February 09, 2015

Caterham School (UK): Newsletter January 2015

Welcome to Caterham School

Inspiring Education for Life

Caterham School is an independent co-educational HMC day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 – 18 years. We aim to provide an inspirational all-round education which combines academic excellence with a wealth of co-curricular opportunities. All our students go on to Higher Education. Our academic track record places us among the top schools in the country.

One of the top ten independent co-educational day & boarding schools in England (A*-B grade results - The Times 2014)


On 21 October, 17 budding artists and photographers travelled from London St Pancras to Paris on the Eurostar.

When we eventually arrived at our hotel we were exhausted and wanted to relax for a while. However, before heading out to dinner we had free time so we visited a French supermarket. On the second day we visited Notre Dame Cathedral, a journey that included busking, a caricature session, and a group sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody before going to the Centre Pompidou. On the following day we visited the Galerie des Galeries and the Louvre where we were thrilled to see the Mona Lisa first hand. Head of Art Charlotte Bell said: ‘This trip was fantastic opportunity for our Sixth Form students to experience the art, architecture and culture of Paris. The students and staff had a wonderful time and, as expected, the trip has sparked a number of exciting A-level Art and Photography projects.’


The junior girls’ swimming team competed in the English Schools' Swimming Association (ESSA) National Relay finals on 22 November at the Olympic Pool.

The preliminary competition was the Surrey Schools’ Relay Championships on 20 September. Although that was the first time that we had entered this competition, these girls soon made an impact. Niamh Ryan, Isabella Berlin, Amy Davies and Robyn Sinclair were our team of the evening, finishing second in the county behind Guildford High School by only 0.06 seconds in the freestyle relay (2.05.85). It was a similar story in the medley relay, where the girls also finished in a fantastic second place (2.24.98).

Their time in the Freestyle Relay meant that they qualified for the Nationals. They achieved an impressive time of 2.04.22 in the morning heats and therefore qualified for their final in the afternoon. Against the top swimming schools in the country, the girls finished 9th fastest overall, placing them in the top 10 teams in England. Over 400 schools had entered the competition. Head of Swimming, Mrs Rachel Hart, said: ‘The girls are only aged 11 to 13 years old and they had done really well in the regional round in September. In the final they were competing against the top swimming schools in the country so this is a superb achievement. I am delighted for them. This was a superb achievement for a new team and really bodes very well for the future.’


In the October half term in an attempt to further understand and the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust. The trip was made up of three main activities across three days.

The first was a walking tour of the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and the Padgorze Ghetto. This tour was an excellent way for the students to gain geographical perspective of Krakow and the surrounding area, as well as to re-establish the reasons for the great persecutions that took place in this region. During this tour the students visited a series of Synagogues as well a Jewish cemetery that has been re-built after it was destroyed by the Nazis in the 1940s. The tour lasted five hours and was an exceptional experience. On the second day the group visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the key concentration and extermination camps. Rychard, our guide for the day, led us around Auschwitz and then Birkenau as they are two different sites that were used for different purposes.

This experience was one that the students will never forget. They were able to learn new information about the Holocaust and it was evident that the issue of conformity and obedience was very much present during the attempted mass extermination of the Jewish people (and other races). This opportunity to visit such a place was truly moving for all students and staff. On the last day the group was fortunate enough to meet a local lady who survived World War Two and who had actually harboured a young Jewish girl in her family home with her mother and sister. They risked their own lives to save the life of this young girl. It was fascinating to hear her story of fear, bravery and selflessness. Outside of the scheduled activities, the students were able to enjoy the sites and culture that Krakow has to offer. The trip was both academically and personally enriching and I would like to thank all those who came to Krakow.


On 14 October, eight Second Year students and I attended a Construction, Engineering and Design day lead by SATRO, an independent not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to inspire young people about their future careers.

They were asked to plan, design and build a bridge out of paper, string and screws – quite a challenge as they only had a few hours and worked with students from other schools in teams to see which bridge could support the most weight when balanced across a one and a half metre gap! Our students worked with great concentration and determination even when faced with the many complex challenges that arose in building such a construction. They had to apply knowledge about forces, compression and tension to complete the task and they were asked to be as original as possible. They demonstrated good team work skills when working with different students and we had two members of the winning team Angelina and Jessica – well done girls! All in all it was a very enjoyable day, one that inspired our students to think outside the box in Mathematics and Science and has sown a few seeds for possible career choices in areas not previously thought about.

THE 2014 PHOTOGRAPHY Competition

The private view took place on 20 November with prizes award to 5 categories, from Prep school pupils to parents. This charity event was in support of Mind UK and the subject title was
“Happiness Is....”


Prep: Jake Rochester for his entry of a “Cat in a Rug”
First Year to Fourth Year: Christy Bennett for her entry of a “Paint Box”
Fifth Year to Sixth Form: Michael Fahey for his entry of a “Man on Park Bench in Brooklyn”
Staff: Ana Ambles for her entry of “Fairy at a Wedding”
Parent: Nick Beadle for his entry of a “Squirrel”

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