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It has been good to see many refreshed faces from half term and indeed some new ones – a very warm welcome to those who have joined us and I hope you feel at home as rapidly as possible. I have heard some lovely tales of half term exploits from journeys in fields afar to jigsaws in the kitchen: equally worthy activities.

Since returning it has been a week of day time activity, of course, but there have been several evening engagements in the mix. On Monday I found myself in Wivey after hours (some might say careless!) discussing various education matters, and then on Tuesday evening I headed up to London for an early start on Wednesday. I did not escape unnoticed, as I crossed paths with two KHS parents en route and another the next day in Trafalgar Square. I was attending a Westminster seminar at the Royal Society on ‘The Future of Independent Education’, before catching up with a Prep school contemporary of mine I hadn’t seen for 35 years. He had been my dance partner (in winter we had dance lessons on Friday nights instead of Prep) and we greeted each other with a familiar hold - Craig Revel Horwood would hopefully have thought FAB-U-LOUS: I was always the girl, by the way. We spent a couple of hours catching up and, as he is about to receive a global award in Coaching and Mentoring Leaders, I was keen to glean any titbits I could.

Last night I was at the County Ground for an evening of SCCC sponsors, tonight is our brill fireworks show (very excited children!) and then tomorrow we are hosting the Annual OA Dinner here, as the Club says its own ‘Thank You’ to Bob Coupland, Vicky Holmes and Dennis Breakwell for about a century of service between them. No doubt it will be a terrific occasion.

On Sunday evening I shall be in bed before my children...

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