Headmaster’s Newsletter – 8 April 2016

Dear Parents,

The Spring Quarter was filled with activity. It is good to reflect on some of the successes and challenges of the last three months.

In the classroom we have seen further development of the new Independent Schools Curriculum introduced last September. It has meant an enormous amount of work for the tutors but the results can be seen in the enthusiasm of their pupils.

On the sports field there have been many matches and six ski courses in Glion have given a hundred children the opportunity to enjoy this winter sport despite variable snow conditions this year. We especially congratulate Eleanor Loo who, after coming second in the Challenge Wratlislavia, is now the British Youth under 10 Champion Epée fencer. A remarkable achievement.

At Founders’ Hall there have been fourteen music Showcases, the John Betjeman Prize poetry competition and the superb drama production “Robin Hood”. These events have involved some three hundred and fifty pupils.

On Wednesdays there have been some quite remarkable Assemblies with, in addition to the readings, music and multi awards, some particularly wonderful contributions from the pupils in Lower and Middle School with their French presentation and the Easter Bonnets. And it is always touching when the Small School children make their first appearance at Assembly to collect their Duckling swimming awards.

For Transitus girls and some Senior School boys this was the term of their 11+ Examinations. This year the results have been outstanding with many scholarships and the full list will be published soon.

There is much to look forward to in the Summer Quarter beginning on April 12th.

There are going to be no fewer than eighteen Showcases in Founders’ Hall and on 20th April we are delighted to welcome back the internationally renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins for a Masterclass with our brass players. He enjoyed his time working with the children so much last time he asked to come again.

On April 14th we have our first French Speaking Competition. Then later in the term we have the Upper Transitus Drama production.
Dates of all the events in Founders’ Hall can be found on the diary page of the school website.

The first week after half term in Founders’ Hall is given over to the Common Entrance Exams for the boys in their final year. We wish them all the very best of luck and trust that all their hard work and that of their teachers will be rewarded handsomely.

There are many sports fixtures throughout the term in Cricket, Rounders and Tennis to name but a few. There will also be various inter-house competitions. All the points from these will be added together and the winning house will be announced at the prize giving ceremony at the end of Field Day.

May I take this opportunity to remind you that we have now moved into summer uniform. There will be a secondhand uniform sale on Tuesday 19th April in Cadogan Gardens.

I trust everyone had a Happy Easter and a good holiday and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday.

Richard Townend