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It was lovely to welcome everyone back into school yesterday morning. With only 5 weeks until the Easter break, we are going to struggle to squeeze in all the planned activities, trips and events! Monday was not a rest day for staff, we were all in school for a training day with the creator of an exciting writing scheme called the ‘Write Stuff’.

Staff training continued last night with two courses on offer. I really enjoyed First Aid which always promises plenty of hands on activities! Mrs King organised a course on developing LGBTQ+ inclusivity in schools and she was delighted at how well this event was supported. 15 staff attended along with 2 of our governors. Thank you to the representatives from the Space Youth Project for coming in to school to talk to us.

Pancake Day on Tuesday took most of us by surprise this year including our cooks (we had carrot cake for pudding!). Children in Nursery to Form 2 were in luck however and I was pleased to see the pancake making machine was working overtime in Junior Prep!

Over half term, one parent battled through storm Eunice so that their daughter Kitty could attend the Royal Ballet semi-finals! We are all so proud of Kitty in Form 6 for getting this far in such a highly competitive field. The day went well so we will keep our fingers crossed.

The terrible situation in Ukraine is dominating all our thoughts at the moment. I have been impressed by the level of empathy shown by our children and like us, they are keen to do something practical to help. Sunninghill Prep are currently collecting donations which can be left in the reception area and we will take them to the local drop off point on Friday morning.

I enjoyed dropping into the Book Fayre in the drawing room today which was a hive of activity. Form 2 and 3 were busy flicking through all the titles on offer which will hopefully give them some inspiration for a costume to wear tomorrow. Thursday is ‘World Book Day’ and I must remember to dust off my Professor McGonagall hat and cape tonight!