Compass Holiday Club October 2017

Compass Holiday Club at Norman Court

Click here for our October Half-Term Holiday Club Flyer

The Summer of 2017 saw record numbers attend the Compass Holiday Club at Norman Court School with over eighty children attending. Firstly, I would like to say a very BIG thank you. Thank you to the parents for supporting the work we do at our Holiday Club and thank you to the children for attending and showing such enthusiasm! We put a lot of thought, planning and reflection into the sessions and we are delighted to have such positive feedback.

The highlight for me was the incredible number of children that made their first camp fire, baked their first cake or built their first den. The children had an amazing time and they really used their energy and enthusiasm to take on new challenges.

October Holiday Club 2017 – CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

Compass Holiday Club October 2017

Click here to download the full Programme of Activities

If you missed out, don’t despair. Our holiday club is running again in October half term (Thursday 19thOctober – Friday 27th October) as well as our popular Halloween in the woods programme which includes activities such as; Bushcraft, pumpkin carving, woodland games, Halloween Baking, Zombie Escape Challenge, Mask making and lots more, we will also be offering two specialist workshops: Mad Scientist Workshop and Frankenstein Fancy Dress making Workshop for the older age range. With specific activities tailored to different age groups there is something for everyone. Our club offers a childcare solution for working parents, the chance to widen your child’s friendship group, or simply the opportunity for your child to enjoy some new and varied activities.

To find out more or book a place on our October club please call: 01980 322 322

Email: outofschool@norman-court.org

 

Charlotte Male

Activity Club Manager

Norman Court Holiday Club | An exciting summer ahead!

On the following days we will now be putting on ‘HALF PRICE Taster Session Bonanza’:
Monday 7th August
Monday 14th August
Friday 18th August
Friday 25th August
Friday 1st September

Taster Session Activities will include:
Bushcraft
British Bake off
Mad Scientist
Forest School
Multi sports
Rocket Scientist
And much more

The price for these ‘HALF PRICE Taster Session Bonanza’ are as follows:

8am-9am £3.75
9am-1pm £8.75
1pm- 5pm £8.75
5pm-6pm £3.75
8am – 6pm £20

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE HOLIDAY CLUB FLYER & BOOKING FORM

Whether you need child care during the summer or simply want lots of great activities lined up to get your children out of the house, we can help. Norman Court holiday club is the perfect solution to your childcare issues. We will take all the pressure off your shoulders by planning an exciting, active and enjoyable programme of activities that your children will love.

Under the watchful eyes of our fully qualified team of coaches and play leaders, your children will experience a range of activities and day trips. Activities include multi-sports, swimming, arts and crafts, cooking and much, much more.

At our summer holiday clubs, your children will have the opportunity to meet and form new friendships with similar aged children both from Norman Court and other local schools. Our holiday clubs are a great way for children to discover new interests and explore new activities and can be a great energy-burner.

Our programme has been designed for children between 4 and 14 years old, providing appropriate activities for everyone. It runs from 8.00am to 6.00pm every Monday- Friday from the 17th July – 6th September 2017.

You can pre-book for the days that suit you, from just one or two days to whole weeks. In order to find out more please contact Charlotte Robertson on outofschool@norman-court.org

Programme of Activities:

Every Monday & Friday Onsite Trip 09:00-17:00

(Early Risers Club & Late Stayers club can be added for £7.50 per session)

Monday 24th July – Hengistbury Head  

Friday 28th July – Moors Valley

Monday 31st July – Sport Stadium Tour

Friday 4th Aug – Compass Olympics at Itchen Valley Country Park

Monday 7th Aug – Hillier Gardens

Friday 11th Aug – Lepe Beach 

Monday 14th Aug – Cheddar Gorge      

Friday 18th Aug – Gecko Climbing Centre

Monday 21st Aug – Monkey World       

Friday 25th Aug – Royal Victoria County Park

Monday 28th Aug – Winchester Science Centre

Friday 1st Sept – New Forest Wildlife Park

 

80’s Night

How exciting it was to return again to the land of shell suits, leg warmers and fluorescent fingerless gloves. Our joint 1980s party with West Tytherley Primary School was a roaring success, thanks to the sterling work of so many people who helped to create such a magical venue.

