There has been a tremendous energy around the school this week as the children have returned feeling refreshed from the half-term break. It has been a great joy to welcome you all back, and in beautiful sunshine too. We have an exciting diary of events to look forward to this half of term. In keeping abreast of busy school life, I know many of you have welcomed our new printed termly calendar. There is also some useful advice on communication at the school, parents’ events and the Future Schools process at the back of the calendar which may be of interest to you as points of reference.

On the sporting front it has been most encouraging to reflect on a very promising week by all the boys who exhibited tremendous determination and superb team spirit in their matches. After a most impressive performance, the U11Bs must take genuine confidence as winners of the Prince’s Mead Rugby 7s tournament. Our girls showed their strength, skill and team spirit too in their midweek fixtures. I must mention, in particular, the very spirited performance from our U11A Netball team who, under huge pressure on Court, never lost their competitive spirit or sense of fun despite a less favourable result on this occasion. One of the best natured matches I have witnessed in a long time and I felt very proud of the way our girls conducted themselves. Well done to our IAPS U11A Netball team who yesterday made it through to the Regional Cup Quarter Finals in 2nd place after 4 wins and a narrow loss of just one goal to St Swithun’s. They achieved a very credible 5th place overall out of 24 teams. Reaching the play offs in a regional tournament was the first time in three years and a hugely proud moment for all involved; a brilliant effort from all the girls and their coach Ms Lacey.

My theme in Friday Prayers this morning was about going the extra mile. May I offer some gentle encouragement to all our families to go the extra mile in dropping off your children at school no later than 8.25am; it really helps them settle into the school day. Please also ensure you abide by our maximum speed limit when you enter the school site. Your continued support in these matters is very much appreciated.

I wish you all a very relaxing weekend.