Back to school - Thoughts from Claire Lilley, Head of Prep

The Head's Study

It has been wonderful to have all the girls back in school, to hear their laughter, see their smiling faces and sense their excitement at the new learning opportunities being presented to them.

Assemblies are currently being ‘beamed' into classrooms and whilst not ideal, it gives everyone the chance to share themes, celebrate successes and provide a focus for the week ahead.

Last week the girls were introduced to the four women who provide the names of our houses. This September we have moved in line with the Senior School and the previous names of Grosvenor, Charlcombe, Lansdown and Northfields ave been replaced by Austen, Bronte, Du Pre and Wollstonecraft. Girls who have House T-Shirts with the old names on can of course still wear these as the colours of the Senior houses correspond with those of the Prep, but they will be phased out over the coming years.

New girls have settled in well and very soon it will be hard to tell who is new and who isn’t. Girls who have been with us a little longer have been brilliant in welcoming our new girls this term – displaying our wonderful inclusive ethos that puts kindness at its core.

Mr Woods' new pizza oven has been getting lots of use and there’s certainly a ‘perfection in technique’ taking place! We are so looking forward to the day we can welcome parents back into school to share the joy of the new outdoor cooking facility. A huge thanks to the Friends who financed the project and of course to the time Mr Woods has given to the construction.

Our new normal is establishing itself and we thank you for your patience as we adjust to things. We hope that you found the class curriculum presentations useful and helped you to get a better understanding of what your daughter’s learning journey will look like this year.

Do feel free to feedback any comments you may have on any aspects of school life – we are open-minded and are happy to consider your thoughts as we all adjust to new ways of working.

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