A very warm welcome back to you all and particularly to the new families and members of staff joining us this year.

It has been a joy to see our children return to Prince’s Mead with a spring in their step this week. Over the coming months, their challenge will be to sustain that energy, even through the occasional snow flurry if last year is anything to go by! The children’s positive attitude and application to their studies and activities will play a huge role in ensuring that they make the most of the many opportunities on offer and we look forward to sharing much of that with you in due course.

I am sure many of you started the year with a New Year’s resolution or two; perhaps some of you are still managing to keep them! The start of the year is also an opportunity for our children to reflect on the things they can do to live a happy and fulfilling life. In Friday Prayers, I asked them to consider what is really important – and what is not – as they journey through 2019. I invited the children to put respect for others at the very top of their resolution list.

If I could encourage parents to have one resolution, could I suggest that is to pencil into your diaries the Parents’ Quiz Night on Friday 15th March. The evening will be a terrific opportunity to get together with parents from across the school and it is certain to be accompanied with a fun dose of competitive spirit.

We are fortunate to have a hugely committed Board of Governors at Prince’s Mead who possess a wealth of experience and I am indebted to them for the phenomenal support and voluntary service they give to our school community. I am delighted to announce the appointment of a new Governor who joined the Board just before Christmas to broaden this experience even further. Mrs Georgie Bateman has lived in Hampshire with her husband since 1997 and ran Night Nannies in the south of England for 18 years, providing solutions to sleep, feeding and routine problems (that some of us are all too familiar with)! She now owns a company that provides ante-natal and post-natal training. Mrs Bateman has two daughters at university and was a governor at Leaden Hall School in Salisbury for 6 years. We are thrilled she is joining us.

For now, I wish you all a very happy 2019.