It’s been trip week at St Michael’s this week, although there are still some trips to come and we have been getting reports from Jersey from Year 8, the PGL centre in Surrey from Year 4 and tweeting updates and photos all week. The complex logistics of taking fifty four 8 and 9 year olds or twenty two teenagers away take months of thought and preparation and I would extend the warmest of thanks to my colleagues who have planned these fine adventures which will live in the memories of all children long after their time here.
We enjoyed showing round Russell Matcham, i/c Prep Schools liaison from Haileybury, www.haileybury.com where, as weekly boarders at this co-educational school, outstanding relationships exist between pupils and staff,
and Giles Smith, Director of Marketing from Benenden www.benenden.kent.sch.uk which welcomes applications from girls who want boarding on a beautiful site full of rich experiences.
I commend these two schools to those parents who would consider the benefits of boarding to simplify logistics, enrich time spent with your children and enable pupils to have a clear divide between home and school to the benefit of both, quite apart from their fine environments and excellent outcomes for students.
We can also put you in touch with families from St Michael’s whose children are there now. Do pay them a visit if you would like to explore this further.
I enjoyed listening to the strumming of guitars after school on Monday when Mr Connell’s pupils delighted their parents and friends with some assured performances, revealing at times their inner selves! Lots more parents joined us on Wednesday to learn of their children’s progress at Parents’ evening. It’s always good to see the level of engagement of parents with us to ensure the very best for their children and to support them in what they are doing.
I’m beginning to think about Easter and the holidays ahead. I’m sure I’m not alone in that! Year 8 are expected to do some work over the holidays and I recommend one week completely free and the remaining time doing about four hours’ work a day. We look forward soon to publishing news of our next group of scholars for 2017 and beyond and showcasing their skills over Years 7&8.
I hope you are able to enjoy a restful weekend.