Foundation Swimmers Take 16 Medals At ISA National Swimming Championships

A team of eight swimmers represented the Princethorpe Foundation at the National Independent Schools Association’s Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, last Saturday 30 November. The pupils had all qualified to swim for the Midlands team in the national competition in local regional heats and they faced tough competition, the best swimmers from independent schools across the country.

Foundation Director of Sport, Neil McCollin, commented, “Our swimmers have traditionally done well in the ISA Swimming Championships and they have had another very successful outing this year. Together they brought home a magnificent haul of 16 medals. It was great to see so many Foundation pupils competing and we are delighted with their performances.”

Both Foundation junior schools had swimmers competing at the national event. For Crescent School, Stephanie Bolton swam in the Midlands Freestyle Relay team earning herself a gold medal and then claimed a bronze in the Year 4 individual 50m Freestyle when she finished in third place in a time of 41.42 seconds. Year 6 pupil, Sienna Moran placed second for a silver medal in the individual 50m Breaststroke in 45.17 seconds and just missed a second medal after the Midlands team finished fourth in the 4x50m Medley Relay.

For Crackley Hall School Junior 4, Isabella Cleary took an individual gold medal after a super swim in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 51.83 seconds. She then earned herself a second gold when, alongside Stephanie, she helped the Midlands team finish first in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay in a time of 2.49.98. Junior 6, Sam Grindal also took a gold medal after swimming freestyle in the Year 6 4x50 Medley Relay in a combined team time of 2.32.42.

For the College Year 7, André Onyekwe, swam superbly in the 50m Backstroke finishing in a time of 35.74 seconds and claiming a well-deserved gold medal. Year 7, Harrison Guest, did almost as well, finishing in second place in 42.44 in the 50m Breaststroke for a silver medal. Both boys swam for the Midlands team in the 4x50m Medley Relay finishing in second place in 2.34.66 taking a silver medal, and then swam in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay helping the team to finish in first place in a team time of 2.12.63 and earning themselves a gold medal.

Year 8, Ethan Capelett swan for the Midlands in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay helping the team to finish in second place in a time of 2.06.99 for a silver medal. He also swam backstroke in the 4x50m Medley Relay helping the team take third place in a time of 2.24.94 and earning himself a bronze medal.

Year 10, Jess Mackenzie was, as always, on fine form, she took a silver medal in the Years 9/10 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.03.93 and then swam for the Midlands team in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay helping the team to a second-place finish and a second silver medal in a time of 1.59.30 seconds. Jess just missed a third medal when she swam backstroke in the 4x50m Medley Relay when the team finished in fourth place in a time of 2.17.53.

It was a very busy day for all and an amazing haul of 16 medals across the Foundation. Overall the Midlands team finished in second place nationally. A super, huge well done to all of our swimmers.

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School Promise Rule Of The Week

For a two or three week period this year we will be focusing on one of the sayings in the new School Promise. We will talk about this in assembly and in form period. It would be great if you could discuss this with your children at home and support the messages we are emphasising in school.

This week we consider the category of Good Learners. The idea behind this week’s promise is resilience and perseverance. This is such a key element of being a good learner. The desire and determination to master new skills can take children such a long way in education.

‘‘We never give up and always try again"

Mr Webb
Assistant Head

School Email Message Tip

School messages are sent out via ISAMs and are usually sent out on a Friday.

If you are expecting a message and do not receive it please check your junk/spam folder as they can sometimes end up in there.  If you move them into your inbox this will direct messages there in the future.

Messages can also be found on the home screen when you log into My School Portal (see image).

Thank you.

Crescent School


Scholastic Book Fair

There are only three days left to order from our latest Scholastic Book Club as orders close on the 9 December 2019.  Go to to browse the latest books and place your order.

Every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

So far we have raised £1,245 from the Book Fair - this is an amazing amount.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Christmas Post Box Reminder

The Crescent School Christmas Post Box is open for the festive season.

Year 6 are manning the Post Box by the pupil door every morning from 8.15am-8.40am. We encourage all children to post their Christmas cards in the Post Box to save disruption of lessons.

The Christmas cards are then sorted by the Year 6 elves and delivered on the final day of term.

All cards must have the full name of the recipient and their class and we ask for a small donation to our school charity Shine A Light.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Harvest Festival Appeal Update

Thank you to all who contributed to this year's Harvest Festival appeal for Rugby foodbank.  Crescent School donated 200kg of food.

What an amazing amount!

Crescent School


Fame At Last For Miss Wren

Last weekend our longest serving teacher assistant Miss Alice Wren took to the stage as 'Trainee Nurse Kitty' in the Braunston Players Christmas Extravaganza A Sound At Christmas at Braunston Village Hall.  All proceeds raised went towards the Air Ambulance charity!      

Well done Miss Wren - we are very proud of you!

Mrs Brazier
Crescent School
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