I hope that you have all had an enjoyable and safe few days whilst we have been experiencing this amazing weather! Our Prep School boarders have been having great fun today, as well as a few of our day pupils who have joined them. We have had one or two messages from very grateful parents, particularly those parents who have carried on working, and we are very pleased to have been able to stay open.

For our World Book Day, there were so many superb costumes worn by both pupils and staff ranging from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Death’ character to ‘Wally’ from ‘Where’s Wally’. Since there were pupils who were unable to come in last Thursday, and since the day was somewhat different due to the weather, we are having a second World Book Day this coming Tuesday. This will give everybody the chance to properly enjoy everyone’s costumes.

Even before the weather hit, it had been an exciting week in the Prep School. The French theatre visit gave all of our pupils a terrific opportunity to develop their listening and comprehension skills in a new entertaining context and it was lovely to see the pupils in Years 3 and 4 perform their musical instruments on Tuesday. This concert was the culmination of our offer of free introductory lessons to pupils in Years 3 and 4 and it is terrific to know that one or two of these pupils have made so much progress that they have already joined bigger ensembles.

It was, as always, a real pleasure to walk around our fixtures on Saturday and Wednesday and I was particularly impressed this week with the fighting spirit of our teams. To be ambitious, to have belief and to make maximum effort are attributes which we love to foster, and it is thrilling both to see our teams end up winning a game after being behind, and to see our teams keep going right to the end even when it ends in defeat.

I have very much enjoyed spending more time in the Pre-Prep and Nursery over the past two weeks. The Assembly performed by Reception pupils was superb and I was particularly impressed with how confident the children were in their singing and acting, and how well they had learnt their lines. The Pre-Prep German Carnival on Monday was another very enjoyable event, apart from when Mrs Stunnell cut one of my best ties in half! All of the children seemed to think it very funny, so I didn’t mind too much, but I will know next time to wear one of my older ties!

Mr Edwards, TPS Headmaster