As part of our topic on toys, Beech and Holly went on a visit to The Cecil Higgins Museum. The children started the day by having a chance to play with lots of replica old toys and having a look at some really old toys.
These included skittles, jack in the box, push and pull toys, kaleidoscopes, Noah’s Ark and jigsaws. They had lots of fun.They then had the chance to play with some metal hoops outside.
After lunch the children were given a tour around the museum and shown lots of exciting exhibits. They were then given some curiosities to look at and had to try and work out what the objects were used for. There were lots of surprises! Even more of a surprise when we came out was the snowstorm, this caused immense excitement! The children really enjoyed their trip to the museum and it was a lovely way to finish our topic on toys.
We were very privileged to be asked to take part in this recorder day by the music department at Stowe School. They were glad to see us when we arrived as Sarah told us to tuck in to the squash and biscuits. Stowe are renowned for feeding their guests well! They told us that they too were very excited because someone very special was coming to be part of the day with us.
This person was none other than Piers Adams.
‘Who?’ I here you cry!
Well, let me explain. Piers Adams is THE BEST RECORDER PLAYER IN THE WORLD.
I’ll calm down I promise but you must understand that this man is like the Usain Bolt of the recorder world. He had the children enthralled as he played so fast and on so many different sizes, shapes and designs of recorder that they became quite dizzy. He is so charismatic. Using his whole body his music danced around the hall as he played using sound like splashes of colour on our ears. Later we all learnt some sound effects of our own and he incorporated these in to an improvisation about woodland creatures that he had written especially for the day. We loved it!
Sally Adams, (no relation), taught the children some other great ensemble pieces during the day and we were joined by the Stowe rhythm and bass section for the afternoon rehearsal and concert, our favourite was ‘Rockin’ Robin.’ The children played really well and learnt the music quickly. The concert was very exciting as we played all the pieces we’d learnt to the parents who came to listen. The Grove parents were there in the front row as usual, oh and Mrs B! They were amazed as Piers played the hardest piece in the whole of the recorder repertoire accompanied by an excellent pianist. It was ‘mad’ with jazzy sections followed by chunks of wild notes or folk music and even a referee’s whistle. I wish you all could have been there to hear it.
We offer lessons in LAMDA Speech and Drama for all ages and abilities. Speech and Drama is a great way to improve confidence in performing and public speaking, a great life skill for any child.
Students can have lessons individually or in groups of up to 3 allowing them to learn group pieces.
Students are also given the opportunity to enter the Milton Keynes Festival each year where LVAC students have won many competitions. Students can also work towards their LAMDA exams which can be taken here at the school.
For more information or to check availability please contact us on 01908 690580.
LVAC offer a wide range of instrument lessons as well as singing lessons for all ages and abilities. Students are also invited to play in regular lunch time and evening concerts to showcase their talents and practice their performing. We also have school choirs and chamber groups.
We currently offer lessons in
Violin and Viola
Trumpet, Trombone and p-Bone
Guitar (Classical and Electric)
We appreciate the commitment to purchasing an instrument for a beginner can be costly so we offer termly instrument hire for those wanting to try a new instrument. If you are thinking of getting your own instrument, we are able to source new instruments for purchase for our pupils, please ask us for a quote.
We offer the below lessons either privately or in a group glass.
RAD Ballet: Pre-Primary to Grade 8
ISTD Modern: Primary to Advanced
ISTD Tap: Pre-Primary to Advanced
Children are grouped according to their age and ability in small classes. The main focus is on enjoyment whilst also working towards their graded examinations.
The children also take part in an annual show and parents can watch class once a term.
Contact The Grove Independent School & Day Nursery
If you are enquiring about a place for your child in our Nursery or Prep School please use this email address. The Grove provides excellent childcare from 3 months to 3 years and a fantastic well rounded education for children in our Prep School from Foundation to Year 8 (13 years). If you are ready to complete our admissions enquiry form please click here.
For all shop related enquiries please use this email address. For example: school uniform, LVAC (Loughton Valley Arts Centre) clothing, school water bottles.
Examples of reasons you may wish to contact our accounts department:
- Increasing the number of days your child attends our Nursery.
