Back To School

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Head Mistress’ Blog

Another wet week, but our spirits have not been dampened and through the raindrops and the clouds, we have sought our own rainbows.

World Book Day has been celebrated in style with the girls coming to school in a plethora of costumes including characters from, Alice in Wonderland, Fantastic Mr Fox, the Snow Queen, and Spinderella to name but a few. Girls had the opportunity to “Stop! Drop! Read” throughout the day and the book swap was, again, a great success. The focus for learning during the day was a book called “Lost Words”. This is a beautiful book with a focus on nature. It was written as a response to the removal of everyday nature words – among them “acorn”, “bluebell”, “kingfisher” and “wren” – from a widely used children’s dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion! We have used the book as a launch for some artwork and also some songs so we have been able to embrace a creative curriculum.

Thank you to the staff who all dressed up as “Where’s Wally” but especial thanks to Mrs King for planning and putting the day’s programme together.

We have had a busy time recruiting for a new Deputy Head, we had 40 applicants and interviewed six candidates. We have made an offer and when all things are signed, sealed and finalised, we will make arrangements for introductions and an opportunity to meet. We have also made appointments for our Swimming and Games maternity covers and again, when all is finalised a more formal announcement will be made.

I am sad to announce that after 2 and a half years of excellent service and dedication to Cumnor Girls, Peter Norris has decided that it is time for him to move on to a different role, he will be leaving us soon. I will miss him greatly as he has had a true heart for the school and has also been a huge support to our PTA.

Coco and Monty are enjoying their visits to your homes. It has become apparent that when Monty is away from Coco he is a bit quieter than normal and appears to miss her (Coco does not seem to pine after Monty though!) So, in the interests of Bunny well-being and bonding, we have been advised to keep them together. If you are borrowing a bunny, we now ask that you borrow bunnies. The large cage that we send them with is big enough for them to share when they are not hopping about your home.

I have had a small amount of feedback regarding the suggested school uniform tweaks that I mentioned last week, if you have any thoughts on this matter, please do express them. I am particularly keen to have your views regarding the coat, one parent has noted a lack of a reflective element on the coat – which was also a concern of mine, I will contact Hewitts and see if something can be added.

The car park work is due to begin on Monday. The girls will be able to enter the school via the black gate as normal on Monday morning. From Monday afternoon pickup please, would parents park on the school side of the road. Then enter the school via Piccadilly to collect their daughters, who will be lined up and ready, from the playground. Please always leave via Piccadilly. From Tuesday morning, the black gate will not be in use. Please park on the school side of the lane, and carefully walk your daughter to the door of Piccadilly where we will meet and welcome her into school. At this point we will not be operating a “drop and go” system as there are no clear pathways and there will be cars parking in the car park, but if you need to turn, please do continue to use the driveway but be very mindful of the increased pedestrian use. Once the work is completed, we will have safe and separate walkways for pedestrian access and clear drive through markings. Please remember not to turn in the lane or residents’ driveways and please do not park across driveways. Thanking you in advance for your help and care with this, if everyone acts sensibly – drivers and pedestrians – we should manage this challenge without any difficulty.

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”

“Rainbows are made of small raindrops. Happy lives are made from acts of kindness.”

Amit Ray

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