It feels like we have been back from the half-term break for a month but I am reliably informed it is only one week! What a week it has been, I have never had so many prospective parents visiting us in just five days – especially for a start in Year 7 and looking at boarding. Not only have I been busy, (despite what the staff may tell you), so have the pupils.

Last week was Poetry Week and I never knew we had so many budding poets in our midst, writing poems in English, French, Spanish, German and even in Geography! One of our Year 6 pupils, Edward Thompson, read his own poem in Assembly and it was absolutely brilliant! Pupils in Years 3 to 6 have also enjoyed a performance from a visiting theatre company performing in French.

On Friday, we had an invasion of Normans led by William the Conqueror, aka Mr Arman – who for some reason always seems to get that part – could be something to do with the fact he is the organiser of the event. Usually, I get to play the role of Harold but due to my unavailability this year I was very grateful to Mr Pender who took on the role on the vanquished and killed Harold.

Many of our wonderful pupils in Years 3 to 6 took part in the Dursley League cross-country in freezing cold conditions on Saturday morning with considerable success. It never ceases to amaze me how many of our pupils volunteer to take part in cross-country!

A very calm week finished with a fantastic fireworks display on Saturday evening organised by the Parents’ Association, which was enjoyed by a large number of our parents and their children and I am delighted to report that no damage was done to the Headmaster’s house due to falling debris.

This week has started with many our Year 7 and 8 girls out of school taking part in the IAPS hockey tournament – one advantage of this is, with so many girls absent, the school is certainly quieter than usual.

I wish you all a good week.

Adrian Palmer, Headmaster

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