A week of anticipation finally delivered the children’s wishes as the snow came to Somerset in earnest yesterday. It has been 5 or 6 years since the last heavy fall and there are plenty of children (and some adults) who have not been in snow before. We are all getting involved in the fun, the cooking (and washing up), the games, the relaxation and the camaraderie that goes with it.
Earlier in the week we drew out the House Songs for the end of term House Music Competition. It is 100 years since women were allowed to vote (although even in 1918 the Representation of the People Act only provided for women over 30 with at least £5 to their name to be allowed to vote, it took until 1928 before women were given equal voting rights to men) and so we have chosen empowering songs sung by female artists. House drawbridges get pulled up a little at this time of year and you may well hear regular humming, drumming and repeated playing of your child’s song over the weeks ahead, so come to the competition to hear a different tune!
You will also find evidence later in the Newsletter of our Potato Challenge with a World Book Day literary character theme. This has really taken off in the Prep and there should be a fabulous collection of 200+ book character potatoes at the end of the project: it has been a hot topic of conversation in the playground, at meals and in the common room. Shared experiences, such as the three happenings above, are most often the best ones, they are the ones that give us the memories we talk about with family and friends for years to come - “Do you remember when we chucked all that snow over the Headmaster’s head in 2018!” - so it is lovely to see the children getting stuck in to them all and having a great time sharing in each others thoughts and company. I hope you are all warm and able to enjoy the enforced break. See you on Monday – weather permitting!