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March 15, 2024

Resilience Matters!

We had a wonderful assembly on Monday in Senior Department from Mrs Harlock where the art of resilience was the key focus. It is one of the key elements of our learner profile and an area that we will try and develop in all of our students during their time at Saint Felix. The thoughts and ideas presented clearly resonated with the students and the video of a lizard showing the most amazing degree of resilience to escape a den of snakes made the point very clearly indeed! As a school, whilst we look to support all of our students pastorally providing them with the tools that they might need to navigate their educational journey, it is also vital that they understand the importance of dealing with setbacks and how to show increased resilience as they go through the year groups.

With just over two weeks until our Camp Felix Easter provision kicks off, we wanted to remind you to book spaces before they run out! Our team will be ready to deliver plenty of exciting sessions, with some feature activities taking place across both weeks as follows: Tuesday 2nd April: An Easter scavenger hunt for all children. Campers will have the opportunity to team up, solve the clues and win some tasty prizes. Thursday 4th April: A visit from our animal handling partners, Zoolab. An opportunity to get up close to some exotic creatures. Friday 12th April: Campers will have the chance to practise their chosen skill and perform it in front of the rest of the group at the end of camp talent show. For more information, please visit or head straight to the booking portal – The team look forward to seeing you all at Camp Felix very soon!

Next term, it is the turn of Clough to put on their musical and after the excellence of Aladdin in Trouble last year, we are all looking forward to the performances of Snow White on Monday 22nd April at 6.00pm, Wednesday 24th April at 1.30pm and Thursday 25th April at 6pm. Please do save one of those dates for your diary in expectation of what will be an excellent afternoon or evening of entertainment.
You will all have seen my letter regarding the sad news that Fran D’Alcorn (former Headmistress) has passed away. She gave so much of her life to this wonderful school and in due course, we will find the right way to commemorate her life in a lasting and meaningful way within the school. On Wednesday, we hosted the Old Felician Society Annual General Meeting and whilst it was an occasion tinged with sadness, it was wonderful to meet so many former students and to hear tales of sunbathing in Paris (the area beyond the gorse bushes) and some interesting escapades. We are looking to collaborate and connect more effectively with all former students and will be building up a LinkedIn style network for current students, parents, and former students over the coming year to enable better opportunities to utilise the wealth of experience and expertise that exists amongst our community.

As I write this, I am preparing to fly to China and then on to Hong Kong to recruit boarders following on from my meetings with key agents at the British Boarding School Network Event in Heathrow last weekend. I am sure it will be a successful visit as we now have a compelling story to tell and a wonderful array of facilities that are being upgraded as speedily as possible to ensure the best provision for all our current and prospective students; they deserve no less.

With today being Comic Relief: Red Nose Day, please can I remind you that we have a fundraising page online. If you can spare any money towards this wonderful appeal, please visit

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Oakman