As the term gathers momentum, excitement begins to build amongst the pupils about the Autumn Fair,‘The Great ChristoFAIR’, which takes place on Saturday 21st September. I know that members of the Parents’ Association have already done a great deal of work and that all is beginning to take shape for the day. They do still need some help for the ‘Delights of the World’ food offering. Please do contact the PA if you feel you can help. I would be grateful if you would also remind your children that they can bring in filled jars from Monday, start sorting books and toys and games which they no longer use to bring in next week, and pop ‘a bottle of something’ on the shopping list to bring in next Friday for Own Clothes Day. I would like to thank many parents who have donated generously to the Silent Auction, the proceeds of which will go to the children’s charity, Fun in Action.

As the end of the second week draws to a close, your children seem to be in very good spirits and to have settled well into term. The overwhelming impression I form from talking to pupils around the school is that they are excited to be at school, ready for the challenges of learning in the classroom, and keen to seize the opportunities that lie ahead. The youngest have been introduced to their Buddies, the first sports fixture involved a huge number of children, and Choir and Drama rehearsals are up and running. The full programme of activities will follow in the week to come.

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 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.