Message from the Headmaster:
Firstly I would like to say an enormous thank you to the PA and in particular Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Terakopian-Watts for organising such a successful PA drinks last week. We had numerous staff and families attending. We all had a really fantastic time. The company, food and atmosphere at this sold out event were all excellent.
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Falcons baby. Congratulations to Mrs Thompson (year 1) who has had a baby girl called Brooke. The Thompson family now have their perfect pigeon pair and Blake has a baby sister! We cannot wait to meet her.
Our advent concert on Tuesday was simply outstanding. I had a lump in my throat when Jack sang and Oregon played his cello. I noticed the little personalities of the Reception children really shining through during the Nativity play. It was lovely to see the fantastic rapport they have with their teachers and their interaction with the adults. To have such small boys feeling confident enough to perform in front of so many people was amazing. The songs written by Jack-Daniel and Bavo really added an extra element to the concert. This personal touch, allowing the children to take ownership of the lyrics to the school song gives them something to aspire to. Mr Arnott never chooses the easy road, he raises the bar and the boys reach it every time!
Wednesday was our Christmas lunch and Chef Nay and her team came in super-early to give us all a full blown Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. I had lunch with Jonny and Milo and we could not figure out why the pigs in blankets were so small! We also debated the love or hate relationship people have with mince pies, banging the world to rights over a Yorkshire pudding or two.
Today we say goodbye to the Reid and Scott families as they prepare to depart for Australia and Kuala Lumpur respectively, they will be missed and I hope that they will keep in contact and let us know how their boys are doing.
I would like to congratulate some of our year 2 boys who have already had places offered to them for Year 3. They have had offers from Kings Wimbledon, Falcons Prep, Caldicott, The Beacon School, St Pauls, Hampton and the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur. Our Prep school, after a very rigorous process, has awarded Freddie B and Wyatt M scholarships. We are thrilled these have been awarded to our Pre-Prep boys! Our boys are however not done yet. The dice still have to be cast for a few more schools. We will celebrate all of our boys’ achievements as and when we know more!
I would like to also take this opportunity to say thank you for all of the beautiful cards and generous gifts we have received. Some of the messages in the cards are really heartfelt and warm.
More congratulations to Daniel M who has taken it upon himself to raise money for our school charity Marine Conservation Society by setting a goal to improve his piano playing. Here is the link to what he has been up to https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQEBa_5nwpE I really love the entrepreneurial way he has done this, it was his own idea!
If I did not get to see you at the Advent Concert or the gate today, I hope that you will all have a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year. Please click here to read the rest of the Newsletter in full – it’s a bumper photo issue this week!