Bassett Life
CITIZENSHIP COUNCIL This term’s representatives

Our Citizenship Council representatives have had a busy start to the spring term. They have been busy planning numerous activities and are preparing to unveil some exciting plans. I have been very impressed with their dedication in attending our meetings and I look forward to exploring their forthcoming ideas!

ECO COUNCIL This term’s representatives

Our Eco Council representatives have met with the school’s Travel Plan Coordinator to talk about ways in which we can try and make a difference to have cleaner air around our school.


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Form 2 have been learning about the Swiss artist, Paul Klee. They have created many artworks inspired by his work, including ‘Castle and Sun’ and ‘Fish Magic’.

Paul Klee was born in Switzerland on 18 December 1879 and died in June 1940. He participated in a range of art movements such as surrealism, cubism and expressionism.

The children loved working in a more abstract style, and using a lot of colours and shapes and a pupil in Form 2S has been awarded our Artist of the Week trophy for her fabulous Paul Klee inspired pictures. She displays a wonderful enthusiasm in class and is committed to producing work to the best of her ability.

FORM 2S Chinese New Year

Form 2 have been learning about China in geography this half of the term. In preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations on Friday 16 February, they learned all about New Year traditions and made some lovely decorations – look out for the dragons!

FORM 2D Chinese New Year


Form 2D have also been learning about Chinese New Year and they created some lovely artwork.

FORM 1S St Valentine assembly


Form 1S pulled on all of our heart strings with their heart-warming and love-filled assembly. The children told the story of St Valentine and how Valentine’s Day began. They made wonderful Valentine’s Day cards and delivered them during the assembly to the people they love as a few tears of joy appeared in the eyes of mummies and daddies. Also, they drew pictures of special people in their lives and told us all why they are so special to them. The children spoke clearly and confidently and sang beautifully. Well done Form 1S, we are very proud of you.

LOWER 1F Capacity


This week in Lower 1, the children have been exploring capacity in their maths lessons. They have researched this concept using lots of different materials such as; water, sand, oats and rice. We have been also been learning to use the appropriate vocabulary to describe the different containers. We have had lots of fun.

THE DEN Sensory tent


The Den children were very excited when their new ‘sensory tent’ arrived this week. The tent provides a place where the children can use their senses to explore their surroundings with items such as squeezy stars that light up and change colour and beanbags that each have a different texture for the children to feel. We have also read stories by torch light. The children are thoroughly enjoying this new experience.

NEWS FROM THE PE DEPT Football match against Pembridge Hall School

Last Thursday, 1 February, the girls in Form 6 played in football fixtures against Pembridge Hall School at the Westway and it proved to be an excellent afternoon of sport.

In one match, Bassett House played really well. However, it was not to be and Pembridge Hall eventually won the match 2-0.

In the other match, Bassett House gave a truly magnificent performance and dominated from start to finish, winning the match 3-1. Pembridge Hall pushed forward in the second half and pulled a goal back but a second goal from Bassett House to secure the win.

Well done to all the girls whose effort and behaviour were quite exceptional all afternoon.

RAINBOW CLUB The finished rainbows

The children in Rainbow club are delighted with their finished rainbows, they looked very cheerful on a chilly winter’s day! Well done to all the children.

FORM 4C A mastery approach


Form 4C have been taking a mastery approach to their learning. This means that we have been thinking about the power of ‘yet’ and how we must always persevere until we master a skill in depth. Each term we have different objectives that we want to master. To celebrate mastering an objective, we use that objective to build another brick on our wall display. In this way we make sure that we can see how much we are learning! We are now halfway through the year and our wall is looking pretty sturdy. Well done 4C.

FORM 2S French lesson


During their French lesson, Form 2S played a game of Tasting Bingo. With eyes closed, the children took turns to smell the variety of foods on display. They were asked by their friends “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” and named the food using the French words they have learned in class. The children played their parts brilliantly. The children certainly had great fun! They continued to practise their skills by playing the game “I bought at the market” in French. I was most impressed by their vocabulary and their pronunciation was excellent. At the end of the lesson, their efforts were rewarded by being able to eat the treats, they especially enjoyed “le fromage.”

