Headmaster’s Blog 11th March 2018
Dear Parents (and a happy Mothering Sunday to all mums)
May I first of all thank all those who contributed to an enjoyable Open Day yesterday? The weather was not in our favour, but I am very grateful to all the children who came in to ‘show off’ what we do and to my colleagues for their hard work. The comments of the visitors fully echoed my thoughts. I was also most grateful to the parents who provided lovely refreshments and talked to visitors in the Dining Room.
You will note some changes in the layout of my blog as we have moved to a new website. I hope they will make pictures even more relevant to articles. Please do view the new website. Please let me know if there are things that you would still like to see improved.
One other change has been brought about by Kirstin Crane who has taken our former Parents’ Handbook and has vastly improved the layout, adding extra useful information such as a Parents’ Committee page. This will be sent home to each family during the next week and I am sure it will be a good reference source in the home about school. As with the website feedback would be very welcome. Thank you Kirstin for all your hard work on layout, editing and production.
World Book Day, Monday 5th March
Our celebrations of World Book Day were postponed due to the snow, but children throughout the school made up for it on Monday when they were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
In Pre-Prep Belle from Beauty and the Beast, The Fantastic Mr Fox, Shark in the Dark, Bat Men, Paddington Bear and a dinosaur arrived carrying their favourite books and throughout the day the children shared their books and explained why they like the characters so much.
The Prep School children also joined in enthusiastically as did many staff with some interesting choices!
Do look at the display in the Dining Room for some of the outfits.
Reception meet the RNLI
Kate Craven and Lifeboat crew Andrew and Matty made the Reception children feel very welcome at the Lifeboat Station in Old Hunstanton. They learnt so much about keeping safe at the seaside and looked at different colour flags that help us
They also looked at the lifeboat and hovercraft which were amazing and the tractor which tows the lifeboat out to sea was incredibly clever
House Music Competition
Thursday’s Inter House Music Competition was a real showcase of the talent that sometimes lies hidden in the school and our adjudicator, John Bowley who is Director of Music at Gresham’s, was very impressed by the breadth and depth of talent on display.
In the elementary class we were impressed by the confidence of all children, which can only grow as they experience performing in this manner and there is much to look forward to in the future
All did well, but Mr Bowley selected four children as particularly accomplished:
Lily Hawkins (clarinet) was Commended
Scarlett Hallard (Musical Theatre) and Eden Hewitt (singing) were Highly Commended
However Sydney Hipwell was the overall winner for her excellent performances on three different instruments – clarinet, piano and saxophone.
In the Advanced class there were some truly stunning performances and Mr Bowley had a really tough job to decide on the winners.
In the end he made the following awards:
Highly Commended – Ellie Dix (Musical Theatre) and Maude Poulter (Guitar)
Third place went to Ethan Newton-Walters (piano)
Second to Kitty Robinson (piano)
First to Ruby Crane for her very moving performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Miserables’.
Mr Bowley was then faced with the task of choosing an overall winner and, taking into account technical ability, interpretation, dexterity and musicality, Kitty Robinson was proclaimed the most accomplished musician for her impressive performances on both clarinet and piano.
In terms of the House competition, having collated all the individual results, St Edmund’s were the winners with L’Estrange as runners-up.
Many congratulations to all who took part and especially to the worthy individual winners in both sections of the competition.
Norfolk County Cross Country at Holkham Hall, Wednesday 7th March
The County Championships, held for the first time at Holkham Hall, was the culmination of three rounds of competition that brought together the best 80 boys and girls in age group from the whole of Norfolk. Hence our seven children had already achieved such status and parents, grandparents and I were proud to support them.
As we travelled over the rain started and the resulting mud was not conducive to an enjoyable run. However after walking the course, the rain stopped and things looked much better and the venue made a big difference in raising our spirits.
The children all ran well, although Ruby was unable to finish, and there was much cheering as they approached the final sprint to the line.
For the record the finishing results were
U8 Girls – Tabitha Meek 25th and Orla Jamieson 45th
U9 Girls – Maisie March 20th
U9 Boys – Archie Rowe 9th and William Saunders 55th
U10 Girls – Gracie-Mae Meek 43rd
U13 Netball (away) v Sacred Heart, Swaffham, Wednesday, 7th March
We won the toss and chose to have the 1st centre pass. We played well with Livi scoring our first 2 goals and Ruby scoring 3 more. Sacred Heart got the ball in the circle and scored 2 goals. At the end of the 1st quarter, the score was 7 – 2 to us. In the next quarter, we passed the ball well and got into spaces resulting in another 6 goals for us, 4 scored by Ruby and 2 by Olivia. Sacred Heart scored another bringing their score to 3.
We changed positions to try to even the match, but we were still strong with Maude and Elinor scoring 2 goals each. We changed positions again in the final quarter but were just as successful with Maude scoring another 2 and I scored 3 in my new position as goal shooter. The final score was 22 – 4.
Well done everyone for playing really well but my man of the match is Ruby for scoring 6 goals and getting Sacred Heart’s man of the match as well.
Molly Sisman (Captain)
U11 Boys Hockey v Gresham's away, Wednesday 7th of March
We were looking forward to the game as we were all in a good mood. The first half started well, but went downhill very quickly, as we conceded a goal. We tried to score an equaliser, but we lost the ball again and Gresham’s scored another goal, due to a shaky defence.
After half-time we started off on a much better note. Are tackling was a lot better than it was in the first half, and we are playing much better as a team and they only managed to score one more time before the game ended.
Next time we need to tackle better and the defenders need to be a bit braver and not run away from the ball!
My man of the match is Ferdi for extra work in midfield. Overall we need to put in a lot more effort and maybe we can win.
U9 Hockey Triangular v Gresham's & Wisbech GS, Friday 9th March
We were joined by Scarlett as we went to Gresham’s to play a triangular match. We played Wisbech first and started really well putting them under pressure. We couldn’t make it count though and they scored twice on the break, so we lost 2-0.
In our second match against Gresham’s, they put us under pressure and despite some good goal keeping by Scarlett, we conceded 3 goals in the first half. We were all more determined in the second half and were playing much better. Caleb got some good tackles in, but they did score two more goals, so we lost 5-0.
In our next match we need to stay positive and make sure when we take free hits that we pass to our team mates.
My man of the match was Caleb for his great tackling.
Will Saunders (Captain)
It seems remarkable that we have just two weeks left before the Easter break and yet there is much to do, particularly for the Division llls & lVs with their play Splash! There is also a large amount of sport to be played.
As it is the rearranged Parents’ Committee Quiz on Thursday, we have decided to move the Bingo Night, which should have been the following night, to early next term.
Please do let the office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) wish to take part in the ESA holiday activities.
May I remind you that after the Easter holidays children may return to school wearing either summer or winter uniform. If you are unsure what summer uniform comprises you will be able to look it up in the new parents’ handbook come home this week. If you need to order anything from the school shop please do so during the coming week, the best means of contact either being to Bridget by email email@example.com or by visiting the school office and completing an order form.
During the Easter holiday the shop will be closed as the stock is being moved to the premises of ‘Sew on and Sew Forth’ on the seafront in Hunstanton, when Mark Pickering, father of Ruby in Division l, is going to take over school uniform sales. When the move has been effected you will receive information on the best way to contact Mark for future purchase of uniform.
I wish you a productive and enjoyable week ahead.