Headmaster’s Blog – Tuesday 13 May 2014

Year 5 got back safely from an excellent Beam House trip; it was notable for how well all pupils took part in all activities, but also for how well behaved they were throughout, particularly during the nights.


We had some superb visitors last week; Sue Harold from Guide Dogs talking both about her blindness and her guide dog Polly and then John Dyer, the artist, working with pupils on pictures for the Maritime Museum exhibition to go with the Tall Ships Regatta.


Sue’s talk about how she went blind, how she copes with her blindness, the help Polly gives her and how much she is now doing despite her blindness was inspirational. Her talk was followed up by a fundraising day on Friday, during which the pupils wore their own clothes and I attempted to look scruffy in school uniform (it was too hard and I had to change by mid-morning).


John Dyer and Joanne Short spent time with the Pre-Prep, during which John spoke about his work as Artist in Residence for the Tall Ships Regatta in Falmouth, to be held at the end of August. John and Joanne were quite simply inspirational in the way they engaged with the children helping them to create their very own paintings of Tall Ships.


With so much going on during the week, the weekend arrived rapidly, bringing with it two IAPS national competitions; the Swimming finals in Crawley, for which our relay team of Alex, Luke, William and Sam had qualified, and also the Fencing Championships at Millfield.


I had a thoroughly enjoyable day watching the swimming and was really proud of the boys, who came 5th in their 100m medley relay; an outstanding performance that is truly punching above our weight. This was enhanced when Luke did well enough in his heat to qualify as a sub for the finals of the backstroke and Sam, achieving third place in his heat, went on to achieve a bronze medal in the finals of the 50m breast stroke.


Throw in some strong performances at the Cornish Team Judo Championships in Penzance on Sunday, with Tegan winning a silver medal in the Girls Primary Group and Reuben winning a bronze in the Boys Primary Group, and you’ll realise that life is rarely dull here at the Prep.


Matthew Lovett