When writing HEADlines last week, we were about to dip our toes into the festive season with some still preparing for important exams. As I write this missive now, we have been well and truly up to our armpits in it this week, with full immersion in all things Advent, Christmas and Nativity taking hold from today.
Well done and thank you to the Friends of King’s Hall for a swashbuckling Barn Dance last Friday (and thanks to others who pitched in with help on the night itself) - if you seek some evidence of the footwork on display, then check out the video in the newsletter!
I know it was a Pre-Prep visit, but yesterday’s Journey to Bethlehem, so brilliantly organised by the Spencers at Volis Farm, was a real treat for me. Such realism for 4/5 year olds as they come to understand the wonder of the Nativity story all delivered in a calm, slick and matter-of-fact manner but with genuine impact on the children – a golden nugget of a Christmas experience!
It’s worth saying well done to those who took exams this week. Academic ambition and rigour run through the core of our time here and there seemed a very sensible, composed and purposeful approach from the vast majority of examinees. There is a chance to let up a little next week before some Year 8s will need to undertake holiday revision and then have their noses firmly to the grindstone next term. One of the most important learnings we hope to instil in the children is #shorttermpainlongtermgain even when faced with tempting distractions.
On this day in another week’s time we will have had the Boarders’ Feast and entertainment, our final Nativity from Pre-Prep, our Final Assembly and be heading into the Christmas break. We will also know the outcome of the General Election…… plenty to do between now and then, though, including the Carol Service on Sunday at the King’s College chapel: see you there.