The Wider World

Colin Pyle – Motorbike Adventurer

Colin came to talk to us about his motorbike adventures which saw him ride for hours every day for 56 days. He and his brother Ryan motorcycled round China and then on a separate trip to India.  The children were fascinated by the Karni Mata temple with its sacred rats.  Colin showed us a video of him bravely exploring the temple.  China presented its own challenges with Colin having to carry his petrol everywhere and fill up his petrol tank using a teapot!

Jonathan Lemalu – Opera Singer

The deep bass baritone voice of Jonathan Lemalu filled the assembly hall to the wonder of many children, and a bit of a shock to others! Exerts from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin delighted the children, particularly when they recognised a language they were familiar with. There was audience participation, with a lot of page turning actions in time with the music and Eletta miming the flute superbly. Well done Vivi for recognising the character Papageno in The Magic Flute. ‘I bought me a cat’, from Old American Songbook, ended the assembly on a high with the sounds of a farmyard reverberating around the walls! A big thank you to Jonathan for taking the time to come in early in the morning and Mrs Gallagher from Pembridge Hall for accompanying him.

Our 2012 – 2013 Charity Visitor

The school council welcomed Rebecca McLoughlin to Chepstow House School.  Rebecca was here to talk about our school charity for this year – The Pluto Appeal.  The children learned all about an important robot called Pluto that will allow surgeons to help both babies and children get better at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

James Honeyborne

We were very fortunate to have James Honeyborne, the series producer of Africa, coming in to give a special assembly. This gave the children a fabulous opportunity to learn more about African animals, and find out which were Mr. Honeyborne’s favourites. Previously, the school had an art focus on the programme and looked at some of the memorable clips, before creating animal based art works. Mr Honeyborne selected 10 winners from across the school to receive a signed copy of a book based on the Africa series.

What is life like in Nepal?

Isobel spent 3 months volunteering at Bhakti Namuna Higher Secondary School in Nepal. Whilst there she lived with a local family and was very well looked after. We were all fascinated to learn about the difference between her life in Nepal and her life in London. The shower in Nepal had cold water and was a trickle by London standards. The children’s feelings on this were aptly described by one student who thought that was a ‘nightmare’! We feel very lucky to have so many resources and colourful displays in our classroom. Thank you to Isobel for a very interesting and thought provoking assembly.

Christmas Appeal 2012

Every year we support the Rugby Portobello Trust.  This year we were lucky to have a special guest, Soliyana Zemichael, whose mum works for the Rugby Portobello Trust.  She told us about how the charity helps both herself and other boys and girls.  With well over 100 boxes being donated, we know that we have made a difference to the lives of some of the local children this Christmas!