Headmistress Message – Week Two

What a busy start to the term, I think we have all hit the ground sprinting, not just running.    It was good to see and welcome so many parents at the information evenings and I know that the information you received about the forthcoming year has been very helpful, it is always good to get to know you daughter’s form teacher and make those connections.  I was delighted to be able to show off the Hive and the upgraded play area for Reception Girls.

Year 4 were hardly in school before they were off and away on their residential trip to Celtic Harmony.  They learned a great deal as they were immersed in two days of living history.  These trips are a lot of fun for the children but a great deal of hard wok for the teachers too so I would like to thank Mrs Currie and Mrs Harrington for the extra time and commitment that they give to your daughters to enrich their education.

On Friday the school was awash with costume and colour as the girls came dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character – there were some fine examples of creativity from girls dressed as a giant peach, Matilda, Esio Trot and a pheasant to name but a few. Coming as Sophie was a great excuse to have a pyjama day! There was a dream trail where the girls found jars filled with dreams, we had Wonka bars with a hidden Golden Ticket and a treasure hunt for Golden tickets.  There were specific lessons planned for the day too, girls busy composing a school report for The Trunchbull, for example.  Thank you to Mrs King for planning some lovely and engaging activities for the girls.  This is a day designed, not just for fun, but also to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which funds Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses in communities across the UK. They provide expert care and support to children with serious illnesses, and their families.

We have also presented Jessica with her Grade 6 violin certificate – passed with Distinction and Ting Ting’s Grade 4 cello, also passed with Distinction.  Zara passed her Violin Grade 5 with merit and Bea passed Grade 3 with merit.  Matilda passed her LAMDA Grade 3 with Distinction.   Well done, girls!  I am certain that we have other achievements to celebrate and if girls bring in their certificates we will present them in assembly.

Mrs Lewis was not in school on Monday as she was busy elsewhere – she was swimming the Channel!  She is an avid open water swimmer and has been training for this for a while.  She has followed a dream and grabbed it, all of us here are inspired by her determination and can do attitude.  What a fabulous role model for our girls. This girl really can and will!

We were delighted to present the new Form Captains for this term and also each form’s Student Council representative in assembly.  We are certain that they will do a splendid job.  The Student Council, let by Mr Tindall and the Year 6 prefects, have discussed some big issues about school and as a result we have implemented various changes, such as the playground markings, the Housepoint reward system and the Cumnor Consequences.    We believe that student voice is very important and we do not just hear it, we listen.

So much happens here on a day by day basis, and there is so much to celebrate.  Please take time to look at Cumnor House School Facebook page, the Twitter page @wearecumnor and also my Twitter page @headshipjourney, much of what goes on is posted on social media – and far more than I can write in my newsletter.  I do want you to see all that happens here in this busy and vibrant school.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

Jimmy Johnson.

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