There is a definite chill in the air – summer has passed and autumn is definitely here. I have been spending my weekends juicing surplus apples on my new apple press – wonderful therapy and very satisfying and this year certainly seems to have been a bumper year for apples.

I am really pleased by how the pupils have now settled into school routines. We had a delay on Tuesday during assembly as we waited for our older pupils to join us; the younger pupils sat and waited really well, without fuss or noise. They set an excellent example, so well done!

If you haven’t had a chance already, do watch the Year 6 video from their Kilve Court trip made by Miss Braunton. It’s great fun with lots of special guest appearances and some really classic dance moves! What comes across very clearly is what a good time the pupils had there and having just read their thank you letters to the instructors, I am really proud of how well they have articulated what made their experiences there so special. It is amazing how even a short residential trip like this changes the pupils; they have grown in very positive ways.


Our assembly on Monday was all about how, by working in teams with each of us bringing our own small contribution, we can achieve so much more than by just working alone. As we approach our Harvest Festival next Friday, where our individual contributions may seem small, it is worth recognising how all those small contributions add up to create an amazing offering that does make a big difference for those who have so little. I look forward to seeing many of you there next Friday and in the meantime, have a great weekend. I expect I shall be pressing more apples!