop by 'Theatre Exchange' who brought the Ancient Egyptian culture back to life. We experienced the Egyptian Gods and took on the role of different people within society. A lucky few were allowed to be Pharaohs for the day and the process of mummification was brought to life! The morning inspired us to ask more questions as we move on in our learning journey about the Ancient Egyptians.
Year 4 Dentist visit
As a treat in the middle of their 'Blood, bones and Body Bits' topic, the Year 4s were visited by Dr. Nyborg. He came to tell them all about dental hygiene. The children learnt about plaque, and what it looks like. They then had a lesson on exactly how to brush their teeth from Dr Nyborg's dental nurse. Next the children all chewed a disclosing tablet. This turned their mouths purple and showed up which bits of plaque they had missed. Then, now knowing the bits they sometimes miss, they brushed their teeth really carefully with the help of the Dental Hygienist. Finally, Dr Nyborg checked all their teeth and gave the children a sticker and a goody bag if they had done a good job!
Year 4 Team Building
The Year 4s had a super morning team building with 3 challenges based around their 'Blood, Bones and Body Bits topic'. They had to complete a body part challenge, get oxygen to muscles by moving red blood cells (represented by marbles) down the arteries (tubes) and finally they had to crack code in order to collect letters which turned into anagrams of bone names. Lots of team work, lots of scientific vocabulary and lots of fun!
Please view the Performances of the House SongsFind out more >>
St Patrick's Day Fun Run for Africa
Well done to all our pupils who participated in the Fun Run for 'Ardingly in Africa' in such terrible conditions. It was worth it as over £1,000 was raised.Find out more >>
18th – 22nd March 2013
This week was National Science Week. So what does this mean? Well, wherever possible, all the staff tried to explore how science links in with their subject. This already happens, but not usually all at the same time!Find out more >>
Ardingly Girls win Sussex Cup
Ardingly's U13 Girls are once again County Champions after winning the Sussex Cup for the 4th year running. They secured the title with a deserved 1-0 win over Windlesham in the final played at Eastbourne College.
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Big Read Week
A book Swap Shop, Jackanory sessions throughout the week, a visit from Autor Jamie Thomson and a story teller and a fabulous book bonnet parade all took place during big read week. Read on to find out what we go up to and see photos from the week.Find out more >>
Year 8 learn of the dangers of drugs.
On Monday 11th March, Yr 8 met Helena, a former drug addict, reformed some 15 years ago and who now works for “Narconon”, an organisation that speaks to children and young people about the dangers of drugs. Helena explained not only about the dangers to our health but how and why it happens. Giving lots of physiological information enabled the children to see exactly how drugs get into our blood system and endanger organs and our state of mind. She explained how some drugs can remain dormant in the system for some years and the affects can be felt again later if triggered by a change in your physiology – such as illness, weight loss or using other stimulants such as cigarettes. Helena pointed out that alcohol and cigarettes are also addictive and there was much discussion about why some ‘drugs’ are deemed acceptable and are legal and why others aren’t. A great question and answer session followed the presentation and all the children came away from the afternoon with much to think about!
Please contact Miss Hicks if you have any questions about the presentation.
Year 5's Fab Finish
Year 5 have been learning about World War 2. They had a fabulous finish when they had a talk and demonstration about the different clothes worn and the and weapons used.
Then they had a celebratory street party (in the classroom).
Please read Sophie Shaw's account and view the photos from the day.Find out more >>
Year 4 'body bits' team building
Year 4 completed their final team building session of the year with a ‘body bits’ themed programme of activities to compliment their current creative curriculum theme.Find out more >>
Children’s Conference “Be a Force for Good”
A few lucky Yr 7 children were selected to take part in this interesting and thought provoking conference. Guest speakers spoke to the children about their experiences in life and how these experiences had changed the direction of their life or had given them an opportunity to act on their dreams.Find out more >>
Ardingly Prep Talent Show 2013
The Ardingly Prep Talent show 2013 was held in the Senior School Drama Lab. There was a wide variety of acts from traditional instrumental, sporting skills, comedy, signing, rap and drama.Find out more >>
Year 8 let off steam after the Common Entrance mocks.
