It is amazing how early we all have to start in our preparations for Christmas. At any school this is particularly true in the number of events that need rehearsal and early performance. We have come to that point where carols are being sung in our daily Chapel services, and the readings that will fill our Carol Services are being tried out in front of pupil audiences. Very soon the Christmas trees will arrive for the Inter-House Christmas Tree decorating competition (!), and then we know it is a slippery slope to Christmas lunch and then no turning back.
This Saturday morning we will welcome Rev Ali Mepham, vicar of St Thomas’ Church, Fair Oak. I do hope that you will join us for this Family Service. Coffee is available in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am, with the service beginning at 8.30 am. Of course we are also geared up for the TPA Christmas Fair. There will be plenty on offer that will solve your Christmas shopping headaches… Additionally, we have our annual sports fixtures in football and netball: Staff vs Parents.
The week has been full of activity and excitement: music exams for ABRSM candidates on Monday and Tuesday, Year 3 to the Great Western Railway Steam Museum, Years 7 & 8 did Bushcraft, 20 x teams out for sport on Wednesday, and a great poetry day with Rachel Rooney on Thursday. Meanwhile, House Music competition first round auditions have been taking place in every class music lesson.
Next week there are two very important events for parents:
Monday Future Schools presentation for parents of children in Year 4 or 5, in Mulberry Pavilion 5.15 pm – 6.00 pm This is essential for parents to be introduced to the complex processes of senior school entry, especially as the pre-testing regimes begin so early now.
Friday Parents’ Internet Safety Talk with Karl Hopwood 6.30-7.30pm in the Mulberry Pavilion. I cannot imagine that any parent can afford to miss this expertly presented and informative guidance on how to keep their child safe, as well as taking you through the detail of how to act responsibly in provision of access to internet and social media. All pupils in Years 3 to 8 will also have sessions with Karl during the day.