Only a fortnight or so ago, a royal visitor graced Birmingham Children’s Hospital to unveil 10 stained glass windows featuring Roald Dahl’s famous characters. Perhaps her appearance coincided with other, more sensational family stories, but it was enormously worthwhile. The Duchess of Cornwall was drawing attention to a project that was a collaboration between the author’s widow Felicity Dahl and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. Characters from The BFG, The Enormous Crocodile and The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me have been brought to life in the hope that they will help put sick children more at ease.

Whatever did children read before Dahl composed his compelling tales? And what an extraordinary impact the stories make when translated onto the stage.

Our Year 4 play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which premieres next Wednesday, is shaping up to be a wonderful event. I know that the children and staff are exhausted but I am sure they will raise the roof next week. Tickets are running out fast, so do book yours ASAP!

I must commend Year 3JW for an excellent assembly on Wednesday morning. It was very humorous but really packed a punch on how we should live our lives. Well done all!

After the excitement of last week’s Friends Quiz Night, we must congratulate our winning team, Killer Queens, who amassed an incredible score of 103 out of a possible 110. Quite astonishing!

Thank you to Jules Williams for her great organisation and a big thank you goes to our Quiz Masters, Messers Pemble and Williams. 

The penultimate week of this half of term is always a busy one with children in Years 3 to 5 involved in assessments. This is a great opportunity for them to demonstrate their understanding of topics covered but also allows teachers to plan specifically for individual next steps. 

In Pre-Prep, it was lovely to see the children working hard on so many levels; they were all desperate to share what they had done. 

On Thursday evening we welcomed Mr Lloyd, Headmaster of Solihull School. He gave us a talk on his School and preparing for the next steps. This visit will be followed up after half term with others from Dr Rix, Chief Master of KES, Mrs Clarke, from KEHS and finally Mrs Macro from EHS. 

It was not easy to get all the diaries to work but I would encourage our Year 5 parents to come along and hear these talks, which will give an insight to the direction of all these local schools.

On Friday evening we will be attending the Times Award Dinner in London. We will keep you posted of the outcome. Whatever it is, I am sure you can imagine  how proud I am of our children and staff. 

Finally, we have our 7+ assessment day on Saturday morning. There will be another incredible turnout. Thank you to all the parents who recommend the school so highly out in the community. We greatly appreciate your help and encouragement.

Have a great weekend and keep your fingers crossed for a Blue win in Edinburgh!!!