Newsletter – 28th February

Thank you very much to the parents that attended the Q&A on Saturday morning. I am most grateful to Niall FitzGerald, Nigel Welby, Jamie Bannon and Jo Vanhegan for giving up their Saturday morning for this event.

The opening of The Peake was a truly wonderful occasion with many old friends and also many envious heads of science from senior schools witnessing the cutting of the ribbon and the official opening. Earlier on it was a delight to listen to a ‘flow of consciousness’ presentation from Dr Gary and to witness a never-ending sea of hands in the air waiting to ask some fascinating questions. We are very proud to pass on excerpts from a ‘visiting senior school master’ …. Thank you very much for yesterday’s opening of The Peake. It was a wonderful moment with so much on display at your school about which you should be proud. Staff members were all extremely dedicated and caring, and clearly want the best for your students. Above all, and rightly so, the boys and girls did you great credit .…. were exemplary in terms of their politeness and engagement. Having spoken to many students yesterday, I was taken aback by their charm, energy and impressive spirit for learning, and life. Please do pass on my sincere thanks to those responsible for creating such a wonderful day.


On Saturday night the Y8 full boarders and their parents attended the annual Race Night – parents and children alike enjoyed hedging their bets and the competitive spirit was plentiful. The overall winners were Swansons and the Kitchens – although there was a Stewards enquiry! My thanks to Rob and Caroline who orchestrated such a well-run evening!

We must apologise for the fact that weather conditions last Thursday were so appalling that we postponed the Y4 trip to Kew Gardens. In the event this was extremely wise as the Gardens were shut for most of the day and the traffic was every bit as awful as we had anticipated.

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As I write, the Year 6 children are in London visiting the National Portrait Gallery and I am sure that their day will be most worthwhile.

As part of our Book Week, on Thursday, it is Character Day in which children can dress up as their favourite character from a book. Always a delight to see so many incredibly imaginative outfits!

The Y8 Scholarship and CE Trials begin on Tuesday this week, with 7NJS sitting examinations on Thursday and Friday, too. Unfortunately for those children sitting exams on Thursday, being excited about their costume for an hour beforehand and then being uncomfortable during the exam whilst wearing it, is probably not the best idea. Therefore please can those children wear either home clothes (or uniform) on Thursday which seems to be the most sensible option.

On Monday 6th March, it is the Parents’ Evening for the Y8 Common Entrance children, staring at 6.45pm in The Peake. Supper will be served afterwards in the Dining Room.

On Tuesday 7th the Year 7 children are going on a Geography trip to visit the Olympic Park and to study East Village as their sustainable housing project for Common Entrance which is part of the legacy of the Olympic Games. They will look at the services available, including transport, health care, schools, shops and sports facilities.

Whilst on Thursday 9th March both Reception and Year 2 children are visiting Wakehurst Place and Michelham Priory respectively.

We are also very much looking forward to the Y7 production of West Side Story which takes place in the Theatre on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March. Please do complete the attached form (WSS RSVP) indicating which night you would like to come and how many will be attending (parents and children). Although the younger children will be able to see the Dress Rehearsal, we feel sure many of them will want to come again to one or other of the performances, too!

Emily Tier writes: I’m hosting a Boden Shopping Event in the Old Library on Friday 3rd (3.00-6.00pm) and Saturday 4th (9.30am-1.00pm) March. I’ll have stacked rails from the new range of Womenswear, Childrenswear and Accessories for us to see and try on (and a few bits of Menswear and Babywear). I’ll also have jeans in most sizes to help find your perfect fit. If anything takes your fancy, you can place an order with 20% off all categories plus free postage and free returns. If you’re thinking of placing an order, it might be an idea to hold on so you can have a proper look and feel first. If you can’t come but would like the special code linked to this event then do email me,

If you have ordered one of the recent class or group photographs, they are now available for collection from outside the Bursary Office.

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Triathlon team (Year 5 – 8)
Please can you inform Mr Burgess if your child would like to participate in the Bede’s triathlon event next Friday 10th March. The final squad will be selected and announced next week with details to follow. The only pre-requisite for selection to the event is that your child has their own suitable bike & helmet, that can either be brought into school or brought to Bede’s next Friday.

Cumnor Credits
As ever, I am delighted to share our weekly list of Cumnor Credits. These are now available to view on the Cumnor website using the following link (Cumnor Credits).

We still have space for a few tables at the Rose Bowl Quiz on Friday evening which will take place in the Barn from 7.30pm. If you would like to attend with a team of 8 people, or indeed join a mixed table, please let the School Office know as soon as possible. It is always a great night so please do come and join us.


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