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Forms 4 and 5 enjoyed their long awaited trip to Monkey World on Thursday. Postponed due to COVID, it was a relief that they finally got to enjoy this free visit as a reward for their fundraising efforts for the centre. Thank you to Mrs King and Mrs Moss for organising this.

Two other members of staff must be congratulated for their fundraising efforts this week. Mrs Salisbury organised our Captain Tom 100 challenge and we had a letter to confirm Sunninghill raised £1173.23. Well done to everyone involved.

Megan completed the Three Peaks Challenge this week and she has this to say about her experience:

“What a challenge! Such an incredible experience, I honestly loved it from start to finish but I’m pretty sure it’s not something I will be doing again in a hurry! The views from the top were worth the climb, reaching the summit of Snowdonia, exhausted and sleep deprived at sunrise was mesmerising and a little overwhelming. I feel extremely proud of myself and the other 29 team members, of what we achieved, and how much money we raised. Our current total stands at £11,872 which and a massive, massive thank you to all for your sponsorship, and messages of encouragement. It really means a lot.”

Previously, I have written about a nest of bumble bees in our walled garden that needed to be relocated. Radio 2 has just launched a new competition for children, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. It is called ‘The Big Bee Challenge’ and children aged 6 to 12 are invited to design a bright, buzzy garden that will attract bees and other pollinating insects. The winning design will be turned into a real life garden at an NHS Trust site used by children and young people with mental health needs. It would lovely if there were some entries from Sunninghill. For more information click on the image below.

Being able to help a child when they have an accident is useful for all of us and it was good to see staff updating their First Aid qualifications today.

It’s a busy week next week and we look forward to a series of sports days and swim galas. Form 8 have their Lions’ Lair enterprise presentation evening on Monday and groups have been busy gathering pre-orders for their products!

Form 8 have also been in the science lab as part of their unit on Nutrition. They looked at three different food tests that helped them to identify some nutrients groups that are present in some common food. They tested for starch, proteins and glucose.

Lastly, an Acting Head’s job is certainly a varied one and this week I found myself herded into the girls’ toilets by our bursar Mrs Akerman to choose new colours for the renovation. Pictured here chewing our glasses, I am reminded of the 1980’s series ‘Hinge and Bracket’.

Have a great weekend!

Nancy Sewed

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