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It’s a week that started with pancakes and ended with cupcakes! Normally my kind of week except I gave up cake for lent! Something the children delighted in teasing me with today at our fabulous cake sale!

On the subject of eating, our Cookery Enrichment programme has begun! Form 3 have two weeks of cooking with Kerry. Today they cooked the most incredible looking pizzas, with the help of Kerry and Leanne. They will also be cooking meatballs which they are really looking forward to. Next week they will be designing a menu and Kerry will judge the best menu and will use the ideas for the school lunch menu. It is so nice to be able to offer cookery as part of our enrichment programme now.

On Tuesday, Nursery, Reception and Form 1 enjoyed the Great Pancake Race – an annual tradition that is very much looked forward to – and a great way to start the week after the half term break.

Our cake sale took place today, to raise money for the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.  So far, due to your incredible generosity, we have raised £572. Money is still coming in so we will update you on the final total next week – but we are so touched by the children’s empathy and compassion – a fabulous total!

Form 7 and 8 continued to show compassion today during their PSHE lesson, where they welcomed Cassie Smith from the Lantern House Charity in Weymouth who gave the students a presentation on homelessness. The students questioned the stereotype of a homeless person and learnt that people can become homeless for numerous reasons such as addiction, eviction from housing and bereavement, etc. They tried to imagine what it would be like to be homeless and looked at the help that is available to homeless people, particularly from donations made to food banks. Cassie’s talk was really informative and the students asked perceptive questions. The students are now keen to organise an event to raise money for the Lantern Trust who support homeless people!

We were delighted to have been invited to take part in Bryanston’s Orchestral Day and took 11 of our musicians along. During the day the pupils worked with members of Bryanston’s music department, rehearsing in small ensembles and performing as part of a larger orchestra. The day culminated in a performance for the parents to attend where they got to hear all the wonderful music the children had been working on. It was a fantastic day, the pupils all worked incredibly hard and we were so proud of their effort and enthusiasm throughout. It was also lovely to spend time with former SPS pupil’s Astral, Will and Erin. Freddie was particularly delighted to get to spend the day with his big sister!

This week the Book Fair came to Sunninghill. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the joy on the faces of our children as they choose and read a new book! A love of reading is really something to cherish.

Form 1 have become fossil experts this week! They visited the Lyme Regis Museum to kickstart their Jurassic Fantastic topic and had a fascinating day learning all about the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning before heading to the beach to find ammonites galore! Well done Form 1 for your inquisition and enthusiasm!.

Form 8 produced some fabulous homework this week – their project was to build a model of the respiratory system. Charlie and Lucy produced the lungs on pink icing, Carolina had the sprinkles on the lungs, Rosie the pink fondant icing and Freddie and Felilx are pictured with their projects. They all tasted delicious! Alex also made a working model of the lungs using an empty drinks bottle, straws and balloons. I’m sure more are on their way!

Tickets for Moana went on sale this week – please make sure you book your tickets this weekend if you haven’t already, to avoid disappointment. I have been into several rehearsals this week and it is getting very exciting!

Next week is another busy week! Monday 27th February – LAMDA exams, last day of the Book Fair followed by the next in our Academic Series – English. Tuesday 28th February – LAMDA exams. Thursday is World Book Day and our Junior Informal Concert. On Friday the Hobgoblin Theatre Company is coming in to visit us, and the highlight of the week – the PTFA school disco!

I am delighted to announce that next week Form 8 are having a ‘Blog Takeover!’ For one week only they will be the eyes and ears of Sunninghill. Armed with a camera and some beautiful writing skills, Form 8 will be writing the blog in its entirety – something for us all to look forward to!

I am now off to see the Senior Formal Music Concert which I am very excited about.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Best wishes


David Newberry

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