I don’t know about you but I find the drive to school at the moment is really so beautiful. The arc of trees with their fresh green leaves marking the route brings a great deal of pleasure to me as nature bursts into its summer vitality.
Our trip to Salzburg last week was just as special. The young singers and musicians that we took with us grew in front of us in their understanding of teamwork, resilience, adventure, performance and relationships.
Inspired by the landscapes immortalised in Hollywood, they sang and played and laughed and shared with so much energy, vitality, talent and commitment.
It would be difficult to pinpoint particular performances as so many were standout and offered from the heart.
My Twitter feed went into Austrian overdrive and the reaction to the glimpses of what was happening was so very positive.
If you’re not a Twitter person, you may truly be missing out!
The concerts in Itzling church and in the school next door were particularly memorable, both because in sharing and learning and teaching each other songs to perform together there was a great deal of understanding and respect and because there was successful and moving music making.
Our own attendance at two fine concerts of classical music, the children’s focus and concentration and their clear enjoyment and respect for their performers were all highlights for us, not to mention the opportunities to glimpse incredibly beautiful architecture from both outside and inside and relive the dream of the Sound of Music.
To Gordon, Emily, Jack, Jackie and Jacob, congratulations for the magnificent musical moments. To Rob, Sally, Debbie, and Becky, thanks for all your hard work in supporting this incredible tour.
Congratulations to every child, who took part, for all that was achieved and massive thanks to Gordon who dreamed it all up and made it happen.
It’s been good this week to be back amongst my colleagues and pupils and today the Chair of Governors and I have sat down to review how I’ve been doing this year.
I’m blessed, I have to say, with an excellent team, fabulous parental support and dream children and with huge opportunities and trust that I will continue to take the school forward.
As some of our students prepare for their last term at St Michael’s, we ask each of them to give us feedback on how we are doing and what we could do better. I hope that you know that this is always welcome and it doesn’t have to be when we part company!
It was fabulous on Monday to see a Bugzi in assembly and to be able to ask questions about who would be using it and how it would help. Thank you to all children who raised money to make this possible. We look forward to seeing our St Michael’s branded Bugzi in due course.
Don’t forget your bleu, blanc, rouge for French Day on Tuesday.
I trust that all of you will enjoy the extra long weekend this week and that the sun will shine on all of us.
Have a great bank holiday weekend!