Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break with your children. They have certainly come back to school with bundles of energy ready for the term ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a few additional members and families to our Twyford community. We have two pupils that have joined us in Year 5: Tristan Hall and Jeffrey Chan. Also, three Gap Assistants have arrived from overseas: Sophie Jones, Isabelle Stringer (both from Australia) and Edward Campbell from New Zealand. We look forward to helping them all settle into life at Twyford School.
As term began we were immediately back into our busy schedules, with a trip by Year 3 to the Nuffield Theatre to see Fantastic Mr Fox. I was pleased to hear that a dozen or so had already been to see the musical over the holidays – supporting live theatre. This production has now moved to the West End, where they will play for a month before embarking on a national tour, in conjunction with Roald Dahl’s centenary year celebrations. I know that our children enjoyed the show, and also having the chance of meeting Mrs Fox afterwards to try on her ‘fox ears’ and find out more about what it is like being involved in such a production.
Our first Saturday of term saw the start of our more widespread Twyford Explorers Bushcraft programme. All of Year 5 and the girls from Year 6 spent the afternoon moving around a number of stances, where they had to tackle problems using teamwork; they built different types of cooking fires; they were introduced to specialist equipment; and they managed tents and other kit. On Wednesday Year 4 boys followed another busy programme of Bushcraft as well. There will be plenty more of this sort of activity to add to the already popular Monday evening Twyford Explorers Club and the curriculum time Outdoor Pursuits.
Also on Wednesday, in the absence of external fixtures, we took the opportunity of embarking on a significant number of house competitions. The Year 5 & 6 boys competed in House Hockey, while Year 5 & 6 girls fought out the Netball. In the pool, Year 7 & 8 boys played their House Water Polo tournament. It was telling in the Water Polo that there had not been time for the boys to practice in their lessons, as the event was so early in the term: the first few matches were frantic and less skilled that the last rounds. But everyone worked extremely hard, and there were some excellent phases of play.
While we did see a flurry of snow late on Thursday afternoon, our concerns about transport disruption were not played out, thankfully. However, there have been some difficult icy patches around on the roads, and we expect this will be repeated. We all need to take care as we move around.
On Saturday we have the start of our full fixture programme, with girls having block fixtures in Netball and Hockey against Westbourne House, while the boys play Pilgrims’. As is our usual way, we will have 22 teams out there competing!
Please do come along to the Headmaster’s Drop-In session on Saturday morning (8.20 am – 8.45 am), if you can. We promise coffee and tea, usually with pastries and biscuits. The meeting is informal, and parents are encouraged to bring along any topic for discussion that does not need a more private setting.