We started this week with a second Anti-Bullying Assembly planned and acted out by the Head Boy and Head Girl, and other Year 8 pupils. Poppy and Oscar narrated an excellent story that had embedded within it messages about how we treat each other. All in all this has rounded off a tremendously successful week of focus on Anti-Bullying. Thank you to our most senior pupils.
Poetry workshops took over Year 6 and Year 7’s on Thursday: Rachel Rooney (no relation) managed to draw out highly original thought from these pupils through a range of stimuli. From hearing Rachel’s own poetry (I love ‘My life as a Goldfish’!), to group work and individual writing, the workshops seemed to inspire even the most reluctant young poet to be creative.
Our musical week had a more formal feel in the first few days of this week, as it was time, once again, for the ABRSM instrumental exams. We hope all candidates have acquitted themselves appropriately. The results take a while to come through, so this will be a test of patience. It is a different matter with the Trinity instrumental exams; the results are made available later the same day. Trinity exams start on Monday. But it has not all been about exams in Music School this week. We were treated to the most delightful, and demanding, String Quartet Concert on Thursday. Sophie Kileff, Louisa Paterson and Robbie Stone showed us their musical brilliance, honed to perfection by Louise Wood. They performed a very challenging repertoire that included: ‘Purcell in Miniature (arranged by Forbes), Mozart’s Minuet and Trio (arranged by Nelson), a Schubert Suite (arranged by Allen) and Wednesbury’s ‘By the River’. It was very pleasing to see a healthy number in the audience, with lots of support from the players’ friends (and some parents of course). This was a new departure for us in terms of concerts, and I hope we will be able to put on more of these concerts in future. Well done to Robbie, Louisa and Sophie – and thank you to Mrs Wood.
Tomorrow, Saturday, sees our annual Christmas Fair. A reminder that we have a full morning of normal school for Year 4 to Year 8, even though the Fair will open to parents and younger children from 11.30 am. In particular parents have been reminded that they must collect their children from form rooms at 12.30 pm, please. Any children who are ‘unclaimed’ will be kept in the Boarders’ Drawing Room, and should be signed out at Matrons Room before departing. Please could I emphasise that parents are expected to be supervising their children from 12.30 pm onwards – they must be accompanied by parents, who must be responsible for them at all times.
As well as the Christmas Fair itself in the Sports Hall, other particular highlights tomorrow will be: Staff vs parents playing Football and Netball, and the Science Fair, that showcases projects created by pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 as part of a competition. This is being shown in Lab 1 of Science School.
Please may I advertise the Future Schools’ Presentation taking place on Monday from 5.15 pm to 6.00 pm, in the Mulberry Pavilion. All parents of children in Year 4 and 5 are invited. We will be explaining the processes that should be underway very soon for parents in selecting and registering with senior schools. The presentation itself will be put up on the portal for access by those unable to attend.