Headmistress Blog 01.03.19

Dear Parents,

Welcome back. We have such a busy few weeks ahead of us, our feet won’t touch the ground.

I was very pleased to welcome parents from both the Girls’ and the Boys’ School to our Parent Talk about how we are teaching English at Cumnor House. Thank you to Mrs King and Miss Lloyd for preparing and leading this.  I know that there were a few moments of head scratching about the difference between the active and the passive voice, but there was a general delight about what was being taught, the enthusiasm and the high quality of education that your children are receiving and the huge number of very lovely books in which we have invested.

We talked about the importance of reading to and with children, of actively sharing a book and enjoying being immersed in it. I am sure that you will all remember your favourite books from childhood and whether they were ones that were read to you or whether you explored the delights within pages yourself. This leads us onto book week.  I hope the girls are all ready with their costumes – I’m still thinking about mine, Miss Trunchbull maybe? Girls are bringing in books for the book swap but we could do with more, and it would be good to have some more entries into the extreme reading photograph competition.

We are at the tail end of waiting for senior school results for the Year 6 girls and although these will be advertised more fully when everything, including the grammar school results, are through, I can’t resist having a little brag on behalf of the girls. So far, we have received 54 offers of places and 19 awards of scholarships. The girls have conducted themselves admirably throughout the process and we are very proud of them. Achievements such as this come from consistent hard work from the girls, high quality teaching, breadth of learning, deep understanding and parental support.

Looking ahead , on the 2nd April, we have a new addition to our annual events – Celebration Evening.  This is an evening when we showcase our school to you, the parents.  Amongst other things, there will be displays and activities in all classrooms, the choir, chamber choir and orchestra will be performing in the Hall.  The school will be open from 6pm – 8pm.  After School Clubs will operate as normal.  I hope that all parents will be able to drop in to have a look around to see all that we do at the school and the educational journey that the girls have. All children participating in choir, orchestra etc will need to attend and letters with more specific timings will be sent out nearer the time.  There will be an eggciting project for all girls to engage with too – more details to follow …..

Next week, On Tuesday 6th March,  I am hosting a Head’s Breakfast meeting (8.30 – 9.30) for parents of nursery-aged children due to join Reception in September 2019. If you know of anyone who is yet undecided about their choice of school please encourage them to come along, they can contact the school office or admissions@cumnorhouse.com to sign up to attend.

“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”

Shiv Khera

Amanda McShane
Headmistress

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