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Message from the Headmistress

As the academic year closes, it is lovely to take a moment to reflect on our wonderful school life at the Ursuline Preparatory School.

The children in school deserve to be proud of their achievements, particularly our Year Six girls. For many of them the autumn term was preparation for secondary school entry exams. Their hard work and dedication was rewarded with all girls securing a senior school of choice, with a number of scholarships and awards secured across academic, sport, drama and art. We are very proud of them all. In September they will venture forth to a range of Independent day schools, grammar schools and local secondary day schools.

This year the school has focused on a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to learning. Pupils with a Growth Mindset believe that intelligence is not ‘fixed’ and set in stone, but developed through dedication and hard work. In a culture that practises a holistic approach to education and nurtures a love of learning and curiosity to be the ‘best you can be’, I have been delighted to overhear prep girls discussing, along the lines of, “I can do this better, so I’ll keep going.” Interestingly, much of this ethos was understood and appreciated centuries ago by Angela Merici, who advocated in her writings, that young women ‘Do something, take risks - risk new things, stick with it, and be ready for big surprises'.

Indeed, this is what the girls have done this year, which will be reflected in the Annual Review Magazine issued early next term. Well done to all.

Finally, as I move on, I would like to thank the girls, staff and parents for the lovely assemblies and end of year celebrations of music, singing, readings and moments of reflection. I say goodbye, and take with me memories of my time at the Ursuline Preparatory School. I wish you all a wonderful summer break.

Mrs Anne Farnish,


Quiz Club Maths Challenge

Our Years 5 and 6 Maths teams returned beaming with pride and clasping a winning shield from their morning at the Quiz Club’s National Maths Challenge. Our combined Year 5 & 6 team won the shield and our other Year 6 team secured 3rd place, behind Ewell Castle. There were 8 teams representing five schools – Surbiton Prep Girls’, Surbiton Prep Boys’, Ewell Castle, St. Andrews and Ursuline Preparatory. Mrs Murray said, “It was a very close competition with our two teams neck and neck for the first eight questions. Our team then edged ahead and went back and forth with Ewell Castle for first place, creating a very nail biting and tense competition. Congratulations to all the girls for their great performances.”

Final results:
1st Ursuline - 2,250 points
2nd Ewell Castle - 2,235 points
3rd Ursuline - 2,080 points

Today’s fabulous result has earned the winning team an invitation to the semi-finals of the Quiz Club’s National Maths Challenge next Thursday. Good luck girls!


Sunny Summer Fair

"Last Saturday’s Summer Fair was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone who came. We were so lucky with the weather! Thank you to all who came and supported the event. As soon as we know the overall profit from the day we will let you know. We pledge to give 10% of the Fair profits to the Ursuline Links’ charity. Thank you to the many people in our school community who made our annual Summer Fair such a success!"
Jennifer Donovan, UPSPA Chair


Nursery Sports Day

The early morning sun shone, the parents were out in force, the children excited and well-practised for Nursery’s Sports Day. The children competed in a circuit of events that showed off their agility, balance and co-ordination. Then it was the big running and relay races. With the children in their House colours, it was a very bright, visual display of sporting prowess. Well done to Green House for securing the most points. A big thank you to teachers for a well organised and fun morning and to the Year 6 girls for their first class help with teams and scoring. A mention of thanks should also go to the Year 3 who helped in the warm up rounds earlier in the week. The finale of the day was the Mums and Dads race. The Dads taking their competition to the next level whittling down runners to a five man final. Thank you to all parents for supporting the day.


Year 3 at Juniper Hall

Our Year 3 girls had an amazing time on their two night stay at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre. Mrs Farnish visited them on Thursday evening and has reported back that the girls had lots of fun learning compass skills for their treasure hunt, successful mammal trapping and toasting marshmallows on the fire. We will be glad to have you back in on Monday and hope you have made many wonderful memories of your time away!


New Reading Books

A huge thank you to the school and the PA for generously contributing to some new individual reading books for Reception! We have new fiction and non-fiction books across a range of book bands and the girls can not wait to start reading them after half term. Years 1 and 2 - look out! Guided and individual reading books are on their way to you, too!


