What a fantastic finish to this term’s round of scholarships – with news that both Sophie Kelly and Lucia Kendall have been awarded Academic Scholarships to St Swithun’s. Lucia adds this to her Sports Scholarship. While we have several candidates still focused on next term’s scholarship exams, the results already put us in the position, again, of about a third of pupils gaining awards to their Senior Schools. Well done everyone!
This week the Prep has been affected by preparations for ‘Joseph’, with rehearsals dominating each day. It is going very well, and I am sure we will all be treated to a wonderful event – involving more than 70 pupils. My thanks to James Christie and David Hall in particular, but many other staff have been involved to a large degree. I am also looking forward to trying out our new banked seating system; a late decision from the Bursar and me that hiring it in was not sensible when buying it would provide a great asset for the longer term.
The U11 and U13 Netball teams played brilliantly in the National Finals, but each was unable to sustain their early excellent form to move through to the last stage. More information is to be found below. By all accounts, the level of play from our girls was at its very best, and everyone felt really good about this.
On Wednesday we put out an amazing 26 sports teams against Farleigh, which must be nearing a record for a single outing. The amazing thing is that we had to hold another 7 matches against Farleigh on the Tuesday due to a shortage of pitches/courts on the Wednesday! To cap it all, the U9s enjoyed some more rugby on Thursday, with four teams out against Portsmouth Grammar School.
Our swimmers have been hard at work, with the Hampshire Relays Competition being contested this week. As you will see below, we have had great success, coming out as Hampshire Champions! Well done to those involved.
Also on Thursday, we welcomed a team of three from NSPCC, leading workshops through the day for the children in Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 on how to keep themselves safe, and how to help others who may be at risk of suffering bullying or abuse. There was universal appreciation from the children for these workshops; they were interesting and thought-provoking.
Today, Friday, Pre-Prep is very busily engaged in its own Twyford Triathlon, with a range of adapted fundraising activities (combined into threes) to raise money for Sport Relief. I know that lots of thought has gone into this event, and I hope it works well. We could certainly build on it in future years.
I hope many parents of children from all age groups will join us on Saturday morning for our second Family Service. Our own Chaplain, David Owens, will be leading the service. We offer coffee in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am – 8.30 am, when the service in Chapel will begin. Do come and join us.
Our TPA Chair, Camilla Richardson, is stepping down at the end of this term. Camilla has been an integral part of the TPA for some time and we would like to thank her for her hard work and organisation of all the wonderful events put on throughout the year.
Lastly, as we head into our shortened final week, we look forward to performances of ‘Joseph’ on Monday and Tuesday evenings. We then swiftly head into Team Feast and Mark School. Before we know it term will have ended! Everybody has worked extremely hard through this short but frantic term, and I know pupils and staff need the break that is coming. I hope you will be able to find time to take a breather with your children. Have a very Happy Easter.