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  1. A taste of Senior School life for Prep 6

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    In the Summer Term, students from Prep 6 were invited to visit the Food and Nutrition Department at the Senior School. The students experienced a Healthy Eating lesson exploring the Eatwell Guide, they were given the opportunity to analyse their previous day’s food intake, linked to the concept of the Eatwell Guide. The students then worked in groups to make yummy carrot and orange cupcakes containing fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and unsaturated fat.

    There was a lovely atmosphere in the room as excited students got the chance to bake and sample the delights of their creations. When the students arrive at Senior School in September, they will study Food and Nutrition for two years, and it has been a real advantage for them to get a taste of what’s ahead!

  2. AJIS 7’s Success!

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    With a tough initial group, The Grange did well to finish undefeated, with a 10-0 win over hosts Merchant Taylors and a 15-15 all draw with Birkenhead. With Birkenhead scoring more points against Merchant Taylors, it meant we finished in second spot, leaving us with a tough quarter final game against MGS. Although having an energetic spell in this game, the boys lost 25-15. This defeat meant we were now strong favourites to lift the plate. Sweeping aside AKS 55-15 in the semi-final left one final challenging game against Stockport Grammar for the chance to win the plate competition. After conceding the opening try, the boys went on to score 3 of their own, resulting in a 15-5 victory to end a very successful day.

  3. Sale Sharks visit the Junior School

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    Mark Jennings & James Flynn travelled to The Grange Junior School to have a Question & Answer Session at the conclusion of the school’s Coaching You Programme, run by the Sharks Community Trust.

    The ‘Coaching You’ programme provided the school with the perfect opportunity for children to progress their interest in rugby, established during their PE lessons or to learn rugby as an after school activity.

    The Grange Junior School have been taking the programme for a number of years, and this term have had nine weeks of coaching before Mark & James travelled to the school to give out the Coaching You certificates, and take part in a Question and Answer session, before going outside to play rugby with the children and watch them demonstrate their new skills.

    Afterwards Mark said: ‘It is good to do community work and be involved in programmes like this as it is important in encouraging and getting young people involved.”

    Mr Evans, a member of the Grange’s PE staff said: “The opportunities given to the boys and girls is outstanding. The chance to get additional quality coaching can only be positive and help develop their skill level further”

  4. The Music of the Junior School

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    More than one hundred children participated in the Spring Junior School Informal Concert in early March.

    This concert allows pupils of standard grade 1 and above to perform in front of an audience and is often an ideal chance to try out their pieces before they sit their ABRSM Music exams in the coming weeks.

    In a fun-packed and very varied programme, the concert started with the orchestra playing an arrangement of Grieg’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’.  The Junior School recently took part in the BBC programmes ‘Ten pieces’ and this was one of the study pieces.

    Next, we were treated to performances by the Preps 5 & 6 Choir, the Preps 3 & 4 Choir and a number of singing groups.

    The rest of the programme involved a wide array of individual performances ranging from oboe pieces such as ‘The Music of the Night’ from  Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, to electric guitar pieces such as ‘We will, we will Rock You’.

    The level of performance was of a high standard and the range of singing and playing had something to suit every palate!


    By Liz Jones (Junior School Head of Music)

  5. Getting Muddy on the Headmaster’s Walk

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    Fifteen Prep 6 pupils enjoyed the first Junior School Headmaster’s Walk which took place in Delamere Forest on a wet and windy Saturday in October.

    The inclement weather did not dampen spirits one iota – in fact, the opportunity to get muddy and jump in puddles was embraced by all!

    Nine staff accompanied the children on the bracing five-mile circuit around Blakemere Moss and up to the top of Pale Heights, where the cloud cleared to offer some greats views of the surrounding countryside.

    Some of the staff had also brought along their dogs which added to the enjoyment of the morning as almost all the children took it in turns to walk at least one of them.

    Over the course of this year, Mr Rands intends to run a small number of these half day walks for Junior School pupils within or around Cheshire.

    This is to provide an opportunity for the children to get outside with their friends and enjoy the local environment through the seasons, whilst also providing the chance for staff to spend time informally chatting with the pupils, whilst everyone is getting some exercise.

    The feedback from the children was extremely positive and so the next Headmaster’s Walk is planned for Saturday 13th December when it will no doubt be a touch colder and crisper under foot!