As we build towards the end of term the boys are rehearsing and practising long and hard for Sports Day next Friday and for the concerts being held on Wednesday 11th July. These promise to be fantastic events and we hope to see as many of our parents on both days.
Taking time out today from the practising are Reception, who are enjoying an outdoor experience at a Forest School, and a group of Year 6 boys who are competing this weekend in the ISA Festival of Sport in Nottingham. We wish all the boys well and look forward to hearing all about it next week.
Our Rabbits this week go to Oliver McMillan(2G) and Benji Rogers(5Y). Oliver was extremely helpful and caring towards one of our Reception boys earlier in the week and Benji acted most responsibly yesterday helping some younger pupils. Well done Oliver and Benji.
For those who attended the Fete on Saturday, what a fantastic day you enjoyed! Fun and games, tea and cakes, beer and football — and the weather was kind as well! Many, many thanks to all members of the Society and PTA on all sites for their hard work in putting everything together. There were many other helpers as well, so thanks to all involved, and a special thank you to Felipe Foy who, as ever, put an incredible amount of work into organising this event.
We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to a number of staff at the end of this term. After many years of service to the school between them, Mrs Murphy and Mr Hughes are both retiring — seeking the sun or the ‘quiet life’! We will greatly miss their hard work and dedication to the boys and school, but wish them well and I am sure we will keep in touch.
Also leaving are Mr Barber and Mrs Walker. Mr Barber joined us straight from school, has worked hard and with much success on the sport's field for the boys whilst earning his degree part–time. Mrs Walker teaches our younger pupils music and the standard of their singing and recorder playing has been excellent. She is leaving to take up a full time post, however, and we wish her every success in her new position.
There is no sailing being held after school on Tuesday 3 July or Thursday 5 July.
On Wednesday next week the boys in Year 4 will be taking a walk in the thicket as part of their science studies. Please complete and return the consent form which will be coming home with the boys today. This should be returned to the school office on Monday 2 July. This trip will only take place if weather permits.
Thank you and well done to Freddie for donating the proceeds of his charity bike ride to our school charities. I am sure this will be most appreciated.
Please note that there is no late coach on Tuesday 3 July due to the New Boys evening at Claires Court.
The after school care session which normally is held at Ridgeway till 5pm will take place at The College instead on Tuesday. All After School Care children will be transported to The College at 4pm on the early bus so please ensure that you collect your child from there and not Ridgeway on this day. Please ensure that the boys put their names down for the bus and the After School Care. If your son is in Pre–Prep please can you make a note in his reading record/homework book if he is participating in After School Care.
Please note that all after school activities end next Friday 6 July.
If the weather is cool or inclement please ensure that the boys have a school tracksuit; while if the weather is hot and sunny please equip the boys with sun hats, water and (nut-free) sun cream.
Please note the planned times for Sports Day:
Because of the timings of sports' day we are running the finals of a few events before Friday 6 July. The following finals will take place on the given days (parents are welcome to attend):
Please note that all boys will require a PACKED LUNCH on Friday 6 July... this, hopefully, will help us to run to time!! There will be no food served in the canteen on this day. Please ensure that none of the packed lunch contains nuts or kiwi due to allergy sufferers.
On Tuesday 10 July the Olympic Torch will be coming through Maidenhead and we are planning to take the boys to see this once in a lifetime event during the morning. A letter and consent form will be sent home by ‘boy post’ on Monday.
This will take place during the morning of Wednesday 11 July. The morning will start with coffee on the terrace at 10.30am followed at 11.00am by a presentation in the Sports' Hall of ‘Going for Gold’ by all Pre–Prep pupils.
N.B. After this concert, the children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 should be collected at 12.00 noon when the school day for them will end. No lunch will be served on this day. Boys in Junior Prep will need to bring in a packed lunch.
This will take place on Wednesday 11 July. The concert will start at 1.30pm with a presentation of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoatrsquo; by pupils in the Junior–Prep department in the Sports' Hall.
New Parents and pupils will be spending the afternoon with us and I am sure they will enjoy a friendly welcome!
Please may we ask you to car–share where at all possible to help with the parking arrangements.
The Year 6 Leavers Assembly is taking place on Thursday 14 July 9.30–10.30. All Year 6 parents are invited to attend.
Our Pre–Prep boys will be enjoying their International Picnic during the afternoon.
Please note on Friday 13 July, school will finish at 12.00 noon. To help with the car parking arrangements can we ask parents of boys in Years 4, 5 and 6 to pick up slightly later at 12.15pm. Coach boys will leave Ridgeway at 12.00 noon, travelling to the College for 12.15 and Claires Court at 12.30pm for collection or onward buses.
Jenyo Balogun has been unable to find his rugby top, rugby shorts and rugby socks.
We have a grey Boden ladies jacket (size 12) which has been found. Does it belong to anyone?
Louis Von Schmidt has mislaid his whole PE kit and an M & S carrier bag with his school uniform in.
Please check our lost property before the end of term (unnamed items). Anything that is left over is disposed of during the summer.
Can you please check at home for any school items that may belong to somebody else. The summer holiday is also an opportunity to check that your son's uniform and sports' kit is all clearly labelled.
What a fantastic afternoon. So much fun and all in one place. There is no doubt that the young people (very young!) thoroughly enjoyed the inflatable assault course and wrestling as well as the snakes and reptiles! There was something for everyone and it was no surprise that the barbecue and chips sold out, the bar did a roaring trade as did the refreshments — those ladies must have been shattered at the end of the day. All the games and attractions were well supported and the whole afternoon was a truly Olympian piece of fun. Takings on the day were up on last year, pennies and pounds are still being counted but the profit looks good and we'll let you know when all the totting up has been done!
Congratulations to the following who are our winners from our April and May draws.