Pupils' Own News

Gisele and Tomi fight Team GB Judo Bronze Medallist

Gisele in Year 4 and Tomi in Year 2 recently worked very hard representing The Manor at a special judo training day with Team GB Olympic Bronze Medallist, Sally Conway – what a fantastic day!





Scarlett reaches new golfing heights (Sept 2018) Scarlett Golf

Scarlett in Year 5 had a very successful and enjoyable summer improving her golf skills.  At the start of the summer, she worked hard on her swing and short game with her coach at Frilford Heath Golf Club. This dedication helped her to finish 3rd  in the British 9 Year old Girls’ Championships at Celtic Manor, tie 4th in the 9 Year old Girls in the Wee Wonders GB&I Grand Final at St. Andrews and tie 18th in the 10 Year old Girls' division.


Elyana sets her sights on becoming a racing driver (Sep 2018)Elyana

Elyana in Year 1 drives a racing kart in the Bambino Kart Club at the Whilton Mill racetrack with the aim of racing next year. Bambino karts are designed for 5 to 7-year-olds and can do up to 40 mph with their 50cc 2-stroke engines.

Elyana started driving at age 3 and has a driven a number of different karts already. In last winter’s snow, she preferred to drive and slide her kart on the snowy road instead of making a snowman! She first drove on the track at the age of 5 and immediately loved the challenge of maximising her speed and mixing with other drivers on the circuit. Elyana is inspired by Jamie Chadwick,  the first ever female winner of a British Formula 3 race, and who won the British GT Championship in an Aston Martin V8 in 2015 while still at school. She says that her ambition is to be a racing driver and then move on to design F1 cars.

Elyana is fortunate to have received coaching from her neighbour Anthony Reid, former star of British Touring Cars and known for historic racing at Goodwood. She also receives support and guidance from Iffley Motor Club.

Scarlett at the European Golf Championships (May 2018)

Scarlett Golf

Scarlett in Year 4 continues to excel in golf and recently played in the European Golf Championships at Longniddry, Scotland, during the half term break.
600 children competed from 50 different countries. The competition was opened by the Earl of Wemyss.  This was followed by a wonderful welcome event at his Gosford House in Longniddry.

The tournament was played over three days and Scarlett scored her best ever round of +9 on the second day on the demanding Longniddry links.
She was delighted with her finish of 10th out of the Great British & Irish girls and 22nd overall. This qualifies her for the World Championships at Pinehurst, USA and the British Championships at Celtic Manor, Wales, both during August 2018.

Manor Ted’s Extreme Adventure (April 2018)

Manor TedEmilia and Sophie’s father recently went on a flying adventure and the girls convinced him to take Manor Ted along for the ride!

Their father restored a DC3 Dakota and flew it from UK to India to return it to the Indian Airforce. Along the journey, Manor Ted and crew visited France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Saudi, Bahrain, Muscat and finished up in India.

Thank you to Emilia and Sophie for thinking of Manor Ted, we’re sure he enjoyed his adventure!



Danny is a Karate Champ (March 2018)Danny

In March 2018, Danny from 1F entered his first karate competition which was refereed by national judges. The friendly competition took place in Harlow, Essex. Danny, a yellow-orange belt, fought two rounds and won both times. Representing the Oxford School of Martial Arts, led by Sensei Mary Stevens, Danny was awarded a medal for winning. Commenting on his experience, Danny said, “It was epic!” Danny’s proud parents attribute his winning to the training and empowerment with which karate senseis have provided him and to Danny’s hard work and perseverance. 


Heading for great things in tennis (November 2017)

Athina - TennisCongratulations to Athina in Year 5 who recently took part in her first national tennis tournament and made it all the way through to the semi-finals!

Athina spent the weekend in Sunderland competing. She was one of 32 girls, all under 11 and was one of the youngest players in her year group.

Congratulations to Athina for doing so well in this national competition, we’re sure we’ll hear more great things from her in the world of tennis.


Scarlett’s Trip to St Andrew’s (September 2017)

Scarlett at St Andrew's

Golfing enthusiast Scarlett recently qualified to play in the British Junior Golf Championships at St Andrew’s. Scarlett was one of 400 girls, all under 8 years old, who qualified in this national competition and had the chance to play in the finals at this historic golfing location. 

