Headmaster's Message

Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents

After an enormous hailstorm on Wednesday lunchtime put paid to the Year 5 and 6 netball fixture, we finally had our first competitive fixture in more than a year on Thursday this week. Girls in Year 3 and 4 provided a friendly welcome to their guests from Crackley Hall and it was great to see the raw enthusiasm of all the children involved. It felt like a genuine leap forward and the return of a much-loved part of school life.

It was without doubt the highlight of my week to see the children playing with such great energy and combining this with a genuine joy in being back playing competitive sports. The girls from both schools played with a real sense of sportsmanship and everyone who had the privilege of watching, (let’s hope we can have parent spectators back in really soon) went away with a feeling of genuine satisfaction.

With a cross country fixture planned for next week and football, rounders and athletics to come later in the term, the sports future is looking a lot brighter.

We had some fun earlier in the week in assembly when we talked about good table manners as part of our School Promise. We shared important messages about not using fingers but using cutlery, as well as sharing nicely at the table and waiting patiently in the queue. We took some fun photos of good and bad lunchroom behaviour (they all wanted to have a go at acting for the ‘naughty’ ones). The children responded in good humour and it has been great to see a real improvement in lunchtime etiquette as the week has gone by.

On another note, I have had some important meetings this week regarding the future plans for the nursery building. I will be able to share more with you in the coming weeks when we hope to get the official green light for planning permission, but I am able to say already that progress looks very positive and we hope to unveil the new name for the building and more details in the very near future.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Best wishes

Joe Thackway