Some vignettes from the last seven days:
A really fun evening at King’s College on Saturday at the Annual Dinner for past pupils. It’s always interesting sitting in two camps for such events and a pleasure to share developments at King’s Hall.
The following morning in a bursting full chapel at the College for a very moving Remembrance Service commemorating 100 years of the armistice.
Two progressive meetings on Monday: one of my regular catch ups with our Custos (Chair of Governors) and then an excellent joint SMT meeting across King’s Hall and King’s College.
Sitting with a child who had been to the Orchestra Day, I asked “Did you make a nice noise?” He looked a bit put out. “I don’t think we made noise – noise is unwanted. I think most of us there felt we made a good sound.” Me in my place!
I, myself, have been on a trip this week. The Woodard Heads’ committee met in Soho – bright lights indeed for a Somerset dweller. Amongst other things we settled on a theme for an upcoming conference. ‘Into the future’ was agreed and, as we observe the current manoeuvrings at Westminster (just as we did in 2016), there is a sense of unknown as we head into the future. By the by, my walk from the tube took me passed Carnaby Street which currently has a psychedelic homage to the song Bohemian Rhapsody as it’s Christmas decorations.
Scooping fish and chips off the floor and cleaning beans off the trousers of a poor chap who dropped his tray right under the servery. Mrs Hands and I soon made it look as if nothing had happened – the boy, though, needed a bit more help with his clothes from Mrs Gompels.
Meeting some terrific prospective families for those looking to join us on the one hand and enjoying eclectic interview practice discussions with those preparing for the move to Year 9 on the other.
The Pre-Prep ballet group wandering passed the Library, one of them spotting the Librarian and calling out “Hello, Mrs Chilli!”, leading to smiles all round.
Seeing Year 2 in amongst Year 3 in the Rose Garden familiarising themselves for next year. Seeing Year 3 so proud of sharing their world to their peers.
Now we head into the Rural Living Show for a couple of days as school pauses for the Long Weekend and I urge Year 8 to make sure they get some proper rest before a busy week ahead.