Headmaster’s Blog, 7th May 2018


Dear Parents

At last the good weather is back! After a week where sport was largely decimated and the heating was truly needed in school, it was good to send athletes to Norwich on Thursday and to enjoy our rounders on Friday afternoon – more of that later. It is good that we are enjoying a few days of good weather including that rarity: a sunny Bank Holiday!

On Tuesday we will return to school and we look forward to welcoming two new pupils; Freddie & Stanley McGarrell into Divisions 1V & 111 respectively.

 

Last Week

 

Athletics at Langley School, Thursday 3rd May

A group of thirteen athletes went to Langley School to compete in a meet. This wasn’t a team competition but everyone was keen to do their best as individuals. Everyone performed well but the stand-out performances were Piers winning the Under 14 300m and Long Jump, Ruby Crane winning the Under 14 Shot Putt, Ethan coming 1st and 2nd in the Under 12 Shot Putt and Discus respectively and Emily Minney coming 2nd in the Under 13 Long Jump.

The team consisted of Theo Dix, Ferdi Macewan, Gracie-Mae Meek, Ethan Newton-Walters, Ruby Turner-Smith, Emily Minney, Thaleia Dix, Alice Kilby, Kate Stevens, Daisy Waddison, Piers Henderson, Ruby Crane, Elinor Macewan.

 

Inter House Rounders Competition

The children had great fun on Friday afternoon, taking part in the Inter-House Rounders. As always, there was some great fielding and batting from both boys and girls, well done all of you! The results were:

In the senior competition: Saints beat L’Estrange 5 – 2
Barbers beat L’Estrange 3½ – 2½
Barbers beat Saints 5½ – 4

In the junior competition: Barbers beat Saints 5½ – 4
L’Estrange beat Barbers 2 – 5
Saints beat L’Estrange 4½ – 3½

Thank you also to Mr Robinson for the photographs below

Miss Patrick & Miss Hubbard

Pictures of the Week

 

Last week we had two pictures of the week, but we only published one image, so please see firstly Joshua Wylie’s animals.

This week it’s Maddie Pilcher who is awarded picture of the week for her abstract describing the word ‘Excitable’…..after looking and discussing the work of Wassily Kandinsky

 

King's School Ely Wind Band Day

 

On Thursday last week five of our musicians travelled by train to Ely for a Prep Schools’ Windband day in the King’s Ely Music School. Calin Roser (drum kit), Ellie Dix (flute), Joel Haslam (trombone) Kitty Robinson and Sydney Hipwell (clarinets) joined 105 children from seven other schools for a wonderful day of music making.

None of the children had seen the music beforehand so it was an intense morning of sight reading in sectional rehearsals. After lunch the groups all joined together to rehearse the three pieces of music that they had been learning and the day ended with a short concert for parents, teachers and friends, comprising two medleys from Carmen and Pirates of the Caribbean and a short but lively piece called Pedal Pushers.

Whilst at the school we were delighted to meet OAs Grace Owen and Olivia Delph and the children were also able to relax and enjoy the sites in the stunning City of Ely.

Congratulations to all of the children and a big thank you to Bex Lloyd for accompanying the trip.

This weekend & into next week

 

As I said earlier I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Thank you to those who joined us for bingo on Friday evening.

I know that some children were taking part in the Mini Gear run in Kings Lynn and that Will Saunders was running in aid of Scotty’s little soldiers. The boy with Will on the photos is his friend Theo, who was also raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Will has received lots of very generous donations and has raised £260 so far which is fantastic! Please do let me know of any other success.

The Mini Gear of course will help in training for the triathlon next Sunday. I am very happy to make the school pool available for adults and children to do some training in the water. There will be a session at 4:15 tomorrow (Tuesday), but evenings are also available. Just let me know.

Next weekend will be a busy one as in addition to our triathlon competitions in association with Walking with the Wounded on Sunday, we have the GHS Fun Dog Show, organised by Mr & Mrs Whitehill on the Saturday. This summer they are going on a ‘Muddy Dog Challenge’ (28th July) in Peterborough on behalf of the ‘Barking Bugle’ in order to raise funds for Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ home. Below is a link for people to sponsor them if they so wish. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thebarkingbugle

Several families also took advantage of the good weather to join in this morning’s car boot sale. I look forward to seeing pupils tomorrow and would be grateful for any final entries for the meat raffle. Please bring these to the office.

Can I finally promote tomorrow evening’s Meeting at 5pm in the Hall? This is aimed mainly at parents of children in Divisions 1V to V11 but open to all, on how to choose a senior school and I welcome your new Headmaster, Louis Taylor, who will be with us all day and will also attend the meeting.

Best wishes,

John Crofts

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