For five days my schedule has been exceptionally full, extraordinarily rich and extremely enjoyable. I have spent about eight hours interviewing potential scholarship children and their candour and spirit has been joyful to behold. I look forward to more of the same in the creative context of tonight’s Drama Duologue competition. The stage is set, the lights on and the performers are warming up for a feast of talent, showcasing independence and collaboration.
Another feast took place yesterday when Bishop Michael came to welcome C Mottram and C Kern into the church through confirmation. With prayers written and lead by Year 7 pupils and the support of family and friends, we enjoyed revisiting the story of Jesus remaining behind in the temple because he loved to learn about God. We commend both pupils to you in your prayers this week. All of us, whether confirmed or not, love to learn and grow and in our journey together at St Michael’s there is a huge amount of support from friends and colleagues every day in all that we do.
You will read later in these pages of our chef, Mark’s, two-day Ritz experience. Di Birmingham and I were very generously treated to lunch at the Ritz on Monday to celebrate Mark’s special time down in the kitchens and it was great to talk to them and see how many people are employed and how ordered they are. The food presented to us at lunch was artistic as well as delicious; we would very much like to thank publicly Brookwood caterers for taking us out and treating all three of us in these different thoughtful ways.
Zerrin and I enjoyed meeting parents from Pre-Prep again for a coffee morning and presentation on our plans for developing St Michael’s. It’s been good to be able to adopt ideas offered at our first meeting and the decision has been taken to put a new third Reception class next to the existing two, move the Year 1s into the Year 2 classrooms and put Year 2 in the basement music room and the current Year 1 room.
It was good to see our governors back at school for the Staffing and Remuneration Committee meeting on Thursday night. We appreciate all the guidance and support we get in making the experience of working at St Michael’s the best it can be.
On Tuesday night I had great good fortune to attend the Kent College production of “Phantom of the Opera” involving two of our former pupils, S Chappell Salmon and L Myburgh. From the opening notes of the band to the final descent of the cleverly projected luxurious curtain, the performance reached exceptional standards and was worthy of any West End theatre.
The theatre had been transformed into a magnificently opulent Opera. Glittering costumes, fabulous sets, gorgeous choreography, inventive staging and impressive lighting all served to set a wonderful backdrop to some excellent singing by leads and ensembles. It really was fabulous, an incredible achievement. I commend it and the school to you as a dynamic experience.
Next week, the pupils will all enjoy a four-day week to allow us to travel out on Friday to other schools and learn through observation, dialogue and exchange.
Enjoy your weekend and your time with your family.