Friday 29th June 2018

Dear Parents

Our penultimate week of term was a good one:  A special mention for our expedition to France where Year 7,    well looked after by Mr Soltysik, Mr McCaffrey and Mr Pearce, experienced a real joie de vivre with immersion in French language and culture.

Meanwhile Year 6 visited the Weald and Downland Museum and Year 8 learnt much at the Docklands Museum. The Year 6 boys also benefitted from age appropriate workshops on sex and relationships. These boys need the best start with both academic and emotional intelligence.

A nod to both Anuj and Ollie, in the Seniors, both playing cricket for Surrey County this weekend, what a stellar achievement!  Next week, and for the first time ever, we have Homefield boys playing in the EPSCA Under 11 final and the English Chess Federation Final.  A fantastic opportunity for these young boys.  

Overall, assembly took me 10 more minutes than is usual today as I gave out a simply massive amount of awards across sport, maths and music. The boys have done brilliantly this year.

As we get near the end of term, and as my desk groans with the boys’ annual reports, the teachers will be finishing term with some energy next week, culminating in our Seniors Prize Giving next Friday where David Wood, OBE, will be our guest speaker.

We have a really strong support staff here and we have some retirements to celebrate:  from our Teaching Assistant team, Mrs Sue Muller and Mrs Marionette Khan enjoy the next stage in life. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, our long serving Mrs Betty Jackson has finally decided to hang up the ladle after over 35 loyal years here. From September we’ve decided to extend our teaching assistant team somewhat, as such colleagues really are ‘gold dust’ for the boys’ learning. 

Life changes also afoot for Mr Siva, Head of Maths, and Ms Cassidy, Head of English, both getting married over the summer (although not to each other!) so our very best wishes to them.

On good friends moving on, a final word for Mrs Kerry Chadwick: a really wonderful Homefield parent and friend to the school, Kerry passed after a brave and long battle and will be missed by us all.

This will be the last newsletter of the academic year and we welcome the boys back to term on Wednesday 5th September.  

Enjoy the weekend,

John Towers


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