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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Issue 15

THIS WEEK

Dear Parents,

We all make mistakes, not even, but especially me! I signed off, from afar, last week’s Bulletin which had been kindly authored by Mr Arnold and Mr Richards and a number of you have pointed out to me that it contained a right howler. We of course know that it was Captain Oates who uttered those poignant, generous words as he stepped out of the tent into the blizzard to provide a greater chance of survival for his friends and comrades; we have made good on our error with the boys in a Prep assembly this week. Mercifully, the very chilly weather alluded to last week seems to have been but a short, sharp stab at what we should normally experience at this time of year.

Our assembly programme is themed and this half term the broad theme for all pupils is the notion of ‘Friendship’. We will be looking at notions of ‘Leadership’ after the half term holiday. The boys in 5C this morning were a great help to us all as they have been considering the essential elements of friendship. They were able to conclude that kindness and friendship work hand in hand and I am very glad to have been reminded of this important link by them.

The Denmead Association have been kindly considering how they might spend some of the funds that you as parents have helped to raise over the last year or two. Mrs Dorey, Mrs Clayson and I met this morning and I was bowled over by the time and effort that had been put into coming up with a range of educational enrichment opportunities for all the pupils at the School that were put forward, which the Association is very happy to fund. My colleagues and I are aiming to consider these exciting events and establish how we might best weave them into our curriculum, and where. In the meantime do please accept our grateful thanks for this very generous support. Mrs Clayson in particular deserves a special thank you for trawling the internet, making phone calls, gathering together brochures and pamphlets and generally being an inspiration for us! There is an Annual General Meeting of the Denmead Association on Tuesday 9 February at 7.30pm in the Temporary Hall and I would urge you to lend your support to the Association by attending.

I am conscious that you will all be waiting to hear of the plans we have for the final push over the top, in order to get us into our magnificent new Prep building. I am aiming to write to you all the week commencing 8 February, when I will set out just exactly what the arrangements for settling us in will entail. If any parents have any questions relating to our move into the new building ahead of receiving that letter, do please get in touch and I will do my best to answer them.

In fact, there may be an opportunity for you to ask any such questions at the meeting we have convened for this evening, on the topic of our change of name. I hope to see plenty of you there. I’ll be the one in the suit of armour.

If I do not see you this evening, have a great weekend,

 

Tim Smith

Headmaster

I am conscious that you will all be waiting to hear of the plans we have for the final push over the top, in order to get us into our magnificent new Prep building. I am aiming to write to you all the week commencing 8 February, when I will set out just exactly what the arrangements for settling us in will entail. If any parents have any questions relating to our move into the new building ahead of receiving that letter, do please get in touch and I will do my best to answer them.

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Tim SmithHeadmaster