My D-J son, Jack in the States has an as yet unreleased track called “I’ve got music in my soul” which I think is his best yet and I felt this week that St Michael’s truly has exactly that. There are times when something extraordinarily special happens here which children truly appreciate and the Big Sing that took place on Wednesday was utterly amazing. Gordon Baird, Jack Bennett, Sally Beesley, Jackie Dennett and Emily Balcombe, helped by the marketing and admissions team in so many administrative ways put on a fabulous collaborative singing experience in which the children expressed themselves in music, words and actions to such a high standard that it was almost impossible not to shed a tear. The joyful faces and the energy and accuracy of four musically complex and witty songs that held the audience enthralled were a privilege to behold. We are delighted to have hosted such a successful singing day and to have welcomed our five neighbouring primaries to be a part of it.
Music continued to flow out the next day when Pre-Prep hosted an end of term concert and we enjoyed again this morning very touching words and happy singing , both solo and ensemble as Reception treated their mothers to a special assembly . Up in Prep, amid the red nose fun, came our Interhouse Music competition with a morning of solo sections of breath-taking quality, a huge well of support for one another among the performers and enormous pleasure offered to the audience.
The afternoon final sing off, involving every child was both exhilarating and hugely impressive. I congratulate everyone on their preparation and polished performances.
I’m not sure about the hills but the corridors and halls of St Michael’s have definitely been alive with the sound of music. Would that I too could have been a pupil here!
In a week which produced such shocks and reminders of the differing perspectives on peace, right and wrong, my colleagues and I join with the many who have condemned the attacks in London. For the children whose parents won’t now ever go to pick them up from school and for those who lost their lives and have been injured, we grieve too. I think we all feel that strength and courage can come from uniting together to keep calm and carry on doing everything as normal.
Of course the week began in a much more jubilant mode and it is good that we have been distracted by the huge variety of special moments in the week. The Inspection Report sent to you all on Monday is truly wonderful and my only disappointment is that the word Outstanding is no longer ISI’s top descriptor! For those of you who haven’t yet studied it yet, I commend it to you. We are judged Excellent for pupils’ academic and other achievements and Excellent for pupils’ personal development as well as being fully compliant. These judgements are hard won and I’m immensely grateful to every child, parent and member of staff who took part in the inspection, prepared for it and showed off what they can do in the days the inspectors were here.
As we move towards the weekend with the holiday beckoning beyond, this will be our last e-news of term. I wish you a very Happy Easter and peace, calm and rest as well as joy and fun together this holiday.