We are delighted that Scarlett finished tied 19th in her group and as a result qualifies for the European Junior Golf Championships in May 2018. Scarlett is already practising hard for the competition and thanks The Manor for introducing her to golf by taking part in golf club at lunchtimes with Greg and his team from Drayton Park.


A Letter from The Queen (June 2017)Letter from The Queen

Georgiana in Reception had a very special delivery to school, a letter from The Queen! Georgiana’s father is in the Royal Navy and will be visiting Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2017 to receive an OBE. Georgiana wrote to the Queen to let her know how exited she is to be going to the palace with her parents and grandparents. Have a lovely time Georgiana!






Golfing Champion (June 2017)Scarlett Golfing Champion

Scarlett in Year 3 has recently celebrated being crowned the Oxfordshire County Girls Golf Short Course Champion! Scarlett took part in the competition during the May half term at Burford Golf Club. Proud Dad, Mr Jenkins (and member of the winning team at the Manor Golf Day 2017) said “She was the youngest competitor but played fantastically and without nerves throughout. Testament to the great coaching she’s had from the Drayton Park Golf Club team on Mondays at The Manor!”. Scarlett was presented with her prize by the  President of the Oxfordshire Ladies Golf Union. Well done, Scarlett!


Isabelle wins a holiday for her family! (March 2017)Isabelle wins competition

Very many congratulations to Isabelle in Year 5 for winning a holiday for her family to Ibiza! Isabelle’s mother spotted the competition on the Family Traveller website and Isabelle decided to take part and write about the family’s trip to Costa Rica that summer. Her wonderfully descriptive piece completely transports you to the ‘turquoise ocean’, ‘deserted beaches and misty jungle’ the family experienced. Isabelle and her family are thoroughly looking forward to going to Ibiza and Isabelle says she is mostly looking forward to cycling, kayaking and staying in a hotel by the beach.  Click here to read Isabelle’s story

Iconic Meeting for Alicia (May 2016)Alicia Pupils Own News

Alicia in 5R was very lucky to recently meet Mr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Helen’s Church. Alicia is pictured here with  Mr Williams and the Parish Rector, Dr Charles Miller. Alicia's family who are part of the St. Helen’s congregation, were very honoured and excited at the same time to have the opportunity to meet such an iconic religious figure.



Lara reaps Baking Rewards (April 2016)  Lara

A BIG thank you to The Manor from me! ...

During the Easter holidays I finally went to Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons for my my cookery class that I won for baking the winning cake for the first Manor Bake-Off last summer.
The afternoon began with us all in the kitchen making a salmon dish.  We were then shown how to make a Chicken and Tarragon dish, a vegetable soup and a rhubarb and strawberry crumble.   It all tasted delicious!
We were then taken to the gardens where they grow all the fruits and vegetables for the restaurant.  They even have banana trees!  We tasted the herbs growing there too. 
I absolutely loved my day at Le Manoir and even got to keep my Raymond Blanc Cookery School Chefs Jacket.  I hope to go again one day.
Thank you again and Good Luck to the next Manor Bakers!

Lara Kalafatis

Phoenix skatingPhoenix is Ice Skating Champion! (Jan 2016)

We are delighted at the recent success Phoenix has had in ice skating. In January 2016, Phoenix won the Oxford Open Ice Competition (level three seniors). Not only was she the youngest in her level, but she won with a personal best score!

Well done Phoenix!



Tatiane's Horse Riding Triumph (Sep 2015)

In 2015, Tatiane (Year 6) dislocated her elbow and broke all three bones in her arm on the first day of the summer holidays.

She had a painful few weeks of hospital appointments and scans and eventually had her cast removed and started on physiotherapy to get her elbow working again.  Throughout this time she was Tatiane Horse Ridingunable to ride which is her favourite sport.

Three weeks ago she was allowed on her pony for the first time and set her sights on completing the biggest class at a one day event run by her pony club this weekend.  It was very ambitious.  She put in lots of effort training and, helped by Immy (also Year 6), cleaned and plaited her pony without any adult help.  Her hard work paid off and, not only did she complete the dressage, show jumping and cross country sections of the event, she was placed 4th overall and won the trophy for being the highest placed member of her branch of the pony club in the whole event.

Well done Tatiane and thank you Immy for your help.