To celebrate the end of a tough week of Common Entrance mock exams the Year 8 were treated to a High Ropes course at Blacklands Farm. Here is an account of the day, written by Victoria Gough.Find out more >>
Sussex Schools Cross Country Races - a Suberb result!
15 Ardingly runners went to Christs Hospital to take part in the Sussex schools cross country races . There were over 500 runners from 38 schools with each race featuring a large field of runners.
Our tactics were to get to the front group and stay there and this worked well in the main although it has to be said that there was plenty of quality within each race. The rules of the competition are that the top 20 are selected to represent Sussex schools at Bexhill in March. We had 4 qualifiers Sophie Crooks finished 8th of 112, Cameron Elder 17th of 142, Sabrina Taylor 11th of 132 and Rosie Boggis 14th in the same race. Dominic Morgan came 21st of 156 and is now first reserve. However the highlight despite all these fantastic individual efforts came in the team results. For the first ever time Ardingly won a race …..remember there were nearly 40 schools competing in each race . Our U13 Girls team of Sabrina, Rosie, Emilie Robinson, Alice Southwood and Caroline Smith amassed the lowest team score of ANYONE on the day. A superb team effort .
Year 7 French Trip to le Château de la Baudonnière
Year 7 pupils spent the week before half term at the Château de la Baudonnière. This was Ardingly’s ninth annual consecutive visit to the Château and it just keeps getting better and better! This year, on-site activities included fencing, bread-making, circus skills and aeroball. By far the most popular activities were the assault course and orienteering. All this of course is undertaken in French and the animateurs do such a fantastic job of motivating each and every child to ‘take a risk’ and try out their French skills. The results are amazing and, by the end of the week, the children automatically slip into French even when speaking to their teachers!Find out more >>
Chocolate Fountain Party in aid of Stop the Traffik.
On Tuesday 12th February the Prep School held a Chocolate Fountain Party in aid of their nominated charity Stop the Traffik. This charity seeks to put pressure on the large chocolate companies that are sourcing their cocoa from non- Fairtrade or Rainbow Alliance certified farmsFind out more >>
Bugsy Malone has always been a winner to stage, but this performance really blew the trilbies out of the water! The cast were fantastically talented, highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Months of hard work really paid off, and when you think we only had our full cast rehearsal the day of the opening show….well I think you can appreciate what a tremendously capable lot they are!Find out more >>
Ardingly College overall cross country winners at Brambletye
Congratulations to all the runners from years 5,6,7 and 8 who all contributed to Ardingly College winning the cup at a cross country meeting at Brambletye. As well as returning with the cup we had twelve runners winning medals for personal performance.Find out more >>
Year 8 learn the haunting details of the Holocaust
Steven was born in Holland. His father was a highly regarded Dutch lawyer and his mother came from Eastbourne. She met his father when she was sent over to Holland to go to a finishing school. Both sets of his grandparents were Jewish. This makes his survival even more of a miracle, as to have all his grandparents Jewish, put Steven and his two brothers into the category of a pure Jew and therefore at the top of the list for” resettlement”, which really meant extermination.Find out more >>
Year 5 ship wrecked as part of their team building
Year 5 became ship wrecked as part of their final team building session of the year. They found themselves faced with several challenges to test their ability to solve problems, communicate well and work as a team. In a pre team building activity they had collectively agreed to focus on developing the following skills
1. BEING SUPPORTIVE OF EACH OTHER
2. TO PROMOTE SELF CONFIDENCE WITHIN THE GROUP
3. TO GIVE 100% EFFORT IN ALL TASKSFind out more >>
Cross Country at Great Walstead
It was the muddiest course Mr Nicholls has ever seen, he said he was expecting a hippo to appear! Girls and boys returned shoeless absolutely caked in mud. Congratulations to all who participated and especially to our medal winners Sabrina Taylor (1st) and Ben Long.
