The Christmas Fair over the weekend was a tremendous success and I am very grateful to Alex Clarke, Debbie Greenwood and their team for working so tirelessly with their preparation during the week and for their efforts on the day. The hog roast and the mulled wine went down very well, there was a huge array of stalls to visit, the dining hall was a hive of activity throughout the afternoon selling teas and coffees and Santa Claus was kept very busy with a constant stream of visitors.

It really was a wonderful example of our school family coming together and enjoying an event that effectively starts our Christmas celebrations. Interestingly, I asked some of our Year 6 pupils whether they would prefer the Fair a week or two later so as not to upset the preparation for their exams next week and they felt that the timing was spot on, providing a bit of relief between revision week and the exams.

Next term’s activity list came out this week. I very much hope that everyone will find something on the list that appeals to them as I have always felt that this is a really important part of what we do at DCPS, giving the children the opportunity to try out hobbies and activities that they may not have come across before, to make new friends in different year groups and taking up something that they will hopefully develop a real passion for and take on to a higher level as they grow older.

From the summer term I would very much like to extend the number and variety of activities that we can offer by getting some parents more involved and by bringing in more experts from outside the school. I am also very interested in introducing certain activities both for adults and children, because I believe that it is really good for children to be taught alongside adults, learning new skills in exactly the same way. Furthermore, we shall be introducing one or two evening classes and possibly after school drop off sessions just for parents as well. I shall be writing to you all about these initiatives early next term, I mention it here just to sew a few seeds!

The choir will be singing carols at Denstone Farm Shop on the morning of Friday 12th December, accompanied by the orchestra. There is nothing quite like hearing Christmas carols sung while you are shopping and even if you don’t want to buy anything, try to come along and enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to our wonderful musicians. Further details will follow.

Jerry Gear