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March 25, 2024

The Reopening of Three School Libraries – A Very Special Guest!
There have been so many projects taking place over the last six months that are beginning to come to fruition and with our desire to promote reading and curiosity, perhaps none have been more important than the renovation of our libraries across the Prep and Senior Department. They are now delightful spaces, perfect for immersing yourself in a new book and following areas of interest and passion. To celebrate this and formally reopen the libraries, we are absolutely thrilled that Charlie Mackesy (Charlie Mackesy) will be visiting us on Thursday 28th March. His internationally bestselling book, The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse was published in 2019 and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction Chart across all formats as well as being the longest running Sunday Times Non-Fiction Number One of all time. We are all very excited that he will be visiting us at Saint Felix providing us with the opportunity to meet the person behind such a beautifully told story.

Whilst it was a real and genuine pleasure to visit China and Hong Kong and talk about the plans that we have in place for the future of Saint Felix School, it was a real joy to return and see the students and staff busy with such purpose and energy as the Spring Term begins to draw to a close. In Guangzhou, I met with a number of parents interested in UK boarding education and in Hong Kong, I was able to squeeze in seven different meetings with key international agents of the most prestigious companies highlighting the plans that we have and the provision that is in place. It was though a delight to be back in Chapel on Thursday morning and hear the beautiful piece that Rima and Mrs Playle were performing as we entered; and today, the Year 2 students told the Easter story accompanied by hymns in the most poignant fashion. The combination of the beauty of Chapel and the creative performances across two days were a real highlight on my return and helped to combat the impact of jetlag.

Last week, I passed on the sad news that the former Headmistress, Fran D’Alcorn, had passed away. I wanted to let you know that there will be “A Service of Thanksgiving” on Saturday June 15th at 11.30 a.m. in the St Edmunds Church, Southwold, in her memory; please do pass on these details to anyone else who might want to attend and has connections with the school.

I would like to remind you that the Spring Term finishes at 4 p.m. on Thursday 28th March after House Scramble; please do come and watch what I hear is one of the highlights of the year starting at 3 p.m.

Next week, I will be sending an end of term letter to all parents highlighting the achievements of this term and events to look forward to in the Summer Term.

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Oakman