Headmaster’s Roundup 16 March 2017


We have a different flag flying over the school this week. It is a flag depicting a man with a bow and arrow. This is in anticipation of our exciting Year 5 and 6 production, ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ which begins tomorrow evening with performances on Saturday afternoon and evening as well. Years 2, 3 and 4 enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal yesterday and I have to say it is a really fun play with lots of corny but clever humour. The children are going to be brilliant and I look forward to reporting back more next week.

On Friday the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation led workshops for the Lower School and these were all enjoyed as the children learned more about endangered wildlife around the world. On Monday and Tuesday we had our THINK! workshops run by Sparkfish and I was really moved by some of the thoughts and prayers written by children across the age range. I think it would be fair to say that children run far deeper than we sometimes give them credit for.

On Wednesday Year 1 went to Hever Castle and they had picked the most fantastic day for their trip. Mrs Bessant reported that the children were incredibly well behaved and everyone enjoyed the outing, including staff and parent helpers, to whom we are most grateful for giving up their day to support.

On Monday afternoon our Sports Department ran the annual inter-school cross-country at Hartswood, with both U10 and U11 boy’s and girl’s teams competing. I am delighted to say that the U11 girls won their competition trophy, and all four teams ran incredibly well. There was more sporting success on Saturday when the U8s won the Lingfield netball tournament, while in Birmingham members of the Karate team won ten medals at the Kimura Shukakai National Championships with Angelina L retaining her winner’s title. On the same day seven of our top chess players competed in the Surrey East & Sussex Championships. Joe F recorded four wins out of four matches, Jake G played up a year group and Bjorn M played in top position and has subsequently been selected to play for Surrey. The team qualified for the Europa League stage.

A really exciting and rewarding week for so many children. A huge well done to all of them! Friday, 24 March is Red Nose Day for Comic Relief and we will be allowing children to come in wearing their Red Noses, red spots or an item of red clothing (not just their school jumper) and they should bring in a minimum of £1 donation for this worthwhile charity.

Marcus Culverwell

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