Last Friday was a busy day not least because of the Cross-Country event hosted here for not just our pupils but several local primary schools. Whilst this was an important team event, where each individual’s performance counted towards the final score for the school, I would like to congratulate Lulu (Year 5) and Henry (Year 6) for coming first in their individual events. Both ran excellent races leading the field from the front by some margin.

Thank you to the Friends for a wonderful Bonfire Night, with excellent fireworks, lovely refreshments and great company. These occasions are important to the school because they bring us together with the whole community; pupils of all ages, their families, the staff and our neighbours. My family certainly enjoyed it, particularly the hot dogs! I would like to thank everyone in the school community who gave their time to help on the night; without their voluntary help, events like this just wouldn’t be possible and we would all be the poorer.

A team of twelve pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Sports Hall Athletics League Qualifying Round on Wednesday and after a strong performance which placed them second overall, they have now qualified for the next round in January. Well done to all of them, with a special mention to the boys who won their section of the competition and we look forward to the next round at Barnstaple.

I was delighted on Thursday to present our very first Headmaster’s Commendation for Academic Excellence to Lulu in Year 5. Pupils can earn these awards for a piece of work that is of an excellent standard and which their teacher judges to be worth 3 House Points. Lulu’s award was for completing a series of calculations in mathematics using column addition of decimals with near perfection.

All of this week in Assemblies and in Chapel we have been learning about Remembrance and today the whole school stopped just before 11am so that we could mark the moment appropriately. Our older pupils from Years 5 and 6 joined with the senior pupils for their act of remembrance in the School Theatre, whilst the rest of the Junior School joined me in the Assembly Hall for our own special service.  The pupils have taken a great deal of interest in the Poppy Appeal and their understanding of what we are remembering has grown over the week.  I am delighted and proud that pupils will be taking part in the Remembrance Parade in Bideford on Sunday and one pupil from Year 3, Raife, has been chosen to carry the standard for his troop; a real honour! Well done to Raife.

We seem to have had all weathers this week, but as I write the sun is shining which bodes well for the weekend.  As I zoom back to my family in Cornwall, I’m looking forward to pressing more apples (for my neighbours) and finishing off a wall in the garden; good, hard physical labour to keep me occupied and fit.

Have a great weekend.

Matthew Lovett