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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

For me, one of the most important events of the school year took place last Friday when we held our Remembrance Service at the end of our chapel service. Even though Armistice Day was the following day, we had to observe it and did so with a short, but very moving service that […]

November 17th, 2017|

The Magic of Swimming!

Last week my daughter swam without armbands for the first time properly. First a width was completed, then two widths and finally she swam a length. Any parent reading this will know that this is right up there with our children’s first steps and the first time they ride a bike on their […]

October 26th, 2017|

Prep School Heads’ Conference

A couple of weeks ago I spent three very enjoyable days in Edinburgh at the annual IAPS Conference. This is the Independent Association of Prep Schools and the Conference is aimed at all 700 schools whose heads are members.

These schools are spread all over the world and encompass day schools, boarding schools, single sex and […]

October 10th, 2017|

The Benefits of a Residential Trip

In the Monday before half term the whole of the prep school was out on the Dovedale walk, or in the case of Year 6, off to RAF Cosford on their way to a week’s adventuring with PGL.

I love the walk. Each time we do it there are different sights to see and it is […]

May 31st, 2017|

First Holy Communion – and a Baptism!

On Friday twelve children in the prep school took Holy Communion for the first time and one of them, Lola, was baptised so that she could take her Communion.

I am very grateful to Father Brendan and Father Graham for running the classes for all of the children and for arranging for Lola to be christened. […]

February 6th, 2017|

Getting Ready for Christmas

Our Christmas Fair a couple of weeks ago set the tone for what has been an increasingly “Christmassy” feel around the school which has not surprisingly gathered momentum when the first doors of the advent calendars were opened at the beginning of the month.

The Christmas tree and decorations have gone up and preparations for […]

December 9th, 2016|

“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow”

November is always a very special month for me, because the Remembrance Service that we hold each year serves to remind all of us of the extreme sacrifices that those generations who went before us made, together with those who have experienced areas of conflict around the world in more recent times.

Each year […]

November 23rd, 2016|

Preparing for the Future

We are constantly told that we are educating many of our children for jobs that don’t exist yet, that they will have to deal with problems that we don’t know as problems and that the world in which they will be living as adults will bear very little comparison to ours and even less to […]

October 14th, 2016|

Visiting Speakers

No one would dispute that the benefits of a visiting speaker to a class or a larger group of children can add significantly to their education. A good speaker can add a completely different perspective to the topic that the children are studying, they can introduce them to something new, they can inspire […]

September 21st, 2016|

Inspired by the Olympics

Like many of you, I am sure, I was absolutely enthralled by this summer’s Olympic Games and the quite outstanding results from our athletes. For a country the size of Great Britain to finish second in the world in the medal table is an extraordinary achievement and one that cannot but inspire our children to […]

September 9th, 2016|
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