Headmaster’s Blog – Thursday 18 December 2014

End of Term


A big ‘thank you’ to all the parents who made the FTS Prep Christmas Fair such a big success. We raised over £1650 which is a great achievement.


We have been witness to some wonderful performances in the last few weeks. In Pre-Prep we have enjoyed an entertaining Nativity performed by our youngest children and a spectacular Pied Piper performed by Year 1 and 2.  In the Prep we have been treated to some great musical and acting performances as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, the Camborne Music Festival, Gaudete Christmas Celebration, Christmas singing in the Cathedral and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. I appreciate how much work goes in to these performances from the pupils, the staff and you, their parents, helping to learn words and making costumes. Above all, I have noticed how much the children seem to enjoy being part of these events and performing in front of their parents and other family members. We have a very talented and committed group of children and I am very proud of them.


Though delighted that we have at long last reached the end of term and Christmas is very much in sight, we are of course saddened to be saying farewell to Mrs Randall, who after 13 years excellent service is now retiring from her teaching post in the Pre-Prep. Elaine has taught all three of my children and I am sure I speak for all parents when I say how grateful we are to her for the excellent start she has given the pupils under her care. As a team we shall miss her good humour and calm, quiet approach to all matters school. I am particularly grateful to her for her excellent cookery lesson; her meringues are “red hot”!


Elaine will indeed be greatly missed, but she leaves with all our very best wishes for her retirement.


David Neale has made the decision for personal reasons to step down from his role as Pastoral Care Co-ordinator at the end of this term. I am very grateful to David for all his very hard work in this crucially important role of looking after the pupils through the ups and the downs of school life. David will, however, continue to teach his normal classes and will therefore be on hand to help support Angela Barnett, who I am delighted to announce has agreed to take over as Pastoral Care Co-ordinator from the start of next term.


After some well-earned rest I shall look forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school on Tuesday 6 January.


Best wishes


Matthew Lovett