Bassett Life
FORMS 5 AND 6 Mary Poppins


Last week, Mary Poppins appeared, complete with brolly out of the windy London skies at St Helen’s Hall, at 6.30pm. Admiral Boom gave the audience several warnings about the winds and storm approaching, but the Banks family did not quite understand the change that was coming their way. The children delivered a ‘practically perfect’ performance of this classic tale. There are three key elements that make a musical production a success: acting, singing and dancing. The children in Forms 5 and 6 showed confidence and talent in front of the audience and the performance was definitely one to be remembered!

Mary Poppins was a complex production in terms of the dynamic pace of the story and the variety of settings required, but we are extremely proud to have delivered such a successful show.

Well done to all the children who took part. You displayed ‘supercalifragilistic’ stage presence and a very professional approach. Thank you to all staff and parents who supported us in delivering such a fabulous event.


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We had so many fabulous entries for the photography competition that it was really hard to choose the winners. But, congratulations to the two photographers above whose photographs have been printed in the Bassett Review 2017-2018. Well done!

LOWER 1F Eurhythmics display

The children in L1F enjoyed taking part in a eurhythmics display for their families on Monday.

The L1F children did an excellent job of listening to the music and making rhythmical physical movements in relation to the different sounds they heard. They demonstrated the different listening games and musical stories that they have been learning throughout the year. I think all of the mummies, daddies (and nannies) were very impressed!

FORMS 1, 2 AND 3 Junior Choral Concert

Bassett House had a tuneful start to the week with Monday morning’s Junior Choral Concert. Forms 1, 2 and 3 entertained a full house in style. Form 1 enjoyed their first concert, singing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ and an emotive version of ‘The Climb’. Form 2 brought a smile with a precise ‘Michael Finnegan’ and ‘Hey Baby’, complete with dabbing! The concert came to a rousing finish with Form 3’s ‘Queen Medley’ and ‘Football’s Coming’ home. Mrs Cawthorne commented on the standard and the clear progression of singing. Well done!


Tuesday morning was one for the BHS memory book as the children excelled themselves in the summer Musical Extravaganza! The Bassettones nailed it with a swooning ‘My Way’ followed by an energetic rendition of ‘Bills’, complete with kazoos! Two sisters with beautiful voices entertained with song and dance to ‘I’m Still Standing’. We heard from four extremely talented singer/songwriters, whose work was of a calibre showing talent well beyond their years. The extravaganza came to a close with the BHS orchestra, who performed ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ with aplomb, and wowed the audience with ‘The Cha Cha’. It was a highly enjoyable morning of music – well done to all who took part!



Key stage 1

The orange triangle represents 8, and the teal circle represents 3; 8 – 3 = 5.

Key stage 2

Lee reads 10 pages on Monday, 15 pages on Tuesday and 35 pages on Wednesday.

FORM 4 Garage band

Form 4 have been involved in a cross-curricular music technology unit of study. They were introduced to Garage Band during their IT lessons, and the digital technology was taken further in music lessons to encompass the musical elements of layered sound. The children above are busy composing a piece of music. The children in Forms 5 and 6 have also learned to use Garage Band throughout the year.



Today has been bittersweet as we bade farewell to our wonderful Form 6 children. It has been a privilege to watch them developing skills in so many different areas but above all growing in confidence, ready to face the challenges of senior school life.

EXPANSION PROJECT Construction work over the summer

A lot of work will be carried out this summer by our various contractors and I have written a separate circular to parents today to describe in greater detail what will be done. It is all very exciting and will greatly improve the provision that Bassett House can offer our children.


There have been many memorable highlights this term. We have been royally entertained by two major musical productions, Form 4’s spectacular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Forms 5 and 6’s brilliant Mary Poppins. Sports day was a wonderful opportunity for the children to demonstrate their sporting prowess and sportsmanship and the popular young musicians’ assemblies enabled children to build up their confidence by performing in front of a supportive audience. House singing and maths competitions and form assemblies have been enjoyed by all and the art produced for art week was simply stunning.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to hearing about the children’s adventures when I see them in September.





Wednesday 11 July

To the parents of children in the Den and Lower 1

Look@Me on-line assessment

Thursday 12 July

To all parents

Building a better Bassett House: the construction work and next steps

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P T M Cawthorne 12 July 2018