Published on: Friday, April 29, 2022

This May Bank Holiday always comes (quite naturally) so early in the term that it can take you by surprise – plus it is the only one that falls in term time and so the Monday not at school is another difference to our usual Long Weekends…this one really is a long weekend!  With the weather looking set fairish for the majority of the time there will be plenty of time outdoors and for visits I expect.

Meg, our spaniel, often heads out on the Front Field in the break times when it’s like this and she oscillates between charging around from child to child and then lying down submissively in a group, flaunting her tummy for a multiple hand rub.  Then, unexpectedly, she jumps back to her paws and hurtles off to visit the next group.

All animals shed excess waste of course and generally we are around to bag it and bin it.  If not, the wonders of modern technology come into play as I have in the past been sent a what3words reference by a member of staff.  It’s remarkable how long it can still take you to find the target even within a 3m square!

We have had Alistair Wilkinson, Deputy Head Academic from September, with us for the last two days, quietly familiarising himself with people, place and process.  Most important of those is the people and there has been little respite as Alistair has had many to meet across the full range of the ages. He will be back again this term and we will also be sure to welcome visits from other September staff joiners during the term, as well.

There is plenty to read about in the Newsletter, including news of a National Champion – congrats Humphrey, and so I hope you enjoy scrolling through, perhaps with some refreshment as you delight in the additional joy a Friday evening of a Bank Holiday weekend brings.


So much to look forward to

Published on: Friday, April 22, 2022

Happy Easter to you all as we start with a shortened week to get things under way - hence there may be not quite as stacked an edition of the Newsletter to follow.

It was very good to be able to have our Whole School photo this morning (yet another sign we are operating as normally as possible) and there is a palpable sense of belonging to something bigger than just ourselves on such occasions.  One gorgeous little two year old girl, for whom today was her first day with us in the Nursery, slept through the whole event in Miss Darlow’s arms blissfully unaware of the commotion around her!

Whilst we use the grounds extensively throughout the year, the estate comes fully into its own from roughly April to October. It has been just perfect to see the fields littered with children gainfully playing or involved in a lesson or an activity of some sort.  From the very first evening when the boarders returned it was patently clear that this was the summer term.

Arts Week, trips, exams for some, outings, celebrations, outdoor productions, jubilees and of course plenty of work plus loads of summer games and fixtures are all to come – so let’s dive in!

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