Please view some photos of the day.Find out more >>
Year 4 build a bridge inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The children were taught about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, they were then divided into groups and asked to design and build a strong bridge to span the distance between two tables.
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Training with the Harlequin coaches
On Saturday, 12th January, Ardingly College went on a rugby trip to the Twickenham Stoop to take part in a special training session with some brilliant Harlequins coaches. Children from all age groups went on the trip which shows a promising future for rugby at Ardingly.Find out more >>
Year 7 Team Building
Year 7 had their first team building session of the year last Friday. They were split into houses and tasked with four challenges. From blind folds to walking as caterpillars on single skis! It was interesting to see how they coped with the various challenges.
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Success in the World Scholar's Cup
Congratulations to Freya Thursfield from Year 8 and two seniors Patrick Moore and Milo Thursfield in the World Scholar's Cup. They won first team overall in the persuasive writing, first team overall in the Scholar's Challenge, first team in the Debate, first, second and third individuals and first team overall.Find out more >>
Welcome to our new Gappers
John McLaughlin, Emma Williams, Georgina McDiarmid and Joseph Watts
The Victorian Roadshow proved an enlightening day for the children as they realised just how wonderful, fun and kind their teachers are!
Please read on for Connor's review and photos from the day.Find out more >>
On Monday our Y7s made their way down to the Pre‐Prep to face Lord Calvey and receive their task for the term. Walking into the Atrium, silenced by The Apprentice theme tune, they nervously awaited their instructions. ‘Create a campaign for a new and unique biscuit that would be appropriate for 5 – 7 year olds’ is their challenge. At the end of the 7 week project, they will need topresent their product to Lord Calvey and a committee of food and design experts. One team will be hired!
Ardingly Maths Challenge
The Ardingly Maths Challenge is the first stage of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Team Challenge. The challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They also give students the opportunity to compete against students from other schools in this region.Find out more >>
Goodbye to our Gappers
After their own unique way of saying goodbye with a medley of songs edited with their own lyrics and dance moves which had the whole assembly on their feet, Miss Marshall said a very fond and tearful farewell to our 'gappers' who will be sadly missed. We wish Rebecca Malloy, Tom Kerr, Bryn Pritchard and Anna Christoff a safe journey home and best wishes for their future careers.
Thank you to all the catering staff who provided us with a fabulous festive lunch.
Congratulations to our talented musicians who treated us to a fantastic Chirstmas Concert on Wednesday night.Find out more >>
Year 8 Trip to Paris
Our Year 8 pupils visited Paris. Please read they French and English accounts of the trip.Find out more >>
Year 4 Christmas Production
The three Year 4 classes each gave wonderful performances of the Nutcracker.Find out more >>
MincePies and Music
On Friday 7th December, 50 Senior Citizens of Ardingly Village and Prep school Grandparents joined members of the prep school chamber choir in the Recital room for Mince Pies and Music. The Concert began with the chamber choir giving some amazing vocal and instrumental performances, and was followed in the second half by a chance for everyone to join in and sing Christmas Carols. Coffee and mince pies were served throughout. This is now the third year that this event has taken place and is very much appreciated by the Village community and is now a firm fixture in the Ardingly Village Calendar.
Our Pelican Crossing is now open
Apologies for the disruption over recent weeks but we think it is worth it. Our pupils, parents and staff now have a safe place to cross to reach our astro and courts.
Cookery Club this term
It has been a busy term in cooking club, as you can see from our slideshow! We have made brownies, ginger bread biscuits, which didn’t last long! The Christmas biscuits went down like a festive treat should and our cheesy scones tasted super and caused debate over the pronunciation of the word 'scone'!....... Recipes to be posted soon!Find out more >>
Science Club this Term
It has been a busy term in Science club, as you can see from our slideshow!
