Second Round of National Young Mathematicians’ Award


The National Young Mathematicians' Awards is the only team Maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the country. Each participating school enters a team of 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls - which is asked to solve a multi-layered, high-level problem.

The competition consists of three rounds. The Croft team got through the first regional knock-out round, last week, and is now through to the semi-final on Wednesday 23 November where our team will battle it out against other schools to win a space at the Grand Final taking place at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 7 December. Our team, made up of George F, Alex F, Hannah D and Emily T demonstrated great teamwork and effective mathematical thinking whilst doing a challenge based on playing darts. Their positive thinking and attitude was particularly commented on, as demonstrated by Emily towards the end of the challenge when she was overheard saying ‘Let’s just enjoy it, we’re here to enjoy it’. Miss Maclean is very proud of the team too and can’t wait to see what the next challenge is on Wednesday.

In Flanders Fields


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In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

John McRae


Bonfire Cake Competition


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The smell of chocolate and the dramatic colours early in November can only mean that it is Bonfire Cake Decorating Competition time! Prep pupils, if they choose, can make a cake to celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes. These cakes are entered into a House competition.  

Everyone has a chance to look at the cakes before they are cut up. On St David’s table, Rory F’s was popular, and liked by Tristan Q amongst others. Evie A’s was sought after by Alex S-M and Austin H. Archie M liked it because it showed great attention to detail. St Andrew’s had some original designs thanks to Meg N’s ‘wooden’ box of fireworks with exploding rockets, and liked by Anthony H. For St George’s House, there was only one winner according to Rajan P and Daniel V; it was called “Boom!” and was a large cannon ball coated in chocolate and made by Lewis B. St Patrick’s produced many good looking cakes, with two standout winners according to a straw poll of Year 3 pupils. Beatrix B’s ‘Rockets’ and Oscar W’s ‘Hedgehog’ were fabulous. Beatrix made excellent rockets out of jellied fruits wrapped around sticks to make colourful exploding fireworks and Oscar’s ‘Hedgehog’ produced many signs of affection as if it was a real animal! I hope everyone enjoyed their cake, and all the donated money will go to The Royal British Legion.

Bonfire Cake Decorating Competition Results

There were 31 fabulous entries in this year’s competition: the winning House was St Patrick’s with 9 entries; St George’s, 8; St David’s, 7; and St Andrew’s, 7. The winning entries for each House were made by: St Andrew’s – Tabi B St David’s – Evie A St George’s – Theo & Max M St Patrick’s – Jamie & Ella W Best in Show – Beatrix B (pictured) Thank you to all the parents who purchased cakes; your donations raised £158.25 for The Royal British Legion.

Abstract Art in Class 1H

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By Mrs Hewitt and members of 1H

Simple geometric shapes painted using a variety of

Tones and shades inspired by the work of abstract artist

Robert Delaunay (1885-1941)

An influential artist popular in the early 20th Century

Collaborative work

Totally enjoyed by all!

European Day of Languages

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‘Bravo à Madame Saint-Laurent - the European Day of Languages was an excellent reminder of the importance of learning a second language. Following tradition, the day began with Form 5L’s rendition of ‘Cendrillon’. The pupils spoke eloquently, clearly and exclusively in French. Those who did not follow the language could use some of the pictures to understand the story, and didn’t Dan S, Finn A and Josh F make very convincing ugly sisters?!

The activities for the day were: Année 3: Gymnase; Arts plastiques; et Jeu de l’élastique. Année 4: Le Vacance de Monsieur Coggins which highlighted a visit to Disneyland, eating frogs’ legs and drinking fine wine; building La Tour Eiffel; et studying les croix religieuses. Année 5: painted larger than life size portraits of Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin and Louise Bourgeois; attended the école des mousquetaires and learnt braille. Année 6: played lotto en français; cooked and ate crêpes; and learnt about Comté, Brie and other French cheeses. The final event was the Tournoi de Handball, played in year groups between each of the four houses. Fantastique!

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