his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

The ‘Celebration of the Arts’ Week is one of my favourite weeks in the year.  Could I thank all pupils, staff and parents who have supported this project.

The art work produced by the pupils never ceases to amaze me.  Here are some examples, but please do come and view them yourselves.

Year 3- inspired by Fernand Leger & cubism..

Year 4- ‘fantasy animals’

Year 5- inspired by Picasso


Year 6- Still life


Year 7- Textiles

Year 8- Abstract & Portrait

Year 9- Textiles & Portrait



Please do read the previous blogs regarding the ‘Presentation afternoon’ and last night’s ‘Piano and Strings’ concert.

In the midst of all this we embraced Pi day.  As Mr Palmer explained in the UK we put the day, the month, the year when showing the date (16/3/18); in the USA they put the month, the day, the year (3/16/18).  We all agreed it was a strange order, but it does create Pi day (3/14).  Congratulations to all students who took the Pi challenge…but particularly our champion- Bradley in Y6, who can recite over 200 decimal points in the correct order.


We have also played several fixtures this week.  With Mr Timson, I took the Year 5 boys to a mini football tournament at LGS.  I was very proud of the way the boys performed.  In the first match against Witham, we hit the woodwork several times, but ultimately lost 3-0.  In the second match we came from a 2-0 deficit to draw with LGJS.  And in the final games we beat Grace Dieu 8-2.  We were runners up, but most importantly, despite losing our first game, the boys never gave up.  Well done the U10 team.  For more results please do visit the website.

Congratulations to all those pupils from Years 2, 3 and 4 who represented us at the Kettering and District Eisteddfod. We came first in all the classes in which we sang (open and hymn singing) and had some super comments from the adjudicator. The comments included ‘such character and spirit’, ‘ a lovely rhythmic start with such clear, crisp words’, ‘clear ringing tone’, ‘sustained tone colours’ and ‘great commitment and teamwork’. We were given some of the highest marks that we have had in recent years (all distinctions).


Victors once again…well done to all pupils and Mrs Ashwin.

The ‘Celebration of Arts’ week ends this evening with a dance display and the Year 6 production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  I wish all participants the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching all of you.

Stars of the week:

Reception: Emilia

Year 1: Ethan & Oscar

Year 2: Rayyan

Don’t forget tomorrow morning we have our Easter walk (all well behaved dogs welcome) and Easter egg hunt for our younger pupils.

Next week looks equally busy and exciting with sports fixtures, forest school, the fireside debate (“Should we still have a Royal Family in the 21st century?”), the Easter service (Thursday at 10.00, St Cuthberts), the Great Stoneygate bake off, a ‘Bring and Buy’ stall,  the Morris Mile….

I end this week’s blog with Hattie (Y8) who performed this piece during the ‘Piano and strings’ concert.


Mr Dobson