The crescendo to Christmas has been well and truly upon us over the last seven days - the Christmas Fayre, community carols at the Holy Trinity Church and the Fairbank Society, a trip to see The Secret Garden at the Theatre on the Lake, the nativity production for the little ones, and songs and poems from Years 3 to 5! Still to come is Christmas lunch, the Christmas Concert and the Carol Service. In amongst it all, the girls' 1st VII hockey team qualified for the North West Hockey Finals after finishing 2nd at the County Finals on Monday.
It's hard work, having fun!
And there is no doubt that all the children are going to benefit from a few lazy mornings in the weeks to come, some chilling time with the family and the opportunity to re-charge the batteries. Maybe not just the pupils...
At the end of my first term, I would like to take this chance to extend a huge thank you to all of you for your warm welcome and continued support of this wonderful school. The children have been quite brilliant and they never cease to impress me with their 'can-do' attitude and enthusiasm for all aspects of Sedbergh life. Behind the scenes, we are all very grateful for the tireless efforts of the administration, maintenance, catering and cleaning teams who put so much into their respective roles for the good of the children and the School as a whole.
However, the key people in any school are the ones that stand at the front of the classroom, that tuck the children into bed at night, that tie their laces, pat them on the back when they get it right and let them know when they have got it wrong. I feel very privileged to lead a school with such an energetic, compassionate and hard-working set of teaching and boarding staff. They have blown me away and deserve the greatest thanks of all - we are all very grateful.
As the last newsletter of the term, I hope to see many of you at the events still to come but in the meantime I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope Santa brings you everything you hope for (not sure even he can manage a Ashes victory, though).