SATIPS National Prep Art Exhibition

After a successful show in 2016, Cheltenham Prep again hosted the SATIPS National Prep Art Exhibition for 2017. The exhibition, which ran from 22 April to 5 May, showcases artwork by Reception to Year 8 pupils from prep schools up and down the country. All eight pieces of the artwork that we submitted were selected and displayed throughout the exhibition, and Liv Stenberg’s picture was chosen for the exhibition catalogue. We are really proud of the creativity and flair shown by all our young artists so it was an honour to have Ursuline Preparatory School represented by these talented girls alongside work from over sixty prep schools nationally. Well done girls!

More details of the exhibition can be found here:


Perform 'Wild West' Workshop

Early Years and Pre-Prep Classes were treated to a wonderfully engaging Wild West workshop on Wednesday 17th May. The children went on an adventure in search of the golden horse's mane. They acted out going on different modes of transport and they all enjoyed being wild west cowboys and girls.

More photos of the drama workshop can be viewed in our Gallery.


'Girls Go Green' Day

On Tuesday 16th May, the teachers and children all took part in a successful, eco-friendly 'Girls Go Green' day! The day was celebrated by everyone wearing green and donating money to the school eco-committee 'EnviroBin' fundraiser. In the morning, the children were taught ways to save energy at home and at school from a wonderful visit by the Merton School Energy Officer. In class, everyone experienced a truly valuable eco-friendly learning day from sorting and recycling rubbish to creating travel surveys and calculating their own carbon footprint! Thank you to everyone who helped raise a whopping £123.75!

More photos of the trip can be viewed in our Gallery.


Year 5 Trip to Swanage

Year Five have just returned from a brilliant residential week in Swanage, Dorset. The girls learned how the landmark ‘Old Harry’s Rock’ formed, starting off as a headland, through to a cave, arch and finally the stack it is today. They also enjoyed a talk from a local palaeontologist about the many fossils that can be found on the Jurassic coast, and went on a walk with him to see fossils in situ, including dinosaur footprints and shark fin spines. The food was great, the scenery amazing and everyone had a wonderful time, even if it was a little chilly!

More photos of the trip can be viewed in our Gallery.


Charity News

The Ursuline Prep has helped to raise over a staggering £1,800 for local Merton Charity Jigsaw4U by organizing a parents fundraising Ball at Wimbledon Park Golf Club and collecting for the charity throughout the year. Many thanks to all who have donated or been involved.

Next week, on Thursday 4th May, Sr. Catherine and the Youth Minister from Ursuline Links will be visiting the school to talk to the girls about their charity work. The girls will be encourage to raise funds for these local, national and international projects. The girls will be asked to do a selfless task at home to collect some pocket money and donate this money to this chosen charity.


Red Nose Day 2017

On Friday 24th March the school joined in the National Fundraising for Red Nose Day. The girls wore red items to school with their red noses and shook buckets for loose change in the morning, at the French Café. The School Council arranged a cake sale after school to raise more money to support this worthy cause. Altogether we raised £512 for Comic Relief – a fantastic amount for a very worthwhile charity. Well done everyone.


Saint Angela Project Work

Year Four have participated in an enrichment project to support their learning in RE this term. The girls have focused on the school motto and the teachings of St. Angela as an inspiration for their project. The girls have responded by creating a wonderful array of imaginative and beautiful artwork including embroidery, sculptures, drawings, clay models, collages and posters showing what Serviam means to them.

A huge well done to the girls for their efforts and to their families for supporting the girls with this project. The girls’ work is on display in the Main House and in Year Four so parents may take the opportunity to admire their fantastic work.


Excellent Work by the School Council

Our wonderful School Council have been hard at work recently! During a whole school survey organised by the Council, all the girls voted for their favourite upper-playground designs. The School Council then also raised the necessary funds and the colourful winning designs were installed over the February half term break.

The designs are a bright and playful addition to the school and are a big hit with all the children. Full marks to our fabulous School Council!

The School Council is made up of two girls per class, elected by the pupils at the beginning of the academic year as their representatives.


