I hope that the school year has started happily and that yours was a restful summer holiday.
It seems little time since we were celebrating all that we achieved last year, but I'm sure we are ready for another great year and I wish much success to those who left us at the end of the year.
It was a pleasure to see so many happy faces on Wednesday and to welcome the new children into the school. I am pleased also to welcome Chelsie Brookes as a teaching assistant apprentice in Reception and Kerrie Page who is volunteering four mornings a week in Division I. Congratulations also to Lis Haslam on successfully completing both her Post Graduate Certificate in Education and her Level 3 Forest School Leader's Qualification. I am most grateful to Lis for her hard work in preparing for our new Prep School Aquilian Experience Programme and hopefully relevant parents will have received information from Lis about this.
Thank you to children who took part in our Eagle Summer Activity courses and thank you also to Jon Turner and others who led these activities.
Thank you also to Peter March and Michael Mayes for their hard work painting the corridors in the main building. It has made a huge difference and more will happen at half term.
I also appreciate all the hard work done by staff led by Mark Richards to prepare for the new term.
I hope you all received Lisa Meek's 'What's On' communication yesterday and I look forward to seeing the Division VIII parents on Monday and a number of supporters for our House Cross Country on Friday. Please be aware that parking off the road between Ringstead and Sedgeford is limited. Children will have noticed that we have decided to move the Cross Country to this term, but this is to ensure that we are fully aware of those children who should be involved in competitive inter-school events.
I particularly commend to you the frog racing and social evening that will take place on Friday after school. The Parents' Committee have scheduled it for 4.30pm in order to involve as many children and parents as possible. However this does compromise after school activities. The Pre Prep gymnastics class will take place as will the Prep School Computing activity but gymnastics for the Prep School will now not start until Friday 22nd September.
Looking further ahead can I draw your attention to a couple of events?
On Friday 22nd September we are holding the Parents' Committee AGM in the Drawing Room at 7pm. I am always exceptionally grateful to the members of the committee for their hard work throughout the year but it would be equally pleasing to see other parents who may wish to find out more about what the PC does and to find out how they can get involved.
On Friday 29th September we are participating in the national MacMillan Coffee Morning and extending it through the day. More details will follow but on that day, and partly because MacMillan Cancer Support is our School Charity for 2017, we will have coffee/tea available both after drop-off and before pick-up. Children will be invited to wear non-uniform that day and to enjoy 'cake at break'.
Although this is more significant for your children I hope parents will encourage them to consider standing for election to the School Council. Nomination forms will be available following my assembly on Monday and the election itself will be on Thursday 21st September. Children will be encouraged to produce an A4 manifesto with their ideas.
Finally on Saturday 14th October we will have our Open Day for prospective pupils. I am always delighted that our children are willing to give up part of their weekend to show off our school and I hope you will recommend the morning to friends with children. We will be putting up posters and distributing leaflets, if you know of any ideal sites for posters or you are willing to take a few invitations into your place of work please do let myself or Tamzine Fraulo know.
It is always good to have ways in which, 'painlessly', money can be raised for the school. Can I therefore recommend to you 'Easyfundraising.org.uk'? A quick registration on their website means that in future when you are looking to buy from over 200 websites, including Amazon and John Lewis you simply go in through EasyFundraising, click on the relevant retailer and shop as normal, but a percentage of what you spend automatically is credited to the school. Paste this link into your browser & they will donate 50p to us - not a great deal but if everyone does it then it will make a difference - https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/BOHS2R/8GA6OJ/ - I sent some flowers last week it cost me £32 and the school got £1.60 ie 5%. Add up Christmas purchases and multiply by the number of parents in the school and the figure becomes significant and it's cost each person nothing beyond the 5 minutes to set up the registration.
Best wishes for the week ahead