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Friday 9th June 2017

June 15, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Our Children’s Literary Festival

The big news this fortnight has been the launch of our inaugural Children’s Literary Festival, which took place last week during half term and was a great success. It was a delight to meet so many inspirational and engaging authors and illustrators who were truly passionate about their craft, and excelled at passing it onto their audiences. One parent told me afterwards that her daughter was so inspired that she came straight home and started writing her own book. To think we might have motivated the next generation of authors! For more pics of the day, please go to our facebook page @PerrottHillSchool.


House Music competition

The House Music competition just before half term showcased some of the best house singing yet. Well done to Blackdowns who sang their hearts out with some great harmony in Oh Happy Day. The solo competition was hotly contested with Charlotte F coming first in her last year at Perrott Hill, and well done to Marcus, Rose, Lily I and Laura who performed particularly well. In the end, the winning house was Brendons who snatched victory from Blackdowns. Well done Brendons – it was a close run thing.  A rather heart-warming moment was when three of our EAL pupils, Sofia, Sofia and Ignacio, who were particularly downbeat at being sat in a taxi on their way to the airport for their flight to Spain rather than being on stage with their fellow pupils, were connected to the audience via an ipad (courtesy of Mr Ringelberg and Mr Andrews) – and so got to join in the singing. A brilliant experience for all involved. My thanks to Mr Barr for his tremendous work and to Richard Jones our adjudicator.

Exam season

The Summer Term is a fervent one, with lots of time and energy being spent outdoors. But it also brings with it the need for discipline and focus, with exams being held throughout the school. As always, we wish our pupils well with their exams – especially those in Year 8, who have been preparing for and sitting their Common Entrance exams. We await the results with much anticipation. 


Boarders’ Morning Fun Run – update

It gives me great pleasure to say that the morning fun runners have already smashed their target of a collective 100 miles by the end of term, and so a new target has been set: 160 miles, which is about the distance from here to Land’s End, Mr Bunday tells me. It continues to be an extremely popular initiative, with about 14 boarders running each Thursday morning.


The Year 6 play gets underway

And finally, rehearsals have started for this year’s Year 6 play, Shakespeare Rocks!, an uplifting and energetic modern musical comedy about the life of William Shakespeare. I look forward to seeing the finished production next week – it’s sure to be a corker!


Until next time,

Tim Butcher