Fairstead House

An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents

The highlight of this week has to be the resounding success of U11 boys and girls hockey teams, who competed in a ‘Quicksticks’ hockey tournament involving 28 local schools.  I am thrilled to announce that our ‘A’ Team came first and our ‘B’ Team came fourth, narrowly missing third place.  More details and riveting match reports below!  A particular thank you and well done to our Sports Captains, for ensuring such successful teamwork and a very evident strong team spirit.

On a more serious note, it has been brought to my attention that a number of children are using the ‘Roblox’ app at home.  Whilst this is advertised as being suitable for children aged 7 years and upwards, please be aware that the default setting on this game allows ‘chat’ with other users of Roblox, who could be complete strangers.  To disable this chat function, please see below:

How to Disable Chat:
1. Log into the account.
2. Go to your Account Settings page by clicking on the gear-icon, located in the upper-right corner of the page followed by Settings. …
3. Click on the Privacy tab and under “Who can chat with me in app?”, select No one.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save.

Further more, please check your child’s date of birth is entered correctly as anyone whose date of birth indicates they are over thirteen may see inappropriate and violent scenes.

Still with social media, we continually remind children in our ICT lessons and assemblies, not to say anything online that they would not say to a friend face-to-face.  It may also be pertinent to remind you that Whatsapp is now only suitable for young people aged 16 and over.


The children in Reception started the week learning all about Remembrance Day. Their behaviour during the school’s Remembrance Service was impeccable and Mrs Sanders was very proud of them all.
It has also been the children’s first visit to the forest this week. The class had wonderful adventures exploring their new surroundings, learning about hibernation and constructing some fantastic hibernating dens. They cannot wait to return but a very special trip to visit some owls comes first!
The children have also loved reading about the adventures of ‘Plop the Barn Owl’, and have linked this to learning about diurnal and nocturnal animals. They have created some super artwork and discovered some fascinating facts!

A big thank you to Roan’s Mummy, who brought in some special spotty ‘Children in Need’ napkins for lunch today!

Year 1

There’s been a whole lot of loving in Year 1 this week!  In RE, the children have been looking at why Christians give presents at Christmas, so they took this opportunity to make a gift for someone in the class and tell them how they feel about them. Mrs Scott had a few teary moments!
In History, they have been looking at toys from the past and comparing them with what they play with now.



Year 2

Year 2 took part in a very exciting science experiment this week. HM Queen Elizabeth II contacted them to say that a huge hole had appeared in her favourite umbrella and that she kept getting her crown wet! She asked Year 2 to find a waterproof material suitable for patching up the hole. The children closely examined six different materials and made predictions about which one they thought might be waterproof. They decided what they had to keep the same to ensure that it was a fair test. The children then tested the materials to see if they were waterproof! They were relieved to find that the plastic bag was waterproof and Miss Drayton immediately telephoned the Queen to let her know the good news!


Year 3

This week, the children have continued their work relating to myths. Imaginations were running high as the children planned their own myth, focusing on the setting and their fantastical creature. In Maths, the children have enjoyed learning about fractions of a shape as well as of a number. In Science, our learning focus was to understand that light can be reflected from a number of surfaces. The children were very enthusiastic, investigating which type of material would be best to reflect light.


Year 4

Year 4 have begun their new Science topic, ‘states of matter’. This week, they learned how the particles in solids, liquids and gases behave.
This week, they have also investigated whether gases have weight. Armed with a selection of fizzy drinks, a timer and scales, the children made their predictions and recorded how they would ensure they conducted a fair test. However, this tried and tested experiment provided us with inconclusive results – a very valuable learning point. Therefore, the children have been tasked with designing their own experiment to prove whether gases have weight. I look forward to their ‘sensible‘ suggestions and request that they let me know on Monday which materials they may need in order to conduct their experiments.


Year 5

Year 5 have been using the iPads to research the mysterious figure of Dick Turpin in Humanities this week. They were intrigued that, even today, people cannot agree whether Dick Turpin was a hero or a villain.
Using a set of ‘Mystery Sources’ on the iPads, Year 5 shared, discussed and recorded what they thought of the famous highwayman. In English, Theo, Finlay, Jos and Dylan wrote and performed quizzes about creatures from the past, world geography and crocodiles to test their friends!


Year 6

Year 6 have been working hard on their tennis skills at Newmarket Tennis Club. They have been practising receiving the ball, serving the ball and operating within the court lines.


‘Quicksticks’ Hockey Tournament

‘A’ Team

On Wednesday 13th November, our ‘A’ Team of U11 boys and girls took part in the Quicksticks Hockey Tournament.  First, we played against Ditton Lodge; we started with the ball and played some swift passing down the wings.  We soon scored some team goals.  The final score was 5-0 to us.  

