Headmaster's Newsletter, Thursday 24 May 2018

| 24 May 2018

Dear Parents
I am writing a day earlier than usual with details of the Open Afternoon tomorrow. The start time is staggered to avoid gridlock in the Colehill area.  For the Prep School, Open Afternoon starts at 2pm, the Year 2 parents are expected at 2.30pm and for Year 1, Reception and the Nursery parents, the start time is 3pm.  This will hopefully give everyone the opportunity to walk around the school informally with their children, enjoying the displays and meeting the staff.  
Car parking tomorrow
Due to the ongoing construction of the Sports Hall, car parking on the Top Field will not be so straightforward.  We have to enter and leave at the same point, which may require some patience – apologies in advance.  To ease traffic flow, could we ask that parents who are only dropping off or picking up remain in the Main School Car Park and do not go through to the Top Field.  Those who are coming to stay should then, in theory, all arrive together in year groups, and leave together after tea….
Open Afternoon
The weather forecast for Open Day tomorrow looks hopeful, so we will have a big Parents’ Tea on the Front Lawn from 3.30pm and all other activities should run as planned.  In the (currently unlikely) event of inclement weather we will retire to the Dining Room and Music School for tea. We hope you enjoy the afternoon.  
Displays and classrooms will be manned where possible in both the Pre-Prep and the Prep School.  Do take a stroll through the allotments and woodlands to see the Forest School, a short walk from the ponds and campsite, where you will find Mrs Clemmitt cooking by the fire.  Throughout the afternoon, Mr Loe will be directing artists upstairs in his garret, Mr Jeremiah and his designers will be in their workshop and the scientists will be hosting an interactive display looking at problems with plastics.  Meanwhile, Miss Barman, Mrs Hudson  and pupils will be life-saving in the swimming pool, Mr Ashworth will also be showing new and exciting developments in school computing and Mrs Brown will be in the Food Technology Department, while the Pre-Prep, Year 3, Learning Support, Library, English, Maths and French areas will also be manned by teachers.
Fathers and Sons Cricket will be over the road as usual and the Mothers and Daughters Rounders in the lower field.  The Tennis Tournament will proceed from 2.00 pm, with the Juniors and Pre-Prep followed by the Seniors at 3.00pm.  Mrs Watkiss, Mrs Bolter and Mr Sissons will be with the Music groups who will play in the Recital Room at 2.00pm with the individual performers continuing from 2.30pm.
Sporting Internationals
Many congratulations to Thomas N on his selection to represent Great Britain in the U15 European Baseball Qualifiers in Belgium in July 2018.  Thomas has done exceptionally well considering he is two years younger than most of the other team members.  
Similarly, many congratulations to Henry C who has been selected to represent England at the U12 Mounted Games European Team Championships being held in France in August 2018.  He is the youngest rider by a year, so it is another excellent achievement.  Henry is also participating in the World Pairs Championships in Denmark in July 2018 – a busy summer awaits!
Year 2 Swimming Gala and Orienteering Day
A big thank you to Mrs Katie Hudson, and the Year 2 staff for organising such an enjoyable swimming gala on Monday afternoon, along with the Year 8 pupils who made such excellent lifeguards in the pool.  The children did us proud, and were very grateful for the support of so many parents poolside.  Similarly, we are very grateful to Mrs Karen French for running another excellent Orienteering Day today for the Year 2 pupils - they had so much fun in the rain!
Percussive talent
It was a pleasure to watch twenty of our drummers queuing up to play on Tuesday evening in the Assembly Hall. Mr Bennett did an excellent job preparing his protégés for a very enjoyable concert, which took us on a tour of the past 50 years or so of pop music. Thank you to all the parents who came to support.
Sports Roundup
It was good to see so many positive performances on Wednesday afternoon, including wins for the 1st XI and 2nd XI cricketers against Sandroyd (including fifties for Thomas N and Monty H in the former and Henry W in the latter) and wins for the 1st and 2nd IX rounders teams against Clayesmore Prep.  Congratulations also to Iris C who was recently crowned U13 Dorset 1500m champion – an impressive achievement.
Sport and Sports Day
Mr Randle has asked me to remind you that we have many matches on the Wednesday following the break and the teams will be on the website as usual.  He will e-mail all Prep School parents in the week after half term asking for pupils to select their events for Sports Day on Wednesday 20 June.
With best wishes for the Bank Holiday and half term break.
Andrew Browning