Independent Secondary School Entry Examination Success

Our Year Six girls have achieved great successes in their recent 11+ Independent secondary school entry examinations. It has been our most successful year to date. Congratulations, to all our girls who have passed entry exams to the following schools in Year Seven: Badminton School, Epsom College, Feltonfleet, The Hall, Kingston Grammar School, Marymount, Notre Dame, Putney High, Redmaids, St George’s Weybridge, St Mary’s Ascot, St Teresa’s Effingham, Surbiton High, Sutton High, Wimbledon High and Woldingham; plus the pre-test to Wellington College.

Amongst our exam successes the girls' achievements included scholarships to a number of secondary schools, including two academic scholarships and a sports scholarship to Sutton High School, three academic scholarships and a drama scholarship to Notre Dame School and five awards to Surbiton High School (including the Principal’s Award for this year, three academic scholarships and a tennis exhibition).

Some girls have been offered a Year Seven place in more than one school and families have until the beginning of March to make their choice. Once again congratulations to all our Year Six girls and their families.


German Day

Pupils arrived for German Day in costumes inspired by the Brothers' Grimm fairy tales, Einstein, Haribo gummy bears, a few perms and even a car! Class teachers, assisted by pupils from Ursuline High and Coombe Girls School studying German, taught the children some German vocabulary (clothes, transport and holiday destinations) and by the end of the morning the pupils had produced some fantastic books recording the information. In the afternoon, pupils watched a German film about the Flying Classroom and made some Gingerbread men. Thank you everyone for all the enthusiasm and effort put into our German Day. Es war wunderbar!

More photos can be viewed in our Gallery.


Charity Fundraising

This half term the girls have shown great entrepreneurial spirit in wishing to raise money for this term’s charity, Merton Young Carers. Girls in Year 4 raised £33.96 with their Guess the number of sweets in the jar and Girls in Year 5 raised £120 with their ‘Name the cuddly toy’. Thank you girls for all your kind efforts. Please look out for further fundraising initiatives after half term.


School Fundraising Success

The Ursuline Prep School Parents’ Association and staff would like to thank all the parents so much for giving so generously to the two Charities that UPSPA has been raising funds for recently. Children in Need last Friday 18th November and Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice during the course of the Autumn Term. For Children in Need Friday's French Café made £97.50 last week and an additional £56.14 was dropped into buckets, totalling a staggering £153.64!

Separately, the girls who raised funds by naming the bear for Shooting Stars, raised a wonderful £117.50. A fantastic effort by the girls – all under their own initiative. Serviam in Action.


Maths Puzzle Challenge Day

The Ursuline Prep School Parents’ Association would like to thank Mrs Murray for organising a wonderful Maths Puzzle Challenge Day on Tuesday 8th November. UPSPA funded the event which the girls enjoyed taking part in. According to Mrs Murray, the girls got a lot out of the day in terms of team work, perseverance and problem solving. It was also great for the teachers to observe how different children took on the various roles during the organised activities, and to see the girls demonstrating their reasoning and logic skills, as well as their social interactions in a setting outside the classroom. The PA Committee were pleased with the Happy Puzzle Company, running the day’s activities, who were professional and offered value for money.


Wacky Wigs for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice

The girls raised money for Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice, who have homes in Hampton and Guildford, by wearing Wacky Wigs today, and holding a jelly bean jar challenge! The school raised £291.44 with a further £86.46 being raised by the Year 6 girls who held a 'Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar' raffle. Giving a grand total of £377.90 for this very worthwhile cause.

Anne Farnish, Headmistress said: “We are delighted to support this charity. All our girls enjoyed the speaker from Chase at our assembly recently who tackled this subject with great sensitivity leaving our girls inspired to help and support. I am particularly delighted with our Year 6 girls who ran their own raffle demonstrating great compassion and some entrepreneurial skills.”


Mathematics Challenge

Well done to the girls in Year 5 who took part in the Maths Challenge last Friday 17th June at Sutton High School. Sixteen teams from Kingston, Sutton and Merton schools took part in a very competitive environment, with questions based on UK Maths Trust team challenges. The Ursuline Prep team did exceptionally well, considering that this was the first time the school has entered this competition and that our girls beat a number of local preparatory schools. Well done girls for representing the school.


