Dear Parent

It has been a nice return to normality this week, getting through Monday to Friday without a snowflake in sight. It was a real shame that Westville House were unable to make it to us for the planned STEAM day – yet more snow in their neck of the woods – but we look forward to a rescheduled visit in the summer term.

At the time of writing, we are yet to enjoy the Exeat Concert from Reception to Year 6, but I know that it will – as always – provide a wonderful opportunity for some of our budding musicians to perform in front of an appreciative audience. Our relocation to the Tom Penny Theatre, owing to a funeral at the church, may in fact provide a fuller and more intimate atmosphere.

Also yet to come as I write are our Year 8 Parent Meetings, which I trust will provide a useful opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in person. For the first time, we are running this afternoon on a ‘speed dating’ basis, so that queues are reduced and every teacher can be accessed. As always, however, should anyone wish to contact their child’s subject teacher, we operate very much on an ‘open door’ basis and you are welcome to arrange a meeting or telephone conversation with them at any time.

You may notice the arrival of four brightly coloured boxes in the Red Corridor, designed and produced on our 3D printers by our very own Katy Douglas! One for each House, these are to collect ring pulls (drink cans only please) in aid of The Purple Community Fund.

Based in the Philippines, this charity will then pass the ring pulls on to local groups from which to create their own jewellery and handbags. These communities otherwise have very little indeed, often surviving on what they can glean from rubbish tips. Tapping into a healthy sense of competition, we will challenge each House to collect the most, so do please bring in what you can from home and post them into the correct box!

For those that are looking for a good read and feel an empathy with this worthy cause, I can heartily recommend ‘Trash’, by Andy Mulligan. It is a cracker and suitable for Years 6 to 8.

There has been lots of action on the sporting front this week, from the very little ones at the Hunter Hall cross country relays through to the bigger girls in action at netball and hockey festivals. A full block of boys’ hockey fixtures against Cundall Manor was enjoyed by both schools with closely fought matches all round. Just what good prep school sport should be all about.

Have a wonderful (exeat) weekend

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