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A Palpable Air of Festive Excitement

As you can probably imagine, there is a palpable air of festive excitement around the Junior School at present. Staff and children are avidly practising and finalising their preparations for the impressive array of Christmas events to which I hope many of you will be able to attend.If dress rehearsals are an accurate projection of what to expect from the final performances, I know that parents will be captivated.

I have been really heartened by the displays of thought, generosity and kindness I have seen from our young people in recent weeks. Quite naturally, children are excited about receiving gifts at this time of year and to complement this, we have been highlighting the significance of the season of Advent with its four themes of hope, peace, joy and love. On Monday, we shared the 100-year old story of the 1914 Christmas Truce during World War One from which we are trying to encourage them to think about reaching out in friendship to one another. For example, something as simple as inviting another child to join in a game on the playground or talking to an adult at school about the problems a classmate is facing can make a positive difference to everyone involved.

Finally, as my first term at the Junior School draws to a close, I would just like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement since I arrived. I have felt truly welcomed into the school – by parents, staff and children – and have particularly valued the conversations that parents have had with me at the front of school as well as in more formal settings. It’s a real pleasure to join such a vibrant and cheerful community.

Mr Guy Rands
11th December 2015