From the Headmaster – 1st May

Last Week

Congratulations to the teams who took part in the regional round of the Model Rocket Racing competition, when pupils from around the region enjoyed their Science Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics (STEM) experience at Royal Air Force Honington today. Each school fiercely competed against each other to build a Model Rocket Racing car. Royal Air Force Engineers and the Bloodhound team were on hand to offer advice but the car was designed and created by the pupils. Teams were provided with a solid block of foam, screw on wheels and then left to their own devices.

It was a really good day and out of 32 teams we finished 2nd (Connor, Archie and Euan) and 3rd (Nick and Ollie) in the secondary schools category, and only a few hundredths of a second off the winners!

Thank you too to Mr Robinson and Mr Crane for all their support.

It was good to see children enjoying their visits to watch some excellent drama this week.

Firstly pupils from Divisions Vll & Vlll went to our local Princess Theatre to watch a live streaming of Julius Caesar from the Royal Shakespeare Company - not quite the atmosphere of being actually at the RSC, but a marvellously acted performance at a modest price.

Then on Thursday Divisions V & Vl travelled to the Theatre Royal in Norwich for Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild. The children's response can be gauged from the quotes below:

“It was the best thing I’ve ever seen at the theatre.”

“I think the puppetry was really clever, by the end of the play you kind of believe that Oona the elephant is real!”

“The acting and production was so convincing and impressive, you forgot that the people operating the puppets were there.”

“It was a great storyline which was very interesting and it had mixed emotions with both laughter and tears.”

“I liked that it was a modern, true story that made us think about the world problems it presented.”

“The set, lighting and sound really effectively showed the destruction of the tsunami and deforestation.”

“The whole production was so atmospheric, my eyes were glued to the stage!”

“Watching the play has urged me to do something about endangered species and deforestation.”

Well done to the Parents' Committee (and Colleen, Anna & Matt in particular) on a thoroughly enjoyable Quiz Night on Thursday at The Rose & Crown in Snettisham. Much knowledge was shown by all teams with the team led by Gary & Lucy Hawkins coming out winners. Great spirit and we look forward to a repeat!

The weather cut into some events, but by Friday the U9 cricket team were able to play the only cricket match so far this term and they deserve congratulations for their win over Downham Prep with a particularly good performance from Ferdie Macewan.

Next Week

We now look forward to another busy week, including:

Our Division Vl Science team of Kitty, Isabella, Edward & Joel competing against other schools at the Oundle Science Competition.

Cricket against Gresham's for boys and girls teams.

Division Vl going to Gressenhall for a Victorian Day

Over 20 children from Prep and Pre-Prep competing at Trigolf

Before the week is rounded off with our House Rounders competion and an Informal Concert on Friday.

Extra bits

Following discussions with the children we have decided to trial taking morning 'juices' in the Prep School outside, providing biscuits, but not drink (it is therefore more important than ever that all children have their water bottle in school). This will allow children to spend more time emjoying being 'at play' rather than going up to the Dining Room.

Next weekend four parents and several children will be cycling from Great Yarmouth to Hunstanton over two days and raising money for the GHS Foundation and our School Charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Please consider sponsoring them by visiting

Registrations for the Children’s Triathlon and the Adult Super Sprint Triathlon at will close shortly. Please let us know if you can't take part, but would like to help by marshalling on the event.

The GHS Golf Day, which is now in its 9th year, will be held on Friday 9th June at Heacham Manor. Please contact me directly or look out for the flyers.

John Crofts

Sicut Aquilae - 'they shall soar on wings as eagles'