Head's News 03/03/2017

Head's Newsletter Whole School

It has been one of those very busy weeks this week and I am not sure quite where the days have gone. Book week has been great fun and I am most grateful to parents for entering into the spirit of things by being mystery readers or by crafting some excellent and original costumes.

Year 3 trip to Celtic Harmony

Pre-history came to life for our Year 3 pupils with their visit to Celtic Harmony in Hertfordshire. Talking to the girls the best part of the day was the treasure hunt.  For the boys, apparently, the best bit was… “learning to fight”! Thank you to staff and accompanying parents on this long awaited trip.

ISA North London Netball

The squad had a very positive day at the ISA regional netball championships. 10 students from Year 5/6 travelled by tube to Redbridge sports centre; for some it was their first netball tournament. Our opponents today played hard, but the Abercorn girls played with great determination and good sportsmanship. The girls improved throughout the day, developing strategies and working ever better as a team. Although on this occasion the girls did not qualify for the national competition, it was a fantastic experience all round. Thank you to Miss Mahmood, Miss Grant and parents for supporting our teams on the day.

Eton Fives

This week our year 7 & 8 pupils enjoyed a second session of coaching over at the Eton Fives courts at the Westway Sports Centre. Mr Constance tells me that the children are really starting to appreciate the complexities of the game. I am delighted that our pupils are experiencing this unique sport. I am playing myself later this month, for the Eton Fives Association team v Marlborough College where I am likely to be pitted against my son! (Last year, Dad still just had the edge – before you ask!) This year could see the parental crown topple…

I have also just agreed for the EFA to hold their annual awards dinner at TOGS again this year. This will take place one evening in May and promises to be a super evening with top players from around the country attending.

World Book Day

It has been all excitement at TOGS this week as staff have created a rather magical feel around the building, based on favourite books and stories. Today has been a delight with children appearing in the most cleverly designed costumes of their favourite story characters. Many a chuckle was derived from watching the children arrive in the morning, streaming along and across the Marylebone Road in their outfits. Passers-by too, enjoying the spectacle. At the door, it was great fun trying to work out who was who with the various clues from clothing or apposite accessories. This was a fun day for all, with a celebration of reading at the heart of the fun. Thank you to all our parents for joining in the fun and to TOGS staff for making such a great effort with decorations and competitions this week.


At Portland Place Ms Miller organised a World Book Day assembly with parents reading extracts from different genres of writing which enthralled and engaged the audience.

The assembly also featured some beautiful singing from The Magic Flute performed by Mr Radley and Miss Hendrick, two of our music teachers, accompanied by Mr Mathews-Owen on the piano. Everyone present was in awe of their exquisite talent.

At TOGS it was 1F who gave a clear assembly to demonstrate their love of reading to coincide with World Book Day yesterday which just happens to have been the birthday of Dr Seuss. The children particularly love his stories because they rhyme and because “there are tricks”. I do love Dr Seuss’ take on life and was delighted to hear some of his reflections and observations. Here are a few (with one at the end especially for the grown-ups!):

“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.” 

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.”

Scholarship News

As we negotiate the waiting list and acceptances period following the 11+ exams, I am delighted to share the news that one of our Year 6 boys has been awarded an Academic Scholarship to City of London boys’ school. In an ever more competitive environment this is a superb achievement. 

With every wish for peaceful and relaxing weekend.

Benedict Dunhill

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