I must thank you again for another successful term. So much happens in the Music Department- sometimes I find it almost impossible to keep track of it all! Without the support you give your children with their practice and bringing them religiously to rehearsals, we would not be able to run such a successful Department.
I wonder each year how we will manage without our leavers. Well – watch this space but know that you will be missed.
The year has simply flown by! We have enjoyed academic successes, performances, assemblies and a range of musical and sporting events. Regardless of the activity, the children have stolen the show! Their talents really do light up the School. I am in the very privileged position of observing these successes, seeing our children develop and grow from one year to the next.
And so Reception has come to an end! Over the last week and a half, the children have enjoyed a trip to Tropical Wings. They saw the meerkats being fed, visited a range of mini beasts in the Jungle Room, walked amongst the butterflies and stroked a bearded dragon. They have painted portraits of themselves, written about their favourite memories in Reception and made footprint butterflies to give to their mummies and daddies. Yesterday, they all shone in their Final Assembly, where they performed some of the songs they have learnt in music this year. Like butterflies, after the holidays your children will be spreading their wings as they move up to Year 1!
This is the penultimate edition of the Newsletter; the final edition will be issued on the last day of term. I hope the Middle and Senior School parents who attended this afternoon’s Prize Giving enjoyed our celebration of the pupils’ achievements. I would like to thank all of the administrative staff, maintenance staff, teachers and HoDs for their contribution to ensuring that this was a successful occasion.
In preparation for the Great Trek in Nursery, we learnt about pirates, the associated vocabulary and lingo. The children created tea-stained maps by selecting appropriate colours to represent various landmarks. With our pirate maps and hats ready to go, we set off to make our way to the local green. There was a buzz of adventure around as the parents and children followed riddles and clues to find the treasure. Everyone participated with great heart and soul and much fun was had by all. Arghhh!
This week has been about two things: Hairspray and heat! The Year 6 and 8 learners have enjoyed their drama week under the expert guidance of our drama teacher, Miss Prestifilippo and our Music Director, Miss Tulloch. Despite the heat, they have shown a single- minded determination to ensure the children were at peak performance level, on Thursday evening and for tonight’s performance. The props have really added to the occasion and an equally big thank you must go to our art teacher Mrs Skinner. The backdrops and scenery really are amazing. We are equally grateful to Mr Catmur. Not only is he a parent, he is also a production lighting expert who works in the West End. The professional lighting has helped to elevate the quality of this production to another level.