This week has been as busy as you’d expect for this time of term with several special meals thrown in, too.
I have just had a beautiful lunch outside in our garden with all this year’s Head and Deputy Head Girls and Boys – what a pleasure to eat outside and thank you to Mrs Chippendale for such yummy food! The children were, quite rightly, all full of what lies ahead for them, with a few reminiscences about memories such as accidents, matches, School of Rock and past teachers thrown in. Along with the rest of Year 8 they’ll be terrific ambassadors for King’s Hall.
Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, we had a similar evening but for grown-ups. The inaugural Family Farewell Feast was a terrific occasion and the glorious weather allowed us to host it amongst the roses and splendour of the Inner Quad (‘we could have been in an Italian courtyard’ commented one guest the next day).This was certainly a warm hearted way to say thank you to families who leave us for the last time this term – some after making nearly 10,000 school runs over the last 22 years! One can only be in admiring awe of the stamina and commitment of the Drysdale family for that and the Thomas’s are not far behind at an impressive 18 years as parents here.
Working back to Tuesday evening, Claire and I hosted the Year Reps for supper as a thank you to those important bods who do such a great job within their age groups and the previous night we had dinner with the Headmaster of the College who was entertaining a former pupil returning from Hong Kong for the first time in 48 years! Mr Lui then visited us here on Tuesday morning to gain greater insights as he is involved in a project to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.
Also this last seven days, we have properly made clear the Adventure Playground plans we have for the front of school – you may have seen the boards up by the Rose Garden.This is to be our Annual Fund project this year and we have already had a significant donation as well as several valued contributions from our Year 8 families.The idea of the Annual Fund is that it can enrich the lives of the children by providing enhancements to the site beyond the core provision from school fees. Bikes, weather stations, spotlights, archaeology pits, specialist sports equipment, printing presses, pianos and staging are all amongst items facilitated by past philanthropy.The structure is intended to be a modular construction and if we can raise as much as £50,000 we will be able create a stunning addition for the children.Attached to this email is a short project brief giving a little more insight and do contact Julian Mack if you feel able to support the project in any way.
The fab weather is set to create a lovely day for Sports Day tomorrow, so I’ll see those of you with Year 5 to 8 children tomorrow afternoon.