Sometimes we get a stark reminder of how important it is that we look after our countryside. And how fortunate we are to live in this ‘green and pleasant land’. We take for granted that the supermarket shelves are full  – and we are made painfully aware that this is not the same the world over. As we look in horror at the consequences of typhoon Hagibis in Japan, and moan about ‘excessive’ rainfall in the Birmingham area, we must thank God for the bounty of the fields here – and the kind temperate climate that we enjoy. The sort of weather that is never too cold; never too warm – and always inviting enough to warrant a cross country ramble or run.

Talking of food production and the outdoor life, Harvest has been the focus of our week. It was lovely to attend so many services across the whole school. They were all uniquely different but had the same message of giving and helping others less fortunate than ourselves. Most importantly, it reminded us to be thankful for what we have. And thank you to Chaplain for all her hard work on these events.

Oh, and while on the subject of ploughing the fields and scattering the seed, if you are interested in poetry, and enjoy a little giggle, have a read of a poem by the late John Betjeman. It’s called ‘Diary of a Church Mouse.’ Whatever would Sir John have made of the whole Brexit business, I wonder?

Continuing on the theme of long-running sagas, last weekend, the world’s best marathon best time was reduced, astonishingly, to under two hours. Today, more modestly, saw the inaugural “Scotsman Run”, where Year 5 and 6 children competed in their 2km cross country run at Warley Woods. Results will follow after half term, but I just wanted to say well done to Mr Harrison and the Sports Department  for organising the event and to the parents for supporting. To the children, I was delighted that no matter where they finished, there was a great sense of achievement. Well done to all!

I also want to say a big thank you to the parents who attended my surgeries this term. It was great meeting you all and building a bond together. Thank you for the way you approached these sessions, much was achieved.

This evening Mr Nicklin and our Visiting Music Teachers will be putting on a musical soirée in the school hall. Please come along and enjoy what promises to be a great night (adults only; tickets on sale from reception.)

Staff and pupils have worked really hard this half term. You all certainly deserve a rest. We look forward to welcoming you back to school on the 4th November.

Happy break to you all!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster