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Projections, Promotion and Pancakes

Last week was Science Faculty Week and we played host to the inflatable Science Dome. All the children took part in a variety of incredible experiences. There is a wonderful picture of Year 1 pupils gazing up at the Moon and then Mars (projections on the inside of the dome). I went in with Year 3, who were ‘inside’ a body, watching a camera move through the oesophagus and down into the stomach. ‘Yuck’, said the children! Thank you to Dr Evans for organising such a brilliant day for the children.

There was huge excitement (as you can tell from the pictures) when the ITN filming finally took place on Wednesday, with fabulous sunshine (thank goodness). I was so proud of the staff and children for really rising to the occasion, being hugely flexible and showing the film crew just how amazing St Peter’s Preparatory School is. The day started with Beach School, some rugby and then onto recording Mr Hoban’s wonderful song to the Mayflower, performed by the Gala Choir. Nursery children were filmed for a Wild Woods session, as were Year 4 in a science lesson. It was a whirlwind day that went like clockwork. Huge thanks and congratulations to all involved.

This week also saw the start of a new St Peter’s tradition: the House pancake race!! Mrs. White organised teams, the House flags were raised and a new ‘Frying Pan’ trophy was bought! It was a break time of pure joy, from the little ones to the staff race. The pancakes were flipped and then raced up and round the house flags and home to hand over to the next in the relay team. I think that the House pancake race met many of our St Peter’s school values. ‘Opportunity’: a new one for sure. ‘Achievement’: some were master flippers. ‘Community’: the whole of St Peter’s community came together to enjoy the event. ‘Endeavour’: oh my goodness those competitors were trying hard! ‘Nurture’: Mr Ball gave Mrs Ball a hug after she fell and hurt her knee, and ‘FUN’ – our new St Peter’s value. And it certainly was!

I enjoyed welcoming Eugene du Toit, the new Head of Wellington School, to St Peter’s for a parent forum. He spoke of his educational philosophy and answered lots of questions about Wellington School and his plans in his first year.

Another super week at St Peter’s!

Charlotte Johnston, Head