Headmaster’s Notes: Music is the medicine of the mind

13th February 20

Kids in red blazers and navy coats stood around a campfire with marshmallows on sticks

We had the great pleasure of welcoming a BBC film crew to Prince’s Mead this week, with the privilege of being able to share with them all that we celebrate here on the musical front at the school. The team thoroughly enjoyed meeting staff and pupils, as well as filming some of the fantastic music opportunities that Prince’s Mead pupils have on offer to them. As one would expect, they picked up a very positive impression of the school as a whole. Building on the Music Department’s success as Runners Up in the National Prep Schools Choir of the Year competition last year, the next stage for our Choir will be a journey north to Coventry next month for the semi-finals of the BBC Young Choir of the Year. I feel very proud indeed of a thriving department with an outstanding national reputation.

As Year 6 senior school results continue to arrive on my desk, the academic standards that our pupils consistently achieve continues to impress our current staff, our future schools and also our Governing Board. Yesterday, our recently established Governor Education Committee met for its termly meeting to discuss academic progress across the school, and were delighted with the rigour and standards set by our teaching staff and the consequent advances that each pupil is making. We will not be standing still on this front either.

On the staffing front, we bid farewell to Miss Georgie Wooster today. Georgie arrived as a gap student fresh from St Swithun’s at the beginning of the academic year. As a former Prince’s Mead pupil, she was already familiar with the magic that goes on inside our school and she has certainly created much of her own during her time with us; one very much sensed this as the children bid her a fond farewell today. As Georgie heads out through the school gates, she is off to explore the world on her gap year. First stop: Rio!

It has been a very busy, but happy, half term. I do hope that you have a refreshing break be it on the slopes or closer to home over the next week and look forward to welcoming you all back for what will be a very exciting period ahead.

Mr Peter Thacker