“Thank you for taking my daughter to Wales and giving her such an incredible opportunity. When she came home she seemed 5 years older! She had the time of her life and has not stopped talking about it since. She returned full of confidence and a belief that she can do anything.” (Year 7 mum)

Year 7 pushed themselves to the limit in Snowdonia participating in some really adventurous and challenging activities last week; Year 8 showed resilience and grit as they coped with some inclement weather in France after half term; they have also just enjoyed competing in the Copthorne “Bake-off” challenge, judged by professional chefs, with the cakes, scones and sandwiches shared with their parents; Year 6 children are cycling their way towards passing Bikeability awards (the HM failed his cycling proficiency test when he was 11!); children swam well at Ardingly despite not having trained in the school pool for several weeks (it is now open again!); Emi W came first in the IAPS National Under 12 Butterfly final and Katie F was second in the U11 Breaststroke event, held  at the National Aquatic Centre in London.

Our young chess players were magnificent in the UKI Championships, with the girls team victorious and the boys in second place; our wonderful “Carnival Float” committee were out in force last weekend preparing for tomorrows Horley Carnival; “Moving up“ morning enabled children from Oaks to Year 3 to spend time meeting their new teachers and classmates from September; sadly, Year 2 Rock pooling, Wednesdays sport and Thursday night Year 5 camping have all fallen foul of the weather, BUT the last two weeks have helped to develop children’s confidence, provide them with a wide range of opportunities, and has helped them realise their potential. This is what Copthorne is all about!