The sun has been shining brightly all week, and it was very fitting that yesterday we should enjoy the Pre-Prep’s show: Rainbow Spectacular. Almost 200 adults sat enthralled as a very competent and well-rehearsed cast of more than a hundred children sang and danced on the stage in the Sports Hall. I was very impressed with the poise and delivery of even the very youngest, all looking like they were enjoying themselves rather than being overawed by the occasion. I know that staff have been working hard with the children through the past few weeks, and the performance was a tribute to the dedication of all Pre-Prep staff. In particular I would like to thank Claire Smith for taking on the key role of directing the whole project; with Louise Wood bringing the singing up to a brilliant level; Lucy Hutchings managing the choreography; and Jenny Hall and the Year 3 Art Club for designing and making the great rainbow backdrop. With our new staged seating to add to the wonderful staging, we feel we are definitely able to support productions of this quality in future. Well done!
We received the results of the National Junior Maths Challenge last week. There was a good range of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards among our performers, and I want to mention the highest scorers for Twyford in order of performance: Gold - Sophie Kelly [Best in School], Lucia Kendall, Poppy Johnson, James Jenkins [Best in Year 6], Alistair Cliff [Best in Year 7 - joint], Anna Spearing [Best in Year 7 - joint], James Fairley. Congratulations to all these pupils. I may point out the brilliant result for James Jenkins, who came 4th in the whole School, although ‘only’ in Year 6. Well done to all these and other participants.
Our inaugural House Song Competition lifted our spirits on Wednesday morning. This new format allowed for greater attention to the singing competition, separated from the orchestral element. It was always going to be a challenge for the houses to bring together all year groups from Year 1 to Year 8, plus House attached staff. But the outcome was tremendous. Using the staged seating in the Sports Hall as risers for the ‘massed choirs’ was very effective, and the acoustics were really rather good. Each house performed with gusto, some had a good grasp of the words and others were less secure. But the addition of a bit of choreography and even costumed mascots/jesters from Year 8, made for a thoroughly entertaining morning. We welcomed Scott Cooper, Director of The Grange Festival, as our judge for the event, and he was super: encouraging and positive in all that he said. Our continued connections with The Grange Festival are very positive, with Hector Taggart and Jack Stone working very hard in rehearsals for this year’s professional production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, for which they successfully auditioned for a principal role. More information is available about this year’s production at this link
It was a pity that we had to postpone the Internet Safety talks with Karl Hopwood this week, but his illness (a bug?!) was unfortunate. We are rescheduling.
I hope you can all enjoy a restful time with your families. Have a good half term.