What an exciting end to the Autumn term with our final day falling on Election Results day for the country!

However you chose to vote, and however you feel about the result, we can all be glad that the outcome has snuffed out threats to the prosperity of independent schools which had been publicised in recent months by sections of the Labour Party. Thank you to Mrs Hall-Tomkin, our Head of History and Assistant Head Pastoral, for overseeing our own election in school. There was a very good turnout with a large percentage of pupils going to the polls, and only one voter managing to do a ‘Farage’ and spoil their paper! Congratulations to ‘Transform’, the winning party, although their leaders would have a difficult task trying to govern with only 29% of the vote! In fact there was hardly anything to choose between the four parties and many congratulations to all of the pupils who made such a good contribution to what was a very valuable and enjoyable educational process.
Besides the election, this last week has been packed with festive fun and wonderful events such as the Christmas Fair, the Christmas Lunch on Monday, House Parties, and today’s Carol Services. It was terrific in yesterday’s final assembly to see how proud and happy pupils were to be recognised for their special achievements. Some of the awards were given to pupils
who have demonstrated outstanding levels of skill and attainment such as colours for sport and the performing arts. However, many of our awards are truly achievable by all, such as our ‘Learner of the Term’ certificates for outstanding grades in Attitude to Learning grades, and for a high number of ‘Rolls of Honour’.
Our TPS Way challenges our pupils to be ambitious, to try their best and to be kind and respectful and these are all things which are achievable every day by every one of our pupils. When they do these three things, they will be given the recognition which they deserve and we shall all be smiling! There is insufficient space on this page to mention all of the many successes enjoyed by our pupils this term, but I cannot sign off for Christmas without reminding us all of some of the highlights.
In sport, we have excelled in rugby and hockey, we have swum the channel, we have been crowned the best school in the country in the medley relay, and we have 16 qualifiers for the National Biathlon Championships (with a World Champion in our midst!).
In Performing Arts, we have enjoyed Cafes, a trip to Malta, House Music, the Autumn Concert in the Chapel, Monday assemblies and ‘Pirates Versus Mermaids’ (Year 4). And let’s not forget Remembrance Day, all the trips out of school, and the tremendous charitable giving to TASC, Love Musgrove, Children in Need and other worthy causes.
The boarders have had a superb term in Thone and the Year 8 Leaders have set a fine example to the rest of the Prep School.

None of these achievements would be possible without the fantastic support given by parents to our children and to the school.
Thank you, and I wish you all a very enjoyable festive holiday.

Andrew Edwards,
TPS Headmaster