5th December 17
What a success! Finton House was once again transformed into a magical winter wonderland inspired by the all-time favourite tales of Harry Potter.
Fintonia featured festive Christmas shopping, wizardly games and of course a magically beautiful Santa’s grotto for the little ones. Indeed it seemed hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when you saw the stunning Christmas trees and lights, smelled the aroma of the mulled wine and heard children singing festive carols. The children particularly enjoyed the event and parents found it hard to convince them to go home after an afternoon of laughter and sugary treats. The children seemed to be in an all-time high state of happiness as if they were under a magical spell. They surely must have had a good night sleep!
And of course it would not have been a true Christmas Fair if we had not had Father Christmas visiting our children with some lovely presents and festive cheer. The excitement in the Grotto was evident as the children enthusiastically jumped up and down impatiently waiting to meet Father Christmas in real life! It was also a great opportunity for the whole school community to get together celebrating the end of a very successful term here at Finton.
We were delighted that so many Old Fintonians and pupils soon to join the school were able to come to our Fair, with many staying until the very end! It was a wonderful event and we would like to thank all mummies, daddies, Year 6 elves and staff members who helped to make this event such a roaring success. Of course special thanks must go to Miss Lucy and the parents in the Christmas Committee for a very well organised event and some of the most beautiful decorations we have seen at Finton!
26th September 17
A celebration of the crops, fruit and vegetables grown on our land
This year the harvest festival assemblies for the Upper and Lower School were held by Pastor Stuart from Trinity Chapel. The celebration commenced with a harvest song, followed by Pastor Stuart’s engaging stories about Jesus and the importance of appreciating the quality of our food, and thanking all those who provide it and bring it to us.
He referred to a passage from the Bible where Jesus said: “I am the bread of life – Those who come to me will never be hungry.” Pastor Stuart went on to tell the children that Jesus only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed thousands of people, but he thanked God for the food and made a lot out of a little and was able to feed everyone. The moral of the story is that at harvest time, when we have an array of food, we should share with our community to give to the less fortunate.
And that’s exactly what we did at Finton House!
Thank you to all the families who brought in produce. This will be delivered to the Wandsworth Food Bank on Thursday.
At the end of the Upper School Assembly, Emilia S. shared her family’s story and explained why the Harvest Festival is so important to her family and other farmers:
“Harvest is important to farmers because it is when their crop becomes ripe. This means it is ready to eat.Harvest is important to my parents and grandparents because together they own a farm in Hampshire and all year work hard to plan what to grow, when to plant it and hope that the weather is good.Harvest is important to everyone in the world as it can mean the difference between people having food on the table and going hungry.”
What a beautiful speech by such a young girl who truly understood the value of celebrating the Harvest Festival.
18th July 17
Prize Day 2017 took place in the Wandsworth Civic Suite on Wednesday 12th July, giving the school community the chance to celebrate the exceptional progress and achievements of the past school year. Exquisite performances and singing by the Finton House Wind Band and House Choir created a beautiful celebratory atmosphere in the hall as parents and pupils arrived dressed for the special occasion.
The ceremony started with an address from the Chairman of the Governors, Mark Chilton, followed by the Headmaster, Ben Freeman’s review of the year.
The students were then called up to receive their prizes, in recognition of their efforts and achievements. Prizes were awarded for academic, sporting, creative and artistic success as well as for exceptional progress and for notable attitude and service to others.Staff joined in with parents to clap and cheer for the prize winners. It was most striking to note the way in which the pupils proudly held their trophies and glanced at their parents in the audience for recognition of their great achievements. Fintonians know that they can achieve anything if they strive hard enough and Prize Day is a great testimony to their achievements.
The Upper School song ‘Everybody Sing’ reminded the audience of the superb musical talent of the pupils within the school. Also our budding musicians from the Lower School performed really well, singing ‘Power In Me’ with great enthusiasm. The audience truly loved both performances which was reflected in the loud applause at the end.
The final act was the presentation of the prestigious Headmaster’s and Governors’ Awards. The winner of the Headmaster’s Prize this year was Sally B. Sally has exceptional musical ability, and her love of the subject has sustained her through what have been some very difficult personal circumstances. She has continued to blossom and develop a gorgeous character and personality that will take her far.
The Governors’ Prize went to Isabel D. Isabel embodies so many of the Finton values and is respected by staff and pupils for her integrity, honesty, resilience and sense of fair play. She is a kind friend, who listens to others, cooperates and shows forgiveness where it is due. She has been an outstanding Prefect this year and sets a great example to our younger pupils.
While the prize giving was accompanied with laughter, smiles and loud applause, a sudden change of atmosphere could be felt in the hall as Year 6 pupils gave their final speeches on stage. One student said, “Even though some things are challenging in life, I have learnt that working hard and not giving up will help me achieve my goals. I will never forget Finton House.” The film premiere of ‘Class of 2017’ saw many pupils and parents in tears which was a very emotional moment for the whole school community. The children hugged each other and held hands as they watched the video about their seven years at Finton House School. Although we are very proud of our Class of 2017, we are also very sad to see them go!
Headmaster Ben Freeman wished them the best of luck and concluded the event with the following message to Year 6:
“The education you leave with and the values you will have absorbed along the way will always stand you in good stead – life skills that will always take you far if you hold on to them. And I know you will because you are now an Old Fintonian.”