It has all been happening at the school over the last few days. On Friday of last week, one of our teaching assistants in Year 1 had the shock of her life. In a secret arrangement with the class teacher, her boyfriend proposed to Miss Carman in front of the Year 1 children – Great excitement as you can imagine! Fortunately for all involved Miss Carman said “Yes”, so everyone was happy! (Especially her fiancé who has now accumulated significant brownie points!)

We have had another lunchtime concert where we were treated to a wide range of expertise on a number of instruments. The beauty of these concerts is that the programme is open to all from complete beginners to some seriously accomplished musicians.

It was lovely to visit the boarders one evening last week to see the range of activities available to all. Yes, there were one or two children exercising their thumbs but this seems to be an occupational hazard at this time of the year. I joined the girls in the kitchen to hear them putting the world to rights – one or two budding Theresa Mays in that lot! Some of the children were quietly reading, a groups of boys were playing in the hall and some were having quite time listening to their music, some were actually missing as they were taking part in the cricket activity, while others were swimming.

Last week was drama week for Year 8. The pupils come off timetable for a week for intense rehearsals and perform to an audience on the Friday and Saturday. They produced two astonishingly brilliant performances of Elf with some outstanding individual performances but the best aspect was to see them all working so well as a team. As I keep telling them, the key to success in life is to pull together and I was so proud how well our senior pupils did this last week.

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