Friday 28th June 2019
An early ‘Headlines’ to round up on our last full day of term:
Thank you for all your support and I hope the Early Years and Junior boys, ending term today, can really enjoy the holidays. I look forward to a strong finish with the Seniors, with our Prize Day here at the School.
We have great news on our work developing the mental health of our students, with a win from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Wellbeing Challenge 2019. Consequently, we receive a ‘wellbeing library’ of 10 volumes to add to our growing resource and capacity across this area. A special mention to Mrs O’Reilly, Mr Smith and Mrs Evans for pioneering the competition here.
More widely, the weather turned upwards and allowed for some really super Junior and Senior sports days. Thanks for the parent support there.
The Senior Summer Concert contained some real gems. In the Seniors, we now see around 88% of the boys playing instruments, with around 60% going on to pass grade exams, over 30% to grade 3 and 20% to grade 4. A remarkable 39 boys achieved passes at grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 this year, testament to great standards, but also a lot of joy across the school. This achievement is so in evidence when the boys perform publicly and develop their self-confidence. Reflecting on last week’s lovely Year 3 concert, it is wonderful to consider on how well the boys progress over time.
Whilst the boys are away, we crack on with some works to the estate, including repainting of communal areas and classrooms and new flooring to replace some worn carpets. The Bursar, Site Manager and myself will move on with preparing for the construction of the wonderful new classroom block (to the rear of the School) which we anticipate starting later in the Autumn Term.
Finally, the Classics Department leads out an expedition to Italy next week, where the senior boys will apply some Latin, enjoy a deep immersion in classical monuments and sample some contemporary Italian culture. Buon viaggio or perhaps Bonum cursum!
Enjoy your holidays and take care.
We re-open for the boys on the 4th September.