Our ‘Spring Festival’, held this week, is a wonderful reminder not only of this exciting time of year, but also of the enthusiasm and poise our children have developed over the year so far. The children all performed so well and with such enjoyment – and it was especially nice to see some who were not so keen to stand up in front of others at the beginning of the year, now taking part so confidently. It was also lovely to show the breadth of what we do at School and included a vibrant dance, poems, our wonderful Pre-Prep choir (‘Singing Squirrels’) who sang in two-part harmony, and many super class songs.

I was alsodelighted to attend the Prep School JuniorForms’play, ‘The Tempest’ this week – it was a fantastic spectacle which really brought Shakespeare to life and made our young pupils look forward to being at the Prep Schooland developing their stage talents further! I felt very proud to see many past Pre-Prep pupils on stage giving their all – and excited at how talents can be developed as pupils move through the School.

The breadth of our curriculum – not just in the creative arts – is such an important part of our ethos. By giving our children experience of a wide curriculum at a young age which includes Forest School, sport, drama, art, dance, exciting topic work and of course academic subjects including French, we believe that each child will develop a love of learning and will develop and flourish; many will also begin to find where their passions and talents lie! As much of our learning is through ‘topics’ it also encourages children to research further; our topics this term have been a good example – such as the Year Two topic on ‘Space’ – which has certainly been ‘out of this world’!

As we start the Easter holidays, I am sure the children will enjoy time to take part in some new activities, develop a new interest or spend time developing a current one – and I look forward to hearing all about all their adventures at the beginning of next term.