On Wednesday, we had the privilege to compete in the Prep Schools’ Choir of the Year competition. Set in Cadogan Hall in the heart of Chelsea and home of the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, pupils sung to a sell-out audience who enjoyed a spectacular choral celebration. The standard was high as over 300 choristers from a number of leading independent schools presented their skills. It is with great pride to announce that Prince’s Mead were awarded Runners Up. I know you will join me in congratulating our Concert Choir for their sterling performance and to Miss Williams, Mrs Emmott-Dart, Mrs Osborne and Mr Greenaway for their support, energy and expertise leading up to and on the day itself – always understated in their approach but achieving great things. Perhaps the moment that stood out for me was when all the participating choirs took to the stage together to perform a beautiful rendition of “Why We Sing”. The audience of parents were visibly moved by this showing of unity and celebration of the children’s shared love for music. There is something very special about bringing young peoples’ voices together and it was lovely to hear our Choir once again in Friday Prayers this morning.

Good luck to Year 4 next week as they depart on their residential to Mill on the Brue with Mr Macdonald, Miss Merrick, Miss Williams and Mrs Baines. They will enjoy a tailor made programme on a stunning 25 acre estate in Somerset and return full of very happy memories.

Many of you will have noted this week national debate about the scale of air pollution around schools across the country. Whilst we are very fortunate with the air quality around Prince’s Mead these headlines nonetheless serve as a helpful reminder to us all to ensure we switch off our engines when stationary in the school car park for the sake of all our young pupils. Children have been identified as one group most likely to be affected by our actions. The Headmaster and Eco-Committee will be on the lookout!

Wishing you all a very happy weekend ahead.