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This week has absolutely flown by! I actually can’t quite believe it is Friday already! I am hoping next week will bring us more sunshine as I think we are all a bit fed of these grey and wet days. However, there are definitely glimmers of Spring around school, with the buds appearing on the trees, and flowers poking their heads out of the once frozen ground. Spring can definitely not come soon enough!

This morning we were treated to a wonderful assembly from Form 6, as we celebrated International Week. The international themed assembly talked about the importance of diversity and accepting people for who they are, wherever they may be from in the world.

Our well done winners this week were Mina, Hussain, Alice, Sonny H, Martha, Max, Amelka and all of Form 6 for their fabulous assembly. Our Academic Excellence winners were Olivia, Beau, James, Dominic, Daisy, Harry, Scarlett and Charlie.

Today was the last day of our International Week at Sunninghill and the children arrived in school dressed as travelers or in the national dress of a country of their choice.

Today, all our travelers took their ‘passports’ and visited 9 different countries in each of the form rooms. Each form taught the rest of the school about the country they had studied this week and there were even some tasty treats to try in some of the classrooms!

I would also like to shout out to Kerry and her fabulous team for once again going above and beyond to provide the children with exciting lunches from Morocco, Sweden, Thailand, Lebanon and Italy! It is so important to encourage adventurous eating and the food here is so delicious that they are confident to try everything.

As part of their Space topic, Reception Class decided to make junk model aliens. Reception asked their buddies in Form 4 to come and join the fun! They had a fantastic morning and were incredibly proud of their Aliens. They look fabulous!

On Thursday, the Form 7s dressed up in their wet weather gear and headed off to Isle of Purbeck as part of their local humanities project. The pupils spent the morning exploring Corfe castle reflecting on its long history and the defensive features still visible today despite the fact parts of the castle are ruins due to the fact it was blown up during the English Civil war. They then travelled to Studland to look at Harry’s Rocks and the reason for its formation. The children had a great deal of fun drawing their own version of the processes which formed Harry’s Rocks in the sand. There was obviously time for a hot chocolate with Mr Stazicker and Mrs Smith at the National Trust cafĂ© to warm up too!

Tonight, the much anticipated PTFA school disco is well underway! As ever, the staff (Mr Stazicker in particular) have been practicing their best disco moves in the hope of impressing the children! Thank you to our fabulous PTFA for organising this once again. The children absolutely love it and it is a date we all look forward to in the diary!

On the subject of dance, we were delighted to hear that over the half term holiday, Kitty and Katy performed in the Exeter Dance Festival. Kitty and Katy received a first place trophy for their duet, and Kitty received a further 2 1st place trophies, a silver medal and two bronzes; plus also qualifying for All England Finals with some of her dances! It is so great to hear about what our pupils get up to in the holidays and at the weekends, so please keep sharing these achievements with us!

Next week I will be at a Head’s conference in Derby, so I will be handing over this blog to Form 8 who are going to be my roving reporters! I am sure they will do an excellent job reporting on the news of the week, and I look forward to seeing their work.

Now I must get back to the disco and show off those dance moves….

Have a wonderful weekend!

David