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  • 2016 Exams

    All children in Year 6 and above will be taking examinations on their return to school after half term.

    They have all been given their exam timetables but a copy is also available on the parents part of the school website for your reference.

  • 3-D Printer Success!

    There has been much excited chatter around school this week
    about the 3D printer, and eager anticipation around the opening of the
    Innovation Centre. We have had great success in printing out our first few


    The photos above show an
    octopus complete with moveable joints and the S. Anselm’s crest which we will
    display in school. 

    A number of students
    in Year 6 have spent the last few weeks learning how to use the printing
    software and have designed and printed various smaller objects including a
    castle paper weight, a robot, a rocket and plaques for their bedroom
    doors.  We look forward to developing
    everyone’s skills further and to some more amazing creations.


  • 3000 Years Old!

    3000 Years Old!!!

    Year 3 were thrilled when Christian brought in a piece of wood which archaeologists believe dates back to the Bronze Age!

    The piece of wood is from Must Farm in Peterborough and has been preserved in the peat since 1200BC. The woo…

  • A fascinating visit to Bakewell Church with Canon Tony

    The children in Year 2 enjoyed a fascinating visit to All Saints’ Church in Bakewell last week, as part of their Religious Studies curriculum. How lucky we are to be able to walk 5 minutes down the road and have such a lovely church on our doorstep!

    We were greeted by Canon Tony who kindly took the time to show us around and explain the many different features of the church.  The children enjoyed looking at the font – so much so that George W leaned over and his glasses tumbled into the water!  Thankfully they weren’t damaged and, in fact, we all felt they had been properly blessed and truly welcomed into the church!


    After this we looked at the prayer corner and Canon Tony lit a candle and said a special prayer for S. Anselm’s, and for all the pupils and staff who work there.  Next, the children were invited to the altar and had the opportunity to see what it would be like to speak or read from the pulpit.

    Before we left the children listened to the organ being played and even had chance to ring one of the church bells.

    Thank you to Canon Tony for spending so much time with Year 2, it was a very interesting visit. 

  • A trip to the Manchester Christmas Markets

    The Boarders enjoy the Christmas Markets in Manchester

    We love the varied boarding programme at S. Anselm’s and we try incredibly hard to offer activities and trips that are different from the everyday curriculum. We play interesting sports, invent new games and get out and about in the beautiful local countryside with odd trips out to explore different cultures.

    Going to the city today was a great and fairly new experience for many.  We pitched up to Grindleford to get the train into Manchester Piccadilly. On the train there were lovely views out over the Peak District, going through Hathersage and Hope before entering into the suburbs and then seeing the Hilton Hotel towering the skyline indicating we were getting very close to the city centre. As we stepped off we walked down through the city and into the very busy Christmas Markets. There were stalls with foods from around the world, toys created from all sorts of weird and wonderful materials and the atmosphere literally buzzing. Our Spanish pupils thoroughly enjoyed some paella as they heard how life was going in Spain and charming their way into getting a large paella for a little bowl price!

    Miss Phillips and Mrs Dinnigan hugely enjoyed their day with the children and we walked a good distance in the lovely wintry day. It really is amazing how soon places start to enjoy Christmas and there were even carol singers on the streets raising money for charity. The boys then walked down to the Football Museum and enjoyed playing some of their interactive games while the girls went into the Arndale centre. 

    A few treats were bought and everyone agreed that it was a fabulous day out. The evening had in store a delicious roast lamb before a relaxing Sunday evening. The children all wrote letters home before crashing out for a bit of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II.

    A quick note before Exeat: please can the boarders bring back a Christmas jumper for the boarders feast and for the last couple of years we have done Secret Santa. The children will pick out of a hat a name of a boarder before the weekend and if they can please buy a little present (no more than £5), wrap it up and put Dear Name, Love Santa that would be fabulous. Have a great Exeat all and everyone is very welcome to join us for Church and Boarders roast supper on Sunday 27th November – please just let Mr Wood know at so that we cater for the correct numbers.


  • A Very Special Christening

    As part of our topic on belonging the children in Year 1 shared stories from their own experiences of Christenings and decided to re-enact a Christening Ceremony.

    We prepared our classroom for the special occasion, put up balloons, made pictures, gift…

  • All Fired Up – by the Great Fire of London

    We have seen some pretty exciting events taking place in Year 2 already this year, but the highlight so far is possibly our very own arson attempt … by recreating the Great Fire of London!

    We firstly made our 3D replica Tudor buildings by working in pairs and we took care to show the famous Tudor style black and white decoration, thatched roofing and tiered design. We were pleased with our final products but were careful not to get too attached as before we knew it, we were lining them up on the field imagining it was Pudding Lane in 1666 and Mr Newton was setting them alight.

    Just as in September 1666, it was a windy day and the fire caught hold immediately and the houses were burnt to ash within no time at all. As we watched our work go up in flames, we had different reactions. For some, it was a really exciting and fun event; “It was the second best experience of my life!” (Freddie L) whereas some could really empathise with the people who had lost important things; “I thought it was going to be fun, but when it got to my house, I felt really sad inside.” (Maia B).  As the embers of the fire were finally dying down, some even tried to get it going again by blowing on it whilst others stood silently reflecting on the experience.