Fireworks night was celebrated, as we experimented with different chemicals to investigate the colours that make fireworks look so pretty. We have experimented with acids and alkalis to make a concoction of ‘rainbow fizz’ and we tested our engineering talents by designing tall and strong towers to support an egg…………..with only marshmallow and spaghetti to offer structural support!! Oh yes…..and we did explode a jelly baby, whilst also setting off the fire alarms and found out exactly how combustible Angel delight is………….Do not let them try the latter at home!Find out more >>
Congratulations to our Popagamist
Congratulations to our Lab Technician Brian Smith, creater of Popagami. His Popagami book is in one of the leading Top 50 Books for Christmas lists (we can't say which yet!). Mr Smith has been visiting the prep school and the children have been experiencing the wonderful world of Popagami.
click here to visit the website.
Whole School Art Competition Winners Announced
During the week of November 19th a display of art works were displayed in the front of the Senior Gallery linked to a set theme of what it means to be ‘principled’. This theme linked to the Ardingly Learner Profile and was closely connected to the countrywide Anti-Bullying Week that was underway at the same time. Students from both the Prep and Senior School submitted some excellent pieces of imaginative work in media as diverse as video, paint, clay and papier mache.Find out more >>
Lower School had some visitors from the North Pole
The Prep School Lower Assembly had some very special visitors, all the way from the North Pole……
Two elves took a break from their very busy schedule to bring a message from Father Christmas! He sent Elf One and Elf Two to tell the children all about a festive reading challenge.Find out more >>
Year 6 blast into Space
Year 6 had a blast into Space for their ‘space training’ team building experience. They were faced with the scenario of being trainees at the ‘Ardingly Association for Space Exploration’.Find out more >>
Inland IAPS Sailing Report
Last Friday Simon Walton, Harry Tucker, James Scott and Sebastian Walton went to Oxford to compete in the inland IAPS.
There were 39 boats that had been entered into the regatta and they were all as excited as we were to get onto the water and race. The weather conditions were great and we had a medium wind speed for the majority of the day that was excellent for our mass.Find out more >>
Year 3 Invited on Mission to the Antarctic
Last week, Year 3 received a letter from Sir Ernest Shackleton informing them that he would like them to join him on his next mission to the Antarctic. He wanted to make sure that everyone was prepared for the mission and set up a morning of training activities in Standgrove Woods. Amongst other things, the children had to walk across crevices in the ice in blinding blizzard conditions and hide under cover from an avalanche without the use of their frost-bitten fingers. In their houses, the children looked to work well as teams and put their ‘communicator’ and ‘reflective’ skills to good use.
Cross Country Competition - We came Second!
The Prep Choir sing at a Remembrance concert
On Remembrance Sunday the Choir joined the Ardingly Choral Society and the Mid Sussex Sinfonia in a concert to raise money for the Royal British Legion. The concert was held at the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath.Find out more >>
Ardingly Prep Raises £ 3,000 Bail to save Mr Calvey!
After his release from custody today, Mr Calvey said that after a nerve-wracking experience he was overwhelmed by the amazing response of parents, children and staff who raised so much money to save him from jail after his dramatic arrest in Friday morning Assembly.Find out more >>
Mr Calvey arrested in aid of Home-Start
Mr Calvey, Headmaster of Ardingly Prep School staged his arrest on Friday in aid of Home-Start, a local charity involved in offering friendship and support to families with a child under five years old in the local area – Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex (CHAMS).
