On Monday we welcomed children (and staff) back from half term. My Assembly required me to walk in with a long-handled broom. I talked about schooling in Japan and Sean Fitzpatrick, long serving captain of the New Zealand All Blacks. See if your child can explain to you how these three elements fit together on the theme of respect!
Many congratulations to Lucy Perkins, who has won the Hampshire Fencing (Foil) Under 12 Championships for 2016! What a great achievement, Lucy.
You will see from the main photo in this issue that our Choir did, indeed, complete their French tour. It was very successful, and we have heard very positive reports of the music and the great ambassadorship of the pupils. My thanks to the staff who accompanied the group; especially David Hall, who organised the tour. I was delighted to hear how many families attended the various concerts and recitals. We were also treated to a reprise of the repertoire of the tour on Monday evening, when the Senior Choir – this time including those who did not tour – gave a recital of the music performed in France. In addition to the marvellous singing, we all enjoyed listening to Louisa Paterson and Sophie Kileff performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, Op.3 on the violin.
Please may I invite all parents to join us for the Family Service tomorrow morning, when Rev Johan Watts will be speaking at Senior Chapel. We begin with coffee from 8.00 am, with the service starting at 8.30 am.
Of course, we are all geared up for tonight’s TPA Fireworks event. I am sure it will be a spectacular show. Please do pay particular attention when manoeuvring your car in and out of the School – it is dark and children are going to be excited by the event itself! You are reminded that the front gates will close at 5.20 pm, after which all entry and exit is via the rear.