A GLANCE AT THE FIRST WEEK (AND A BIT) OF NEXT YEAR...
Wednesday 28th August 2019
Staff INSET Day and New Prefect Induction Day
Thursday 29th August 2019 Michaelmas Term begins at 8.20am
Assembly speaker: Headmaster and Head of School
4.45pm Years 1, 2 & 3 Parents’ Information Meeting
5.15pm Drinks reception for Year 1, 2 & 3 Parents
5.30pm Sports Forum for Year 3 Parents
Monday 2nd September 2019 Maths Challenge Week
7.30pm Parents’ Association Committee Meeting
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Year 1 Mosque Trip
Year 2 trip to Jubilee Library (10.20-11.20am) Fiction focus
5.30pm Middle & Upper School Parents’ Information Evening
6.00pm Drinks reception for Middle and Upper School Parents
6.15pm Headmaster’s presentation, Entrance Examination & the Complexities of Scholarship (in particular for Year 8 Parents)
Wednesday 4th September 2019
8.30am Year 5 Play meeting for Year 5 children and tutors
Year 2 Trip to Pizza Express (am)
1st XI, 2nd IX, 3rd IX, 4th IX, U8/9 A-D Boys’ Football v Ardingly (A)
U11A-D Boys’ Football v Ardingly (H)
1sts & 2nds Girls’ Hockey v BCPS (A)
U10B & U8 Girls’ Netball v BCPS (H)
U9A & U9B Girls’ Netball v BCPS (A)
3.15pm U11 & U10A Girls’ Hockey v BCPS (A)
Thursday 5th September 2019
3pm Welcome Meeting for Reception Parents at Glebe Villas followed by Drinks Reception
4.30pm Shakespeare Schools’ Festival Rehearsals
Friday 6th September 2019
Norman Knight History workshop with Year 2 and Year 6 (pm)
Saturday 7th September 2019
1st VII Boys’ Football 7 a-side Bede’s tournament (A)
The Summer Concert and Leavers’ Valetes on Thursday evening was an occasion of great warmth and lovely celebration. The concert showcased the versatility and range of talents at the school and included a number of performances of great charm and pleasing confidence. My thanks to Miss Huber for putting together such an impressive collection of musical pieces. My thanks also to Mr Holt and Ms Laatz for the beautifully chosen words about their tutees which showed just how well they knew and understood the children. Above all, though, the occasion was about the children who are leaving the school who are the source of enormous pride to us all. Their parents have been hugely supportive and I am very grateful for that support.
Despite the vagaries of the British weather this has been a week rich in activities and fun for pupils of all ages. The Sponsored Walk supported by representatives of the various House charities we are supporting was a joyful event in warm sunshine. Rain stayed away just long enough for the Pre-Prep Sports’ Day, a lovely afternoon in which all children participated with enthusiasm, and the Piano Recital enabled sixty pupils to perform to a very appreciative audience. My thanks to all parents who supported these events and to those who volunteered to help.
It was lovely to see so many parents on Sports Day, a joyful occasion of athletics and celebration. Though our guest speaker Dominic Ferris was difficult to trump, I was very proud of the two Heads of School who spoke. Their carefully chosen and touching words showed a real sense of the occasion, and their delivery was extraordinarily composed and confident for ones so young. Our Year 8 children have proved tremendous ambassadors for the school and given an outstanding lead. The most senior pupils in any school play a very important role in setting the tone and in providing an example to others. I am very proud of every single one of them.
The Year 5, Year 6, and Year 7 pupils have looked absolutely exhausted on their return from their respective trips this week, but it is clear that they have had terrific fun and thoroughly enjoyed spending time outside with their friends, occupied in activities which are so good for them in the broadest educational sense. So too the younger pupils, who have been out on a number of day trips to include a Mini Zoo, the Beach, the undercliff path, ‘Bistro Nantais’, Three Peaks and more. This is our first Trips Week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences they have had. My thanks to the many teachers who have given so much time to ensure that the children have had so much fun.