Flying Falcon – Autumn 2018 Week 5

Message from the Headmaster:

This week has seemed shorter than previous weeks. What has been super is that I have had a trickle of emails from past parents of now Year 3 boys, letting us know how they are getting on. I love receiving this type of news as we really work together to direct boys to a school where we feel their academics are a good match but also carefully fitting their personalities to the culture of the school. All the news has been exceptionally positive and the Year 3 boys are settled and thriving in their new schools. I visited Mr Smith and his team at Hampton Prep this week and again saw quite a few of our ex-Falcons children and parents, although it was odd to see them in another uniform.
We hosted a parent talk by James Shone on Wednesday evening. Our resilience was tested as he had a problem with the train, and our lovely heads of PA sprang into action to go and fetch him and get him here on time. We had 60 guests filling our hall, with over 14 schools represented. We had heads and senior members of staff from other schools, Alpha Plus directors, prospective and past parents come together to listen to this very talented speaker. He used his own personal experience to highlight how much more of a responsibility we have as educators and parents towards giving these little boys in our care the life skills to thrive in their adult lives. I felt very reassured that we, as a school, are on the right track in so many respects.
We had our first performance of this academic year with our Harvest Festival. Only five weeks in and Mr Arnott has got the boys up and singing for an audience. Thank you for all of your generous donations for the Ealing foodbank. I know the boys understood why they were bringing these items in. My senior leadership team and I are at-tending our annual Alpha Plus conference this weekend. The focus is very much on innovation and creativity, as well as sharing best practice across the group. I am like a sponge during these events as the knowledge and experience shared is vast. Mr Barrett in Year 1 is kicking off our support for our chosen charity Marine Conservation Society by training for and running in the York Marathon https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephen-Barrett-York-Marathon. We have all been talking about the BBC One documentary “drowning in plastic” as this is linked to why the boys chose to support our new school charity. I know there have been snippets shared with the boys from the BBC Newsround. I would not have seen you at the gate today, but I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families and please click HERE to read this week’s Newlsetter in full.