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Weekly News #23

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This has been a quieter week than some. Wednesday must surely have been one of the warmest mid-March days on record.

Year 10 pupils have been out of School on their work experience placements. It sounds like they have had a wonderful time with all manner of experiences which I can’t wait to hear about on their return. I was privileged to visit 3 pupils working in other schools and to witness the positive contribution they were making to classrooms. All 3 returned to their former primary schools so they had already got a good idea of how the land lay with two key changes: they were treated as adults and were allowed to enter the staff room. What a treat!

The middle of the week was doubly quiet as we have received no emails – or able to send any (BT’s fault).This makes quite a difference. I apologise if you sent us anything time critical, or indeed were awaiting anything from us. We have resolved the issue now though it might be worth resending key communications in case we have some lost in the ether.

What a lovely evening we had at the Junior House Music Final on Wednesday night. It is so good to see the children’s progress since their last performances and so brave of them to perform in front of so many people.

Also continuing to make progress are our pupils involved in sports. This week we have played football, hockey and netball against other schools. Thank you to all the parents who turn out to support us and to help with transport arrangements. We couldn’t do it without you.

Next week we are looking forward to our Open Day (Thursday 23rd) with tours starting at 9.30am and 2.00pm. We still have spaces for more prospective parents to join one of the tours so tell your friends. I am about to launch two new Senior School responsibilities: Senior Tour Guide and Training Tour Guide. The Senior Tour Guide role will be given to pupils who are expert in showing visitors around School on Open Days. They will work in tandem with a younger pupil who will be aspiring to the senior position in a year or so. We would like to better train our guides to increase their confidence.

On Monday evening (20th) parents of those Year 9 and 10 pupils who have expressed an interest in our expedition to Ghana in 2018 will be meeting with the organising company to get more information about this exciting trip.

Tuesday (21st) sees the Year 9 and 10 off to the National Space Centre in Leicester to link with their physics curriculum. This sounds fun.

Wednesday night (23rd) the selected Senior School pupils will perform their musical pieces for the judges (Mrs Bellamy, Mrs Ibbett and myself) in the Senior House Music final from 7pm. I know some will be rushing back from their hockey match to compete. No speeding please…

On Friday (24th) there is a Second Hand Uniform Shop in Villa Road hall.

This is starting to sound like a really busy week…

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Another week has flashed by, the highlight of which was certainly the Junior House Music Final on Wednesday evening. This was a super evening, and a great chance for the children to showcase their burgeoning talents, be they just starting their peripatetic lessons, such as Cem (I think he had undertaken just three lessons to date), or be “old timers”. Whilst special congratulations must go to Charlotte and Simon, who were judged first in their respective Years 3/4 and 5/6 competitions, all must also be celebrated for their willingness to give it a go. It takes courage and steely determination to get up there, so well done to all. A particular highlight for me was coming “face to face, out in the heat” with Sam, who very much had the “eye of the tiger”! Thanks must also go to the hard work of Mr Thompson, who was compere, sound engineer, conductor, performer and roadie all wrapped into one.

Also on Wednesday, pupils from Years 4 to 6 participated in a High Fives Mixed Netball Tournament at Nottingham Girls’ High School. The team played well, and Mrs Keyworth felt their record (of winning one, drawing one – against the eventual winners – and losing one) was not entirely reflective of their performance. Perhaps they can look to improve on this at their forthcoming fixture at Emmanuel School, West Bridgford, in a couple of weeks.

It is the turn of the younger Juniors, Years 1 to 3, to represent the School on Monday, as they are off to Nottingham Trent University to compete against other schools in some team games. Please note that they need to leave promptly at 8:30am, so please make a special effort to be at School in good time; unfortunately, Mrs Wand and Miss Wilson will have to depart as scheduled and leave any latecomers behind, and this would be a great shame, as it is sure to be a lot of fun.

We are keen to continue to develop the sporting opportunities for the children, as we feel that, aside from the obvious health benefits of movement and exercise, taking part in team sports and events develops great skills for life. One doesn’t have to be a prime athlete to enjoy sport (which is just as well for me; every week at Football Club, my legs feel that little more stuck in treacle as I attempt a Giggs-like run down the wing).

It is, of course, St Patrick’s Day today, and the children had a lovely and informative assembly about this earlier in the week. Whatever your plans this weekend, I hope the craic is mighty for you and all the family.

Acting Head of Juniors
Mr Goodhead

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