Welcome back

Welcome to my first blog entry of the Year. To the right is the view out of my window at 8am last Friday. ‘Jasper meets the cow!’ . What lucky children to be surrounded by such beautiful nature every day.

It has been wonderful to welcome back all of our children and to meet new families. We have 37 new children joining this term and they have all got off to a tremendous start.

The Pre-prep has a new Nursery in the Early Years Hall, along with new Reception and Year 1 classrooms. One of our focuses for the year is Outdoor Learning and it has been lovely to see the children making the most of the 28 acres that we have here at St Peter’s. The outdoor classrooms have been fully utilised and not just by the Pre-prep. It has been super to see Year 3 and Year 4 dressing up and making potions alongside Year 1! A real highlight has been the Nursery gravel ‘diggers’ area and the new Home corner. I’ve observed some deep thinking in our new ‘Philosophy for Children’ sessions. Our Year 8s have come back ready to lead the school and I was very proud of Jack and Grace as they read the School Prayer on the first assembly back.

I’ve enjoyed watching rugby and hockey training sessions and meeting parents at the Upper School Drinks this week. Well done to our 1st XV who attended their first match at the Clifton College tournament on Sunday. A great start to the season. I am sure the parents enjoyed a good lunch!

Our thought for the week this week is all about ‘better’. ‘My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be’. Please do discuss this with your children.

This week I look forward to visiting Sherborne Girls and watching Shakespeare in the Grounds on Friday 14 September – do come! It is such a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to watch a Shakespeare performance – don’t miss out, remember to book tickets via www.thepantaloons.co.uk

Charlotte Johnston, Head