Head’s letter – 15 February

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Dear Parents,
I have just waved farewell to the 6th Form as they departed for their outward bound activity weekend at Low Mill in Askrigg. They will be taking part in abseiling, gorge walking, kayaking and much more. Throughout these activities the emphasis is on working as a team, facing challenges and supporting each other. Without a doubt they will be making memories that will last and they will learn a lot about themselves in the process. I look forward to hearing all about their adventures upon their return. My thanks go to Mr Jenkinson, Miss Maw and Mandy who are accompanying them on this adventure.
Durham City Netball
This week the U12 and U13 girls’ teams have been taking part in tournaments hosted by The Chorister School. Our U12 team came 6th and the U13 team played some excellent netball and were only beaten by some very determined teams with academy players in their ranks. They came third overall which was a fantastic result for the whole team. Ms Ewing has also paid tribute to an army of helpers from our teams who ensured that the days ran smoothly; the organisers commented upon their maturity, organisation and brilliant Maths!
The U11 girls’ hockey team travelled to Rossall School for a tournament and came third in the pool event.
Musical treats
On Wednesday afternoon, as part of the music activity programme, Mr Lee and Mrs Crinson gave a concert of woodwind music which not only showcased their beautiful playing but also guided the 4th and 5th Form on a journey through musical history from Baroque to Contemporary via, Romantic and Classical. I enjoyed accompanying this concert in the grand surroundings of Prior’s Hall. More concerts are planned in a similar vein which will showcase other genres of music.
Today we held another in our series of lunchtime recitals and were treated to a great array of talent from across the school. It was good to see a large and appreciative audience of pupils, staff and parents attending this recital.
Junior Path Races
These races were held on Tuesday, delayed from the previous week because of the snow and ice.  It was very good to see such a crowd of parents and supporters cheering the children on. Congratulations to the winners: Samantha J (who broke her sister Chloe’s Junior record!) and Simon G.
Pre-School visit the Headmaster

On Monday the Pre-School children visited my office. They took it turns to sit in my chair at my desk before exploring Mrs Wright’s office too. The children then continued into the sitting room to each enjoy a Gingerbread Man biscuit before admiring the view from the sitting room window and spotting their garden over the wall. It was lovely to listen to their chat and see the joy on their faces!  Maybe there is a future Head teacher amongst them!
Half term holiday
In this morning’s assembly I spoke to the children about the holiday to come.  I reminded them that God worked for six days creating the whole of creation and then rested on the seventh day. Rest and relaxation are important, but so too are new experiences and the joy of visiting family and friends. The holiday should not be about more time with your iPad or the TV, but an opportunity to read a book or see the wonders in creation as spring starts to creep up on us with snowdrops and crocuses.
I wish you a happy and inspiring half term break.
With best wishes
Ian Wicks
Headmaster

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