From the Headmaster 27th June

I apologise to regular readers of my thoughts on the past week and the week(s) to come that there was no post on Sunday, but such is our busy life at school that I am only catching up today as I watch the rain pouring down outside my window, Bridget going for a walk with a depressed Merlin and the tent for Saturday's Woodland Festival down due to sheer weight of water on the canvas. How quickly the heat wave is forgotten! With Sports Day tomorrow now postponed at least the forecast for the weekend looks brighter and we wish Daisy Waddison all the best as she will be representing Norfolk Under 12 girls in the Aegon County Cup competition which is being played at Lincoln on 1st and 2nd July. She is one of 4 girls selected for Norfolk and will be playing at the No 1 position with a potential match against the current Great Britain no1 ranked girl! They are playing against, Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire both singles and doubles matches.

Events over the last week

With examinations over there was much to enjoy for all and for the Division Vllls in particular the Leavers' Programme included a number of trips out beginning on Monday 19th June with the Headmasters' trip to London, visiting Madame Tussaud's and enjoying a meal together at Pizza Express. Do look at the Leavers' Programme board for many photographs of the day, rubbing shoulders with stars.

Things got evening more exciting on Wednesday when the children left for three days in Paris, with all the usual attractions of this wonderful city, but was it hot!!

Meanwhile

Younger children were putting on a show, with Nursery performing in the Hall during their Summer Show - great enthusiasm and enjoyable performances - appreciated by families and friends.

Slightly older children from Division ll to Vll went to London with Mrs Hawkins, Ms Quinn and Mrs Hallard to watch School of Rock. This was a celebration of all the hard work the adults and children have put into Eagle Performers this year and for which I am most grateful.

Sport during the week

The highlights of the week were undoubtedly at each end with County Finals for U11 Hi 5 Netball on the Monday and U9 Mini Tennis on Friday. Both teams should be proud of their effort and, although we don't know the final placings for the tennis I am delighted that the netballers finished 5th in Norfolk - well done!!

On Saturday

Depending on your age Saturday split into two halves :

The Old Aquilians' Cricket and Rounders matches - great fun, bringing back a number of OAs, friends and relatives to enjoy a day of friendly rivalry and good spirit. Jon and Charlotte Turner worked hard to both organise teams and cater to provide delicious refreshments both during and after the matches.

The Children's Ball, organised by Tony Meek with considerable support from Lisa, Emma & Kevin Sisman, Emma and Andy Saunders and other parents who helped with food, attracted over 50 children to Thornham Village Hall in the early evening. Dancing sometimes gave way to the attraction of the outdoor play area, but all enjoyed the chance to dress up, be with their friends and left at 8pm, fed, watered and happy. Thank you to all involved and to the Hammond family for their help in clearing up afterwards.

And back to the Leavers' Programme

Once again Division Vlll set off on another trip away; this time to Scotland, accompanied by Mr Gladstone and Mrs Fraulo. Their base was Blairgowrie and the plan was to do a number of outdoor activities. Certainly they enjoyed a walk in the mountains on Monday and even swam in a very cold stream! Tuesday was spent at Glamis Castle and they have returned this evening safe and sound, but somewhat midge-bitten!

The next few days

I suspect we will spend much of the time drying out and indeed there is more rain due on Friday, but we are looking forward to our Mini Woodland Festival on Saturday and the prospect of some better weather next week. More on this in my next blog.

John Crofts



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