    As well as watching and experiencing our fire, we had the special task of also filming it on the iPads as part of our Project this term. We can’t wait to now use the footage alongside the Green Screen Technology so that we can have live news reports from the scene of action! 



  • Anselmians take to the moors for the 2017 Brailich Hill Run

    Friday 21st April saw the whole of S. Anselm’s Prep School take to the moors for the truly exhilarating 2017 Brailich Hill Run!

    A crowd of parents turned out – well wrapped up against the surprisingly sharp wind and jangling cow bells and clackers – to support our runners.


    You can view our full photoalbum from the run at:


    The results were:

    Junior Girls: Imogen N

    Junior Boys: Freddie H

    Middle Girls: Ava B

    Middle Boys: Hugo H

    Senior Girls: Isobel E

    Senior Boys: Archie P

    Once all the results had been crunched, it was announced that the joint winning houses were Nelsons and Churchills.

    The all-time record of 7m 20s to complete the course (set by George W in 2014) was beaten this afternoon by Archie P, who finished it in 7 minutes dead.

    Thank you to all the people – grounds teams, catering staff and sports team – who made the event possible. Our thanks also go to Mr Penrose and Mr Thorpe for kindly allowing us to run across their land and enjoy a route with such breath-taking scenery.

    Few courses could command such views and it is quite an achievement for our Prep School children to tackle and complete such a demanding course. Enormously well done everyone!

  • Bike ride and Family funday

    Cycling through Derbyshire and the Sportive Fun Fair


    The atmosphere this term at school is tremendous and is made even
    better with the numbers of boarders we have full time boarding. The Year 8s are
    settling into their roles of responsibility well and are helping the younger
    ones to enjoy life as a boarder.


    The boarders have had an action packed weekend and with the
    S. Anselm’s Sportive welcoming parents and friends to cycle the roads through
    the Derbyshire countryside, the boarders decided to get involved also. We had
    an early breakfast after an enjoyable Saturday Night Treat where popcorn and
    lemonade was enjoyed during the films. The Year 8s brought their duvets and
    pillows down to the Hargreaves Hall, which turns into a cinema at weekends.


    We arranged ourselves in height order down at Hassop Café
    Bike Hire on the Monsal Trail. We planned to head out towards Buxton, about 8
    miles away and through several tunnels. 8 out of the 35 boarders who took part
    made it to the end and were treated with a can of pop to restore energy levels
    for the ride back. Others decided to take it easier, taking breaks on benches
    to enjoy the surroundings on the lovely warm day.



    Some of the older boys decided to make their own version of
    the hunger games. They started as a peloton of 8 and averaged a good speed on
    the way back. It was a race but survival was also a key element. As the boys
    edged each other off the race track some collided with each other and others
    managed to use the hedges at the side of the trail to gain an advantage. It
    sounded like great fun and in the end four survived with Harry T, Humphrey M,
    Henry W and James C the survivors. Sadly Head of School House William D wasn’t
    able to hold his position and came off, losing any chance of success. It was a great
    day and star of the show Goodluck O greeted every passer-by with a smile and a


    On return the Year 8s were allowed down to Bakewell with
    their £1 pocket money. For a first time down they seemed well practised, or
    maybe it is their camaraderie which saw them all chip in together to buy
    multipacks. The house is now full of tuck and so the tuck cupboard is full to
    the brim!!



    The afternoon saw a wonderful turnout of parents who came to
    enjoy the Fair. There was a BBQ, bucking bronco, tombola, a Pimms and Champagne
    stall and a Thornbridge beer van. There was so much to do and money was being
    raised by the Friends of S. Anselm’s. Well done to those
    who cycled and walked the long route.




    Much fun and laughter and many more weekends to be had this
    year. Next weekend sees the 1st XIII and U11 IX Rugby Tour to
    Malvern, on Sunday we are all going quad biking and  the younger boarders are doing archery.


    A reminder that all boarders families are most welcome to
    join us for Sunday Supper at 6pm, but please let us know so that we can ensure
    there is plenty of delicious roast for all!



  • Boarders’ Debating Evening

    This House believes Britain should remain as part of Europe was the popular topic chosen by the 14 volunteers for the inaugural debating supper. The children were put in to teams and it was down to rock, paper and scissors to decide whether their team would propose or oppose the motion. The pupils were given four days to research and put together their arguments. Each speaker had 5 minutes a in which they could put their arguments forward or indeed rebut their opposition.

    It was wonderful to see pupils ranging from Year 3 right up to Year 8 partaking in the debate. Whether their job was to brush up on a topic ready to answer any questions fired at them or whether they had an instrumental part in forming a rebuttal argument they all played their part. We had some wonderful speakers and special mention was made for Thomas G who really structured his arguments clearly, had a good background knowledge and brought his views across convincingly. He got the ‘Debater of the Evening Award’. My thanks go to Mr Phillips who gave the children an inspiring insight into the history of Europe and how important these decisions are to the future of our country. Mr Shepherd and Miss Woolley adjudicated alongside Mr Phillips superbly, and in between speeches we enjoyed our main course, profiteroles and lemonade, giving the pupils time to form their rebuttal arguments.

    The adjudicators ruled in favour of the Opposition and so ‘this House now believes Britain should leave Europe’. Interestingly after the debate had concluded, 90% of our pupils believed Britain should remain in the EU.                                                                                                                                               BW