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On Thursday night Year 4 presented The Peach Adventure, based on Roald Dahl’s James & The Giant Peach, to a very appreciative audience in the Hall.

Yesterday, I taught a lesson on Henry VIII’s Break from Rome; not quite as well as I would have liked to, because I discovered last night that my resources had been thrown away by my wife. Nonetheless, it was a welcome change, and I was hugely impressed by the knowledge and the very pertinent questions asked by pupils who are only just thirteen. Our Year 8 pupils have been incredibly impressive in their management of disappointments resulting from events wehave had to cancel, just as their approach to work in which they show real engagement and interest gives me great pleasure.

I cannot write with conviction that this has been the happiest of weeks for teachers, pupils, or you as parents, but as I look out of my window the enthusiastic play of children does help keep things in perspective; as did the enthusiasm of Year 5 and 6 pupils this morning as their achievements were celebrated in a small Celebration Assembly for just thoseyears. Amongst the announcements made were Internal Scholarships for Year 7. Next week I will be able to announce further External Scholarships, other than Academic ones. I am confident that we will be celebrating a very impressive number for a relatively small Prep School whose pupils go on to the very best and therefore most competitive Public Schools in and beyond Sussex. However, all should remember that the child who gives of their very best is always the real winner, Scholarship or not.

It was good to see many Year 4 parents at last night’s performance of The Peach Adventure ; drama is such an important outlet for your children, and I am glad that this was an event that we were able to present under the currentcircumstances. My thanks to all who made it possible, bringing a little much needed cheer to the week.

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