Bassett Life
Art exhibition and open afternoon Pop Art!

Parents and guests were transported back to the late 1950s and early 1960s, for our annual art exhibition with this year’s theme of Pop Art. Children and staff have worked incredibly hard this week and each class created vibrant and brightly coloured artwork based on popular culture including advertising, comic books and icons. The results were nothing short of amazing!

A magnificent Post It note collage of Marilyn Monroe, giant ‘treats’ in the style of Wayne Thiebaud, huge colourful crayons inspired by Patrick Caulfield, beautiful fabric canvases influenced by Marta Minujin to name just a few. Form 6 and Form 1 created artworks similar to Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book art. Masses of other marvellous creations festooned the hall for all to enjoy.

It has been wonderful to see so many parents enjoying the afternoon with their children. A big thank you to our head of art, Mrs Slade, for coordinating such a stunning and successful exhibition. 

Form 1S Assembly on Wednesday

Miss Sivananthan writes:

Form 1S brought a fantastic splash of colour to the Bassett House stage in their assembly on Wednesday with their version of The Day the Crayons Quit (by Drew Daywalt). Each ‘crayon’ felt overworked by brother and sister Duncan and Daisy, and had their say about how they should be treated. Duncan, Daisy and the crayons concluded that they could create pictures using all of the colours. The children spoke beautifully and sang their own version of What a Wonderful World and it was a true celebration of colour. Well done, Form 1S!

Forms 4, 5 and 6 Inter-house athletics afternoon

Mr Friese writes:

Last Friday afternoon Forms 4, 5 and 6 took part in the annual Bassett House School Athletics afternoon at the Linford Christie Stadium.

During the course of the afternoon, the children had a wonderful time taking part in long jump, high jump and shot put events in a professional athletics stadium. Every child performed superbly making the afternoon an extremely enjoyable one for all and Griffin were victorious in the competition.

Well done to all the children and staff who helped with the events and a big thank you to those parents who came to support the competitors.

Forms 4 and 5 'Panorama' workshop with Mlle Sandrine Bonini

Mlle Dolques writes:

Last Friday, the children in Forms 4 and 5 took part in a very exciting French creative workshop with the famous French illustrator, Sandrine Bonini who is well-known for her colourful and joyful illustrations. Children asked many interesting questions about the process of making a book and thoroughly enjoyed creating panorama views of monuments using collage. The children’s artwork was magnifique!

Eco Council Elected representatives for this term

Miss Wood writes:

This term the representatives on the Eco Council are excited to be continuing their excellent work on our plastic free movement. During our first meeting, the children designed posters to raise awareness of Walk to School week, which will begin next Monday. Bassett House is planning to hold a Walk to School day on Friday 24 May. We will be litter picking in our local community to help keep our environment clean and protected but don’t forget that even if you are not in the Eco Council this term, you can all still play your part in making the future even better!


Maths problems of the week The answers!
Bassett Radio club This week's episode

Miss Wood writes:
Scan the QR code, using the camera on your smartphone, to get your weekly dose of Bassett Radio; full of news updates, jokes, fascinating facts and other exciting topics. Bassett Radio is a fun club designed to encourage children’s listening and speaking skills. Sit back, relax and enjoy listening!

Maths problems of the week This week's problems

Mr Wingfield writes:

Each week, the children are set a mathematics problem to solve independently, which tests their logical reasoning and problem solving skills. The problems are posted to Instagram every week, and feature in Bassett Life every Friday with the answers published the following week.

Living Eggs Chicks hatched at Bassett House

Mr Higginson writes:

This year’s collection of ten eggs were delivered on Monday and we achieved a 90% hatching rate this year. Nine gorgeous fluffy chicks have been hatched successfully this week and all of them are thriving. The children have really enjoyed visiting the chicks and, after their starring role in our open afternoon today and open morning tomorrow, there will be plenty of opportunity for the children to get up close and personal with the chicks before their departure on Friday next week. 

Form 5 Properties of materials

Mr Higginson writes:

In science this half term, Form 5 have been learning about how to describe the properties of different materials. We have started to embed the use of scientific vocabulary such as permeability, flexibility, transparency, hardness and magnetism to describe the properties of different materials and how this can impact the suitability of those materials for different purposes.

The scientists investigated the properties of a range of materials and considered how their observations could be captured. They worked fantastically, both in terms of their scientific rigour and their collaborative skills.

There was widespread disappointment that we could not investigate flammability, but I am sure they will be excited about Bunsen burners when they move on to senior school.

Form 2 Liquids

Miss Chambers writes:

Form 2 have been practising their ability to ‘work scientifically’ in their lessons this term. This week our investigation into the densities of liquids was inspired by art week. The children used beautiful watercolours to create patterns and then used a pipette and dropped oil into them. The children were able to see that oil and water will never mix and we discussed why this was so. They also created some lovely work worthy of a Bassett House School art exhibition!

The Den Visit to North Kensington library

Mrs Whiting writes:

The Den children had a wonderful time earlier this week when they visited North Kensington Library. The children loved the wide variety of books available for them to enjoy. One child asked the librarian for a book about bats, whilst others were able to scan their own books out of the library. Each child borrowed a book they had chosen on their own.

We had a beautiful spring walk to the library and back and we were greeted with lots of smiles from passers by as the children made their way excitedly along the pavement. We are really looking forward to our return trip next week.

News from the PE department Cricket match against Garden House School

Mr Friese writes:

Yesterday afternoon, the boys in Forms 5 and 6 played in a cricket fixture against Garden House School at Kensington Memorial Park. The match proved to be an enthralling and entertaining game.

All members of staff present from both schools declared this one of the best school cricket matches they had ever seen. The Bassett team performed superbly to secure a victory by 167-139 and their score of runs included three sixes and three fours whilst in the field the team took 5 wickets. Each boy had a chance to bat, bowl and field and all were successful in scoring runs off the bat.
Well done, boys!

Crazy and creative construction club Making the most of constructing in the open air!

Miss Baldwin writes:

Crazy and creative construction club decided to make the most of the sunny weather this week and moved their club outside. The idea to make a frisbee using paper plates was a huge success and the children enjoyed decorating and then playing with their frisbees. Other construction materials such as Duplo, polydron and popoids were also explored and used to create people, buildings and other structures.

Art exhibition A 'behind the scenes' look at the preparations!

All the children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed preparing for our annual art exhibition and we thought you might like to see a selection of ‘behind the scenes’ photographs.

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P T M Cawthorne 17 May 2019