Headmaster’s Message – Autumn Half Term

Dear Parents

The half term is upon us already. What a super half term it has been!

The introduction of our new ‘Cumnor Way’ values has been very successful, and I have enjoyed seeing the children demonstrate all five values on a regular basis.

· Courage

· Compassion

· Belief

· Endeavour

· Integrity

As you may be aware we track behaviour closely at school though our online ‘TrackIt’ light system. The evidence is very clear that there have been significantly less behaviour issues in class and more importantly the number of positive credits added to the children’s profiles, for demonstrating our values and positive learning behaviours is considerably improved. Well done to the boys and to our staff for their positive attitudes to learning and behaviour.

This week I took receipt of a new cup at Cumnor House celebrating our unprecedented 11 years of Swimming success at Croydon Schools Gala. I arranged for a new cup to be commissioned to celebrate this amazing accomplishment and we shall be presenting it to the Croydon Schools Swimming Association in the near future. In the meantime it is sitting on the shelf in our foyer looking very shiny and proud. The swimming squad continued their success this term, winning the Kings Wimbledon Gala, Garden House Gala and a number of races at the London League (Still awaiting final position). A great start to the term for Mr Fitzgerald and the swimming squad. Today we were extremely lucky to be visited by Lance Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry, VC, COG, a British Army soldier who, on 18 March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, for saving members of his unit, the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, from ambushes on 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq. He sustained serious head injuries in the latter engagement. Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry inspirational talk to the boys and has been the ideal start to our Black History celebrations. I must thank parents for their generous contribution of £2 that will go to Lance Sergeant’s charity the JBVC Foundation that supports the rehabilitation of ex-gang members and former offenders. I would also like to say thank you to Mrs Nevill for her introduction and work organising his visit. What a brilliant way for us to end a successful half term.

Please enjoy the half term break and use the time to relax and appreciate the time with your families, I look forward to seeing the boys return on Monday 4th November.

Have a great weekend and half term.

Mr Cumming

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