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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 25

This Week

A shorter week due to our changed Bank Holiday arrangements, with no school tomorrow. I hope this will allow you all to enjoy some safe and appropriately socially distanced exercise in the sunshine – the weather is due to be very cheering, for part of the weekend at least! In keeping with our assembly theme of ‘heroes’ for this half term I hope there will also be a chance for the boys to reflect upon the heroes who helped VE Day come about 75 years ago? If any of you, boys and families alike, are aiming to commemorate the day in a special way do please let me know as that is something I would be keen to acknowledge with individual boys.

I continue to catch up with colleagues (remotely) and it has been very good to hear from them about how the meetings with boys on MS Teams have proceeded this week. Understandably, there was plenty of excitement from adults and boys alike as they were able to hear and interact with one another, in real time, on Monday. Mr Ford and I will be coming to you again next week to set out arrangements for our programme of Guided Home Learning for week five of this half term.

Boys have been tackling the tasks set by colleagues with great gusto, in the main. Mrs Henderson has been doing a great job sending out Headmaster’s Commendations to boys whose work has deserved one in different Year groups this week too.

I think it is fair to note that as the boys continue adapting to working in this new way, they are returning to the sorts of tried and trusted habits and dispositions that come naturally to them; habits and dispositions that my teaching colleagues here are always trying to polish and refine. The boys were probably obliged to put those habits to one side earlier on in the term, in order to get their heads around working from home – a bit like us all really.

We are doing our best now, through our programme of Guided Home Learning, to remind a few of those cheerful rascals who might benefit from some close and careful teacher-led scrutiny to make sure they are completing all their work to the best of their ability. Please remind your boys we know who they are! Once again, we will be very grateful if you can support them to do as much of their best work as they can. There will be a bit more on this point for parents from Mr Ford and me next week…

Right – joke time! It has been a huge joy for me to consider the achievements and accomplishments of boys – and whole families on some occasions – who have completed two Headmaster’s Random Acts of Creativity, Knowledge, Learning and Enjoyment, in other words The Headmaster’s R.A.C.K.L.E.  (what a silly name, who came up with that I wonder??)

There was an opportunity included in the optional Easter holiday version of this project for boys and families to share their favourite musical-themed jokes.

In order to get our Bank Holiday Weekend started with a few chuckles, I am sending on some of the “best” (!) examples I received. Please feel free to share with (and explain to??) your boys:

What kind of music do kangaroos listen to?          Hip Hop!

 

What do you call a singing laptop?                           A Dell!

 

Why was it always cloudy in the 80s?                      Because in the 80s it was Wet Wet Wet!

What type of music are balloons afraid of?           Pop music!

…and my personal favourites:

How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?             With Jam in.

What does Bob Marley say to the rest of The Wailers when he goes to buy Donuts?

 

Hope you like jam in too.

Stay safe and well,

Tim Smith

Headmaster

Pre-Prep News

Week three of the term is now complete and I am thrilled to see that great learning continues from afar.  Our grateful thanks to you all – diligence and great humour never fails to impress. This week, Kindergarten have been delving into water along with The Rainbow Fish, Reception have created tuneful tambourines, Year 1 have blasted off in to space and Year 2 continue their forage into rainforests around the globe.

Here’s a small selection of Year 1’s art work in connection with their space theme – more particularly, the story, ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers.  You will also see some delightful photographs further below showing the superb work completed by some of our Reception children.

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May has complemented our assembly theme ‘Heroes’ rather well this week.  We were due to do all sorts of things in school – so here is a challenge for you. If the weather is good why not dress up as if you are still in the 1940s and have an afternoon tea picnic!  Please do send in your photos so that we can recreate a virtual street party!

‘Shout outs’ for magnificent accomplishments this week go to:  Mylo (Year 2) for taking part in a remote 5K sponsored run around his garden – very well done!  A belated mention must go to William (Year 2) who managed to make 219 words from the School’s name – a tremendous effort, good boy! Congratulations to Ayan (Reception) for achieving Level 1 Learn to Swim Award – good effort!

I am delighted that so many of the children are having a go at my weekly puzzle and, in fact, Puzzle 2 received many terrific entries from all classes, from Reception to Year 2, so I would like to say very well done to each and every one!  Special congratulations to Krishi (Year 2) for working out that 1,000 packs would total 364,000 (having first worked out the total of 13 packs in between) and, secondly, to Batu (Year 2).  He extended the puzzle greatly by working out the following: One suit 1+2+3+….+13 = 91 One pack = 914 =364 2 packs = 3642=728 3 packs = 3643 = 1092 4 packs = 3644 = 1456 5 packs = 3645 = 1820 6 packs = 3646 = 2184 7 packs = 3647 = 2548 8 packs = 3648 = 2912 9 packs = 364*9 = 3276 10 packs = 3640 . . . 1,000,000,000,000,000 packs worth 364,000,000,000,000,000 which is 364 quadrillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 packs worth 364,000,000,000,000,000,000 which is 364 quintillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 packs worth 364,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 which is 364 sextillion.  Impressive mathematics indeed!

Stars of the Week went to:

Year 2: Freddie for working incredibly hard in all lessons but especially in art. Following step-by-step tutorials, he has been perfecting his drawings – a great example of patience and perseverance!

Year 1: Arith for tremendous effort in his Science experiment this week – he made his own thermometer in order to measure the insulation properties of a range of materials!

Reception: Jazz for his fantastic news entry this week and working so hard  to complete all his work so neatly!

Keep safe everyone and enjoy the Bank Holiday – I look forward to seeing your VE Day photos!

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Tim SmithHeadmaster