“I can’t, we can”
I’m going to do that wonderfully British thing and start by despairing at the weather and how quickly time seems to pass these days. Can you believe it’s February half term already? and here we are, halfway through the academic year, dodging the showers, but buoyed by the longer days and burgeoning bulbs. You just know that Moyles is going to burst into colour very, very soon.
Meanwhile, the February darkness has been well and truly blown away by the phenomenal activity of our children and what an amazing week it has been. We have been treated to two wonderful assemblies led by Mrs Ruth Butcher and our LAMDA pupils this week and the confidence and enthusiasm they have shown has been incredible to witness. It is such a skill to be able to stand up and speak in front of an audience and equally as impressive to be able to remember all their lines! It was no surprise, therefore, to see 14 of these fabulous children feature so successfully at the Southern Arts Festival last weekend. My congratulations to every single one of them and my huge thanks to Mrs Butcher for her inspiration and support for our children.
You will also see in this week’s newsletter, further evidence of our work in helping children prepare for the wider world, with our ‘life skills’ morning – a wonderful collaboration between our Junior and Senior Schools, that saw our pupils learning how to sew, polish their shoes, make their bed and eat healthily amongst many other things. It was heart-warming to see our older pupils helping and supporting our younger children and being such wonderful role models. Thank you Mr Babur and Year 8 and Year 9, for their effort and enthusiasm.
Mrs Milner-Smith and I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the Salisbury Schools Art Exhibition last weekend and we were delighted to see so much of our student’s work being exhibited. If you happen to be in Salisbury next week, please pop into the Gallery at Salisbury Library to see the amazing work of our pupils, beautifully exhibited by Mrs Sarah Johnston – thank you Sarah.
On Thursday evening we were privileged to host another Ringwood and Fordingbridge Business Community event at our school, which included a talk by the incredible Steve Wyatt. Steve’s remarkable journey is a testament to perseverance, transforming a past marked by addiction into a flourishing business in furniture restoration, that has recently seen him partner with the TV start Jay Blades. It’s Steve’s very simple, yet powerful mantra, that I have used as our quote of the week and his story serves to reinforce our very own belief in the value of resilience and the vital role of community support and collaboration in fostering personal and collective growth and success.
Finally, we have also been celebrating Chinese New Year this week and on the eve of the Spring Festival and the Year of the Dragon, may I wish you all a very enjoyable half term break and, as they say in China, wishing you wealth and prosperity for the new year.
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you, and the daffodils and snow drops, when we return on the 19th February.
With my very best wishes,