Our Assembly this Monday morning was focused on one Old Twyfordian, Arnold Kemball, who lost his life exactly 100 years ago this week, in the First World War. While we have already observed Remembrance Day in October, there is a special reason for us to have presented the life and career of this Old Twyfordian: he had so far not been recognised and commemorated in either the Chapel War Memorial or our Book of War Dead. For unknown reasons, this omission was not spotted until some brilliant detective work was done by Andrew Keeling, who now supervises our Archives. The culmination of many months of detailed research was the excellent presentation in Assembly, followed by the unveiling of a plaque in Chapel to Lt. Col. Arnold Kemball, CB, DSO.
This week has been National Book Week, of course. On Tuesday we had an author visit of Tracey Corderoy to Pre-Prep. Children heard all about Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, and Little Penguin Lost. On Wednesday they delighted us all with their inventive costumes representing their favourite characters. Some were very impractical as a means of dress for a school day, but we got through! On Thursday Year 2 were engaged in workshops for the Play In A Day, which culminated in the performance to parents. Nursery and Reception bring the week to a close with a theatre trip to see ‘We’re Going on a Bearhunt’. Also topping off National Book Week, we are all looking forward to the author visit today, when we welcome Caroline Lawrence, author of those brilliant Roman Mystery books, to meet most children in Prep. In addition to our own pupils, we have become accustomed to inviting pupils from Twyford St Mary’s Primary School to these events – which makes for a very good audience.
Well done to U11 Netball team for qualifying for the IAPS National Finals, to take place on Friday 10th March at Basildon Sporting Village. Our U12 and U13 girls are competing today, in this awful weather. We wish them luck.
Please note that we have a Pupil Welfare Group meeting tomorrow morning, starting 8.45 am, on the topic of Pupil Voice. All parents are welcome. This time we will be joined by the Head Boy and Head Girl, who will present their own view on Pupil Voice, as well as answering questions from parents. There is the usual Headmaster’s Drop-In session from 8.15 am to 8.45 am in the Sports Pavilion. All are welcome.