As I survey my wonderful view today there is just a whiff of spring in the air. The highlights of my week have been enjoying the huge variety of excellent Challenge projects by children. I had a private performance of Grace’s song about girls in school. Oscar came to perform his misogyny rap, which was startlingly mature, some of the children in my own group gave very thoughtful feedback and encouragement to one another and as a Prep school, in my assembly next week, will focus on feedback again.
I’ve enjoyed meeting some teachers who want to come and work at St Michael’s. I’ve also enjoyed watching the children from School Council growing in maturity and wisdom as they interview the staff with their own questions.
My Year 8 lunch companions gave me the lowdown on life as a senior pupil over lunch on Tuesday and it was good to be able to learn from and also help the Year 8 Parent reps this morning over coffee, with questions they had gathered.
Science week has been gloriously creative and inclusive and, of course, tonight I will have the pleasure and privilege of watching Lord of the Flies for the first time and the last at St Michael’s.
I’m very sorry that many of you were caught up in the horrendous gridlock on Wednesday morning. The large number of unfilled holes fenced off on Row Dow created havoc for parents arriving and leaving and for all our neighbours in St Michael’s Drive. Please do read carefully the article by my colleague, Di Birmingham, about the background to this issue and the steps taken. Can I reiterate that we do not have the right to use St Michael’s Drive. It is a private road and it is maintained by the residents who live on it. Whilst it seemed to me we had no choice but to open the gate and allow traffic to flow out of this road, I was disappointed to learn that some drivers passing along St Michael’s Drive did not have the courtesy to allow the residents to reverse into the traffic and exit their own properties. Of course I cannot know whether these drivers were our own parents or some of the members of the public whose vehicles we invited onto our land to ease the gridlock.
I do however offer my apologies publicly to the residents, whose morning was very dramatically altered by our need to use the road to solve a problem we had not created. I also thank them for their forbearance.
I hope you all have a restful weekend and good luck to our performers in the Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival concert.