I have found myself again this week marvelling at the maturity of our children when interacting with their peers and visitors to the school. As we come to the close of another busy and full week, I reflect on another successful Open Day that saw 36 visiting families join us for a taste of the St Michael’s experience. The feedback from our visitors was warm and generous and they reinforced what we feel about our school. I am delighted to share the following comments with you:
“It was such an uplifting experience to see St Michael’s yesterday and the pupils genuinely seem to enjoy their learning experience there.”
“I came out very impressed and enthusiastic about the opportunity of our son joining your school next Sept in Year 5.”
“My husband and I absolutely loved St Michael’s and both agree that it is our first choice school for our son (and our second child – due to be born in February 2018).”
“My tour guides were wonderful and they gave me a good idea of their schedule and work spaces. The art room and swimming pool were really impressive as were of course the grounds. The junior school looked well organised and I loved speaking to the teachers, hearing their view and seeing the children in their normal routine.”
My thanks go to Jane Thornton, Sara Martin and Karen Voce for flawless organisation, Laura Shield for assistance with our guides and to our speakers from Years 3 to 7 who so eloquently put into their own words what being at St Michael’s means to them. I would also like to thank Mary Bridges for stepping in and being my ‘voice’, as I had carelessly lost mine over the weekend and Mr Wiseman for picking up several areas of my work behind the scenes! Our splendid new prospectus, which was distributed to our visitors on Wednesday, seamlessly linked to the reality presented on the tours around both the Pre-Prep and Prep school. Please do look at a copy when you are next in either part of the school. We are very proud of it. Congratulations to K Denny, whose drawing of the school has been selected for the envelope.
Last weekend, under another morning of glorious sunshine, the Games Department hosted their second annual 5-a-side football tournament, this time for the U10 age group. Both the St Michael’s A and B teams reached finals, with the A team sharing the spoils with Sutton Valence in the Plate final, finishing on a draw, and the B team losing 1-0 in a closely contested B team cup final against Russell House. My thanks to Mr Thomas and Boys Games Department for a well-run tournament and to Mrs Wade for running the scorer’s table.
On Monday and Tuesday, Years 3 and 4 respectively, were visited by Making Mini Medics to learn the basics of first aid. Starting these essential life skills early will give all the children the confidence to react positively when faced with what can be a frightening situation, at any age.
On Tuesday evening, we hosted both current and prospective parents for our senior years’ information evening. Mrs Shield, along with current and past pupils, delivered an engaging and informative presentation about life in Years 7&8, including the opportunities for scholarship, responsibility and personal growth. It is always an enriching experience to see our children grow and thrive as they reach the senior years at St Michael’s and then to also invite them back to share their experiences once they have made that confident stride to senior school at 13. An e-book was created by Darryl Edwards, whom I also thank, for the evening and this will soon be available from iTunes to download for any parents, who missed the presentation.
I do hope to see many of you at the evening talk about Mental Health by Natasha Devon MBE on Monday at 7.00 pm. We are lucky to have her here and I’m really looking forward to how she will kick-start our renewed focus on mental health.