The weather forecast for Open Day tomorrow looks hopeful, so we are still planning that tea will be on the Front Lawn from 4.00 pm and all other activities should run as planned. In the (currently unlikely) event of inclement weather we will retire to the Dining Room and Music School for tea. We hope you enjoy the afternoon.
Displays and classrooms will be manned where possible in both the Pre-Prep and the Prep School. Do take a stroll through the allotments and woodlands to see the Forest School, a short walk from the ponds and campsite, where you will find Mrs Welch warming herself by the fire. Throughout the afternoon, Mr Loe will be directing artists upstairs in his garret, Mr Jeremiah and his designers will be in their workshop and the scientists will be hosting an interactive display looking at future materials, electric cars, ISS rocket seeds and the Periodic Table. Meanwhile, Radio Dumpton will be broadcasting live from the ICT suite courtesy of Mr Allen, and Mr Ashworth will also be showing new and exciting developments in school computing. Mr Price’s classroom is now a Medieval Jousting Tent – he will explain! Mrs Brown will be in the Food Technology Department, while the Pre-Prep, Year 3, Learning Support, English, Maths and French areas will also be manned by teachers.
Fathers and Sons cricket will be over the road as usual and the Mothers and Daughters Rounders in the lower field. The Tennis Tournament will proceed from 2.00 pm. The swimming pool will be in operation later in the afternoon (from 2.45 pm) with Mrs Katie Hudson. The musical entertainment will begin in the Recital Room at 2.00 pm with the Steel Band featuring later on at tea.
We would like the children to look as smart as possible tomorrow, so would ask that they wear smart uniform in the Prep School (long trousers and ties for boys, blazers for all).
I have been delighted by the positive response from pupils (and parents) to the taming of the allotments this year. I am asked daily if there is any more space for planting, and the Student Teaching Assistants and I regularly find ourselves managing up to 60 pupils at lunchtime, all with their own interesting horticultural views and questions. The allotmenteers have worked very hard, and look forward to showing their own garden designs to parents on Open Afternoon, including some worthy of RHS Chelsea. A big thank you also to the ‘Cock a Doodle Crew’, who have been busy tending the chickens every day.
Well done to the pupils who have achieved gold, silver and bronze awards in the recent Junior Mathematics Challenge. Particular mention should go to Lily G who was top of Year 8 and ‘best in school’, along with Freddie HW and David S who both achieved gold awards. Izzy T was ‘best in year’ in Year 7, followed closely by Jasmine D, both reaching silver standard. Special mention also to Daisy B who was top of Year 6, with an impressive score and silver award.
Year 2 Swimming Gala
A big thank you also to Mrs Katie Hudson, and the Year 2 staff for organising such an enjoyable swimming gala on Monday afternoon. The children did us proud, and were very grateful for the support of so many parents poolside.
Well done to Years 2, 4 and 5 for throwing themselves into the Gospel Workshops today. The concerts have been very entertaining and showed the children a genre that many had not experienced before. Thank you to all the parents who supported the concerts – as they will have seen, Ken Burton is a real phenomenon! We were also delighted to welcome the Year 4 pupils from Hampreston School to share in the fun.
Our Year 8 sailors enjoyed some lovely weather at Portland today in the IAPS National Schools Regatta. Our team of Freddie HW, Finn R, Izzy F and Maddy H scored well in many races. Meanwhile, back on dry land, our sports teams played some great cricket and rounders on Wednesday, enjoying an unusually dry Wednesday. Congratulations to Sussex who won the House Tennis Cup earlier this week.
Mr Randle has asked me to remind you that we have many matches on the Wednesday and Saturday following the break and the teams will be on the website as usual. He will e-mail all Prep School parents in the week after half term asking for pupils to select their events for Sports Day on Saturday 25 June.
With best wishes for the half term break.