Excellent travail les enfants!

FORM 3R Magnet mania


Form 3R put all the knowledge they have acquired about magnets to good use by creating their own games using magnetic attraction. The games differed between preposterous puppy netball, amazing mazes, fabulous football, risky races and fantastic fishing. The children worked well together, using their problem solving skills and lots of imagination to come up with some great ideas to make them a reality.

Well done and what a wonderful and fun way to enhance your learning.

FORM 5 Young Musicians’ Assembly


The Form 5 Young Musicians’ Assembly was a real treat for the audience. The children’s performances showed clear musical progression and increased skill, with a level of maturity and expression that made each performance shine. The children played piano with style and to an excellent standard. We were entertained by two pupils on their ukuleles and a fitting end to an outstanding recital was an excellent performance on the drums, One of our pupils sang and played guitar (her own emotive composition), and and another left the audience spellbound with a Chopin Nocturne.

FORM 4 Netball match against St Nicholas Preparatory School


On Wednesday selected girls in Form 4 played in a netball fixture against St Nicholas Preparatory School at the Westway and it proved a hugely successful afternoon. The Bassett House girls put in their best performance of the year and dominated the match throughout, eventually winning 7-0!

The teamwork the girls displayed was outstanding and they showed impressive tactical knowledge throughout.

Well done to all of the girls.

FORM 4 A visit by the Freshwater Theatre Company


Form 4 were lucky enough to participate in a geographical theatre workshop yesterday morning when Emily from Freshwater visited. We watched our classroom-based learning come to life! We were taken on a virtual tour of the UK to discover what life is like for the locals in different regions and the many areas of outstanding natural beauty that Britain is famous for. The children showcased their growing geographical knowledge and participated with huge enthusiasm.


We celebrated Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) a week early and made ‘Crepes Suzette’ in cooking club – delicious!

NEWS FROM THE PE DEPARTMENT Tag rugby match against Garden House School yesterday


The Form 5 and 6 boys touch rugby team were victorious in their match against Garden House yesterday. The lead changed hands numerous times during what was an enthralling match. The boys showed a huge amount of heart in defending as a team and demonstrated some excellent judgement in ‘picking off’ the opposition tags. In attack there were some weaving runs and slick passing to ensure that they were able to finish as the winners.  A fantastic team effort all round and great sportsmanship shown by the team. Congratulations!


I hope you have enjoyed reading this bumper issue of Bassett Life. It’s been a bumper half term too with sporting triumphs, a collection of impressive musical assemblies, wonderful class assemblies as well as exciting and informative trips.

I hope you have a very enjoyable half term holiday and look forward to seeing the children back on Monday, 19 February.

P T M Cawthorne 9 February 2018





6 February

To all parents

Warm clothing and naming of uniform

Tuesday 6 February

To the parents of certain children in Lower 1, Form 1 and Form 2

Message – Parent teacher meeting bookings – a reminder

Tuesday 6 February

To the parents of children in the Den and Lower 1

Look@Me online assessment

Thursday 8 February

To the parents of children in Form 6

Meeting to discuss residential trip to Normandy on Tuesday, 20 February – a date for your diary

Thursday 8 February

To the parents of certain children in Bassettones, orchestra and guitar ensemble

Musical Extravaganza on Monday 26 February – a date for your diary

Thursday 8 February

To the parents of children in Form 6

Young Musicians’ Assembly – auditions on Friday, 23 February

Friday 9 February

To the parents of children in Form 3

Visit to the Science Museum on Monday, 19 February

Friday 9 February

To the parents of certain girls in Forms 5 and 6

Netball match against St Nicholas Preparatory School on Thursday, 22 February

Friday 9 February

To all parents

Head lice – Please check your child’s hair during half term

Friday 9 February

To the parents of children in Form 6

Advice regarding 11+ results

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