Outdoor pursuits trips have continued this week, with Year 2 visiting Kingswood Outdoor Activity Centre, on the Isle of Wight. While we watched the rain moving over Twyford on Monday, Year 2 had a clear and bright visit ‘across the water’, and returned suitably enthused and tired. Other outings this week have taken Nursery to Marwell Zoo and Year 5 to Portchester Castle. Each of these trips was successful and enjoyable, and will provide a range of opportunities for follow-up work and art.
We were very pleased to be able to welcome Mr Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford School, to speak at our termly Talking Heads evening on Monday. The topic was: ‘What is the Essence of a Modern Education?’. Mr Vessey started with a thought-provoking clip from YouTube, which may be interesting for those who could not attend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8&feature=share. The discussion was lively and lengthy, and I felt that there was a real engagement in the theme, especially about the stifling of creativity, and the constraints of the admissions and exam systems. I do hope parents continue to support these talks in greater numbers, as we do brief the visiting Heads that they are not ‘pitching’ for their own schools. The talks have always appealed to the widest audience, yet we seem to only attract a maximum of 30 as an audience… Perhaps you can email me and let me know how we can improve things?
On Thursday we had the Pre-Prep Music Concert, involving all children in Year 1 and Year 2 who learn an instrument. It is wonderful to see this early promise, and above all, the great enjoyment they show in their music. I think we can be very optimistic for the future.
All our Wednesday sporting endeavours took a hit this week; rain put paid to any ambitions we may have had for great achievements. We must accept that we have done pretty well up till then, with no cancellations due to weather at all. But we should be back in action fully this weekend, when we have cricket against Cothill and rounders against West Hill Park.
On Saturday we have the last of our Family Services, this time for Years 6, 7 and 8, with Rev James Hunt speaking. Please do join us: coffee in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am, and the service starts at 8.30 am.
We have School Photographs on Tuesday, so please can parents be sure that children come in with jackets and ties – whereas these would only usually be worn on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also in the coming week we will try out our new format House Song Competition. This gives suitable prominence to the singing aspect of the overall House Music series, but it also permits a much wider involvement than before. I am sure it will be a great occasion, and I am looking forward to it very much. Also, just before we set off for half term, we will have a day of Internet Safety presentations from Years 3 to Year 8, plus a talk for parents (in Music School) 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Please do attend if you possibly can. Karl Hopwood has worked with us for a number of years, and he is fantastic!
I have received a question about dry-slope skiing that interested parties may like to take up: Southern Schools’ Ski Competition is taking place on Sunday 25th June at Southampton. We have two children interested in making a team, but need a third. There are various age-groups, so it could be that even more children would like to get together. If you are interested, please contact Ben White (Billy, Year 2) or James Johns (Thomas, Year 4). The poster is here.
Lastly, I wanted to let parents know of a modification at this end that I hope will aid speed of communication. From now on, all emails addressed to me (email@example.com) will also be picked up by Lynne Mohring. She will respond on my behalf to those questions that don’t need a direct and more personal input from me, or will pass on to/consult with appropriate members of staff to obtain the answers you are seeking. I know that there are times when you are waiting for a response to a fairly mundane request, and I am sure this system should improve things. I will always see both the incoming email and Lynne’s reply. I hope this should also make it easier for me to promptly deal with the correspondence that only I can deal with. Let me (us) know how it is working!