As well as the great food, authentic music and dazzling costumes, there was a real sense of togetherness between the two school communities and we hope this will be the first of many such events.

 

May Half-Term Holiday Clubs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF OUR HOLIDAY CLUBS FLYER

Tuesday 30th May – Swimming, Sports and Arts and Crafts 

Bring your swimsuits and SPLASH in Norman Court’s heated swimming pool! Qualified lifeguards will be on hand to make sure everyone has a good time. There will be swimming lessons plus plenty of fun and games. We cater for children of all ages and abilities, from those wishing to perfect their technique to those with minimal swimming experience. In between swims the children are kept busy with arts and crafts and outdoor activities, including rounders and cricket in our extensive grounds.

Wednesday 31st May – Day trip to Moors Valley

Out in the Moors Valley Forest discover the Play Trail with its unique pieces of wooden play equipment. Explore inside the giant Ants Nest, wriggle through hollow snakes in the Snake Pit, attempt the Crocodile Crossing and balance on the fallen forest of Timber. There are also two imaginative play areas. The Adventure Play Area, designed specifically for older children, includes a zip

line, huge space net, climbing boulder and a fortress of towers and crossings with a long tube slide. There is so much to do and see, it’s a great day out for all!

Thursday 1st June: Swimming, Sports and Arts and Crafts

Come and enjoy Norman Court’s heated swimming pool! Qualified lifeguards will be on hand to make sure everyone has a good time. There will be swimming lessons plus plenty of fun and games. We cater for children of all ages and abilities, from those wishing to perfect their technique to those with minimal swimming experience. In between swims the children will be kept busy with a range of activities to suit every taste.

Friday 2nd June – Cholderton Charlie’s

(A supplement of £5 per person will be charged for this trip.)

Cholderton Charlie’s Rare Breeds Farm has so many gorgeous animals for you to meet, feed, cuddle and pet, and most of them are British Rare Breeds!

The Farm also has lots of play areas: an indoor playbarn as well as the brand new 500 foot long, 32 foot high Tree Top Trail. They also have an adventure play area with a treehouse, zipline and nest swing. It’s a fabulous day out for everyone.

 

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Booking forms must be completed in full, and staff must be notified immediately of any changes of emergency contact numbers.

Confirmation: We consider your booking to be confirmed on receipt of your completed booking form. We will inform you immediately if you have requested spaces on days which are oversubscribed, otherwise your child will be added to the register and an invoice issued in due course.

Cancellations and Refunds: Once a booking has been made and confirmed, should a child miss any session at the discretion of the parents or due to illness, the cost of the session is still due in full. At no time will a refund be made or credits transferred for future occasions.

Please make PAYMENT AT TIME OF BOOKING (childcare voucher or GoCardless). Sessions may be cancelled and payment refunded up to 2 weeks before attendance. Session times may be changed at no extra cost up to 1 week before attendance, subject to availability. Sessions cannot be changed less than two weeks before attendance, but additional sessions may be booked.

Late Collection: A fee of £1.00 per minute (min £5) will be charged for late collection of children.

Easter Half-Term Holiday Clubs

For full details click here to download our Holiday Club flyer (including the booking form)

Monday 3rd April | Cholderton Charlies

(A supplement of £5 per person will be charged for this trip.)

Cholderton Charlie’s Rare Breeds Farm. They have so many gorgeous animals for you to meet, feed, cuddle and pet, most of which are British Rare Breeds!

The Farm also has lots of play areas: an indoor playbarn as well as the brand new 500 foot long, 32 foot high Tree Top Trail. They also have an adventure play area with a treehouse, zipline and nest swing. It’s a fabulous day out for everyone.

Tuesday 4th April | Cooking and Breadmaking Day

Our cooking and breadmaking day is great for any budding chefs. On arrival, the children will have fun learning to make hot cross buns, improving their practical skills and independence in the kitchen. In the afternoon the children will be busy making bread and decorating biscuits to take home.

