September 29, 2023

Weekly News – Friday 29th September 2023

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

On Monday we were grateful to Mr Russell our visiting speaker who came to talk about the power of language in preparation for European Day of Languages on Tuesday this week.  Thanks to both Mrs Brimblecombe and Miss Nisan who ran the assembly and produced an amazing staff languages video which you can watch here.  On Wednesday, I was sorry to miss the judging of the wonderful creations the children in Senior School had made for the competition run by our languages department – costumes, cakes, games, posters… Such creativity.  The definition of creativity is ‘to make something new and useful’.  Mr Cholerton judged the competition entries – well done to all, especially to Dhaman in 8A awarded 3rd place for his Tomatina game, to Sebastian in 8A awarded 2nd place for creating a wonderful Spanish themed cake and to Sophia in 7A who was awarded first place for her fabulous Cypriot head dress and costume.   In form time today, senior students were writing the different languages spoken by their families, in speech bubbles, which will soon be up on display in school.

We also had an inspiring assembly by Mr Deacon this week who showed us a 3-year-old who can climb mountains and encouraged us to reach for our dreams.  Mr Deacon explained it’s all about mindset.

The walking bus started officially today, and I struggled to park this morning – must be Goose Fair.  Please talk to your children about sense and safety if they are going – to have fun but be safe.

I’ve been thinking that the students need a waterproof ‘something’.  Heavy downpours this week seem to happen just at lesson time changeover.

A please to our parents to please be mindful of our local residents when parking along Villa Road – particularly at the top end – please do not block driveways and be aware of other road users.  Your consideration is appreciated.

Shout Out

We’re starting something new this week in the Weekly News and that is a ‘Shout Out’ to our wonderful students.  This week’s goes to Benjamin (10A) and Joshua (7B) for numerous cricket accolades over the years – click here for more info.

It’s always lovely to hear about the outside of school excellence we know many of our students are involved in and time to start mentioning these. Do please email Lucy at if you’d like a ‘shout out’ for a talent outside of school.

Helen Barsham

Message from the Deputy Head Seniors / Head of Prep

Good afternoon,

The children participated in a fantastic Harvest assembly on Wednesday.  Thank you so much for the donations of food and other items.  I know they will be greatly appreciated by Emmanuel House.

A reminder than during Goose Fair, you can also drop off and collect children from the back gate to the Prep School on Villa Road.  For those of you visiting the fair over the weekend, have a lovely time.

We are looking forward to going to the Southwell Ploughing Match tomorrow and taking with us, some amazing vases, jewellery, animal paper plates and handwriting.  If you are visiting this yourselves, please come over and say hello!

If you haven’t already, please fill in the form indicating preferred times for Parents’ Evening.  Please could this be completed by Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep

Message from the Head of Sixth Form Seniors

Good afternoon,

Our Year 12 students are well into their stride with their A level and Diploma courses.  They are enjoying using their dedicated study spaces, working both independently and in small study groups.  It was only a short time ago that they were in Senior School, and now they have adjusted so well to the next stage of their education.  It is rewarding to be able to provide a Sixth Form experience in which each student is important, and not one of many.

We are looking forward to the upcoming Sixth Form Open Evening, on Monday 16th October and the Sixth Form Taster Day on Wednesday 18th October.  These events will provide the opportunity for the Year 11 students to really experience what Sixth Form is like.  Year 11 certainly flies by quickly, and is a key time for students to be thinking about their futures.  The Sixth Form team look forward to providing a lot of support about subject choice.

Have a lovely weekend,

Alison Brown
Head of Sixth Form