Next, we played against Forest Primary School in an even better game.  We had more swift passing and exceptional defending by Isabella but they unfortunately slipped in a sneaky goal.  When the final whistle blew, the score was 4-1. 

Our final game in our group was against Kettlefields.  We had first pushback and started well – we soon scored.  The end score was 5-0 to us.  Due to some brilliant play and three wins, we were top of our table and in the quarter finals

In the quarter finals, we played All Saints School.  Something very unexpected happened which really boosted our confidence level as high as a mountain.  We played our best in the whole game and, at the end, we won a stunning victory of 13-0.

We were overjoyed that we were in the semi-final against St Mary’s School.  We played our hardest to beat St Mary’s and beat the old Year 6s position of fourth place.  We had a strong attack by James and brilliant clears by Isabella.  The final score was 4-0 to us.

This meant that we were in the finals.  We were strong both in attack and midfield and we soon scored.  We had good support by our Fairstead ‘B’ Team who were cheering us on at the sideline.  Due to brilliant passing, James scored another goal to make the score 2-0.  The final score was 2-0 to us and we were crowned champions – the first Fairstead team to win the tournament! Well done, all.’

By Abiram A., (Boys’ Sports Captain), Ava W., (Girls’ Sports Captain) and James N. (Boys’ Sports Vice-Captain)

‘B’ Team

‘On Wednesday 13th November, the U11 girls and boys played a Quicksticks tournament.  In our ‘B’ Team, there was Richard, Finley, Fleur, Darcey, Dylan and me.  Our first match was against the Exning ‘B’ Team.  Each match was 8 minutes long.  Fleur did some fabulous passing down to the ‘D’ and Finley did some amazing shooting.  The end score for this marvellous match was 5-2 to us.  In the next match, we played St Mary’s ‘B’ Team.  This match was definitely more of a challenge but, with some of Dylan’s wonderful saves and Fleur’s great goals, we won 4-3.  

In our third match, we played against St Christopher’s ‘B’ Team.  To start with, Darcey did some incredible passing and tackling to the ‘D’, with Richard waiting there and scoring a spectacular goal.  The end score was 3-0 to us.  As we had won all our matches, we went into the semi finals.  In this match we played Elveden School.  Dylan and I did some great defending but, annoyingly, a few goals for Elveden slipped in.  The end score for this hard match was 3-0 to Elveden.  Even though we could not now win, we still had a chance for the bronze.  We had some hope because we were to play St Mary’s School, whom we had played our first match against.  We started with the ball and Finley scored a fantastic goal.  In the end, the score was 2-1 to St Mary’s and so we finished fourth out of 28 schools.  Well done, team and keep up the good work!’

By Zara F. (Head Girl)


Informal Tea-time Concert

Today we had our last Informal Tea Time Concert in the 2019 Michaelmas series. Overall, we have had five concerts this term with over fifty pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 performing on various orchestral instruments, as well as piano, voice and ukulele. All levels have played from beginners to Grade 4 and I am sure everyone will agree just how important it is to perform to an audience. Congratulations to everyone and many thanks to parents for their support and encouragement. I look forward to the Spring series starting in January.


Year 5 Girls’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day

The girls in Year 5 attended a STEM day at Old Buckenham Hall on Monday. They had to work together, using teamwork and cooperation to solve a number of mysteries and complete challenges. In Science, they used different techniques to sort through the evidence to find out who was responsible for a terrible crime. This included mixing solutions, examining fingerprints and identifying components. The Technology challenge tasked the girls with making a wind powered vehicle. They were given a variety of items and had to construct a vehicle to travel the furthest distance. The Mathematics challenge explored a range of tasks about volume.  It was a very enjoyable day and the girls worked exceptionally well.



AGM – Tuesday 19th November

You will have received a letter informing you about our AGM. To elaborate, this is an evening which gives you the opportunity to meet all of the School Governors over a glass of wine and Chef’s delicious canapés. The Chair of Governors and I reflect upon the school year, and you have the opportunity to ask the Governors any questions you may have regarding the school and its future. Your attendance, as ever, is greatly appreciated.

After-School Club and Prep Club

A gentle reminder that, if you would like to book your child into After-School Club or Prep Club, please could you use the SchoolBase system to book your child in.  Thank you.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Jessica in Year 1 and Alexander in Year 5.  Well done, both!


This week, we wish a happy birthday to Jessica in Year 1, Archie in Year 3, Toby in Year 4 and Isabella in Year 6.

Finally, my sincere and grateful thanks to all of the parents who made last Saturday’s Autumn Glow the huge success it was.  We were extremely lucky with the weather and I am sure that everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Special thanks must to go to Mr Heslop and Mrs Headland, without whose support and enthusiasm this event would not have been the success that it was.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton