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This morning as I drove to work it was -7 degrees! I can’t recall my car ever recording such a low temperature and it really has been very cold all day. However, it does mean that the grounds have looked stunning today, bathed in silver frost, as the sun has streamed through the trees! Absolutely gorgeous!

What this also means is that our feathered friends will really struggle to find food at the moment, so I am thrilled that Junior Prep have been working so hard with Liz this week making bird feeders to put around the school grounds ready for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which runs from 26th – 28th January. The birds have really been tucking in to the apples and sunflower seed treats that have been made.

Nursery have also been filling our bird feeders and we are so excited to see what visitors we have in the grounds. Please ask your children all about this and it would be lovely if we can have as many families as possible taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend.

As ever, there was a lot to celebrate in our Assembly today. Well done certificates were handed to Sofia, Freya, Mabel, Henry and Sonny S and all the boys in Form 5. Academic Excellence cups were given to Juliet, Felix , Rose and Sasha. Most house points for compassion were given to Ava and Scarlett, Daisy and Tabitha gained the most house points for courage, Manu and Mina for commitment and Clara and Leo for creativity. Well done to you all.

Last night I was delighted to attend the DOMVS Story House creative writing award ceremony with Lord and Lady Fellowes, who both judged the competition and read out the winning entries. Out of the 4 prizes, we were thrilled to receive both the ‘Highly commended’ awards and the ‘Runner’s up’ prize! Well done to Abel, Albi and Aria and to all the other children who entered their fabulous stories. As poor Aria was unwell, I went to collect her prize from Lord Fellowes – it’s been a very long time since I have been handed an award!

I am really excited to see just how much the electric car is progressing. Mrs Telfer tells me they are nearing the finish line! It’s taken several teams, working on it during enrichment lessons in all weather!

This week, Form 6 have been dissecting a pig’s heart. Mrs Evans says; ‘They observed attentively as I demonstrated how to dissect the heart and the differences between heart and lung tissue and then carried out their own dissection. All pupils took part and although some were a little nervous at first, they got involved and enjoyed themselves. They were able to identify the 4 chambers of the heart and the different blood vessels’.

Well done to Form 6 for being so mature, and showing courage during your practical science lessons.

I believe the weather is turning this weekend, and our frosty days will turn into rainy ones! Whatever the weather, I will be out over the weekend training for the Weymouth Half Marathon! We have 7 in our team so far, but would love a few more – so please let us know if you would like to sign up and join us!

Have a lovely weekend!


David Newberry

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