Headmaster’s Notes: Welcoming prospective parents to our Open Afternoon

11th October 19

It was a pleasure to welcome a large number of prospective parents to Prince’s Mead for our Open Afternoon today, where our visitors certainly saw the best of the School, albeit the sunshine was shining far brighter inside Worthy Park House than it was outside! Our visiting families were certainly wowed by the facilities and opportunities on offer to our pupils but far more impressive than any of these things were our pupils. All those visitors I had the privilege to meet were keen to convey this; from those giving guided tours of the School, to those speaking up in lessons and holding open doors as our guests toured the school, each pupil was the most excellent ambassador of Prince’s Mead. Their energy and enthusiasm were infectious and, as parents, you should be extremely proud of them.

With Mental Health Day being on the agenda this week, we will continue to do all that we can in promoting positive engagement with the process of learning about oneself. We always emphasise that academic attainment is just one component of a child’s development but this is a by-product of positive wellbeing and a greater sense of perspective on positive self-image and belief.

In staff news, we say a fond farewell to Miss Grace Ma who departs shortly. Grace was appointed as a Teaching Assistant to cover Mrs Shamima Meah who returns next week from maternity leave. I am very grateful to Grace for the wonderful classroom support and enormous positivity, albeit you will only have spotted her for one day each week. Many congratulations to Chef Tomas who gets married this weekend to Sylvia. They have travelled out to Poland for what I hear will be quite a celebration. I know you will join me in wishing them both many happy years together.

On the theme of food, our older pupils enjoyed delicious bacon butties on Tuesday as part of our regular ‘Breakfast for a Breakfast’ event. The initiative was started by a Prince’s Mead pupil to raise money to provide breakfast food, such as milk and eggs to our sister school, The Timothy Pruss School in Tamil Nadu, India.

We were delighted that Muddy Stilettos enjoyed their time with us at Prince’s Mead, and they have portrayed an extraordinarily accurate picture of life at the school on their website (we have a link to it in today’s newsletter). Reading their review made me extremely proud to be a part of Prince’s Mead, and it certainly reinforced the fact that we are one of the leading Prep Schools in the region.

Wishing you a most relaxing weekend and I hope you stay dry. One cannot quite believe we have nearly reached half-term!

Mr Peter Thacker