Headmaster’s Blog – Friday 26 September 2014

Maybe it’s the ongoing fine weather, maybe it is just how my weekly agenda works, but I’m finding that Friday is my time for thinking, reflecting and just standing back a little and looking at all the amazing things that go on at school.


And so this morning started with the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning held in the Pre-Prep Hall. It was great to see so many parents there and so many amazing cakes; mine was the Norwegian Chocolate Apple Cake! If you tried it, do let me know how you got on. It’s an old family recipe (at least 1 generation old, anyway), but made with windfall apples and eggs from the school’s chickens. I think next time we should have a bit of a Bake-Off – not that I’m competitive at all (ask Jo in the kitchen, if you don’t believe me!). At the time of writing, donations to Macmillan had surpassed £200. Look out for a text message offering the remaining cakes for sale this evening.


As this was happening we had sibling portrait photographs being taken at the other end of the Pre-Prep and a Bicycle Skills Workshop for our Early Years on the tennis court, with the children negotiating a complex course of cones and carefully designed obstacles. At the same time, Mrs Wane was out in the vegetable garden with the Year 3 children during the Food and Plants lesson, picking beans.


Talking of beans, the French green beans served with Wednesday’s roast were home grown; some of the surplus from a superb growing year.


On Wednesday we held a very special service of dedication for the new Memorial Stone. This beautiful but small granite memorial will give us a focus for our act of Remembrance on 11 November, when two of the pupils will lay a wreath on behalf of the whole school at 11.00am. My thanks firstly to the Chaplain for organising and leading the dedication, but also to Mrs Burdell, who arranged the purchase and preparation of the Memorial Stone.


We have also purchased three ceramic poppies from the Tower of London’s Sea of Red; these are currently planted in the moat at the Tower as part of an installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies representing the lives of British and Colonial military.

Congratulations to Sam Cox on winning Gold at the Leon Paul Junior Series Fencing Competition at Hendon last weekend. Sam came first in the Under 9 boys’ sabre competition – a superb achievement.  Also, it’s lovely to report that Madi Glinski’s fundraising efforts continue – she has even received a donation from the Duchess of Cornwall and a personal letter. Well done and keep going, Madi!


Matthew Lovett