Head’s blog

Green Time not Screen Time

Trinity - Week 5

This week has been mental health awareness week.
The children started the week with a wonderful assembly which introduced mental health as being as important as physical health. Our children were confident and understood the key messages.

As I have spent time in classes and at playtimes this week the children have enjoyed mindfulness time, meditation time and lots of ‘Green Time’. ‘Green Time’ rather than ‘Screen Time’ is a good mantra to take back to you all in your homes following this week. The children at St Peter’s are hugely lucky to enjoy at least four hours of Sport including an hour of PE taken by specialist sports coaches and they enjoy the opportunity to play in matches every week.

This week it was the long trek to Mount Kelly where the 1st XI came back victorious. I couldn’t have been prouder of our girls’ cricket teams on Wednesday. They have embraced the challenge of taking up a new sport with enthusiasm and commitment aided by exceptional sports coaching and it was wonderful to hear them cheering on their teammates from the boundary. Next year the girls will be in cricket whites along with the boys.

I know that our parents and visiting parents enjoy supporting their children and love our wonderful match teas. Devon scones, local clotted cream and jam, millionaires shortbread and a ginormous victoria sponge were set upon with gusto this week. Sarah let on the secret of the catering team’s particularly creamy egg sandwiches which are always demolished – a little salad cream, as well as mayonnaise, gives them a bit of a tang!.

Our Pre Prep enjoyed a very special picnic lunch in the sunshine on Thursday, with other year groups having picnics planned over the term. It has been a wonderful week.

All of your children will have come home with the following poster – do talk to them about what they can do to stay happy and keep a balanced mental health.


Outside Learning

Trinity - Week 4

It is the Summer Term and that means that there is lots of outside learning going on at St Peter’s.

The girls have been loving their cricket, although sadly, matches were cancelled this week because of the appallingly cold and wet weather. However, we go out when we can!

It is so wonderful for the children to enjoy the 28 acres and those lessons outside are the ones that they remember because they are different. We have Maths, Science, Drama and a lot of Music outside at the moment with Mr Hoban enjoying the front lawn as an outside classroom for some Music lessons.

Reception was learning country dancing to an accordion last week. Absolutely perfect! As parents flick through their latest newsletter they can enjoy plenty of photos of outdoor learning, including pond dipping and outdoor map work. I’ve featured some snaps of Reception very much enjoying the new PTA funded Wild woods furniture with this article. We are currently revamping our Summer Menus with fresh and seasonal produce but thankfully there will be no mud pies on the menu!

Passports To Progress

Trinity - Week 3

Now that our results are in we have done some work on displaying the information for current and prospective parents. I think you will find them interesting and you can view the documents below or download a PDF file here.

Our recent Open Day was very busy and our children really enjoyed finding out more about their school and gaining house points stickers on the way on their special passport. The new initiative was a resounding success and I know that the children were hugely proud to show their parents around their school while discovering bits that they didn’t know about! The rain held off, thank goodness.

A highlight of this week has been the Future Schools fair on Tuesday evening where 21 Senior Schools visited and spoke to parents and pupils. Thank you all for attending and supporting this event. The schools travel a long way and very much appreciated meeting and talking to the community.

Meanwhile, Mr Hoban has written about the importance of Musical instrument tuition. Please do read his letter in the school newsletter and sign up your children to learn. It is a hugely valuable life skill as well
as a passport to an enriched understanding of culture.

Charlotte Johnston, Head

Treading the Beach and Boards

Lent - Week 10

It is hard to even know where to start this week. I have so many things to be proud of.

This week the whole of Falkner house (Prep) went down to Exmouth beach and took part in a Beach Clean. I am so passionate about the school being part of the local community and seeing the children being responsible for their environment is a great step forward. If anyone wants to help with keeping the beach clean The Point in Exmouth will provide buckets for children to collect rubbish and give free hot chocolates/coffee for full buckets after a walk – something to do on a Saturday afternoon and a wonderful lesson in looking after our environment.

Last Thursday night it seemed that the entire Upper School and their parents, as well as some returning pupils and families, descended on The Barnfield in Exeter for a triumphant performance of ‘Dazzle’. I was so impressed with the singing, the acting, the set, the creativity and wit of the performance and my huge congratulations to Mr Hoban and Mrs Colwill in particular as the driving forces behind it. It was the most incredible experience for the children and something they will not forget.

This week we say farewell to Mr Will Roulstone our HLTA and Sports Coach. Will has worked here for the last 3 years and has been a great asset to St Peter’s. We also bid farewell to Mr Chris Harris who started in January 2005 in the Finance Office, where he has been a steady, reliable pair of hands and he will be much missed. We wish him well in his retirement.

And finally congratulations to Mrs Amy Hughes who has been appointed Head of Lower School. We start the transition after the break when Mrs Hughes takes up her role at the beginning of the Trinity Term. Mrs Lucy Ball will be heading up Pre-prep until Mrs Lizzy Glanvill returns in September. Mrs Joanne Howard has covered Mrs Glanvill’s maternity year extremely well and we thank her for all her hard work. She is looking forward to being able to spend more time with her class next term.

Charlotte Johnston