There were lots of celebrations in Form 1 this morning – they have reached the top of their success mountain and were rewarded with a non-uniform day (I think!) It involved dressing up as fictional characters and then having a banquet lunch. Mrs C never needs an excuse to don a tiara or a fancy dress costume!  I think Betsy represented the Livesey family, all now very happily ensconced in their new rural retreat with copse and hens to boot.

I am a daily visitor to online learning and have been astounded by the range of practical activities on offer. Mme Shilliday has found ways to demo experiments in her kitchen, Mrs Moss has a full ocarina orchestra playing, Mrs Fernley has been studying Private Peaceful and poets from the First World War, Mrs Thorpe metaphorically tucks the children in their beds for an end of day story.

We also had a full staff quiz in place of our usual staff meeting this week.

There’s A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; … A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace, a time to have a staff meeting and a time to have a fun quiz with a bottle of wine and nibbles!

Mr and Mrs Moss were the very worthy winners – congrats to them!

Having quoted from Ecclesiastes (and I’m really not getting above my lowly station or becoming an Evangelist) it made me think of the sad passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Aged 100, a war veteran and £33 million raised for worthy charities – not a bad legacy to leave behind.

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