At the end of our first full week of term there has been so much to enjoy around the school and I was lucky that with my companion Lucy for her day as Headteacher, I have been able to walk around the site and enjoy what the children have been learning and my colleagues have been offering.
In many quiet maths lessons around Prep this morning there were industrious children working with number lines, negative numbers, doubling, rearranging and discussing the methods for all of the above. From my window we spied children plotting the distance of the planets outside using streams of toilet paper as the visuals for the distance!
I was amused that Mr Powell asked the new Headteacher for an afternoon off and was firmly told that this would not be possible. Lucy chatted to a prospective parent about what it was like to be a pupil at the school, helped me and Mrs Dodd on lunch duty, made conversation with the teachers over lunch and wrote her own newsletter article which appears below.
It was fun to have the photos emerging from the Year 8 trip this week, which seems to have been a resounding success. I know that the quality of the work undertaken has been impressive and I thank all the staff involved in this extremely well-designed experience.
Mr Wiseman seems to have had more than his fair share of campfires in the last seven days as on Friday night, prior to leading the walk through the woods in the dark with Year 7, he was toasting marshmallows with them on a brazier and yesterday evening in Bore Place with Year 8 they built an impressive wood fire and sat around it.
These are the things that children remember about their school days and we love making these memories for them.
Next week I look forward to meeting some Pre-Prep parents at their coffee mornings where these don’t clash with my own teaching. We will also welcome Year 7 parents to their evening on Wednesday and some of you may also be at the Parents and Friends inaugural meeting on Tuesday at 8pm in the library in Prep. We wish Oliver Schneider the very best of luck as he takes over as chair alongside his full-time work and again congratulate Claire Soper and Sadie West for their fantastic term in office as co-chairs.
I look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday at the football tournament and wish you all a restful time as a family this weekend.