Bassett Life
FORMS 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 Christmas Carol Service – 6.00pm

Tuesday 12 December

The Christmas Carol Service will be held next Tuesday in St Helen’s Church. Please ensure your child arrives promptly at 5.40pm, looking as smart as possible.

We very much look forward to welcoming parents to this service.

FORMS 5 and 6 Christingle Service at Westminster Abbey

On Friday 1 December, Forms 5 and 6 were invited to attend the Christingle Service at Westminster Abbey in aid of The Children’s Society. Three of our children had the honour of reading during the service and all the children enjoyed singing hymns. They received Christingles, which were lit as they joined nearly a thousand children in a circle in the knave of the beautiful abbey to sing a Christmas carol.


Other top stories…

FORM 1 Ralph the Reindeer


Form 1 wowed us with their wonderful performance of ‘Ralph the Reindeer’ on Wednesday afternoon. The children sang beautifully, spoke clearly and acted as though they were on the West End stage! Thank you to all of the parents for the spectacular costumes and for supporting the children with their lines and songs. It was an incredible way for the children to finish their first term in Form 1 and we feel extremely proud of each and every one of them.

We are now all in the festive spirit and wish you all a lovely Christmas.

NEWS FROM THE PE DEPARTMENT Netball matches against NHP

On Tuesday, the girls in Form 4, as well as selected girls in Form 3, played in netball fixtures against Notting Hill Preparatory School at Kensington Memorial Park.

The Bassett House ‘B’ team battled well and worked very hard in their match only to narrowly lose 1-2, whilst the Bassett House ‘A’ team produced a truly fantastic 6-3 victory.

Well done to all the girls and a big thank you to all the parents and supporters who attended the fixtures.

BHSPA Christmas Market


“All the fun at the Fair”. Last Friday the BHSPA held the annual Christmas Market. It was quite a challenge for the parents involved as the Parents’ Christmas Party was the evening prior, so there were lots of weary but happy volunteers. As with last year, the entrance to the hall looked wonderfully festive, with the magnificent Christmas trees and wreathes. The children had a wonderful time enjoying the chocolate fountain, decorating festive cookies, buying tombola tickets and enjoying games organised by the children in Form 6. The mums and dads and friends and family had the opportunity to buy cases of wonderful wines for the upcoming holiday period and stock up on beautifully handmade cakes and biscuits. All in all, it was a lovely start to the festive season and, as always, huge thank you to the parents, staff and children for supporting another fundraising event for the charities we support.


On Monday afternoon, for our last Strictly Come Scottish Dancing club, we invited our parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters to join us for a wee ceilidh! The girls have worked really hard this term to perfect their dancing skills and were excited to show off all their hard work.

We enjoyed performing all of the dances which we have mastered this term: the Canadian Barn Dance, the Military Two Step, a Dashing White Sergeant and our favourite, the Virginia Reel – disco style! Not only that but we all enjoyed tasting some Scottish ‘delicacies’ – Tunnocks Caramel Wafers and Irn Bru. What a treat.

Our families even had a go at doing some of the dances too – that is what a ceilidh is all about… everyone having fun!

Thank you to everyone who joined us.


There were some excellent performances at our Rainbow club talent show on Monday and the winner was from Form 1 with his pre-recorded scientific experiment, well done to him, our very own Bassett Einstein in the making!

The runner up sang a wonderful rendition of a French Christmas song ‘l’as-tu vu’ that got us all in the Christmas spirit.

Well done to everyone who took part.

LOWER 1F 24Hearts


The children in L1F really enjoyed designing their hearts. They created some fantastic pictures of people who are special to them and talked about why they are important to them.

DRAMA CLUB Cinderella

For our final drama club of the term, the children acted scenes from ‘Cinderella’ in preparation for watching the teachers’ forthcoming pantomime this Friday. The children did an excellent job, putting all the acting skills that they have learned over the last 12 weeks to the test. I wonder if you can work out which scenes they are acting? Excellent acting, drama club!

