I am delighted to welcome everyone back to the school and despite the recent rain I hope you have all had the chance to relax and refresh over the summer break.
It has been a great joy welcoming over 40 new pupils to the school and I hope they have enjoyed their first two days with us. I have certainly been impressed by how well the pupils have returned and by how well the new pupils have managed in what can at times be a very confusing place, with so many different buildings and areas.
This term I am delighted to welcome two new members of staff. Mr Lord joins us as a maths and PE teacher, with specific responsibility for 3JL. Well known as a rugby player, he also comes highly recommended as a primary school teacher from Roskear School. I know he has already impressed the staff and pupils with his care and professionalism and we are all looking forward to getting to know him better.
Miss Bryony Lahera joins us as a teaching assistant in Year 3, working alongside the Year 3 teachers, mostly in English and mathematics, but also some humanities. I know her kind and supportive approach will assist all the pupils make the best progress they can during these lessons.
I would like to extend a personal thanks to all our support staff who have worked tirelessly across the summer break, supporting Super Camps, preparing the school for the new year by moving furniture and boxes from room to room (as many of the classrooms have been rearranged), making the grounds and buildings look so smart and undertaking a very thorough deep clean. They have also organised and catered for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Big Breakfast in our Sports Hall. This, alongside work to finish off the Sports Hall store, improve the decking at the back of the Pre-Prep and installing doors and finger guards in the new Year 3 classrooms means that, whilst we are all refreshed and ready for the new year, they are all exhausted and ready for a break. They do, however, have the grateful thanks of all the teaching staff and me in particular.
Congratulations to the Chamber Choir for winning a Best Performance Award at the National Youth For Music Festival in Birmingham during the first week of the holiday. My thanks to all of the pupils, parents and teachers who gave their time to make the very long day-trip to Birmingham and I am so proud that it was all so worthwhile. As a result Mrs Renshaw was one of twelve teachers nominated for a national music teaching award – we of course know how brilliant she is; my thanks to her for all she does for the school’s music.
If you are a new parent, please do join us on Friday 11th September at 6.30pm here at the Prep School Dining Hall for the Friends’ New Parents’ Welcome Evening; no need to organise baby-sitters as we have a cinema evening organised to look after the children.
Wishing you all a very happy and good new term.