This week Key Stage 2 performed Treasure Island for Key Stage 1 and parents at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill. Their excellent production showed some fantastic acting ability alongside some great singing. All those hours practising their lines and songs definitely paid off! What a wonderful way to end this school year...
Thank you to everyone who joined us last Thursday for our Prize Giving and Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly. The children sang and spoke beautifully and our special guest, Mr Paul Vanni, Headmaster of the new Kensington Park School, presented the prizes. In the fantastic surroundings of The Royal Geographic Society...
This week, the children took part in our annual sports day at Barn Elms Sport Trust in Barnes. The weather was amazing and the children (and adults) had a lot of fun in the glorious weather. Take a look at some of the pictures from the fantastic day...
St Nicholas Prep artwork was on show this week at the Arts Festival, St Stephen's Church (Gloucester Road). Art from pupils in Years 4-6 was entered and was on display to the public for a couple of weeks.
I appreciate that not many parents look lovingly at their kitchens and think 'what a great lab this would make for the kids'. Yet most kitchens, with a bit of imagination, are excellent - and safe - environments for children to learn basic science. One of the most important lessons...
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman to practise medicine in Italy. She became very interested in child development and opened her Casa dei Bambini (Children's House) in the slums of Rome in 1907. Her child-centred methods of independent learning were regarded as transformational. She went on to...
It’s said that if children can discover things for themselves rather than being told, they find them a lot more exciting and satisfying. I believe this is just as true of maths as it is of any other subject, and if parents get into the habit of using simple maths in an everyday context, their children will be able to understand it, too, as well as learn...
Everyone appreciates that getting children into the great outdoors on a more regular basis is good for them. How many parents, however, realise that gardening can be great for children's education as well as their health? Adults use gardening...
Not many parents will look at their kitchen and think 'laboratory!' but that's what it is. It's a place where elements are combined and altered after undergoing a series of chemical and physical processes. How successful the experiments are...
This week, St Nicholas welcomed Nursery heads from the Kensington Area to the school to attend an evening on food, flavour and the science behind fussy eaters. Dr Rachel Edwards-Stuart, a renowned Food Scientist and Flavour Expert, has trained as a chef in Paris, gained a PhD sponsored by Heston Blumenthal and lectured around Europe. She spent a few hours with us...
There is exciting news regarding future plans for St. Nicholas Prep School. The school has operated successfully in our current premises since the 1950s, but we are always exploring how we can develop and enhance the educational experience we provide our pupils. In keeping with this aim, we have identified a new home for our school and nursery from September 2019 that offers a bigger
On 17 April, St Nicholas Prep School and Dr Aric Sigman, a child psychologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, will run a free talk about the importance of parents tackling body image issues facing children. Dr Sigman will explore why body dissatisfaction has become so prevalent in children, how to prevent these feelings from developing in the first place and how parents
On Wednesday we went to the British Museum to see the artifacts about Mesopotamia. We left at 9:30am in the coach to take us there. We arrived and dropped off our bags and coats and we had a look around at the pottery and jewellery. It was interesting to see things as old as this, some almost 4000 years old. After a good sandwich and juice,
The KS2 children were delighted to show Mrs. Walker some examples of the fantastic work done for creative homework week. A new initiative this year, encourages children to use their creativity on a particular topic for 'homework' or 'home-fun!' as some children prefer to think of it! This week the topic was 'transport'.
St. Nicholas is very lucky to be hosting a Team GB athlete on Wednesday, January 25th. We have Kola Adedoyin, who is an accomplished Triple Jumper. He will be working with classes, completing for time specific fitness circuit activities which promote healthy living and positive competition within our school. He [...]
Headteacher, Miss Anna Guerin brings to St Nicholas a new programme called 'Mindfulness' which will be introduced to KS2 children starting this week. The programme will be integrated into the curriculum to help children learn coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Miss Guerin explains, "Mental health is [...]
The children today were met with a giant balloon floating in the garden this afternoon! Artist Tomás Seraceno flew a hot air balloon through the garden, part of his Aerocene 'cloud cities' project. Aerocene is a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will achieve the longest, emission-free journey around the world: becoming buoyant only [...]
We are proud to announce that the Early Years at St Nicholas Preparatory School has been awarded Re-Accreditation by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. This is a huge success within our setting and an achievement we are deeply proud of. Accreditation is awarded to schools that demonstrate high quality Montessori [...]
This week, parents of Early Years enjoyed an informative workshop about the Montessori provision at St Nicholas and how they can best support their child's learning. It is the first of a series of workshops run by Lauren Colvin and Louisa Conway, co-heads of Early Years. Ms Lauren, an experienced [...]
Montessori International Summer 2016 Ask the Expert "Children learn first-hand about the world around them, such as plant and animal life cycles, weather, seasons, growth and change. The seasonal changes that occur outdoors entice children and instil a sense of wonder and intrigue.." Lauren Colvin Ms Lauren (Head of Early [...]
We were treated to the hugely energetic and hilarious Steve Cole this week, author of over 150 books and a firm favourite with the children. Steve has written many series including Astrosaurs, Cows in Action and Slime Squad and he entertained the children with improvised stories (starring Emma-Rose 4T as [...]
Year 2 had a very exciting trip to the Saatchi Gallery on Thursday. The children took a guided tour around the current exhibition, ‘Champagne Life,’ an all-female artist show celebrating thirty years since the gallery first opened. After this the children got the chance to make their own pieces of [...]
Years 4 and 5 were extremely lucky to have a special visit and workshop from an award-winning performance poet and playwright, Joseph Coelho on Monday 16th November 2015. Joseph Coelho, who scooped the 2015 CLPE children’s poetry award for his first solo poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules!, instantly kindled wonderment and [...]
Year 3 had a real treat for their French lesson this week. French author and illustrator Delphine Perret came to do a session with the children. This workshop was organised as part of the South Ken Kids’ Festival. Delphine started by showing the children some of her books and explaining [...]
Montessori International Autumn 2015 Ask the Expert "Children love to take their real life experiences and explore them further through role play, such as pretending to be a shopkeeper or bus driver. When observing children within the classroom it's amazing to see how much children know and understand about numbers [...]
To kick off our Book Week celebrations we welcomed Luke Temple to talk to both KS1 and KS2 about his latest books and what it is like being an author. Scenes from Blubber Monster were played out with the help of KS1 pupils, which caused much hilarity amongst the audience, [...]
Plans to form a St. Nicholas Student Rock Band have been hatching in the music department and on Thursday morning auditions were held for group members. Mrs Rogers and Mr Omar judged perfomances on drums, piano, electric guitar and vocals from Year 5 and 6 students specially invited to try out for [...]
On Friday 25 September, St. Nicholas joined hundreds of schools all over the country in celebrating the birthday of much-loved children's author Roald Dahl. Every year, a 'Dahlicious Dress Up Day' happens close to the author's birthday and raises money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity (www.roalddahl.com/charity), which does important work supporting children and young people [...]
Fourteen Year 6 pupils arrived in class 1T yesterday morning to deliver speeches explaining why they should be voted Head Boy and Head Girl. KS1 pupils listened beautifully as Shahpour, Arthur, Abudi and Faisal from 6W took turns to tell us what being Head Boy would mean to them. Then, [...]
Ask the Expert "Most parents will see their children in a very different light than you do as their teacher. They don't generally see them in an environment where they are one of many other children the same age, where they have to do things and make decisions for themselves, [...]