I am very pleased to be able to announce the birth of Max Freddie William Smith, who was born to Myke and Helen at 10.47 am on Thursday 8th June, weighing 7lbs 6oz. Mother and baby are doing well.
I must apologise for an omission in our report of the National Junior Maths Challenge. Unfortunately, Sophie Kileff was left off the list altogether, yet she was one of our Gold Award winners. Sophie performed extremely well, coming fifth overall in the School. Our congratulations go to Sophie on her achievement.
We were sad to have such disruption to activities due to bad weather at the start of the week, although we seemed to still manage to get through a number of things. Wherever possible things were rearranged, and some activities still took place with an altered programme. This affected both the Reception Hovercraft trip and a Year 3 cricket match. This week has seen more senior pupils under some academic pressure, as the Common Entrance exams have been completed, together with end of Year exams for some other senior groups. Those in Year 8 who had finished all exams before this week have been following a busy programme of activities and visits, including working regularly with Pre-Prep children. Tomorrow, Saturday, all of Year 8 will set off for their residential trip, to the South of France. We wish them well for that week, and look forward to passing on what will be very positive exam results soon.
Many other aspects of life at Twyford have gone on as usual during exam time, weather permitting: Year 2 managed to get to the Sea City Museum, the Reception trip was moved on by a day, as were the rounders house matches. What was not weather-affected was the sequence of solo music concerts we have had this week. We have enjoyed a Year 3 concert, a Year 5 & 6 concert, and a Year 7 concert already, and next week we will be entertained by a Year 6 concert and a Year 4 concert. We have already heard 46 solos!
Tonight we have a rather special event taking place: a String Quartet concert. This is being performed by Sophie Kileff, Louisa Paterson, Robbie Stone and Mrs Wood. I do hope you will support these musicians. The concert is at 7.00 pm in Music School.
Sporting activity has picked up again in the latter half of the week: lots of sport against Cheam on Wednesday, but today we have a large number of pupils heading to Farleigh for their annual athletics competition. We also have U9s and U11s swimming teams heading for the Winchester Primary Schools’ Gala. We wish them all well.
Several events of note for tomorrow, Saturday: starting with my usual Headmaster’s Drop-In. Please join us for coffee between 8.15 am and 8.45 am. Then it is time for the meeting of the Pupil Welfare Group, managed by Sally Johnston. This takes place in the Old Dining Room from 8.45 am to 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome.
While all other Prep pupils prepare for sports matches (16 of them) against Highfield School, and another batch of athletes compete in the Junior Wessex Championships, Year 8 will depart for a week in France. While wishing them bon voyage, we will also get our first proper look at pupils in Year 7, who will be stepping up to start duties.