Fun Run and Street Party for Queen’s 90th Birthday

The pupils, staff and families of The Ursuline Prep School enjoyed a wonderful Fun Run on Wimbledon Common in the morning of Saturday 11th June followed by a Street Party in the grounds of the school later that afternoon.

Bouncy castles, craft stalls for Father’s Day Gifts, disco, strawberries and cream and a luxury hamper raffle. The bar was sponsored by LondonPropertyGuru and families enjoyed a Pimms or celebratory bubbles and raised a glass to Her Majesty. The school was decorated with red, white and blue balloons, courtesy of The Party Shop in Wimbledon Broadway. The rain stayed away and a wonderful time was had by everyone.

Anne Farnish, Headmistress said, "I would like to thank all member of our hard working Parents' Association for putting on such a wonderful day of activity and fun. Our families thoroughly enjoyed a Royal occasion".

More photos can be viewed in our Gallery.


Fundraising for Ursuline Links

The first of our Ursuline Links end-of-week treats took place yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to the girls in Year 6 for their wonderful ice cream stall - perfect for the beautiful weather we are enjoying at the moment. Year 6 raised £217 for this term's charity!

We are hoping to raise as much as possible for 'Ursuline Links'. What better way to do this, than treating the girls to something special to eat, at the end of each week, throughout the summer term! Next week Reception will be organising ice lollies or popcorn for everyone.


London Marathon

We would like to wish all those wonderful parents taking part in the London Marathon this week-end a successful and rewarding run. This year's runners are:

  • Mr Olly de Montfort - running for the RFU Injured Players Association.
  • Mrs Soretha Delport - running for VICTA and charity involved in children’s sight complaints
  • Mrs Ciara McKenna-Nyberg - running for Men United a Prostate Cancer Charity.

We wish everyone a healthy run, a good time, decent weather and we look forward to seeing some photos next week!


Easter Bonnet Parade

To celebrate Easter and the end of the Spring Term, the girls were invited to make their own Easter bonnet for a parade in assembly on the last day of term. Thank you to everyone who made an Easter Bonnet for our parade this morning – they were stunning! Enormous creativity was shown by so many girls (with the help of Mum and Dad no doubt!)

Click here to see the Wimbledon Guardian article


Have a Heart for the Kibera

Thank you to everyone who helped provide a hot meal for the children of the Kibera at our recent Have a Heart for the Kibera fund-raising effort. We are delighted to say that we raised £531.54 – a staggering amount. Katrin from Lunchbowl will come in during next term to accept the cheque and thank us all. This money will help provide over 1,500 hot meals for hungry children. Thank you all so much.


Trip to the Copperbox

A very happy group of girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the Copperbox, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5th March to watch a match between Hertfordshire Mavericks and Surrey Storm. The girls traveled by train with some members of the Ursuline Preparatory School staff. The match was a perfect display of netball, giving the girls an insight into playing the sport at the highest level. Hertfordshire Mavericks moved to the top of the league beating Surrey Storm by a very close 55 – 50. A really exciting and excellent match to watch. A big thank you to the staff for taking time out of their week-end to provide this wonderful opportunity for our girls.


Year 6 Independent Secondary School Entry Exam Results

Congratulations to all our girls in Year 6 who have recently taken and passed the 11+ entry exams to the following schools: City of London Freeman’s, Emmanuel, Kingston Grammar School, Lady Eleanor Holles, The Laurels, Marymount, Notre Dame, Putney High, Surbiton High and Sutton High.

Amongst our exam successes girls have achieved academic scholarships to The City of London Freeman’s School, Emmanuel, Lady Eleanor Holles, Kingston Grammar School and Surbiton High.

Some girls have been offered a Year 7 place in more than one school and families have until the beginning of March to make their choice.

Later this term we will publish the list of Secondary Schools girls have chosen to attend.

Once again congratulations to all our Years 6 girls.


Quiz Success

Congratulations to the girls from the Prep Department who attended the National Key Stage 2 General Knowledge Championships on Monday 1st February. Emer Monaghan (Year 3), Mary Kehoe (Year 4), Shanalia Ramchurn (Year 5) and Ellie Gabriele (Year 6). We are very proud to report that the school came third out of ten competing team, which is an outstanding achievement. Well done girls.


