Can’t help my British genes – I’m going to mention the weather to kick off! It generally hasn’t prevented us doing anything but it is a tad frustrating for us all to be in summer mode and find the elements have a different view. The last two Wednesdays, for example, have both seen the fixture card decimated. Ho hum – the sun is shining now and the children have been playing on the South Field which is a glorious sight.
Summer activities such as tennis matches, fairs, picnics and dog shows are all in the planning and so we can certainly look forward to fun times ahead. Most of the Prep are getting their heads down, at the moment, with one more week before Years 5, 6 and 7 have their exams and then the Year 8 CE candidates will sit their important papers straight after half term.
All work and no play at all is not the way forward and so I was pleased to hear about various exploits from the weekend, including our own Year 8 children having a great time and doing very well at the Exmoor Youth Challenge. All of this is valuable preparation and, who knows, in a couple of years’ time they may be taking part in the Ten Tors annual challenge. I was speaking to someone who has older children at the College and they are looking forward to a very early start on Saturday as hundreds of children depart with much fanfare from above Okehampton Camp carrying camping kit etc for two days.
We are also camping on Saturday night but not as part of a 35-55 mile hike! We have a family wedding to enjoy and the reception venue is part of a camp site. Immediately I am back to ‘British thoughts’ - fingers are crossed for good weather!