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Headmaster's Blog, March 2017: A Fabulous End to the Term: the Spring Concert and a celebration of Prep 6’s achievements

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Posted on 30th Mar 2017 by Nick Copestick

This term’s Spring Concert coincided with the first day of ISI’s 3 day Inspection visit. These visits are due every 6 years (3 years for EYFS) so we knew ours was imminent, but it was still a bit of a shock to receive the phone call on Monday morning!

However, in the best of traditions, the ‘show must go on’, so we assembled as planned at the Potteries Museum Theatre for rehearsal on the Tuesday morning. This went extremely well and we felt happy with the programme - then it was back to school to meet the inspectors.

I must commend all the staff for their resilience and willingness to carry on as normal with all the distractions of the concert and the end of term arrangements to deal with as well as lesson observations and interviews. The children have been amazing too! I will receive the oral feedback from the team after term has officially ended, then the written report will be with us in about 6 weeks time.

So, back to the concert! The evening proved a huge hit, with so many lovely performances ranging from the enthusiastic singing of the Little People’s Choir up to the masterful harmonies of the Chamber Choir. Other highlights included the guitar group and drum solos - always popular with the children!

As is customary, Prep 6 featured highly in the programme and we heard many skilful solos from our top musicians. This also presented an opportunity to celebrate their great achievements so far this year in entrance exams (including 8 scholarships) and sports teams (2 county champions and 1 district).

The concert ended with the school’s best kept secret! The children had written a very touching song about my last 40 years at Edenhurst and their lyrics had been set to music by Mrs Mair. It was a very moving and thoughtful moment - thank you everybody.

You can view photos from the Spring Concert here.

A very Happy Easter to all our families and we look forward to seeing the school pupils back on April 19th.

 

Nick Copestick