- Enquiring about your direct debit or adjusting your payment details for Nursery or School fees.
- Existing parents with general enquiries about Nursery or School fees.
- Suppliers sending invoices or accounts statements.
The Loughton Valley Arts Centre. LVAC queries should be directed to this email address in the first instance. This includes invoice queries, requests for new or additional lessons.
General enquiries and notifications such as letting us know that your child is going to be absent from school.
Enquiring about a position at The Grove.
On Tuesday 28th April, The Grove Independent School were fortunate to have a Dental Practitioner and her assistant visit our Foundation and Pre-Prep children. Local dentist, Dr Verma, came to talk to the children about how to care for their teeth and what are the best ways to keep their teeth healthy.
She carefully explained how important it is to look after our teeth and reminded us that we should brush our teeth for at least 2 minutes and to make sure we clean all around our teeth properly at the front, back and on the chewing parts of the teeth. Dr Verma was really impressed that every day at school, all TGIS children brush their teeth!
The children sat and listened to Dr Verma explain which foods are good for our teeth, such as raw fruits, vegetables, cheese and milk. When Dr Verma asked the children which foods are not good for the teeth, all of the children were able to participate, especially foundation children, who were all very assertive that: "We should not eat too many sugary foods and drinks!" Pre-Prep children had an opportunity to ask Dr Verma questions such as: "Why do people have braces?" and "Why do we have fillings?" All of the children said how much they enjoyed asking questions to our visitor and how they enjoyed learning different facts about our teeth.
On our first fixture of the year, we encountered Quinton House. Both sides were using this game as an easing into the season. We played soft ball cricket but with all the trimmings.
Quinton House batted first and although we had 3 or 4 good bowlers within our midst we didn’t manage to make consistent breakthroughs. Joseph Gwena bowled with good pace, but less accuracy, Anish Katechia also bowled well, but the pick of the bowlers was Elijah Muya, he varied the pace and loop of his bowling to keep the batsmen tied down, conceding only 10 off his three overs. A few too many wides from the other bowlers and byes from the keeper meant that they crept to 104 off their 22 overs. We came out to bat with plenty of enthusiasm, but sadly we lost Anish to the first ball. Jumping onto a short ball he only managed to hit it straight to the fielder and square leg. Prannav Mahesh, followed soon after leaving us 2 down with not a lot to show for it. Elijah and Khush Shah steadied the ship and batted well for the third wicket. Elijah stuck some excellent shorts on his way to a well-played 21 before being bowled. Khush batted for some time, looking strong at the crease and full of confidence. His technique looked sound, but he struggled with getting the short call to the boundary. Although we batted out the full 22 overs we didn’t quite manage to get to our target. Wickets fell at regular intervals and scoring was a little slow, but for a first game there were plenty of positives.
Charlotte Ingram, Vivek Rav and Georgia Millburn, headed off to Hemel Hempstead to compete in the ISA National Ski Competition. They were to ski 2 slalom runs within their ages groups, all of which the groups were a year out of age group. With their first run they eased themselves in slowly but still manage to produce some good times. Charlotte was the quickest with 18.61 seconds. The children had to wait patiently for their second run and we had chance to chat about the course and they would aim to attack the course more than before. At this point it was hard to work out what position the children were in, as there were another 156 children competing.
The second runs got going and Charlotte was 2nd up. She skied well but sadly couldn’t improve upon her time. Georgia was next and attacked the gates for the start and ended up taking 1 second off her initial time and when Vivek did the same in his run, we ended in a very pleasing manner.
The wait for the results ensued and the children once again behaved impeccably. An hour later they were in. Charlotte came in a fantastic 3rd spot for her U14 age group, gaining a bronze medal. Vivek came 25th out of 39 and Georgia came 21st out of 38. They can all be very pleased with their efforts and I am sure that with more race practise things for the school will only get better.
Loughton Valley Arts Centre is a part of The Grove Independent School offering Dance, Music and Speech & Drama lessons. These lessons take place from 4.15pm and children are taken to the lessons as part of their after school activities. Lessons are also available to children who don’t attend The Grove Independent School.