Head’s letter – 1st February 2019

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Dear Parents

Congratulations to everyone who battled through the snow to reach school today. As the first significant snowfall of 2019, it has taken us a little by surprise and I know that some of you will have judged that your journey would have been too treacherous to attempt.

Today we have been embracing the NSPCC Numbers Day. Throughout the school we have seen a variety of maths activities promoting the joy of numbers. The 5th Form devised several Maths games and investigations for the 1st and 2nd Form to complete. The Pre-Prep have had a whole number themed day with Number Kings and Queens, a number singalong and lots of other activities. I was able to enlist several Pre-Prep children to be camels in my assembly this morning! How do you divide 17 camels between three people in the proportions, a half, a third and a ninth, without having to chop up a camel? The answer lies in finding another camel.

Swimming and Cross Country Success
Yesterday we sent a team of swimmers to the Ampleforth Swimming Gala and they came first overall having come second in the majority of the individual categories. Earlier in the week we also sent U13 teams to the Cross Country event at Billingham Beck; Rachel M came second in the girls’ event and our girls’ team came 2nd overall with the boys coming third. These were all tremendous achievements.

Durham Cricket All Stars
Purple, Silver, Gold and 1st Form enjoyed a great morning practising their cricket skills with the Durham All Stars. They had an opportunity to work on their catching, bowling and batting. We are certainly taking our winter training seriously for the summer!

Parents’ Evenings
Thank you to all those of you who were able to come to the Parents’ Consultation Evenings this week. There are further opportunities for the 1st and 2nd Form next week. I always find that these evenings are a very enjoyable two-way process, as we work together to educate your children.

Pupil Interviews
This week I have had the pleasure of conducting mock interviews with children who are preparing for scholarship or entry to their next schools. These were all highly impressive interviews. Chorister School pupils have such a great deal to talk about and are able to express themselves in a way that is personable, engaging and yet never arrogant or boasting. I am humbled by their achievements and I am sure that they are going to impress the heads of their chosen schools.

Pre-Valentine Gin Masterclass
Wednesday 13th February
We would like to finalise our plans for this evening and so far the interest has not been overwhelming. If you are interested in coming along, please could you contact Reception to book your tickets.

Next week in addition to a busy programme of matches, we have several visits and events planned:

  • On Tuesday the Pre-School visit Poplar Tree Garden Centre
  • On Thursday Purple Class visit the Oriental Museum
  • Also on Thursday we have Music Recital in Prior’s Hall
  • On Saturday the Choristers and Galilee Choir take part in the North East Festival of Youth Choirs in the Cathedral. Tickets are available from the Durham Music Service website.

I wish everyone a happy a safe weekend.

With best wishes
Ian Wicks

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