Wednesday 5th April | Day trip to Moors Valley

Out in the Moors Valley Forest, discover the Play Trail with its unique pieces of wooden play equipment. Explore inside the giant Ants Nest, wriggle through hollow snakes in the Snake Pit, attempt the Crocodile Crossing and balance on the fallen forest of Timber. There are also two imaginative play areas. The Adventure Play Area, designed specifically for older children, includes a zip line, huge space net, climbing boulder and a fortress of towers and crossings with a long tube slide. There is so much to do and see, it’s a great day out for all!

Thursday 6th April | Easter Sports Day

Our multi-sports courses offer the opportunity for the children to enjoy, learn and develop skills in many sports including tennis, rounders, cricket and football to name but a few. We cater for all ages and levels, so come along and enjoy our Easter-themed Sports Day!

Friday 7th | Lepe Country Park

Lepe Country Park has a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-Day remains, with stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower. The children can search for seashore crabs and take a walk around the wildlife area through woodlands and meadows. The Park is set in the stunning New Forest National Park and has great views over the Solent. It’s a wonderful day out with something for everyone to enjoy.

Monday 10th April | Cooking and Easter Day

In the morning the children will enjoy lots of Easter crafts. They will decorate an Easter-themed snack mat which will be laminated to use during the holiday club and at home. There will be Easter baskets and cards to make, and hard boiled eggs to decorate.

In the afternoon the children will head outside to do egg rolling down the hill. Budding engineers can build an egg run with drain pipes and tubes! Later on will be egg and spoon races, followed by making and decorating Easter biscuits and cupcakes.

Tuesday 11th April | Victoria Country Park

Once the home of the biggest military hospital in the Victorian Empire, this 200-acre site is now ideal for relaxation and leisure.

Offering fantastic views across Southampton Water, Royal Victoria Country Park is a great place to watch the busy shipping coming in and out of Southampton. The park’s ancient woodlands, large open spaces, boardwalks and ponds offer lots of exploring opportunities for the children. There are several picnic areas throughout the site, and children will love taking a ride on the miniature railway or burning off steam in the picturesque, fully accessible play areas.

Wednesday 12th April | Bushcraft

Bushcraft is unique, memorable, muddy fun! The children will spend the day outside in our extensive grounds. Activities are safe and hands-on, and include forest crafts, creative crafts and outdoor learning. A Bushcraft day provides the children with a fun and informative day where new skills will be learnt, shared and enjoyed by all.

Thursday 13th April | A full day trip to Longdown Activity Farm

(A £5 supplement per child is payable for this trip.)

Longdown Activity Farm is always a firm favourite with the children. There is lots to do, with an array of play areas suitable for every age range, plus pedal go karts, mini ride-on tractors, a sandpit and trampolines. Throughout the day there are animal handling and feeding activities for the children including ducks, chickens, and even bottle-feeding lambs and baby goats. There is so much to do, the children will certainly want to return!

Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st April and Monday 24th April – Wed 26th April

Swimming and Sports Extravaganza at Norman Court School

Bring your swimsuits and SPLASH in Norman Court’s heated swimming pool! Qualified lifeguards will be on hand to make sure everyone has a good time. There will be swimming lessons plus plenty of fun and games. We cater for children of all ages and abilities, from those wishing to perfect their technique to those with minimal swimming experience. In between swims the children are kept busy with trampolining, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities in our extensive grounds. At the end of each week, children who complete a minimum of three days will receive a medal and a certificate.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Booking forms must be completed in full, and staff must be notified immediately of any changes of emergency contact numbers.

Confirmation: We consider your booking to be confirmed on receipt of your completed booking form. We will inform you immediately if you have requested spaces on days which are oversubscribed, otherwise your child will be added to the register and an invoice issued in due course.

Cancellations and Refunds: Once a booking has been made and confirmed, should a child miss any session at the discretion of the parents or due to illness, the cost of the session is still due in full. At no time will a refund be made or credits transferred for future occasions.

