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November 17, 2023

The Hard Yards and a Pink Unicorn!
There is nothing easy about November as it often provides the most challenging time of the academic year. The joys of summer have disappeared, and Christmas festivities still seem a way away. With reports being written, assessments being sat and exams to prepare for, keeping a focus and having goals becomes so important. Whether they are short or long-term objectives, having a real sense of purpose and activities to enjoy in these winter months can ensure that much is still achieved despite the early dark nights and inclement weather. It is with all of this in mind that it was wonderful to hear about our Cross-Country success last week with pupils from Years 3, 4 and 6 taking part in the Worlingham Primary Cross-Country event on Thursday 9th November. Millie C and Cody H came 1st in their age categories, with Charlie H and Beatrice S both coming 2nd in their age categories. All other children placed strongly in their age categories, meaning the team achieved first place overall. Congratulations to the team!

As we mark Children in Need today, Prep Chapel was lit up by the arrival of a Pink Unicorn (which may or may not have been our Reception teacher); as you can see, Mr Fletcher enjoyed the greeting that he received! The pupils all looked fantastic in an array of yellow and spotted clothes, and they sung with such gusto; it was joyous to see their sense of fun and enthusiasm and hear about all of their wonderful achievements from Ms Wong.

It was a joy to represent Saint Felix and Inspired Learning Group at the Independent Schools Show in Battersea last weekend. With the vision for the future of Saint Felix taking shape, much of my time will also be spent on recruiting new students to enrich the experience of those that are currently here by adding in new voices and perspectives as we grow the community. It will also allow us to continue to broaden the provision and offering as we review the curriculum and expand on the activities that are available to the students. We have now re-acquired our licence to run Duke of Edinburgh, and this will start again in January 2024; we are very grateful to the PTA who have helped us with the equipment that is needed, and you will hear more on this shortly from Mr Grigg (Assistant Head: Co-Curricular).

Finally, the anticipation is building as we inch closer to House Shout. I am excited to see what the evening brings and to experience what is well-known to be the highlight of the year!

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Oakman