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Hublet, Hockey, Rugby, Conga…

Michaelmas - Week 3

Hublet, Hockey, Rugby, Conga, Rabbits, Shakespeare. Not words you would normally see together but these are my notes for my reflection this week!

Our Pre-Prep library and Performing Arts room have been officially opened this week with thanks to Mrs Rhodes for cutting the Ribbon at the Hublet.

We also welcomed The Pantaloons to St Peter’s for an outdoor showing of William Shakespeare’s ‘As you like it’! The Year 5s loved their workshop. Thank you to The Pantaloons for officially opening the Performing Arts room for us as well.

We have played our first matches – well done indeed to all the teams. I particularly enjoyed seeing our U9s play in their first Hockey and Rugby tournaments and at break time about fifty children took part in a spontaneous conga! What a treat.

And so to the highlight of the week – the rabbits have arrived! Hop, Spot and Whiskers are absolutely beautiful black and white Dutch Rabbits with very ‘twitchy’ noses as one 5 year old observed yesterday. They are settling in well and the children have very much enjoyed welcoming them to St Peter’s as new members of our school. One of our parents has made the most amazing fox proof house and run and the rabbits have lots of space to hop about. We have upper school volunteers who will be cleaning and feeding the rabbits on a rotation with a couple of Year 8s in a supervisory role. We will let them settle until we handle them later in the term.

C.Johnston, Head

Welcome back

Michaelmas - Week 2

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