Please make PAYMENT AT TIME OF BOOKING (childcare voucher or GoCardless). Sessions may be cancelled and payment refunded up to 2 weeks before attendance. Session times may be changed at no extra cost up to 1 week before attendance, subject to availability. Sessions cannot be changed less than two weeks before attendance, but additional sessions may be booked.

Late Collection: A fee of £1.00 per minute (min £5) will be charged for late collection of children.

Spring into the 80’s | Hosted by West Tytherley & Norman Court School

Spring into the 80’s

Saturday 20th May from 7.30pm to midnight

West Tytherley School and Norman Court School are delighted to announce that tickets for our ‘Spring into the 80’s’ night are now on sale at both schools and also at West Tytherley shop.

If there’s one word that captures the feel of the 1980s in pop culture, it’s joy. Yes, there have been classier, deeper, artier, weirder eras—in fact, probably any other decade you care to name in the past century is cooler than the ’80s—but that’s precisely why ’80s parties are the most fun.

So in this spirit of joy, we’ve put together a fantastic night, there will be a three course meal, followed by live music and dancing. Our band and DJ will play some of the all-time greatest songs from ’80s for your enjoyment. So dig out your 80’s gear and come on down, it really will be a night to remember!

Tickets are priced at £45.00 per person. Early bird special until 1st April, £40 per ticket. Discounts available for tables of six or more.

School Open Day | 5th May 2017

School Open Days | How to choose the right school for your child

Friday 5th May 2017 | 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Attending an Open Day is essential when choosing a school. A parent will get a feeling when they walk in, and that often dictates which school they choose for their child. Parents can look online and study a school’s brochure, but no matter how good those resources are, you can’t experience the atmosphere of the school remotely; you have to come in. That initial look around is so important; it is where families start to assess whether they fit the environment and whether the environment fits them. Below are our top five tips to make the most of our Open Day.

Take your child with you and encourage them

It will be you asking the most important questions during the open day, but your child’s thoughts and feelings towards the school are very important.

Take them along with you and encourage them to get involved with any activities that the school may have organised.

Listen to the Headmaster’s speech

During the speech you’ll probably learn about the school’s values and you should be able to get an idea of the school’s academic focus and ethos.

This could also answer some questions you may already have.

Speak to pupils

Advice from teachers is valuable, but you’ll usually get an honest opinion from pupils and an insight into how they feel about the school.

After all, your child will experience everything as a pupil so hearing their thoughts is important.

Look at the work on display

Does it represent a broad range of ability? A good school will value every child.

Remember – Listen to your instincts.

Our next Open Day is on Friday 5th May from 1.30pm – 5.30pm.

Headmaster Talks at 2pm & 3pm

To book a place please contact us:

01980 322 322 or

email: vicky.mcpike@norman-court.org

 

Alternatively, use our form below:

 

Open Days Enquiry Form

5 useful tips for you and your child when starting ‘big’ school

To help allay any fears you might have about your child starting school I have pulled together a checklist of five useful points which may help with the move to ‘big’ school.

  1. Prepare your child for primary school. Tell your child what to expect from school but don’t oversell it. Most children like school and have great fun however you must also warn them gently that they may get tired and if they have any problems or feel sad they should tell their teacher. If possible, meet your child’s Reception teacher. Read your child bedtime stories in which the characters are starting school, such as Busy School by Melanie Joyce.
  2. Visit the school with your child before they start so it’s not an unfamiliar environment on their first day. If your child hasn’t been to the school’s nursery and doesn’t have siblings at the school, make sure he or she sees the school before starting so they know what to expect. Many schools do set up ‘taster’ sessions for the new September intake: don’t worry, they won’t start grading your child’s reading level or anything; it’s just a little look-and-play in the classroom, so your child doesn’t have to walk into a totally unfamiliar room on their very first day.
  3. Teach your children ‘life skills’. At school, children need to do things for themselves that you may have been doing for them at home – in fact, most parents do a shocking amount for their children at home. Realistically, teachers can’t change every child into their PE kit so, ideally, you should teach your child to get dressed and undressed before they start school. Every little bit of independence helps.
  4. Recognising Letters and Numbers. Given the fact that the children will be embarking on a phonics reading programme almost immediately, it’s helpful if your child is already familiar with the alphabet. The same applies to maths and the numbers one to 20. There are lots of excellent alphabet and number books, such as Alphabet and Counting by Alison Jay and ABC by Quentin Blake.
  5. School sitting. When your child starts school, they will have to sit still or at least remain seated for short periods of time. This can be a lot harder for boys than girls. Calm time spent with your child playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles or just drawing and painting helps.

