Enthusiastic about enthusiasm

Published on: Friday, March 11, 2022

The week ends with a little pause before we enter the final period of this term. A week for me that included a visit to Parkfield School with Mr DJ as we look to establish a musical partnership for the mutual benefit of our pupils. Mrs Brickley, the music lead at Parkfield, and Mr DJ were full of possibilities and there is definitely plenty of enthusiasm to explore what’s possible.

Music lends itself beautifully to collaboration and as examples we have the King’s Symphony Orchestra across our own two sites that also involves other schools, there was the recent TYCA concert involving a few schools plus professionals from the Southern Sinfonia and later this term we will see (and hear!) enthusiastic ensembles from both junior and senior age groups within the House Music competition.

Mr Biggs, Headmaster of the College, came to our assembly on Monday for the penultimate time.  Enthusiasm was also a key part of his message to us all in that it was the commodity he welcomed the most in the children at the College.  In the same assembly, Mrs Naum and Mrs Lowery thanked everyone for their enthusiasm toward the World Book Day challenges – and I repeat here my thanks to them for providing such enticing and captivating activities that led to brilliant outcomes.

A clear theme for the week, then - whatever it is you’re doing, there is much more to be gained if you do it with enthusiasm or eagerness or gusto or passion or zeal or fervour (guess who’s found the Thesaurus button!).

No doubt we will see bags of enthusiasm from Year 6 as they tread the boards for their play performances next week – break a leg!

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All in it together

Published on: Friday, March 4, 2022

A week with global events so unfathomable that life in school has offered some respite and a source of hope.

World Book Day was a school highlight as across all ages the engagement was terrific and you will read more about it later in the Newsletter.  There’s always so much collective joy and reward that comes from shared projects and whole school events.

We’ll have a few whole school events linked to a whole nation event next term as some ideas we have about the Platinum Jubilee germinate.  Germination will be part of it as I heard from Rog, the groundsman, that he has been successful in his application to procure a Jubilee Superbloom for here from the Tower of London who are preparing something spectacular within the moat of the Tower. Sounds beautiful.

Another whole Prep event lies on the final afternoon of this term with the House Music competition.  This fun event has been announced to the children and each House knows its group song following a tombola style draw in Monday’s assembly.  The theme is Musicals and so you will be able to enjoy four brilliant renditions on Fri 25 March.  There is also a Junior and Senior competition, a guest judge and a sense of excitement about the impending holidays to add into the mix so I hope you have it locked in your diaries.

Fingers crossed this warm Spring sunshine pops out a little more for the rest of this term – starting with this weekend!


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