‘Bringing together two of literature’s most-loved characters, ‘Sherlock & Cinders’ is an ensemble piece ideal for 9-13 year olds.’  So said the blurb about the play, and the blurb proved to be absolutely spot on.

The Year 6 production was an unqualified triumph last evening, with Cast 1, Mr Coley and Mr Matthews’ cohorts, giving a confident and charismatic performance . And it doesn’t need Holmes or Doctor Watson to tell you this: I’m heading back tonight to see Cast 2 – Mrs Redfern and Ms Fagan’s classes – take to the stage.

Thank you to all the parents who bought tickets for this production, which sold out in record time! A big thank you to Mrs Redfern (Director) and Mr Nicklin (Musical Director) for leading the team to a great success, with singing, acting and general diction all excellent. 

The children showed maturity well beyond their years, producing toe-tapping songs, laughs by the coachload and pumpkins by the … well,  just the one actually.

Earlier in the week, Year 3 and Year 4 had enjoyed Humanities trips to the Black Country Museum and to Cadbury World respectively, as part of their humanities studies. 

The children got their teeth into the experiences (literally as well as metaphorically) and told me much about the production of chocolate and how we used to live in the Midlands in years gone by. Interestingly, they loved learning about the jobs that people undertook, and made some astute comparisons and contrasts between life as it was then and how it is now. Such great ways to enhance the learning in the classroom!

As the academic year comes to a close, the children will all have been notified of their teachers for the next academic year. Much time and effort goes into the production of these class lists; we do our best to support the children on the next stage of their educational journey. 

Some of those in the early years of that journey, Year IF, gave a first rate assembly on Healthy Eating this week. They discussed making good choices and having a balanced diet. Talking of caring, we understand the vital importance of encouraging our children to live well and eat sensible food. And we encourage them to make good choices. Obesity has been much in the news of late, and so this was a timely, well thought-out assembly by Ms Fiellateau and the Year 1 team.

Finally, as I write, Joobin and Mischa are competing in the final of the prestigious KES debating competition. All children involved in Mrs Kavanagh Finch’s group have developed skills that will serve them well in the years to come. I must commend our two finalists for their endeavour and achievement. Joobin was commended as ‘top debater’ in the semi final. Fingers crossed!

Please may I remind parents to read the calendar carefully for the upcoming end of year celebrations. We look forward to seeing many of you in the next fortnight. 

Meanwhile, have a great weekend, one and all!