Head's Newsletter 8 February 2019

Dear Parents, As we come to the end of this half term there is plenty to report in this newsletter. Firstly, I do hope people have bought tickets for our annual production which this year is Oliver! The rehearsals have been going extremely well, and the amazing staging and transformation in the Main Hall makes it feel like a proper West End production! It will certainly be an excellent show, and we hope that the boys will perform before a full house. In addition on the performing arts front, the choir have been singing in La Bohème and the Queen of Spades in London, and we had an extremely good House singing competition this week. I was very pleased that last week we were also able to host the Kingston Mental Health Conference, where all the secondary schools’ Year 9 Mental Health Ambassadors come together with the Kingston health team to discuss and examine this very important issue. It was good to see Year 9 parents at the consultations which were held for the first time in the dining hall, rather than the sports hall, a pattern which we now intend to continue.

In this newsletter there are reports of quite a number of trips including both our German exchange and also the German trip to Berlin. There is also a report on the careers talks which are held every two weeks, as well as a trip to Cambridge University for Year 10. Sport has proceeded without too much disruption from the weather. The regular rugby fixtures are now coming to an end and tribute must be paid to the fantastic undefeated U13 side who won 19 games out of 20, with 1 draw, and a special mention also goes to the U14 side who managed an exceptional victory over John Fisher school. As spring approaches, it is exciting to see the beginnings of indoor cricket and there is a report on our victories. Finally, it is always with sadness that we have to say goodbye to staff; we are sorry to see Mr Martin leave us after 15 years of dedicated service where he has made a huge contribution to PE, basketball, athletics and as Head of Year 7. We wish him all the best for the future. I'm delighted to report that Miss Bond has been appointed Head of Year 7, and she will be taking over from Mr Martin after half term. Yours, Mr M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

11 February to 14 February

School Play: Oliver! at 7 pm

Friday 15 February

Prof. Development Day: no boys in School

Boys start back after Half Term, normal 8.30 start Y7 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm Y8 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm Choir Spring Concert 7 pm at All Saints Kingston

Monday 25 February

Wednesday 27 February

Thursday 7 March Thursday 28 March

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