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Mr Spanswick's Words Autumn Term Week 7

When I took assembly this morning for the whole school I noticed a slight lethargy in the boys as they came up to get their awards and merits, a slight decrease in volume when we sang our assembly song, a slight shade under the eyes…… surprises here, the boys are tired! It has been such a busy and hectic first half of term, with so much packed into it, I think we all need a fortnight to have a rest and recharge the batteries!

With Halloween parties, Diwali celebrations, rugby clashes against St John’s and The Dragon School, Boundary Walks for Year 2……

Mr Rowan and I have been analysing our music provision for the school over the past week. We are very proud of our choirs, guitar groups, orchestra, curriculum lessons, and Mrs Stevenson has added so much energy to our Prep Prep department. We currently have 102 pupils learning instruments, and I am pleased to announce that we have a wonderful new singing teacher joining us after half term - more details will follow, but do let the office know if your son would like to have some lessons.

In our discussions, Mr Rowan and I agreed that our pride stems from the boys attitude towards music - their ‘anything is possible’, ‘sing nice and loud’ and ‘create your own pieces’ reflects the enjoyment and freedom we want our boys to have. We ensure the boys know when music needs to be formal and informal, and the boys singing their hearts out and playing their instruments with a smile on their faces is what we are about. Their enjoyment comes through in their music. I have been playing them a combination of music genres in assembly all week, from Bach’s ‘Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major’ and Supertramp’s ‘From now on’, to Chopin’s ‘Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor’ and Snow Patrol’s ‘Give me strength’.........there is a fair bit of diversity in these pieces!

Thanks to so many of you who attended the Fireworks on Saturday and braved the weather. It was pretty wet, but the rain did settle down for the actual display, thank goodness. More information of our PTA upcoming events can be found later on in the bulletin.

Well, I hope you all enjoy a relaxing break this half term (although it is not often a half term for parents!) - the boys have certainly earned a good rest and I would like to thank them for their wonderful efforts this first half of term.


Thank you for your continued support of the school

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