A huge thank you to everyone who turned up last Friday to make the Grand Opening of the Astro-Turf and Adventure Playground such a wonderful event. We were thrilled to have Mrs Banks to cut the ribbon at the gates to the new surface and to declare it formally open. Clearly, the children are thrilled with the new playground and can be seen at every opportunity making the most of this fabulous facility. Once again, my sincere thanks to Andrew Williamson for his ‘vision’ and to the Friends as a whole for their hard work and financial support.
The new kit and the new Astro have brought with them much to celebrate. The Under 9 Boys won one of their games and were narrowly pipped in the other by one try. The Under 11’s entertained in a 24-21 match against Westonbirt. Meanwhile the Under 13 Rugby team won 38-12 in their visit to Monmouth School.
Not only were the girls wearing their new kits for the first time but also took part in the first two games on the new astro. The Under 9 Girls won 6-0 (five goals to Alys Wakeling) and the Under 13’s 3-0. The Under 11 Girls drew 0-0 at Beaudesert.
This is a super start to the year and we congratulate all of the children who represented the school so very well.
This week, Years 7 and 8 enjoyed a science demonstration put on by Badminton School. The presentation was all about liquid Nitrogen and how “cool” it is. The pupils greatly enjoyed self inflating balloons, smashing bananas and blue tac nails but I’m sure the highlight was ice cream made using liquid Nitrogen to freeze it. We would like to thank Mr Williams and his team for such an interesting afternoon.
Year 7 & 8 pupils during the demonstration
The new year brings with it some new appointments…
Lucy Allan-Jones: HEAD GIRL
Thomas Edwards: HEAD BOY
Oliver Shutt: Joint Head of Alexander
Laura Pena: Joint Head of Alexander
Alex Gooch: Joint Head of Churchill
Roshan Patel: Joint Head of Churchill
Henry Allan-Jones: Joint Head of Cunningham
George Symonds: Joint Head of Cunningham & Joint Head of Lower School
Antonia Hopcraft-Guest: Head of Girls’ Sport
Max Curtis: Head of Boys’ Sport
Olivia Campbell: Joint Head of Lower School & Joint Head of Music & Drama
Aditi Mehendale: Joint Head of Music & Drama
Abigail Blackwell: Head of Boarding
New staff appointments include Miss Sheppard being appointed to the important position of Designated Safeguarding Lead Person, which sees her promoted to the position of overseeing the day-to-day running of all safeguarding related matters. Miss Sheppard is an experienced school inspector and brings with her an enormous amount of experience to this role.
Following on from an interview process held last spring, I am delighted to announce that Mrs Wakeling has been appointed to the position of Deputy Head (Academic).