FORM 5 Visit by the Freshwater Theatre Company


This week Form 5 enjoyed a fun-filled history workshop run by Freshwater Theatre Company. Kenrick, from the Anglo-Saxon times, visited the children to take them on a journey through the Anglo-Saxon era. They had their fortunes told, using Anglo-Saxon runes, acted out various parts of Anglo-Saxon life and explored the story of Beowulf and the evil Grendel. It was an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.



Mrs Cawthorne organised a Chanukah assembly this week. She invited some of the children to come and share their experience of the Jewish celebration of Chanukah in more detail. They explained that Chanukah is an eight day Jewish celebration in which a menorah is lit, special prayers are said, fried foods are eaten and a traditional spinning top called a dreidel is used to play with.

Cookery club Yummy Yule logs!


We can’t believe that we have come to the end of another fantastic ten weeks of cooking club! In our final club we entered into the Christmas spirit and made delicious chocolate yule logs.

The children had to make their own buttercream icing by mixing together butter, icing sugar, cocoa and chocolate! We then used the icing to decorate our chocolate Swiss rolls and attempted to make them resemble a log by creating patterns with knives and forks. Finally, for a touch of Christmas sparkle, we decorated them with edible glitter; they were delicious.

FORMS 3 AND 4 Christmas Concert


Forms 3 and 4 helped to put the school in a festive spirit during their Thursday morning Christmas Concert. Jolly carols were sung by choirs and audience alike, with a special saxophone duet of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. Carols were played beautifully on the piano by the children, and everyone joined in on a rousing version of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, complete with actions!

THE DEN Visit to the Lyric Theatre to see Father Christmas!


The Den children enjoyed a festive trip to the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith to see a magical production of Father Christmas. The flying reindeer, snow falling and impressive sound effects all added to the atmosphere and the children loved watching Father Christmas getting ready for his busiest day of the year.

A huge thank you to the parents and nannies for meeting us at the theatre. The journey back to school went seamlessly and once back in the classroom, the children enjoyed hot chocolate and Christmas tree biscuits to round off a wonderful start to the festive season.

FORM 2 Visit to the French Institute


Form 2 had a great time at the French Institute. In the morning, they explored the library and listened to wonderful stories in French, discovering new words about winter. They told their own short stories using new French words they had learned. In the afternoon, the children thoroughly enjoyed the French Film “Princes et Princesses”. The imagery and colour of the animation was wonderful. The language level was accessible for all and the children were able to recognise many of the words learned in class.

NEWS FROM THE PE DEPARTMENT Matches played yesterday


Yesterday, Bassett House enjoyed a superb afternoon of sports fixtures against Parsons Green Preparatory School to end the term on a high.

The Form 5 girls netball and the Forms 5 and 6 boys football matches both ended in draws (2-2 and 3-3 respectively) in what were exciting, end-to-end games.

The Form 4 boys convincingly won their football match 5-2 whilst the Form 6 girls enjoyed a truly outstanding 9-0 win in their netball match!

These results give Bassett House a run of seven wins and three draws in the last twelve fixtures of the term. Well done to all!


Due to the pantomime performances this afternoon, Bassett Life has been published a little earlier than usual. The children in Forms 5 and 6 have been singing carols in Portobello Road and later this afternoon/evening is the staff’s Cinderella pantomime. Look out in next week’s edition for news and photos of these two events.


Date Sent



4 December

To all parents

Christmas Carol Singing on Friday 8 December

Tuesday 5 December

To the parents of children in Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6

No Homework club on Friday 8 December and Tuesday 12 December

Wednesday 6 December

To the families who purchased tickets for the pantomime

Message – entry to Cinderella performances by tickets only,

Wednesday 6 December

To the parents of children attending Chess club this term

Chess Festival at Olympia until 11 December – an invitation to the event

Wednesday 6 December

To the parents of children in Form 3

Message, Music file and lyrics for the Carol Service

Wednesday 6 December

To the parents of children in Senior Chamber Choir

Message, music file and lyrics for the Carol Service

Thursday 7 December

To all parents

Collection arrangements for the last day of term – Thursday 14 December

Thursday 7 December

To the parents of children in Forms 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Holiday homework

Thursday 7 December

To the parents of children in Form 6

Music file and lyrics for the Carol Service on Tuesday 12 December

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P T M Cawthorne 8 December 2017