Headmaster’s blog 17th September

May I start by thanking the Parents' Committee for a highly enjoyable 'Frog Racing' Night on Friday ? I hope this was a good opportunity for parents to chat over a drink and to enjoy their children (and some adults) racing 'frogs'. It was primarily a social event, but I was very pleased that Ethan Newton-Walters and Jonny Goode ran a Glebe Trading Company stall, selling mainly frog related products. They raised £80 profit and have kindly donated this to Macmillan Cancer Support, our School Charity for 2017.

By putting the event at 4.30pm I'm sure some parents were still working, but we hoped it would work for the children in particular to run it with little gap after the school day. I'd always be pleased to hear views, but next Friday's Parents' Committee AGM at 7pm in the Drawing Room is an ideal time for this. Please do support it even if you can't regularly commit to meetings/support at events as ideas are welcome. It is far from a stuffy event!

One of the kind donations from the Parents' Committee was funding, along with cake on Friday money, to refurbish the Pre-Prep playground.

Please view the progress by scrolling along te gallery of photographs below.

Can I also promote the Macmillan Coffee Day, which will be on the following Friday, 29th September and ask you to invite friends and family for coffee/tea at 8.30am for up to a couple of hours and again from about 3.00pm for Pre-Prep parents/grandparents and going through to those picking up Prep School children later on.

The children will come in mufti (ie not wearing school uniform), with the more white and green (Macmillan colours) the better and I would ask that they bring £1 for the privilege. At break time they will be able to buy a cake/bun/biscuit etc for 50p and we would welcome any children who could bake for that occasion. Please bring produce in on Friday and take it to the Dining Room.

Talking of produce reminds me that we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival in assembly on Monday 24th September and we would welcome any gifts, ideally of non-perishable items, which will decorate the stage and then be delivered to the Hunstanton Foodbank.

Picture of the Week

Div V are looking at portraits this term. Congratulations to Emelia King did these, Can you guess who she was painting from Division V ?

Over the Weekend

I am always happy to recognise activities that our children are involved in outside school and I was therefore pleased to hear that Archie Rowe, Gracie-Mae Meek, Thaleia Dix, Alice and Emily Kilby, Mabel and Ruby Crane, along with their parents and Mr and Mr Hawkins competed at the Gung-Ho 5km fun run in Norwich. Apparently much fun was had by all running 5km round Earlham Park which included ten giant inflatable obstacles along the way! Despite some rain they all made it right round to the 'slide into foam' at the finish line, where Mr Hawkins went headfirst!

It sounds as if it should be a regular fixture on the calendar! Please see the gallery below and click on the first photo and then use the arrow to scroll across the 6 images.

I have enjoyed taking some of our older pupils out this week and challenging them by taking them first to a production of Bizet's opera Carmen on Thursday screened live from a lake in Austria. Opera will not be everyone's cup of tea and hence I was delighted by the positive responses at the interval, amongst them: 'It's really good, I thought it would just be a fat lady singing!' and 'It's sooo much better than I thought it would be!'

They and a few other pupils were at Briarfields Hotel in Titchwell this afternoon to hear Anthony Horowitz, the author of the Alex Rider series amongst other novels and the creator & writer of TV's Foyle's War and writer of episodes of Poirot & Midsomer Murders. A most informative, humourous and interesting talk with a Q & A session was followed by tea and signing of some of his books.

Anthony Horowitz is shown with GHS pupils below.

Next Week

This coming week is suitably varied with:

Singers from Divisions Vl to Vlll going to King's Ely for a Choral Day

The first Open the book assembly of the year on Wednesday

Rugby and Hockey matches on Wednesday

Two trips out for Boarders

School Council elections - please get your nomination form to me by 6pm on Tuesday

Not to mention a second attempt at running our School Cross Country on Friday at 2pm!

I'm sure they will enjoy it all and I look forward to seeing parents at the AGM on Friday.

Finally thank you for the responses to the trips for Divisions lll & lV in early October and the Division Vll & Vlll one next June. Although the latter seems a long way away we would be grateful for a yes or two tomorrow as we are being pushed to hold on to the provisional booking.

Have a good week

John Crofts



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