Headmaster's Highlights

Friday 5th November 2021

Dear Parents,

You will have noticed the ‘steels’ go up for the rest of the new build, stretching across the front of the site. This will comprise the new main entrance, foyer, meeting rooms and administration. Finally, we will take away the Johnson Building in the playground to make room for our new multi-use sports pitch. We are looking to the late summer 2022 for completion.

It was a delight to see so many of you attending the first ever parent assembly in our new performance hall. Thanks for making the time to support the Year 6 boys and to celebrate. I think we’ve all really missed that vital aspect of community. The boys’ re-imagined script and drama on the parable of the Good Samaritan, gave us all food for thought.

Following on from our work on mental health, our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ theme for this half term, is ‘Give to Others’. Evidence suggests that this act positively impacts on our emotional health as it boosts mood, self-esteem and happiness. A sequence of challenges will be shared via the club tile on 'Teams' over this half term. Challenges range from activities that support global causes to supporting friends and family.

Our first two challenges think about giving to others whilst thinking about the COP26 and more locally donating warm winter coats* to ‘WrapUpLondon’ as they open up their collection stations. We are encouraging pupils to share their acts of kindness back with us here in school so we can celebrate this and

also encourage boys to share any other examples of 'Giving to Others' whilst we explore this theme together.

(*PS on this matter, the number of boys arriving to School without coats has improved, but we are not fully there yet!)

Thanks to all the boys that entered our Pumpkin Carving Challenge and, in a morale booster for the staff, I can reveal that Mr Frost retained his crown as a ‘cake boss’ during the Senior Team ‘bake off’ this Monday.

Enjoy the bonfires and fireworks; we usually have a great show here but unfortunately the builder’s compounds to the front and rear of the School led me to the rather dull but careful judgement that we didn’t really have the space to do this safely this year… however a little more patience and we will be there.

And finally, Happy Diwali to all the boys' families who are celebrating this week.

Enjoy your weekend,

John Towers