Winter has arrived in force!
It was with some trepidation that I pulled back my curtains last Friday at 6.00am. Would the promised snow have arrived in the deepest South Hams? I could hear the wind howling round the house and as I peered out into the darkness I caught a glimpse of the first snow of the winter - falling horizontally! As I prepared for the drive to Stover I could not help thinking my cat had the right idea. Pushing a whisker out of the cat flap and being greeted by a gale force wind and driving snowflakes she shot back into the kitchen, up the stairs and under the covers on the bed like a bullet! As it turned out the drive into school was less eventful than I had imaged with the snow disappearing as I reached Totnes. Many of our families who live on Dartmoor did not make it into school on Friday and I hope the children enjoyed themselves in the snow.
The start of term has been busy and productive. On our first day back all the pupils from Reception to Year 6 were involved in an afternoon of SEAL activities. These were designed by our teachers and allowed everyone to work co-operatively and to practise social and team work skills. The afternoon was a resounding success and this will now become an annual event. Reports from the pupils and photographs can be found on the website and on the Stover Facebook page.
All parents should have received a copy of their child’s class newsletter giving information on the curriculum topics for the Spring Term and any other important news pertinent to individual classes. As usual, we have a packed sports fixture list this term as well as opportunities for pupils to represent Stover Prep School in various events organized by the local School Sports’ Partnership.
We are all eagerly awaiting the Prep School production of ‘Oh What a Knight!’ which takes place on Friday 22nd March. Casting is complete and rehearsals are well underway for this musical extravaganza. Please mark your calendars. We hope parents of pupils in the Nursery and Pre-Prep will also join us for the afternoon or evening performances.
This year we have entered two teams for the Key Stage 2 National General Knowledge Quiz. Teams comprise of one pupil from Years 3-6 inclusive and so we shall be seeking a total of eight children from these year groups to represent us. Selection will take place using materials sent to us by the organizers. Please encourage your child to try out for a team. Further details will follow in due course. The first round takes place in March.
Our annual Chess Challenge is already under way. This begins as an in-house competition with winners then qualifying for local, regional and possibly national competitions. Good luck to all those who have entered.
The School Council has held its first meeting of the term where pupils discussed what news they should share when writing to Binta, the little girl whose education we sponsor in the Gambia. Members of the charity will visit her village next month and carry our letter with them. Upon their return we plan to have another special assembly with one of the volunteers who travelled to Binta’s village joining us to share photos and news. This has been so well received by our children in the past. They love to see how Binta lives and it helps them appreciate all the wonderful opportunities they have.
Scholarships for entry into the Senior School take place this week and we wish all our Year 6 pupils who have entered Academic, Sport, Music or Art all the very best of luck.
Finally, I am sure you will want to join me in wishing Mr and Mrs Appleby many congratulations on the birth of their son James who was born on 15th January weighing 5 pounds and 11 ounces. The whole family are doing well.