9th July 19
What a day! After a year of hard work, it was time to celebrate endeavour, effort, progress and achievements across the school. Assembled in Wandsworth Town Hall prize giving started with some beautiful performances by the choir, recorder ensemble and Upper School band. A variety of prizes were awarded on the day both for academic subject areas as well as rewarding excellent behaviour, diligence, enthusiasm, perseverance, resilience and initiative.
Although prize day is an occasion to celebrate, it also means saying goodbye to our leaving classes. At the end of prize giving, Year 6 could not hold back the tears when watching the film premiere with memories of their seven-year journey at Finton. A very emotional moment for the children! They will be very much missed and we hope that they will visit and tell us all about their senior schools next year.
5th July 19
With a sunny day and an enthusiastic crowd, all children from our four houses battled in field and track events on Friday morning. The colourful display of house flags and fantastic atmosphere on the fields encouraged the children to give their very best for their house. Sports Day is not only fun for the children but it is also the perfect opportunity to teach them about teamwork, fair play, and how to overcome one’s own limits. The children certainly did us proud with their ‘I can’ attitude and enthusiasm on the day.
It is priceless to see the excitement when children cheer on their friends from the sidelines. They feel a real sense of belonging and love to be part of their team. The children do not run for their own personal success but to represent their house. The team spirit on the day was exemplary!
The much-anticipated announcement of the winners was accompanied by loud cheers from Charrington who were the overall winners of the day. Hip Hip, Hooray!
All children had a fantastic day and the main credit for this lies with our PE team who have once again organised a brilliant sports event for the children. Thank you!
28th April 19
On Monday 11th March, Upper School gathered at Trinity Chapel, bustling with excitement in anticipation of a very special visit by David Walliams. The children’s book author and Britain’s Got Talent judge shared his passion for writing books with the pupils and read extracts from his latest bestsellers. The children were enthralled whilst listening to him read. Some lucky children even got to ask him a question and received a signed copy of one of his books. He certainly inspired a future generation of authors! We are extremely grateful to David for spending time with us here at Finton House. We would also like to thank Atticus’s dad Mr Bruce who made this visit possible, thank you!
21st January 19
We are proud to be part of an inspiring contemporary art project which will be unveiled at Tate Britain in 2019. By taking part, Year 3 pupils will see themselves in a major artwork at the heart of the nation’s collection. The workshop in January, led by the Tate photographer, explored themes central to the work like inclusion, difference, identity and aspiration.
This vast new work of art will be one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken. It will capture tens of thousands of Year 3 schoolchildren in a milestone year in their development.
19th December 18
Prize Day concluded an eventful Autumn Term at Finton! As well as the traditional awarding of prizes, we were treated to a performance by the Year 3 choir, who sang ”’Holly and Mistletoe'” in front of Upper School. After the announcement of this term’s house trophy winners, Mr Ben directed a special thank-you to all staff for a successful term, and congratulated the children on their achievements. As always, it was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the children’s progress and reward exemplary behaviour! Our Head Boy and Girl, Isabel B. and George F. left us with the following message:
“Well done to all those who won an award today. If you haven’t, KEEP WORKING HARD! The teachers know you are all trying your best. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
19th December 18
Year 1-3 children impressed the audience with a fantastic carol concert on Thursday. Their enthusiasm was infectious and their performing skills top-notch. It was a pleasure to watch them having fun on stage and it was clear that they thoroughly enjoyed it themselves. What a wonderful celebration to end the term!
Also many heartfelt congratulations to all the children and teachers involved in the Upper School Carol Service this year. This was a particularly notable occasion in which the choir sounded outstandingly beautiful.
“Yesterday, the whole of the Upper School had a Christmas carol concert. It was amazing! Although a bit nerve-wracking because we had to stand up in front of so many people, it was a great experience for us all. I would like to thank Miss Maria and Miss Emma for helping us rehearse and also Mr Steve, Mr Jamie and Mr Harry who set up the stage. We are all sad this will be Year 6’s last carol concert!”
– Yoshua A, School Reporter
20th November 18
Year 2 and 3 class assemblies are in full swing! Last week we had the pleasure of meeting Florence Nightingale and Julius Caesar. We also saw the book ‘James and the Giant Peach’ spring to life on stage.
Our Year 6 School Reporter Annika writes: “Today we watched a brilliant assembly by our Year 3 Romans and Celts. It was a wonderful play with lots of humour and acting. The assembly concluded with a song all about how Britain was governed by the Roman Empire. We all learnt a lot about the Romans and loved the assembly!”
This week we enjoyed assemblies about the world’s weather and the different countries in the UK.
23rd October 18
One of the most cheerful mornings at Finton must be the Thomson House Crazy Hair Day! It was fantastic to see the children arrive at school with bright, colourful hair which definitely attracted some attention in the neighbouring streets.
After all the early morning excitement, Upper School children were quickly ushered inside to attend their usual Friday assembly. (We have never seen a more colourful assembly at Finton!)
A big thank you to our Year 6 House Captains, Miss PJ and Miss Anna for a fabulous organisation of another fun Crazy Hair Day!
25th June 18
Year 6 produced some highly amusing and dramatic moments in their performance of Camelot.
The children have been working extremely hard on their rehearsals, and all their efforts have been rewarded. Everyone agreed that their singing, acting and dancing was on par with Broadway! The cast left their audience in awe at this tremendous achievement. Well done to Year 6 and their fabulous teachers for an amazing show.
14th June 18
We would like to congratulate all six girls who qualified to participate in the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018. Over 5,000 children had tried to qualify for finals day and only the top 20 swimmers in each age group in every stroke were invited back. Finton House School was represented by a team of one Year 6 and five Year 5 children who all swam incredibly well on the day. With over 3000 spectators at the Aquatic Centre, the excitement and atmosphere was infectious as the girls got prepared for their races!
Issy, our Year 6 record swimmer, qualified for the 50metres backstroke and impressed us with a new personal best time. The standard of the races were so high this year that Issy just missed the podium, but she still achieved an incredible 5th place. We also had 3 individual qualifiers: India (25 metres backstroke), Sophia (25metre freestyle) and Emily (25 metres breaststroke). Well done to Emily who finished her race as 9th in the country. India and Emily made it through to the final where India produced an amazing swim with a new school record of 17.25 (just beating Issy’s silver medal performance last year of 17.35). The Finton crowd cheered excitedly when it was announced that India won the silver medal. What an achievement!
The U10 medley relay team consisting of Freya, Emily, India and Sophia just missed out on the medals finishing 5th in the country. In the freestyle relay the team comprising of Hannah, India, Emily and Sophia stormed into the lead going into the last leg and incredibly Sophia managed to hang on a couple of hundredths of seconds. GOLD MEDAL for the mighty Finton – which makes these girls the Number 1 under 10 freestyle relay prep swimming team in the country!
What a brilliant performance by all our individual swimmers and teams! We are very proud of them all.
We would like to thank our supporters on the day who came down to the Aquatic Centre to cheer our girls on. The children really appreciated seeing so many teachers there to support them.
Thank you must also go to our PE Department and all supporting staff who did an exceptional job in preparing the competitors for the finals and helping out on the day.
The full list of results from the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018 are available to download here.