Dear Parents,

It’s been a busy week for us all in the lead up to the half term break.  There was a lot of excitement at the start of the week when we met for the first time this academic year in school houses.  Our newly appointed head of houses did a fantastic job with preparing for their first presentation.  I was incredibly proud of them all; they worked independently with enthusiasm to prepare PowerPoint presentations.  As well as houses voting in a charity to support over the year, the Heads of Houses collated ideas from their house members for fundraisers and reminded them all of the various house events that will take place over the year.  Pupils collect house points in various ways throughout the year; their individual merits are also included, in the hope that they will go into the lead with the most points to receive the House Cup and title of House Champions at the end of the academic year.  All Heads of Houses reminded their members of the ways in which they can collect house points and this caused a stir of excitement!  House spirit feels as strong as ever within the school and there is an air of friendly competition as pupils seek to achieve in all areas of school life and help contribute to the collection of house points.

The charities the houses will support over the year, as voted for by all members of the school community, are:

Arundel:  The Clock Tower Sanctuary- a Brighton based charity supporting the young homeless in our city.

Herstmonceux:  Whoopsadaisy- a Brighton based charity for children with cerebral palsy and motor disorders.

Lewes:  The Martlets- a Brighton based charity supporting those in the Brighton and Hove area supporting those living through a terminal illness.

Bodiam:  Water Aid- a UK based charity, supporting people around the world, improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.

On Tuesday, I was once again impressed with the work of some of our senior pupils: our Co-Heads of School Council who took the position of chairs at our first School Council meeting of the year. They had also spent time preparing for the meeting and produced an impressive PowerPoint presentation.  We now have a full set of new School Council representatives from across the year groups and our first meeting of the year was incredibly exciting.  The focus and priority this year is based around recycling and eco-initiatives.  I won’t say too much at this stage as the reps are soon to write a pupil school development plan which will be displayed in the school reception area for you all to read.  However, what I will say, is that it is going to be a busy year for the school council as they take on the additional responsibility of being our school Eco Warriors!  Well done to both the Heads of School Council and all the reps for such a productive meeting.

In my letter to you last week, I shared with you the list of senior pupil appointments.  Looking back over my letter, I was mortified to see that I had missed Poppy (Yr 6) from my list. I am afraid it was an administrational error on my part, as I cut and pasted names from an alphabetical list into my letter.  Poppy, I am so sorry that I missed you from my list; please accept my sincere apologies.  My weekly letters are uploaded to the school website under ‘Headteacher’s Weekly News’ and this error has been rectified online. I therefore am delighted to share with you all that Poppy in Year 6 has been appointed as both our Head Librarian and Lead Reading Ambassador. Congratulations Poppy! More information about our Reading Ambassador programme will be shared soon.

On Thursday, I led the final SLT assembly of this half term.  I told the story of the two greedy brothers who were locked away together until they could learn how to work with one another and to be thoughtful and considerate. This was a good opportunity for us to discuss further and to remind ourselves of our school Golden Rules and to reflect particularly on the rule ‘We care for our school’ (and those within it).  It was quite an entertaining assembly as I needed two ‘greedy brothers’ to come up to the front of the assembly and to try and feed one another biscuits with metre-long spoons!

Yesterday, there was a girls and boys football fixture at Lancing Prep.  It was an extremely exciting afternoon for all involved.  Our girls team won 7-1; a very well done to you all!  The boys team, despite not walking away with a win yesterday, worked and played well together.  A very well done to all who competed yesterday.

Forthcoming events:

Monday 5th November:  Year 3 Stone Age Day

Thursday 8th November:  U11 and U10 Football Fixture against Windlesham House at Wish Park

Sunday 11th November:  ISA Swimming Gala in Beckenham (more information will be sent out soon)

Monday 12th November:  Start of Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 12th November:  Individual School Photographs

Friday 16th November:  Children In Need Day

I would like to thank you all for your continued support since the start of the academic year and I wish everyone a very happy half term break. I hope the beautiful October weather continues and that you all enjoy some time to relax and recharge ready for the second half of the Michaelmas term which is always a very busy half term with the lead up to the Christmas break.

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth Brown