Gift for Clic Sargent

Many thanks to Verity from Clic Sargent who visited the Prep Department Assembly this week and thanked all the girls for their fundraising efforts. Early in December the children held a Cake Sale and wore Christmas jumpers to school in return for a donation to Clic Sargent.

We were very pleased to be able to give her a cheque for £668.59. Many thanks to everyone. We look forward to the next Clic Sargent Christmas Celebration Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in December.

Photos of our Christmas Jumper Day and the girls performing at the Concert in 2015 can be viewed in our Gallery.


Outstanding Fundraising

We would like to welcome all our families back to the new school term, Spring 2016, and to say a warm welcome to those who join us for the first time this term.

We are delighted to say that the fundraising for Jigsaw4U that took place at the Christmas Fair and before the end of last term has raised a magnificent £613 – many thanks to everyone for their support.

Also, the donations to the Food Bank were very warmly received indeed and the organisers were amazed by the outstanding generosity and support of such a little school. Thank you for demonstrating the true meaning of SERVIAM.


Reception visit Cannizaro Park

The girls in Reception enjoyed a visit to Cannizaro Park on Monday. There they were able to learn more about the work of artist and sculptor Andy Galsworthy. The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often includes brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole." The girls had a wonderful time creating their own stunning pieces of artwork, and an interesting and creative morning was had by all.

More photos of their visit can be viewed in our Gallery.


House Music Festival

Many thanks to all the girls and staff for their hard work in creating a wonderful House Music Festival yesterday. Wonderful solo, duet and ensemble performances were delightful and the inter-house competition was a joy. Well done St Cecilia’s (Green House) - well, she is the Patron Saint of Music!

More photos of the House Music Festival can be viewed in our Gallery.


CLIC Sargent

This term the school has chosen CLIC Sargent as our focused charity.

Last week, Verity, a representative from CLIC Sargent, came into school to talk to our girls about this charity and how our school can get involved in raising money to support their work, more details to follow. Our senior choir will also be singing at the Young Voices Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in December, and money raised from this event will also go towards CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.


MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everyone who contributed this morning at the French Café and our generous PA and Staff. The total collected so far in support of MacMillan Cancer Support is £186.33


Welcome Back!

I hope all our families have managed to have a restful and enjoyable summer break whether staying at home or venturing further afield. I am pleased to see that our new pupils who have joined this term have settled quickly.

I extend a very warm welcome to new staff this term - Mrs Fiona Patton in one of our Nursery Classes, Mrs Janet Middlehurst in one of the Reception Classes, Mrs Sofia Karagianni in one of the Year 1 Classes, Mrs Diana James in one of our Year 5 classes and Mr Daniel McSherry in Year 6. We also welcome Mr Craig Gilibrand as our part time SendCo and Classroom assistants, Miss Kathryn Walker in the Early Years, Miss Eloise Harris, Miss Jade Ceesay and Mr Jonathan Southard. It has been a pleasure to visit all the classes during the first couple of days back in school and see the pupils refreshed and energised ready to begin the long autumn term.

Mrs Anne Farnish,


A Midsummer's Night Dream

What can we say ... it was a wonderful production on Wednesday evening performed by the girls of Years 5 and 6. The script was thoroughly learned and so well performed that it was hard to believe they are only 10 and 11 years old. Funny, charming and totally entertaining. Sincere thanks to Ms Seymour-Butler for her excellent Direction and Production, Mrs Stanley for her wonderful Musical Direction, Mrs Tedeschi for her enormous support with the choreography and to our audience for their obvious enjoyment. Mostly we would like to thank our wonderful girls for such a superb evening- we are very proud of you.


Sports Days

On Friday 26th June a fabulous day was enjoyed by all girls from Years 1 to 6 at our annual Sports Day event. Individual and team performances demonstrated athletic ability and sportsmanship from the very youngest to the older girls. Many thanks to all parents for coming along and supporting your daughters and for cheering on your house team. Many thanks also to our Sports staff for making this day so enjoyable and successful.

