Headmaster’s Blog 22nd October 2017

How quickly has the first half term gone! Much achieved & so much to come back for!

During the last week we enjoyed trips out for Division lV, being Celts and Romans in Norwich, and Pre-Prep, walking at Sandringham, as well as events in school, including the first informal concert of the year, We had a range of sport across three disciplines. In Nursery children were introduced to yoga. Parents also learnt how to fight stress on Thursday and the introduction to yoga will be extended to the Prep School after half term.

Kitty Robinson also went to London (see below).

Kitty Robinson is one of the UK’s top 100 entries in The Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards 2017.

It was with much pride that we were first informed over a month ago that Kitty had been selected as one of the UK’s top 100 entries in The Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards 2017. We were however sworn to secrecy until the ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, where she was recognised as a rising talent in the competition, which is open to young poets aged 11-17 years. Founded in 1998, the awards are recognised as a kick-start to the career of young poets, with previous winners including published author Helen Mort.

This year’s awards programme saw more than 11,000 entries from across the globe. Kitty was the youngest of the selected 100, an achievement described by the Foyle Foundation as remarkable, and the only child from a Norfolk school. The top 100 entrants receive a range of prizes including a year’s youth membership of The Poetry Society and access to an internship programme.

Helen Quinn was quoted in the paper as saying: “Kitty’s writing is astonishing for her age, To have been selected in the top 100 at just 11 is clear evidence of her ability and promises much for a potential future career in the creative arts. We are delighted to see her success and are thrilled she has been recognised for her creative writing.”

Kitty's poem - The Bumblebee

A lacy cape with a floral design rests on his shoulders.

A velvet waistcoat clings to his core and is tightly belted at his waist.

He lugs two messenger bags filled with gold dust along behind him strapped to a pair of black silken stockings splattered with a rich ochre pigment.

A low humming song erupts from his hollow insides,

as he glides above us in a blur of glowing hues.

He lands on a shimmering layer of satin petals to collect his lute and then leaves carrying the souls of millions of flowers.

During Half Term

I very much hope, weather permitting that some children will join me on Tuesday 24th October at any point between 10am & 12noon to plant crocuses at the front of the school in aid of Purple 4 Polio.

Although Polio has not been seen in Great Britain and Ireland for many years, it is vital that we continue our efforts to eliminate the disease worldwide in order that it can never return.

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have so far donated over £20 million to the End Polio Now campaign. The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. The eradication of Polio, when completed, will be one of the most significant achievements in public health since the eradication of smallpox. India has been clear for almost 5 years, Nigeria was thought to be clear until a recent small outbreak; the remaining epidemics are in Pakistan and Afghanistan where immunisation efforts are hampered by the factions fighting in that region of the world and suspicion of Western society's motives. So, the vaccination campaign must continue,

Here in Britain, Rotary Clubs are renewing their fund-raising efforts through the Purple 4 Polio campaign, purple being the colour of the dye that is used to mark a finger of each child as they are vaccinated.

Will you help Hunstanton & District Rotary Club on Tuesday to plant the bulbs that they have bought ?

Don't forget that Mr Turner will be running activities in the second week of half term.

Monday 30th October Nerf Combat Day

Ever popular at ESA, children are split into teams and pitted against each other in a number of exciting battle scenarios. Armed with our Nerf pistols, this game is fun, safe and a great way to exercise whilst having a great day. Children are also welcome to bring their own Nerf guns for the free for all finale! £20

Tuesday 31st October Woodland Adventure Day

Children will spend the day in our private woodland area where they will make their own dens and shelters, cook on open fires, learn about camouflage and play concealment games. This is likely to be a fun filled day but prepare to get dirty……and wet! £20

Register your child by emailing the School Office.

Cross Country on Saturday 4th November

Just before we come back to school we will be taking part in the first round of the County Cross Country Championships at Smithdon School on Saturday 4th November. There will be races for each year group and split by gender from Division ll to Vl (we often have keen Division l children running in the Division ll race, so do come along). It is a fun morning with an emphasis on taking part - but it's good for our best to do well and to proceed to the later rounds!

Games kit with trainers and tracksuits should be worn and we'll meet at Smithdon for the first race at 10.00am

After half term

As you will have seen from Lisa's What's On there is much to look forward to in the first week back and indeed then through to our Carol Service at the end of term. Can I highlight three: a talk, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday, that occur soon after the half term break that may be of interest to parents/families?

On Tuesday morning the Prep School and any parents who can join us, will attend a talk by an Australian authoress, Joanna Grochowicz, who has written a new book aimed to be accessible to children called INTO THE WHITE, a dramatic retelling of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica.

Scott’s story is often abbreviated in classrooms to the point where death and failure are the only points of discussion and yet so much of what makes Scott’s story so compelling and memorable are those aspects most relevant to children operating within a 21st century learning framework – notably resilience, teamwork, perseverance and curiosity.

Some will know that Glebe House is proud to have donated money in 1910 to pay for one of the sledging dogs, named Glebe, to Scott’s polar effort, 100 years later we donated £221, which was the modern equivalent of the money to pay for Glebe, in order to help preserve Scott's hut in Antarctica.

Please do let me know if you would like to attend and I will send timings as they are clarified.

Every Year at St Mary's, Old Hunstanton our Head and Deputy Head of School read the names of the Old Aquilians who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and I commemorate Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley who died nearly nine years ago in Afghanistan. In the past a number of other children and their families have joned us and I warmly invite you to do the same on Sunday 12th November when the service will begin at 10.45am.

Poppies will be on sale at school when we return from half term.

I wish you and your families a restful half term and I look forward to seeing you all in November if not before.

John Crofts



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