Photo Sharing

Friends of Squirrels (FoS) have recently paid for a new school camera. The camera is an SLR and will really enhance the images that can be captured around the school. It has already been put it to good use and we invite you to take a look and download any pictures you like:

  1. Centenary Summer Fair (our usual photographer was unable to make it)
  2. Class photos – we had feedback that the photos earlier this year were not as traditional as many would prefer
  3. Year 2 tennis finals

You can download the photos for free at the SMUGMUG website. Please feel free to download as many as you wish, there is no limit.
In order to maintain tight security, the website is password protected. The same password works across the website and for all galleries. The password will be emailed out separately. If you do need it, please ask a member of FoS or at the School Office.

The link to the website is:

If you would like to download an image, please use the button at the bottom of the picture and not the top. The bottom button will download only the photo in view, the one at the top will download the whole gallery.


A Marvellous Musical Adventure

From Jane Pincott, Head of Music:

Yesterday we had a second visit from Children’s Musical Adventures. We worked with Patrick and Owen who are both wonderful professional musicians. Patrick is the Timpanist for the Welsh National Opera and Head of Percussion at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Owen is an well respected percussion soloist – in fact he was a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year. They posted this message on their Facebook page which explains the overview of their work with your boys today.

childrensmusicaladventures.pngEach class had a session, improvising sounds that matched the animals they chose to explore. The sounds were remarkable and the boys were excited and skilled in equal measure.  I must say a huge thank you to Friends of Squirrels who funded this special musical treat. Their generosity is much appreciated.

Centenary Ball – Thank You

Dear parents

We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who came to the FoS Centenary Ball.  Exact numbers are being finalised, but we are very excited to announce that the evening raised a whopping £44,000 PROFIT!!

As you know, 30% (£13,200) will be donated to the cardiac teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with the remaining 70% (£30,800) directly reinvested into the school, to enhance all of our boys’ experience here at Wimbledon Common Prep.  We are truly humbled and blessed to have such supportive parents, so thank you again for all of your help and support.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my team and all the staff who helped and supported me throughout the planning stages!  Without all their support and help, it would have been a very different event!

Wishing you all the very best.  Have a great week!

Many thanks

Yuzi Chen

FOS Centenary Ball Committee 2019, Chair

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Year Group Bags

Dear Parents,

To commemorate our centenary celebrations, the boys have all created a lovely self-portrait to be featured on a “Year Group Bag.”

This bag (separate design for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) will include all of the children’s artwork from within their year. Additionally, it is also possible to order any other item besides the bag (mugs/mouse mats/aprons/calendar) with your child’s individual design.

Thank you to Menka for all her hard work on this

FOS Bags

A sample bag has been printed for each year group and is on display in the school office during this week. These will also be displayed during pick up on Tuesday, 26th February.

A card with your child’s artwork will have been sent home this week. Ordering instructions are included inside this card.

Orders placed by Thursday 7th March receive free delivery to the school w/c 18th March ( just in time for Mother’s day, in case you’re also looking for Grandma gift ideas). All orders to the value of £20 or more get a free pack of mini cards similar to the ones you receive with the ordering instructions.


We have had a few queries regarding the ordering of the Year Group Bags and would therefore like to clarify the following :

  • If you order the “Shopping Bag” online, you will be sent the bag with the Year Group design for your child.
  • There is NO delivery charge for orders placed before the 7th of March. If you do see a delivery charge, it could be related to the fact that your browser is holding in some cache setting on your device from the Christmas project and will disappear once the cache has been cleared. Any delivery charges which may have been paid as a result of this cache setting, it will automatically be refunded by Fat Chilli.


Thank you,

Friends of Squirrels


Live! Centenary Ball Online Silent Auction

As part of the Friends of Squirrels’ Centenary Ball, we are hosting a Silent Auction on the night.

To give everyone the opportunity of taking part in our fundraising event, the Silent Auction will be available online to everyone for the next ten days.

The Centenary Ball Silent Auction is now live!

We hope that you will find something to tempt you to bid!