The Reception classes held their Sports Morning on Thursday 25th June. A very big well done to all Reception girls for providing us with a wonderful morning of sports. Healthy competition and team spirit was shown by all girls (and a few parents also!)

Photos of both Sports Days can be viewed in our Gallery.


First Holy Communion

Many congratulations to all our girls who have celebrated their First Holy Communion this Spring, and many thanks to Year 3 for a beautiful Mass on Monday 22nd June.


TinTin Experience Afternoon

The Ursuline Preparatory School hosted a joint French and Art workshop with Donhead's Year 6 pupils. Our 'Tintin Experience' afternoon included various art activities in French. Pupils worked in teams to produce their own "Bande Dessinée" comic book and solve a treasure hunt.

Congratulations to the winning team "Tintin".


Chess Club News

Congratulations to Ava Gale, Teresa Dos Santos, Barbara Kempny, Sophie Jell, Katie Monaghan and Grace Morgan who all participated in the Megafinal stage of this year’s UK Chess Challenge, having qualified to do so from last term’s tournament.

The UK Chess Challenge is the world’s largest Chess tournament, and special congratulations must go to Grace Morgan, who qualified from the Megafinal to go onwards to the national Gigafinal stage in July!


Selfless for a Selfie

This half term the school has chosen to support a local Charity – Merton Young Carers. These young carers are local children who support a parent at home, by providing personal care. We are asking the girls to do a selfless task over this Bank Holiday weekend, and earn some pocket money to donate to this worthy charity.

Girls can take a "selfie" of themselves doing their task and bring in the photo (printed please) for their teacher to display. Teachers are welcome to join in too of course – for a donation. There will be a board in the main entrance to display all these photographs. Thank you.


Music for the Lenten Season

Mrs Kennedy-Laing (our Year 4K Teacher and RE Coordinator) is singing Brahms’s German Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall this coming Monday 30th March, with The Wimbledon Choral Society. This is also the 100th Anniversary Concert for the Wimbledon Choral Society. Please do come along if you would like to hear this beautiful piece – tickets can be obtained from She is also singing on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm on Good Friday, 3rd April - in a programme called "At the foot of the Cross". This is a programme of music and readings – perfect for the beginning of the Easter festivities.


Our New Solar Panels

Please click on the link above to visit our online Solar Edge Kiosk - providing a live feed of data collected from the solar panels sited on our new building, St Angela's. Parents will probably see more of this information as it makes an appearance in the girls' science lessons, as part of their learning on energy and solar power.


Support Red Nose Day

The Ursuline Prep School are supporting Comic Relief, so please wear your red nose or some other small item of red clothing (e.g. hairband, socks) to school all day on Friday 13th March for £1.

Children, please give your £1 donation to your form teacher. Year 6 will be shaking their buttons and collecting any loose change at the French Café before school. Thank you.



The girls in Year One have been busy recently – Year 1L have been using ipads, taking wonderful photographs, while Year 1T have been exploring sound in science. Year Five have also used imovie to create movie trailers linked to their literacy work on the legend of Atlantis. The work by all these classes can be seen on Makewaves (the school’s blog) and you can also catch up on Mrs Farnish’s latest blog.

Makewaves is accessible either from the school’s website (click here) or via the QR code.

It would be lovely for the girls and their teachers to receive some feedback from parents via the Comments section on Makewaves!


Hearts for Kibera

The Ursuline Prep School is very pleased to be able to support The Lunchbowl Network again this year. The hearts are now in the School Office, with a suggested donation of £1 each. Every £1 buys three hot lunches for the children of the Kibera slum in Kenya. We have supported these children for many years, and are very happy to continue to do so.


Charity Netball Match

Many thanks go to all those in the school community who took part in the first ever Staff v Parents netball match on Friday 5th December. This was a fun fundraising event in aid of local charity, St Raphael’s Hospice.

We have raised almost £500 - but if anyone has any money outstanding please send it to the School Office soon, so we can send the money to this very worthy cause. Thank you.


Netball Success

Well done to our Year 6 Netball squad who played in a tournament at Harrodian on Wednesday 5th November. The girls were unbeaten that day and winning a number of matches meant that they all received a silver medal for their hard work. Some excellent ball skills were on display and Mrs Ventom was delighted with their overall performance.


