Our music has been quite exceptional this year. To provide 20% of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain speaks for itself and last Friday the children travelled to derby for the annual Arts Festival, entered two competitions and came back with two cups! Many congratulations are due to the whole of the choir and to Mrs O’Brien who certainly seems to manage to bring out the very best in a group of extremely talented singers.

This talent was on display the following day, both at DCPS and in London, where Poppy Moseley was one of the youngest entries in the Woodard Young Musician of the year and, by all accounts, sang beautifully and was rated very highly indeed by the judges.

While Poppy was doing this, six soloists and the wind band were performing a very brief concert for our Open Morning visitors. I’m sure that everyone who witnessed their performance would agree that every single child performed superbly. I was incredibly proud of them and it was a perfect start to what was a hugely successful morning. No fewer than 28 children from outside the school participated in a variety of activities with our children, with spirits not dampened at all by a little drizzle.
Thankfully things brightened up for a really enjoyable Fete in the afternoon which has raised over £1,000 for the School. A huge thank you to Alex Clarke, Rebecca Waterfield, Debbie Greenwood and all of their team for working so hard to ensure that everything ran so smoothly. Raffle prizes are available for collection in the foyer.

Two very successful cricket matches on Wednesday saw a victory for the 1stXI, with another 50 from Henry Mountford and a 1 run defeat for the U9s.

The week concluded with a wonderful series of celebrations for VE Day, including a special service in the chapel and a magnificent Pageant in the afternoon. To say nothing of the stunning array of costumes on display! I would like to thanks Mrs Edmonds for organising such a super event, in a very short period of time!

So, yes, a very special week and with Year 6 off to PGL next week and Years 4 & 5 camping and a lovely walk in the countryside planned as well, next week promises to be no different!

Jerry Gear
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