This has been a very musical week in the Prep, and in Pre-Prep there has been a very successful Space theme throughout the week. Olly Heath, well known to us for his Beat Boxing, took the challenge of delivering according to the Space theme on Monday, and children really enjoyed his entertaining show. As the week has come to a close we have been treated to a significant number of Pre-Prep children dressed in full astronaut uniforms, but with the occasional fairy mixed in with them. Our musical activity has been in the form of three concerts taking place: Brass and Percussion on Monday, Strings Concert on Thursday and Woodwind Concert on Friday. With all of Year 6 away in France this week, the numbers of performers has been lower. But, we still have ahead of us next week a Piano Concert on Tuesday 11th, a Guitar Concert on Thursday 13th and a Singing Concert on Friday 14th October. At the same time I would like to flag up a date for your diaries: on Monday 7th November, when our new Music Gap Assistant, Imogen Baker, will be giving a Singing Recital at 6.45 pm. Please do come and support.
Year 6 have had this week in France, and we have had regular reports of their activities and fun. All seems to have gone very well, and we wish them a straightforward journey as they return tomorrow afternoon to Twyford. While one year group has been away, we have seen Year 5 for their trial boarding night on Monday. This went very well, with lots of activity and fun. Year 6 themselves will have a trial boarding night next week.
On Thursday evening we welcomed Adam Williams, Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College, to talk about ‘Pupil Voice’ in our series of ‘Talking Heads’. He spoke with considerable passion about the great input pupils can make to the successful operation of a school. This is not only in functional terms, but in generating and maintaining the correct ethos. Those in attendance were struck by the wide ranging examples given; good evidence that more can certainly be done. We need to translate this into the particular age group of a prep school.
There is another Headmaster’s Drop-In session tomorrow morning – I would love to welcome you there 8.15 am – 8.45 am. We had a great turn-out last week, with 16 parents in attendance. Do join us.
A request please for parents to only phone through to Matrons with medically related matters (press 3), selecting the General Enquiries option (press 1) for administrative questions and messages relating to children. At the moment our matrons are really being hindered in their main role of looking after children because they have to interrupt their direct care to respond to phone enquiries such as: ‘please could xxx be reminded to bring her flute home to practise for the exam?’, ‘please could xxx be told that Auntie Y is coming for tea’ etc. Susie Bellasis will respond in exactly the same way if these messages come through to her; she will ensure that all appropriate adults know about particular arrangements, and can get messages to children.