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Beatrix Potter School

Wider Personal Development

Wider Personal Development


School is about so much more than the classroom. We strongly believe that trips and visits support our children to engage, make real and remember deeply their experiences and learning. See the Trips and Visits page for more information on our offer Beatrix Potter Trips and Residential School Journeys


We are passionate about music here at Beatrix Potter and in addition to our every week music curriculum offer, our termly much loved performances, choir performances in the community and our twice annual large performances at the Fairfield Hall (as a part of Wandsworth Music), we offer an unusually wide range of instruments to learn: violin, cello, harp, guitar, flute, piano, drums, saxophone and clarinet. Over 70 of our children learn an instrument at school and we fund an orchestra for those approaching or above grade 1. Our instrumentalists now perform annually with their 2024 debut linked it to the recently built 'Woodland of Wonder' (named by the children). Children performed woodland themed music and the whole school was involved in creating the artwork for it. View the amazing artwork here:

Woodland Art Tuesday Concert

Woodland Art Wednesday Concert


In 2024, Year 3 became an integral part of the 'Beyond the Plate' project which explores the rich tradition of new recipes and food that immigrant families have brought to our part of London. We have researched recipes, visited the Paradise Cooperative (link: The Paradise Cooperative ) and grown our own vegetables, made our own chutneys and will be displaying our research and learning as a 'museum piece' at the Home Cafe (Link: The Home Cafe).


Year 5 have been working closely with ipads on a creative project using i pens and ipads to create some very impressive art work. This has led to the year group visiting the Apple HQ in Battersea Power Station and in June 2024, a group of ten children will take their art work and present it to employees at Apple in the Power Station explaining what they learnt and enjoyed. A powerful opportunity for high level public speaking.

The Newfoundlanders

We have a longstanding and deep connection with the Newfoundlanders regiment, born out of our children's curiosity and nurtured with empathy over the years.

Listen to the Music Inspired in 2023 by our Newfoundland Connection

Read the lyrics

In 2003 our youngest children when visiting the cemetery for conkers noticed that on one plot, the soldiers had no poppies following November 11th.

Our response was to ask the children in the school what they would do. The answer has been a an on-going tribute to the 17 young men and one nurse buried far from their home in Newfoundland. It has been a journey of remembrance for their sacrifice and a journey of discovery about who they were and how they arrived in a quiet spot in our cemetery. It has been a remarkable journey involving research, e mails from families and contact with the Newfoundland regiment. In 2014 the UK alongside many other countries marked 100 years since the beginning of the Great War. Our children took part in a series of events about ‘Our Soldiers’. We have dedicated this part of the web to their memory. Our research and discovery continues and each year we go over to the soldiers and remember them in our own way. Long may this continue.


In 2014 and 2019 our year 5 and 6 children visited the Somme. We stood on the very spot the soldiers who are buried opposite school were wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. With a guide we heard how the Newfoundland Regiment left their trenches and attacked the German lines and how they were decimated by machine gun fire. A withered tree, marks this spot, where the regiment went through the barbed wire into no mans land, and where the Germans aimed their guns.  In 2019 with the Guides at Beaumont Hamel Caribou monument we laid a wreath to the young men who took part in the fateful July 1st attack.

They were evacuated as wounded to the Third London General Hospital Wandsworth, sadly dying of their wounds.


We also have their complete records which come from The Rooms in St John’s Newfoundland, a fantastic museum and archive.  Here is a list of our soldiers for you to research:

Arthur Abbott 2201 John Edwards 450 Philip Gillett 1697
Frederick Bastow 700 Patrick Brown 1053 Thomas Carter 1031
William Cook 553 Silas Edgecombe 1251 Adolphus Heath 1166
James Houlahan 500 Robert Le Buff 1362 Chesley Mercer 1303
Heber Miles 934  Edward Peckford 1656 Stanley Pike 1235
Augustus Quinton 2195 Alfred Reid 761  

Use this link to the rooms and enter each soldier to view their records. Use the service number first:

There is one nurse buried with the soldiers, her name is Bertha Bartlett. We continue to research all the soldiers and Bertha and to bring their lives back to us. Our contact with the regiment and the families and the Royal Newfoundland Regimental Association has been extensive and these soldiers are now very much part of our children’s studies.  

We also took a tribute to six of our Newfoundlanders to the beautiful Tower Poppies, representing the rest of their fellow soldiers lying silently in Earlsfield.

On Armistice Day November 11th 2015 23 year 6 pupils told the story of the Newfoundland Regiment at Burntwood School. The whole school assembly in total silence heard the names of soldiers, their diary entries, their personal details and their tragic end at Beaumont Hamel on the morning of July 1st 1916. Throughout this week we had Ted Blades of the Canadian Broadcasting Company with us reporting on our care for the 17 Newfoundland graves opposite our school. Since 2003 we have placed poppy memorials every November and July 1st on each grave along with the Australians further on in the cemetery. Each year we have learnt more about each individual soldier. Ted’s latest report explains a little more about the impact our work has had.

Brigadier General Overton of the Canadian High Commission met our children in person to thank them for their care of their soldiers and watched their presentation of our soldiers. We have also received many e mails from Canada, here is but one example:

I just read a story about your students on the CBC website in Newfoundland Canada. It was the story of your students placing poppies on the graves of the Newfoundland soldiers who lost their lives during WW1. I wanted to let you know that one of those soldiers is my Fathers Cousin, John Charles Edwards. Your story has touched family very much and we want to thank you for caring for our relative. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A very moving response to the children’s work.

Ted completed his programme and it is a remarkable tribute to the work of our children.

Two Newfoundlanders were interviewed by Ted for his programme.  Karen and Steve Walsh describe their thoughts on our work.

In 2017 we were invited to take part in the remembrance day ceremony at the Canadian Memorial in Green Park. It was an opportunity to honour our Newfoundlanders and to pay tribute to the men and women of Canada lost in war and peace keeping.

Professor Mike Gibson who has written a whole range of history books visited the school and is involved in our teacher training SCITT scheme. He has undertaken to write a brief history of the Newfoundland Regiment for us and for you to read: The role played by the Royal Newfoundland Infantry Regiment during the First World War

Mike has continued his research and has now given us an insight into the Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses, one of which, Bertha Bartlett is buried in our Newfoundlanders plot, here is his work for you to read, it’s in pdf format. (a reader is free from Adobe) Nurses and the Newfoundland Regiment

July 1st 2017 Year 6 Children pay tribute to those of our Newfoundlanders who fell wounded at Beaumont Hamel on the first day of the ‘Battle of the Somme’ and later died in the Third London General Hospital, Wandsworth and now lie opposite our school ‘We will Remember Them’ Third London General Hospital WW1

The story of the Newfoundland Plot is itself a fascinating tale.  How Major Nangle dealt with the mess the plot was in and how to begin with the soldiers were buried on top of each other in fours

In July 2018 Teachers, Parents and some year 6 children were invited to take part in the July 1st Remembrance in Newfoundland.  BP spent several months working out how this could be accomplished.  Never put off by problems a party set out for a weeks visit.  We spent time with relatives of the soldiers, marched with the Regiment, gained more information about ‘Our Newfoundlanders’ and even un-veiled a statue.  It was an emotional time as we received so many tributes to the work of the school, we did not realise just how much it means to Newfoundlanders to have their soldiers and nurse remembered.  We have a display of our work in school.  Anyone is welcome to come and see it, particularly any passing Newfoundlander.