Head's News 29/09/2017

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Reception trip to Forest School in Holland Park

Pupils in RK paid a visit to Holland Park Forest School on Wednesday. They loved being in the woods and being able to search through the muddy and leafy areas for wildlife. They also enjoyed seeing the very tame squirrels. The children had a wonderful day and are already looking forward to their future visits in the spring and summer terms as each Reception class with have three visits during the year.

Year 1 trip to Bekonscot Model Village

The Year 1 pupils were full of excitement upon their return from the model village. And no surprise – it is a magical place and one which I visited on a school trip myself, all those years ago! The children enjoyed the magic of the various landscapes, towns and villages with farms, oast houses and a taste of country life. They relished the sensation of “being giants” walking around this miniature world. A super day out and one which I hope children will still be enjoying in another few decades….


At Portland Place, Year 8 pupils extolled the virtues of our school values in dramatic style. Scenarios were played out and pupils had to identify which school value was being presented. Our values espouse all that we seek to foster in our pupils and inform the atmosphere and ethos of our school community.

Respect; Responsibility; Kindness;

Fairness; Forgiveness; Determination

Following on from their first meeting of the year, new School Council members were given their badges of office. At their meeting, item number one on the agenda was to request a table-football table for the common room. This had been suggested in the past, but there was some discussion of the best model… I am pleased to relate that Mrs Mason has found a very good looking table which has just arrived. Having spent several years living in France during my youth, I am always up for a game!

It was a pleasure to distribute Librarian badges to our new crop of librarians. We have a terrific team of librarians and they keep the library in very good order. I am most grateful for their hard work in the management of this key resource.

Assembly at TOGS taught us about change in our lives as we grow. Each of us has qualities to celebrate and every duckling can turn into a swan!

Choral Day at King’s Canterbury

On Thursday, 9 members of the choir were privileged to attend a choral day run for prep school pupils by senior music staff at the King’s School in Canterbury. The group gathered at St Pancras for the 55 minute train ride down to the school (which is walking distance from the station) and is thus very accessible from London.

Their school chapel is Canterbury Cathedral itself, so pupils spent the day in this magnificent setting as they learned the various pieces. The King’s hospitality got the thumbs up as lunch was a veritable feast. (Got to keep the performers happy!)

At the concert, pupils performed Elgar’s ‘Ave Verum’, Howell’s ‘Like as the hart desireth…’ and Bob Chilcott’s ‘Irish Blessing’. Rousing choral pieces which will have enriched our pupils’ experience of communal singing greatly. Thank you to Mr Hopwood, Mr Radley and 5 supporting parents who made this uplifting vocal experience so memorable.

Drinks Reception for Abercorn Place Parents

Thank you yet again to our welcoming and supportive Friends of Abercorn who provided a most warm and friendly evening for Abercorn Place families in TOGS last evening. It was a pleasure to welcome new families and others who were visiting TOGS for the first time as well as familiar faces.

With all good wishes for a peaceful weekend.

Benedict Dunhill

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