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The fields have been pretty full of children this week as the summer activity spreads itself across our wonderful site and, as well as regular matches and sport, after school there have been a good number of outdoor events creating a very picturesque scene buzzing with energy. We did have the extraordinary interruption of a hail shower on Tuesday when we seemed to have four seasons in one afternoon, let alone in a day. The boarders, in particular, relish the lighter evenings and warmer (!) weather as they have a ball once everyone else has gone home.

As always it is nice to have visitors to the school: this week we have had friends from France over as a family who relocated there a couple of years ago returned for a few days, we have had a boy from Lagos spending a ‘Taster Sleepover’ with us and today saw many families attend our Open Day. Once again the children and staff ‘sell’ the school quite naturally – one prospective parent came back from their tour saying how impressed she had been with everyone she met, but particularly the children. “What they have to tell me is the most important – I’m not really bothered what you say, Headmaster, the children are the real deal.” I often find myself saying to people “I’m only the Headmaster” with genuine feeling and never was it more appropriate than in that instance!

A ‘smile to your face moment’ to end with… at lunchtime yesterday, I was sitting with some younger girls talking about their art lesson. Now, I know we are heading into that time of year but I have never heard of artistic Wimbledon Figures? (If you’re trying to figure it out - apologies for the terrible pun - Whimsical Figures, is what Miss P has them working on.)

Good luck to those doing the Exmoor Challenge tomorrow and I hope everyone enjoys the Bank Holiday weekend – boarders back on Monday evening but school does not start again until Tuesday morning.

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