This morning, pupils and staff across both the Junior and the Senior School, have been celebrating a certain someone’s very special birthday – Mr James is turning 50 this weekend! Senior School reception was festooned with birthday balloons for Mr James’ arrival and all pupils in the school took part in a special live assembly on Teams, which featured a true or false quiz about Mr James. Questions posed included: what song did Mr James once sing at a school event? (Answer – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables) and what song was No 1 in the UK on the day that Mr James was born? (Answer – ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ by Middle of the Road). At break time, the celebrations continued, with all pupils, across both sites, enjoying their very own Mr James-themed cookie!
The Years 4, 5 and 6 children enjoyed beautiful weather for their Sports Day on Tuesday afternoon and much fun was had, as well as the pupils enjoying a delicious ice cream on the field. Whilst the younger pupils in the Junior School had to squeeze events in yesterday, in between rain showers; however, their spirits were not dampened and Mr Haywood has told me that the children were fantastic in their races and events! Over in the Senior School, the PE department have been super busy running the field and track events for pupils in Years 7-10, following the cancellation of the Senior School Sports Day last week.
Junior School Transition Day
Wednesday’s Transition Day in the Junior School was very successful and it was a lovely opportunity for the children to spend some time with their new teachers ahead of September. Having the Year 5 pupils over in the Senior School was delightful, and they really seemed to enjoy their tour of ‘big school’ and lessons in Art, French, Science and PE. Whilst the Year 5’s were in school, the Year 6 pupils enjoyed a fabulous trip to Hadrian’s Wall. They had a fantastic time discovering Housesteads Roman Fort and the English Heritage staff commended our children for their wonderful behaviour for the duration of the visit.
Year 11 A level Bridging Programme
It was lovely to see some of the Year 11 pupils in school again this week for their A level bridging lessons. I have thoroughly enjoyed dusting off my A level History and Politics books and teaching lessons this week on Immigration and the Red Scare in the USA in the 1920s and the differences in the role of the UK Prime Minister and the US President.
A reminder that if you would like to purchase any items of uniform from the Uniform Shop in preparation for the children returning in September, please email Mrs Morton via the following link: Uniform Shop email address for an appointment.
Holiday Club and Sports Camp
There are a small number of spaces left in Holiday Club and Sports Camp. The deadline for requesting a place is 4pm on Friday 2 July 2021. Please see the letter at the bottom of Pupil Post for more details.
COVID-19 Home Testing: Years 7-11
Please can your child continue to self-test twice a week, in line with current Government guidance. The testing should take place on Monday mornings and Thursday mornings.
I wish you all a super weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School