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The first of December has finally arrived and lots of children were clearly excited to have been able to find out what was behind the first door on their Advent calendar this morning! I pinned a chocolate calendar on the notice board in the Deputies office this morning and it will be interesting to see if a ‘rota’ appears to prevent arguments.

With only 1 day to go, rehearsals are still going strong for our Nativity Play. The costumes are always important and you can see Form 1 comparing notes in the photo!

In the Form 2 classroom yesterday, I spotted Mrs Thorpe demonstrating how to make very cute Christmas Gnomes. It made me wonder, what is the collective word for a group of Gnomes? A quick internet search was not conclusive suggesting a ‘lawn of gnomes’, ‘gnot/knot of gnomes’ and event a ‘quiver of gnomes’. Do let me know if this is your area of expertise and you can answer the question!

With fixtures cancelled due to Covid precautions, this afternoon seniors enjoyed an inter-house rugby and hockey competitions. The half-time hot chocolate was much appreciated in this chilly weather.

It is the ABRSM music exams this afternoon and we have been treated to some beautiful music while we work as children have been busy rehearsing in the drawing room. Thank you to all our peripatetic teachers for preparing their pupils and we wish everyone the best of luck. Lydia is photographed playing the saxophone and Felix on the french horn.

Thank you also to Mrs Nolan-Stone and Mr Vanburgh for organising the exams and also the music concerts which will take place later this week.

Lastly, tomorrow night is our Christmas Fayre from 7-9pm all welcome. (Face masks will be required please.) It will be a great opportunity to buy some original Christmas gifts and enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the Christmas Tree!

Nancy Sewed

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