24th January 2020

I aim to keep everyone informed of development plans, and how they are progressing, but it is easy to forget who knows what sometimes.  Staff have been well informed as we moved in to the veranda development phase, and in turn, pupils seemed to have a vague idea of what was going on.  However, it occurred to me that perhaps an update was required and so I went in to detail with the whole school on Monday.
Mr Key’s classroom, Mr Brown’s classroom and the music practice/kiln room have all been dismantled.  A narrow corridor will lead to new toilets between the veranda and the Sanderson Building.  These will be neighboured by appropriately sized toilets for Reception aged pupils, accessible only from Mrs Currie’s new classroom (formerly Mr Key’s room and part of Mr Brown’s room).  A second classroom will take up the remaining space, and Mr Key and Mr Brown will share use of that in the first instance.
All windows and doors will be replaced and work is being done to improve insulation throughout the entire veranda.  Some cosmetic work is planned to follow, which should improve the look of the wing, but for the time being, bringing the new classrooms in to use by the Summer Term is the absolute priority.  Thanks for the patience being shown whilst this work is carried out.
You may also have read an article in the Southern Reporter this week, detailing our enquiries as we proceed towards plans for an indoor games space.  No plans have been finalised and I will inform the school community immediately when that process has been completed, if and when we apply for planning permission. 
Meanwhile, we have the normal business of school to attend to, and there has been much happening in a very busy school week.  Rehearsals, fixtures, scholarship tutorials and various excursions have kept the staff and pupils busy during the day, and the boarding team and pupils during the evening.  We continue to be thrilled with the positive contribution being made by Kalani and Courtney.  Swimming and 3G football five a sides have proved popular amongst our regular boarders and many who are trying boarding for the first time.
Mrs Bell, Mr Inwood, Mr Rooney and Mr Bell took a team of cross-country runners to compete in Sedbergh’s Rawthey Run on Thursday.  I received three different communications from staff involved, saying how proud of the team the staff were and how well they had all done.  Senior girls came 2nd out of 21 schools with some first class individual performances.
Though the great Bard, Robert Burns would have been 261 years old tomorrow, we celebrated his birthday a day early.  There is no better person to organise this than England’s finest – Miss Renwick, and her patriotic class we call Form 1.  In assembly this morning, we were given a favourable biography of Burns’ life and the pupils’ speeches were complemented by fantastic drawings depicting aspects of Burns’ life, or his poems and songs.
Also complementing Miss Renwick’s mini ‘Burns Society’ was the appearance of Chef and a mouth-watering haggis.  Angus C and John T expertly piped the haggis in to the hall and Mitchell Addressed the haggis with his poetic Scots dialect.  Sholto provided a hip flask from which to toast the haggis, but sadly the contents had already been drunk!
This was a fine way to sign off on an extremely busy week.  Let me sign of this blog by drawing your attention to a fact that would not have escaped Burns’ notice.  The snowdrops are appearing.


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