Easter Newsletter

Dear Families,

This has been an incredibly busy term, both inside the classroom and from an extra-curricular point of view. The GCSE and A Level pupils have worked very hard on finalising their courses and developing their revision schedules – and we wish them well with their revision over the Easter period. We had a really exciting Science Week, in which our pupils were exposed to a number of events. One of the most popular was for our 6th Form scientists, who took part in ‘post-mortem live’ – a simulation of a post mortem and a practical dissection workshop. Our Economics students also performed particularly well as 14 of them qualified as ‘finalists’ for the Northeastern University essay competition. We also enjoyed a superb musical performance of ‘Oliver!’ which demonstrated an array of both musical and acting talent across all age ranges in the school. The House Singing was won by Deacon and the Battle of the Bands by Bellerby, with both producing outstanding performances.

On the sports front, our U16 Girls Hockey team came 2nd in the Tier 2 National Finals and not to be outdone, our U15 Boys’ team came 2nd in the Independent Schools National Shield Championships. To be placed 2nd in the country at both boys and girls hockey is obviously an outstanding achievement. In addition, our U15 Girls Cricket Team has progressed to the Regional Finals, as Kent Champions in the Indoor 8’s competition, and our U15 boys were semi-finalists at the Kent Rugby 7s competition. Two of our pupils are undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the first week of the holiday and our CCF enjoyed an excellent Field Day at the end of term. Finally, every pupil who has taken a LAMDA exam this year has gained a Distinction, with 23 people gaining qualifications in the February series.

I hope that all of our pupils have a well-deserved rest and I wish all of our community a Happy Easter!

Barney Durrant MA

Head of College


Junior School HeadteacherDear Families,

We have all thoroughly enjoyed the Lent Term which has included the hotly contested Junior School Inter House Quiz, World Book Day full of colourful costumes, trips to Kent Life and Harry Potter studios, the Gulbenkian Theatre, our Inter House Big Run and a water themed STEAM day. Two highlights of our term have been the Pre-Prep Sharing Assembly and our Easter Service. We are now all getting rather excited about the big move for Pre-Prep from their current site, to joining everyone across the road, all scheduled to be ready for this September. We will invite everyone to come and tour Pre-Prep’s new home at the end of the summer holiday.

I would like to share with you that the Senior School Leadership Team would be delighted to meet Year 5 and Year 6 parents informally in the coffee shop to discuss life in the Senior School. Should you wish to attend, the slots are as follows:

For Year 6 parents
Wednesday 24th April from 8.15am to 9.00am
Wednesday 1st May from 8.00am to 8.45am

For Year 5 parents
Wednesday 5th June from 8.00am to 8.45am
Wednesday 12th June from 8.00am to 8.45am

May I wish you a relaxing break during the holidays and look forward to welcoming you back for the Summer Term.

Ellen Rowe, BA (Hons), PGCE, IAPS

Head of Junior School



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