It was fantastic to be able to share in the fun that had been had by all the visiting pupils and staff on Tuesday for our Jazz day. It was amazing. The Pre-Prep Hall was crammed with musicians and most of the workshop leaders were St Michael’s staff taking sectionals for brass, woodwind, piano, drums and song. The happy buzz (and frankly at times blare!) from the rehearsal phase lent a special funky feeling to the day and it was tremendous to hear what could be achieved by talented young people coming to work together to provide such enjoyment for themselves and for the proud assembled audience of parents and teachers.
Big brassy “thank yous” to all our peripatetic staff involved, ably led by Gordon and Sally; Matt, Jack, Jo, Emily and Rob and to Sue and Pete for lending us their professional expertise for the day and coming to join us and for all the musical parents who came in to swell the sound.
In the background there was estates involvement getting seating, instruments and stands there, catering contributions from Mark and Andrea, goodie bags and publicity from the marketing team and we enjoyed hosting those members of the district and parish councils who came along too. Very much St Michael’s does talent.
It’s been good to share in celebrating Chinese new year this week with an amazing Chinese lunch on Wednesday , complete with fortune cookies and surprise prizes hidden in the dining room. Pre-Prep look forward to their Chinese themed day next week and there will be some amazing photos to share of the visitors’ workshops.
I’ve been enjoying watching lessons a lot this week. Seeing first-hand what my colleagues can create and deliver in such short time slots is a constant marvel and delight and watching children engage, persevere, succeed and reflect is an exciting privilege.
Next week we are going to have a trial run of the survey you will get from ISI for an Inspection. There aren’t many questions to answer but you can help us to be ready by answering them all honestly and taking part. The real survey answers, when sent by ISI, won’t come to us but will shape the focus of part of the Inspection. We also look forward next week to seeing many of the Prep children at the discos next Friday, before and after which there will be a chance for you to buy your P and F Comedy Night tickets.
The snow antics of a week ago have found their way into the press as has our launch of this year’s Curiosity Curriculum for Year 7.
I enjoyed sharing the enormous wasp nest that was recently removed from my loft at home with the children in Pre-Prep over the assemblies these past two weeks. They have been able to look first hand at its incredible construction and learn about the life cycle of the social wasps as well as seeing gruesome videos of some of the burrowing predatory wasps that tackle cicadas and tarantulas. The Prep will be getting their wasp induction on Monday! Having two assemblies a week for the past 16 years means that pretty well anything I see, do or learn ends up transforming itself into an assembly some time. But I must say my brain and pupils (as in your children!) have become the repositories of the most bizarre collection of facts. So how many of you knew that wasps can determine the gender of their offspring and that social wasps lay six female wasps first so that they can build the hive? How can I have got to the age of 54 without knowing this?!
For those parents and families heading off for tournaments this weekend, enjoy… For those keeping warm inside I wish you equal pleasure.