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Pinch, punch, first day of the month. Winter ‘officially’ begins today. The season of Advent begins on Sunday, although no doubt children (and at least one adult I know) have enjoyed starting their advent calendar countdown this morning. Christmas trees have started appearing around the school today ready for decoration. Nativity rehearsals are creeping in as are the distant sounds of carols being prepared. I can almost hear Andy Williams crooning “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”.

There is a definite sense of entering the season of goodwill that means so much to us all. An important haven each year as we will relax to fully immerse ourselves in that which is most important to us all: our families and friends. True, there are exams for four classes next week but Christmas treats are being lined up everywhere, the weather is doing its bit to be Jack Frost and the level of good cheer (despite the increasing busyness) is high.

Having had seasonal events such as Remembrance and fireworks, this time next week we will be putting finishing touches to the Carol Service and I look forward to seeing all Prep children and families next Sunday 10th December at King’s College Chapel, 5.30pm, for what is always a highlight of this term full of warm-heartedness and affirmations.

Long weekend, now, as a last mini-breather before the final session of term - definitely evenings for lighting the fire and on Sunday we will be lighting the first Advent Candle.

White rabbits!

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