Dear Parent

It was a real delight to watch the Years 6 and 7 pupils in ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’. I had the privilege of being able to attend both nights, each of which had their own unique atmosphere and sense of fun. The children rose to the occasion with characteristic confidence and put on a memorable show.

On Tuesday evening, they barely had time to wash the mud from their knees after the House Cross Country before getting made up and ‘in character’, but you would never have known it from the quality of their performance.

My thanks to all the parents who have sewn, taxied and supported throughout – in particular to Mr and Mrs Booth, Mrs DeGroote and Mrs Askin – to the staff and to the Year 8 girls who gave their time so willingly backstage. Most of all, though, our collective thanks must go to the Head of Drama, Janet Hurst, who has lived and breathed this project all term. Thanks Janet.

I was so pleased to get some decent weather for the House Cross Country, which was run in (relative!) warmth, under (largely!) blue skies. Despite the huge range in ages, from Reception to Year 8, all the pupils put their all into it and the winning margin of just two points shows the benefit of striving for every extra place. Well done to everyone involved and my thanks to Dick Gorst for his boundless enthusiasm for all things ‘running’!

Hot off the press is our success in yesterday’s Inter-School Maths Challenge, kindly hosted by Hunter Hall. Our representatives from Year 6 did themselves and the School proud: one day’s achievement built upon years of good work in the classroom.

They might also enjoy my favourite quote of the week:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And, however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” 

Stephen Hawking, 1942 – 2018

Kind regards

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