As I reflect on the success of this first half of the Michaelmas term, the highlights for me are always time spent with the children; listening to their suggestions, ideas, answers, thoughts which often inspire me or teach me. Of course I learn from my colleagues too, and I thank them and the governors for all their work this half term.
I know that some of you have the good fortune to be travelling abroad this half term and I am very happy to receive even the briefest of postcards to celebrate the opportunities that you will enjoy.
This week I enjoyed a Heads’ training session for our Kent district at St Lawrence College, in Ramsgate, a one and a half hour drive towards the coast. The school boasts some splendid new and old facilities and had a very similar vibe to here. It might be a really good option for families wanting boarding in an informal and exciting school.
Special celebratory congratulations to Mark and his team for making the giant harvest pumpkin into some delicious soup on Thursday. I believe we fed the school. It was almost biblical!
I was happy to know that it had passed through a phase of being a Hallowe’en lantern and I hope that those of you who will celebrate with dressing up and trick or treating will remember to accompany your children and enjoy becoming something else! I shall be sorry to miss it.
Mr Fuller’s Hallowe’en assembly this morning was certainly not one that will be forgotten. Some ghoulish looking children, a great deal of audience participation, some genuine learning about the ideas and traditions of Hallowe’en and a marvellous mummification competition where children wrapped up staff in toilet rolls. It was very silly and there was a great deal of laughter.
I hope that this half-term you enjoy some time with your children, that there is time to laugh and relax As soon as we get back, we will be celebrating Remembrance and Fireworks and planning for Christmas. So much to look forward to.
Whatever you’re doing this half-term go safely, have fun.