On Wednesday afternoon I very much enjoyed watching our U8 rugby teams play what was, for the vast majority of them, their first matches for the school, against two very determined teams from The Elms.
We ended up with one win apiece, but what really pleased me was that every single boy in Year 3 represented the school in one of these matches and the same was true of the opposition.

When I was at prep school, which was a very long time ago now, sport was completely elitist. I went to a school about the same size as DCPS. We put just one team out in each of the main sports (no girls in those days), made up of boys in Years 7 and 8, with a very few in Year 6. This meant that the majority would only represent the school in their final year and sometimes not even then. To have given each of our children the opportunity to play at such a level in Year 3 (because the girls have the same opportunities in hockey) shows how far things have come. Every single child will have represented our school at sport by the time they leave us, in different sports and at different levels. Win, lose or draw, the pride in representing your school never really leaves you and whatever level you play at, the commitment to give of your best and put absolutely everything into the game is always there. It is one of the very special experiences that we have on our journey through school and it was a privilege to watch our youngest Main Prep children doing this for the first time on Wednesday.

Friday evening saw the turning on of the Christmas lights in Uttoxeter. There was a Victorian market in town and a wide variety of entertainment on show. I was delighted that our choir was invited to be involved in this special celebration with half an hour’s carol singing in front of the Town Hall. With Mrs O’Brien unavailable due to a prior engagement and no musical accompaniment, our children rose to the challenge and with a little help from Mrs McManus they put in a sterling performance, singing a number of carols quite beautifully and making a significant contribution to a wonderful evening. That the weather was dreadful did nothing to dampen our spirits, a few umbrellas helped to keep the children dry and I was very proud of them.

School is about providing many and different opportunities to our children, both in and out of the classroom and these two events both contributed to the richness of the educational experience that our children are lucky enough to receive here. I have no doubt that both events will stay with the children for a very long time indeed.

Jerry Gear 28.xi.15