Reception Taster Morning

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 9.30am-11.30am

We would like to invite your preschoolers to spend the morning in Reception on Wednesday 1st March from 9.30am – 11.30am.

There will be a range of activities for them to take part in. Your children will enjoy exploring our stimulating and engaging environment, will take part in a Kodaly music workshop and delve into the forest to discover the challenging learning opportunities it holds.

From 11.30am – 12.30pm parents are invited to join our specialist staff team for coffee and a chat.

Please email vicky.mcpike@norman-court.org to book your place or fill in our enquiry form below:

Taster Days Enquiry Form

 

CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF THE RECEPTION TASTER MORNING FLYER

February Half-Term Holiday Clubs

February Half-Term Holiday Clubs | 20th to 24th February

Click to download the Booking Form Flyer

This Half-Term we have a fantastic programme of activities for all ages and abilities. Below are just some of the benefits of our holiday clubs:

  • Sibling discounts apply
  • Childcare vouchers accepted
  • Set in 45 acres of woodland
  • Excellent facilities
  • Shuttle bus able to pick up and drop off locally

Activities will include:

Monday 20th February

  • Golden Gecko, Zorbing & Orienteering (5 Years and above)

In the morning we are o to Golden Gecko Climbing Ltd. This is a real favourite, so book fast as places fill up quickly due to limited space on the bus. The children will have a fun and challenging time exploring the climbing wall, doing their best to make it to the top! After lunch we will spend the afternoon zorbing and orienteering in the grounds of Norman Court.

Tuesday 21st February

  • Cooking & Italian Day

Our Italian cooking day is great for any budding chefs. On arrival, the children will erect teepee-style play tents to create an Italian ‘village’ and make bunting to decorate their tents. Later, children will have fun learning to cook new dishes from scratch, improving their practical skills and independence in the kitchen. On the menu will be pizza, which they can eat for lunch. In the afternoon the children will be making and decorating biscuits to take home.

Wednesday 22nd February

  • Day trip to Marwell Zoo

A visit to Marwell Zoo is a wonderful chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world. From ring-tailed lemurs and laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, golden lion tamarins and bat-eared foxes, the 140-acre park is home to over 180 exotic and endangered species in beautiful landscaped surroundings. You may be lucky enough to see the young tiger cubs as they climb rocks, play fight and chase their mum! With three play areas, a wide range of food and drink outlets and road and rail trains, it’s more than just a walk in the park, it’s a great day out!

Thursday 23rd February

  • Day trip to Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown Activity Farm is always a firm favourite with the children. There is lots to do, with an array of play areas suitable for every age range, pedal go-karts, mini ride-on tractors, a sandpit and trampolines. Throughout the day there are animal handling and feeding activities for the children including ducks, chickens, and even bottle-feeding lambs and baby goats. There is so much to do, the children will certainly want to return!

Friday 24th February

  • Day Trip to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Out in the Forest, discover the Play Trail with its unique pieces of wooden play equipment. You can explore inside a giant ‘Ants Nest’, wriggle through giant snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’, attempt the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’. There are also two imaginative play areas. The Adventure Play Area, designed specially for older children, includes a zip slide, huge space net, climbing boulder and a fortress of towers and crossings with a long tube slide. Younger children will be enthralled in the Castle and Sandworks area with its gentle slides and swings. Moors Valley is one of only a few places in the country with a lifesize Gruffalo sculpture and a Gruffalo’s Child sculpture. There is so much to do and see, a really great day out for all.