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What a wonderful day we have had today in school, 3 swim galas in glorious sunshine with a very relaxed parent audience! Reception to Form 2 were in the pool first, followed by Forms 3 and 4. This afternoon it was the turn of our Senior Prep with Mr Stazicker in the commentary box. Mr Willemse, our Head of Games, will be featuring the Swim Galas and the Sports Days in a special blog next Wednesday. I look forward to seeing all the photos!

As nerve wracking experiences go, taking a music exam is right up there with taking a driving test! 11 of our pupils faced their fear today and took an ABRSM music exams. Some were starting out with the first test (called the Prep Test) right up to Grade 4 for some of our more senior pupils. Well done and thank you to Mr Vanburgh for rehearsing and accompanying the pupils, and all our dedicated peripatetic staff for preparing the children for these exams. Thank you also to Mrs Nolan-Stone for her excellent organisation and support on the day. We should have the results next week.

Our seniors have become accustomed to an extra morning snack from the kitchen and photographed is Ben E from Form 7 receiving his piece of homemade flapjack! This is a fortuitous link because I have learned that Ben has been raising money for the Rhino Trust charity. Together with 3 old school friends in Kenya, they got together online and arranged to run the virtual Lewa Maratho. He ran 10.5km around Maiden Castle completing it in just 70 minutes.

The Rhino Trust in Kenya, provides anti-poaching training and equipment to rangers. Between them they have so far raised nearly $1800 for the cause and we are all very proud of him. Photographed is Ben at the 7km mark. Sponsorship is open until the end of July as they would like to hit $2000, if you would like to sponsor Ben via Just Giving, please contact school reception for the details or click on Ben’s Just Giving link.

Next week is our last week of term and a particular poignant one for our Form 8 leavers’.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.

Nancy Sewed

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