Back To School

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Headmistress’ Blog

I think one of the highlights this week has been the girls joining in with the Young Voices to sing at the O2. The Young Voices Experience is not simply a children’s choir concert, these are the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. Our choirs performed alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to a capacity audience of family and friends. They were joined by Tony Hadley, The Shires and Ruti, winner of The Voice UK 2018. Our girls performed with huge energy and enthusiasm singing with full hearts and voices whilst dancing and smiling! They had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed every minute – as did the parents. What a great experience – to be able to say “I sang at the O2” – one that they will carry for the rest of their lives. Thank you so much to Mrs Fontanals and Mrs Kimber for organising and preparing the girls, and also to the other staff members who willingly gave up their time to support the children to enable this to happen. There were certainly some weary souls in school on Thursday. There are lots of photographs on Instagram (headshipjourney) and Twitter (@headshipjourney).

Bunny news, our new bunny arrived on Monday morning much to the delight of the girls, there were several name suggestions and we voted during assembly. Our new bunny is called Coco. She and Monty have, so far, been very happy together in their hutch and run and we look forward to the warmer weather when they, and girls can have free run of their enclosure. A few people have already come forward to take part in the “Borrow my Bunny” scheme, if this is something you would like to do please contact the office. We will be producing a booklet on how to look after a rabbit whilst it is in your care.

Staffing news, after the news of all of the forthcoming babies, there are a few more bits of staffing news to tell you. At the end of the year we will be saying goodbye to Miss Axelsen who will be moving away from the area thus making her commute impossible. And we will also be saying farewell to Mr Tindall. He has been with Cumnor Girls for 5 years, worked with three head teachers and brought great energy and to the school. He will be working closer to home so that he can spend more time with his own family. Sometimes it can be so hard to get that work/life balance right and I am sure that you will agree, family should always come first.

Next week we look forward to 5K visiting Wilhelmina house to chat with the older residents there. They will be undertaking an art project with the residents. They will be studying historical pictures, compiling their own artwork and sharing their ideas. This will bring enormous pleasure and hopefully stimulate conversation between the residents and the girls.

Thursday evening will bring the postponed Year 5 and 6 music concert and I look forward to celebrating with you the talents of our young musicians. We are so fortunate to have a school where music is valued and nurtured by way of our team of peripatetic teachers, our Year 3 Music Scheme and our fabulous music department. We do appreciate the “encouragement” that you have to give your daughters to do that daily practice and in time they will appreciate it too!

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Stephen Sondheim

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