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Head’s blog

St Peter's prep students.

Catching up

Michaelmas - Week 3

A glorious week in Devon
 here at St Peter’s as we
 enjoy an Indian Summer.

Our new Heads of Sport gave 
their first match report last
 week and a good job they did
 of it too. Another great 
week for matches with some 
fantastic results – hard 
fought in the sunshine.

This
 year we have Heads of Sport
 for the first time and Archie 
and Taylor are impressing us 
all with their sportsmanship
 and leadership qualities.
 Well done – what a good 
start.

This week I have 
visited Exeter School for Mr
 Griffin’s last Speech Day. Mr
 Griffin is Head at 
Exeter School and is retiring after 17 years’ service. It was a wonderful occasion. I was so proud to see
 two of our former pupils pick up their Academic Exhibition awards at 13+ entrees and to hear 
how well the other six who went to Exeter in Year 9 are getting on (very well indeed!). Some 
ex-St Peter’s pupils picked up Speech Day awards and their transition has clearly been a
 great success.

I have also visited Taunton School and it was great to hear of their new
 Dining Room development and Sixth Form Centre as well as to catch up with all the ex-St
 Peter’s pupils who are now at Taunton. They are doing well and fondly remember their 
time at St Peter’s – although they say that Taunton is a lot bigger!

A Good Head Start

Michaelmas - Week 2

Well – the first full week of term is DONE! Monday was a real wash out with torrential rain but the weather has just got better and better as the week has gone on with just a wonderful sunshiney Friday for our first Friday activity afternoon.

Hoards of children trooped past my window after assembly (where we announced the new Eco Warriors) – Year 2 enjoyed golden time on the adventure playground, a large group went off to play Futsal and another to play Lacrosse. There was drama and many other fun options enjoyed by all.

Our new assembly schedule has got off to a flying start with much singing and coming together. Well done to the assembly team – Mrs Ball, Mr Hoban and Dr Evans for putting on such a thoughtful programme this term.

Our pre-prep children went off to their swimming lessons offsite but there was also swimming here at school with the pool open for the next few weeks. Well done to the new families and children who have joined St Peter’s. I think that they have started tremendously well – starting a new school can, of course, be daunting so well done to everyone. Other highlights have been a Leaders’ lunch with my new Heads of School, Heads of Sport and House Captains. I have toured three families over the last few days in glorious weather and we have some taster days happening next week – the holidays seem like a long time ago!

Have a wonderful weekend with your families and remember next week to use the Drop and Go facility -NO NEED TO PARK!!!

Here are our new school leaders for 2019-2020. Very smart indeed!

New beginnings

Michaelmas - Week 1

The term has got off to a flying start. Welcome to our new pupils and welcome back to the ones who have been with us for a while.

St Peter’s is a lovely place to be in September, particularly as the swimming pool remains open for a bit longer! I have spent much time in classrooms over the last few days as well as enjoying seeing the children tearing around at playtime, greeting their friends and enthusiastically chatting over lunch. A couple of our new staff who have come from other schools have been hugely impressed with the manners and behaviour of the children as they move around the site, which has made us all feel very proud. Some of the girls have been delighted to be wearing the new shorts and trousers option as you can see from our featured image.

We had a welcome back with the St Peter’s PTA drinks party for adults with a film and snacks for pupils. We very much looked forward to seeing everyone there and starting the new year with a great party!  I am grateful to parents for working with our tutor teams, asking questions or queries for the first few days. We hope that everyone makes use of the Year 8s who are on-hand to help first thing in the morning and the drop off facility. In particular, Year 3 and up from week 2.

Our head of art, technology and co-curricular, Mrs Emma Tyson will be leaving us at the end of this term and we wish her well as she moves to Liverpool with her husband. Emma has worked at St Peter’s for 18 years and will be missed enormously! We start the process of recruiting her replacement this week. I leave by sharing the new thought of the week with you.

Charlotte Johnston, Head