Headmaster’s Blog 23rd June 2018


Dear Parents,

Even though it was perhaps inevitable with so much on, I apologise for not sending a blog last weekend and if I miss something this time again I am sorry, but let me know and I’ll add it!

It is good in many ways to have a weekend with little happening at school. However if I would as Churchwarden give a plug for Ringstead Open Gardens tomorrow, 11am to 5pm – some lovely gardens, lunches, teas…

Then we’re back into the last two weeks, including our Bring Your Tent to School Weekend. Full details later in this blog.


The last two weeks


What have the Leavers been up to?


For many of us (and certainly for the Division Vllls themselves) the Leavers’ Programme is probably the highlight of the year and I am grateful to my colleagues who ensure such memories.

The gallaries below show some the activities that the children have enjoyed.


The Leavers’ trip to Paris started in the early hours of Wednesday morning and arrived back late last night. Mr Whitehill, as always, had organised a very full programme including an open top bus tour, a boat ride on the Seine, a trip to the top of the Tour Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe, a shopping experience on the Champs Elysées, visits to Montmartre and St Michel, a variety of dining experiences and a great deal of walking in order to take in all the sights and sounds of this wonderful city. The children had an exhausting but hugely enjoyable time and learnt much including the crucial fact that Ebbsfleet is not in Belgium!

The Headmaster’s Trip this year was to Cambridge where the children went to Cambridge Escapes where the boys & girls were separately looked into a series of rooms where they had a to perform crystal maze type activities to escape in under an hour. As you will see the boys achieved it and the girls very nearly did, although they admitted they spent too much time talking – no comment!!

Lunch was taken at Don Pasquale’s in the Market Square before a quick walk round central Cambridge.


Back at school over the last two weeks we have enjoyed: cycle racing with Charlie Prout and Sammy King getting medals, a great morning of fun for the older Nursery children showing what they have learnt in Music, mountain building (see below), children representing West Norfolk at tennis, the Pre Prep and Prep School Sports’ Day, various trips out for boarders, some sports matches and of course Division III-VI examinations!

Mrs Maud commented on Division lls mountains : ‘After Sports day and a lovely BBQ lunch Division Two had an afternoon of building mountains with their parents and grandparents. They had been studying volcanoes and mountains all term and enjoyed sharing their knowledge of the topic with their family. The children had great fun and came up with some fantastic ideas – a yeti cave, a tunnel, a precipice. Now their mountains (and volcanoes) are constructed the next stage is to paint them. Watch this space for more photos soon! Many thanks to all of the adults who gave up their time and came and helped the children.’

The gallery below features mountains, L’Estrange celebrating their Pre-prep sports’ day victory, the U9 county tennis finalists, the U9 Quakids team and Reception harvesting their potatoes.

Picture of the Weeks

There are two pictures of the week due to there being no blog last week.

This week’s award goes to Alex William for his 3d ‘Walking the Cat’ Div III have been learning how to make simple statues out of card, the challenge being how can a piece of card stand up….harder than you think. Well done Alex.

Last week’s winner was Elise Barber’s fabulous Head of a Bird. Super work.


Next Week


The Summer Art Exhibition showcasing the work of many children has been skillfully arranged by Mrs Hipwell in the Drawing Room. Parents, children and friends are very welcome to come in and view the exhibition from Monday onwards.


We have designated this week as Science Week and Mr Turner will be working with each age group at some point during the week before we round off the week with the Pre-Prep trip to Pensthorpe and the Prep School visit to the National Space Centre at Leicester.


Thanks to Brian Hallard at the Princess Theatre we are able to watch three Glebe groups : Eagle Performers, Glebe does Strictly & Pre-Prep Ballet perform at 6pm on Thursday evening in a great venue.

There is no charge for entry, but we would appreciate donations at the end if you have enjoyed the show to cover expenses and for our school charity.

Surely worth missing the start of England v Belgium for!!


The Bring Your Tent to School Weekend in the Summer term is a firm fixture now in our calendar and we are repeating the experience next weekend (Friday 29th to Sunday 1st July). This camp is being organised with the participation of the Division Vlll pupils as part of their Leavers’ Programme and the Parents’ Committee.

The camp will start with tents going up during the afternoon on Friday. The prep children will be at the Space Centre in Leicester and won’t return until about 6.30pm at which point they will be fed if they are staying to camp, any parents who wish to join us are most welcome. I therefore suggest that parents who are able to do so come in towards the end of the day to put up tents ready for the children’s return. Tents can be brought in with your son/daughter’s kit in the morning & left in the drawing room or delivered later.

All children (Prep or Pre Prep) are welcome to stay and camp or to leave the camp at the end of activities each evening and return for breakfast the following morning. Such children may wish to pitch a tent and then decide later whether or not to stay. In this way you can judge whether your child will enjoy the experience of being under canvas or whether they will enjoy it all more if that element is missing for the moment. Parents are welcome to stay with their child overnight if they wish and many parents last year enjoyed socialising and this year the Parents’ Committee are organising a BBQ as the culmination to the Saturday afternoon.

There are always children who need to leave camp for part of the day for a pre-arranged activity, which is fine, just let me know and we’ll look forward to their return.

On Friday after putting up tents and the return of te children, we will have activities including preparing for a talent show around a camp fire. A walk under the stars will be undertaken by most, although some will prefer to go to bed and staff will stay with them.

Children typically wake early on the first morning and the availability of the swimming pool is a great bonus!

Activities after breakfast will be arranged and in the afternoon the children will enjoy games and probably go down to the beach before we enjoy a barbecue and an outdoor cinema experience.

We will take tents down after breakfast on Sunday and keep belongings safe inside and continue with activities.

After all the activity children are often tired and we have decided that parents are invited to collect their children around 11am.

The cost of the camp will be £28 for the whole weekend. If children are camping one night then the cost will be halved and if children are joining us for other amounts of time a contribution towards food may be requested.

Please do not pay yet (I will bill by parentmail next week), but we do need to know who is camping, so please agree it with your children and let me know either by email or by letting the Office know. If this can be done by Wednesday I would be most grateful. If children wish to camp and don’t have tents we will endeavour to sort this out. Mums & dads very welcome to join activities/meals whether camping or not. Contributions of cakes/biscuits for snack time are always very welcome!

Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week and I’ll see you at the camp!

Best wishes,

John Crofts

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