Important news: we will be holding an ‘Own Clothes Day’ next Friday to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Children in all ten age groups at Twyford are invited to wear normal casual clothes, and to bring in to school a donation of one pound (minimum) to hand to their form teacher at Registration. This is not a time for fancy dress or high fashion, just appropriate casual clothes! We will ensure that any funds raised go to the established body coordinating the relief of victims of this dreadful event.
I want to thank the two teams of hardworking parents who have done so much to get everything ready for Twyford’s Got Talent and the Extravaganza. They have increasingly been in evidence in the last weeks and days, and I know how much has been done off-site as well. Please do support these two events wholeheartedly. In particular I wanted to ask that, as far as possible, parents try to arrive at the start of TGT (11.00 am), ensuring that we show appreciation for all children/acts, and don’t distract them by arriving after it has started. I know that the children have been working hard and are ready. We are looking forward to their performances. Immediately following the conclusion of Twyford’s Got Talent, we turn our attention to the main fields, for the Extravaganza. There will be all the usual things on offer, and I know that you will enjoy the activities, but also the social side. Thank you again to the TPA event teams, and also to the considerable number of School staff who have helped prepare for the events.
This week has tested us all with the soaring temperatures. I think the children have been sensible and have managed to remain enthusiastic and engaged. Perhaps it is the older members of our community who struggle in these extremes…
Year 8 returned from a fantastic week in the South of France on Saturday, and probably slept through all of Sunday! Mrs Clarkson, Mr Lewis, Mrs Dodson and Mr Mathar worked hard on their behalf, and I am grateful to them all for staffing this trip. Year 8 have embarked on their post-exam programme from Monday, which will culminate in the Shakespeare performance to parents at the Valedictory Dinner.
It has been Beach Week for Pre-Prep, and what a great week to have! The accounts of their adventures have been colourful. All seem to have had an excellent time, with some learning thrown in. On Tuesday new children entering Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were welcomed to School, with Nursery children coming in on Wednesday and Thursday. Year 4 have visited Marwell Zoo this week, and Year 3 went to Hillier Gardens on Thursday.
We managed a good number of sporting competitions this week; against: Stroud, Farleigh, Cheam, Lambrook and Prince’s Mead schools.
In music, there was such a treat provided for a select number at St Mary’s Parish Church on Thursday evening, when Imogen Baker, our Gap Music Assistant, performed a range of songs accompanied by David Hall. Featuring strongly were pieces by Purcell and Faure, with Handel and Arne also on the programme. David Hall played Buxtehude on the organ and then Ravel’s Sonatine on the piano. This was a very special evening of excellent performances indeed.
Good luck to all performers at TGT. I hope the weather holds for the entirety of the Extravaganza.