Headmaster’s Blog: Hot foot from Assembly

Having just got back from assembly and with my Prep 7 class firmly ensconced in the exam room, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to sit down and blog following 2J’s assembly.

They did a great job telling us about their work in History and Citizenship. Combining the two to talk about the importance of community and belonging and the special group we all belong to, i.e family.  They sang to us about the importance and relevance of Family Trees and showed us their individual ones that they have put together with input from several generations of their own families. Family Image result for the bond that links your true familyand a sense of belonging are so very important to my mind. They provide such a high level of support and understanding as well as that spur we all occasionally need to get things done. I believe we can all take heart from R. Bach’s words about family:

Following on from 2J’s important words I was delighted to hear from Tia McBain, our Head of Sport, who read some amazing match reports. With two victories last week against Berkhampstead and Rendcomb, our U9 boys’ football team remains undefeated, to date. Further victories for the U11 boys and the U8 and U10 girls were most pleasing to hear and make you feel very proud at how well the sporting side of school life is doing. We then heard that on Sunday, our U9 gymnasts came 5th at the ISA National finals, competing against schools who do up to 14 hours a week training!  I was thrilled to present medals and certificates to A. Barrows, C. French, S. Bath and A. Morling.It is also worth noting that all four of our girls came in the top half of the individual competitors list with their individual scores. Well done to everyone who represented the school last week. Taking part is as important as winning and I am delighted with the high level of sportsmanship shown by all our pupils.

A yellow numeracy badge was presented to E. Evans and blue badges went to I. Thorn, H. Thorn and M. Lozano-Leon. Well done! Bronze certificates went to: N. Carswell ,S. Cool, H. Cowan, A. Dean-Smith, E. Ellson, T. Farr, S. Iles, T. McBain, M. Meredith, E. Morley, G. Morling, P. Nunn, C. O’Higgins, L. Parry, J. Savill, A. Slater, H. Streeter, E. Thomas, H. Thomas, H. Thorn, S. Tudgey, E. Walker, E. Wardle, A. Warren, B. Welch, P. Welch, W. West, S. Wilkinson and A. Winchester, and the winning house this week was Bazley.

We are all looking forward to the House Music competition at the end of this week. This is always a much-heralded event and is a great way to end exam week and to go into half term. It is, in my opinion, so important for pupils and staff to be part of their house community and to play their part in helping their house to achieve the best they can. The house system is a real strength of the school. Good luck to all three houses and I am looking forward to hearing you all sing the set piece and your own choices. I hope you all have a very happy half term when it comes.