Head's News 19/05/2017

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It has been a very busy and exciting week for the school this week.

Roman Day at TOGS

I was delighted to open the door at TOGS this week to a lady who, to my surprise, introduced herself at “The Goddess Minerva”! A closer look at her apparel revealed that I was indeed addressing a rather spectacular personage who was very much in character from the offing! The day was a thrill of tales of slave life and stories of Roman soldiers. Pupils had a crack at mosaic making and the results look very promising.

Book Fair

The Book Fair at PP this week was a great success as ever and the school libraries will benefit as a result with £664.20p to purchase new books. Invidious as it may be, I would like to give public thanks to Mrs Lucy Elder for her unstinting support in organising our book fairs over many years. As a school, we are enormously grateful for her help which has raised funds from Scholastic to help stock our libraries. Through her kind volunteering she has helped extend this precious resource which benefits every child.

In my view, reading is simply the most important thing that children do. It develops language skills, enriches vocabulary, stimulates imagination and ultimately, makes them ‘creative’ in every way.

‘Joseph’

This week has been crowned by the superb performances of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s classic musical on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Joseph was actually written for a prep school so it is a wonderful show for children of prep school age to tackle. In a (as far as I could see) faultless set of performances our pupils really rose to the challenge with enormous gusto and they were clearly having a ball on stage.

This production was such a pleasing team effort. From Mrs Mason’s ‘box office’ to the live band of our brilliant music teachers, many, many people were involved. The brochure, the venue, the set and (when it finally arrived on the morning of the first performance!) the coat of many colours were all wholly professional elements of this production. The huge efforts behind the scenes and late at night, creating props etc were major unseen contributing essentials. ‘Unseen’ that is until the chariot, camel and goat made their way from Mrs Correia’s secret store room at Portland Place down to The Rudolf Steiner theatre – quite a sight for the bemused passers-by!

Mr Hopwood and Mrs Wrottesley were inspirational in their preparation of the children for this production and I was delighted and proud of our pupils in equal measure. Thank you for a fabulous production.

View the photos from the show here.

IAPS National Art Competition

I am very delighted to announce that Anna Clara (Yr 6) has been awarded 2nd Place in the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) annual Art Competition. There are 650+ schools in the association so this is an extremely worthy accolade and one which reflects the excellent work emanating from the Art Room – may I encourage you to follow on Instagram! We await her prize but it is very special that Anna Clara’s work will be exhibited at the IAPS headquarters. Well done indeed!

Swimming Galas

It was high-octane stuff down at Seymour Place this week for the house swimming galas. For some this was the day they had been looking forward to all week; for others this was the day they had been dreading all week! The intensity of the competition was palpable among the crowds and the cheering was rousing to say the least. I was incredibly moved by the determined spirit on display and the effort and excitement of our pupils. Thank you for the terrific parental support at this event and well done to Mr Constance and his team of helpers for the organisation.

With all very best wishes for a happy and hopefully slightly drier weekend.

Benedict Dunhill



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