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Our first ‘class reps’ meeting of the year took place on Tuesday and I am grateful to them for giving up their time to support the school. It was a really useful meeting and reps will circulate the minutes to their classes.

It has been a little quieter in school this week as Form 4 have been to Brenscombe for their residential. A very excited group of children piled on to the bus on Wednesday and more photos and an update will follow after half-term.

Liz has been gardening with Nursery, Reception and Form 1 this week. They enjoyed planting hyacinths and looking at horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts. It is always a joy to see them enjoying their time in the garden!

We are very lucky to be situated so near the world-renowned Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. This week Mr Holland took the following group of children to compete in the sailing regatta.

  • Freddy H / Albi B
  • Freddie P / William H
  • Thomas E / Vishnu J
  • Lydia N / Scarlett CM
  • Gregory V / Oliver R
  • Ren Ren Z / Leo H
  • Charlie F / Will A

The Sunninghill Sailing Team arrived on Portland full of excitement. There were competing teams from Leweston and Millfield. Sailing in pairs, Sunninghill demonstrated excellent teamwork and I am sure this contributed to us being the overall winning team at the event. Out of twenty-one boats, Sunninghill finished with 4 in the top 6 places. Special congratulations go to William H and Freddie P who finished second.

A parent contacted the school later to say “It was a delight and pleasure to see all the hard work and training over the summer and autumn term come together at the Millfield regatta.  There was a great team spirit and the support the pupils gave each other was fantastic in the build-up and post event celebration! Congrats Sunninghill, a well-deserved team win! Ps A big thank you to Mr Stazicker and Mr Holland for their support all sailing season!”

We said goodbye to a popular member of our catering team on Thursday. Brenden is moving on to an exciting opportunity and his promotion is well deserved. He will be missed by staff and pupils and we wish him well.

Yesterday afternoon, our Director of Music, Mrs Nolan-Stone organised our first informal music concert of the term. It was lovely that it could be live rather than online and I was impressed with the standard. 15 pupils took part playing a wide variety of instruments, plus vocalists.  Mrs Nolan-Stone says she is really looking forward to taking delivery of a new piano shortly. In December we will host our final informal music concert plus a formal evening music concert for our more senior pupils.

I hope you have a lovely half term break and get a chance to relax. I will be heading back up to the Lake District for a few days to get some walking in but look forward to welcoming you back into school on the 1st November.

Nancy Sewed

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