Sporting Chance 

Last week was largely dominated by athletics. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Pre-prep event at Old Millhillians.  Although the temperatures were exceptionally high, the children and parents, with the help of shade from the trees, had a very entertaining and successful afternoon. I would like to congratulate the children, in particular, for performing so well and truly giving of their best in such hot conditions. Sports day 2017

The Prep School gathered together on Friday at The Harrow School Athletics track for a most memorable day.  A few parents pitched gazebos on the hill but most sought shelter among the trees on what proved to be another hot day.  As the children set off to run, jump and throw, those of use lucky enough to be on the hill admired the splendour of the setting. Samuel A (P5) set a new record on a very good track; one I fear will take many years to beat. The day was yet again organised extremely well by Mr Bester and my thanks go to him on another successful Sports’ Day event. I am already looking forward to returning next year.

A week ago we were treated to a fabulous gymnastics event run by Miss Nejad in the Susan Milner Hall. Over 40 boys and girls competed to a very high level and in so doing gave the parents and staff a memorable event; well done to them all.

So much has happened in the last week. P4 headed off to the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Durg for organising this trip which certainly enhances the curriculum.

The Leavers and their parents gathered for their dinner on Wednesday evening with drinks in the garden before we settled down to fine food and speeches in the Hall. This is always a special event and it was lovely to see our boys and girl dressed so smartly. It is always an emotional evening and I did see some tears in the pupils eyes as they left.

The Summer Fair was yet again a great success. Mr Still and his team pulled out all the stops to make it a fun day for all. Bouncy Castles to tombola, face 

painting to bric-a-brac - It was all there for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to all of you who made the effort to be there on yet another sunny day. The day was made even more special by having a stand that was selling hearts for the Grenfell Tower Appeal. Mrs Dar informed me that with the help of The Big Give a total of £242 was donated. Thank you!

On Tuesday we were given a superb concert by the Orchestra, the Wind Band, Fun Choir and PP2 Recorders. I am always impressed by the standard of play and the children are lucky to be given such a fabulous opportunity to show off their talents. The trumpeters and clarinet certainly set the scene with their opening piece and we will get the opportunity to hear them again on Friday.

My comments on Wednesday’s staff, pupils and parents cricket match are few as the staff and parents quickly reached the target set by the boys who quite simply had their minds on other things, certainly not cricket. At this time of year it is an opportunity to look back on all that has been done for the leavers and I hope they are proud of all that they have achieved.

The rest of the week needs careful planning. The leavers’ service is at 1.45pm on Thursday followed by the end of term assembly where many prizes will be given out. There is NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY MORNING but pupils are expected to be seated at Trinity Church for Speech Day which starts at 2pm. Children should arrive in time for their form tutors to register them before the start of proceedings. Following the speeches the pupils and parents are invited back to school for tea and a farewell drink. Reports will be distributed at this stage.

The booking form for next term’s activities and minibus bookings will be coming home to you via email in the next few days. Book early to avoid disappointment, by returning the form to the school, completed electronically, or printed and sent to school.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday.

 

Mr Simon Ford, 15/07/2017