Melanie and I very much enjoyed meeting some of you at our wine and nibbles parties over the past two weeks. It was good to see you and I am also very grateful to those of you who have already returned the questionnaires.  There is a box in the hallway in the Manor House for returned questionnaires; if you have not yet received a copy please see Mrs Shanley.  Similarly I wrote to all parents last week concerning a number of initiatives including supper evenings and a book club for mums and dads (and friends).  Again see Mrs Shanley if you have not received a copy of the letter.

The school looks wonderful now. Our groundsmen maintain the site really well and the lovely colours of autumn add spectacularly to such a beautiful site. Inside the classrooms displays are gradually going up as we move into the fourth week of term and the learning environment here really is first class, particularly when you add in the superb grounds, the outdoor classroom and the numerous opportunities for outdoor learning that we can offer the children on site.

Next Thursday, 25th September, sees our first Open Morning of the academic year.  There will be a wide variety of activities going on, both inside and outside and both current and prospective parents are warmly invited to attend.  Open Morning runs from 10:00 – 12:00.  Following this, on Saturday 27th September Denstone College hold their Open Morning from 10:00 – 14:00.  We shall have a stand there, so do come and say hello if you are visiting.

Next week we have hockey fixtures against Abbots Bromley on Tuesday at home for the U11/10s and away against the same opposition on Friday for the U9/8 teams and rugby at Abbotsholme for the U11s on Wednesday and a home fixture against Grace Dieu for the U9s on Thursday.  Parents’ tea will be back in the School Room and we look forward to seeing you there.

Year 4 have their assembly on Thursday and all parents are warmly invited to Eucharist on Friday, followed by tea and coffee in my study.