Read the letter that went out to parents as Mr Castle, Deputy Head took over and see footage of the arrest.Find out more >>
Ardingly College’s Fourth VOCES8 Choral Day for Primary Schools is a Resounding Success
Choirs from Danehill Primary School, Holy Trinity in Cuckfield, Lindfield Primary School and St Peter’s, Ardingly put on a wonderful concert for their parents, in a packed College Chapel on Thursday 8th November. Barney Smith, VOCES8’s Musical Director, who had organised rehearsals in Ardingly Prep and the other schools on the previous day, said, “We have really enjoyed working with five extremely talented choirs over the past couple of days. All of us at VOCES8 had a wonderful education in music and we are glad to be able to give that back.”Find out more >>
IAPS Inland Sailing Nationals
On Friday the 9th November the Prep School entered two boats into the IAPS Inland Sailing Nationals at Farmoor Reservoir (Oxford) .Find out more >>
World Book Day
When we first announced our theme of ‘Authors’ for World Book Day, we weren’t sure what the response would be. Children and staff were asked to come dressed in something to represent their favourite author – this could be either as the author themselves, or as a character from a story or even with just a few ‘props’.Find out more >>
Old Ardinian, Max Chilton has his first taste of Formula One Grand Prix
Max Chilton has completed laps of the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the test pilot for Marussia. This was his debut in the first practice session round the Yas Marina Circuit, and he did very well, coming close to the race pace of the car.
Watch Max interviewd in the BBC program 'Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Inside F1 with Max Chilton' here
Prep School Charity Focus Day -
On Monday the Prep school were treated to some first- hand experience from representatives of our two charities. Link Romania gave an assembly presentation to the whole school and this was followed throughout the day by a series of year group workshops by Stop the Traffik.Find out more >>
Enrichment for Years 7 & 8 – The Alphabet of a Teenager!
An animated and dramatic presentation of the worries and dilemmas of growing up through teenage years. The show was presented by one person, who acted his way through 4 years of school life, covering topics such as friendship, peer pressure, parental pressure, family break-ups, bereavement, coping with exam stress, alcohol, racism, drugs and work experience. It was a fast moving but very informative piece of drama and certainly many a head was nodding in recognition of some of the issues he went through. It allowed the children to feel such topics are not out of bounds and should be discussed openly if they feel affected in anyway.
Enrichment for Year 6 – First Aid training sessions with the British Red Cross
The children had an opportunity to try out resuscitation on different ‘aged’ dummies and were surprised at how much effort was involved in pushing down on an adult chest. They were quite cautious and nervous when working on the ‘baby’ but were all very excited at the prospect of being able to step in and help in an emergency! They also learnt about the recovery position and are looking forward to their 2nd session later in the year when they will look at making splints, crutches and lots of bandaging!
Science Club Slime
I am sure you can imagine the excitement when I told the students we were making slime… I am sure you can also imagine the mess!!! With most of the boys opting to colour their slime red, you will see from the photos it all looked a bit ‘guts and gore’! Green coloured slime was another favourite. I am sure you can imagine why!Find out more >>
Yr 5 Teambuilding
Year 5 had an interesting start to their team building session when they were told that a top secret government message had been intercepted and that the message contained details of an assassination plot on Mr Calvey!Find out more >>
Cookies at Cookery Club
Entering the penultimate week for this cooking group and it really has been a tasty half term! This week we tried our hand at cookies. We made chocolate chip, cranberry and white chocolate and caramel and fudge. Yum yum!! The caramel and fudge are my personal favourite and I include the recipe below.
Mrs WrightFind out more >>
Year 4 trip to Wakehurst
An account of the Year 4 trip by Charlotte RobertsFind out more >>
Yr 3 begin their Ice Journey
As part of our Creative Curriculum Year 3 have begun their Ice Journey. This started with the series of clues hidden in frozen balloons which, as they thawed, allowed the pupils to gain a evidence and knowledge about a particular explorer.Find out more >>
Cookery Club - Yummy Cakes and Bars.
Cooking club this week was a mixture of banana cake and muesli bars. All tasted super and it was great to see the students already so confident at working independently to make and bake their delights.Find out more >>
Year 3 and National Poetry Day
As a part of National Poetry Day, year 3 went down to the pre-prep to share some poetry.Find out more >>
Year 4 Teambuilding
Year 4 faced three teambuilding challanges and developed a range of their ALP skills.Find out more >>
Making Sherbet and launching catapults!
