We know that food is the ingredient that binds us together and this last week I had the pleasure of witnessing our Food Committee doing exactly that and enjoying a veritable feast as they put their taste buds to the test sampling the quality and range of fresh food on offer from all three of our shortlisted catering companies; all vying to win the coveted catering contract for Prince’s Mead. The standard of food was incredible and pupils are certainly in for a revolution in the standard of catering in the next academic year with fresh, locally sourced dishes which will be seasonal, healthy, balanced and nutritious. Our ultimate goal is to inspire our young children to develop a life-long positive relationship with food and we look forward to sharing this passion with you with the opening of our Dining Hall next term.

This week saw another milestone pass in the lives of many families with Year 4 children undertaking their first residential trip. Whilst the children were enjoying a great adventure the most beautiful surroundings of Mill on the Brue in Somerset, I have no doubt that parents were thinking every day about their children and have been excitedly awaiting their return this afternoon. As a school, we are always trying to find ways to strike the right balance between nurturing our children and encouraging their independence. Trips such as these are not only deeply enjoyable for the children but also incredibly rewarding for them in building their self-confidence, their independence and fostering even greater camaraderie with their peers. What a joy is was to witness these qualities in abundance when I visited them this week. I have no doubt they will sleep well this weekend, along with Mr MacDonald, Miss Merrick, Miss Williams and Mrs Baines who I am very grateful too for the outstanding care they provided to our pupils during their time away from home.

Prince’s Mead has been awash with visitors this afternoon as we held our Summer Term Open Day; our pupils were the most excellent ambassadors and our visitors could not help but see and experience the depth of character that we witness here on a daily basis. Another busy week in the life of Prince’s Mead!