Headmaster’s Blog Monday 18 September 2013

Two weeks into term and already we’re as busy as ever. It’s good to see the boys on the rugby pitch and the girls on the hard court (playing hockey), training hard for their first matches next week against Mount House. Surprisingly, after the rain and wind of the last few days, the sun is shining as if to remind us of the excellent summer weather we were able to enjoy during the holiday.


Already Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed a team-building day; indeed it was the very first day of the year, during which the pupils worked together in small groups to solve puzzles and problems set for them by the team from Porthpean Activity Centre.


Year 3 are out on their walk as I write, trekking around the Trelissick Estate, visiting the Roman fort at Roundwood Quay on the way, before finishing at the Ice Cream stall around about now (2.35pm). Year 4 enjoyed their walk last week, dodging the showers as we walked from Porth Farm on the Roseland Peninsula (beyond Gerrans), along the creeks of the Percuil River to Place House and St. Anthony’s Church and then over to the lighthouse. The walk was probably about 3 miles, and we covered about 2000 years of history at the same time.


In the Pre-Prep, the story sacks donated by the Friends are going like hotcakes – a real hit with the pupils. Mrs Mikhail Jones and her husband have been hard at work on the wildlife garden, which is looking fabulous. Year 2 are enjoying a return visit this afternoon from Emma Ball, an artist, who despite being on holiday, wanted to come back to visit the children having led a workshop with them at the end of last year, because she was so pleased with what they had achieved.


Mrs Wane’s vegetable garden has produced some huge onions which are now drying out before being incorporated into the children’s cooking, and her polytunnel is beginning to take shape for next season.


I can’t finish, however, without mentioning our new Dining Hall extension. We are so pleased with it, not just because it means all the children can be served their lunch in half the time it used to take, but because it is a thing of beauty. From the oak window frames to the stained glass windows made by Jane Ashdown (our Artist-in-Residence) and Bryn Roskilly (a local stained glass window maker), it has a feeling of calm and tranquillity. So, if you haven’t already seen it, please come to have a look. It’s lovely!


Good to end on a high note; from Monday (23 September) Pre-Prep pupils will be able to attend Breakfast Club unaccompanied. So, if parents need to be away before 8.15am, they can drop them off in the Dining Hall (in the new section) where they will be supervised by members of the Pre-Prep team. AND at the other end of the day, parents can now order a packed supper for their children (In Prep and Pre-Prep for £3), which can be eaten at school (after 5pm) or taken away to eat on the way home. My thanks to all those parents who gave us feedback on these proposals and I hope you will be pleased with the outcome.


Matthew Lovett