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Prep School Adventure Play Area is now Open
The Prep school now have a fantastic break time retreat. The Adventure Play Area is now fully open there is a climbing wall, swinging ropes and trim trail. There is also a large open space which is popular for ball games and there are plenty of shaded areas for those who just want to enjoy quiet play times.
LPO Orchestral Day
In a continued partnership between the orchestra and the College, members of this world-famous orchestra visited and coached our ‘middle school’ students. They were joined by students from Downlands Community School, Oathall Community College and Cumnor House. There wiere workshops throughout the day, culminating with short concert at 4.30pm in the ChapelFind out more >>
Pizza Perfection and Scrummy Scones
This week in Cookery Club we made Pizzas and scones.Find out more >>
Roald Dahl Day
We were pleased to be celebrating the work of one of our finest children’s authors, Roald DahlFind out more >>
Year 8's trip to the British Wildlife Centre
Vicky Goughs account of a wonderful day we had the British Wildlife Centre.
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Year 8 Teambuilding
Over the past fortnight year 8 have been further developing their team building skills by completing a variety of task. They have been balloon bopping, hula hooping and number sequencing. Read their experiences first hand below.Find out more >>
Science Club launch Water Rockets
Science club got off to a ‘rocketing’ start, as the new scientists made water rockets.Find out more >>
Prep Sailing Team beat Eton.
Last Saturday the preparatory sailing team raced in the senior Ardingly challenge. The team consisted of Simon Walton & Alice Ertl; Harry Tucker & Sophie Lewis; James Scott & Sebastian Walton.Find out more >>
Cookery Club - Perfect Pancakes
A big congratulations to Daisy and Abigail for getting the best brownies last week, as voted by Mr Calvey.
This week saw us try our hand at pancake making. Oliver Smith wowed everybody with his fab flipping, whilst James Greenwood had his first and very successful pancake flip.Find out more >>
Blacklands Farm - Teambuilding for the Girls.
Over 100 girls in the Prep school were invited on our overnight teambuilding trip to Blacklands farm.Find out more >>
Boarders visit to Vineyard and farm
The boarders experienced their first Wednesday night out, they visited Kingscote Vineyard and Farm.Find out more >>
Lord of the Flies 'Stunning Starter'
Year 8 were ‘dropped’ in the woods to test their survival skills just like their counterparts in Lord of the Flies.Find out more >>
The Viking invasion of Ardingly College
Mr Calvey was chased by Vikings, they then captured Year 7 and led them to their camp. Later there was a fierce battle.Find out more >>
Olympic Week Ardingly Prep
See what we did on Olympic weekFind out more >>
Hosted Keynes Concert Friday 18th May
On Friday evening of last week fourteen musicians from the Prep School gave a concert in St Giles Church, Horsted Keynes to raise money for the Royal British Legion. The children sang as a choir and some gave individual performances. The standard was very high. Lady Whitmore who organised the concert and who used to teach in the Senior School at Ardingly said it was the best singing she had ever heard from the Prep School. So a big well done and thanks to those performing for all their hard work: Tabitha Anderson, Orla Badger, Ellie Bayne, Annabel Edwards, Cameron Elder, Sarah Elder, Alice Ertl, Megan Fudge, Thomas Hindle, Rebecca Holmes, Aleksandra Kwiatkowska, Patrick Moore, Oliver Pilgrim & Lucy Shore. (May 2012)
Year 6 visit the London Aquarium and The Science Museum
As part of their work on Habitats, Year 6 took on the mammoth task of visiting both the London Aquarium and The Science Museum.Find out more >>
Maths Challenge by Abigail Horton
We had great fun at the Year 5 Maths Challenge at Christ's Hospital on Thursday!Find out more >>
Year 4 Teambuilding
First we all had a talk on what makes a good team.Find out more >>
Y8 High Ropes
Year 8 shook off the constraints of CE Mocks with some fresh air and terrifying challenges at Blackland Farm.Find out more >>
U11 winning team at Eastbourne - March 2012
Chichester Cathedral Choir
Saturday 10th March at 7.00 pm, Ardingly College Chapel
Music@Ardingly Concert SeriesFind out more >>
Dickens' Testament Find out more >>
Playing in the snow Find out more >>
Copthorne U13 Indoor Hockey Tournament
Our girls bringing home the silver!
