As ever it was a delight to welcome everyone back for the start of the Summer Term on Thursday morning. It was an added pleasure to greet 8 new faces joining our community and indeed to see them still smiling at the end of the day.
Major holiday work, apart from that undergone by the Year 8 Common Entrance and Scholar candidates, is clearly there for all to see in the shape of the foundations of the Dining Room extension; these are now, if I understand the terminology, ‘out of the ground’ and we are firmly on schedule for completion in time for the beginning of the September Term 2017.
I am delighted to announce this term’s Head Boy, Head Girl and House Captains are as follows:
- Head Boy and Head Girl: James D. and Ellie S.
- White House Captains: Catie C., Sammy M.
- Red House Captains: Olivia S., Freddie J.
- Blue House Captains: Ella D., Matty T.
- Black House Captains: Rosie W., Casper C.
The academic scholarship season continues this week with children sitting examinations for Eton, King’s Canterbury and Tonbridge and followed closely by Brighton and Hurst next week. This is a relatively long term with our Half Term set for the needs of our Common Entrance candidates. This means we take half term after their Common Entrance exams thus allowing the children to remain focussed at school prior to CE and then enjoy a well-deserved rest post- examinations.
We are delighted to pass on the news of the marriage of James Tunstill and Chelsey Wells in the holidays and wish them every happiness to come. We also announced at the beginning of term the appointment of Mrs Alison Wicks, Director of Music at Eastbourne to take over our Music Department at the end of Kate Slaymaker’s maternity cover. We shall be sad to say farewell at the end of this term to Jo Clancy, Fran Moulds and Xanthe Lindsay from the Pre- Prep, who after 12½, 7 & 6 years respectively serving the school will be retiring from the front line. I shall have a great deal to say about them in thanks and appreciation before the end of term. We are happy to announce the return to our Pre-Prep of Chloe Mercado, neé Blantern, who some of you may remember from a few years ago before she went on maternity leave. Jacqui Freeman and I will announce a full batting order for the Pre-Prep staffing later in the term.
On Thursday evening our Drama Scholars will be performing in the Theatre at 7.00pm. Of course, not only their parents and families but all are most welcome to join us and as always it will be a treat to watch such fine young actors strut their stuff.
Y6 Charity Fundraiser. On Friday, Year 6 will be running a variety of stalls in lesson 9 and break time to raise money for WaterAid charity, democratically chosen by the Y6 children. All of the prep school will attend and spend! Please could you give your child/children some spending money on Friday morning. Please could they bring a maximum of £5 in loose change in an envelope, labelled with their name, and hand it to their form teacher at registration for safe keeping. Please note that there are NO OCCUPATONS next Tuesday 2nd May due to a Staff INSET meeting. All day children should be collected at 5.00pm apart from those doing tennis and Y8 day children doing prep until 6.00pm.
We are still collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers until 30th June and would be very grateful if you could put any donations into the collecting box on the table in the front porch of the main building.
Please could you let the School Office know if you have changed your landline, mobile number or email address or have had a change of nanny over the holidays so that we can update our database.
Provisional Dates in Summer Kalendar: please note the provisional dates for subsequent terms have changed.
The first outing of the term involved the Y4 visiting the British Wildlife Centre on Monday and on Friday the Year 1 children visit the Centre too.
A select small number of children from Years 6 & 7 will be participating in the Choral Day at Brighton College on Thursday.
Please see an Invitation to Tonbridge and Benenden’s combined event in London entitled “An Introduction to Modern Boarding” on Monday 15th May. The evening, which will be led by Tim Haynes, the Headmaster at Tonbridge, and Mrs Sam Price, the Headmistress at Benenden, will help parents to better understand the ethos which allows pupils to flourish as boarders in their schools, as well as giving an insight into the broad and varied life of a boarder. There will be contributions from housemasters, housemistresses, parents and students from the two schools as well as the Heads. Anyone wishing to attend should sign up via their website at www.tonbridge-school.co.uk/modernboarding or call 01732 304297.
Craig Burgess writes: Hockey sticks/mouth guards. Please can you ask your child (we will be doing the same) to take home their hockey sticks and mouth guards; there are still many sticks and mouth guards remaining in school. Mr Burgess has most mouth guards in the Catshed, so please ask you child to collect from him. If your child has out-grown their stick we would welcome them to be donated to the sports department.
Can all children who have a tennis racket at home please bring them into school for our PE lessons and ensure the rackets are clearly named please?
Golf – With the summer term starting, comes the reopening of the golf course so we welcome those with golf clubs (they must be named and will be kept in the astro store room) to bring them in. We will be running some break time golf practices on the paddock as well as having the occasional fixture. If you have a surplus of old golf balls we will make good use of them so please drop them into the sports department in the Catshed.
Athletic Meets this term – please NOTE amended timings.
RNCF Cup: Cumnor House is taking part in the RNCF Cup, a cricket and rounders’ tournament that helps raise vital funds for the charity. This year the RNCF are offering parents of pupils at school a chance to enter a free prize draw to win a fantastic prize- 2 tickets to the Investec Test Match: England vs South Africa at the Kia Oval and a Gray Nicholls bat signed by the England Cricket team The Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF) is a charity that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children facing abuse, neglect or trauma at home, by enabling them to attend state or independent boarding school. As part of their Assisted Boarding, these children receive the tailored care and structured living they need to fulfil their potential. To enter the competition, visit www.rncfcup.org/win
Bicycles: We are looking for 6 bicycles for our Gappers. Do you happen to have a spare bike which you’d like to donate to help our gappers travel around Sussex?
As ever, I am delighted to share our weekly list of Cumnor Credits. These are now available to view on the Cumnor website.
The Home Weekend includes Bank Holiday Monday and therefore see you back at School on Tuesday 2nd May.