Dear Parents and Friends
Now that the slightly disjointed start of the school year, with the various holidays, is out of the way, it feels like term has begun in earnest. Our students look really smart in their winter uniform and have, as they always do, settled well into their studies. For our Secondary School students, we are just beginning our mentoring scheme for those students preparing for IGCSE, and we have been hugely impressed by the predictions for their achievement in the summer, which show that we can expect another outstanding set of results.
This week has also seen the launch of this year’s school musical production. Building on the success of ‘Grease’ last year, we have decided to do an even more ambitious Rock and Roll Musical, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’. With a story based on ‘The Tempest’ by Shakespeare, and a host of well-know songs, we expect this to be a massive success. Auditions take place in the coming weeks, for singers and actors, and we are also seeking a group of students who would like to help with backstage, costume, hair, make-up…..in fact, there is something for everyone. The actual show will take place in March and the rehearsals will take place throughout the winter months.
Many thanks to those parents who have already supported our Wednesday morning workshops. We have decided this year to hold workshops almost every Wednesday, at a regular time, to help parents plan, and we hope very much that the themes have been the ones you would like. Please don’t hesitate to let me, or the Heads of School, know if you would like any other topics included – we can always fit in alternatives.
This week has also seen the opening of our brand new multi-purpose room (soon to be named, stay tuned!) which was constructed over the summer. Situated between the theatre and the canteen, this room will give us a great new resource for assemblies, examinations, meetings and curriculum activities. Please do come and have a look whenever you like. Even more importantly, it will enable us to open up the old MPR as an extension to the dining room, which has become very busy this term as more and more students in the Secondary School are opting for the main meal options. Our excellent Food Committee, comprising parents, students, staff and our catering partners, continues to work to make an even better food offer for our students. We would still welcome a few more parents on the committee so please do let me know if you would be interested.
I cannot fully express how impressed I have been by our Primary School students this term. We have some amazing children but, as they have become more and more accustomed to the Golden Rules and our PAWS Rewards scheme, they have really begun to show this in their daily lives. Their attitude to learning is exceptional, but I have also been struck by just how attentive they are in assemblies, how polite and courteous they are to each other and to adults, and how their movement around the school shows real care for the environment and their fellow students.
Finally, we are of course saying farewell to our Secondary students, except for Year 12, as they head off on their residentials on Monday. The programme looks very exciting, and we are gradually including more of a service element as part of our aim and promise to offer truly amazing opportunities for our students to develop as global citizens. In particular, in Year 10 we are linking the residential with the aspiration for almost every student to complete the International Award this year, and it promises to be a challenging but very enjoyable trip. I wish them every success and above all safe and problem-free experiences. We will keep parents informed by the blog and Facebook as much as we can. I look forward to hearing all the stories on their return.
With very best wishes
(Please see a few photos from last years' Secondary Residential trips)