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So what changes will we be making? What have we learnt from our first year? Looking back, there is one thing that stands out; one thing that really has to change. What is it? New Mexican school uniform? Read on ...
The extra day for us at the beginning of the week simply meant that the children could all enjoy that final weekend before exams – they had a lazy breakfast in pyjamas, a massive brunch at about 11am, sailing at Whiteadder and surfing on the Bay
Week 9 at my last school was always the moment when the wheels came off. Well, we had our ‘Week 9’ last week – not because either the children or the staff were badly behaved – far from it
I was presented with the most colourful picture frame which goes perfectly in the newly decorated Drawing Room. I just need to find something suitable to put in it
All the children looked very happy to be back and when I asked at assembly the following morning which term was their favourite, Summer was the unanimous winner ...
This is just a brief addition to my usual ramblings to announce that we have now won 11 scholarships to senior schools this year
May I offer my profuse and sincere apologies for the tardiness of this latest Headmaster’s ‘Blog. I have been busily preparing for the annual Strategy Day and full Governors’ meeting which took place on Thursday.
I cannot tell you how impressed I was by all 7 contestants participating in the first round of Mastermind. To sit in a black leather swivel chair, under a spotlight, in front of the whole school and staff to answer questions fired at them is astonishing
I would like to take this opportunity, if I have not done so already, of wishing you a very happy and peaceful 2017. I'm not sure for how long in January it remains polite to continue greeting people with, "Happy New Year!" but there it is, nonetheless.
As I sit here in the study, trying to concentrate on my final ‘blog' of the term, Stewart is in the Front Hall setting up lights and a sound system for the end of term staff party.
We returned after the last weekend out to news that eight children (I know there’s only seven in the picture) had been awarded prizes in the Garvald Poetry competition, this year based around the theme of ‘Messages’. This was an outstanding result...
The last three weeks since half term have been absolutely non-stop... The second half began with the much-awaited Dandylions v WOSPS match here at Belhaven. It was a cracking game, especially the second half, with the Dandylions eventual winners...
So half term began with the Spoken English competition and what an eye-opening experience that was...but more on that later. Before I write about that, I have the last couple of weeks to distill into a few short paragraphs....
So we have arrived at the 2nd ‘out’ weekend of term already and the last two weeks have passed in a bit of a blur. Not much rest was had at the last ‘out’ weekend as my sister was over from New Zealand and she ganged up with another of my sisters...
If July and August are two reasons to become a teacher, then September is why we send our children to boarding school. I hope that as many of you as possible have enjoyed a rest, perhaps even a holiday, after the rigours of the long Summer break?
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