Our final week of this academic year saw the welcome return of pupils and staff from Nanya Middle School. After an opening ceremony on Monday morning, they attended lessons with ‘buddies’ from Darrick Wood, Sports Day on Tuesday, further lessons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, along with after school activities including an introduction to cricket. This was a follow-up visit after a group of pupils and staff from Darrick Wood visited China and Nanya at Easter and as ever, whilst the two countries and schools are very different, the children got on very well with each other and noted several things in common, including a love of music.
Today, there was a closing ceremony and exchange of gifts. It was clear that pupils from both schools had gained enormously as a result of the visit. The pupils and staff from Nanya have now departed to begin a tour of the sights of the UK.
Our annual dance production returned on Monday, this year entitled ‘Dance Around the World’. This was an amazing show with performances from Year 7 through to the Sixth Form, each one in some way linked a country of the world. The students had clearly all worked very hard and put together an amazing show. Thank you to all of them and to Miss Brunner who helped prepare them so well.
Tuesday’s Sports Day benefited greatly from excellent weather and superb attitudes and efforts by pupils. it may have been too hot and sunny for some, but it was at least dry again (fifth year on the trot). It was heartening to see pupils from across Years 7 to 9 and all ten Houses supporting each other throughout the day. I would like to thank all parents who came along to lend their support, all staff and in particular the PE Department for making everything possible.
On Thursday we sent two teams to take part in a relay competition at the Olympic Stadium. Our Year 7 Mixed 4x100m team comprising Carter Blake, Dylan Steyn, Mia Taylor and Connie Saunders held their nerves to finish 3rd in their heat in a fantastic time of 54.07s. This performance ranked them 4th fastest U13 team on the day, which goes to show the calibre of the heat they were drawn in.
Our U15 Girls 4x200m Relay Team comprising Ellie Holt, Alicia Okojie-Aidonojie, Victoria Fenwick and Elodie Childes also contested the fastest heat of the day, finishing 3rd in the race in a fantastic time of 1:53.57s to end the competition ranked 5th. Niamh O’Neill was also an important part of this squad, acting as a travelling reserve and helping the girls to control their nerves.
Both teams managed to qualify for the Finals (fastest 8 teams in each category qualify) which are to be held on Saturday morning as a curtain-raiser to the main event, the Müller Anniversary Games, featuring some of the world’s top stars in athletics. This event is being televised live from 1.15pm on Saturday and we are hopeful it could feature highlights of the Schools Relay Finals! We will also receive the footage of our events following the competition which will be a fantastic souvenir for everyone involved. We are grateful to the PE Department for arranging everything and of course to all the pupils – good luck!
This week also saw the return of Year 12 back from two weeks of work experience. We have heard such positive reports from their placements that it is clear they have bright futures ahead of them. We look forward to doing all we can to help them achieve excellent results in Year 13.
The Autumn term starts on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 for Year 7 and Year 12 and all students return on Wednesday, 4th September 2019.
The Sixth Form Forum (for parents of new Year 12 students) is on Wednesday, 11th September.
Prize Giving is on Thursday, 19th September.