Headmaster’s Newsletter – 1 March 2019

Dear Parents,

The unseasonably warm weather has helped the second half of term begin with a flourish. There have been sports fixtures every day, two Parents’ Evenings for Lower School and Lower Transitus, a Clarinet and Saxophone Showcase and the first of the Upper Senior School courses in Glion is underway. 

During Assembly on Wednesday, amongst other things, we were treated to some wonderful guitar playing. I am not sure there are very many schools in the country that will have been treated to a small ensemble playing “the blues” and then a trio playing a masterpiece of the Elizabethan era in John Dowland’s Mrs Nichols Almand. Thank you to Mr. White for masterminding these performances.


This coming Thursday, 7 March, is World Book Day. There will be a number of events taking place throughout the school to celebrate this important event. In Cadogan Gardens and Small School we would like to encourage all children to take part by coming to school dressed as a character from their favourite book. The teaching staff will also be getting into character! In Main School, whilst there will be no dressing up, there will nonetheless be activities taking place during normal lesson times. Indeed, on Tuesday the author Jay Jay Burridge will be coming to speak to the pupils in Lower Senior School and Lower Transitus. Every child in the school will also receive a book token that can be used at participating bookshops. This should be a great week for all our pupils to celebrate reading and the richness it brings to life.

Looking at the week ahead Upper Transitus will be visiting the Science Museum on Monday; on Tuesday there will be a Showcase given by the pupils of Miss Alter and on Thursday it is the turn of our Brass players. The second Lower Transitus Parents’ Evening will be on Wednesday at 5.30pm in Founders’ Hall. A separate letter has been sent out about this.

Mufti Day on the Friday before Half Term was in aid of Winston’s Wish. You raised an amazing total of £3,220 including one particularly generous donation. Thank you. Copied below is a letter of gratitude from the charity. 

Best wishes,

Richard Townend