pupil playing the saxophone at the Spring concert

Dear Parents

I thoroughly enjoyed camping last weekend with the D of E pupils (honestly, I did). It was a pleasure being with the children and the weather held out too. There were a couple of mishaps but what happens on D of E camp stays on D of E camp, I believe!

Spring Concert
We ‘christened’ the new seating in the Prep & Senior School Hall on Wednesday evening with our Spring Concert. There was an eclectic range of acts but one common theme: a love and appreciation of the performing arts. This is something I wish to see flourish and the refurbishment of our performance space will certainly help us to achieve this.

Rehearsals are well under way for our first musical in five years and I’m sure it’s going to be a great success. I’m enjoying choreographing one of the numbers with the younger children although I do feel, at times, as though I’m herding cats! I take my hat off to my primary trained colleagues; there’s a reason I teach senior Maths!

Children from Years 3 to 10 will be involved in the production. However, it’s very much a whole-school event and I would encourage all members of the community to attend. We’ll be posting details about how to buy tickets in the near future.

We’re also hoping to produce a glossy programme to give our performers the full ‘West End’ experience. If your company/place of work would like to wish the cast luck (or should that be break a leg?) whilst advertising in the programme, please drop me a line. Our rates are very reasonable and I’m rather poor when it comes to negotiating a hard bargain.

The first PTA meeting of the term took place in the newly refurbished library. This is now a lovely space and a fitting venue since PTA funds significantly contributed towards the refurbishment. Please do support their fundraising ventures – the Ball next Friday and the Summer Fair to name but two – by making donations and by offering your time. Funds raised really do go directly into making life even more pleasurable for the children.

Norton Fair
I hope some of you will be able to put the stresses of work behind you on Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy some time with the children whilst the school is closed. The Norton Fair is taking place on the Green and I’ll be there with colleagues to promote the school and to show our support for the community (and, maybe field a few complaints about parking?). If you are coming to the event, do pop over and say hello. Perhaps let friends interested in Red House know I will be there too? It’s the ideal opportunity to hear informally about the school.

Visiting the Prep & Senior School
I’m conscious some parents in the Nursery & Infant School keep hearing about the improvements we’re making but only ever see photos on Facebook. If you would like to see what we’ve been up to, please feel free to ‘book in’ for a tour. Claire Bellerby in Admissions is always happy to show you around and I’m often free to do so too.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend with the children and I’m praying the sunshine stays with us!

With best wishes

Ken James

P&S School Letters
Year 11 Last Day – 12 May 2017 – Mrs C L Blyth
Year 11 GCSE Examinations – 25 April 2017 – Miss M Sweeney
Year 9 Eden Camp Trip – 15 May 2017 – Mrs R Jones
Years 7-9 Summer Examinations – 22-26 May 2017 – Miss M Sweeney
Year 5 Eden Camp Trip – 21 June 2017 – Mr P Heaton/Mrs R Coverdale
Rambling Club – 20 May & 17 June – Mrs S Williamson

N&I School Letters
Year 3 Trip to Roseberry Topping – 9 May 2017 – Mr S Haywood
Travelling Book Fair – 28 April 2017 – Mr S Haywood


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