From the Headmaster….

Posted: 13th May 2019

Dear Parents,

Our busy week was topped off by a dowsing at lunchtime!  Six Year 8 pupils from Water presented themselves for a cold water soaking by lucky pupils and staff who were drawn from a hat in assembly earlier in the day. There was a purpose to all of this!  Water’s charity events have taken place today in support of CoHoC, the Colchester Hospital Charity, and the cold water challenge was one of their popular ideas to raise funds.  We look forward to seeing how much the team has made under Margot F’s charity leadership.  

On Wednesday evening, it was a real pleasure meeting the parents of September’s new Reception class over a glass of wine.  The focus was on school readiness and we look forward to the next vintage year of Holmwoodians starting with us after the summer. 

We had a very successful Senior Schools Fair in the sports hall on Thursday evening.  20 schools were represented from across the country (as far afield as Millfield in Somerset and Ampleforth in Yorkshire!) and many of our parents from across the whole school enjoyed meeting them and asking questions. My thanks to Abigail Wills for her excellent event management. 

We had a two day visit from Bellevue’s Regulations and Compliance Governor, Chris Sanderson.  His invaluable expertise is incredibly supportive and other than a few tweaks to policies, we look forward to his report which gives us a clean bill of health. 

We look forward to the FOHH Cinema Night tonight where they will enjoy the fun and frolics of Zootropolis.  These purely social evenings are enjoyed by many and you are encouraged to join in in future. You will have seen in this week’s bulletin the list of projects funded by FOHH for which we are hugely grateful.  What a great team they are!

Tomorrow morning we look forward to welcoming parents of younger prospective pupils at the summer Taster Morning. Our nature theme is always popular and I just hope the rain doesn’t wash us out too much. 

With best wishes

Alexander Mitchell 

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