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Headmistress’ Blog – 21.06.2019

Here we are, approaching the closing stages of term with all of the usual end of term events, it’s a busy time with much to celebrate.

I am happy to boast on behalf of my girls, about our Year 6 senior school results, as I am so proud of them and their achievements. Our Year 6 cohort of 22 girls received 60 offers of places to independent senior schools, 19 scholarships or awards were gained by 10 pupils, and we had 8 offers of places to grammar schools. These are outstanding results and demonstrate the quality of education, preparation and experience that the girls receive here at Cumnor. All of these results are available on the website.

Last week I had meetings with class reps about the school uniform. We are not planning drastic changes, but we would like to make sure that the uniform is consistent, easy to manage and smart. The Cumnor Uniform should be worn with pride. There are currently many anomalies and it is easy to be confused about what girls should be wearing in each year group. We are still in a consultation and discussion stage at the moment and there will be a couple of years where things transition.

Please could I remind you that the start of the day is from 8.00am when girls can come through the black gate until 8.25, registration takes place between 8.15 and 8.30 and lessons begin promptly at 8.30. If your daughter is late to school and it is very unsettling for her, please help her by being early, so she has time to put her bags away and get to class ready for a relaxed and calm start to her day.

Year 6, and the supporting chorus made up of Years 3, 4 and 5, entertained us wonderfully on Thursday and Friday evenings with their performance of ‘Honk’. There were so many highlights but seeing these girls sing with such enthusiasm, and support for one another, fills me with such pride. It always delights me to see the girls perform confidently. Thank you to Mrs Kimber and Mrs Fontanals for teaching and directing this production, and to the rest of the staff for their support in many different ways.

Sports Day was a fabulous event. The yellow weather warnings meant that we had to delay it by a day and we were delighted that so many parents were still able to jiggle work commitments in order to come and support their daughters. I loved seeing the girls race and then demonstrate superb sportsmanship when congratulating each other on their performance – and this was the same from Reception through to Year 6. I think it is remarkable to see the girls’ skills and proficiency develop and improve as they get older. We have lovely grounds here where girls can hone their skills, guided by superb teachers. There was a great community and family atmosphere, with the fabulous PA serving drinks, fruit and smoothies, the family picnics and the Mexican waves. Thank you to my fabulous staff team for running this day so seamlessly. Mrs Pym along with her support team of Mrs Harvey and Mrs Lewis are to be especially thanked for the planning and organisation of the day.

You will all have received your invitation letter to prize-giving on 2nd July, please ensure that you get your ticket, these are not limited, but it helps us to know who is there. Please remember that there is no afterschool club on that day.

And now some exciting news to share. I have been working for a while with the Cognita Operations Team, my Operations Team and the contractors to get plans in place to refurbish the Tectum. I have now received final confirmation from Cognita that they have granted me the funds to do the refurbishment. Work will begin on 8th July and will be completed before term begins in September. I think you will agree that this is an exciting move forward. Harry Blain’s summer Sports Club will, therefore, be held at the Boys’ site as stated on his flyer.

We have a very special school, a fabulous family community where the girls grow and achieve amazing things in many ways. We have much to look forward to and celebrate in the final few weeks of term.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
Roald Dahl

Mrs Amanda McShane,

020 8660 3445