As Easter approaches with all the celebrations of new life and promise, I suspect there are many of you, along with many of us, who are ready for a new life rhythm for the next two weeks and the promise of time to refresh en famille.
The Easter story is very much gory and glory and presents unique challenges each year for what we tell our very youngest pupils.
Our whole school assembly this Easter took the theme of trying not to let people down as Jesus’ disciples did to Him. But as failing is a very human condition we must also take time to understand that forgiveness and moving on are an important part of healing and growing.
The music department kicked off the week with a wonderful inclusive orchestra day for all our own pupils and pupils from Amherst, Otford and St Thomas’ primaries. They made a glorious sound as they showcased their talent, and the large sections of brass and percussion added a lot of oomph to the swelling sound.
The lighthearted animal theme made it fun for all and I almost thought I could see the elephant clumping through.
Congratulations to Gordon, Sally, Emily, Jackie, Jack, Matt, Rob and honorary peri for the day Becky and the marketing team who masterminded invitations and logistics. The children were beaming.
On Tuesday the Easter bunny visited Pre-Prep and we thank Jason for donning the outfit not for the first time.
Jason leaves us during the Easter holiday to take up a residential estates role at Ashford School, which we congratulate him on. In his two years here he has proved a quick thinking, courteous and committed colleague and I know he will miss us just as we will miss him. We thank him for his contribution to the team and wish him well in his new role.
On Wednesday, Year 1 led a wonderful Easter concert performance, set in a chocolate shop, exploring the themes of rivalry and repentance and reprised their “With New Hearts” song in our whole school assembly.
We are sorry to lose Amy Owen as one-to-one assistant in Pre-Prep. We wish her well in her new role as cover supervisor at Otford primary thank her for all her work here. We hope that our links with Otford will enable our paths to cross again.
Our final assembly is celebrating all that has been achieved in so many areas of school life this term and as we do so, in the Italian mountains another group of children will be coming towards the end of a fantastic week skiing. As soon as term starts after Easter the music tour will be away and I with them. Do keep in touch with us over the holidays and send us your Easter photos. We like to keep in touch with our families and celebrate all the unusual and interesting things they do.
I wish to congratulate J Hudson on his gold and bronze swimming medals in the National Schools Association swimming Championships last weekend. It was wonderful to see these outstanding achievements at a national level.
In thinking about the busyness of the summer term we have taken the decision to have the campout following on from Sports Day and not as a separate event. Please put the date in your diary Friday 29th of June and prepare for the epic event of the season all in one go! The calendar is live online and you can download it to your phone filtered or unfiltered.
Whatever you’re doing, I hope your holiday is filled with happy times together and that you all rest and are refreshed.