October Half Term Newsletter

Dear Parents,

This has been an excellent start to the Michaelmas Term and certainly helped by the wonderful weather! The academic atmosphere, amongst the exam groups in particular, has been noticeable and it has been pleasing to feel the ‘buzz’ of hard work around the site. The Scholars were treated to an excellent talk on perspectives from Mrs Chidlow, the Upper Sixth’s UCAS forms are well underway, 1st to 3rd Form have all been involved in High Performance Learning Skills Day, and we already have some contributions to our newly created ‘Book of Excellence’ (designed to showcase excellent pieces of work from throughout the College). We have also hosted a Drama workshop and our 4th and 5th Form Drama students took a trip to the Adelphi Theatre to watch ‘Back to the Future’.  We also wish bon voyage to our 3rd and 4th Form historians who are taking a trip to Berlin at the start of the half term.

The 1st XI girls’ hockey team remain unbeaten and recently won their ISHC National Cup match 4-2 against Godolphin and Latymer, and our U16 girls’ team have also progressed to the second round of the National Cup, beating Lingfield College. The House Cross-country returned to the calendar, with all pupils taking part in either a 2.5km or 4km race. There were some excellent individual performances and the team competitions were shared across the Houses with victories for Courtenay, Bellerby, Clifford, Newlands and Tower.

Cabaret Night was a great success, with performances from a host of different pupils, encompassing a number of different genres. It was lovely to see so many parents at the event and we really hope that we will see many more in the upcoming events, at parents’ evenings, concerts and on the touchline!

I wish you all a very happy and relaxing half term break!

Barney Durrant MA

Head of College

Dear Parents

We’ve had a fantastic start to the year, with excellent academic progress in the classrooms and our extended cross-curricular provision has given the children an even wider range of clubs to enjoy. School trips to Nonnington Farm, Viking Bay Surf School, Canterbury and our annual ‘Making a Difference Day’ have all added to enrichment opportunities. Thank you for all the kind donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank, Shoe Aid and the RNLI.

We have been particularly proud of our football results this term, with our U9 team coming second and our U11 team winning the Plate Trophy at the local Independent Schools’ tournament, alongside which we congratulate Flossie on achieving second place and Thomas third at the Thanet Schools’ cross country races. Meanwhile our hockey teams are enjoying their fixtures and gaining great experience.

The Harvest Festival gave us an important opportunity to be thankful for our food, the sun, the rain and being part of our school community.

Ellen Rowe, BA (Hons), PGCE, IAPS

Head of Junior School