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It takes a whole village to raise a child. This African proverb applies perfectly to our Sunninghill community more than ever this week. I often reflect on how, as a community, we look after each other; how older pupils support the younger ones and how parents are there for their own children and very noticeably to support each other’s children too. Moreover, my colleagues are always seeking to find new ways to help each child grow on a daily basis.

This ethos has reached new levels recently in the build up to Moana, where there have been countless examples of how, as a community, we have all pulled together to give the children the chance to shine. I can’t possibly list them all, but I must mention all the parents and grandparents who have helped with the choreography, helped create costumes, backdrop and props, the PTFA for running the bar, the incredible team of staff who have gone above and beyond to support the production and of course the children themselves. Our leads were incredible last night, but to be honest there were so many stars on stage and all of the children contributed hugely to the show and we are so proud of all of them. I would, however, like to single out one pupil who was a particular star for me yesterday who many of you would perhaps not have noticed. Maggie, in Form 8, was tirelessly running around on and off stage supporting the younger members of Motunui to make sure they were in the right place at the right time for their special moments. It is these little moments that make us so strong as a community and makes me so proud to be part of it. 

I would also like to mention one very special member of staff too. Mrs Nolan-Stone would be the first to say it is all about the team effort, and she is right, but, she has led the team with great skill and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating her for a fantastic show!

As you know, creativity is a real passion of mine and how important I think it is to a child’s development and it is vital to prepare them for the future. If our creative arts week and all the art work, music, dancing and acting that went into our production of Moana is anything to go by then your wonderful children will have a very bright future ahead of them.

On the subject of creativity, I am excited to report that the recent winners of the local round of the Rotary Young Writers Competition were entered at the Rotary District Final with impressive results: Henry L took 2nd place in the Junior competition, and Will A gained 1st place at Intermediate level and has now gone forward to the National stage of the competition.

And finally, today is Red Nose Day. The children have arrived in school full of excitement in their red home clothes to raise money for a fabulous cause.

I am now off to the matinee performance of Moana and after last night’s performance I am even more excited! It’s going to be brilliant!

Have a wonderful and very restful weekend!

Best wishes


David Newberry

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