24th April 23
I hope that you are all well and managed to get some downtime over the Easter period. The Years 7/8 ski holiday was a great success and a huge thank you to Mr Ashcroft, Mr Creasey, Mrs Mansfield, Mr Oldroyd and Mrs Scrace for all their hard work making sure that the trip ran smoothly.
Mr Tye, Mr Gates-Fleming and Mr Proctor have been very busy over the past few weeks preparing the site for the new term and getting the cricket pitches ready for the season. We just need a period of good weather to dry out the earth in order to make the wickets playable!
We are very much looking forward to The School Ball this Saturday and no doubt the Hall will be a hive of activity towards the end of the week as the decorating begins. Such an event takes a huge amount of effort and I would like to thank The Ball Committee, ably led by George Lobo, for all their hard work and dedication.
Next week begins with Years 7 and 8 visiting First World War battlefields of The Somme and Ypres. This is always an incredibly meaningful and thought-provoking residential which enables the pupils to visit the places that they have studied as part of the English Diploma. We will be laying a wreath on behalf of Sevenoaks Prep at the Menin Gate on Monday evening.
I do hope that you were all able to enjoy a wonderful Easter. Whilst the weather was not that great, at least the sun made an appearance for Easter Sunday. Although my children are 16 and 9, the eldest still enjoyed our fabulous Easter Egg hunt, set up by my mum each year. As memories popped up on my social media, I began to feel rather nostalgic and found myself repeating those words, “It only seemed like yesterday!”. So, whilst the Easter hunts might seem like hard work now, really do take that time to soak up those very precious moments and take all of the pictures you can to remind you of those special times. In amongst some fun, I also found myself having to do rather dull things in the final two weeks so that my eldest son, Eoghan, did not feel that he was missing out whilst he was studying for his GCSEs. However, the poor weather meant that I was forced into redecorating my bedroom – a project that I had put off for quite some time but, thankfully, the project is now complete.
The children have bounced back to school with energy and vitality. It has been lovely to hear all about their Easter adventures and watch them settle back into their daily routines.
Year 2 enjoyed a sunny trip to Hastings on Wednesday. They visited as part of their topic of ‘Seasides’ and enjoyed a lovely fish and chip lunch too!
The staff all said that they really look forward to the summer term because they can have so much fun with the children and enjoy the outdoors. We have lots planned in the coming term. Please do keep an eye on the Portal calendar for dates of special events coming up.
Have a wonderful weekend,