Wow – this week has been busy! Our float enjoyed first place success at the Horley Carnival on Saturday so huge thanks to the parents and children involved! Our Yr 4 & 5 athletes dominated the medals at the Hurst athletics meeting, with both Tianna B (Yr 4) and Katie F (Yr 5) winning the “Athlete of the day” award in their respective year groups. Yr 6 were introduced to “Life during World War 2” through the visit from Hands on History. Yr 8 children enjoyed learning “Life-Skills” – sewing on buttons, ironing a shirt, poaching an egg, cleaning shoes etc. – as part of their enrichment programme, the reward for all successfully gaining entry into the Senior Schools of their choice.

Yr 5 classes have all performed their drama productions to enthusiastic and impressed parents with stunning (and unexpected) cameos from many. Mr Gallagher should be proud of the children and he too deserves praise for his efforts. Yr 6 perform to parents next week!

Tuesday saw Yr 8 enjoy a day of wire sculptures – evidence on display as you drive onto the Asphalt car park. Children took ABRSM Music exams with Copthorne confidence (results at some stage over the summer) and the staff cricket team were far too strong for local rivals Cottesmore, with Mr Minnikin the standout performer on the day! It was Mr Coulson’s last staff match, having played for the last 22 years, so it was fitting for him  to finish with a win (as we do not usually!)

Pre-Prep children practised their LAMDA pieces in Chapel on Wednesday (and Yr 3 on Thursday) in preparation for their exams next Tuesday. The confidence these children demonstrate is a joy to witness. Yr 8 lifesaving, regular sports fixtures on Wednesday afternoon and a full Governors meeting rounded off the day.

Thursday saw Yr 8 children travel to the Fidelity Offices, to see how financial trading is done and to work out which group had done the best with their £100,000 virtual trading pot. The Nursery/Reception Sports in the morning followed by the BBQ and then Yr 1 & 2 Sports in the afternoon, all in beautiful sunshine made this day very special.  I have already identified competitive children (and parents) as potential sports scholars of the future, but the way these events are organised ensures that everybody takes part on equal terms and has fun, which is  always the most important thing! During the early evening, 6 very talented Yr 7 & 8 musicians took port in our annual “Young Musician of the Year Competition”. Judged by Rebecca Dowden (a very successful local Music teacher/coach/performer) Louis, Lila, Alex H, Jemima, Isabel, Alastair, Regina and Liban, all performed two contrasting pieces on their various instruments, with Liban winning the trophy for two exquisite pieces performed on the violin and voice – sung in German too! To cap off this very successful day, both our Chess teams performed outstandingly well  at the Sussex Junior Chess finals held at Brighton College. Our A team (Sophie, Amalie, Rafe, Arun G) are Sussex U11 Champions, whilst our B team (Rio, Taran, Rex, Pranav) won Division 3.

Today, Nathan Close, our new Deputy Head (Director of Teaching & Learning,) has been in school meeting various key people and our senior athletes are at K2 for the County athletic trials, with successful athletes qualifying to represent Sussex at the National Finals in Birmingham before the end of term. Yr 8 end the week with some team building activities with Mr Lloyd including the zip wire!

Have a great weekend and hope to see many of you tonight at the FOC Quiz Night.