Kitebrook Preparatory School triumphed at the recent national Final of the Race for the Line, Bloodhound Model Rocket Car competition. The Final, which took place at Santa Pod Race Way on Thursday 29th June, was the culmination of a competition that saw over 350 primary and 500 secondary schools taking part in local regional races. With 30 teams vying for the top prize at the final, Kitebrook’s car, ‘The Wheel Deal’, came 1st with an overall speed of 49.53 mph. The Kitebrook team was made up of Daisy Frampton, Isabel Speir (both Year 6), Alice Bratt and Deven Trotman (both Year 5).
Commenting on their success, Aulden Dunipace, CEO of The Learning Partnership said:
“After an hour spent speed building their cars, 15 primary and 15 secondary teams from the four corners of England and Wales witnessed their car’s first runs at the national finals. Down a four lane race track rocket cars raced at upwards of 50 mph. A 15 minute tweak session then followed and the cars took to the track for their second run.
In an outstanding display of teamwork, innovation and keeping calm under pressure I am delighted that the Kitebrook Prep team took first place at the national finals.
It is evidence of the innovative thinking of some of our younger teams this year, that so many were represented in the upper areas of the leader board and that Kitebrook Prep school came first overall. Well done to the Kitebrook Prep team, we look forward to watching your journey into engineering in the years to come.”
Commenting on their success, Susan McLean, Headmistress of Kitebrook Prep said:
“This result is fantastic. It’s an affirmation of the Growth Mindset principles we follow at Kitebrook encouraging perseverance, resilience, collaboration and experimentation. I am delighted that our team has risen to this engineering challenge, and I would like to thank them and our dedicated staff and parents that have encouraged this process.”
The Kitebrook team is looking forward to their prizes:
- £1,000 cheque for the school
- A trip to Newquay to watch the Bloodhound test run in October
- If Bloodhound SSC reaches a stage in its project plan where a trip to South Africa to take on the world land speed record is confirmed and fully funded, the students and teacher will be offered a fully funded one week trip to South Africa to visit the Hakskeen pan and watch a Bloodhound test run (assuming one takes place in the week they are in the country).
Well done, Team Kitebrook!
On Sunday 25th June, Kitebrook TaeKwondo Club children took part in an International TaeKwondo Competition in Chinatown, London. Our Kitebrook team competed brilliantly and got through to the U8 Semi-Finals and the U11 Semi-Finals, with a win for the overall competition in the Final. Well done, Kitebrook!
Kitebrook Prep School recently enjoyed the warm, sunny weather with a variety of water-based fun (including a playful water-fight) and some delicious ice cream was on sale, all of which were enjoyed by staff and children. One of the great things about the school is the fantastic and expansive grounds which were truly appreciated on the day.
Some fantastic children from Kitebrook were part of a team of 20 who were running for TEAM MAP-Nemaline at the Oxford Town and Gown 10k/3k yesterday, which Meriel (one of the school's pupils) was asked to start. £11,656 has been raised so far (more still to collect). Well done, and thank you to all who participated and supported, including parents. Photos courtesy of Anna-Marie McLachlan.
UPDATE: As of 12th June, £12,500 has been raised for MAP Nemaline.
Kitebrook Preparatory School pulled off a double victory at the regional finals of the Race for the Line - Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition England & Wales on Wednesday 3rd of May. Having sent three teams to the competition Kitebrook took 1st and joint 3rd in the Primary category beating stiff competition from schools including The Dragon, Merchant Taylors’ and Abbey Hill School Prep. Not only did Kitebrook’s winning time take the team to the top of the primary category, it came second overall against 27 teams from both junior and senior schools.
The competition is inspired and supported by the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project to break the land speed record.
The winning team are now through to the national finals this summer, with prizes that include a VIP trip to South Africa to see BLOODHOUND SSC race.
Whatever the result of the final, Kitebrook Prep will have its name painted on the fin (along with the other regional finalists) of the Bloodhound car, in recognition of their efforts, ready for the land speed record to be broken.
Well done, Kitebrook!
Kitebrook entered 27 children from Years 5, 6 and 7 into the Young Writers Poetry Competition last term. There were over 35,000 entries, and of the 200 winners chosen by the independent judge (all writers), all 27 from Kitebrook were chosen. Well done, Kitebrook - what a great start to our new summer term !
What a fantastic night for all at last evening’s performance of Kitebrook’s “Joseph”! The children and staff’s hard work certainly paid off with the audience delighted by the colourful sets, beautiful singing (at times very emotional!) and great storytelling. Of particular note was the very tender song ,“One more angel in heaven”, an original piece composed by our very own Mr Harris—and the audience was clearly moved by this. Donations were taken on the night for a local children's charity, raising a very generous £293 for Helen & Douglas House. Thank you for your kind donations. Here are a few of the many photographs taken last night. Well done to everyone, children, their parents and staff, who made this “dream” come true...
This year the children of Kitebrook had the opportunity to buy “pots of slime” for two charities nominated by the children - Well Child and the Dinosaur Fund. £250 was raised just from the slime sales alone and the money raised will be divided equally between the two charities.
As well as the money raised from the slime sales, Kitebrook collected money for Red Nose Day by doing something funny for money, collecting over £150.
Kitebrook raised in total nearly £400 for charity in one day, proving small can make a big difference! At Kitebrook, we want our children to have an understanding of community and social responsibility, charitable activities such as these help us enormously.
Well done, Kitebrook!