Skip-a-thon Fundraising

Many thanks and a big well done to all the girls for taking part in the Skip-a-thon on Friday 17th October. A vast amount of energy was demonstrated and the girls had enormous fun. We are also are delighted to say that the Skip-a-thon has raised £1,953.55 to date - an impressive amount for a worthwhile Charity, the British Heart Foundation. Many thanks to all our families.

Photos of the Skip-a-thon can be viewed in our Gallery.


Inter-House Music Festival

Our girls played, sang and performed wonderfully well in our first inter-house musical festival on Thursday afternoon. The individual performances were excellent and the inter-house competition brought out some unique styles of performance and choreography.

Many thanks to Becky Gresson our Judge and well done to Red House (St Ursula) our winning team.


Operation Christmas Child gift box appeal

As it is getting closer to Christmas with the excitement of giving and receiving gifts and spending times with our loved ones, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity, for the girls to think about those less fortunate than us, who will not be receiving gifts and spending Christmas with all their loved ones. As a school we would like to participate in this initiative. Operation Christmas Child, is organised by the Samaritans Purse, and sends Christmas boxes made up by people in the UK to children suffering from Poverty, in Europe and other countries around the world. Their website gives more information about what they do, and where the boxes are sent:

Leaflets will be given out to the girls after half term and the boxes have to be ready by 18th November. Further details in Parent Letters.


Shop online for the Buildings Appeal

With Christmas approaching—and online shopping accounting for so much of our purchases—this would be the perfect time to register at and raise some money for The Ursuline Preparatory School. By doing your shopping on line through easyfundraising you will be providing cash donations towards our School Buildings Appeal.

When you are asked to choose your cause on the website, please select Ursuline Preparatory School, Wimbledon Trust.

Lets get that Christmas shop done!


Poppy Appeal

Our poppies have now arrived in school and they are available to buy from next Monday 13th October - a donation as usual. This year also we have a variety of lovely things for children to purchase. Wrist bands, bracelets, pencils, hair clips, rulers and rubbers—a suggested donation of £1 for each item is acceptable. Please ensure that your children bring in their pocket money for purchases in a named purse. Coins only please as we are unable to provide change.


Fundraising Families

An enormous well done to our fabulous fund-raising families at the Ursuline Prep School. Mrs Smith and her daughter in Year 4K who, with Mum, cycled the NSPCC Hack and raised £280! Also congratulations go to Mrs Kosmider and Mrs de Lisser who gave us a lovely cake sale and walked the Shine Night Walk for Cancer Research UK and raised £900 to date.

Very well done to everyone.


70th Anniversary Celebration

For 70 years girls have enjoyed coming to school at The Ursuline Prep. The Ursuline Order purchased the house in 1944 during the War as they needed further accommodation for younger girls, and it has been the home of the Prep School ever since.

Today we celebrated this wonderful anniversary with a beautiful Mass, celebrated by Canon John at the Sacred Heart Parish Church in Edge Hill. The girls sang and read beautifully and we were joined by many old friends and staff.

With home made Ursuline bunting, balloons and music from the 40’s the girls enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games on the Astroturf. War time dancing, skipping and hula hoops were some of the games and activities the girls (and the staff) enjoyed. Every girl also had a special commemorative badge and a slice of Ursuline Cake! A perfect day.

The celebration comes at a poignant time for the Preparatory School, which has just received an Excellent ISI Report and is shortly to open The St Angela’s Centre which will provide 8 new classrooms – four of which are dedicated to Early Years children.

Mrs Anne Farnish, Headmistress said “This is a very special celebration for us and for our girls, and it comes at a time of growth and development in the life of our school. A perfect time to celebrate our history, and to look forward to the future”.


School Travel Plan Award

The school has just heard from Merton Council that we have achieved Silver level accreditation for our School Travel Plan. This is great news!

STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is Transport for London's (TfL) travel plan accreditation programme. STARS provides a framework and guidance for schools to help us put an accredited travel plan in place. It rewards educational establishments for their achievements and commitment to encourage walking, cycling and road safety.

Congratulations everyone!