I have had a great morning with more than 100 Twyford pupils at Calshot Watersports Centre. All of Year 7 and Year 4 are there currently, and it was wonderful to see such a variety of activities and pursuits being undertaken so lustily: rock climbing, cycling, archery, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing were all underway at the same time. One group of Year 7 pupils were being very productive working on the writing up of their Common Entrance Geography Field Work – they were happy that they would be sailing this afternoon! I am reminded again of the real value of these self-reliance activities, as a crucial foil to the stresses of day to day life. All staff at the Centre commented on how delightful the children have been, and how they look forward to Twyford’s visit each year.
As well as these two years groups, Year 3 have departed today for Fairthorne Manor for their outdoor pursuits residential, and Year 1 have set off for Winnall Moors, And Year 2 are away visiting Arundel Castle. It is really quite quiet back at school.
Earlier in the week we had a very exciting visit from James Tanner, famous celebrity chef. James spent the day with us, talking to most year groups about sustainable fishing, about cooking healthy food, and his life in the spotlight. He was able to actually teach a group of post-exam Year 8s to cook a rather high-end dish. I believe everyone who attended found this a fascinating and worthwhile experience. Well done to Dean, our own Head Chef, for securing James Tanner for the visit.
Our mathematicians have been busy: on Tuesday a team went up to St Swithun’s School to take part in their Maths Challenge, against a number of other prep schools. Further information is given elsewhere in this issue.
I would like to introduce parents to two new members of staff joining in September, on the departure of Mrs Dodson and Mrs Morgan. Miss Pippa Higham will teach in Lower Key Stage 2, and Miss Jessica Ringelberg will teach in Upper Key Stage 2.
Miss Higham graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Derby, followed by NVQ Level 2 In Professional Cookery at University of Birmingham. Her PGCE has been via University of Buckingham. Miss Higham has most recently been working at Dorset House Prep School. Her father, Mike Higham, was Head of Moulsford Prep for 20 years, so his daughter knows exactly what prep school life is all about.
Miss Ringelberg completed a degree in History of Art at University of Manchester before working at Hazelgrove Prep School for two years as a Graduate Assistant At Hazelgrove she taught French in the Pre-Prep, as well as organising and running clubs and all sports, and was as a resident tutor in the boarding house. Miss Ringelberg also has a strong prep school connection: her mother is Head of PSHEE at West Hill Park.
I know you will make these two new members of our community most welcome.
Tomorrow sees the Pre-Prep Sponsored Walk in aid of the Children’s Neurology Ward at Southampton Hospital. Then we have an early finish for our Exeat (school ends at 5.15 pm for older pupils).
Have a good weekend.