The online auction will close at 12 noon on Friday 8th March and all bids will then be transferred to the live event on Saturday 9th March when the auction will continue. 30% of all proceeds will be donated to the cardiac wing of Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Happy Pantry

AFC Wimbledon Matt Roberts
Doran Vitners Mr Morrison
Great Ormond Street Hospital Mrs Buck
Happy Pantry Mrs Collins
Hugh Sandie, Eco Camp Olga and Fabio Andreottola
Joe Giordano Rank Group
Marie and Mark Brown Sean McInnes
Martinez-Fidalgo Family Simon Gilchrist

and all the children of WCPS

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Centenary Ball Update

Dear Parents

With a little over 3 weeks to go, we hope that you are all super excited about our upcoming Centenary Ball!

The Ball Committee have been actively working hard to ensure all is ready for our big event and in the meantime we wanted to update you on what to expect in the coming weeks.

In the week following the half-term break (w/c 25th Feb), we will distribute the tickets to all table hosts, so please do look out for further news on this.  I will also send out a final email to confirm all table names and dietary requirements.

We also cannot wait to share with you our auction prizes!!  We have some amazing prizes from the much sought after ‘be Mrs Buck’ for the day, or ‘be Mr Morrison’s Assistant’, to stunning holiday homes, VIP ‘must see’ music events, unique one-off pieces of artwork, sporting memorabilia, a private chef…to name but a few!

A reminder that the funds raised on the night will not only go towards enhancing all our boys’ school experiences, but 30% of proceeds will go to the cardiac wing of Great Ormond Street Hospital, to help children who aren’t as fortunate as our boys, so please do dig deep and be as generous as you possibly can!!

Not able to come to the Ball?  Fear not!  For the first time ever, we will be having an online silent auction, which will go live w/c 25th Feb and will stay live for bids right up until the event itself!  So all parents will have the opportunity to bid for prizes, even during the event (even if they’re not attending).  Some select prizes will be live only on the night.  Please look out for further information on this after half-term.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Centenary Ball on the 9th March.  We are sure everyone will have an amazing night of wining, dining and dancing!

Do let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great half-term holiday and thank you for your endless support!

Yuzana (Yuzi) Chen

Chair, Friends of Squirrels Centenary Ball Committee 2019

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ONE TABLE LEFT for the Centenary Ball!!

Dear Parents,

A HUGE thank you for all your support for our upcoming Centenary Ball on 9th March, 2019.  Can you believe we have only a little over 7 weeks before the event!!

We currently have only ONE TABLE LEFT to go, so please do let us know if you wish to attend.  Even if you were thinking you’d like to attend, but not quite sure you can muster up a whole table, do get in touch to discuss your options.

A reminder on ticketing details:

  • Saturday 9th March 2019, Friends of Squirrels will be hosting our Centenary Ball at the Bank of England Sports Centre, Roehampton.
  • Timings: 1830 – 0100
  • Tickets are £110 each
  • If you are able to pull together a table of 10 guests, please nominate a table host, who will be required to provide a list of all the names on his / her table, along with a cheque for £1100, made payable to ‘Friends of Squirrels’

Please get in touch with Yuzi Chen (, for any ticket enquiries.

We will aim to distribute tickets after the half-term, along with further information about our Auction Prizes.

We do hope that we can count on your support for what promises to be a truly wonderful evening and a great fundraising opportunity both for the school and for our nominated charity, the cardiac wing of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Auction Prizes

We currently have some amazing auction prizes we can’t wait to share with everyone!  In the meantime, as with previously successful Balls, we look for kind and generous parents and local businesses who can support our fundraising event, by offering any ‘big-ticket’ items.  If you or anyone you know can kindly donate towards our auction to help raise money to our great cause, please do get in touch with us!  For some ideas of what we are looking for:

Can you or your business donate items or an experience?

  • Do you have access to a holiday home, either abroad or in the UK?
  • Do you have sporting tickets or access to a box (or via your company?)
  • Dinner for 2, 4, 6 or more?
  • Sought after theatre-tickets?
  • Do you have a famous family member or friend that you could ask?
  • Are they in the entertainment industry? A backstage tour, TV/film/music studio tour or ticket to a live event would be an amazing prize.
  • Are they a writer, poet or artist? Perhaps they could offer a one-to-one experience?
  • Are they a sports personality? Could they offer a game of tennis, a round of golf or hospitality tickets?

Please do get in touch if you think you can help?  Any questions in the meantime, do feel free to ask us!

Yuzana Chen,

Chair, Friends of Squirrels Ball Committee

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