Ardingly Woodland Classroom
PUPILS at Ardingly College Prep School will be able to enjoy lessons outside when they return in September.Find out more >>
Blacklands Farm trip 2011
What our girls said……………………………Find out more >>
Ardingly College Prep School Senior Six Team certainly made a very favourable impression on the spectators and organisers at the IAPS under 13 London regional six a side soccer tournament held at Rokeby School on Saturday October 8th.Find out more >>
Carnegie Medal Winner Neil Gaiman pays tribute to the College: “I was educated by the Ardingly Prep library.”
Ardingly College has welcomed back acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, who grew up in Sussex and attended the school in the 1970s, to open its Pre-Prep Library.Find out more >>
Year 5 Team Building morning
Year 5 had a fantastic Team Building morning on Tuesday 4th October. The children had a wonderful time, working on listening and communicating skills, co-operative behaviour and generally having fun together.Find out more >>
National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day – Thursday 6th October. Year 5 visited the Pre-Prep as part of National Poetry Day celebrations, to read a range of story books and poems to the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.Find out more >>
The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceaux
Year 5 visited the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceaux on Monday 3rd October. We had a fabulous day, glorious sunshine and the children loved the hands-on exhibits, water challenges, bridge building and looking at the observatory.Find out more >>
Our Senior Librarian is honoured for excellence
We are delighted to announce that our Senior Librarian, Wendy Roberts, was shortlisted to become School Librarian of the Year 2011.Find out more >>
The Bunburys Conjure Up A Magical Day for Mark
Harry Potter heroes, Weasley twins James and Oliver Phelps, were among a star-studded line-up of players at the memorial cricket match for Mark Lawrence at Ardingly College on Sunday May 15th. The Mark Lawrence XI took on the mighty Bunburys, the world’s largest charity cricket team, in memory of Mark who died last year aged 48 and who was a great supporter of cricket in the College and at his local club, Lindfield.Find out more >>
Young Cameron is Woodard Junior Musician of the Year
Ardingly College Prep School pianist Cameron McEwen was declared the national Woodard Schools Junior Musician of the Year in the prestigious setting of St John’s, Smith Square in London on Saturday 7th May.Find out more >>
Johnny O’Brien Helps Celebrate The BIG Read Week
“It must be the first time I’ve ever greeted a visiting author in my pyjamas,” said Prep School Librarian Victoria Tollworthy as she welcomed Johnny O’Brien, author of the fantastic series The Jack Christie Adventures. Johnny was at Ardingly College as part of The BIG READ week and his visit coincided with Pyjama Day, held to celebrate bedtime stories.Find out more >>
The Mark Lawrence Memorial Cricket Match, Sunday 15th May 2011 Find out more >>
Celebrated children’s author Emma Dodd visits the Prep School Find out more >>
Girls on Tour
The feedback from our first whole school girls camping evening has been very positive indeed.Find out more >>
The Prep School celebrated a busy week of scienceFind out more >>
This years Charity Fair was a great success.Find out more >>
Science 2010-01-27Find out more >>
NYJO Swings in the Chapel
For the final concert in the 2009/10 Music@Ardingly series, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra treated a large audience of jazz lovers to a blistering, high-octane performance.Find out more >>
South Hockey Match Report
Ardingly Under 11 Boys finished runners-up in the South Schools Mini-hockey Championships on an historic weekend for the school that saw them have teams in all four of the South competitions.Find out more >>
Celebrated children’s author Julia Golding visited Ardingly College Prep School last week and gave year 5 to 8 pupils an unusual presentation of her books.Find out more >>
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