Prep School | MT2023 | Week 8

Dear Parents,

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much time”

Rudyard Kipling

 

I am sure I did not embark on my teaching career intent on sharing quotes from someone I saw as of limited relevance to contemporary life. However, I find myself using Kipling quotes at all sorts of times of the year, not just when we refer to the inspirational words at the entrance to Centre Court as Wimbledon looms. This one encapsulates an optimistic outlook – surely a timeless approach to life. It reminds us to look to the positive, and from that we can offer help and support and not censure when things go wrong. This feels completely in keeping with the 3Cs and their influence on our lives at Marlborough College Malaysia.

 

We all enjoyed the fabulous Chichester Festival last week and the House fun and pride continued today as the Pre-Prep enjoyed their colourful Puppy Hash. Thank you to all those of you who dressed up in House colours, joined in with the event – or at least bought ice lollies for the children to reward their efforts. Thanks also to our Heads of House team and their new Pengawas who helped make the event go so smoothly.

Nations Day (Mrs Rachel Lockyer – Head of Prep Academic)

We hope you are looking forward to this celebration next week on Thursday 19th October.  Please make sure that your child has a named container with a lid that they can use to hold their treats from the FoMCM Food Court.   It will be a good idea forthese containers (as below) to be brought into school sooner and kept safely in their form rooms so they are ready for Thursday.

 

Snacks for After School club
Please can we reiterate that snack sharing in school is prohibited. A range of snacks are provided in school at break time in the morning and afternoon; however, if children bring in their own snacks for before and after-school clubs these must not be shared. This is to ensure the safety of all our pupils with regard to allergies and food intolerances.

Sports Update (Miss Laura Prentice, Head of Prep PE and Games)
House Football
Next week, we have house football matches for Year 4 to 8. Please see below the relevant details and ensure pupils have their house tops for the relevant session.

Monday 16th October – 2.40pm Year 4 House Football
Tuesday 17th October – 8.30am Year 7 and 8 House Football
Tuesday 17th October – 2.40pm Year 5 and 6 House Football

Change of sports after half term
Please note that from 30th October 2023 Year 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 girls will change to netball in preparation for netball season. They will participate in netball in both games sessions. All pupils will need trainers, white socks, skort and sleeveless games top as this is the netball kit. Netball club will continue afterschool on Wednesday.

Boys will continue with football until after the exeat w/c 14th November 2023 when they will switch to touch rugby or rugby. Further details will follow on this in due course.

Year 3 will continue with hockey until 14th November 2023. They will then change to the following sports:

  • Monday PM – football
  • Wednesday AM – touch rugby

All pupils will need football boots, trainers, blue long socks, shin pads, PE kit (shorts and t-shirt) for both lessons.

Message from Mrs Cassidy

Once again it was wonderful to see so many parents at Parent-Beak meetings this week and I would like to thank you all for the time you gave to coming into school for this important event. In fact, there have been a few opportunities to invite parents into school again this week and it has felt like a nice ‘rounding-up’ of half a term of hard work (and fun) by our pupils. Next week will go so quickly and the excitement is already building for Nations Day on Thursday 19th, our last day before the Half Term break. I am getting very excited about the gorgeous costumes.

3RL Assembly
Thank you to Mr Lockyer and 3RL for their amazing assembly today, all about our skeletons. It was a wonderful chance for the younger children to learn some new facts about our bodies and our bones, plus a thoroughly enjoyable shared celebration. I particularly enjoyed the song, which got us all on our feet! I think I will be singing it all weekend.

Puppy Hash
This event really went from good to great this year and how amazing to see so many parents running with or supporting their children! An amazing way to end the week. It always feels like a fitting way to end the week, with all the children in their House colours, but this event has a particularly special atmosphere; a bit of challenge, a bit of fun and a bit of tradition all rolled into one.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same” 

Rudyard Kipling

Having mentioned the famous words at Centre Court, I thought I should share them. They are great advice for life, reminding us to be gracious in victory and defeat. Have a wonderful weekend with friends and family – being generous with each other and making some happy memories.

 

Kind regards,

 

Rachel Eaton-Jones 

Head of Prep School

 


 

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