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With half term behind us, it is immediately back into the vital rhythm of term time with a great deal to look forward to over the next few weeks. I hope we will see many of you at the various plays, matches and, of course, the Carol Service on the evening of Sunday 11th December which all Prep children are expected to attend.

What a spellbinding week it has been! On Monday in assembly I spoke about how over the coming days we were about to see, whatever the outcome, an historic election of what many consider to be ‘the most powerful person in the world’, we would share poignant, ceremonial time to honour and remember those who gave their lives for their country and then celebrate the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot with our Fireworks party.

I talked to the children briefly and in a simple way about how we are complex animals and how amazing it is that we have the capacity to absorb and manage an enormous range of opinions, circumstances and emotions. The wonderful capacity to feel elation and joy does, though, come with the inescapable characteristic of being saddened and hurt.

So, as we end the week, we are all absorbing the news of President-Elect Trump’s victory and here opinions and emotions are certainly to the fore. We have immersed ourselves in the ritual of Remembrance where the powerfully evocative, familiar soundtrack played, sung and spoken so beautifully by orchestra, choir, readers and congregation this morning can, without warning, strike you deep within. And finally, this evening I look forward to the ‘oohs and ahhs’ as the sky in front of the school becomes spectacularly sparkly!

It just leaves me to say “See ya later, Alligator” as I was told by my diminutive ‘Morning Mates’ earlier today!

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