Head's End of Year Letter

Dear Parents,

I have been thrilled with the wonderful range of activities and events that have taken place over the term.  

Sporting successes have continued with the school teams competing in football matches, athletics, and a cricket and tennis tournament.  Naturally, Sports Day was fabulous!

In addition to our regular musical moments,  it was lovely to hear the children sing and play in the summer musical events for the Lower and Upper School.  The dance shows are always impressive and this year was no exception. Last night, we finished the term on a high note with a fantastic Year 6 production of Bugsy Malone - it was amazing!

It has been really good to welcome a number of advisors to the school and subject co-ordinators have spoken to them about their subject area and how they are developing it within the school.  Sally Hobbs (ex Head of Orchard Place) found out about RE, geography and history; Sara Green (Owner of Jordans Nursery) visited our Reception classes and investigated the EYFS area; Andrew Ellams (Deputy Head, academic of St Paul’s Girls’ School) learned about Maths and how we are developing it within the school.  Peter Meyer (CEO) spent time looking at our ICT and English curriculum and Ian Elliot (Parent Governor) investigated the plans for sport, music and PSHE.

Our assemblies this term have been rich and varied with a number of different guests  including Rabbi Baruch, Mark Cousins, Father Andrew, Buddhist leader, Mr Ratnaprabha.  We also continued to promote our travel plan with visits from Dr Bike and Sustrans.   I hope to continue parent speakers next year…. so please do contact the office if you would like to talk about your job or career path!

The Friends’ contribution has been fabulous.  They helped us organise an amazing Art Week with the final installation outside for all to view;  they have also funded numerous workshops, including a wonderful one about Shakespeare’s, Midsummer Night’s Dream. .  We have also enjoyed using some of the new computing and DT equipment during the term. Finally, thanks to the Friends, NMS will be installing additional play equipment on the front playground over the holidays.

The pupils have really enjoyed the Talent Show,  the Royal Tea Party, the speakers; French Day and the Public Speaking Competition. Business Week was a great success with a huge amount of money being raised for charity alongside the School Council fundraising for Water Aid.

The information evenings run by Emily from Head Office have been really interesting and we hope to  continue with these next academic year. NMS will be completing the build above Reception and our Year 6 classes will be using them in September.  In addition, the exterior of the building will be painted and air conditioning put into the ground floor.

I look forward to welcoming new Reception children for a drop-in session on Wednesday, 5th September at 2:00pm and everyone else on Thursday 6th September.  Walking Bus, Early Birds and After School Care will be available from the first day.

As I have written previously,  saying goodbye to staff is always hard and the end of this term will be a sad time but I am delighted that we have some wonderful new staff beginning in September.   Do come to the Meet the Teachers and Friends welcome evening on Monday 10th September and you can talk to the new staff there and meet the Friends.

Have a wonderful summer holiday!